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.

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    Comment number 54.

    Petit: I have a very clear idea

    I would say you have a clear idea of how part of the country runs+thinks but not the entire country or else you would be saying different things

    Then again you guys have never had a black Prime Minister

    Look at what happened to white people, especially farmers,
    in South Africa

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    Comment number 53.

    Just another Etch-a-Sketch.

    If you don't like what Romney says, wait five minutes - he'll change it.

    He will say anything, and everything, to get elected. God help us if he does.

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    Comment number 52.

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    Comment number 51.

    I'm getting tired of his claims to be bipartisan and to work across the aisle. The only reason there wasn't more working across the aisle is that the leaders of the party discouraged it. There's plenty of literature out there to support that statement, plenty of quotes by the leaders of the GOP (McConnell/Cantor/Boehner) to show this. Romney's bipartisanship focused on Democratic priorities in MA.

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    Comment number 50.

    I appreciate J Dymond bringing this speech to our attention. Had Mitt Romney been presenting himself in this way and using this tone from the beginning, I suspect he would have attracted even more supporters. His 'new' message is what Americans want to hear - from both parties.

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    Comment number 49.

    We have seen this ability to inspire by Romney before and when he does it hits people between the eyes as he did in the first debate ,Obama has no answer, because it is based on common sense, and it is genuine , he has a track record of consensus ,and it is coming from a real person, not from some figment of our imagination that we and the media wish was Obama but does not excist!

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    Comment number 48.

    Standsfor: Thanks for being honest enough to admit

    I am against racism toward all races

    standsfor: the core of their objection to Obama

    My core objection to Obama is that 1st two years in office Dems led Congress+Obama could have passed universal health care, expired Bush tax cuts, done so many good things for us
    but he chose not to

    Obama failed b/c he has wrong agenda

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    Comment number 47.

    "You are actually aware that your nation is fantastically in debt in a way unparalleled in human history aren't you? "

    Yes we are and with Obama the debt will only increase. He has no plan for the next four years. No budget has been passed by the Democrats for at least three years. Obama inherited one trillion in debt and has added a trillion for each year of his presidency. No future in that.

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    Comment number 46.

    @LucyJ - as it happens I spend 4 months a year in the US and I have a very clear idea of how the country runs and thinks. The Republican's sowed the seeds of division in the 8 years they were in power and since then they have continued to fan those flames. It almost goes back to the mentality of 'better dead that red'.

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    Comment number 45.

    Thanks for being honest enough to admit you're a racist. My personal belief is that 90% of the virulent Obama haters are like you, except most are not willing to admit that the core of their objection to Obama is simply that he's not a white male.
    Romney cares about white people? Yes, there is no doubt that he will work hard to promote the agenda that rich white people favor.

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    Comment number 44.

    The issue is not that Obama is black. The issue is that he has "big government" socialistic policies just like in Europe. There are still people in the USA that do not want the govt. involved in every aspect of their life, from "cradle to grave."

    Individualism and small business must be encouraged. To have everyone dependent on the government enslaves them.You vote for who you are dependent upon.

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    Comment number 43.

    Flash: At least Obama is a regular guy who has achieved a lot agaiinst the odds

    So now a multimillionaire who panders to special interest groups
    is a 'regular' guy?

    Yeah right

    I am part time without health care+to me,
    Obama is more unrelatable than Romney

    At least Romney cares about white people

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    Comment number 42.

    It never fails to amaze me how many misguided people there are in the US, who guzzle down the GOP kool-aid. It's one thing to disagree with the policies of the Dems, but another to parrot the absolute hogwash that the GOP is selling. Frankly, it's embarrassing.

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    Comment number 41.

    Yes, Gov. Romney is wealthy.
    Does that make him a bad person?
    Can you not see the character he embodies, which is one of
    authentic good will?
    Can you not see the character Pres. Obama embodies, which is one of authentic ill will?
    Vote for revenge he just told his audience.
    Is that the kind of man you want to lead our nation?
    Can you not see who will lead us to be a better nation, not a petty

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    Comment number 40.

    "This would be a real threat to how the Eurozone is run. Debt makes an individual and a nation a slave."

    You are actually aware that your nation is fantastically in debt in a way unparalleled in human history aren't you? I mean that's one of those actual useful facts that might help you decide on what is actually happening in your world

    Otherwise you might sound like a nonsensical blowhard

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    Comment number 39.

    It is enlightening to listen to the input from those of you in Europe. As so much of Europe fades into irrelevance as a result of its liberal socialistic economic and taxation policies, you folks are very much in fear that someone like Romney may actually succeed in the USA should he be elected.

    This would be a real threat to how the Eurozone is run. Debt makes an individual and a nation a slave.

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    Comment number 38.

    Petit: The bottom line is that the USofA is basically still an unbelievably racist country

    Comments like these just re-iterate that most foreign people don't know whats going on in America

    Its no wonder so many of you say you like Obama
    cause' you are totally out of reality

    The reality is that America has become divided because of Obama

    Voting for Obama is voting for division

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    Comment number 37.

    Well said 33. Does everyone think they're well off in the US. Romney is a super rich guy who doesn't relate to the vast majority. It's about time people learnt that. At least Obama is a regular guy who has achieved a lot agaiinst the odds. Four more years me thinks.

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    Comment number 36.

    Romney is always spot on with his insults, lies, misquotes and flip flops.

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    Comment number 35.

    @untotheball - at least be honest and say that your issue is that Obama is African- American. The bottom line is that the USofA is basically still an unbelievably racist country and vast swathes of the country cannot stomach a black man as president.


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