Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney today asked President Barack Obama to "start packing", showing confidence that he would be able to defeat the incumbent in the November presidential elections
"Well, start packing. That's what I'd like to say," 65-year-old Romney told ABC News in an interview when asked what his message to the US President was.
"Obviously we have a very different view. The President, I'm sure wants another four years, but the first few didn't go so well," he said. Romney said Obama's policies have not helped the American people. "They have not helped get jobs, they have not helped raise incomes and they've added trillions of dollars of debt."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Photo: AFP
"He has guided America in the wrong direction, and it's time for us to return to the principles of freedom and opportunity that got this nation where it is today," he said.
His wife, Ann Romney, also had a message for Obama. "I believe it's Mitt's time. It's our turn now," she said.
"We don't divide America based upon success and wealth and other dimensions of that nature. We're one nation under God. This is a time when people of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together. I happen to believe that I'm by far the best qualified in this race between myself and President Obama," Romney said.
He alleged that Obama would try to divert the attention of Americans.
"The president is going to try and do everything possible to divert from the attention being focused upon his record as president and the failure of his economic policies. So he's going to try to make this campaign about the fact that I ve been successful, that I've made a lot of money," he said.