Romney accepts GOP nomination at RNC, vows leadership, ‘lots of jobs’

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Republicans got their first good look this week at the vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann, whose buoyant speech Tuesday night was widely praised.

The party also showcased a powerful lineup of young governors and senators who are quickly becoming the defining face of the GOP. Among them are several Hispanics and Indian-Americans, in what might be the high-water mark for diversity within the GOP’s upper ranks.

Mr. Romney goes into the fall election season having bested Mr. Obama in fundraising the past several months — something that would have been unthinkable earlier this year, when analysts predicted that the incumbent would raise in excess of $1 billion for his campaign.

Now it is Mr. Obama who is pleading with supporters to open their pocketbooks to keep him competitive.

“Just last week alone, Mitt Romney’s campaign and his allies outspent our side by at least three to one in North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, all states we need to win,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a fundraising email sent just ahead of Mr. Romney’s speech.

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