- Posted August 30, 2012 by
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Sights and sounds of the RNC
The Case for Passing the Reagan Baton
Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, made the case tonight that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was now the man carrying the baton of President Ronald Reagan.
Quite often on the campaign trail, Gingrich claimed to be the heir of Reagan. But tonight in the couple's speech, Gingrich clearly was, like a runner in a relay, passing the Reagan baton on to Romney.
Not only did the couple make the case that Romney was the new heir, but Gingrich and his wife effectively tied the current occupant of the White House, President Barack Obama, to the 1-term presidency of Jimmy Carter, who lost decisively to Reagan. With line after line, Gingrich compared Obama and Carter even as he made the claim that Romney was set to repeat what Reagan did during that 1980 election.
The bitterness of the campaign was gone. Tonight with no bluster, so much Gingrich's trademark, Gingrich did what the party wanted: a bringing of unity behind the GOP nominee. In much same way, former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum did the same on Tuesday night.
From the Cornfield, with no red meat, but clearly with an eye on unity, Newt and Callista made clear to the nation and their supporters that now is the time to unite behind Romney as the party did behind Reagan.