Mitt Romney formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday in a speech aimed squarely at swing voters disillusioned with President Obama and a still-lagging economy.

“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed, but his promises gave way to disappointment and division,” Romney said. This isn’t something we have to accept.”

In excerpts of his remarks released in advance, Romney argued that “what America need is jobs.”

The former Massachusetts governor asked voters to “forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.”

“Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Romney will say, according to the remarks. “But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”