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September 7th, 2012
07:49 AM ET

CNN contributor Ryan Lizza: Obama's speech at DNC sounded like it had 'poll-tested lines' for specific swing states

CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza argues that while President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was ambitious, it did accomplish some of its goals.

“I don’t think it was the greatest Obama speech in terms of the sweeping rhetorical speech, nothing like his 2004 speech, but in terms of getting a lot of work done, I thought it accomplished something,” Lizza says. “And if you were a voter who just cared about what Romney would do or what Obama would do going forward, Obama’s speech had a lot more for you in terms of vision for America.”

The Washington Correspondent for “The New Yorker” also takes note of Obama’s efforts to impact swing state voters in the speech. “He had a lot of very specific, I thought, frankly, poll tested lines. You could almost see the strategist saying, ‘Oh you need this policy for Ohio, you have to talk about wind in Iowa,’ messages for the specific swing states,” Lizza says.

Lizza felt the energy was stronger in Charlotte that the Republican National Convention last week. “I’d still be surprised if there’s a big bounce, because we know what the dynamics of this election are: tiny group of undecided voters that don’t seem to move,” he says.

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