Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, on Monday pushed back against the notion that the lack of a post-convention bump for Mitt Romney was evidence that the party had squandered an opportunity last week, arguing that the GOP nominee benefits from his personal popularity.
“When you look below the top line, you’ll see the intensity we have among our voters is extremely high,” Spicer told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. “Governor’s favorability rating, his likability rating is extremely high. Our convention gave us an opportunity for Governor Romney to speak directly to the american people about who he is, give them a great understanding about his vision and the solutions he has to turn this country around, so i think by every measure on our side we look at it as a tremendous success.”
While Spicer was right about the enthusiasm among Republican voters, he embellished Romney’s favorability rating, which has been an ongoing impediment to the former Massachusetts governor’s candidacy. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week showed Romney nursing the lowest favorability rating by a major party’s presidential nominee dating back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency.