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Tammy Baldwin gave a great speech. Waiting for the president to come to the podium. Bascom Hill on campus is full with ~30,000, others turned away.

1:51 PM PT: He's starting off with the same kind of lines as Denver. "That guy on stage couldn't be the real Romney." The guy on stage never heard of the promises of tax cuts. The guy on stage said he likes teachers and never said we have enough.

When crowd Boos Romney lines, Obama keeps responding "Don't Boo, Vote!"

1:57 PM PT: "He'll get rid of regulations on Wall Street but he's cracking down on Sesame Street."

1:58 PM PT: Obama going over basic math of Romney's tax cuts leading either to increased deficit or burden on middle class.

2:01 PM PT: "Romney said it was tragic to end to war in Iraq. After a decade of war it's time to do some nation-building at home." Talks about investing in infrastructure.

2:08 PM PT: Well, sorry I couldn't keep up better than that, I'm also doing some work. The president finished going over achievements at risk if Romney is elected and thanking supporters for what they have accomplished.

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  •  I watched the Denver speech (2+ / 0-)
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    BRog, WisVoter

    (have it on in the background while I work) and I thought the new lines were good and delivered fairly well though he had some uneven delivery and flubs on the older text.  

    In this speech in Madison, the optics, flow and delivery are stronger in the first half of the speech. The mockery of Mitt is very good and worthy of soundbites. Crowd in Denver was excellent (13k, 2x the size of Romney's rally).  This rally is 2x the size of Denver.

    Only flub I can tell is that 'change takes even more than 1 President' before pivoting to the 47% line (which he did not deliver very smoothly) which is more to the end of the speech. It's an odd juxtaposition of words/ideas.  I really dislike the 'change takes more than 1 President'.  I don't need high-minded philosophical Obama. I need campaign machine Obama.  

    The new line 'I believe in you. I'm asking you to believe in me.' is a great addition.  It evinces the type of emotional connection Obama has with voters that Romney doesn't have.

    The speech is shorter, which is a good thing.  It's running about 25 minutes long with applause.  He looks a lot fresher, like he is finding that motivation and spark to complete the marathon.

    I think these speeches are good signs for him.  He will need to do some interviews to get more out in front of the negative PR from debate #1.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:09:29 PM PDT

    •  Same impression here. (0+ / 0-)

      I also disliked the line about change requiring more than one presidential term. I get the idea, but it makes a lot more sense to me to just talk in concrete terms about accomplishments (which he also did). I'm not sure how I feel about the light sarcasm of Romney ("Who was the guy playing Romney on that stage?"). Obama needs to convey that Romney lying about crucial issues. I guess he's trying to do it without sounding too mean, but I'm not sure a stronger approach wouldn't be better.

    •  Change taking more then one president is true and (4+ / 0-)
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      My Name Isnt Earl, BRog, WisVoter, AnnieJo

      is about keeping people involved in politics after Obama is long gone from the WH.

  •  Thanks very much, BRog. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm in Madison today, but not able to attend the rally. I appreciate the live blogging!

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