Tampa, Fla. — Mitt Romney, who has spent much of the past decade running for president, accepted the Republican nomination on Thursday, launching his general-election campaign against President Obama with a promise of competency and a pledge to shrink the federal government.
Romney’s tone was forceful, but it was not harsh or especially partisan. “I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed,” Romney told the crowd. “But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept.”
Over on the homepage, I report on the speech.