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August 31st, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Will Romney get a bump from RNC speech? National Journal's Ron Brownstein weighs in

Governor Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in Tampa last night with a powerful speech that convention goers had been looking forward to all week. CNN Senior Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the National Journal Ron Brownstein joins John Berman on “Early Start” this morning to assess whether Romney’s acceptance speech will deliver a bounce for the party.

Brownstein offers that “there should be some game for Romney, but nothing that happened this week though is likely to fundamentally change this race.”

Breaking down the speech, Brownstein notes it for its “striking tone.” “The tone was more of sorrow than of anger,” he says. “It felt as though he was trying to give Obama '08 voters permission to vote against him in 2012 without feeling bad about voting for him the first time.”

“In essence, the Romney campaign is responding to the charge that he favors the rich by basically making the argument that Obama is taking money from the middle class and giving it to the poor,” Brownstein says the Romney Campaign is going “directly on the offense” on key issues. “The Ryan plan to convert Medicare into a premium support system is still unpopular among seniors,” Brownstein says. “But so is the Obama health care plan, overwhelmingly unpopular,” he adds.

On a final note, Brownstein says the Obama Campaign’s challenge in Charlotte next week is two-fold. “One is to recement that portrait of Romney who favors the few at the expense of the many,” he says. “Even more importantly, where is President Obama going to take us in a second term?” Bronstein asks. “There really hasn’t been a lot of detail. And I think that is the biggest detail.”

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