Thursday, August 30, 2012

Romney likely to appeal to base tonight

When Mitt Romney formally accepts his party's nomination tonight, he has two main directions that he can take if he wants to make major impact.  He can go after President Barack Obama hard to appeal to the party faithful or he can attempt to woo independents watching on prime time television. 

By giving the Tea Party and other conservatives plenty of "red meat" tonight, it will show that he is trying to energize them for the ground war.  The party base wants to hear tough attacks on Obama and the Democrats.

On the other hand, independent voters tend to dislike negative campaigning from either party.  If he goes on the offensive, his already low likeability ratings go plunge even lower as he addresses a nationwide audience.The likeability index is one of the barometers that can indicate which way undecided voters will break as the election nears.

From released excerpts of the speech, it appears that Romney will attack Obama, but not with the same energy that he has used on the campaign trail.

In yesterday's post, I mistakenly said that Bill Clinton would be the keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention when in reality it will be San Antonio Mayor Juli├ín Castro, the first Latino to ever to deliver a  Democratic convention keynote.   Bill Clinton will instead enter Obama's name into nomination. The Democrats will feature a strong lineup of women including Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Barbara Mikulski, Kamala Harris, Caroline Kennedy and Eva Longoria.

The Democratic schedule will feature First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, Sept. 4, along with Mayor Castro.  On Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren will speak before Bill Clinton who will counter Paul Ryan's speech on the second day of the Republican convention.  Vice President Joe Biden will introduce President Obama on Thursday.

President Obama with actress Sissy Spacek in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 29, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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