What did you think of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech?

Thursday evening, Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president with a speech that was anticipated as the most important of his political career. Today’s Question: What did you think of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech?

  • Duane

    I felt that today’s question omits an important point: Did you watch or listen to Mitt’s acceptance speech? This question should have preceded the main question. I watched the entire speech on C-SPAN and felt he showed his ability to provide the proper leadership to restore a positive direction to this countries future. A memorable point was his comment: “Our current President said he would heal the earth……..I will heal the family.” I felt that pointed out his empathy and compassion toward the concerns of many people in this country today. That quality along with his many years of leadership experience will serve this county well.

  • Emery

    Mr Romney’s speech was just okay. He certainly didn’t hurt himself. But I don’t think he changed anyone’s mind and it may worry Republicans about his ability to move the polls before November.

  • Rich

    So Obama promised America a lot in 2008 and then delivered little. He has since blamed most of his failures on Republican obstructionism.

    Romney is promising America a lot today (4% GDP growth, 500,000 jobs created per month, etc.) which he has no realistic chance of delivering.

    I kind of want to see, in a bout of schadenfreude, Romney win the presidency and then watch him fail miserably and later scapegoat his failures on someone else. But then again, I kind of don’t.

  • Duane

    12 Million jobs over 48 months, one term, is 250000 jobs per month, only slightly over 100000 more jobs than created in the past few month. I never heard him say 500000 jobs.

  • reggie

    I can’t stand to listen to Ryan and Romney lie to cheering crowds, but I did read both of their speeches. Ryan’s was a typical, self-aggrandizing, vice-president-as-attack dog shill. If last night’s speech was supposed to be Romney’s bold statement to shape his campaign message for the next three months, it failed. Even by political standards, he’s an empty suit.

    The real mystery to me is why any working class or middle class American would fall for this stuff. Tax cuts for the wealthy (Romney’s primary objective) and draconian reductions in govt services for everyone else (Ryan’s goal) won’t help anyone, won’t create jobs, won’t lead to a brighter future for our kids… except maybe for Romney’s kids and their ilk.

  • Bob

    I didn’t watch the speech but I checked http://www.politifact.com this morning to see how the fact-checkers were handling it. I see that they gave him a pants-on-fire rating for his accusation that President Obama began his presidency with an apology tour. You would think that politicians would feel a sense of shame when fact-checking organizations analyze their statemments and discredit them but I guess that there is no shame in politics any more.

  • Rich

    Yes he did.

    And additional tax cuts for the rich, spending on defense…

    And balance the budget.

    “Voodoo Economics”

  • linda

    I did not listen to the speech. I know who I am going to vote for and don’t need the hyped up lies. I guess that is what you have to do when you can’t face the voters with concrete ideas instead of mystic promises. God help us.

  • Steve the Cynic

    I had a prior commitment last night that was more important than listening to Romney’s speech. From what I hear in the reports of it this morning, it sounds like I didn’t miss much. He didn’t say anything new, making arguments that are only persuasive to people who are eager to be persuaded.

    I’m a little surprised that the man at the top of the ticket would persist in repeating assertions that the fact checkers have already debunked. That kind of slime-ball rhetoric is usually reserved for surrogates. I’m guessing they’re counting on their efforts to discredit the fact checkers to diffuse that criticism.

    As for his promise that the economy would come roaring back under his administration, it’s a bit like predicting that spring will come a few months after his inauguration. The economy is due for an upswing anyway, and the president has only marginally more control over it than he does over the weather.

    A more important question is what he thinks the economy is for. Bain Capital was successful under his watch only if you measure success by how much profit your company is able to extract from the economy. His job there was to help already rich people get even richer, and he was apparently successful at that. I know Mormonism teaches against greed, so it’s surprising he would hold up his work helping the greedy as a qulification for the presidency.

  • Larry M.

    I didn’t watch and hope his ratings were low. I just don’t like arguing with myself if whether he’s really that out of touch, delusional or just a liar. Was it really a Freudian slip when he said, “we own America”, or was he talking about his political coalition including the Koch brothers and big oil?

  • Jim G

    I didn’t watch the speech. He creates too much cognitive dissonance with my reality. I did read the news reports and from what I can discern the dissonance with truthfully telling the American story was there, again. It’s nothing new. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… Oh, what the heck. I’m not being fooled again.

    I’ve read the Republican Party Platform and know what Romney/Ryan have planned for the middle class: loss of wealth, health care, and more debt for educating our kids for the decreasing numbers of good jobs left after the last Republican/Bush 2008 Great Recession.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    If you like lies and distortions it was a great speech.

    From just about any measure most Americans are better off now than they were at the end of the Bush Administration. Just look at the unemployment rate, stock values, and banking crisis four years ago, and compare it with what we have right now.

    We damn near fell into another Great Depression, and were lucky to have avoided it–all without help from the Republicans, whose main goal was to see Obama fail.

    The real question should be: Why would you want to return the Presidency to the same folks who wrecked

    the economy in the first place?

  • Clark

    Fantastic speech

    A recession is when your neighbor losses a job

    A depression is when you lose your job

    A recovery is when obama loses his job

    Margaret Thatcher stated it best

    “Socialism is great, until you run out of other peoples money”

    Sure sounds like our current clueless president.

  • Ann

    I read that the German government worked with businesses and unions to make their economy better. I hope that Romeny is right– that something can be done so that we can get jobs and health insurance. MPR listeners might not want to hear it, but the speeches about Romney’s work in his church don’t change anything.Good works don’t make you a Christian. Admitting that you can’t be good enough and that you need the Savior makes you a Christian. Mormons believe you can become so good that you can become god of your own planet(like their “god” did.)Romney said that his school friends didn’t care what church he went to. That is too bad because they could have shared the truth with him.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I listened to the speech last night. It was a continuation of the Republican spin and lies we’ve been hearing all along. Thinkprogress.org has fact checked (with references) the speech and found at least 34 instances (my count) of spin or untruths. It was a pep rally and nothing more.

    The Republicans continue to be very good at hijacking populist moral issues, belittling the Federal Government, and spinning half-truths, all to the benefit of their real constituency, the rich and big business.

  • david

    Didn’t watch, don’t have the stomach for it. I know his schemes, and i know they are not in my best interest. I don’t need the lies told to me with a fake grin and an empty look in his eye. Any one notice when romney talked if david koch’s lips were moving?

    Am curious if he managed to trick any of us that he is not as out of touch with the realities 99% of us face, and from reading these posts i think not.

  • James

    LIke many others today, I could not bring myself to watch it, but did read it and listened to clips this morning on MPR.

    It was a good speech. Romney is a very smart and successful man, and truly believes he will do better for us than than the current president. He speaks well. He is much less awkward than my previous impressions of him.

    His promises were vague and he glossed over the awkward social issues and other far right stuff. The vague promises are less of a concern to me than the far right stuff. Detailed plans always start with priorities and vision. If anyone, Romney will be able to sort out the details over time.

    President Obama and his gang have a huge advantage going second. The GOP gave them a lot of ammunition this week (and every week.) If President Obama and his gang can’t take advantage, they probably do deserve to be booted.

  • Not Einstein

    Thousands of spoken words falling,

    Like dust and ashes from both sides of their mouths

    Complete lack of substantive concepts,

    Empty rhetoric filled with promises,

    Accusations of the opponent’s negativity,

    Far too often to prove positivity.

    Delusional cowboy hearing voices from apparitions,

    Stories meant to jerk tears from observers,

    Hard times dining off an ironing board,

    While living off investments,

    A gigantic cheer leading venture,

    Begging America to “Like Mitt.”

  • GregX

    Like watching a race between paint drying and grass growing. No memorable moments, no clearly stated path on which to move, just Nieman Marcus goals on a Walmart budget.

  • Brett

    Good speech. I consider myself an independent simply because I don’t think either party is willing to admit that what we need is both higher taxes and less spending. 16 Trillion national debt and growing!! I believe Romney made the case that his presidency will be able to create more jobs than the current administration. I will take a respectable and successful businessman for President over a community organizer any day. Perhaps the speech won’t matter that much anyway. President Obama has one thing now that he never had before, a record in office. A pretty poor one at that. Forget about party affiliation for a minute and just consider who you personally would trust with your investments. It’s about the economy.

  • David Korb

    Grade school theatrics. With approximatly 762 trillion dollars invested into the derivitives market, any economist knows exactly who has been making all policys in America for 100 years. The Republican and Democratic platform have only one practical purpose, the power of distraction. A pit vipers tounge has two forks.

    Henry David Thoreau once said

    “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil, to one who is striking at the root”.

  • suzie

    Changed channels at 10pm to watch the news and caught the last part of Romney’s speech. Since I didn’t hear the beginning of his speech, I may have missed how he was going to accomplish all that he promised in the part of the speech I heard.

    Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama have and will make all kinds of promises during the campaign – but when elected, they will either “forget” the promises made or make excuses (like blaming the other party) why they broke those promises.

  • Regnar James

    Anything is better than what we have now.


  • Sue de Nim

    It rings hollow when people sabotage leaders with backbiting and obstructionism and then complain that the leaders are ineffective, whether the leader is the President or some other politician, a business or non-profit exec, the pastor of a church, or president of the garden club. The Republicans have been more interested in sabotaging Obama for the last four years than in achieving practical results. Romney’s speech was more of the same.

  • JasonB

    It was OK, not great. His stories about his personal relationships with people of other religious affiliations might have warmed those who still have reservations about his. Emphasizing that he and his family had humble beginnings, struggling economically and working hard to get ahead, was a nice touch to connect with those who see him as a dispassionate capitalist.

    I thought his overall image improved slightly, but he still needs to convey a better sense of being able to connect with people. It’s not good when some just don’t find him likeable.

    I still didn’t get the feeling that he would be any better than Obama at improving the economy. My guess is whomever is elected the economy will still slowly improve, and that president will claim credit while subtly suggesting that the voters made the right choice.

  • Ann

    I want to add to my comments that Clint Eastwood’s speech was the best. Since a political convention is a pep rally, it was really fun to hear it.Shame on channel 11 for showing the dull Vikings instead.Thank you MPR for broadcasting the speech.

  • Karen

    Over all it sounded quite pompous and selfish. Pretty much, “I got mine, good luck getting yours.”

    Yes, we each have to be concerned with our individual and family well-being, but if we don’t keep in mind that “all” people are created equal and that we share this planet with every other living human, (as well as our entire earthly ecosystem) our grandchildren aren’t going to have much of quality to enjoy.

    Americans aren’t any “better” than people anywhere else in the world, even if we have greater wealth and easier lives than the vast majority of the human race.

    And, the wild-eyed claim that Romney and Ryan will “create” 12 million jobs–just how is that going to happen? Will 12 million women just quit work and stay home to raise children, a la Ann Romney?

  • Dave

    I think James Carville summed it up best:

    “George W. Bush’s economic policies, Dick Cheney’s foreign policies and Rick Santorum’s social policies.”

  • inuit

    I heard Bob Beckel, Democrat political commentator, say that Obama has:

    George W. Bush’s economic policies, Jimmy Carter’s foriegn policies, and Jeremiah Wright’s social policies.

    Of course, Beckel is the Democrat that said, a year ago, “We can’t keep blaming Bush. Obama owns the economy now.”

  • RayJanCajan

    In response to … “I can’t stand to listen to Ryan and Romney lie to cheering crowds, but I did read both of their speeches”…’The real mystery to me is why any working class or middle class American would fall for this stuff. Tax cuts for the wealthy (Romney’s primary objective) and draconian reductions in govt services for everyone else (Ryan’s goal) won’t help anyone, won’t create jobs, won’t lead to a brighter future for our kids… except maybe for Romney’s kids and their ilk.’ Posted by reggie ….

    And you do the same to him…so why should we listen to you? The supposed lies were filled with truths that do not change. Reductions in government services were not promised, but reduction in regulations that spike the cost while not giving sufficient improvement.

    The important comment(s) I heard…

    In relation to his VP selection…in Paul Ryan, a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and

    confidence in the challenge this moment demands

    In relation to who America is..nation of immigrants, we’re the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life. The driven ones. The ones who woke up at night, hearing that voice telling them that life in a place called America could be better…They came, not just in pursuit of the riches of this world, but for the richness of this life. Freedom, freedom of religion, freedom to speak their mind, freedom to build a life and, yes, freedom to build a business with their own hands.

    In regards to the 4000 drop in income…last year my husbands income was dropped from 16 to 8 an hour at his prime job; that relates to a 16000 drop.

    There were other points, but for space sake that is sufficient.

    It was the hope and potential I need that far outreaches the Yes We Can of four years ago that led more to destruction of the structure of society far more than moral destruction of the last years.

    I fear more of Obama’s plan will lean to the ways of Venezuela. Yes, dictatorship, the why Civil War is being prepared for now. Have you heard about 2016:Obama’s America? It relates to the views of Obama’s father and socialism, based on an interview with Obama’s own brother…and Obama’s own roots of rage. .

    The fact in Bush’s favor regarding his last two years in office, the democratic led congress and the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae housing fiasco. The first two years of Obama likewise had both houses of congress with democratic control.

    The return I want…is to recognizing that America is a Republic organized with democratic elections.

    Focus needs to be on the Bill of Rights and a valid look at the Constitution.

  • Steve the Cynic

    RayJanCajan, if you think Obama is a socialist, you obviously haven’t listened to either him or the opinions of any actual socialists. He’s a huge disappointment to those folks. In both his rhetoric and his policies he’s been a slightly left of center moderate.

    Socialism is a huge mistake, but so is it’s polar opposite, laissez faire capitalism that devolves into plutocratic oligarchy. The ditch on the right is just as bad as the ditch on the left. The good road is between the ditches.

  • Mark in Freeborn

    I listened to the speech on the radio while I puttered in my workshop, then I watched the speech that I’d put on DVR. The speech I heard was wooden and filled with platitudes, and I hoped the video version would be more appealing. What I saw on the screen, along with with the platitudes, was Romney’s smirky, insincere countenance. It was pretty clear to me that Romney isn’t capable to appealing to the masses, only to his ever-diminishing political base.

  • jockamo

    Just think…….

    Where this election contest would be….

    If the Republicans…..

    Had nominated……

    Someone who is…….really……really……..likeable.

    It would be about 65% for Mr. Likeable……30% for Obama……..5% undecided.


  • Steve the Cynic

    But, jockamao/georges, the Republicans nominated the least unlikeable candidate of the lot. People may say they like some elements of right wing ideology, but when politicians step forward to actually run for office based on it, they tend to come across as mean-spirited. Then, somewhere deep inside themselves, even if they try to deny it, people realize that their embrace of that ideology is mean-spirited as well, and they don’t want to think of themselves in that way. Same goes for left wing ideology. Hard liners of any stripe, or even people trying to pander to hard liners (like Romney is doing), will inevitably be less likeable than moderates.