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 aisle… 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 154.

    >129. zip
    "Romney came into office as gov at 61% approval, left after 4 yrs @ 31%. Mass sank to 47th of 50 in job creation & state employment grew 2X faster than the private sector. . Issued 800 vetoes. 707 were overridden, some unanimously. "

    If this is all true then it looks very strange that we hear this info from you and now - but not from Obama campaign team for many months.

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    Comment number 153.

    After living in your land for 7 years and seeing your press, you continentals are deluded. Obama is competing with Jimmy Carter for worst ever. Enjoy your dying culture and economies... Remember if you stand for nothing you'll fall for anything and you continue to do just that!

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    Comment number 152.

    Obama provides blind obeisance to his Abu Dhabi cartel. They demand the highest prices for their gasoline and diesel fuel. But, America lives in abject poverty from reduced industry output and equity investment. On Tuesday, Barack's lying ends. This country needs a real robust economy based on local business principle. Make that change to Mitt Romney.

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    Comment number 151.

    What a huge load of pure drivel!
    Romney is a pathological, psychotic liar, and a complete fake.

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    Comment number 150.

    Mitt Romney's grasp of foreign policy is so lacking it borders on criminal. Vote him in and expect a lot of dead bodies coming back draped in alliance flags. The man is an idiot.

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    Comment number 149.

    The writing in this article is almost as awful as Romney's candidacy.

    Is Dymond reporting news, or trying to compose verse?

    I mean, I can't stand Obama, the quintessential Wall St socialist. But Romney? Romney is a caricature of corporate America. He is so fake he can claim to be authentic. He is a truly authentic politician.

    What a miserable crisis for western "democracy". A stooge and a pimp.

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    Comment number 148.

    Oh look I have found another debate open.
    I had my hopes but. no, its about amrica again.
    Nothing against amrica but don't they have their own broadcasting corporations?

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    Comment number 147.

    That Obama has "never worked across the aisle" may be true, but that was completely due to the unwillingness of Romney and other Republicans to set aside partisanship. No matter how arousing your commentator found Romney's speech, that is one fact he might have mentioned.

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    Comment number 146.

    Awful piece since this was clearly another misguiding comment by Romney. Obama was actually talking about something that Romney believes and the crowd starting booing Romney upon hearing that, Obama said "no don't boo, vote!", which Romney has taken upon himself as wrongfully translating that into "vote for revenge". Dymond should really have picked up on this...

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    Comment number 145.

    This is downright arrogant reportage from Johnny Dymond. Who is he to reframe Romney is his (Dymond's) image. Surely I have listened to and read the man many times. Coming from UK where leaders are chosen by their elite boarding school or their landed origin, Dymond does not get openness that leads to the US presidency.

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    Comment number 144.

    Sussex by the Sea - PLEASE apply to BBC for the position sure to be vacated when it fires its correspondents covering the election here. Your vision from the shores of you great isle are clearer than theirs up close. Romney's first ad took a quote from John McCain and attributed it to Obama. Romney's campaign ends with a lie about Chrysler moving Jeep manufacturing from Ohio to China. Palin redux.

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    Comment number 143.

    BBC coverage = sound bites, not coverage. I listen 3hr/day to BBC, because US media doesn't cover the world. But no BBC mention of Romney's backfired encounter with the CEOs of GM and Chrysler over his claim (lie) the latter was moving Jeep production to China. Nor his gaffs on Syria-Iran geography and the 1916 navy. Nor his nominator Gov Christie's rejection. FAIL grade for 2012 - give us Lise!

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    Comment number 142.

    The BBC is like read a liberal manifest,most of their articles are sloped so far to the left i think i am viewing a Labor party leaflet.
    #139 I don't know where you got your information about canned goods but after going through hurricanes down here on the gulf coast,canned goods are fine.I can see a problem with them for a democrat though
    you can't buy TV ads with them.

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    Comment number 141.

    @140 Billy Smith
    If Romney's a "liberal" then I'm Napoleon Bonaparte!

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    Comment number 140.

    If we were to see Governor Romney as opposed to "win nomination Romney" then I would back him. Romney is in a corner, he had to struggle for the nomination because people didn't think he was right wing enough.

    I think he's a liberal at heart and he proved that by essentially supporting Obamacare. If we see the Romney who governed Massachusetts then that's someone I would gladly vote for.

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    Comment number 139.

    Mitten's a fool. When Sandy's destruction hit home he changed one of his campaign stops from the usual banter to a donation drive for the victims. Hell, he brought canned goods, gave them to those who came to listen to his speech; then said he'd be donating them. Want to know the kicker? The red cross said canned goods are pointless, they need money; not bloody peas and carrots! The cuif's a fool.

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    Comment number 138.

    136 Pete Charles....Such out and out prejudice..'hard core Republican voters will put their X on red no matter who the candidate is" like our Labour hard core voters won't put their X on red whoever the candidate is? including you; Romney will say "what you want to hear"; like Obama won't?I was educated and grew up in US , and found most Americans to have 'open minds' more so than we have here.

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    Comment number 137.

    The die appears cast, unfortunately. Many of the polls are converging and the abrupt convergence appears to reflect divided public opinion - a Obama or Romney win. Either way, it will be interesting to see how each man handles the future of the US when China becomes by far the leading industrialised economy in the world within 5 years, certainly 10 years . . .

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    Comment number 136.

    Obama has nothing to worry about. I figure that most educated Americans see right through Romney's, "I'll say what you want to hear", speeches. There are the hard-core Republican voters who put their X on red no matter who the candidate is, sometimes twice, but it won't be enough. Obamacare was a real winner. Romney is about personal wealth first, people second. He won't earn the public trust.

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    Comment number 135.

    The press have a lot to answer for as they've overstated the closeness of this race. If America is gullible enough to vote for the Republicans then they deserve what they'll get - ROMNEYSHAMBLES


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