Mitt Romney Takes His Turn on Stage

Friday, August 31, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In all of the speeches, hubbub, and storylines coming out of the Republican National Convention — Paul Ryan’s ascendence, Chris Christie's stumbles, Condoleezza Rice’s reemergence — it sometimes seemed the leading man of the show would be overshadowed by the rising stars of the Republican Party.

But presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally had the stage to himself last night, when he gave his speech in the waning hours of the convention. His priority was to make a point about jobs and define himself to the country, but fellow Republicans had been beseeching him to show his softer side as a husband and as a father. 

It may be the last time in the election cycle where the spotlight focuses so narrowly on Romney alone. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich was in Tampa, Florida for the convention. He analyzes Romney's performance.


Todd Zwillich

Comments [8]

unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Republicans spent four years depriving President Obama of progress.

Makes it that much easier for Mitt Romney (and republicans) to hold President Obama accountable for having been an inadequate president.

It's not fair to blame republicans entirely. President Obama could've been a different president AS motivational, transformational as he has been inspirational and aspirational.

I don't expect America will change radically day one, if Mitt Romney is elected. What it may take to fix the country may be EXACTLY the same as it was on the LAST day of President Obama's presidency.

Lack of courage won't change that, if it comes down to a choice President Romney is equally unwilling to make.

There will still be cheap labor in China, outsourced labor to India, troops in Afghanistan, a troubled relationship with Pakistan, nuclear concerns in Iran, an 8.+ unemployment rate and so on.

You haven't made a difference just because you're there when a difference happens. President Bush declared "Mission accomplished". Worked out about as well as "Hope and Change" so far.

Running America is more than just running a business. America is more than just its economy.

And the congress, the senate will still have a measure of republicans and democrats ready to either stand in the way or in each other's way along the path to progress. True for Obama. True for Romney.

Changing of the guard won't change that.

Whoever is president, Jan 20th, 2013.

Those facts will still be outstanding - Jan 21st, 2013.

President Obama's biggest liability is that republicans have either figured out his playbook or have figured out what makes him tick. They have figured out how to prevent him from succeeding.

If running America like a business is the key to success, Bush, a Business Major, should've been a booming success. He wasn't. Mitt Romney doesn't look to much change that approach to running America. Seems to me we're about to get more of what we've had. And seems we'll be able to expect predictable results - based on past experience.

Good news for business, bankers, wall street.

Simple question. How's THAT been working out lately (for those who want to know how "Hope and Change" has been working?

Fair enough?

Sep. 06 2012 08:00 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

The most real part of the Republican Naional Convention happened when Clint Eastwood was on stage. Clint is the only one who represented the Republican Party accurately: OLD, WHITE, and CRAZY.

Sep. 01 2012 09:31 PM
carl from queens

romney said, ''obama threw israel under the bus''.... it is romney himself, who threw, not only his owm pres, but all 310 million americans under the bus.... condoleezza said, ''peace really does come through strenght''.... does this not hold true for the iranians and all other nations who do not agree with our foreign policy decisions?... how is it i never hear these egg heads taking about making friends so we stand a shot at living in peace and harmony?...

Aug. 31 2012 11:26 AM
kay from Boston

I'm not listening to a thing until someone is willing to provide actual details of what he/she is going to do or not do. Has anyone looked at the numbers of people tuning in to these conventions? I'll bet the percentage of all TV viewers is way, way down.

Aug. 31 2012 11:18 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N,Y,

I am alright with not knowing Romney. I worked in Corporate America for 8 years. I quite often knew nothing about the Big Boss and he didn't seem to care

Aug. 31 2012 09:52 AM

"killed 320 million human beings last year". Are you sure about that number? There are less than 300 million Americans in total!

btw - Marco Rubio and most of us know that President Obama is a decent, family man. And Governor Romney would be the first to say the same and say that is about the economy and not about President Obama personally.

Aug. 31 2012 08:23 AM

re: Ed from Larchmount - please support your fact that 'Planned Parenthood killed 320 million human beings last year.'

And what we saw in Romney's speech was the PROMISE to rehabilitate American business. Romney has NOT accomplished that yet.

Aug. 31 2012 06:45 AM
Ed from Larchmont

What we saw was the rehabilitation of American business. Mitt Romney offers us family, decency, and common sense. The President offers us one thing only, and that Mitt Romney doesn't offer: complete sexual freedom and a society that is arranged to deal with the fall-out. That's why the president of Planned Parenthood (an organization that killed 320 million human beings last year) is speaking at the DNC.

Aug. 31 2012 06:06 AM

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