Mitt Romney acted like a “dork” on stage at Otterbein University a few weeks ago, according to a report by CNN.
A political science professor said Romney was unable to persuade swing voters because of his awkward behavior. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the upcoming presidential debates and other public appearances.
A USA TODAY/Gallup poll said only 31 percent of voters found Romney likable, while 58 percent of voters found President Obama likable.
During his 2008 campaign, the president was known for his charisma and good speeches. This may be a tough act for Romney to beat, especially with his “dorkiness.”
However, CNN cited a woman who likes Romney specifically for this reason. She said women love a dork.
I beg to differ. I would much rather see someone comfortable on stage than someone who awkwardly takes his seat and is uncomfortable with his surroundings. I think most voters would agree. Because presidential candidates are featured so prominently in the media, Romney will not be able to hide his “dorkiness” for long.
In my experience, most of the American population does not choose a candidate based on their policies, but on their public persona. It will be interesting to see if this quality affects the Romney campaign.