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This week on The Journal Editorial Report Mitt Romney's big night the GOP's nominee makes his case.
To the American people and gives us a glimpse of the campaign to come.
Plus from Paul Ryan come Marco Rubio -- Condoleezza Rice the other big moments from the RNC and as President Obama get set to make his case for four more years.
Our panel previews of next week's Democratic Convention in Charlotte.
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans.
-- -- the planet's.
Is to help you in your family.
Welcome to The Journal Editorial Report I'm apology go Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney bringing down -- house with that line in Tampa Thursday night there's no question.
The most important speech of his career so how -- do.
And what did it tell us about the campaign to come let's ask Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan heavier.
Editorial board member -- Rubin a what's political diary editor Jason Riley and Washington columnist Kim extra muscles so Dan.
One of the main goals of this convention clearly was to improve the image of Mitt Romney with independent voters.
Did they accomplished.
They most certainly accomplished that Paul they have proven I think with all of these testimonials from people that.
Mitt Romney is a good person a great guy and even a caring businessman.
Now this is a political event so why did they spent so much time doing net.
They did that because the Obama campaign and democratic circuits had spent the previous four month and a hundred million dollar over a hundred billion dollars over the TV commercials saying precisely the opposite.
So the Romney campaign has brought themselves back to even -- think in the image wars with Barack Obama.
What was only skimmed in his speech where the policy war I wanna get to that but -- let's talk about that so I think that as a result of that the campaign is going to pitch forward and it's going to be decided in the debates and through all those hundreds of millions of dollars and two via.
All right what about the speech itself Dorsey.
Did it to it it obvious it was about 50%.
Yes by that -- himself following all of that.
The testimonials from other people many of them very moving and revealing and haven't been very informative.
Did you spend too much time on biography I.
Think he didn't but he does that anyway and I just want to say that I think he should -- the gender gap alone for a couple of months after Election Day he can take it up.
The real issue is that we saw the speech and pieces some of it was very good some of this very moving that's when he moved out of the biography.
He had one of the line that they could have used.
And that was a line when he says I am going to begin my presidency with the jobs to a President Obama began his presidency within about.
Apology to you like that apology tour -- -- what about it Jason there's a lot of them a lot of discussion but the understated quality of -- speech there weren't really any great rhetorical.
Lines there wasn't -- -- -- Greek columns.
You know it was people who have it was good but underwhelming and I suspect that might have been by design we -- on the opening clip.
The Romney contrasting Obama's -- asked the rhetorical grandy Cassidy with his plain spoken this Obama's is gonna heal the planet.
I just want to help you and your families I think that's what he was going -- succeed.
Kim -- wanna play a clip here getting to -- -- point about objected -- so called gender gap and the appeal to the women's vote and get your response let's let's show that.
As governor of Massachusetts I I chose a woman lieutenant governor.
A woman chief of staff.
Half of my cabinet and senior officials were women.
And in business I mentored and supported.
Great women leaders who went on to run great companies.
Kim is that the way to two win over more women.
-- is that the Romney campaign does not want to spend -- days getting pulled -- to these Obama.
Diversionary arguments about women's pay and contraception.
At the same time they can't simply not respond to this because.
That those attacks have hurt him among women so there to strategy which use this week was to instead just show how silly these attacks are.
To highlight that this is the guy who was surrounded himself with talented women.
And I also showed his personal side his five children his wife -- and -- Give the sense that he knows some of those ordinary average concerns of working moms and.
-- I agree with what Kim is saying to some extent but the right can't criticize the left for identity politics.
And then practice it in the way that we saw Romney doing there the best way.
For Romney to respond to whether there's a war on women is to put strong women up there like he did on stage -- -- -- testifying.
To what Romney thinks about the world and his policies and how -- is gonna help this entire country including women so we saw Condi Rice up there was sauces and a -- right up there.
And they went up there just because they -- -- and they were up there because they were women who agree with.
Mitt Romney's policy -- to get back to.
Original point about the policy here's what I Wear my problem is with a speech I didn't hear how he would improve the economy.
It was so much biography and so much discussion of other things that he really didn't focus on policy issues except at the -- almost.
As an afterthought -- -- those five priorities he didn't -- tax.
He didn't go to defend tax reform.
He did make a case against class warfare and next week and in in Charlotte you're going to see the Democrats run through.
That hole and and and and they did not inoculate themselves on.
Yeah Paul and not only that but next week in Charlotte -- President Obama's going to give his acceptance speech and he is going to reiterate his policy proposals he plans to spend money to pay for -- -- education he's going to pay for your health care when you need it.
We may not -- agree with any of that but these are specific policy -- -- directed at a very.
Anxious electorate and it has to be countered with something from the Romney -- -- what I think swing voters want to hear very tangible and they know Mitt Romney is -- -- certainly they -- now Mitt Romney is a hell of a guy.
What they want -- -- is how is he going to improve their lives.
It's and they get a sense of him when they see the choice he makes in the speech do we really have to know how it feels to -- -- -- your children in your bedroom with your wife and how glorious it isn't how you would like to relive all that.
That kind of choice -- spending personal exposure time instead of how are we going to get those.
How many millions of jobs have been promised that is the question.
I I think a lot of Romney's speech.
Was aimed at independent voters in those swing states who wanted to assure them.
That it's okay to have some buyer's remorse about voting for Obama four years ago doesn't make of that -- and that's a good strategy no question about that but the agenda Obama who were missing agenda is is it is I think a risk still ahead of Mitt Romney's job was to make his case for his presidency.
Paul -- was to make the case against.
A second Obama term so didn't get the job done.
The man assumed office almost four years ago.
Isn't it about time he assumed responsibility.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan had his turn in the spotlight Wednesday night and used it to deliver withering attack on the Obama presidency.
I have never seen opponents.
So silent about their record.
It is still desperate.
To keep their power.
They've run out of ideas and -- moment.
Came and went he began with a financial crisis.
With -- job crisis.
He began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause.
It ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct it all started off.
Was stirring speeches Greek columns the thrill of something new.
All that's left.
Is -- presidency -- So Kim Paul Ryan's big introduction to the American public how did he do.
-- conventions always devote 1 evening to going after the opponent in usually the vice presidential candidate does that.
What the GOP had in Paul Ryan is he is a certain optimistic delivery that made him come across as very devastating rather than mean.
And just to get back to our last -- his other big job for the evening was to lay out some of those policy issues and and distinctions between the two campaigns it would have been nicer to have had that -- mr.
Romney as well but to the extent of that was Paul Ryan's job he also did that very.
Well but Kim I thought I heard that on Medicare there was a there was a real attack on the Obama Obama care and and and Medicare but I didn't hear any -- -- -- by Ryan from the from the tax plan for example no case for tax reform.
-- he did make a pro growth case.
Economic case as much as I know he believes in person.
-- and that is that really -- that they're gonna have to address this fall because so far it's -- a lot of doom and gloom news saying you know we're on the wrong path we've got to fix things.
They've got to start committing and talking about how the real way out of this hole is by getting an economy that grows again that brings in the tax revenues to help deal with these spending.
Issues Jason what else struck you about the week.
Well first Orion gave the speech -- the convention in my view he headed -- the park I think anyone who didn't know it was a serious person knows now.
I don't think he's gonna fade in the spotlight like Sarah Palin did four years ago I think he's he's -- he's -- is -- longest hitless through.
I think Chris Christie also gave the New Jersey governor also game.
A very powerful speech on mount not everybody agrees with you on that -- Jason -- most people disagree they think he blew it I think his point on Obama's leadership the unwillingness to say no is is is is is it is on the viability.
In a leader and and Obama is unwilling to treat voters like adults I think he drove that point home and I think that's a very effective attack.
On Obama more effective attack and saying Obama's and over -- head.
I'm okay Dorothy what else what -- will impressed you the most among a non Romney actors here.
Among the non Rania is who will love.
I have to say Marco Rubio.
Actually because -- a -- to see that.
He did in one minute in terms of personal revelation.
What Romney could not do what he did not running -- minutes and yes exactly that but more than that yes they say he's not presidential for a few minutes but you can see.
The -- in the naturalness with which he discusses his identity and the magic of being in America and the parents I won't -- it.
But anybody who's -- transported.
Yeah by the combination of things he talked and that toughness of his which never becomes in possibly -- But is -- -- saleable as -- as a weapon.
One of the things this week.
Dancing -- to be the rehabilitation.
Of the Republican Party may be re branding is through better way to put it with younger people onstage with a more diverse group of people.
And -- governors who projected basically said here's our record.
We're creating jobs were making the change we're doing things it so this this these democratic attacks basically that say look you're just an attack party.
That's not true look at a record.
Yeah I think the -- the big winner this out of this convention was the Republican Party.
They did a very good job of presenting themselves -- it wasn't -- a reaction to all of the kind of negative propaganda that the Democrats have dumped they had to answer it drag it turns out that they really do have a great group of younger politicians their reform minded governor Martinez.
Of New Mexico wonderful story.
And so I think that and he was a revelation all of these parties try to hit an appeal to the middle class in America and I think the Republican shoulder no longer the party of bankers and real estate developers and country club types that looked like.
Real Americans Jim was -- a big part of their strategy.
It was exactly their strategy and I think a certain amount of credit needs to go to mr.
-- here and that.
Conventions can be very biographical and hate you graphic on the guy in and -- the question.
He they wanted to highlight the very deep bench that the GOP has here.
Talk about the reform policies going on out in the states and present a party itself that's ready to get down to business and and institute some new.
Ideas and and and that was certainly what they were and what -- their strategic goal here too though Kim because for example in Ohio.
Which is seen falling.
Unemployment they need to point to the -- run a bomb's gonna try to take credit for that but -- need to point out look this is a Republican governor whose policies are helping a great deal with that.
That is absolutely right they're going to be very -- and a very clear distinction between those things that they believe their Republican governors have done.
The budget reforms have they done that education -- -- they've done -- about helping the economy.
And then making the argument that to the extent the states are doing better and that is Obama's fault -- briefly Dorsey Clint Eastwood.
-- -- I thought he and I hit it out of the ballpark whatever anybody says -- put him out there picked up a plane but but let me say someone else here.
Even -- renegade bought the Davis who became our tour -- on the pot today this.
He was magnificent and when you get even mind a bit play -- enhancing all of the performances.
-- Clinton and Clint Eastwood.
Kind of an independent minded voter just making up his mind that we need to fire the press when we come back now it's the democrats' turn what President Obama.
And his party a plan for Charlotte next week will it be enough to convince voters to give him.
Four more years.
With -- behind us all eyes turn to Charlotte, North Carolina where President Obama and fellow Democrats will make the case next week.
For four more years Jason what do you expect there to here next week out of the Democrats.
Well first -- I think you're gonna hear the phrase Romney Ryan so often you're gonna think it's one word.
But you know -- the right budget be President Obama wanted to run against congress with a congressman on the ticket he's -- to do that.
But essentially Obama's strategy has been inherited a mess.
But for my stimulus and other policies we'd be in a bigger hole.
And why give the ball back to the team that put us in this mess in the first place.
Thinking and here variations on those teams throughout the week what about Dorsey the question of Republicans raised again and again -- -- expectations.
Unfulfilled promises all the grain NBI city of four years ago and now we're stuck with this -- how does he respond to that.
Well I think he can do the same -- and strategy he's been using now which is to say.
It's not there.
We have accomplished this week at the hill we've made this amount of -- yes we did build this essentially.
And then simply ignore let's say we have been opposed at every level funding Republicans they have been in the winning.
And that kind of defiance of in my view defunct reality.
With which will be the answer they will say we had done.
Yes Kim what are the big targets for the Democrats do thank -- Jason mentioned the Ryan budget that's going to be a target.
What about -- the tax plan of from -- You're gonna see three things are gonna see a big class warfare argument that that tax policy is in is going to be the Obama argument which we've seen it.
Romney is just a corporate raider he wants to strip money from the middle class and give it to his rich friends.
You're gonna see a very big -- -- attack on on the Ryan plans for two reform programs like Medicare and so Social Security.
And you're gonna see a big attack on the Republicans.
Vis -- -- women.
And again these arguments that they are all they all look like -- weekend in Missouri you know they're gonna have so many women on stage I'm surprised you guys haven't been invited to a.
Here and I did that because they're gonna make this such a such a central theme what about the image of the Democratic Party.
Yeah that's an image of the Republicans.
The Republicans just conveyed a very positive image of themselves I don't think you're going to see -- next week this is why.
Did the Obama Democrats essentially where the party of the democratic left they captured the Democratic Party from the Clinton centrist.
The essence of the democratic left them progressives is to complain about.
American society they see it as a place of victims and people who are being shafted by the system and I think -- inevitably -- the winner I don't.
-- you're going to hear more carping and complaining about the unfairness of American next week because that is in their DNA -- that's the way they see what that system all because of business and that Romney's friends but it does not progress a positive image to the American.
I think another thing that may not be a winner but that you may never lost here a lot about -- obamacare particularly those parts of the health care plan -- have taken effect.
Children being able to stay on their parents' insurance -- -- certain -- so they'll all push that -- so they'll push that that that those that did this two or three positive that the right.
Parts of obamacare that -- well even though the Democrats and Republicans really did a pretty good job this week of taking apart Obama can think they'll talk about I think they will all -- of course that's a huge vulnerability for Romney going into the debates I don't think they're gonna -- shy away from talking about about you know -- we haven't mentioned here second term agenda.
What's the case that Obama's gonna may -- Kim five -- before for a second term agenda first -- camp.
Well I mean I'm going to it he's gonna -- revives some of these retread arguments they put out last year which is mostly going to be more spending.
I'm gonna pay for your kids to go to college.
You know I am -- let's put some more stimulus money in the construction jobs.
But that's about all they've got and do not expect to see any big policy initiatives put forward here they don't have a -- -- Well -- can -- say I'm going to be not pliable enough for the Soviet Union the former Soviet Union more -- leave him.
Yeah -- -- -- another reset giving -- another reset.
But that -- We can hear a little bit about -- abortion and about the assault on women and the fact that we are going to save a woman's right to choice.
So it's -- that.
-- that women's giggling and when I did we may also see Windmills and the Chevy Volt on stage for all those green jobs before it's over may be one of them will speak.
I don't know as they try to make the case and -- -- in Michigan.
That the auto bailout helped -- we have to take one more break when we come back our hits and misses.
Of the week.
Time now for hits and misses of the week -- first -- years.
And this is a mr.
Ron Paul for being a bit of a sore loser you know it was mr.
Paul's decision to run as a Republican this year that finally gave -- the -- to have a more visible unsuccessful campaign.
And the Republicans in Tampa paid him more notes than any of -- miss and mr.
Romney's other opponents say there was a video tribute his son's bulk.
Some of his ideas were in the GOP platform and yet mr.
Paul has refused to endorse the man who did win his party's nomination.
Mitt Romney may not be his ideal version of -- president but he's a lot closer than Barack Obama.
This is -- -- for Pat -- the democratic governor of Illinois this week absentee downgraded the State's credit -- so that's not addressing -- budget deficits in the pension liabilities.
Ironically some surrounding states like Ohio and Wisconsin are effectively addressing this issue.
There are governors are speaking in Tampa this week I hope Paquin was watching and I don't know that he's going to be making a guest appearance Charlotte we'll see -- right Dan.
-- -- there was a lot of patriotism at the Republican Convention and a piece of that as a returning to Yale University this fall for the first time in forty years ROTC.
Is going to be back on campus a deal.
These are students are coming from the naval submarine base in Groton Connecticut -- should also add that.
Columbia and Harvard are also going to have ROTC back on campus so.
However divided the country may be right now.
This is a good thing you know extraordinary because that means it.
ROTC was last on the Yale campus before I went to college.
Which is pretty extraordinary when you think about this ancient mariner all right.
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Especially to you for watching I'm -- ago you see it right here next week.
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