President Barack Obama‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight will be watched by supporters, critics, and independents alike, but there’s at least one person who won’t be tuning in: GOP rival Mitt Romney.
In a surprise appearance today, Romney said that he won’t be watching the POTUS institute a “promises reset” rather than explain to the country why he failed to deliver on the promises he made in his first term. “What I’d like him to do is report on his promises, but there are forgotten promises and forgotten people,” Romney said, predicting that Obama’s DNC speech will merely be filled with empty rhetoric.
Romney criticizes Obama for not delivering on his plans to create jobs, reduce the deficit and jumpstart the economy. “I think this is a time for him not to start restating new promises but to report on the promises he made,” Romney said. “I think he wants a promises reset.”
When asked if he would watch the president’s speech, he quickly replied, “Uh, don’t plan on it.”
Romney explained in a bit more detail:
“I’d love to watch it,” he said, adding he would if Obama intended to “report on the promises he made and how he has performed on those promises. But if it’s another series of new promises that he’s not going to keep, I have no interest in seeing him because I saw the promises last time,” he said. “Those are promises he did not keep, and the American people deserve to know why he did not keep his promises.”
Romney also addressed a pointed criticism of his RNC speech – that he failed to mention Afghanistan.
“I went to the American Legion, described my views with regards to our military, my commitment to our military, my commitment to our men and women in uniform,” Romney said. “Actually in my speech I also talked about keeping our military commitment high, unlike our president who was planning on cutting it.”
Whether Romney is right in his criticism of Obama or full of hot air, well, that’s for you to decide in November.