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Romney Makes A 'Prebuttal'

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Mitt Romney spoke for about 20 minutes at the Roof with a View venue in Uptown Charlotte. Photo: Tanner Latham

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Mitt Romney spoke for about 20 minutes at the Roof with a View venue in Uptown Charlotte. Photo: Tanner Latham Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney highlighted the 2008 Democratic National Convention when he visited Uptown Charlotte Wednesday. The venue had a view of Bank of America Stadium, the site where President Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination in September. But it's the president's speech from Denver four years ago that Romney continually referenced. For example, back then the president said he would be measured by job and income growth. "On the measures the president himself indicated would determine whether we were making progress or not, he has failed," said Romney. "It is very clear that his agenda has not accomplished what he said it would when he ran for office when he spoke in Denver." Romney cited statistics on high unemployment rates and job losses. But he said nothing about his plan to address these issues. Nor did he point out that the darkest times for the banking industry and the overall economy occurred two months after Mr. Obama's speech while President Bush was still in office. Romney billed his speech as a 'prebuttal' to President Obama's Democratic nomination speech in September. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer says this is another sign of the importance of North Carolina in the general election. "We have been seeing the signals for a very long time that both Obama and Romney are going to make North Carolina a cornerstone of their competitive campaign," said Bitzer. It was clear to the audience of supporters that the presidential race is now between two people. The speech lasted about 20 minutes, and Romney didn't take any questions from the public or media. He ended the day with a fundraiser at Myers Park Country Club.