The video I thought was fine but not exceptional. The head jiggling thing is worse than in the ad and is quite distracting, especially early on. I don’t know why he didn’t do a retake or two. The video raises a few issues: 1) He makes a strong case on federalism once again. If this is indeed the source of his issue with the Arlington group on gay marriage then it wouldn’t seem this is a problem that could be overcome since it falls into his category of “first principles.” 2) His Congressional career got scant mention and there was absolutely no reference to McCain Feingold or the Chinese finance abuse hearings. His opponents will talk far more about his record than he will I predict. 3) His mention of education was a bit tricky since he decried the federal take over of education but voted for No Child Left Behind. Again, this will be fodder for rivals. 4) He talked about both healthcare and entitlement reform and it is here he may do something different than he competitors if he offers some real proposals. This may be the most novel thing about his campaign. 5) He did urge Americans to come together and solve problems. He said, “Americans are once again ready to achieve this great good: security, prosperity and unity of our country” but this was not the soaring optimism of Reagan or the bouncy can do sense you get from Mitt Romney. Today he leaves the studios literally and figuratively. When you take your campaign out for a spin all sorts of things can happen– good and bad — and the voters finally get to kick a tire or two. Should be a fun day.
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