Obama Makes His Case for More Time as President

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Already revved up after rallying speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, the DNC had high expectations for President Barack Obama as he took the stage.

His goal was to draw a clear contrast between the kind of future he envisions for America and what was spelled out by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney last week.

"The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future," Obama said.

Did Obama accomplish what he needed to? Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president and professor of government at Regent University, offers his take, following Mark Martin's report.

Throughout the speech, he criticized Republicans for talking about America's problems without offering solutions, or ideas that make sense.

"They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan," he said, claiming Republicans have the "same prescription" every year.

"Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another," Obama mocked as the crowd laughed. "Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning."

Continuing his "fair share" message, Obama noted, "I've cut taxes for those who need it -- middle class families and small businesses."

In closing his speech, Obama quoted scripture saying, “ours is a ‘future filled with hope’” – a parallel to Jeremiah 29:11.

"And if you share that faith with me – if you share that hope with me – I ask you tonight for your vote," he added.

Did Obama make a convincing case for four more years? Dr. Charles Dunn, distinguished professor of government at Regent University, has more insight, following CBN News' Jennifer Wishon's report from the DNC Convention floor.

Vice President Joe Biden took the stage before Obama and echoed Bill Clinton's message that the administration still has more work to do and needs the time to do it.

"We're on a mission to move this nation forward -- from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity," he said. "A mission we will continue and a mission we will complete."

Biden then went on to paint a picture of what he observed working with Obama, a man he assured has a heart for the middle class and the courage to make bold moves.

"Day after day, night after night I sat behind him as he made decisions to stop the [economic] slide and reverse it," Biden said, describing the president's early months in the White House. "I watched him stand up to intense pressure and stare down enormous challenges."

"He never wavered," Biden later added. "He always asked the fundamental question, 'How is this going to effect the average American?'"

Biden drew big cheers throughout the night, as did his wife Jill, who spoke earlier.

Delivering his speech inside denied President Obama some of the grandeur that would have come with speaking in an outdoor stadium, much like his nomination acceptance in 2008.

Tens of thousands of people who wanted to watch the president accept the Democratic Party's nomination were left feeling let down.

A rainy forecast forced the DNC to move President Obama's speech from Charlotte's outdoor Bank of America Stadium to indoors, meaning 65,000 would-be attendees were left without a seat.

To make up for it, Obama held a conference call with those who couldn't attend.

"I'm disappointed, but I truly understand why they made the decision they did," Charlotte resident Marilynn Sikes said.

"We're going to the watch party in the convention center since we could not go to the Bank of America Stadium," added Angela Lunn, an Obama supporter. "We're still excited about that ... disappointed, but excited nonetheless."

Now that both candidates have accepted their party nominations, it's debate time. The first is set for Oct. 3.

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