Ehrlich visits TU
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a blank slate, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich said, and must use this opportunity to make himself known to voters.
“This is really a key opportunity for Romney to make himself known to voters and to make a name for himself, because many people don’t know very much about him,” Ehrlich.
Ehrlich, who was appointed chairman of Romney’s Maryland campaign, discussed Romney’s campaign strategy and the pros and cons of both candidates in the 2012 election, Romney and President Barack Obama, who officially announced his re-election campaign, with students of Richard Vatz’s Mass Media and Society class.
Freshman electronic media and film major Max Radbill said he supports Obama in the election because he feels that Romney is out of touch with the average American.
“Obama is very charismatic, and he just comes across as a nice guy,” he said. “Romney is just very pompous and he doesn’t relate at all to voters.”
Ehrlich said Romney is not trying to be something he is not during this election, and a lot of voters should admire that.
“The Romney denominator is that if you try to be cool, and you’re not, young people smell it from a mile away,” he said.
“If you try to be something you’re not, you look like a fool. While Obama does have that ‘cool’ factor and appears on ESPN and the late-night talk shows, Romney is going to win over voters by showing that he can be the better businessman.”
Ehrlich has compiled a list of the positives and negatives of each candidate that he takes with him when he speaks to a group of people, and he said neither candidate is perfect.
“While Obama has the ‘it’ factor, the family, the charisma, the wife, the story and the liberal base, a lot of people don’t mention his policy when they say what they like about it,” Ehrlich said. “With Romney, he too has a strong base but I’m not sure if he has the ‘it’ quite yet. But he is an extremely strong businessman who is not afraid to make tough decisions.”
Radbill said Obama will likely be able to win over the younger voters, which could give him a substantial lead in the election.
“While he needs to prove that he needs a second term in office, it is pretty easy for him to appeal to voters,” he said.
“He is an extremely good public speaker, and he should use that to his advantage and appeal to the younger vote.”
Obama is likely to ask for a second term to carry out all of the policies he promised during his first term, according to Ehrlich.
“He can point out the things in his legislation that people really like, and focus on those,” Ehrlich said.
“But for the things that the voters don’t like, he can say ‘well if voted into a second term, I can fix all of those things.’”