SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Nation/World

September 1, 2012

Pluses, minuses for Romney's convention

(Continued)

The convention speakers “put a really good reinvigoration into what the Republican Party is all about,” GOP strategist John Feehery said. “It’s not about the Todd Akins of the world, it’s about a bigger, deeper bench and more varied experiences.”

Obama campaign senior advisor David Axelrod said voters tuned in to the GOP convention hoping to hear “practical solutions to the challenges we face. What they got instead were some snarky lines about the president, some gauzy reminiscences of the past and some buzzwords for the base.”

Some of the most highly anticipated speeches fell short.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote address Tuesday was called a flop by many critics who saw it as an overt play for personal publicity at the expense of promoting Romney. And while Ryan’s well-delivered speech drew raves from many party activists, it contained several factual inaccuracies that threatened to contradict the Wisconsin congressman’s image as a self-professed truth teller.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz dubbed the convention an “infomercial for their candidates for 2016” that had little to do with a Romney presidency.

Then there’s the matter of Eastwood, the 82-year old actor and director who addressed the convention before Romney. Eastwood’s rambling, imaginary interview of Obama, with a chair intended as a stand-in for the president, competed for attention with Romney’s own speech.

Romney visited New Orleans Friday to investigate hurricane damage — a hastily added event which helped him reclaim some visibility amid the Eastwood flap. But the Obama campaign was only too happy to keep the issue alive with a reaction on Twitter — a photo of Obama in a chair at the White House and a caption that read, “This seat’s taken.”

Romney’s wife, Ann, offered a diplomatic response when asked if Eastwood’s monologue was a mistake.

“He’s a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night,” she told “CBS This Morning.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Nation/World

Local News
  • Vehicle Day 2 PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Vehicle Day at Ipswich Public Library Kids got to climb inside big trucks at Vehicle Day Friday, July 25, at Ipswich Public Library.

    July 26, 2014

  • 140725_ET_PBI_MBRALLY_7 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Thousands rally for Arthur T. in Tewksbury

    TEWKSBURY -- Air horns blared. Signs were hoisted. There were plush giraffes, construction paper giraffes, giraffes on T-shirts and hand drawn giraffes peppered the parking lot of the Market Basket at Stadium Plaza, just down the street from the com

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos 7 Stories

  • 140725_ET_PBI_MBRALLY_1.jpg PHOTO SLIDESHOW: MARKET BASKET RALLY Thousands of people converged at the site of the Tewksbury store this morning for another rally by employees and supporters who feel disenfranchised by the ouster of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas by the company board of directors led by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas.

    July 25, 2014

  • Hamilton church volunteers assaulted in Guatemala

    A local church group returning to Guatemala City airport after eight days of mission work was attacked Tuesday.

    July 25, 2014

  • BREAKING: Market Basket board to consider sale to Arthur T. Demoulas

    BOSTON — Market Basket’s board of directors this afternoon announced it will consider offers to buy the company, including that from ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. His offer will be considered “along with any other offers previously received and to b

    July 25, 2014 7 Stories