Republican Speech Writer Refuses to Write Off Romney

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Sep 22
Peggy Noonan: speech writer and columnist

Peggy Noonan, one of President Reagan’s speech writers, calls for intervention

There are moments in anyone’s campaign for political office when it seems that anything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is having one of those moments. He’s had such moments before…with his ill-fated speeches in Europe and Israel during July and an earlier PowerPoint presentation.

But this moment is different.

Commentators note his approach to the Middle East smacks of opportunism. His campaign funds are dwindling fast and some of his comments, made public several months after their voice recording, suggest he’s fatalistic about his chances.

And to make matters worse, one of the conservative movements greatest speechwriters, speakers and thinkers, Peggy Noonan, is also wading in.

To be fair to Peggy Noonan, who made her name a s a speechwriter to President Reagan, her contributions are positive. She reckons things can be done.

In a speech in New York and in her Wall Street Journal blog she suggests intervention in the campaign. Intervention by more youthful and energetic conservative politicians.

Romney always seems alone out there, a guy with a mic pacing an empty stage. All by himself, removed from the other humans. It’s sad-looking. It’s not working.

And she suggests that Romney steer clear of press conferences and stick to speeches.

He should stick to speeches, and they have to be big—where America is now, what we must do, how we can do it.

With only a few weeks to go before polling day it remains to be seen whether the thoughts of one of America’s greatest speech writers will be noted.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+