Mitt Romney's convention acceptance speech called 'humanizing,' 'solid,' 'generic'

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  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    Dear Rikitikitavi,
    I like your name. You must be a fan of Rudyard Kipling. I am too.
    However, I disagree with your assessment of what makes a real job in a real world.
    If being President of the United States doesn't constitute the most real job in any world, real or otherwise, then there are no real jobs.
    Mitt had a chance to be a real hero when he ran Bain Capital. He had opportunities to make the companies he took over better. He could have created more jobs right here in the USA. But he was more interested in raking in money for his buddies/clients than he was in making America stronger. What about the individuals whose jobs he hijacked overseas? Now he claims to care about them and others like them? It's a little late. It's a little convenient.
    His business experience has not prepared him to run this country in the best of times, and these are not the best of times.

  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    I wanted to like Romney. I really did. He's Mormon, so am I, I thought he did a really great job with the Olympics, he's good looking. And did I mention that he's a Mormon? Yep.
    That must mean he's one of the good guys. Right?
    I thought his RomneyCare initiative was good, and I was glad when he decided that abortion was not such a good idea after all.
    Almost all my friends like him.
    I wanted to like him. Then I watched him at Presi Hinckley's funeral. He wasn't paying attention, except to where the cameras were.
    I watched him claim that he was a lifelong hunter to the NRA.
    I watched him disown his healthcare plan.
    I watched him kowtow to the TeaParty. I watched him assault his Republican rivals.
    And I realized that he will say anything to get elected. He doesn't care whether it's true.
    I am disappointed. He isn't one of the good guys after all.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    Let's be absolutely clear on one VERY critical point: we don't care one iota what all you leftists think or how you vote on Nov.6th. We already know how you voted four years ago AND how you will vote this time around. Get it! ! We just don't care. We have our man and we are only concerned about enough swing voters to put Mitt over the top. Mitt is making believers of so many of these independent voters. You see, we all prefer someone who has had REAL success in the REAL world.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up.

    The voters are faced with a tough choice, .... or do we vote for Mitt with the hope that much of what he currently says is to try and appeal to the far right of his own party.

    I would vote for his Dad in a minute, but I struggle to vote for Mitt, because I think he holds his Dad's values based on his actions when he was the governor, even though you wouldn't know that from his current rhetoric.

    Again will the real Mitt please stand up!

    1:17 p.m. Aug. 31, 2012



    George W. Romney is a heart-beat!

    I even liked GOVERNOR Mitt Romney.
    [Civil Union, Universal Healthcare, Abortion for rape, incest, Life/Health of woman] Mass. Gov.Romney.

    This empty flip-flopping, say-do anything to win this silly nomination Mitt Romney shows no integrity.

    Exp[lains why Jon Huntsman Jr. couldn'y have won the GOP nomination.
    He at least wouldn't compromise his values to appease the Tea-Party radicals.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up. Is the real Mitt Romney the compassionate caring son, father, husband and Bishop, is or is the real Mitt Romney the campaigner who plays with the facts and distorts them for political expedience. Will Mitt use the tremendous talent to organize and lead that he has to the betterment of the entire country, or will it be for the betterment of the tea party and wealthiest Americans?

    The voters are faced with a tough choice, they can stay the course with the current President, a course that I don't think even he can clearly identify or articulate, or do we vote for Mitt with the hope that much of what he currently says is to try and appeal to the far right of his own party. I would vote for his Dad in a minute, but I struggle to vote for Mitt, because I think he holds his Dad's values based on his actions when he was the governor, even though you wouldn't know that from his current rhetoric.

    Again will the real Mitt please stand up!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Real vs Fake. I think that is what Americans feel now about Romney vs Obama. Mitt is the real deal. No hot air - no Greek columns and artificial halo nonsense - just a solid , respectful man that loves his family and his country and his loved by so many whom have known him. A man that really knows his stuff with economics and obviously knows how to make great decisions with the choice of Paul Ryan (contrast that to the choosing of Joe Biden). I mean the contrast between these two tickets is HUGE!! You have competent, country loving family men that could be your next door neighbor compared to the phony and fleeting hope n change smoke and mirrors. You have the fix-it-man that has taken on and won so many hard challenges vs the empty suit.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    When Romney gives speeches (and I've heard many) that outline specifics about his plans to help America, the left cries that he is empty suit...out of touch with no heart.

    Romney is very uncomfortable sharing stories about his personal service to others and blowing his own trumpet. This convention finally lets people hear from those he has served and underscores the kind of man he is.

    Romney finally steps past his comfort zone and gives a personal glimpse of himself and now what are many liberals saying? Where is the substance? I want to hear details! Well, you obviously weren't listening to some of the early speeches that outline details or you were too focused on his supposedly wooden delivery.

    Washington was not a great orator. He was shy and led only because he knew the nation needed him. Romney is the same.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Liberal Ted, you did a good job of blaming all of the worlds problems on Obama, even the many which have NO connection to him whatsoever, just as mitt has done.

    So where are the solutions? The republicans are running on the "we're not the other guy" that got Obama elected in the first place, and yet they want to go right back to the policies that brought about 80% of your complaints.
    What a joke of a platform to be running on, not to mention a quote taken out of context as their theme, pathetic.
    Besides the republicans have said many times they don't need or want a leader they just need someone with enough digits to sign their bills, not some one to think, they want another GW, Mit would fulfill this need.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    Romney can't be too smart if he thinks America was better off at the end of W. Bush's presidency than America was at the beginning of the Bush presidency. It just goes to show that Romney has no real understanding, plan or capability just a lot of hot wind to blow and he will say or do anything to help himself to what he wants. He is looking more like a disaster than a solution. With Romney America could be right back were it was at the end of the Bush presidency, or worse. America may be better off with the devil it knows this time around.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I'm ready for a real leader. The faux leadership and even worse ideology has only further damaged this nation. We are more divided than what we were 4 years ago. We have more debt than we did 4 years ago. We haven't had a budget for the past 3+ years. Iran is close to having the bomb. North Korea has the bomb. Black unemployment is over 14%. Black teenager unemployment is up to 50%. Latino unemployment is high. Unemployment overall is near 15%. Home values have plummeted. Fuel prices have tripled or quadrupled since 3+ years ago. Green jobs are no where to be found. Solyndra failed. GM lossed taxpayers Billions. There was zero reform on immigration policies. Yet we had time to get involved in more wars in the name of protecting innocent people, while we watched college students in Iran get slaughtered and beaten by their government. We had interest in Libya and oil and protecting innocent people, but, stood by as thousands were slaughtered in poor and non-mineral or resource rich countries.

    hope and change alright. Hope everything changes in November!

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    I was proud of my country last night. He gave a.speech that was humble, honest, and his integrity shined through. GO MITT!

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Mitt Romney gave a brilliant acceptance speech last night. He portrayed himself as a leader - one who will not bow down to anyone but will bow down to pick up the jobless, homeless and the desperate population which has so increased in America. Those who say Romney is not transparent enough and will vote for Obama because of that, are not looking into just how transparent Obama is. Just what do we know about Obama except that he is not keeping his campaign promises of 2008. Obama did not say how he was going to change America - but that's one promise he did keep. He changed America from a leader in the world to a divided, sad, almost neurotic nation. This nation is now steeped in poverty, many don't have jobs or cannot find work with which to support their families. Many are homeless and their credit is ruined because they had to give up their homes. Children are going to school hungry and more people are applying for food stamps than ever before. America needs Mitt Romney in 2012!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Mitty's speech was bland & this surprises anyone?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Still waiting for answers - not slogans and pep-rallies.

    Last night was the 1st time he mentioned 5 things he'd do as President.
    The WHAT

    but I still want to know HOW?

    He can promise Root Beer in the drinking fountains from now 'til Nov -- but the key question is HOW.

    Meanwhile -- the story about his Father George was touching.

    But he mis-led who he really was --
    Much to the cringe of the 1970's Republicans;
    He was a former and pro-Union worker,
    An Anti-Vietnam War politician,
    A Woman's Rights supporter,
    and Liberal on almost every Social issue.

    But most of all -
    He was a man of integrity.
    Like told by the story of the rose he left daily for is wife,
    and his settling the national presidence of releasing his taxes for the past 12 years when running for President of the United States.

    Sorry Mitt, you're now where near your Father's values.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Frankly, I find it surprising that after all these years Romney as a public speaker is no better than good. On the other hand, I have watched political conventions since 1988. I can remember only a handful of convention presidential acceptance speeches. Most of them were no better than good.

    Romney can complain about the Obama administration. And I expect he will misrepresent the facts and misquote the president -- but the central question remains. What will he do that is really any different from Bush II or Obama?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    I thought Mitt Romney absolutely hit it out of the ballpark with his acceptance speech. Listening on headphones while watching the begininng of the BYU-WSU game in person at LES was a bit tricky. It worked, however, with a big BYU win against a PAC12 opponent and the satisfaction of hearing Mitt deliver to the convention and the world his warmth, passion, and conviction. I thought he was magnificent in every way.

    My only complaint were the commentators who after the speech then want to tell us what we had just heard. I just turn them off. This whole article was about who had the "coolest" positive remark, or rebuttal. After reviewing the talk again on DVR and watching the audience, it had to be a solid moment for Mitt Romney and his message for us all. He certainly has the credentials to be the next President of the United States probably moreso than any other candidate I have seen in my lifetime. And, do we ever need that kind of person now? Oh yes! God bless America!

    Romney-Ryan 2012

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    It wasn't great oratory but it was a well-delivered speech. It was humanizing and a bit of a surprise the way Mitt joked tongue-in-cheek about applying investment strategies to church pension programs. As for substance on issues, he didn't deliver.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    It was an adequate speech?

    "This is the speech he needed to give. Doesn't blow it away, but does what he needs to do."
    "a solid speech" but "not a great speech,"
    "it was a strong, solid, well-delivered and well-received speech while being safe and unadventurous."
    "I'm not sure it ever soared into poetry . . . but it was a workmanlike job, and it certainly got the job done."
    "esp troubled me by mocking rising seas/climate change. The dismissiveness was appalling."
    "It's hard for me to imagine the voter whose mind it changed."
    "It was a speech that checked the boxes Romney needed to check."

    Sounds like Grover Norguist has chooseen the right guy.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    To use a sports vernacular, the best defense is a good offense, Romney’s speech was very good offensive game execution in that it took the “Romney is an uncaring, out of touch, corporate raider rich guy” play right out of the Democrat’s play book and sacked their QB, Barrack Obama! Its going to cause more voters to take a hard look and to properly value and appreciate Romney’s record of successes, the proven leadership, experience and goodness and shine the light of truth on the failures of the Democrat’s game plan! Watch for the Democrats to huddle up and call an audible but what play can they run now? They have so very few plays available to them because for them, its 4th and 20 and the play clock is running out!

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    As usual, Mitt dressed himself up in the part he thought he would have to play to con people into voting for him. In the past we've seen the real Mitt; now we see the political construct built to win the election. Same old Mitt -- he'll do and say whatever he thinks it will take to get him elected. Business as usual. No thanks.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 5:07 a.m.

    Someone needs to start talking about executives and excessive pay benefits for themselves. We wonder why the economy is tanking. Besides overspending, the economy is under assault by wealth hoarders(executives, bankers). It's also under assault by liberals who spend their time trying to come up with yet more tax schemes to take care of Americans. Because obviously we're too stupid to take care of ourselves, right? Whatever. America will become great again when the money is put back into the hands of the people. That means compensating employees, not executives and managers.