Election a choice between two different paths for US: Obama

  • PTI, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2012 15:20 IST

Seeking re-election for his second term, US President Barack Obama has said that the presidential polls against his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be a choice between two "fundamentally different visions for the future" that will impact generations to come.

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future," Obama said as he accepted the Democratic Party nomination to run for presidential elections on Friday (Thursday night in America).

Obama conceded that the path he is offering is not quick or easy.

"I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades," he said.

"It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way, those of us who carry on his party's legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government programme or dictate from Washington," Obama said.

"Know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future," Obama said.

"I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation," he added.

"That's what we can do in the next four years, and that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States," he said in his speech in front of thousands of cheering Democratic Party delegates and supporters inside the jam packed Time Warner Cable Arena, having a capacity of 20,000.

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