A Look at Super Tuesday Speeches

So, as Super Tuesday comes to a close the results coming in point to a tight race that will come down to the respective final primary states. My facts come from The New York Times website. They did an excellent job at presenting what happened. In clear and easy to understand charts you can scroll through all the primary and delegate information. I also recommend taking a look at the Super Tuesday speeches, also provided by The New York Times.

So what do all the facts and figures mean? Exactly what I said before, this is going to come down to the end. I hate to say ‘race’ because that implies this whole thing is a competition with winners and losers. All these candidates talk about ‘change’ and new futures – let’s act that way. All the candidates are fighting for the same thing – A better United States. That said, check out the speeches (via the link above). I think they will give you a good indication where these candidates are, and what outlook each of them have on the future.

With the Republicans, I saw John McCain’s speech first and have to say that it was good, but he was clearly reading from a tele-prompter. This took away from that “town hall-straight talk McCain” that put him where he is today. He is a Washington insider like Romney says, but he is not the Washington insider that falls prey to close-minded politiking. He might be conservative, but he is a maverick. His speech though echoed his conservative roots and put on a show to garner die hard conservatives. I do wish though he would stand up to the pundits like Limbaugh and just say, “What’s wrong with being conservative and working with liberals? What’s wrong with trying to understand the other side’s positions? If more conservatives opened their minds maybe politics wouldn’t be partisan and we could actually get down to the business of running a country instead of pleasing fundamentalists.” That would be some straight talk.

On the other side of the country, Mitt Romney gave an inspired speech. He was impassioned and vibrant. He came across as genuine, which is big for me to say, as I’m not a Romney supporter. He speaks very well and has some really good philosophies. No one can argue with his business acumen, but the United States needs more than a smart business guy to run the show. As a governor he does have that executive decision-making experience. All that said, I still lean away from Romney. It’s more of a feeling with me than anything else, so don’t take my word as gospel.

I didn’t catch Mike Huckabee’s speech (at the time I wrote this), but from the political commentary on The New York Times website it was well delivered and well received. Huckabee hasn’t been spending money (because he doesn’t have it) like McCain and Romney, but he has been able to keep himself very much in the spotlight. Watch Huckabee very carefully. He could be the spoiler to Romney’s run.

For the Democrats, Hillary gave a very Hillary speech. She was reading it word for word, which I wish she hadn’t done. Take a chance Hillary and go from memory. Interact with the crowd. I liked her positions and policies, but she sounded so mechanical that the emotion behind her words were lessoned. The self-promotion at the beginning of her speech was tactless (go to www…..). It was, again, very mechanical and unnecessary. But in the end, she echoed some really great sentiments. She had some great energy up on that stage, and why not she was in front of her home crowd.

I saved the best (in my opinion) for last. Barack’s speech was amazing! He used much of his usual change rhetoric, but the way he spoke made the speech truly inspirational. My wife (who is Japanese) heard part of his speech and instantly commented, “He sounds like Martin Luther King, Jr. or someone like that.” I was stunned because this was exactly what I was thinking. We weren’t alive to see Dr. King speak, but through audio and video archives we’ve been able to experience his oratory. Obama, not only speaks about policies, but he speaks with that revolutionary zeal that ranks with the great orators of our time. I hope he is aware of his impact, and place in history. He looked so comfortable speaking. He even traded comments with a lively audience member. It was so spur-of-the-moment, and he reacted naturally, right-in-step. Everything about his speech was from the heart. It was on a different level than the others.

So check out the speeches, and other Super Tuesday stuff at The New York Times website. Of course you can use whatever news source you want, but I found The New York Times site, quite comprehensive and useful.

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