Romney calls on disillusioned US voters


Republican Mitt Romney urged voters to help him rebuild the US economy and create millions of new jobs, asking them to overcome their disappointment in president Barack Obama and join him in restoring the promise of America.

In a high-stakes speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Mr Romney said he would work to unify a divided country that believed Mr Obama's lofty campaign promises but had lost hope they would be fulfilled.

"What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs," the former Massachusetts governor told a cheering crowd on the final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The speech was somewhat overshadowed by a bizarre performance on stage by Hollywood star Clint Eastwood, who addressed an imaginary Mr Obama in an empty chair.

A surprise guest who appeared shortly before Mr Romney during TV prime time, Eastwood made a rambling speech that puzzled viewers and interrupted a carefully crafted evening that told the story of Mr Romney's life and why he should lead the country.

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