As is the case most weeks, Sunday’s political news programs had a clear recurring theme – ducking the threshold question of this and every presidential election since Ronald Reagan so brilliantly raised it – “Are the American People better off today than they were four years ago?”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the keynote address to the 2012 Republican National Convention Tuesday night in Tampa, Florida and certainly did not disappoint. While some were surprised he “toned it down” and refrained from directly attacking President Obama, my take away was a new respect for the outspoken governor as he clearly put the party ahead of his own personal ambitions. He could have stole the show by offering nothing but red meat. Instead, he chose to speak to independents, moderates, and undecideds – you know, the people that will most likely determine this election.
The next First Lady of the United States Ann Romney addressed the 2012 Republican National Convention Tuesday night in Tampa and wowed and at-home viewing audience of more than 20 million. She was tasked with the job of “humanizing” her husband. She succeeded and endeared herself to the American People in the process.
Congressman Paul Ryan took the stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention and officially took his place on the GOP Presidential Ticket tasked with challenging Obama-Biden in November. As first impressions go, I have to say Ryan handled himself rather well. I’ve been critical here of Ryan (superficially) as I tend to think the guy’s kinda nerdy. That said, I’m pleased to admit that Congressman Ryan made nerdy look kinda cool Wednesday night.
Governor Chris Christie says he’ll holding nothing back in his Keynote Address to next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa. “I don’t think they have any expectation nor have they requested that I have a personality-ectomy between now and next Tuesday,” Christie told Haskell. “They know what they’re buying,” Christie added.
Obama’s Deputy Campaign manager Stephanie Cutter made an appearance on This Week with Jake Tapper to respond to criticisms of the Joe Soptic anti-Romney ad. Cutter once again denied knowing Soptic’s story even though she was on a conference call that featured Mr. Soptic. In the video, she doubles down on the double down.
Could Hillary Clinton replace Joe Biden on the ticket? Adding to speculation… President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are all meeting at the White House today. The president’s schedule says the meeting is nothing more than a briefing and lunch. Could it be the beginning of the end for Mr. Biden?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio will introduce Governor Mitt Romney at this month’s Republican Convention in Tampa as the GOP candidate takes the stage to officially accept the Party’s nomination to challenge Barack Obama this November. Seen by most as the second most prestigious speaking slot at the convention, I can’t help but think that introducing Romney will be as big for Rubio as it will be for Romney. He’s young. He’s good looking. He’s charismatic. He knows how to deliver the red meat and he’s developed a delivery that can appeal far beyond those sitting in the seats at the convention.