Rhetorical Analysis Of Governor Mitt Romney's Speech

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Governor Mitt Romney presented his ideas and concerns to a vast audience in Manchester, New Hampshire on April, 24 2012. Romney discussed with his audience the improvements that will be made when he is elected our new President in 2012.This speech appeals to all age groups and classifications, but especially to the middle class Americans. Throughout the whole speech Romney uses pathos as a way to get the audience to listen with their heart rather than their head; he gains credibility by appealing to the audience’s emotions, but begins to lose credibility by not stating any logical facts of statistical evidence, but overall Romney’s speech is effective. Romney begins his speech by thanking America. He thoroughly explains his journey leading up to the Presidential Candidacy, he states, “After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights,…show more content…
He uses the straw man fallacy, which is achieved when one opponent distracts the audience from the opposing opponent’s position so that it makes them appear ignorant. He masters this fallacy when saying, “President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements… and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversion, distractions, and distortions” (par. 12). When using the straw man fallacy, Romney tries to make Obama look foolish and act as though Obama’s next term in the Presidency will be helpless. Romney also uses the ad hominem fallacy, which means ‘to the man’ in Latin, when saying “But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years President Obama” (par. 10)? This statement by Romney says as though after all you’ve promised what do you have to show for now? Nothing. Romney uses this fallacy to attack Obama rather than debating the actual issue of what Obama has not done in his three and a half years of
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