August 31st, 2012
01:48 PM ET

'On presidential policy Romney got an incomplete,' says John Avlon

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney formally accepted his party's nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

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In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon gave Romney a letter grade of a C for what he called 'positive presidential vision' and an incomplete for presidential policy.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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On family, Mitt Romney got an 'A' in his nomination speech last night. On positive presidential vision he got a 'C' - and on presidential policy he got an incomplete.

There's no question that Mitt Romney succeeded in painting a portrait of himself as a loving husband, son and father. You wouldn't have a heart if you didn't find the story about his father buying a single rose for his mother every day deeply affecting.

Mitt seemed moved to tears by the memory of his parents, as did many in the arena. Looking back at their lives and his father's political career, I found myself tweeting "George Romney 2012." Mission to humanize Mitt, accomplished.

But overall the speech kept drifting between biography, high-minded rhetoric about national unity and criticisms of President Obama's leadership that ended up passing for policy.


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