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Obama touts accomplishments, lays out goals for second term

CHARLOTTE, NC (WXOW) -- In his bid for re-election, President Barack Obama drew on the accomplishments of his administration and looked ahead to the goals for a potential second term.

After accepting his party's nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention, Obama said his administration helped rebuild the U.S. automotive industry, end the war in Iraq, laid the groundwork for the end of the war in Afghanistan and took down Osama bin Laden.

The president said the U.S. is less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last two decades.

He said he's cut taxes for the middle class and has a plan to rebuild the economy, in which education plays a big role.

"Together I promise you we can outeducate and outcompete any nation on earth. So help me, help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers within in 10 years and improve early childhood education. Help give two million workers the chance to learn skills at their community colleges that will lead directly to a job. Help us work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next 10 years. We can meet that goal together. You can choose that future for America," said Obama.

During his speech, the president also said he's not going to let Medicare become a voucher program.

He also said his opponents, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, have little experience with foreign policy.

After his speech, the president was joined on stage by his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters, along with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. Biden accepted the vice presidential nomination earlier in the night.

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