Charlie Rose: Convention about defining Romney, inspiring confidence

Posted August 30, 2012

— Veteran journalist and North Carolina native Charlie Rose said the biggest challenge for Republicans this week is letting voters know more about Mitt Romney and what his presidency would mean for the American people.

Rose, who spoke with WRAL News Thursday morning from the set of "CBS This Morning" at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, has covered nearly every political convention since 1968. He called the events "democracy in action."

"What you see here is the effort of a party to say, 'This is who we are and this is our candidate, and we want you to know him and we want you to know what our vision is for the future,'" he said. 

He said people are still unsure about Republican nominee Romney. 

The Democrats, whose convention kicks off Monday in Charlotte, don't have to explain President Barack Obama and can instead focus on the crucial issues affecting the country, most notably jobs and the economy.

"Mitt Romney is a candidate (about whom) there is still a sense of 'Who is he exactly?' because he has had different positions on different issues in different roles," Rose said. "Whether it was as a moderate governor of Massachusetts or whether it was running a business or whether it was running the Olympics – all of those things are different."

The concern for conservative voters, then, is what Romney's positions will be as president of the United States.

Charlie Rose Rose: Many voters still unsure about Romney

"I talked to a conservative Republican who said to me, 'There's not much difference between where Mitt Romney is on paper and where I am on paper ... The question is, where will we be if he gets elected? What positions will he prioritize?'" Rose said.

Many of the week's speakers have offered glimpses into Romney's character and political ideals. His wife, Ann Romney, for example, portrayed her husband as a modest, caring man, rather than the stereotype of a cold, shrewd businessman – the image propagated by the Obama camp.

If testaments to Romney's integrity and compassion can inspire the confidence of undecided voters, Rose said, then the GOP convention will have been a success.

"(Undecided voters) may like Obama, but they're not happy about the economy," he said. "They'll probably be willing to trade likability if they have confidence that Mitt Romney can do what he believes he can do."

Rose, who attended Duke University for undergraduate and graduate school, has a home in Henderson, which is also where he was born. He said he's excited to be in his home state next week to cover the Democratic National Convention.


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  • bluecharger Aug 31, 2012

    wow, Pappy, you act like you were a member of the shrub administration with all that blowfish defense.....ever heard that real estate was grossly over-inflated, and HAD to make that natural adjustment that happens ever ten years or so? what could have been a small burp in the economy due to everyone always wanting more more more out of a shrinking manufacturing economy became the bubble that burst because Washington had no pull on what the moneymen were doing anymore, thanks to SEVERELY CURTAILLED REGULATIONS ON INVESTMENT FUNDS AND BANKING ACTIVITIES which were certainly the legacy of ronnie raygun but then TAKEN TO THE EXTREME BY THE SHRUB AND HIS PAID-FOR URBAN COWBOYS MASKING AS AN ADMINISTRATION! did ya hear THAT, Pappy?

  • Plum Tuckered Aug 31, 2012

    "Why would we listen to Charlie Rose? He's just another liberal talking head for Obama.I wouldn't trust a word that comes out of his mouth."

    I'm a conservative Republican, and here's my take on Mr. Rose:

    We should listen to Rose because he is a very well-respected journalist who, as you can see if you watch his TV show, interviews (among many interesting guests) politicians, lobbyists, financial experts, etc. that have expertise in the current state of affairs in the U.S.A. (and the world). He is very impartial, and he hits both liberals and conservatives with tough questions about their policies, viewpoints, statements, publications, stances on issues, etc. He espouses no ideology or political or world views, but rather draws out the information and leaves it to the viewer to decide what to believe and act on.

    Also, when I read the news piece above, I see an informed though brief analysis of convention strategies.

    He's a North Carolinian of whom we should be proud!

  • pappybigtuna1 Aug 31, 2012

    It's amazing how little people know about why we went into such a deep recession and the job loses.

    You never heard G. Bush point backwards, not once

    Clinton, yea him; he directed B. Frank to lower the stadards for borrowing money for mortgages from the 2 fed loan outfits. Franks did what he was told to do, some 7 years later these notes came due, F Mae & F Mac started selling these notes (discount) to Wall street, they thought they were buying Gold Mines, backed by the Fed.

    Bush, takes office, he does not see what is happening, then 9/11
    When he did see it "TOO LATE" now you have the rest of the story, for those that can read

  • pappybigtuna1 Aug 31, 2012

    what do you call a person that sells oneself for money? Rose is a bought and paid for has been.

    Sad to see a ship sinking to the bottom. Heard him speak 4 or 5 months back, changed channels will not listen to him again

  • MakoII Aug 31, 2012

    Ryan railed against Obama's debt commission. One that was 1/2 Dem 1/2 Republican.

    Ryan was ON that commission.

    Ryan voted AGAINST his OWN contributions.

    We need to put in problem solvers, not obstructionists. We need to put in Moderates that rule from the Center of America, not extremists that rule from the very edge.

    Ryan is THE MOST conservative Congressman in the GOP. Not 2nd, or 3rd, but Number One.

    Considering him for central leadership is unbalanced and only stoking the flames of division in America.

  • xylem01 Aug 31, 2012

    5 things things we learned from Ryan. He lies lies lies lies.

    Example? He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations. He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars, tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and TARP. yes the trashy republican party AND THE WORLD OF LIES! Yes Pinoccio Ryan America is not that dumb.

    Yes Pinoccio Ryan you will lead America to another Wall Street crash like Bush did. AND LOOK AT ROB ME. Essentially, Romney got rich

  • meeper Aug 31, 2012

    Why would we listen to Charlie Rose? He's just another liberal talking head for Obama.I wouldn't trust a word that comes out of his mouth.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 30, 2012

    "Many of the week's speakers have offered glimpses into Romney's character and political ideals. His wife, Ann Romney, for example, portrayed her husband as a modest, caring man, rather than the stereotype of a cold, shrewd businessman – the image propagated by the Obama camp."

    Lots of people love their wife and kids.....and Mrs Romney has never worked in business so likely has not the remotest idea what her Husband did to make them so rich.