Despite the 2012 Republican National Convention, which was held between Aug. 27 to the 30 in Tampa, Fla., causing Gov. Mitt Romney to fill a narrowing point gap in the presidential race, the President Obama’s team reported high spirits after last Wednesday’s closing of the convention. While different polls have reported that Romney has now gained the edge over Obama, David Axelrod, a head staffer for the president, said, “I saw absolutely no movement, and I don’t think there would have been… People walked away unsatisfied from that convention…The race is exactly where it was before they walked in, and now it is our turn.”
Axelrod also asserted that Romney missed a precious opportunity to sway the undecided vote by failing to address specifics, especially on how he plans to move the ailing economy forward.
When the president himself was questioned about his reaction to the 2012 Republican National Convention he said, “I have to tell you that I didn’t watch the convention last week, but I read about it and heard their accounts.” However, that did not stop the President from taking an aggressive stance against the various speeches and accounts that took place over the three day convention. The president stated, “If you didn’t DVR it, let me recap it for you. Everything’s bad. It’s Obama’s fault. And Gov. Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices but nobody ever bothered to tell you what they were.”
The president then went on to say, “When Gov. Romney has a chance to let you in on his secret, he did not offer a single new idea. Just retreads of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years.”
John Carroll University professor Colin Swearingen, who specializes in U.S. politics and elections, predicts that the American public is not likely to hear specifics from either party throughout the race. Swearingen said: “General speeches [at the convention] won’t be about specifics… each of the conventions has to walk a fine line between satisfying the partisans and attracting swing voters.” Swearingen is not optimistic about the President offering specifics as to what his second term could bring either. As to Romney’s rise in the polls, Swearingen highlighted that conventions often result in an increase in popularity for the candidate.
However, he noted that, “convention bounces are short-lived,” meaning Obama can expect an increase in the polls with the onset of the Democratic National Convention this week.
The president will look to raise support this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC., where he’s hoping to widen the gap between himself and Romney.