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Making The Soft Sell vs. The Hard Sell In Tampa

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Last night at the Republican National Convention Ann Romney made the hard sell on behalf of her husband, who had earlier in the day been crowned official presidential nominee of his party. Ann Romney's message: I love you, women, and you can trust Mitt Romney.

Yes, there was some romance there -- she recounted the story of meeting her husband at a high school dance. "His name is Mitt Romney," Ann said, "and you really should get to know him."

"I could tell you why I fell in love with him," she continued, "he was tall, laughed a lot, was nervous -- girls like that, it shows the guy's a little intimidated -- and he was nice to my parents but he was really glad when my parents weren't around."

But Ann really got to business. She didn't try to tell people they should fall in love with Mitt Romney. But, they should trust him to be competent and successful.

"Let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President: No one will work harder. No one will care more. No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live," she said. "It's true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?"


If Ann's speech was about selling Mitt, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's remarks were about selling himself and the Republican Party.

"I know this simple truth and I'm not afraid to say it," Christie said to applause, "our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America."

Christie made the case not so much for Romney as he did for his brand of tell-it-like-it-is conservative principles. This is the same message that Paul Ryan has been pushing. It works well with the GOP faithful, but will it sell with swing voters?

And one smart Republican strategist offered an impression of Christie's speech: "Chris Christie gave a great speech -- to accept his own nomination," this strategist said. "It was surprising that with a national audience, the Romney camp allowed a prepared speech that took so long to spotlight the candidate."

(As it turns out, it took Christie more than 17 minutes to utter the word "Romney" and he did so only 7 times in a more than, 2,630 word speech).

Wednesday night is Paul Ryan's moment. The crowd in Tampa is ready for a red meat speech. But, his bigger hurdle is his perception among those outside the hall -- especially women and those concerned about his approach to reforming Medicare.

Can he get out from under the "extremist" label Democrats have slapped on him? Stay tuned.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Christie ‘Very Leery’ of Picking a President from Congress

Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(ELMHURST, Ill.) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stumped on behalf of Mitt Romney in a Chicago suburb on Friday, telling the crowd packed into a student center at Elmhurst College that it would be a bad idea to send a member of Congress to the Oval Office.

“In our Republican primary, let’s be very leery, very wary of sending another member of Congress to the White House. Now see members of Congress they can be okay, but they don’t know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority. They don’t know the first thing about getting things done,” said Christie. “We don’t need Ron Paul, we don’t need Newt Gingrich , and we don’t need Rick Santorum. We need an executive. We need Mitt Romney in the White House.”

Christie hailed Romney’s personal success, arguing that his record as a job creator and as an executive has extended wealth to other Americans.

“He didn’t just create wealth for himself. He did what American entrepreneurs have done better than any entrepreneurs around the world in the history of the world. He created wealth for himself and he created wealth for lots of other people,” said Christie.

The blunt talking Christie also took a swipe at President Obama and his background as a community organizer.

“Do we really want a failure in the White House?” asked Christie. “Let me just tell you this, here’s one set of people I don’t think belong in the White House anymore – community organizers.”

Christie told the crowd that he’s “inherently optimistic” about the future of the country, particularly under Romney’s leadership, and he squeezed in some teasing at the expense of his favorite baseball team – the Mets – and a popular, yet unlucky team in Chicago – the Cubs.

“I see a guy sitting out in the audience who’s got to be inherently optimistic too. He’s wearing a Cubs T-shirt,” said Christie. “I’m a Mets fan, and we’re worse off than you are. Yeah it’s okay to boo us. It’s all right. We stink anyway.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Maryland House Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Mario Tama/Getty Images(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- A same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley narrowly passed in the Maryland House on Friday evening.

The Civil Marriage Protection Act passed with a 72-67 vote. It now proceeds to the Senate which is expected to discuss the measure next week. If approved, Maryland will become the eighth state in the nation to allow same-sex unions.

A similar measure passed in New Jersey on Thursday and was subsequently vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Friday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Biden Praises Chris Christie as ‘Good Guy,’ Hits GOP

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden walked into a heated debate over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s weight in an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s The View.

“Well, you look great and trim after you just heard us bashing that poor governor of New Jersey,” co-host Barbara Walters said to Biden. “You look great.”

“No comment,” Biden demurred, as he sat on the sofa between Walters and the four other daytime talk divas.

“Actually,” he said piping up, “Christie’s a good guy.  Christie is a fellow University of Delaware graduate, and a phenomenal football fan. He comes to all our home games...I like him.”

Does Biden think Christie could be a strong candidate to challenge President Obama?

“Well, New Jersey is a big important state,” he said. “He’s at the top of his game right now.”

The vice president was less sanguine when asked to respond to the already-committed 2012 Republican field, taking particular aim at the candidates’ silence in last week’s debate following the booing of a gay service member by the audience.

“I did have a visceral response,” said Biden, whose son, Beau, served in Iraq. “I know my son and all the kids with him...I don’t think they give a damn whether the guy firing the rifle to protect them is gay or straight.

“Look, this kid risked his life, this kid was there for a year -- and I quite frankly, I thought it was reprehensible,” he said as emotion visibly welled up.

Biden said he sees the entirety of the GOP field, with the exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, as adherents to the same “fundamentally different” ideology.

“You know, they’re beating up Perry for saying [Social Security is] a Ponzi scheme,” he said, “but yet everyone else on that stage wants to privatize it. So I don’t see much difference.”

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