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Obama's campaign manager: Romney pitch offers 'no tangible ideas'

President Barack Obama's campaign manager has responded to US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pitch at the national convention yesterday evening. Jim Messina said:

Much like the entire Republican convention, Mitt Romney's speech tonight offered many personal attacks and gauzy platitudes, but no tangible ideas to move the country forward.

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Obama responds to Clint Eastwood jibe

President Barack Obama has responded to a jibe made by Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood during his appearance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

Mr Eastwood treated delegates at the convention to an improvised performance with an imaginary president in an empty chair.

Mr Obama posted a photograph on Twitter in response to the act. On his Twitter, Mr Obama wrote "This seat is taken".

President Obama responds to Clint Eastwood jibe. Credit: @BarackObama

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Mitt Romney: I promise to restore America to our destiny

Mitt Romney formally accepted his party's nomination to be the next US president.

During his keynote speech at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, he said:

"If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us.

Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight."

Romney: I will restore America

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he will "restore America" if he is elected president. He said:

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us.

Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

Romney: My promise is to help you and your family

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he will restore America to its former glory, to a place where Americans can feel hopeful that their children's future will be brighter than theirs. He said:

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's future is brighter even than the past.

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