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You've got 200 words.
What do you want to tell them?
This is a determined man who simply chooses not to wear his heart on his sleeve (with one exception: see below). Everything he has accomplished in life is the result of an aggressive, driven, and competitive personality.
In addition to the Salt Lake City Olympics rescue and the exuberant success of Bain Capital, my favorite Romney story is this (from MPRnews):
If Mitt is there, Ann is with him.
It has been that way for 47 years, since Mitt Romney -- an 18-year-old student at the all-boys Cranbrook School -- walked into a party and saw the nearly 16-year-old Ann, who attended Cranbrook's sister school, Kingswood.
For him, the moment was nothing short of electric.
"I caught his eye, and he never let me go," Ann told the Boston Globe in a 1994 interview.
Be bold. Be unafraid.
Stop trying to play the MSM's game: the only rule is that you lose. Of course your press advisers - usually ex-journos - will disagree, but they are invested in the system. Don't prop up the MSM, subvert it.
In case you busy campaigners missed this on the first page. It could be Newt's Churchill role of a lifetime.
You are in the situation and know what is happening, are politically experienced, so know better than I do what is needed.
The one thing I would say, is keep it short and simple. Don't allow side issues, especially social ones. The average voters know so little, and has such a short attention, the message needs to be clear. "The economy is in a mess. We know how to fix it." No details needed. Experience handling money is what counts. You will deal with the National Debt, and will deal with the deficit.
PM Stephen Harper of Canada, won his first majority by stating that the abortion issue has been settled, and sticking to the one message: "I need a majority to stop all the bickering that had been going on in Parliament." The country agreed, and he got it.
Should you lose, please go out swinging for the America I know and love that may well die forever if you do lose. Let the world know that we have chosen an ill equipped man for the job and that fighting his policies may be our only chance rather than the usual let's all heal spiel.
But that won't happen because you're going to win. When you do, you need to not be a corporate crony and take the easy road on entitlements to be re-elected. Reagan did not take that easy path and neither should you. This is a special nation and you need to help save it and inspire us all to do better. This is your chance to be a great man rather than just a good one. When the nights of pain and suffering rack your soul and test your sanity, I expect you to rise the following day and dedicate your energy to this great country. May God bless and keep you and Mr Ryan.
Don't settle for a mere win. That leads only to more of the same. If you really care about America you must go for a mandate. Be bold, be specific, and work on your coattails. Then, like Scott Walker, you can say, I told you what I was going to do, and I did what I promised.
Proverbs 29:18, says, Where there is no vision, the people perish..." Give us a clear vision. The American people are smart. They will respond if they are offered a confident leader. (After all, that's what Obama offered in 2008. He was just in over his head when it came time to deliver. The two of you are, by track record and intellect, more than capable of delivering. )
If you're not being attacked it means you are not posing a threat. Keep banging away at the fecklessness of Obama' policies, both domestic and foreign. That is what created our present messes.
Don't get so defensive! Bring out your inner Newt Gingrich when be assaulted by the press.
When you are not in Florida, send Alan West to do some stumping for you. The media is ridiculous, but most of us here can tell which direction the arrow points (remember the hoopla over a ballot.)
This is a determined man who simply chooses not to wear his heart on his sleeve (withoneexception: see below). Everything he has accomplished in life is the result of an aggressive, driven, and competitive personality.
I'm sure you are right but a heart on the sleeve is worth a bushel of votes.
Make the case for conservatism.
Criticizing Obama's record will only get you so far. Anyone with their eyes open knows he's done a poor job. The polls confirm this.
But Obama's strategy of casting R&R as "wanting to return to the same policies that got us in this mess in the first place" works very well on undecideds. They assume Bush was conservative, and they were unhappy with Bush, so they don't see a return to "conservatism" as any more attractive than sticking with Obama.
R&R must, then, run not only against Obama, but against Bush to some extent -- if not by name, at least in broad, philosophical terms. The Bush tax cuts lead to 51 months of consecutive growth. Embrace them fully, and explain why they worked, not only now, but historically (Harding, Coolidge, Kennedy/Johnson, Reagan, even Clinton). Hold them up as an examples proven conservative policy. Then denounce the Bush spending spree as unconservative and explain why it failed. Embrace then-candidate Obama's criticisms of Bush spending as irresponsible and unpatriotic -- then show how Obama was Bush on steroids in practice.
Don't [expletive] up.
Now a few more:
This thing we have, this free republic, will all go down the toilet unless we get the budget under control. We don't have small manageable deficits anymore. Nut up. Show some leadership. That means balancing the budget, not trillion dollar deficits forever.
At some point printing all that money will catch up with us and its going to hurt. Trillion dollar deficits and a 16+ trillion dollar national debt will make it a lot worse.
And another thing:
Get out of Afghanistan. It's a sink hole. Its just Americans dying for no purpose. We did our thing, we have no interest there anymore. Let them go to hell in their own way.
We don't need to spend more on our military than Russia and China put together. Don't insult our intelligence. Not every cut to the military is "gutting" the military.
And one more thing:
If you want to consult with me or bring me on as a speech writer, contact me. I'm a cynical and skeptical truth teller, it's a handy type to keep around.
1. Get Newt to give you lessons on handling media questions. Get him to help with the media-handling side of debate prep. And then follow Trace's advice and send him out to wreak havoc on the mainstream media.
2. Make ads with great moments and great speeches from the convention. If the polls show people would rather have Obama take care of them when sick than Romney, then you have failed to let them know who Romney is, so make ads out of those great convention speeches on his kindness and humanity.
3. Make ads out of Artur Davis's speech and target them in places where you can influence socially conservative black people. Make ads out of Susana Martinez's speech and show them in places where you can influence Hispanics.
4. Harness more social media. Give us funny and unanswerable little Facebook things to post like all those things our Lefty friends post: like a picture showing an Obama promise and the actual result. Or a beautiful collage of all the multiethnic faces at the Republican convention with a slightly sarcastic comment or even an upbeat slogan.
Unleash Newt and let him unfurl the Piano of Doom!
Did anybody think it odd that Rob Long (I think it was Mr. Long) who was saying in this week's podcast that Romney has to be on the road 24/hrs/day/7/days/wk? Wasn't it just a month ago that he said Romney had to stop doing anything and everything except debate prep? Just saying.
Ms. Romney is great, but we're not hiring her. I say put Romney and Ryan back together again a couple days a week. Romney has more zip, and the camera shows that; and Ryan seems a bit less strident, more at ease. They're a great tag team. Use that.
And remember Romney and Ryan people reading this:
President Obama called the Republicans "dupes" when it came to foreign policy. Turn the tables. Ebeneezer Barack of Sleepalot is the dupe, and he should be ceaselessly reminded of it.
Barack Obama was duped. He should wear it.
(Let me see, what prominent Black former Stanford University president would have the moral authority to make such an argument and has been lauded for her public performances by the Romney team. Think. Think. Think.)
I was just at an event with Canadian pension fund guys who all want Romney to win and think he woukd do a good job. He presents himself as too narrow and specialized. They think Kbama will win because wimen like the softer side. Ann Romney is fine but there are many women who work outside if the home. Most women have children so having an event speaking to mums and just hearing what they woukd want to see more of and less of...a town hall.
Paul Ryan on talk shows. It seems LITE but it is politics. Stephen Harper plays the piano and sings. Got to show these other sides. Paul doing the work out would be very hip. Take a look at Harper's attack ads and use Google to place them in Youtube.
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