At a joint press conference with the Mexican president, President Obama disputes the vision of America presented at the Republican National Convention this week.
"The Republicans had an opportunity this week to share their vision with the country," Obama added. "And I'm going to let the American people judge how persuasive their arguments were. Next week the Democrats will have an opportunity to present their vision, of both the progress we've made and how we've made sure that everybody gets opportunity and security in the future."
"It's not really clear how appealing it was," he said. "We'll find out. That's what elections are for. I did not watch the convention. I don't think that's a surprise. I've got a lot of stuff to do. And they are pretty long events. But I did read some of what was said."
BARACK OBAMA: The one thing that I think is important to recognize, is this idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse; this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn't really jibe with the experience of most people.
I hope people, the next morning, walked outside and birds were chirping and the sun was out and this afternoon, people will be, you know, watching their kids play in sports teams and go to the swimming pool, and folks are going to work and getting ready for the weekend. And in particular, I think it is important, just to be absolutely clear here, that some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week [at the Republican convention] just don't jibe with the facts.
The Mexcian president stressed that the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico will be a constructive one regardless of who is elected president in November.