Romney Denver Rally a Debate Preview?

It is very common for a Presidential candidate to prime the pump for big themes they intend to discuss at Presidential debates.  It’s not an effort to give the opponent an advanced warning of what’s coming; these debates are so rehearsed both candidates know just about everything of their opponent in advance. It is a matter of gaining momentum with the public about the messages they intend to convey.  In “speech” terms, the principal is supposed to “show them, then tell them.”  Tell them up front what the conclusion is you want them to draw and then spend the rest of the speech reinforcing those themes.  Right now Mitt Romney, between his Wall Street Journal op-ed and the noticeable change in themes, is showing the public what he is about.  At Wednesday’s debate he intends to reinforce those themes when standing on stage with the President to draw the sharp contrasts in message:

photo compliments of Alex Burns (politico) and Ryan Williams (Romney campaign)


Mitt Romney touched down Monday night in Denver in advance of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, but before the Republican nominee hunkers down with his advisers he staged an energetic rally here to preview the message he intends to deliver on the debate stage. “This economy is not in recovery. We’re not seeing the real recovery,” Romney told some 5,500 supporters at an aircraft museum. “The president’s policies have not worked. He doesn’t get that. He doesn’t understand that. We must get America growing again with a strong economy.”

Romney said that many viewers of the debate would be looking to declare a winner and measuring who scores the biggest punches. “There’s going to be all the scoring of winning and losing and, you know, in my view, it’s not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves — the president and myself,” Romney said. “It’s about something bigger than that. These debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for America that we would choose.” Romney said he hopes Wednesday’s debate begins a conversation with the American people that will span nearly the entire month of October, with two subsequent presidential debates as well as the vice presidential debate.

Romney’s Monday night rally was his final scheduled public event before the debate. His wife, Ann, plans to rally supporters in Colorado on Tuesday, but the candidate plans to continue his debate preparations in private.

There was an air of excitement at Romney’s rally as minutes before it began the campaign announced the backing of John Elway, the former Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback. Elway joined Romney on stage and offered a brief, one-sentence endorsement: “I must say today has been a very good day… because I get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the United States, Governor Mitt Romney.” Romney wrapped his candidacy in all things Colorado, saying he was thrilled to be campaigning at the foot of the Rocky Mountains…Speaking at the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum, a converted hangar now filled with retired Air Force jets, Romney noted Colorado’s unique role in the nation’s aerospace history, as the home of the Air Force Academy and NORAD.

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