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August 31st, 2012
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DNC chair Wasserman Schultz: 'Romney had audacity not to lay out specifics' in RNC speech

"You deserve better" - that was the core theme of the biggest speech of Mitt Romney's political career. It happened right here in Tampa, Florida. He accepted the Republican nomination for president and accused President Obama of squandering the optimism that helped him win the Oval Office.

This morning on "Starting Point," Democratic National Committee chairwoman Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla) was here in Tampa for that speech. She says what she didn't hear in Romney's speech was any specifics on how he would lead the country.

"What is deeply concerning to me as an American is that Mitt Romney had the audacity to not layout specifics but nice platitudes about how he would create job, 12 million of people, get a handle on the economy and apply his economic wizardry to the nation's problems and did it in a way that didn't give us any specifics," she says.

When asked about Americans concerns that President Obama would not be able to turn the country around economically and create jobs, she said Obama knows it will take time.

"We have a long way to go and President Obama has said that. Simply saying the word jobs a whole bunch of times during the Republican national convention doesn't give Americans any understanding of how they would do that. And that's what's important. There are two paths and visions in front of voters," she says.

Wasserman Schultz also previewed what Americans can expect at the Democratic National Convention next week.

"We're going to have - very different from this week, which was an invitation-only, special interest funded, enthused affair. Our will start with a community festival celebrating the Carolinas and Virginia and close with President Obama accepting the party's nomination for a second term, also with an open to the public event in front of tens of thousands, because we believe that the people that should be celebrated are the working families of America and middle class and folks who really Mitt Romney and his party leadership think we should let the crumbs that trickle down eventually help them," she says.

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