TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a presidential campaign filled with sharp criticism, this may be Mitt Romney’s softest sell: persuading people who voted for Democrat Barack Obama and now have some buyer’s remorse to back the Republican instead.
“We led with our hearts and our dreams that we could be more inclusive than America had ever been, and no candidate had ever spoken so beautifully,” former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, who recently switched parties, told the Republican National Convention. “But dreams meet daybreak.”
Davis, who seconded Obama’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008, was the personification Tuesday of a bloc of voters who backed Obama four years ago but who now are disenchanted.
Romney is trying to lure these voters into his fold, and courting them was a theme of the first full night of his national nominating convention.
Republican nominee Romney is taking care not to insult these voters, whose support could be critical in key states where the race is tight. He is gently asking them to reconsider their past support of Obama, if they’re not already.
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