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Fri Feb 24, 2012, 11:57 AM

Romney camp's game plan: Make Ford Field look crowded


Romney camp's game plan: Make Ford Field look crowded
February 24, 2012
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press Business Writer


It won't be hard to fit 1,200 members of the Detroit Economic Club into 65,000-seat Ford Field for today's speech by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

What will be hard is making it look like Romney isn't speaking to a nearly empty stadium.

The Romney campaign and the Economic Club think they've solved the problem. The guests will be seated at one end of the playing surface, roughly between the end zone and the 30-yard line, while Romney will speak from a stage in front of them.

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Steve Grigorian, chief operating officer for the Economic Club, said the two earlier Ford Field plans were changed because camera angles would have made it appear there was no one in the stadium but Romney.

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Reply Romney camp's game plan: Make Ford Field look crowded (Original post)
Bozita Feb 2012 OP
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #1
Stargazer09 Feb 2012 #2
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #3
truthisfreedom Feb 2012 #5
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #7
klook Feb 2012 #14
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #15
Hutzpa Feb 2012 #28
Johnny2X2X Feb 2012 #4
starroute Feb 2012 #13
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #16
Bozita Feb 2012 #17
cmd Feb 2012 #33
rocktivity Feb 2012 #29
rocktivity Feb 2012 #6
onehandle Feb 2012 #9
rocktivity Feb 2012 #21
yellowcanine Feb 2012 #18
onehandle Feb 2012 #8
Bozita Feb 2012 #11
tpsbmam Feb 2012 #10
liberal N proud Feb 2012 #12
Johnny2X2X Feb 2012 #19
Johnny2X2X Feb 2012 #20
UCmeNdc Feb 2012 #23
Johnny2X2X Feb 2012 #26
CatholicEdHead Feb 2012 #24
UCmeNdc Feb 2012 #22
cosmicone Feb 2012 #25
Javaman Feb 2012 #27
rocktivity Feb 2012 #30
DesertRat Feb 2012 #31
sandyj999 Feb 2012 #32
HeiressofBickworth Feb 2012 #34
Jim Lane Feb 2012 #35
dsgerhe Feb 2012 #36

Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:08 PM

1. I suspect this will become more and more of a problem if Romney gets the nomination.

Who is going to want to show up for a Romney speech in the fall campaign?

OTOH, I suppose Romney could be followed around by busloads of Mormon young people to beef up the crowds.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:17 PM

2. Wait until football season

He can be the pre-game show. Then he can seen in front of a large crowd, although nobody will actually be watching him.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM

3. He won't risk it. They would boo his ass, mostly because they want the game to start and the rest

because they just don't like Romney. Obama, OTOH, can be cool and win over the crowd by making it short and sweet and getting out of the way. Even people who aren't going to vote for Obama can't help but like him in a situation like that.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:23 PM

5. Obama will have a ball in his hand. And kick a field goal for fun.

GObama!

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:47 PM

7. Mitt probably loves football so he might talk about that. He probably loves touch downs.

And field goals. And punts. And punt returns. And kickoffs. And kickoff returns!

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:30 PM

14. The goal posts are the right height here. (n/t))

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Response to klook (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:32 PM

15. Good one. Not too tall. Not too short. Just rignt. Maybe we should call Mitt "Goldilocks."

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Response to klook (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:09 PM

28. The grass are of the same height..

to play football.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:51 PM

4. LOL

Bad weather today here in Michigan. It's going to take some creative CGI to make that place look like anything other than deserted.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:29 PM

13. Cold and windy with a chance of snow (says Weather Underground)

Perfect GOP weather!

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Response to starroute (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:34 PM

16. Mitt loves cold. And Wind. And snow! Sleds!

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Response to Bozita (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:19 PM

33. Don't forget his Cadillac$

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:29 PM

29. Funny, it doesn't LOOK like it was held in the baseball park

in which case the weather would matter. That looks more like the Ford Field FOOTBALL stadium --



-- which just happens to have a ROOF!!!!




rocktivity


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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:41 PM

6. Why did they book it in the first place? Were they honestly expecting

65,000 people?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:54 PM

9. The event was originally booked for a 700 seat hotel ballroom.

I guess they had 701 guests coming.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:40 PM

21. I've found confirmation of that

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:56 PM

18. Because Jack Lord said, "Book em Danno!"

That was always my favorite part of the show.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:53 PM

8. Outside the stadium are a group of American cars spelling out 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt'

Provided by labor unions.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:56 PM

11. Yup. Here's a link to the report ...

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:56 PM

10. I tweeted (from the article itself) urging followers to make it go viral

so that this kind of crap gets outed and he doesn't get away with it.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:28 PM

12. They could fix the cameras to only show the crowd but not the sound

Large spaces like that sound much different empty than they do full.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:07 PM

19. done

There are other pics of the eventI am sure, not a single person in the stands, there was plenty of room on the field.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:15 PM

20. What a waste

I mean, seriously, how much money does it cost to rent Ford Field? What does it say about Romney and his people when they rent a 65,000 person venue for about 1000 people? Just throwing money away.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:51 PM

23. Phony

It says fake!

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Response to UCmeNdc (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 04:20 PM

26. It says huge ego

And an irresponsible spender.

I know that a lot has been made about Romney's endless supply of campaign cash, but he's been spending at twice the rate he's been raising money and this is a waste. I'm not sure the cost, but renting Ford Field has to cost a fortune and he could have spent the money better. Not to mention, now he has these embarrassing photos of an empty Ford Field to live down. I recently read that Romney's campaign had about $8 Million in cash on hand, it is not inconceivable that he could become cash strapped by Super Tuesday and the field would be a little more level.

Regardless, this is all money that he could have been stacking up for the general election.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:54 PM

24. The wide shot looks like that shot in Iraq with Saddam's statue coming down

how it looked like a lot of people when shot from up close but there was nobody around the square if you took the wide shot of it.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:50 PM

22. Romney Fake and phony!

Mitt Romney all smoke and mirrors no substance!

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 04:09 PM

25. I'm sure Santorum, Paul or Gingrich's people will take pictures

 

and release them to make Romney look bad. hahaha

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 04:56 PM

27. Let the photoshopping begin! nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #27)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:37 PM

30. If you insist




rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:43 PM

31. Awesome!

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:05 PM

32. This is so typical of the sham they try to pull on us.

Even the local Fox channel reported that "the crowd" would be there. That is not a crowd. So much of this is smoke and mirrors and I can only hope that people see it. And as for Romney being from Michigan I don't look at him that way and I have lived here all my 76 years. I am so sick of this, voted over a week ago and will celebrate when this primary is over.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:32 PM

34. This was a meeting of a club

Note all the business suits and lack of women in the "audience". There have been so many pictures of the nearly-empty stadium, he will never be able to cover it up. Certainly not like GW Bush who managed to get small groups of people photoshoped over and over to make it look like he was in front of a large crowd. Not that RMoney won't try. Bwwaaaahhhaaaaaaa

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:55 PM

35. Democrats do this, too.

 

In 1992, Clinton had a rally scheduled for Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. The park has a large rectangular open space, which I thought was a good spot for a rally because so many people could fit in there to hear Clinton. The way they set it up, however, was to put the stage diagonally across one corner, facing the corning. The result was that, just as with Romney in Ford Field, only a small fraction of the available area was suitable for people who wanted to see the speaker.

In a modern campaign, the people who are actually at the event are much less important than the images that will be transmitted by the mass media. Clinton in Bryant Park and Romney in Ford Field could have used the space in such a way as to reach many more people live, but that would have risked a poor turnout that would leave a lot of empty space and make the candidate look bad.

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