The Washington Times - September 6, 2012, 06:01PM

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, said Thursday that Barack Obama has failed to deliver on the promises he laid out on the campaign trail four years ago and predicted the president will ask for a “promises reset” when he addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The former Massachusetts governor said that Mr. Obama has dropped the ball on his pledge to create jobs, slice the deficit in half and ensure people receive fatter paychecks.


“I think this is a time for him not to start restating new promises but to report on the promises he made,” Mr. Romney said after greeting members of the “New Hampshire Military Veterans and Families for Mitt” in Concord, N.H. “I think he wants a promises reset.”

With national and battleground state polls showing the race for the White House is a virtual tie, Mr. Obama has a lot riding on his address to the Democratic convention, where he is hoping to regain some of the political mojo that helped propel him into the White House four years ago.

The post-convention excitement bounce, though, could be short-lived, given that hours after his address the Department of Labor will release the latest jobs report.

Mr. Romney and his Republican allies have held up the stagnant job growth numbers as proof that Mr. Obama’s policies have failed to jump-start the sluggish economic recovery, fallen short on getting the national unemployment rate below 8 percent and exacerbated the national debt, which raced past $16 trillion this week.

Democrats have countered that since February 2010, the nation has added 4.5 million private sector jobs and that, after inheriting a fiscal mess and two wars from President George W. Bush, Mr. Obama has put the nation back on track to prosperity

Mr. Romney, though, said Thursday that Mr. Obama’s promises have rung hollow, and called on the Democrat to give voters a status report on why he has failed to slow the soaring national debt, why 14 million more people are on food stamps and why 50 percent of college graduates can’t find work or work consistent with their college degree.

“The president needs to report tonight on his promises rather than try to reset a whole series of new promises that he won’t be able to keep,” he said.