Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The focus for Mitt Romney last week at the Republican National Convention was supposed be his plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy. It was supposed to be all about the candidate, with the party faithful rallying around both him and his vision to put Americans back to work. Romney and his wife did their job and carried the main political load. But overall, just how well did Romney and his supporting cast rate with voters throughout the country in “closing the deal?”
First out of the box was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He had been pegged by the Romney camp to be the keynote speaker at the opening night’s convention. His speech quickly went from the keynote to the “me note,” as the Governor spent the bulk of his time touting the “Jersey Comeback” and his own personal credentials. Romney was scarcely mentioned. New Jersey, by the way, needs a lot of touting. Under Christie’s leadership, New Jersey’s unemployment is one of the highest in the nation at 9.8%.
Then came Florida Senator Marco Rubio who was chosen to introduce Romney to the convention and the national television audience. Rubio was picked because of his Hispanic background, as party operatives recognized that without a sizable Hispanic vote, Romney cannot win in November. Maybe his comments were calculated for this purpose, but the speech was also an “all about me” commentary. And again, Romney was barely mentioned. Continue reading “Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Mitt Romney and Job Creation!”