The American Voter Won at the Conventions

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Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey - 3D IconsNow that the Republican and Democratic conventions are behind us, undecided or ambivalent voters should have a clearer picture of which candidate will get their vote. We saw two stark differences between Charlotte and Tampa that went beyond the location of the cities and the palette of the rooms. We heard from the candidates, supporters, and Americans, all whom shared the personal stories behind the political platforms. 

So which party won at their convention?  

I don't think it was about which party "won," but more about what American voters stood to gain from the conventions. 

Voters had the opportunity to digest the information from both conventions and decide for themselves who they will cast their vote for in November. Voters also had the opportunity to distinguish between fact or skewed interpretations of the facts. Hopefully voters researched convention speeches on non-partisan websites and verified the accuracy of the information being touted by both parties and on both stages.  

With the conventions behind us, let's hope that undecided voters have now decided which candidate will receive their vote.  And let's also hope that unregistered voters have decided to register and vote. Either one of those scenarios make us all winners because as President Obama recently told voters in Las Vegas, don't boo, vote

From my point of view, I watched both conventions with an open mind. The testimonials and hearing the personal stories of everyday, middle-class Americans that shared personal stories was a nice touch by both sides.

I appreciated Romney's diverse choice of speakers and thought it helped to offset the lack of diversity in the crowd. But I think that Romney and Ryan's speeches did not lay out a clear plan on what changes they will implement if elected into office. I also thought Mitt Romney's decision to leave out the troops in his acceptance speech was something that many voters took notice of and expressed anger about on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.  

On the other hand, I loved how personal Mrs. Obama's speech was.  I felt energzied after hearing Julian Castro's passion and message.  Finally, former President Bill Clinton reminded many of us what our country was like years ago and how much more work we need to do. 

With less than 60 days remaining until election day, and as the forthcoming debates between the candidates approach, I think that voters will have a clearer picture as to which candidate is the right candidate for them. 


This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, see Which Convention 'Won'?

Photo via DonkeyHotey/Flickr

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wamom223 wamom223

Thank you Nadia for writing a thoughtful peace that was not attacking the other side.  Having said that, I disagree with just about everything you said,  but I like how you went about making your point.  I would still love it if you wrote something about what happened to Mia Love during the conventions.  

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Good article Nadia. You stated your opinion without making assumptions or attacks. I may not agree with them, but that's totally fine. I would like to see more pieces like this. That being said, I agree with wamom. How has the injustice that Mia Love faced been overlooked?

bills... billsfan1104

I agree with the above bloggers. This was about the nicest blog, but I still disagree with it.

Mia Love will be ignored by the left because she isnt a democrat. She is a republican and that is the answer to why the media and democrats swept it under the rug.

wamom223 wamom223

Billsfan I understand what your saying but it still bothers me and I'm not ready to let it go yet.  What do I tell my children about this?  I'm sorry you got called the N word today, but its okay because we are conservatives so there's nothing we can do about it.  This is a site for women so I find it especially disgusting that the stir is ignoring it.  I don't want to attack anyone about it, but I don't see the harm in asking for it.  

bills... billsfan1104

Wamom, yup that is what it is. And if you say anything, you get attacked on this site and called a whiner and told to shut up and stop playing tit for tat. Thats what i get all the time

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Billsfan, it's odd how quickly people can grow balls behind the computer screen. I've seen the nasty things said to you, myself, and other commenters. Anything I say behind the computer, I have no problem saying to anyone's face.

I'm a college student that is sitting on the fence. I'm hoping that by the end of the debates I will have a decision. I can't decide on whether I should vote for the candidate that supports the same social issues that I do, or should I vote for the candidate that I think will do a better job. (Even if this means I won't vote for the candidate that my parents will vote for)

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Pinkmani - good luck for picking the candidate to vote for. Keep an open mind, and do a lot of research. Happy hunting!

bills... billsfan1104

Pink, i am glad you are keeping an open mind. My grandfather never voted party line and voted who can do the best job.

nonmember avatar Guest

Thank you for a rare respectful article from the left.

I would respectfully like to disagree.

Conventions are generally a display of platitudes.

I would suggest a better source of information for an informed choice is the candidates policy positions, and above all, voting records.


"I watched both conventions with an open mind." Bahahahahahahahaha!! 


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