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August 31st, 2012
12:18 PM ET

Voters weigh in on Romney's speech

CNN's Carol Costello speaks with middle class voters on their thoughts on the RNC convention.


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  1. Dave

    I thought the Clint Eastwood appearance was a night mare to start! Boy if they could have seen that train wreck coming! Getting to Romney, he fell short of telling us how he would create all these new jobs. He also lacked any real enthusiasm
    until the end of the speech. It was almost like he was talking as if he was feeling bad for Obama. It is never good when a presidential candidate has to spend most of his time reinventing himself to the american people because he just doesn't come off as presidential to people. He explained that Obama was a nice man but just not a business man and that's why he failed. Has anyone looked at his track record in Massachusetts? He left the state in so much debt and then decided to bolt! So, I thought it was a litle hypocritical to make that statement and only mentioning Bain Capital as his accomplishment.
    I am leary of him right now and what he will do to the middl class. They all say the right things to get your vote but you have to read between the lines and ask yourself, will he break party lines either agreeing with democrats on certain idea's or even his own party if it is neccesary for the good of all people. Politicians are suppose to be servants for all people. As we know this is the problem with congress and the greed to control the presidency,senate, and house only concerning themselves with one type of person. So be careful what you ask for my friends, the devil you know is better then the one you don't!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Poor Planning

    The Clint, Surprise Speaker" is a microcosm of what will be wrong with a Romney Presidency... Poor planning & incomplete homework. Others have pointed out the presentation order leading to the Romney acceptance speech, it is another symptom. Romney & his Campaign should have anticipated most all of the issues he is battling with in the press, starting with the tax returns he promised ABC to check on but hasn't even delivered the second of two returns or any substantiation of his other tax rates, for which the voters "will just have to trust me on". Well based on his wordings used during his MA. Governor run, when checked further, he was caught lying about his principle residence. The Romney speech lacked any specificity regarding his promises as our President. The facts remain that when it comes to caring, his examples only apply to cases where he helps those he knows personally. We need a leader who cares about all Americans. Because of the years leading to Obama's term, our country is struggling with challenges we never before had to deal with since the early 1930's. In addition, the GOP has made their single most important agenda to see to it Obama fails during this term. On the other hand Obama has much to prove as the first Afro-American President. He has taken the least amount of vacation of any presidency in memory. Obama has proven to be a hard worker & inspiring speaker. After 5 years of campaigning Romney, Bless his Heart" couldn't even put together a great speech in prep for his acceptance. And we are still waiting for enough tax returns to judge his honesty or criminality. Republicans always have looked after their own. Dems consider all Americans but this time it can't be done in one term, especially with obstruction from across the aisle.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  3. A.G. Morfin

    I just turned from CNN to another news channel. I'm fed up with the constant repetitive talk about Clint Eastwood & negativity re: the Republican convention that I've given up on CNN. Give us the real news–staightforward and undistorted–or give it up. I want the news, not smirks and ridicules. CNN is stooping to some all-time 'lows'. Color me disgusted.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  4. Jack

    The issue is so simple. It's not about Clint Eastwood, enthusiasm, attraction, age or on which side Romney parts his hair. Here's what matters; the democrats have created doubt among American businesses-the job creators. Nothing will change until they're out of power. That's it.

    Romney is a businessman who knows how to empower business owners and managers. Electing him will open the floodgates of economic growth even before he is sworn in due to the removal of doubt. Otherwise, we'll have what we've had with Obama for four more years. I can wait him out but how many others can? If you want four more years of economic lethargy, vote for Obama.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  5. Rhonda

    I am so disappointed with CNN for the clearly slanted coverage and opinion-oriented "news".. I remember when CNN had more integrity. Present more on the dirty Chicago politics and broken promises and Czars and less on your opinion on Clint Eastwood. Clint made a point and did it in a Hollywood, tongue-in-cheek way – some appreciated it, some not.. I will take Clint any day over the Rev. Wrights in the other guy's group of advocates! CNN, shame on you for trying to manipulate the American public.

    September 3, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  6. Jacqueline

    I am very concerned as a Christian. I did not vote for Obama and I will not vote for Romney. I do not trust that he is not working harder than a three legged dog making sure that the agenda of the Mormon church is not fulfilled and that is to take over the U.S. government. Every office from his cabinet down to local offices will eventually be run and filled with a majority of Mormons. They will allow a minority of non Mormons, but they will carry any vote to fulfill their Mormon views and values. I do not trust Romney. I say forget Romney let Obama stay another term and put Chris Christie on the ticket in '16. I would definitely vote for him. If Romney gets in, we will NEVER get rid of those Mormons from political offices! They are bad news.

    September 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  7. Joanne Martin

    Mitt Romney showed us again that he has very little understanding of the enormity of the problems that face the United States poverty, hunger, lack of health care. I don't think he would consider looking after the mentally and physically disabled citizens of this country who are unable to work or look after themselves. It sounds like he wants to promote the survival of the fittest and richest.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  8. lngmoore

    Carol, your slant of the Romney video is so off-target that you can only hit those who are already on your side. And to you and your other reporters, he was not talking about veterans, the truly disabled, or the elderly. He is talking about those who receive enough government assistance that they have not incentive to better themselves with more education or job hunting. Obama has made that a much larger group with all of his "poor me" talk. Then there are those who are trying to find a job, but can't find one due to the economy, which Obama has made worse because he has NO clue how to handle the economy and joblessness. The liberals like you still have a tingle running up their legs, and for some that tingle has reached their brains, and they are unable to think clearly and see what is really so clear. Obama doesn't need a formal campaign when he has the liberal networks or other media who are working so hard for him.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  9. Alicia (Elise) Sisso Raz

    Dear CNN Newsroom Anchors,
    Please stop being so LOPSIDED! Please start giving us the NEWS in a neutral and respectable journalistic manner that will not insult viewers’ intelligence! It is not interesting to watch you anymore. You are giving us your OPINION rather than the NEWS when it comes to the elections; especially with regard to governor Romney and the republicans. Yesterday, Carolin Costelo, in a ferocious attempt, tried again and again to squeeze negative statistics from Ms. Kosik that contradict Romney’s “47%” remark, but to no avail. Likewise, Erin Burnet’s facial expression whenever she mentions any remark by Romney or any other republican is childish; and this morning Soledad O’Brien’s topped it all by her aggressiveness when interviewing Governor Bob McDonnell. These examples give a bad name to true journalism. I stopped watching. Is this what you consider Journalism? I wonder. It is so clear what has become the “bonne tone” at CNN.
    Alicia Sisso Raz

    September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  10. davet255

    Republicans have called raising the taxes on the rich 3%, Class Warfare. The Republicans that helped decimate the middle class as the rich got richer. Now dismiss the 47% left in their wake. I'd call that Class Warfare, by the rich fatcat's like Romney. Oh, and by the way I'm not a Democrat. I'm a 47%er. Thanks to all of you who made it possible.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  11. Tim

    Okay, I dont write to you guys much but a thought haunts me. My question is: What, after all investments counted etc, whats is Mitt Romney's "per hour" wage. I make roughly 18.00 per hour before deductions and some say thats a lot, but its not. I make less than 40k per year and, single, can barely make ends meet. I drive a car thats 13 years old and I dont own my own house. We are all alot worse off than either candidate protrays. What if No One votes, what haoppens then?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  12. Lisa

    Concerning the new Romney 'hail Mary pass' he's trying to make out of his latest among many fumbles; is the redistribution of wealth issue. Most of us are already familiar with the theme from Robin Hood, Mitt. Redistribution is just another way to say Taxes, and plenty of us pay them! The government has always been in the business of deciding where revenue or tax dollars should go. The wealthiest among us always seem to be protected and well connected, even establishing that corporations have the same rights as the individual. wow! The "individual" lacks representation in Washington, even though we hear all about how much we (Joe the plumber) matters during an election. Big business, big banks, big Pharm, corporate interests and special interests all have more than enough lobby power. The only hope our future as a prosperous nation will have is when some of the pressure is lifted off the middle class and more tax responsibility is given to the wealthy! Of those who have much, much will be required.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  13. Marina

    At this point, I think McCain will be the Republican nominee. It's all but a coioantron at this point. Giuliani is a great leader, and I don’t think this is the end of his political career, but he didn’t show the kind of oratorical brilliance that I’ve seen from him on several occasions. I tried to tell you this guy was gonna flop. Chalk one more successful political prediction up on my board. Mitt Romney’s strong executive experience doesn’t seem to have helped him in Florida. Romney has been a stalwart conservative in this race, but ultimately I don’t think he has enough momentum out of Super Tuesday to make it all the way. He’s certainly not out of the race, but he has a great deal of ground to gain in very little time. This was Willard's chance .and it still didn't happen for him. With a weak frontrunner despised in many circles, a crowded field of bankrupted campaigns unable to match Willard's campaign warchest, and a Republican-only primary in a state chock full of retired bigshots who moved there to avoid paying their taxes, there was no reason why Willard couldn't prevail. It speaks volumes about his surprisingly weak candidacy and reinforces my point from last week that he has nowhere else to go after Florida. Sen. John McCain is an American hero, a man of great personal integrity He's unquestionably an American hero .and up until four days ago, unquestionably a man of integrity as well. I even maintained a nominal respect for the guy when he was snuggling up to the agents of intolerance for political expediency last year. But we finally saw the sleazy side of McCain this past weekend when he intentionally distorted Willard's position on withdrawal from Iraq. This was reminiscent of the very kind of dirty politics he rightfully decried about being waged against him in South Carolina. Anyone who has to sink to that level of demagoguery to win a primary with 36% of the vote is alot less worthy of integrity accolades than he was a week ago. however, when it comes right down to it a man who agrees with us 80% of the time is better than a woman who represents the worst of American politics and a man whose great rhetoric is but a cover for a fundamental lack of real-world experience That's why the Tom DeLays and talk radio crybabies are ultimately bluffing. Whether McCain's challenger is Hitlery Rotten or Obama, the hard-right will vigorously defend and campaign for him in the summer and fall. and they should continue to push Sen. McCain towards the mainstream of the party as they have on issues like immigration. Rest assured that he'll undergo a Dole-esque conversion by the time he addresses the Republican National Convention. John McCain will cut wasteful spending in Washington, defend our troops in Iraq and our war against radical Islamist terrorism A more perfect example of a contradiction in terms I cannot recall.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  14. reallyruforreal

    Ms. Carol watch your show yesterday morning after the debate really are they for real who won what
    what was there to win they talk about the same old things they been talking about for months. Here is a Q&A for you and them if there is high class, middle class, have we kill off the poor are the low class i live in America and guess what there are some poor here. See Ms. Carol their a different in what the high class, middle class, see when they look at the debate that's the stuff you all talking bout now. But there are people who make under $50k $40k $30k (HELL) $20K and if you on Medicare you can only make $16k to go along with the $871 they give you a month so that say our vote don't count cause we're not middle class. So let me say what the people around your table can't when we the poor looked at the debate Mr. Romney he was prepared why? when people who want to scam you over the phone they already know what they go say before you answer phone. when people rob banks they already know what they go do before they go in the bank. when a man want to con you he first study you get to know you and con you but only the ones who has something to lose believe him. the ones who has nothing to lose see through him because we been their before cause that's what a con artist do Mitt say it's more in the private sector. then why you want to be in government.and once they con you they go behind close doors and tell the truth about you.(47%)

    October 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  15. reallyruforreal

    President Obama he did right let Mr. Romney shoot he Gun use all his ammo he has two more to go. and no he hasn't done all he said he would do in office. but what president has did all they said they would do if they won office. but guess what the only reason I'll vote for President Obama this time would keep Mitt from winning cause America has been con enough.
    Mr. Romney told the President you promise this and you promise that he ask him where is the change you promise the people. do he not understand every time he stand and speak to his 47% he talking about change are maybe he mean go back to the same of the old and do he not understand every time he tell people what he go do when he get in office is that not a promise. Mr. Romney told The President he was ruin the country isn't it funny the first president United States John Hanson 1715-1783 white man history tell us and from 1783-2009 they all were. so for 226 years the country had no debt,no wars,didn't owe China nothing,no government help for people.no taxes.no relation with other country, all this happen when a black man won in the year of 2009 and ruin America. (God bless America) cause Romney surly want that's why he keep his in the cayman Islands.

    October 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  16. elol324

    Carol's underdog question of the day: RESIGN! (have some dignity Mr. President ...)

    October 16, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  17. Katherine Liepe-Levinson

    I was watching Carol Costello the morning after the second debate for President. I usually do not get a chance to watch tv this early in the day. Being a CNN fan in general because of its impartial information I was shocked to see the slanted way Carol and crew in the morning newsroom represented the Presidential debate. Every clip that was shown depicted strong attacks and statements from Romney, with the Obama clips cherry-picked out to show him in the weakest light without the context of his arguments–never showing in the clips the actual meat of his responses. In particular in the exchange over drilling on government lands, Obama's clear reason for rescinding leases of some companies there was due to the fact that some of the companies had held government land leases but were NOT drilling. Obama wanted to lease to companies who will actual work the land for the American people. But the clip cut out his response with Carol saying that Obama eventually answered the question, without paraphrasing in anyway what his answer actual was. Did I miss something with regard to Carol Costello? Is she suppose to be a Right Wing show on CNN? If that is the case, and CNN clearly states that is the case, then I have no problem. Typical machinations from a Right Wing show. But from what I saw, I am very disappointed that CNN would support any of its anchors so blatantly DISTORTING THE FACTS, in this case, to expressly aid a Republican candidate who has been repeatedly caught spewing misinformation.
    Katherine

    October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  18. Bev Hall

    Check out after the 2nd debat of Ann Romney "flipping" off the President caught on video by CNN when all were mingling on the stage. This has been on u-tube. Talk about disrespectful. 1st the 47%–the son wanting to take a "swing" at the President and now this???? What will the Romney's do next. He wants to be President and her a 1st Lady????

    October 21, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  19. Jeff

    The Republicans posited their arguments during the last election concerning taxes and other spending matters.
    The President did the same thing. The American people elected the President because they preferred his proposals.
    Why are the Republicans still positing the same rejected arguments and you allow them to do so without reminding them of this fact.

    I thing as journalists all of you are failing the Americans by accommodation the Republicans and their defeated arguments.

    February 27, 2013 at 9:43 am |

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