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Romney Should Offer Presidential-style TV Addresses

Newsmax editor Chris Ruddy has an excellent idea that could help Governor Mitt Romney win this election: He should deliver several televised, 30-minute national speeches on his major proposals. These should resemble presidential addresses. Governor Romney should sit behind a flag-flanked desk, stare right into the camera, and speak specifically and reassuringly about each of the Romney-Ryan campaign’s five key reform planks:

  • Develop domestic energy resources and reduce U.S. reliance on oil from countries that burn our embassies

  • Improve education and the human capital of the U.S. work force 

  • Expand free trade and strengthen free enterprise worldwide

  • Limit government’s spending and scope en route to a balanced budget 

  • Reinvigorate small business through tax relief, deregulation, labor-union restraint, and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare

Ruddy got the idea for these Oval Office–like orations after speaking with Michael Reagan. The son of America’s 40th president recalled that his father overcame the Left’s caricature of him as a dimwitted, wacky cowboy. How? The former actor essentially auditioned for President of the United States. In 1980, voters turned on their TVs and waited to see the extremist madman whom the Democrats and the mainstream media promised. That guy never showed up. Instead, Americans saw and soon began to trust Ronald Reagan. Within weeks, he won the White House in a landslide.

Similarly, the more that Governor Romney looks and feels like the president of the United States, the more Americans will envision him in that role. That’s how Romney can surmount the Democrat media’s portrayal of him as an aloof, mean, and greedy man who only likes rich people. Explaining at length his ideas for restoring freedom and prosperity for all Americans will help reverse the hateful rhetoric that the Left has heaped on Romney from the commanding heights.

Such a series of Reaganesque TV broadcasts will make it easier for millions of Americans finally to let go of the illusion of Obama and, instead, embrace the reality of once again having a serious, hands-on leader in the White House.

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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