TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Accepting his party's nomination to be president, Republican Mitt Romney says he wants to restore the nation's promise by creating jobs for millions of unemployed Americans.
He says Americans were hoping for great change when President Barack Obama came into office, but those hopes have given way to disappointment and division.
Romney says he has a goal of creating 12 million jobs and would do so by taking full advantage of the country's energy resources and by giving citizens skills they need for the jobs of today and of the future. He is also promising to cut the deficit and rein in the cost of health care.
He spoke of his Mormon faith, and the influence of his mother and father -- who've both been dead for more than a decade. His parents, he said, "gave their kids the greatest gift of all -- the gift of unconditional love." And he said it's a gift that he and his wife, Ann, have tried to pass along to their children.
Romney told of the burden faced by his wife in raising five boys as he traveled and launched his business career.
And he told of how his Mormon church was a source of support, and an opportunity to help others. (AP)
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