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President’s goals rely more on resolve than specifics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama’s appeal for a second term Thursday evening came wrapped in economic aspirations that struck a familiar promise, one of hope for Americans struggling to get ahead.

Voters looking for a specific and credible plan to pull America out of the economic doldrums may have been disappointed. But by rolling out a package of goals that he can champion over the final two months of the campaign, packaged in an optimistic vision, Obama tried to reset terms of the debate and shift the conversation away from Republican Mitt Romney’s stinging rebukes over the economy.

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