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.

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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