Convention begins as both sides say economy can do better


Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 5:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats alike are pointing out the nation's economic troubles, as the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Charlotte, N.C.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, running for a Senate seat in Massachusetts, concedes, "It's tough out there" for many Americans. But President Barack Obama told a college audience in Virginia that if Mitt Romney wins, things will only get worse.

Obama will be at the White House tonight as first lady Michelle Obama addresses the opening night of the convention.

With Mitt Romney behind closed doors in New England for debate practice, his running mate told a crowd in Ohio that Republicans are looking for history to repeat itself this fall.

Paul Ryan says voters in 1980 "fired" Democrat Jimmy Carter after one term, and "hired" Ronald Reagan -- and Ryan says, "we're going to do the same thing this time."

Ryan is continuing to focus on the question of whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago -- the question that Reagan asked during his campaign against Carter.

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227-w-34-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--Wrapping up a pre-convention swing, President Obama says this week's Democratic convention will clarify the stark choice America faces in deciding between him and Mitt Romney. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((Opens with sound)) (4 Sep 2012)

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203-a-11-(President Barack Obama, at Norfolk State University campaign rally)-"grow our economy"-President Obama says he will do a better job in laying out the details of his economic plans than the Republicans did at their convention. (4 Sep 2012)

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204-a-16-(President Barack Obama, at Norfolk State University campaign rally)-"I do care"-President Obama chides Republican rival Mitt Romney about pledging to repeal what critics call Obamacare on his first day in office if he's elected. (4 Sep 2012)

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210-a-13-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican vice presidential candidate, addressing rally)-"Barack Obama now"-Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the president's administration hasn't created enough jobs. (4 Sep 2012)

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211-a-09-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican vice presidential candidate, addressing rally)-"four years ago"-Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the country has gone backwards during the Obama administration. (4 Sep 2012)

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APPHOTO DCSW109: President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Obama is returning from campaigning in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (4 Sep 2012)

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APPHOTO OHMA112: Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. greets supporters during a campaign event at the Westlake Recreation Center, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 in Westlake, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (4 Sep 2012)

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