News / USA

    Former Rivals Join Romney in Bid to Unite Party

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrive at Brewster Academy, for convention preparations in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Aug. 27, 2012.Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrive at Brewster Academy, for convention preparations in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Aug. 27, 2012.
    x
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrive at Brewster Academy, for convention preparations in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Aug. 27, 2012.
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrive at Brewster Academy, for convention preparations in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Aug. 27, 2012.
    TAMPA, Florida — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a complicated challenge this week at his party’s national nominating convention in Tampa, Florida. Romney must overcome doubts among some Republicans that he is a true conservative, while at the same time finding a way to appeal to undecided moderate voters for the election in November.

    Romney won the Republican nomination through the lengthy process of party primary and caucus elections. But Romney consistently had trouble winning over conservative activists within the party.

    Some of Romney’s former rivals for the nomination are rallying around him this week in Tampa in an effort to reassure conservatives and unite the Republican Party.

    Former rival Herman Cain remains very popular with conservatives. He told VOA that he’s been working to rally conservative holdouts to the Republican ticket of Romney and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

    “More and more they are remembering the ultimate mission, and I saw it at our unity rally last night and other places I have spoken," said Cain. "So, yes they are. They are doing it on the ground and doing the hard work of the foot soldiers.”

    The choice of Ryan as Romney’s running mate pleased many conservatives in the party, including another former rival for the Republican nomination, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann.

    “When they look at Mitt Romney he is solid as a rock. He knows what to do with the economy. This isn’t even a stretch. And the same with Paul Ryan. I know him and I worked with him for six years and I’m very confident about this ticket,” she said.

    Romney also has won over conservative foreign policy advocates like the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, John Bolton. Bolton told VOA he’s confident that Republicans will make a strong case against President Barack Obama’s foreign policy record during the Tampa convention.

    “I think what we need is a return to a Reaganite [former President Ronald Reagan] foreign policy of peace through strength, and I think that is what Governor Romney has been talking about, and I think that is the kind of foreign policy he would pursue. And I think we will hear it articulated here at the convention,” said Bolton.

    But even as as Romney works to unite the Republican Party this week, he will have to keep in mind millions of undecided voters who are generally not strongly drawn to the ideological leanings of either major party.

    Political analyst Norman Ornstein said Romney’s acceptance speech, scheduled for Thursday, will be a critical moment in the campaign.

    “Romney wants to be able to have a springboard for his campaign and frame it around the idea that he will govern effectively, while Obama has not," said Ornstein.

    Another analyst, Jeff Greenfield, said Romney must do more than simply offer a critique of the president’s economic record. Greenfield said Romney must offer voters specifics on how he would boost economic growth and jobs.

    “But if he doesn’t come up and say 'Look, I think I have shown you how to make things better,' then I think voters are likely to shrug and say it’s not a real choice,” said Greenfield.

    It’s clear talking to delegates in Tampa that even if some Republicans remain lukewarm about Romney as their presidential nominee, they are united in the goal of trying to deny Obama a second term.

    Jim Malone

    Jim Malone has served as VOA’s National correspondent covering U.S. elections and politics since 1995. Prior to that he was a VOA congressional correspondent and served as VOA’s East Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1990. Jim began his VOA career with the English to Africa Service in 1983.

    You May Like

    Video Rubio Looks to Surge in New Hampshire

    Republican presidential candidate has moved into second place in several recent surveys and appears to be gaining ground on longtime frontrunner Donald Trump

    UN Calls for Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

    Recent UNICEF report finds at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries

    UN Pilots New Peace Approach in CAR

    Approach launched in northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.