Confident Romney hits the road after mixed response to presidential pitch
Reaction to the biggest speech of his political career – his address to the party convention in Tampa, Florida – was mixed, in large part because of a shambling warm-up performance by Oscar-winning actor Clint Eastwood. The actor disrupted the carefully choreographed convention schedule with with a surreal discussion with an empty chair representing Barack Obama.
Republican strategists described Romney's 40-minute speech as "competent" and "solid" rather than inspirational, but insisted that it would play well with the tens of millions of viewers watching at home. Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant and media commentator, said Romney had ticked all the boxes. "I thought he did a workmanlike job," he said.
A former member of the Bush administration, speaking after the speech in Tampa, described it as "homely" and low-key but said it would resonate with voters tired with Obama's soaring rhetoric.
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