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President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of 10,000 people in the swing state of Iowa on Saturday, providing a critical evaluation of the Republicans’ convention and to encourage voters to cast their ballots as soon as possible. President Obama accused rival Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans for failing to offer any new ideas when they held the national spotlight for three days during their convention in Tampa.
“What they offered over those three days was more often than not an agenda that was better-suited for the last century. We might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV,” the President said to the energetic audience. In addition to criticizing Romney for failing to mention the war in Afghanistan or his plans for veterans care in his speech, President Obama also claimed that Romney failed to outline a credible plan to boost the economy.
“There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices … but no one ever actually bothered to tell you what they were,” President Obama said. The President is gearing up for the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next Thursday where he will present his argument for re-election in a football stadium that can hold almost 75,000 people. Though the November 6 election is months away, voters will begin casting ballots in a few weeks. Iowa opens its voting process on September 27, while Virginia, another battleground state, begins voting on September 22. President Obama’s campaign hopes to focus more effort on persuading undecided voters to vote ahead of Election Day. ”You can be among the very first to vote in this election,” President Obama told the crowd.