Did either of the conventions cause you to change your mind about who you'll vote for?
The excitement surrounding the party conventions is over and we can take stock of any real boosts gained by either presidential candidate.
The Republican National Convention focused on the economy and what it’s going to take to get America back to work. Hard work was touted as a virtue, and multiple speakers reminded attendees that they did build their small businesses, their careers, and their lives here in this great country themselves.
The Democratic National Convention voted against God, had Sandra Fluke talk about the need for government-sponsored birth control right before Bill Clinton took the stage, and Jennifer Granholm, one of the biggest failures of a governor ever, practically had a seizure on stage for Obama.
Governor Mitt Romney talked about the importance of family and community in our everyday lives, and the unique optimism that Americans have to continually improve our lives, especially for our children’s sake. He pointed out that while Obama’s election in 2008 brought hope to millions, it has resulted in four years of disappointments.
President Barack Obama promised everyone lots of free stuff, with no plan on how to pay for it. He also promised that women would no longer be discriminated against for being women, which was news to me, because I was unaware that as a woman, I wasn’t being afforded the opportunities as men. Then I remembered that it’s 2012, I have rights, and that I can legally challenge any chauvinist that tries to brush me off because of my gender.
The overall theme of the RNC was Obama Isn’t Working, while the DNC concentrated on Shared Responsibility. Democrats also spent as much time as possible promoting the idea that Republicans want to push grandma off a cliff, steal candy from babies, and ban birth control – which are ideas so preposterous it’s a wonder anyone believes any variation of them.
Both conventions were held in swing states, states that don’t reliably vote Republican or Democrat in every cycle. Presumably, this was done to try to win over voters in those states, as a national convention brings excitement to the residents and capital to local economies. The DNC was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, but it seems to have had little effect as Romney is currently polling six points ahead of Obama in that state.
In Florida, the state that hosted the RNC, the candidates have been running neck and neck, with Romney leading in August, but Obama polling two points ahead in the most recent polls.
It’s hard to tell if the conventions will have any significant, direct outcome on the election in November, but they definitely set the tone for this home stretch of campaigning. Personally, I’ll vote for the candidate that has real world experience in creating thousands of jobs in the private sector, not the one that has presided over a faux recovery.