Humanizing Romney and a little mystery for the final night
August 30th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
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Humanizing Romney and a little mystery for the final night

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Speakers at the Republican National Convention's final evening will focus on telling Mitt Romney's "personal story," a Romney campaign adviser said again Thursday as the campaign moves to make Romney appealing to voters who thus far have heard mostly about his credentials as a businessman.

"What you're going to see tonight is a lot of telling Gov. Romney's personal story," Romney strategist Russ Schriefer said on a morning conference call.

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During the call, he gave details about Thursday night's speakers, which include three people who worked alongside Romney in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Also on the docket: businessmen who worked with Romney during his days as a private equity executive, and Kerry Healey, who served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts during Romney's time as governor.

At 10 p.m. ET, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will introduce Romney on stage to give his speech and accept the nomination.

Earlier in the evening, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, are also set to appear following a film about Ronald Reagan, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will give a speech about education.

Schriefer, the Romney strategist, wouldn't comment on speculation of a "mystery speaker" in tonight's convention event, saying "If there was a mystery speaker, it wouldn't be a mystery anymore."

Pushed further on the identity - or at least the existence - of an unannounced guest, Schriefer said he wasn't inclined to reveal any more details since the speculation "seems to be driving interest."

All he'd say? "Tune in tonight for a great program!"

– CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Craig

    Trying to humanize Romney will be like turnng a turnip into a grapefruit.

    August 30, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. What

    What we are going to see tonight:
    Lies
    More Lies
    Even more Lies
    Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on the military and wars.
    We will NOT see Willard's tax returns because he's a criminal for not disclosing his off-shore accounts.

    August 30, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. cali girl

    I find it interesting that Robmey is going to define himself, talking about his human side.
    I thought that was also the job for all the speakers prior to Robmey speaking. Ann just talked about whatever. Christy promoted himself. John McCain says we need to be in 6 more wars(Russia, China, NoKorea, Syria, Iran, Irag). Ryan was just lies and more lies, on being the GM plant in Wisconsin closed during Dubya's reign.

    August 30, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Meka

    Only thing American's want to hear... 1) What are you HIDING IN YOUR TAX RETURN 2) HOW MANY JOBS DID YOU OUTSOURCE 3) WHY IS YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE U.S.A ?

    August 30, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney's "Trust Me, I'm Mitt Romney" vision for America isn't a vision I'll ever vote for.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 30, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. luke,az

    Santorum said it correctly,that Gov Romney would be "the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama." Romney is not presidential material , he is at best a mediocre manager. By the way , Gov Romney it is time to SHOW US YOUR TAXES !!!

    August 30, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Keith A. Sillsbury

    That has got to hurt! when you have to hire people to sell you to your own party, to make you look desirable to your own kind, to just win them over just enough to say Okay, I'll support him even though I don't want to. That has to be a bad feeling.

    August 30, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It worked for Pinocchio, so why not Mittens? His is a puppet for the Kochs, Adelson, and the master of lies, Karl Rove. I hope the fact checkers get some rest today, because they are going to be challenged tonight.

    August 30, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Holier than thou

    Ryan's speech was laden with partial truths, if that. I don't expect Romney's to be any different. I look forward to the debates.

    August 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. livingston

    If they want to give the illusion that he is human then they have to remember to put new batteries in his remote control before the send him on stage. It wouldn't do for his batteries to run down while he is speaking.

    August 30, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Interesting word choice in the title, humanizing. This Etch A Sketch moment has the potential to make or break Romney. I have my doubts about whether potential benefits outweight the potential damages. It really depends upon how many flaws that they are willing to admit to. No one is perfect, and painting a perfect image would be the perfectly wrong thing to do.

    August 30, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Mike Texoma

    Mitt Romney is firmly behind Ryan's starve the beast budget plan. Romney is firmly behind Grover Norquist's no new revenue pledge. Mitt Romney wants Congress to override the defense cuts set out in the budget resolution, but proceed with the nondefense and social program cuts. That is what Mitt Romney stands for. Tonight we are going to hear about what a humble, righteous, compassionate, fix-it man he is, a regular champion of the workin' man and the needy folks in our society, and of course little children. You buy that and I've got an elevator ticket I would like to sell you.

    August 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Dr Victor Frankenstein......."It's alive!!!!

    August 30, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    "What you're going to see tonight is a lot of telling Gov. Romney's personal story,"

    I personally don't give a rats behind about his "personal story" show me the last 10 years of your tax returns and that, will be sufficient.

    August 30, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I would like to thank whomever for listening to my complaint about that nauseous background that was swirling in the background Tuesday night, and "freezing" it in place on Wednesday night. Much better, on short notice.

    August 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Olypoly

    Give me four more years of trillion dollar budget deficits, four more years of depressed economic conditions, four more years of growing unemployment, four more years of bank foreclosures, four more years of blame and lack of responsibility.

    Is this what America has come to?

    Let's damn the guy who's been successful in his life, and may actually have a clue how to fix the problems Obama can't (or won't).

    Why don't people worry more about their own bank accounts and their own investment activities in this current economic crisis rather than those who are running for public office? Mitt Romney can financial stand to bear 4 more years of Obama.... can you?

    August 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Tony

    When you need to humanize a presidential candidate two months before the election, even though he has been running for almost 7 years, Republicans cannot duck the hard truth– they are doomed.

    August 30, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. myviewis

    We all know that Governor Romney is not hip, stylish, fun, charming, preppy, basketball player, hang out guy like Obama. I am sure we wouldn't find Governor Romney making beer or spending time on Reddit. Unfortunately, Romney would be boring, he'll be trying to figure out how to keep us from going into bankruptcy and get this country up and running again and do what he is known for, create jobs. Romney is boring but he can handle the economy, Obama is fun and can not handle the economy.

    August 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Anthony

    The mystery speaker is going to be someone who will not duck the tough issues, who will be frank with the American people, who will release his tax returns– in other words, someone who is not Mitt Romney.

    August 30, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Is the mystery that Romney dug deep into his pockets and provided peanuts for the whole Republican convention?

    August 30, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Romney / Ryan

    All you Romney haters who want to find out where his hard earned assets are then see his publicly releases 2010 return. Soon, he will be releasing 2011. I am surprised you worry about his wealth More than yours or the debt and deficit that Obama has sky rocketed. Hope R&R win else God help us and this country.

    August 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    romney and ryan are the batman and robin of politics. tonight's speech will be strange. like watching an android trying to become human. "I ROBOT" comes to mind!

    August 30, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Core republican Values

    I don't think Romney is human. He's an alien from the planet "Lie, mislead and be awkward all the time."

    August 30, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Ken

    There is no mystery about Romney. He is the author of the KaMITT Sutra – 64 different positions for every single issue.

    August 30, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Max

    Stick man

    Frankly speaking, Romney is a 'STICK MAN' . This means he is too ROBOTIC and unappealing. American's in general are just too energetic and flexible to be represented by a 'STICK MAN' who actually seems like he's being pulled like a puppet on a string.

    Just look at how he moves from one place to another...he just too stiff. He is a 'STICK MAN'. No wonder, their main objective at their convention is to 'HUMANIZE' their 'STICK MAN' presidential candidate.

    August 30, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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