Obama taking aim at 2nd term in Charlotte speech

Obama taking aim at 2nd term in Charlotte speech

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President Obama waved to the crowd at the DNC on Wednesday night as he congratulated former President Bill Clinton on his speech. Obama will pick up on Clinton's themes in his acceptance speech Thursday night.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 11:04 PM

In his speech accepting the Democratic Party's nomination, President Barack Obama will acknowledge there's a long slog toward full economic recovery, but "our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."
 
In excerpts of his speech accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president, Obama says: "The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place."
 
After a brief, cameo appearance on stage Wednesday night with former President Bill Clinton, Obama finally takes the stage to speak before the assembled party faithful Thursday night.
 
The Charlotte DNC speech marks the final act of the 2012 convention. It also serves as the opening salvo in the two-month push toward Election Day in November.

Excerpts of Obama's speech were released well in advance of his appearance on the podium.
 
Obama speaks to party delegates on the eve of another government report on the nation's job market.
 
Unemployment has been stuck above 8 percent for several months. In his speech, Obama will say the task of recovering from the economic disaster of 2008 is exceeded in American history only by the challenge that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced when he took office in the Great Depression in 1933.
 
Obama says that restoring the economy will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation that FDR displayed.
 
In an appeal to independent voters who might be considering a vote for Republican rival Mitt Romney, he says those who carry on Roosevelt's legacy "should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington."
 

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