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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Todays News, Yet Another Downgrade:

Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to "AA-" from "AA," citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country's credit quality.

In its downgrade, the firm said that issuing more currency and depressing interest rates through purchasing mortgage-backed securities does little to raise the U.S.'s real gross domestic product, but reduces the value of the dollar.

In turn, this increases the cost of commodities, the firm said.

(Translation; next time you go the the gas pump or grocery store, just remember to drop your pants and bend 'Forward'!)

In April, Egan-Jones cuts the U.S. credit rating to "AA" from "AA+" with a negative watch, citing a lack of progress in cutting the mounting federal debt.

Sure, we can just follow the democrat plan, and spend our way out of debt!

The Doritos Economic Monetary Policy:

Spend all you want, we'll print more!

Does that factor into anyone's decision on who to vote for?

nonmember avatar TEA PARTY

How refreshing to find a respectful disagreement. I disagree with Nadia's article as well and agree with most of the comments posted by the other moms. Unsure how to even comment or respond to JAFE's post though.

SallyMJ SallyMJ

Hello Nadia,

Thanks for your article which - though for Democrats - is at least respectful - even if many of us do not agree with you. So much nicer to be tolerant on both sides!  A rare thing these days.

It is curious that you mention the candidates Romney's & Ryan's speeches at the RNC -- and Michelle's and Bill Clinton's speeches at the DNC -- but do not mention speeches by either of your candidates, Pres. Obama or VP Biden. I understand you disagree with Romney & Ryan, but still found their speeches memorable -- but not so much with Obama and Biden? For what it's worth, many pundits & commentators said the same thing.

Again, thanks for writing and sharing your thoughts.


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