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Dole Fellow says Romney has good shot at unseating Obama

August 29, 2012

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Nancy Dwight, who has been involved in the top levels of Republican Party politics for nearly 40 years, believes GOP candidate Mitt Romney needs to provide a detailed explanation of what he wants to do as president during his nationally televised speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

“He needs to tell us in specifics, the direction he wants to take us,” said Dwight, who is a fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.

Dwight believes Romney is well-positioned to defeat President Barack Obama in the November general election.

“The campaign starts after the conventions,” she said, adding that the presidential debates in October “will make a huge difference. It will be who can convince the undecideds, or who can create more undecideds.”

Dwight, who lives in Boston and is chair of Dwight Partners, a consulting firm, didn’t go to the convention in Tampa, Fla., but has attended GOP national gatherings as a staff member or delegate since 1980.

She knows Mitt and Ann Romney personally and finds it ironic that many people think of Mitt Romney as having a stiff personality. “He is very funny; he is very loose,” she said. “The whole side of him caring for other people is absolutely real,” she said.

Dwight gave Ann Romney’s speech on Tuesday a big thumbs-up. “She has an inner core and strength that is almost unparalleled,” she said.

But Dwight said the next speech, given by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, may have missed the mark.

“The transition between Ann’s speech and his speech was so abrupt. To put his style after hers, in hindsight, was probably a bad idea. It wasn’t his night. It was her night. The message she was delivering was so powerful,” Dwight said.

Dwight and another Dole Fellow, Steve Hildebrand, who served as Obama’s deputy national campaign manager in 2008, will be leading a weekly study group this fall at the Dole Institute on the Obama-Romney campaign.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

Queen Elizabeth did something with Michelle Obama I have never seen before. She put her arm around her shoulder. The Queen doesn't touch people. Ever. Even when she is in reception lines where she may have to shake hands, she wears gloves. That spontaneous gesture, one not afforded to any other First Lady of this country in the 60 years the Queen has been on the throne, spoke volumes to me. And somehow, I just don't see plastic Barbie doll Ann Romney with her botox injections and nylon hair getting the same kind of treatment.
Can wives win elections for their husbands? They can. Eleanor Roosevelt (who was no "beauty") was as much of a factor in getting women to vote for her husband as was his policies toward the aged and children. Jackie Kennedy, with her shy, natural prettiness and breathless voice enchanted a nation. But I don't see Ann Romney resonating with the country, especially it's women, the way that Michelle Obama does. She lives in a rarefied world and has no more idea of how to talk to the suburban housewife, slapping sandwiches together for her kid's school lunch, than she does of how to talk to a kangaroo. Michelle Obama is peanut butter, PTA and coffee klatches. Ann Romney is prep schools, shopping trips to Saks and tennis dates at the club.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Politics as sport , the debates should be very entertaining , who craps himself when pressured and who is cool under pressure. The camera shots of Romney will be quite telling.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 7 months ago

Newt was right. Candidates should be required to participate in a series of Old style debates. No audience, moderators or notes. An empty stage with no audience. Do a topic a week, let them go at it, then show the videos on TV and the Internet. Maybe we'd get some idea what the candidates are thinking.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 7 months ago

What rock are you folks living under? Do you not feel the pain in this nation? Do you not wonder why families are suffering? Unemployment, fuel inflation, crucial day to day spending rising, housing bust, and just a national morose to boot.

and of course Joe Biden plus a goofy Michelle and her preaching about eating healthy. Michelle Obama recipes = expensive. Obama is as good as gone.

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Orwell 1 year, 7 months ago

Also, big surprise – a Republican says the Republican candidate could win. In the journo business this is called "dog bites man." If she really thinks he's going to tell us what he'd do, she's way out of the loop. His speech will be more generalities, false claims and gratuitous personal attacks because that's all he's got. He only discusses specifics with the Big Money boys in quiet rooms.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

So far, all Mitt has to offer is the same crap that put us where we are right now, and he's pretty much painted himself in a corner in that respect.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

The "Nobel Peace Prize" laureate is the 'only' biped that can 'say hi!' to the 50 centers that have no "skin in the game" and have them 'drool' over him. Flex 'is' a nice guy. He knows 'diddly' how to manage a country, but, he knows how to 'strip' it of its wealth to spread to the 'drooling'.

Flex is a 'shoe-in' for November.

Let's "hope and change" that Dole Fellow was chooming when stating Romo has a chance.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

It will be interesting to see what happens during the debates, in October. Four years ago, when the second presidential debate rolled around, I was leaning heavily towards Obama. McCain's erratic ideas during the second debate sealed the deal for me.

I've heard it said by a few of the talking heads that Romney is pretty poor at giving speeches--but someone to be reckoned with in a debate. We'll see.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 7 months ago

Everyone knows all you have to say is "yes we can" and "hope and change" four billion times and you will get elected.... Oh, and not being George Bush in 2008 was a boost as well.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

Ann Romney, No doubt a wonderful person and a great mother and wife, Is not running for President. I did not vote for Michelle Obama who is no less of a wonderful person and great mother and wife than Ann Romney. She was not running for President either.

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