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September 6, 2012

Anderson: The clock is ticking


Though the lovely Ann Romney had spoken about her husband the second night, the third night featured heart-warming tributes from other people who know him, have worked with him, and -- perhaps a surprise to many who just tuned in — were helped by him.

My partner Chip Ford and I disagreed about Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. He thought it was terrific, I was disappointed. I’d already heard the personal story he told and was hoping to hear his outline for dealing with the America we saw starting to unravel in 2008.

Chip reminded me that the candidate wasn’t talking to me, who knew him as governor and had always liked him; Mitt was talking to undecided voters who had been told that he was cold, mean, and anti-women. He had to address those accusations and he did, with mention of the women in his cabinet as governor and major speaking roles at the convention from strong, successful women.

I know Chip is right; but I think it’s a shame. The character attacks began here in Massachusetts, with a corps of Republicans who had disliked him from the beginning, why I don’t really know. There was resentment concerning his choice of lieutenant governor, though I thought Kerry Healey was perfect for the job, should have been elected governor in 2006, and is one of Romney’s best spokespersons for this presidential campaign.

I understand the opposition within the Republican Party to “RomneyCare,” but his in-party opponents kept up their personal attacks, which were picked up and repeated by his primary opponents and then of course the Obama campaign. So instead of moving forward to address the issues of the day, Mitt had to spend his prime-time speech proving he is a good human being. I hope having heard the convention tributes, his local enemies will now get aboard to save America.

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