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Did GOP Convention Speakers Convince You to Vote Republican?

Speakers at the Republican Convention strived to make overtures towards groups who typically don’t vote Republican and to make Mitt Romney more palatable to Americans who see him as unlikable.

Whether it was Paul Ryan speaking to young people lamenting their lack of job prospects, Ann Romney speaking to women about the difficulties of raising five children while dealing with cancer, or Marco Rubio speaking about his humble origins as the son of two working class Cuban immigrants, Republican convention speakers attempted this week to reach out to a broad group of people who are skeptical of Republican policies.

As a result of tough immigration laws supported by Republicans such as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Hispanics have grown more skeptical of the party. Similarly, made by Republican Congressman Todd Aikin have not helped Republicans respond to Democratic claims of a “war against women.” Young people have long been loyal Democrats, especially given concerns about potential Republican cuts to student loans.

The most bizarre moment of the convention was likely the speech of actor Clint Eastwood, who served a term as Mayor of Carmel. In Eastwood’s unscripted speech, he conversed with an imaginary Obama. What started out as a rhetorical ploy turned more absurd as the imaginary Obama appeared to heckle Eastwood, prompting Eastwood to respond,

“No I will not tell him to do that to himself!”

Political analysts have given Mitt Romney’s speech credit for showing his personality, something that commentators say was necessary given that most Americans view Romney as less likeable than Obama. The typically staid Romney appeared to choke up, particularly when he spoke about his family.

However, some say his speech in particular was lacking in substance and misleading on the facts.

In contrast to his earlier stance acknowledging the existence of global warming, Romney’s line Thursday night was an apparent rejection of any action in his presidency to combat the rising threat.

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family,” he told the audience who responded with an uncomfortable laugh.

Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina was unsurprisingly unimpressed with Romney’s speech

“Mitt Romney's speech tonight offered many personal attacks and gauzy platitudes, but no tangible ideas to move the country forward,” said Messina.

Condoleezza Rice, a Stanford professor and former Secretary of State, also spoke of her humble upbringings at the convention and expressed concern over the decline of American exceptionalism.

“When the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful economic and political experiment in human history,” she said, in her speech which never directly addressed Obama.

With three days of prime-time coverage of their platforms, people and ideas, the question is now whether the convention has persuaded the valuable undecided voters to vote Republican.

 

Have the Republican National Convention speakers convinced you to vote Mitt Romney for President? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Maria September 04, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Thanks DM for a refreshing and honest point of view to read.
Justin September 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Nobody cares. Perfect.
Andrew Peceimer September 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
How does Bush, Powell, and Palin not being at the GOP Convention make your life better or worse? Get realistic Justin and you can make a positive difference in your local community. Can you recognize the 16 trillion dollar debt, high unemployment and $4 gas are serious problems? Since Obama had spent 5.2 trillion in 3.5 years ( yes can you believe anyone could spend that much), not created the jobs he promised, and is not actively allowing more drilling for more oil to reduce the cost. We can not reward Obama for another term with such terrilbe results. By voting for a new Presdident -MITT ROMNEY-we will all be better off.
Justin September 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Not all of us. Maybe you, Andy.
Justin September 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The stock market is up, my portfolio is a lot better than it was in 2008, and prices of houses are up in this region. Of course, Andrew will find a way to call it tricky math. But again, Andrew is like the republican house. From election day 2008, their main goal was to not cooperate with the president at all costs and be sure he didn't get relected. A classy bunch.
Andrew Peceimer September 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Justin, Great to hear you are doing well. Are you part of a Public Union Adminstration or the Calfironia Teachers Adminstration that wants everything for themselves today with high salaries, benefits and pensions causing future generations to be burdened with trillions to pay for while you had a nice life? Your attempt to disguise yourself as caring for the rest of America and future generations is not working. Also, did you forget the Obama and the Democrats controlled all branches of the goverment during the first part of the Obama Adminstration. Thus how do you blame the Republicans and other conservatives like myself?
Ron September 04, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I didn't think any one who is earning a living and self-employed is actually voting for the Democrats. I'm glad I was sitting down when I read this. :-D
Justin September 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Yes, Ron--surprise. Wake up!
Ron September 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
You're right. A real surprise. Then again, some people still believe we never landed on the moon. The rest of us can't spend all our time trying to fix these mistakes. We have to work.
Michael Craig September 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Democrats lie about "War on Women" is not working, Obama's Class warfare is not working and over 23 Million Americans are NOT working. Whose side are you on? Most Americans who are worse off would vote for Alfred E. Neuman versus Obama. A vote for Mitt is not necessarily a vote for him but a vote against Obama. Now I am actually voting for Mitt and less against Obama after convention. Only Liberal Californians who are in denial (the state is going bankrupt) can't see that Obama has been bankrupting America since 2008. For all the liberals in the high tech arena-how long would a CEO of a Yahoo, Google, or Cisco last if he or she was running the company as poorly as Obama is running America? How long could that new CEO blame the previous CEO before the shareholders got fed up and fired him or her? Well the answer is less than 1 year. We, the shareholders, aka the American public want a new CEO meaning Obama has got to go! Sorry but the excuses of Obama are not just getting- but are TIRED. Americans are sick and TIRED of Obama's excuses. Obama is one and done!
Justin September 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Ron--I agree!
Vince Chutney September 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Re. 2012 DNC platform: "God" has been completely removed from the platform. When asked by the media why, Senate Majority Whip "Tricky" Dick Durbin refused to answer. That's right. Flat out refused. The 2008 DNC platform had only one mention of God, down from 7 mentions in the 2004 DNC platform. In the words of the great Giants' announcer Lon Simmons, "Going...Going...Gone! Bye bye baby!" Democrats can now take pride in the fact that they have now become "the Godless Party".
Enquiring Mind September 04, 2012 at 10:34 PM
If that is true, I applaud the DNC. The law of this land is the Constitution, not the bible. The word, God, should also be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. It wasn't there when I learned and said the Pledge each day in school. It was put there by Dwight Eisenhour in 1963 and had NOTHING to do with whether we were a christian nation or not.
Enquiring Mind September 04, 2012 at 10:35 PM
That should say "1953".
Andrew Peceimer September 04, 2012 at 11:02 PM
E Mind.....God Bless you and your family :-)
Vince Chutney September 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM
EM: Glad to see you are such a BIG fan and defender of the United States Constitution. I guess that it goes without saying that you are also a BIG fan and supporter of the Tea Party since they, like you, are huge supporters of the U. S. Constitution as "the law of the land" with a reliance upon: • Limited federal government • Individual freedoms • Personal responsibility • Free markets • Returning political power to the states and the people Good show, EM! Good show!
Enquiring Mind September 05, 2012 at 12:05 AM
And you and yours as well.
Enquiring Mind September 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I have about as much respect for the Tea Party and its members as I do the Westboro Baptist Church.
Justin September 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Vince--last time I checked the Constitution, there was a separation of church and state. Some people believe religion should be kept out of politics. Why can't you respect other people's opinions rather than instantly turn into an ass if they don't share your views? You ought to give Dale Carnegie a try.
Justin September 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
So, if I believe in God I can't be a Democrat? You were kind of interesting in the beginning, but now you're acting like a neocon honey badger.
Maria September 05, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I can finally "respect" the Democrats, they are finally showing who they truly are by eliminating mention of God at their convention. It's so disgusting to watch them fake being God fearing practicing religious patriots only when it comes to being re-elected! Let them shine with the truth about who they really are! Amen.
bill K. September 05, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Bill With a couple of exceptions what is wrong with you people? Where is your decency? You would think it would take our government killing and maiming 1,000,000 people over lies who had nothing to do with what is going on in the World to get any compassion out of you. Oh wait, we did that. Obama murders men, woman, and children just like Bush did. That has cost trillions. Aug. was the biggest loss of American soldiers yet in Afghanistan. If you don`t think that has caused centuries of rage in those affected , you just don`t care, you haven`t bothered to keep current with the events and discoveries since 9-11, then your phony patriotic arguments are hollow. Likewise if you believe the propaganda against alternative energy and envirionmental causes. These things work. On the one hand there is someone who made his money taking assets from companies and loading them up with debt and destroying people, the other is someone doing his Bush impression. Do you really think that those who control these people have any qualms about stealing trillions as they have been doing? Do you really think that they care about your religious or other values except to use you? Or maybe you just don`t care. The molestations at St. Catherines aside, the Catholic Church shipping Father Fergus up here from L.A. in the fifties after alleged molestations there (documented) might have been fine with you. Anyway, I see little intelligent thought here or critical thinking, and no patriotism.
Vince Chutney September 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
"Absolutely." Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter has gone so far as to assert that "by any measure" voters are in better shape today than they were four years ago. Really? Let's consult the raw data: Unemployment: 7.8% then, 8.3% now Median income: $54,983 then, $50,964 now Gas prices: $1.85 per gallon then, $3.78 now National debt: $10.6 trillion then, $16 trillion now Half of all Americans are now considered "poor" or "low income." One out of every six Americans is living in poverty -- an increase of millions since Obama took office. Food stamp usage has increased by 45 percent under this president. Average family health care premium costs have increased to roughly $15,000 per year. I know. Bush's fault! Romney's fault! Bain's fault! Cheney's fault! Rove's fault! Palin's fault! Tea Party's fault! Fox News' fault! ... Never the fault of almost 4 year president Barack H. Obama. Never.
V. Scheurich September 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Absolutely will vote republican because of this on top of everything else: Democrats are now officially "Godless"!: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/09/democrats-are-officially-godless/
Vince Chutney September 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
So Obama is telling us that one of the big reasons to vote for him is because he is a great military leader and he killed Osama Bin Laden all by his lonesome. Alternatively, Pres. Barack H. Obama wants to claim that all of the financial woes this country is currently experiencing were created by the policies set forth by the 8 year Bush Administration. The question must be asked: Why isn't Obama likewise giving credit to Bush for the killing of Osama Bin Laden instead of taking credit all by himself - and I emphasiize, "all by himself"? After all, if Bush's fiscal policies caused all of our current financial woes, wouldn't it be the Bush military, intelligence and logistical policies that made the killing of OBL possible?
Justin September 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I am godless? No, I'm a Christian Democrat. However, I also realize there's a separation of church and state, regardless of what the neocons try to ram down my throat.
Maria September 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Justin a Christian Democrat? Why such angry hate? Let me remind you that separation of church and state does NOT mean a godless governance, it simple means NO GOVERNMENT CAN IMPOSE A RELIGION, WE ARE FREE TO PRACTICE ANY RELIGION WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTRUSION!
Justin September 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Maria--funny because it sounds like you're full of anger and hate toward Democrats. I said I didn't like religion being pushed on me. I am a Christian, my friends range from non-believers to Buddhism, to Muslims, etc. We never try to change one another or push our beliefs on each other, we don't think our beliefs are better than the other. We are just content with what we believe in and about whom we worship. So, I agree that we are free to practice, but not be so obstinate so we hate people who don't believe what we do. God Bless!
Maria September 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I don't see where you think I am full of hate towards Democrats, I don't agree with their policies. All I ever hear from here is how Republicans are liars and want to bring us "backwards." The hate is not from me. I always find it suspect when someone needs to list the different "types" of people they associate with to prove open mindedness. It's none of my business nor does it have anything to do about separation of powers. I have not expressed any hate towards any type of person, it seems to be all you. I just have a difference of opinion on policy. Thanks for the blessing and the same to you.
Maria September 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
My previous post was in answer to Justin

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