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Did Speeches by Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie Live Up to Expectations?

Next to the presidential and vice presidential nominees, Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie's speeches were the most anticipated at the Republican National Convention.

Almost no speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. was more hyped than the one of Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. It generated almost as much excitement among party favorites as her husband's acceptance speech, which is set to take place on the last day of the RNC. Another much anticipated speech was the one given by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Now that both speeches are over, did they live up to expectations? Ann Romney was reported to be nervous about using the teleprompter for the first time, but not much else. She was expected to show the more human side of her husband - to dispel much of the talk about him being unapproachable. Christie, on the other hand, was expected to be his usual flamboyant self, generating excitement and enthusiasm for the ticket.

So now that the speeches are over and ready to be filed in the history books, did they live up to expectations? Do you now see Romney as more approachable and "likable?" Did Christie deliver the shot of enthusiasm the GOP needed?

Larry Reid August 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Maureen, you type very well for a senior citizen. You think clearly too. I think you're right bout the way things used to be with the wife at home and the man working. It just so happens, I cook better than my wife and she makes more money than I do. I think I'll run the staying home thing by her tonight. Thanks
Brian Crawford August 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I see folks suffering Sandy. I also see a Republican Congress that has intentionally prolonged that suffering for political gain. If you think things are worse now than when Obama was elected you have a very short memory and evidently don't know how to use Google.
Harriet August 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Brian, you never miss a chance to beat up on a woman. Do you? Did you ever think that some people like Pam don't have to use Google to know how much worse things are now than they were before Obama.
Brian Crawford August 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Beat up on a woman? Where on earth did that come from? Was I too harsh on Ann Romney? If I was it had nothing to do with her gender, it was the degree of her hypocrisy.
C.J. August 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
RE: "...why is it that the Romney's wealth is such a problem..." To be clear, Romney's wealth, in and of itself, isn't a problem. It's how he acquired the wealth that's a problem (e.g., loading companies with debt, throwing people out of work, off-shoring,...). It's the fact that he pays lower effective tax rates than most middle class Americans that's the problem. It's the fact that Romney hides his money in Swiss bank accounts and the Cayman Islands that's a problem. Most importantly, it's the lack of transparency that suggests that Romney knows that if most people knew how he invested his money and how he got away with paying so little, that they would be repulsed. In fact, Romney has proposed a budget that slashes taxes for people of his economic stature and raises taxes on everybody else, and the ways that he has acquired his wealth and hidden his taxes are red flags indicating what he has in mind for our future. http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/01/news/economy/romney-tax-plan/index.htm
Racer X August 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Larry, It doesn't surprise me in the least that you cook better than your wife and she makes more money. You probably wear crocks too.
C.J. August 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If the far-right cared about the rule of law--as they repeatedly claimed during the Clinton years--then Condi Rice would be sitting in The Hague right now, appropriately tried and convicted of war crimes. http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html
Larry Reid August 30, 2012 at 06:54 PM
No. I don't wear crocks. My mechanic does.
Racer X August 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I am sure he does, while he works on your Prius.
Larry Reid August 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Mike Horsman. What's your beef with me? I don't drive a prius.
Michael paul August 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Unemployment is out of control, gasoline has more than doubled, counties and states are bankrupt, the deficit has tripled, the mid east is in flames, minorities ate more dependent then ever on government, taxes on middle income are about to double, are military is being diminished, the world superpowers are more powerful and we are less powerful, wealth envy is dividing us, race is dividing us and some on this forum want to suggest that the current CEO should be retained and that the reason for his continuance in office is because his opponent has been successful and his wife of 42 years is proud.....what's up with that idiocy?
Brian Crawford August 30, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Hook, line, and sinker.
C.J. August 30, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Michael Paul said, "1. Minorities are more dependent then ever on government... 2. Race is dividing us." Maybe if people wouldn't make ignorant, racist statements like #1 above, then #2 would be less true. With regard to the economy, I'd suggest calling your Congressman (or woman) and Senators and asking them to help pass President Obama's American Jobs Act. Better yet, you might ask them to support The People's Budget. If we can come together on these two plans, then much of the rest will begin to fall together-- http://www.americanjobsact.com/ http://www.epi.org/publication/the_peoples_budget_a_technical_analysis/
Chris August 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM
@C.J. Hook, line, and sucker. Obama already had his job bill. It was called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was a failure. I'm not supporting another one of his failures.
C.J. August 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
RE: "Obama already had his job bill. It was called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was a failure." Chris, That would be a good point, if it was true-- "Did the stimulus work? Certainly not according to Republicans, who regularly blast President Obama’s 'failed' economic policies on the campaign trail... But on Wednesday, under questioning from skeptical Republicans, the director of the nonpartisan (and widely respected) Congressional Budget Office was emphatic about the value of the 2009 stimulus. And, he said, the vast majority of economists agree. In a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 80 percent of economic experts agreed that, because of the stimulus, the U.S. unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been otherwise. 'Only 4 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed,' CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee. 'That,' he added, 'is a distinct minority.' http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/congressional-budget-office-defends-stimulus/2012/06/06/gJQAnFnjJV_story.html (Incidentally, I had been posting under my name, also Chris. But since you were damaging my good name with your misinformation, I had to switch to my initials, C.J.)
Chris August 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Is that right? I hate to be the one to break it to you Chris, but your Kumbaya plan will never work and no thanks for your link. I've seen it all before. I've also seen where exorbitant amounts of money was wasted on single jobs. That's got democrat written all over it. Brace yourself Sucker. 9 weeks. the ones m sure you've already posted it here before.
Larry Reid August 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM
C.J. you are very desperate to be quoting the CBO. That's hilarious. You may want to check their track record. : ) What next? Nancy Pelosi impressions? Shadow puppets?
Racer X August 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Racism. Great. You have no idea the dis-service you pay Black Americans every time you play that card. Newsflash, responsible Americans, Black and White, aren't buying that anymore. You, CJ, the media, and Obama are dividing us. You WANT it that way.
Racer X August 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Volvo? Subaru?
Michael paul August 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
So because this president has been the most divisive in history, black youth unemployment is reaching fifty percent in the urban area, 75 percent of minority females are having babies out of wedlock, I am a racist. First of all CJ racism is the belief that one race is inferior to another, how do these fact equate to racism....dispute the facts and call me a bigot if you want but this is the reality and this political administration is leading the minority herd farther into dependency...I want to see all boat rise on a rising tide and it can only be done given a strong economy, work and opportunity. Only the private sector can offer that. The government creates nothing but get to and dependency forth poor and wealth for the political elite and the corporate collaborators at the very top...ask Jeffery Emmelt, or the CEO's of those national and international companies with their hand in Americas pocket and supporting Obama by a ratio of 85 percent...
Page August 31, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It is nature to debate on behalf of your candidate. One thing I was thinking about after Ann's speech was her FOX news critics. Fox news does a pretty good job of analyzing with an open mind. The critics stated she did not relate to single moms, poor women, working women, etc. They were right. How could she. She should not mislead and try to pretend she was ever any of those positions. She was truly herself. Why all the hate? This is what our country voted for Obama. So we could appreciate all types. Give them a shot. Obama had a 4 year run and he is out of time. If Obama would suddenly swing to the middle like Clinton and Reagan did during their re elections, he would win another term. Instead, Obama stays on the extreme left and keeps stating it is "them" against "us" concepts. The idea needs to be "we". Obama likes to distract the American public with media slander to keep us interested in "what will he say next" instead of "what will he get done next".
Page August 31, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Obama has done a great job of lifting barriers for special interest groups. He has become a better golfer and does a bang up job on predicting the NCAA basketball championship brackets. He also looks cool and just quite frankly is cool. He may smoke Kools. idk. Obama was not the best guy for the job. He surrounded himself with his possey instead of individuals who are highly skilled. He acts like he is a rock star.
C.J. August 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I hear you, Chris and Larry. Not ones to let the Congressional Budget Office and 80 percent of economists convince you that you're wrong. What do they know? Right? I admire how you stand by your convictions--regardless of the facts. Hey Mike H. That's cool a trick you played. Somebody makes a racist comment ("minorities are more dependent then ever on government"), but the person who criticizes him for it is the one playing the race card and "dividing us." I commend you on your attempted application of the old adage, "The best defense is a good offense." Of course, any reasonable person can see through the smokescreen, but I commend your effort.
C.J. August 31, 2012 at 03:15 AM
RE: " If Obama would suddenly swing to the middle..." The only way that Obama could swing to the middle is to move to the left. Obamacare? Mandates? He got those ideas from The Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney. http://healthcarereform.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004182 Cap-and-trade? He got those ideas from John McCain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UPJlJcxa4Q Raising the eligibility age for Medicare and reducing Social Security benefits? He offered these during the debt ceiling negotiations. http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/06/obama-puts-medicare-social-security-cuts-on-the-table/ Tax cuts? He's provided more tax cuts than Bush (1/3 of the stimulus was tax cuts): http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/tax-reform/news/2011/09/13/10287/obama-vs-bush-whos-the-bigger-tax-cutter/ War? He gave the order to kill bin Laden, has doubled-down in Afghanistan, and has decimated al Queda with drone strikes. http://theweek.com/article/index/228956/are-obamas-drone-strikes-decapitating-al-qaeda I'm not happy about most of this. President Obama should have proposed Medicare for All, a carbon tax, tax increases on income from inheritances and investments so that the likes of Mitt Romney pay the same tax rates as the rest of us, and brought our troops home for Afghanistan by now. There are a lot of reasons to vote for Obama. But anybody who thinks that this man is some kind of hard core liberal hasn't been paying attention.
Larry Reid August 31, 2012 at 03:45 AM
@C.J. So you're saying he's not as bad as we thought? Interesting. : ) I'll probably still vote republican since I have the Romney sign in front of my trailer.
Michael paul August 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I am a product dream, my problem I did not set my goals high enough, it is up to me....mitt Romney is one who set his goals high and has achieved them. Originally he would mot have been my first choice for Republican but I truly believe I was wrong. He is the man so many of of strove to be and if elected I can only see optimism and pride return to America...Mr Obama represents nothing that I embrace, I wish him no harm, I just want him gone....I was taught many years ago by a man much wiser that I that a man's circumstances and his circle of friends reveal him....Obama revealed himself to me long ago....I just happened to listen....his policies and lack of leadership confirmed it....
Racer X August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Hi Larry, I am afraid I owe you a big apology. Somehow, I mistook you for Frank Jones. I got who was saying what mixed up in my pea brain. Words cannot express my regret. I really enjoy your posts. You are no Prius driver. Cheers, Mike
Larry Reid August 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Mike, no problem. I was afraid my joke with Maureen may have been out of line. I meant no harm.
Deborah Lang September 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Can you imagine anyone bashing Jacquelyn Bouvier Kennedy Onassis? Did you hear Ann Romney say they gave away Mitt's inheritance? They lived in a basement apartment. I once lived in a garage apartment, no auto, no trust fund but I'm hard working, do not expect a hand-out like a dog and I only applaud the Romney's for their dedication. Look at their 5 children who have never been in trouble. That in itself is stellar.
Deborah Lang September 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Well said. Good to hear another mother's voice. I too raised 5 children, all daughters. No pic-nic I assure you. And no hand outs. Now we are facing our Social Security we paid for being taken away because we are right on the cusp of a middle retirement income. And the government is taking billions out of Medicare to fund O'bama care. Why not just FiX it?

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