The Obama campaign has worked hard to portray Romney as a rich Wall Street operator who has been able to amass his wealth in part by taking advantage of tax loopholes not available to the average Joe.
Mrs. Obama reinforced the message when she talked about the values that she and her husband, the president, learned when they were growing up.
"We learned about dignity and decency — that how hard you work matters more than how much you make, that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself," she said. "We learned about honesty and integrity — that the truth matters, that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules, and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square."
— Stephen Ohlemacher — Twitter http://twitter.com/stephenatap
QUICKQUOTE: MICHELLE OBAMA
"Today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are — no, it reveals who you are." — First lady Michelle Obama, on her husband.
'GROW A BACKBONE'
The man who succeeded Mitt Romney as governor of Massachusetts delivered a fiery message to Democrats — show some backbone.
Gov. Deval Patrick, who took the helm in Massachusetts in 2007, energized the delegates Tuesday night with a harsh attack on Romney's record in the statehouse. He dismissed Republican policies and implored Democrats to help President Barack Obama secure another term.
"If we want to win elections in November and keep our country moving forward, if we want to earn the privilege to lead, my message is this: It's time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe!" Patrick said to a roar from the crowd.
"Quit waiting for pundits or polls or super PACs to tell us who the next president or senator or congressman is going to be. We're Americans. We shape our own future. Let's start by standing up for President Barack Obama."
— Donna Cassata — Twitter http://twitter.com/DonnaCassataAP
HOW TO PAY?
One thing is noticeably missing from Democrats' speeches at their convention so far: discussion of how to pay for the programs they are urging.
Many speakers have called for more investment in higher education, more money spent on infrastructure, more for early childhood education. But few of the Democratic speakers have focused on the country's budget deficit or how they would rein it in. That of course was a big focus of the Republican convention last week, even though the Republicans were short on specifics.
One of the rare speakers who did address the question was San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. He spoke of the longtime Democratic position that wealthy people in America should pay a greater share of the nation's taxes. Republicans want to keep taxes lower across the board. The fight over whether to retain President Bush's tax cuts is one of the main differences between this year's candidates.
— Sally Buzbee
QUICKQUOTE: MIDDLE CLASS
"The Romney-Ryan budget doesn't just cut public education, cut Medicare, cut transportation and cut job training. It doesn't just pummel the middle class_it dismantles it. It dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class." — San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Tuesday night's keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Mitt Romney's past use of a Swiss bank account is getting a lot of notice at the Democratic convention.
First, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland criticized the Republican nominee for what he called a lack of economic patriotism, citing his overseas accounts. Romney has investments in Cayman Island-based funds and previously held a Swiss account.