The Washington Times - April 18, 2012, 04:54PM

Issuing a months-early prebuttal to President Obama’s expected speech at the Democratic National Convention, Mitt Romney said Wednesday voters shouldn’t fall for the same promises in 2012 that Obama made as a candidate in 2008 but failed to deliver on.

Mr. Romney read from a list of criticisms Mr. Obama leveled against then-President George W. Bush on the economy and debt during his 2008 convention speech in Denver, and said all of those same charges could be made against Mr. Obama now.

“We’re not going to fall for the same lines and the same person just because it’s in a different place,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said in Charlotte, where Mr. Obama will accept Democrats’ nomination with another major stadium speech in September.

Mr. Romney said with more than three years behind him, Mr. Obama can no longer claim the poor economy is the result of Mr. Bush.

Mr. Romney also vowed to win North Carolina in November, reversing Mr. Obama’s win there in 2008.