US Democrats unleashed a blistering attack on Republican candidate, Mitt Romney’s credential for the presidency Tuesday night, defending Barack Obama’s economic achievements at the Democratic convention that was capped by Michelle Obama’s urging for more time to allow her husband fix the economy.
Mrs. Obama sought to outshine the performance of Mrs. Romney’s wife, Ann’s close-up detailing of her husband’s humane traits at last week’s Republican convention.
The first lady told thousands of convention attendees and millions more television viewers that four years of presidency did not change the values and ideals of Mr. Obama’s upbringing, instead, it strengthened him.
More than any other point, Mrs. Obama gave the portrayal of the president being on the same page with the middle class Americans and understanding the challenges of raising families and growing up.
“Barack & I were raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money but gave us something far more valuable: unconditional love,” she said.
“Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.
“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter whom we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”
He said Mr. Obama viewed the business of reworking the American economy personal and not as a matter of politics, calling for a fresh four-year term for the president.
The remarks came as the highlight of a rousing first day of the conventions that saw democrats hitting hard at Mr. Romney and issuing a political dismembering of his economic proposals as a future president and his achievements as Massachusetts governor.
In a fiery speech, Newark Mayor Cory Booker fought back against Republican complaints about Mr. Obama’s higher tax plans on the richest Americans.
“Being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare. It’s patriotism,” Mr. Booker said.
In more than a half an hour speech, Julian Castro, the Mayor of Texas city of San Antonio, made it clear repeatedly Mr. Romney does not have what it takes to lead the country back but that Mr. Obama has.
“Their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed,” said Mr. Castro, the convention’s keynote speaker. “The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price. Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it.”
Former president Bill Clinton is expected to make a speech on Wednesday while Mr. Obama’s speech on Thursday will round off the convention.