RNC 2012 Roundup: Romney’s Big Night; Clint Eastwood’s Bizarre Antics
By: Rebecca Cooper
August 31, 2012
Mitt Romney finally got to accept his nomination as the GOP’s candidate for president last night, and he did so with a gusto — and a fist bump — that showed how long he’d been waiting for that moment. His speech focused on the economy and how President Obama has left the country worse off than it was four years ago.
Romney did well, by most accounts. Washington Post's Chris Cillizza called the nominee’s speech "very, very solid," ABC's Rick Klein noted that Romney's remarks on the economy were "Mitt at his best." NPR’s Liz Halloran also gave the candidate kudos, although she noted the night overall was "no game change."
That's in part because Romney shared the spotlight with surprise guest Clint Eastwood, who spoke way over his time and employed an odd tactic of speaking to an invisible President Obama, who was supposedly sitting in an empty chair to Eastwood’s left. Not surprisingly, there was some reaction:
Ann Romney politely called Eastwood “unique,” on CBS This Morning, adding that she looked surprised during the chair bit because she wasn’t expecting it.
The Obama campaign had some fun with the chair meme on Twitter, tweeting a photo of the President in his official POTUS chair with the note “This seat’s taken.”
And of course, within minutes, someone created an Invisible Obama Twitter account.
On a more local note, WAMU 88.5 had lots of coverage of local reactions to the convention Thursday:
Virginia delegates at the convention told Matt Laslo that they’re excited about Romney’s candidacy, and provided insight into how they’re helping the GOP win their swing state.
Evan Draim, the convention’s youngest delegate and a Northern Virginia resident, talked with Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Brendan Sweeney about the youth vote, student loans and being taken seriously as a teenage delegate.
In more education policy discussion, Patrick Mara, a Ward 1 Republican and member of the state board of education, also spoke with Kojo and accused the D.C. Council of "micromanaging" the schools chancellor in D.C. Public Schools.
The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.
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