Aides to President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney say both their acceptance speeches were meticulously written and rewritten, with the White House even vetting some lines through focus groups. Perhaps that caution was the problem, because — as many commentators pointed out — neither speech seemed to attain the soaring resonance of remarks delivered by other speakers at the same two conventions. Read Rob Koenig’s analysis in the Beacon.
Mitt Romney reintroduced himself to the nation as a tender family man and a tough-minded leader who will create 12 million jobs and restore the “promise of America.” Meanwhile his campaign has shifted into high gear as delegates from Missouri and across the country are pledging to work hard for the Romney-Ryan ticket. Though Missouri trends red, Missouri Republicans say they won’t leave anything to chance. Read Rob Koenig’s report from Tampa in the St. Louis Beacon.
Ann Wagner, the 2nd District congressional nominee hosted a watch party for the local party faithful and was rewarded with a packed room that spilled into the hallway at the Corner Grill and Pub in Ballwin. The turnout reflected the optimistic mood of area Republicans as they galvanize for the Nov. 6 election. Jo Mannies … working late … made the party. Read her report for the Beacon.
KMBC reporter Michael Mahoney reports that former U.S. Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond told Missouri delegates that Navy Seals should have taken prisoners in the raid that killed terrorist Osam bin Laden. Mahoney added that Bond accused Obama afterward of crippling the agency that oversaw the effort with budget cuts. Read Mahoney’s blog entry.
In accepting his party’s nomination for vice president, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan delivered a strong message about fiscal responsibility, economic growth and America’s future. His mission is to energize the GOP base but also ease concerns that independent voters might have about the impact of his budget proposals, which mirror those of Mitt Romney in most ways. Read Rob Koenig’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.