Gov. Mitt Romney spoke on February 24, 2012 at Detroit’s Ford Field. At a similar stage in 2008 election, Sen. Barack Obama spoke on February 12, 2008 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
As he battled to claim his due in Michigan, the state of his birth and state in which his father served as Governor, Romney’s economic message missed its target in a nearly empty stadium. The stands are empty and seats are still available in the fourth row. Romney had written a New York Times editorial “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, so protesters outside Ford Field carried banners reading “Let Romney Go Bankrupt”. Meanwhile, a standing room only crowd enthusiastically greeted Obama’s message of change, and Obama had to apologize to his supporters outside the stadium who were turned away for lack of space.
Which candidate connects better with his base?
Does Romney really think he is the Republican candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama?