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What Mitt Romney didn’t say

Mitt Romney had a big opportunity last night. As he delivered the most important speech of his campaign, he had the chance to tell the American people what he's done and what he might do as President. But he didn't.

Romney vaguely told us he'd "learned the real lessons in how America works from experience"—but when it came to specifics about his actual experience in governing, he was silent. We didn't hear one word about his record as a one-term governor of Massachusetts, where job growth was 47th out of 50 under his watch, and per capita debt was the highest in the country, and he raised taxes and fees by $750 million per year.

And what about his plan for our country's future? He neglected to mention that he'd give trillions in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy paid for by the middle class. There was nothing said about his plan to turn seniors' guaranteed Medicare benefits into a voucher system. There was no mention of how his budget could slash K–12 education and Pell Grants or how he plans to keep billions in taxpayer subsidies for big oil while cutting funding for renewable energy. And he didn't even utter the word "Afghanistan," even though 84,000 of his fellow Americans are there, fighting for our country.

This is exactly what we've come to expect from Romney: A whole lot of personal attacks and gauzy platitudes—and no tangible ideas to move the country forward.

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