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Rubio: Obama’s a great guy, but a bad president.

Marco Rubio, who was almost picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate, demonstrated an important part of the Republican strategy last night: to steer clear of any personal attacks of Barack Obama and actually praise the president as a man. In his speech introducing Romney, the Florida senator had this to say:-

“Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person. By all accounts, he, too, is a good husband, and a good father and – thanks to lots of practice – a pretty good golfer. Our problem is not that he’s a bad person. Our problem is that he’s a bad president.

The Republicans don’t want to come across as angry, or resentful. They already have the angry voters in the bag. They’re looking for the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger voters who still admire Obama, and have his books in their shelves, but are just disappointed.

The Romney camp know their biggest problem is Obama’s huge charisma. A lot of speakers at this convention have had to say, in effect, ‘it is hard to tell, because he’s a bit wooden, but Mitt’s actually a great guy’. Rubio did his bit:-

We have heard for a long time now about Mitt Romney’s success in business.  It is well known.  But we’ve also learned he is so much more than that.  Mitt Romney is a devoted husband, a father, a grandfather, a generous member of his community and church, a role model for younger Americans like myself. Everywhere he has been, he has volunteered his time and talent to make things better for those around him.  And we are blessed that a man like this will soon be the president of these United States.

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