Mitt Romney finally finds his message

Mitt Romney with a supporter's baby in Newington, New Hampshire, on 3/11/12 "Walk with me. Walk together," Mitt Romney told his supporters in a rousing speech in Cincinnati

Just when you think you have utterly lost the will to listen to another Mitt Romney speech, he hits you between the eyes and comes up with something that really does resemble oratory.

It was a message that had he been able to hew to since the primaries - well, who knows where he would be right now, or where he might be on Wednesday.

The setting did not bode well. A crowd of around 20,000, 20 minutes drive or so outside Cincinnati.

A singer warmed up a bitterly cold night, belting out stadium rock under a cloudless sky.

A speech of forced-bombast beckoned - a style that sits unhappily with Mitt Romney - one intended to fire up the troops for one more weekend of crazed canvassing, winkling out the voters who might tip Ohio over the edge and into the Romnulan camp.

When he came, once again there was the glancing reference to Storm Sandy, and an appeal for donations: "We're a generous people, don't forget 'em, thank you," was so perfunctory as to make grown men wince.

But late, late in the game, the speech had changed.

Glimpse of promise

Gone was the anger that never quite rang true.

The criticisms of President Obama - for partisanship, for the healthcare law, for the deficit, for the petrol prices that have gouged so many wallets - came quietly, heavy with regret that so much time had been wasted, so many people let down.

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The door to a brighter future is there. It's open to us, waiting for us”

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The president had "never led before, he'd never worked across the aisle, never truly understood how jobs are created in the new economy".

Mr Romney spoke repeatedly of bipartisanship, of the need to work with the Democrats.

"I learned as the Governor of Massachusetts that the best achievements are shared achievements, that respect and goodwill go a long way and are usually returned in kind. That's how I will conduct myself as president," he said.

"I'll reach out to people on both sides of the aisleā€¦ do big things for the common good. I won't just represent one party, I'll represent one nation. I'll try to show the best of America when only the best will do."

Quietly, as if he couldn't quite believe it, he told the crowd that the president had "asked his supporters to vote for revenge". He paused without melodrama. "For revenge."

"Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country," he said.

And the crowd loved it and they loved Mitt, roaring back, and chanting "USA! USA! USA!"

"If there's anyone worried that the past four years are the best we can do; if there's anyone who fears that the America dream is fading; if there's anyone worried that better jobs and better pay cheques are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message," he said.

"With the right leadership, America is coming roaring back."

Gone were the personal stories repeated so often that their original lustre was worn and dull. Instead, there was a glimpse of promise, in a quiet voice that, for once, seemed to come from the heart.

"We've known many long days, and short nights," he told the crowd, "and we are so very, very close. The door to a brighter future is there. It's open to us, waiting for us".

"I need your help. I need your vote. Walk with me. Walk together."

Walk together. What a message it is, and how late, how late it is that it has come.

Jonny Dymond Article written by Jonny Dymond Jonny Dymond Washington correspondent

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    Comment number 34.

    Just looking at the comments below. wow, america is more polarized then ever! Its not up the president, whoever ends up in the office to do this. Its up to Americans...

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    Comment number 33.

    Mitt Romney, how anyone in America with less than a $10M in the bank could possibly believe that a man earning more than that in interest alone could possibly understand the lives of the other 99.999% of the population is beyond comprehension.

    IMHO, although Obama has been a disappointment, when it comes down to it, a returned Obama will certainly be the lesser of two evils.

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    Comment number 32.

    Why is Obama saying that people should vote for him to get revenge?

    Is he saying revenge for slavery b/c Obama is black and Romney is white or what is this in reference to?

    Obama brings out the worst in people b/c he is a divider

    As Lincoln stated
    Together we Stand
    Divided we Fall

    With Romney America together will stand
    With Obama America divided will fall

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    Comment number 31.

    Romney a good person?
    he made a blind person walk into a door and found it hilarious
    that was alll i need to know to never give him my vote
    surre he was only 17 at the time but it shows he lacks any moral fibre

    in that speech he lied once more that JEEP was leaving Ohio. after they had corrected him TWICE this was not the case

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    Comment number 30.

    Gosh, all that coaching finally paid off, so that he can now mask his essential lack of principle and willingness to say what he thinks his hearers want to hear.

    I wouldn't trust him to run a jumble sale.

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    Comment number 29.

    To be honest am amazed at what I see as bias from the BBC. 1st why is there only a blog following just Romney and not a similar for Obama? Agree with enkephalin07 100% ... when all else seems to have failed Romney now claims to be a "Man for all seasons". Obama has been far from perfect, but it's not a perfect World .. better imperfection that the usual Republican warmongering

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    Comment number 28.

    Not "Washington correspondent"? Biased opinion columnist finding a way to denigrate, even what he had to admit, was a great speech.
    There's little doubt that even if Romney loses Tuesday, his acheivement in scaring the pants off Obama and the Democrats, will be one of the great election stories, as the advantage was always in the other camp with both the system and a very biased media.

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    Comment number 27.

    21. Caitriona "Romney would make a great president. He's anti abortion, anti gay marriage, pro self sufficiency, anti dependency, pro traditional marriage & values. all sensible views that our wise parents and grandparents cherished"

    He'd be great because he's a conservative bigot, who hates social welfare? If you love fundamentalist views so much, why don't you go live in Saudi Arabia instead?

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    Comment number 26.

    Anti Abortion?? Anti Gay Marriage??? Not the mark of a strong society, just the drum beat of a poorly disguised theocracy. Perhaps if the deity Catholicism claims to represent (lets face it these are the Catholic Churches favorite bete noirs) objects to the aforementioned he could always step forward and smite those who advocate it hip and thigh. Don't need mortals doing god's work for him.

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    Comment number 25.

    "Mitt Romney finally finds his message" what message, tax cuts for the rich?

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    Comment number 24.

    "never reached across the aisle" -- what BS. The first two years were wasted bending over backwards with bipartisan gestures instead of running roughshod with their majority the way the Republicans had. Repubs did everything in their power to obstruct. After the budget negotiation, one they all called a productive meeting, they turned around and cried to the cameras, "He's ruining the country!"

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    Comment number 23.

    Romney is the only choice for America. I am so looking forwards to a United Nation in 2013. I'll be voting for America, Romney/Ryan November 6th.

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    Comment number 22.

    Caitriona, a same sex marriage can have a strong family too. I hope my parents and grandparents are open minded enough to realize that.

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    Comment number 21.

    I think Romney would make a great president. He is anti abortion, anti gay marriage, pro self sufficiency, anti dependency, pro traditional marriage and values - holding all the sensible views that our wise parents and grandparents would have cherished which creates strong marriages and families which ultimately lead to strong societies.

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    Comment number 20.

    The only message that i'm getting is that he keeps changing his message until he finds one that he thinks will stick with the majority. This man really really wants to be president.

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    Comment number 19.

    I get dizzy everytime I listen to one of Mitt's speeches. He keeps changing his pitch or flat out lies.
    My gut feeling is that he only wants to win the election; like there is a prize. I fear for the USA if he does win because I don't think he has what it takes!

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    Comment number 18.

    I say Obama, for more years, for more years, and then some more. America as a lot to put right, Romney is not the man, even ,'IF', it turns out Obama isn't either. Go with the one who will try, over the one who will lie. We haven't got it right in Britain yet, I hope the yanks do, for the good of all of us.

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    Comment number 17.

    Mitt is the great dissembler. You don't know where he stands. Falsehoods, proven by fact checkers, litter his campaign. His history of predatory capitalism at Bain speaks for itself - check the Internet. He will do and say anything to win the Presidency - truth be damned. On Guy Fawkes day, Bain-owned, highly profitable Sensata Technologies moves from the US to China. More money in Mitt's pocket.

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    Comment number 16.

    Some would say that along the way Candidate Romney has found many different messages, not evolving into this last version of his discourse, but rather severely contradicting himself and putting into question his credibility. I believe the article, to provide the full story about his message, or rather messages, should mention this.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?


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