Skip to comments.For Romney in Detroit, a message lost in the empty seats (More on Mitt's stadium debacle...)
Posted on 02/25/2012 4:56:33 AM PST by jimbo123
Mitt Romney set out Friday to deliver a sweeping and sober vision for how to revive the economy in a major policy speech. In the end, he delivered something else: an unintended lesson about how poor visuals and errant words can derail a candidate's message.
In an unusual choice, Romney gave his speech at Ford Field, a 65,000-seat indoor football stadium. The speech appeared perfectly normal to the television audience. The audience of about 1,200 people filled the screen as they applauded.
But that is not all that matters in the age of Twitter and the Internet. Before Romney had uttered a word, reporters were posting pictures showing the stadium from every angle almost empty, except for chairs on the turf, near the 20-yard line.
On the Web, a storyline began to take hold that undercut Romney's words: big speech, tiny crowd.
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Lets hope he didn’t rent Comerica Park next door for the overflow.
Sarah would’ve had that place packed to the top.
This is outside of Detroit. If you ask to rent the field for six hours....with no lights...and just heat on....I’ll bet it’s less than $10k. For charities and political events...no take at the gate. If you have a concert....the gate is going to get a percentage of what comes into the place.
In Michigan, the trees are the right height. The football stadiums are quiet and empty...
Probably not in Detroit but she would pick an appropriate venue and fill it to the top.
Cobo Hall? Nope, Street Rod Show this weekend taking up the building.
Some fancy resturant in "Detwaa" that can hold 1200? Really? Their isn't one...
Rock Financial up in Novi? Can't tell ya, my guess is they have something going on...
The only other arena's about this size might be smaller ice rinks w/ stadium seating i.e. Detroit Skating Club or the Compuware Arena, again why didn't his team think of it or were they not available as well. (They could have put plywood down and covered with rugs etc...)
I think they pulled this one out of their ear at the last minute, this is much to do about nothing.
And for the record I am in Newt's Camp, I can't stand Romney, but I can't stand the spin on this story either....
Empty stadium debacle, brought to you by Team Romneycare.
Now, let’s be fair to Rotney. It was NOT JUST the huge crowd in the seats. To be completely fair about it, you HAVE TO add ALL the other people! There are AT LEAST a dozen on the left sideline... and LET US NOT FORGET that some guy, clearly a FERVENT Rotney supporter, is standing at the fence in the foreground.
If this had been Newt or Rick you can bet this would be front page Dudge with a red banner.
I don’t think this was Mitt’s decision. He was scheduled to speak at the Detroit Economic Club and they booked Ford Field because they couldn’t accommodate the size of the crowd at their usual venue. I don’t like the way this is being portrayed and I hate the thought of defending him because I’m not a supporter-AT ALL.
Wow, we’ve just been having our family get-togethers at my Mom and Dad’s house when I guess we should’ve been renting a stadium.
Agreed. This is what is irritating me so much about the leftist’ tactics being use by our side.
If our side is just as bad as the other, what the hell is the choice?
Reminiscent of McCain landing in NH in 2008 for a campaign stop and only one person — a reporter — showed up to greet the presidential contender.
This was a setup from the start. The Lame Stream Media was insinuating that the event was for big donors only.
I’m hoping Romney doesn’t get the nomination but expect this “stadium” comparison game to go on for whomever the nominee is. This is the oldest trick in the book.
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