Assessing the GOP Convention: Romney, Ryan & the race for the White House
August 31, 2012
Last night, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his case to his party and the American electorate for why he should replace President Barack Obama in the White House. Romney’s speech followed three days of speeches and presentations in Tampa Bay, Florida, in an event cut short by Hurricane Isaac and peppered by protests inside by Ron Paul supporters and political opponents outside. Among the podium highlights were the passionate speech by the candidate’s wife, Ann, and the keynote by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie late Tuesday night, and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s national-stage debut late Wednesday night. In this hour of Radio Times, we look back at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and ahead to the Democratic convention in Charlotte next week. Joining us to analyze the intended and unintended messages sent from Tampa, how they have positioned the Romney-Ryan ticket and the race, and how the Republicans have made their case for the presidency in November, are Dr. SETH KAUFER, Public Policy chair of the Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans, who joins us from Tampa; CARL GOLDEN, former press secretary for Republican New Jersey governors Thomas H. Kean and Christine Todd Whitman and now a senior contributing analyst for the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; and SCOTT HUFFMON, professor of Political Science and director of the Social & Behavioral Research Lab at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.