Grading the Speech | Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012

What about candidate Romney’s speech? [text/video via Politico]  It wasn’t the General Assembly–some place a little more prestigious, perhaps, so go ahead and grade it too.

Jonathan Cohn called it vintage Romney:

That tone was altogether appropriate for the occasion—an apolitical posture for what is, at least in the context of campaign politics, an apolitical meeting. But it’s also a reminder of how different and, I think, more appealing Romney can be when he’s not trying to be such an ideologue.

via At Clinton Global Initiative, Romney Offers A Glimpse Of The Analytical, Less Ideological Candidate That He Might Have Been | The New Republic.

It was also called a cogent call for revamping foreign aid, criticized for presuming other countries want to be like the US, and even compared to revealing the “Bromance of 2013“, a pretty good speech.  On the substance, this one hurts.

Your take?


5 thoughts on “Grading the Speech | Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012”

  1. I really enjoyed both Romney and Obama’s speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative as they both touched on issues deeply in need of our attention. As the US is a main force in creating international norms, our actions regarding both free enterprise and human rights will be an example to the rest of the world, even if the effects take a while to spread.
    In his speech Romney spoke of the importance of free enterprise as a means to effectively spread freedom across the globe. While I don’t know all of the steps necessary to enact a pure system of free enterprise, I understand the importance of the ideal of allowing every man and woman to work for their own subsistence in a legal way. As people are allowed the ability to work in a competitive environment, they learn valuable skills, are able to put in the effort necessary to better their lives, and gain the respect of themselves and their families.
    The lack of free enterprise across the globe does not help anyone; in fact, the promotion of free enterprise is a sustainable way to promote freedom without “draining the US pocketbook,” as the article below explains. Spreading free enterprise is a win-win situation for the US as it will help those struggling around the world by allowing them to work, will help ease the economic crisis, and will improve foreign relations as freedoms are expanded.
    Romney was able to touch on all of the most important points of free enterprise and then show how it is in America’s best interest to favor such a system. His speech was filled with hope, a plan for action, and a promise of world-wide results. The idea of free enterprise should become a central focus of US and world policy over the coming years as a direct means to improve the quality of life around the world.

  2. I was impressed with remarks about the compassion of America. I believe that there are reasons for Americans to doubt where these funds go due to corrupt government; however, it is important to remember that the aid of these packages throughout the world makes a difference.
    One way to allow this service to continue is through free enterprise which is an essential to help “change their lives on a permanent basis.” Romney’s example of John Deere equipment really reiterates the importance of a global initiative. This foreign aid, Romney continues, and I believe is true, requires the “power of partnership” and resources from the private sector.
    We can be the means of helping others to stand on their own, to change for the better, and when we leave, they will keep standing and progressing.

  3. There are two faces of the coin and there seems to be two faces for Mitt Romney. There are those who categorize him as the analytical person capable of being a consultant for U.S and those who see him as a politician concerned of the economic issues in America. The truth is that there is not a right perspective in the matter because after all it would be necessary to observe how he approaches the things that need to get done and how he selects the issues that most matters. There many things that need to get done and many perspectives regarding the candidates, especially when it comes to who are appealing to in the society. it is probably really controversial how Mitt Romney and Obama attempts to appeal to latinos. Especially since this would mean higher share of votes. Nevertheless, the news still just provide opinions to what they do and not necessarily accurate.

  4. I was really impressed with the remarks that Romney made in his speech. For so long now, it seems that America has struggled to find a way to effectively aid developing nations. The situation in Libya represents this difficulty, not to mention the large fortune that has gone into aiding countries in need. I agree with Romney’s promotion of the ideal “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, and his commitment to provide aid from America to developing countries through the introduction of free enterprise. But it seems to me that Romney wasn’t being specific or coming up with his own plan for this system of aid. After all, the Clinton Global Initiative basically created the model for using investment to lift people out of poverty, and Romney’s “prosperity pacts” were not set out very specifically. But if you think about it, who has ever been very specific about their plans when running for President?

  5. I think that the method in which aide is given to foreign countries under Clinton’s Global Initiatives Program is a great way to help foreign countries help themselves. And I’m glad that Romney was supportive of that. He definitely seemed more appealing in his speech (especially seeing as Clinton has been greatly backing President Obama’s campaign for reelection. And what Romney said goes along with what he already fundamentally believes; in the ability for states to make free enterprise a high priority; to encourage private businesses (whose profits will have ultimately have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the economy).

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