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A Lesson from Bush

5:45 PM, Sep 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Gary Gross believes Mitt Romney can learn a lesson from George W. Bush:

In September, 2004, President Bush became the first sitting president to visit St. Cloud. I joined with 15,000 of my closest friends that day at Dick Putz Field.

President Bush’s speech had people jazzed. Mostly, it got them jazzed because it was a substantive speech. That morning, President Bush talked about how his tax cuts pulled us out of a post-9/11 recession. He explained that staying on the offensive against the terrorists meant that we fought them in their sanctuaries rather than fighting them here in the United States. He talked about the importance of appointing strict constructionist judges.

He didn’t get into the weeds on policies but it gave activists a reason to fight for him and volunteer for a massive GOTV operation.

The point is that Mitt Romney, I think, would win if he gave the people substance in each stump speech. This isn’t just about resumes. If we know anything about this election, it’s that we know people are thirsting for ideas and solutions.

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