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Dems finish convention, Obama says path forward won't be easy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -

Democrats have wrapped up their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., after nominating President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden for second terms.

Delegates chanted "Four more years" when Obama stepped to the podium.

His address, seeking patience, setting new challenges and criticizing his rivals, concluded to strains of "Only in America" and the cheers of 15,000 in the hall.

First Lady Michelle Obama and the couple's daughters, Michelle and Sasha, joined the president on stage after the speech, followed by other family members and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife.

Confetti then filled the air. Typically there is balloon drop, but there wasn't enough time to place them in the arena because the acceptance speech had originally been planned outdoors at Bank of American Stadium due to weather.  It turned out that there were heavy afternoon downpours.

About 4,000 of those with tickets met at the Charlotte convention center where they watched big screens in meeting rooms. 

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Preaching patience, President Barack Obama is telling voters at the Democratic National Convention that solving many of the nation's toughest challenges will take a few years.

Obama says that Republicans are calling for tax cuts to solve every problem. While he supported breaks for the middle class, he says he doesn't believe tax cuts for the wealthy would generate jobs or pay down the deficit.

Obama say job gains in the manufacturing sector over the last two years have reversed a decade of declines. He says the nation needs to invest in job training and education because it's the gateway to a middle-class life.

On foreign policy, Obama accused Republican challenger Mitt Romney of wanting to take the nation back to what he called an era of blustering and blundering.

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