Mitt Romney pauses while speaking during the final day of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Republican National Convention has wrapped up with a speech by Mitt Romney that combined details of his life story with a pledge to create millions of jobs and "restore the promise of America."
After entering the convention hall down one of the aisles, shaking hands with dozens of delegates along the way, Romney began a speech in which he spoke of his youth as a Mormon, and then as a married man with five rambunctious sons.
He choked up at least twice, once when he recalled how he and his wife Ann would awake to find "a pile of kids asleep in our room."
But the speech also contained repeated criticism of President Barack Obama, particularly his failure to spur a more robust economic recovery. Romney said Obama can "tell us it was someone else's fault" and that in the next four years "he'll get it right" -- but that he can't tell Americans that they are better off than when he took office.
Romney said he will start his presidency with a "jobs tour" -- and he accused Obama of starting off with an "apology tour." He accused Obama of failing to support Israel, while showing patience with Israel's arch-enemy, Iran.
He drew cheers when he vowed to repeal Obama's signature health care law.
As Mitt Romney spelled out his differences with President Barack Obama, he included the social issues that caused some religious conservatives to have doubts about him.
Romney, who once supported abortion rights, told the convention that as president, he will "protect the sanctity of life." He added that he will "honor the institution of marriage" and "guarantee" what he called "America's first liberty: the freedom of religion."
Romney opposes same-sex marriage and says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left to the states.
The convention delegates responded with laughter when Romney told them that "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans." Romney said his own promise is "to help you and your family."
Romney acknowledged that President Barack Obama gave the order that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. But Romney described Obama's other defense and foreign policy moves as having weakened the nation and betrayed its allies.
Romney said by failing to slow Iran's nuclear threat, Obama has made every American less secure.
He accused Obama of having "thrown allies like Israel under the bus." And he said Obama had "abandoned" Poland by "walking away from" U.S. commitments on missile defense.
Romney referred to an overheard conversation between Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin, in which Obama suggested he'd have "more flexibility" on missile defense after the election.
Romney said if he's elected, Putin will see "a little less flexibility and more backbone."
His speech ended with the now-traditional scene in which Romney and his wife Ann were joined by running mate Paul Ryan and his wife, and then by other family members, as delegates cheered and balloons fell.