When Mitt Romney stood at the podium Thursday night to accept the Republican Party's presidential nomination, the level of emotion he displayed was a revelation that despite his many riches, he wasn't taking the opportunity for granted. Finally, the Americans got to see the human side of Mitt with their own eyes rather than through the experiences of his family and other supporters.
It was one of several marks that Romney aimed to hit with this important speech. He reintroduced himself to the public, made an appeal to women and drew contrasts between himself and President Obama and said he'd get the nation back on the right economic course.
Did he succeed?
Felice Pete, president of the Wake County Republican Women's Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, was extremely impressed by Romney's call for the individual responsibility that helped build America and helps people take care of themselves and their communities.
"Do I think we have all of the answers right now with him? No, I don't," Pete said. "There's no one human who has all the answers, but I think he's a start in the direction we should go in for state sovereignty for a better America.
Pete strongly supports the principle of less government and believes that the federal government has intruded too much into areas that in her opinion should be handled by state and local governments, churches and charities.
"In these tough times, yes, there should be help, but it should be our neighbors and our neighbors don't really come together and help like we used to," she said.
Joanne Fisher, a Maryland delegate and former member of the military, said Romney's speech was inspiring, uplifting and patriotic. She also has a to-do list for the nominee if he succeeds in his bid for the white House.
"I want to see more women in key positions. I want to see more jobs. I'm a Black person; I want us to be working. I want to see my community having jobs," she said.
Romney seems like he has a plan, Fisher added, but she'd like to hear more. She also wants a seat at the table so she can learn more about it so she can fight for her community.
"I have a community that I represent. I'm on the Republican Central Committee. I want to be at the table. If you say you're going to create the jobs, I want to be part of the solution and be there to make a difference," she said, adding that Romney needs to set that table before the election.
Ashley Bell, an alternate delegate from Georgia, said Romney "hit it out of the park," and provided a sharp contrast between his experience in job creation and the president's. He also believes Romney's five-step economic plan for the country holds a lot more promise than hope and change did four years ago.
"The presidency entails challenges that no one can really foresee. You have to elect someone who has the background and capability to deal with the challenges as they come," Bell said.
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