Review of John Kasich Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his candidacy on July 21, 2005 at his alma mater of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His speech lasted a little more than 40 minutes.

After introducing his twin daughters and his wife on the stage with him, he turned to the American dream. He talked about drawing inspiration from the past in order to carry it forward to the next generation.

“…we can all work to make sure the next generation is going to be in a position of greater strength than what we received. And I get my inspiration from the people who came before me. And I want to tell you about a few of the ones that inspire me.” Continue reading

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Review of Chris Christie Presidential Candidacy Announcement

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie became the 14th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on June 30, 2015 at his hometown high school, Livingston High School, Livingston, New Jersey.

Christie spent the first few minutes of his speech thanking the people of Livingston and reflecting on growing up there. He moved to Livingston when he was four years old. He told of how his father and mother had both lost their fathers at a young age. His father, although admitted to Columbia University, could not go because he could not afford it. Continue reading

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Review of Scott Walker Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the 15th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on July 13, 2015 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The stage was set to present Scott Walker as a candidate who is close to the people and a hard working leader. There was no podium on the stage. He stood in an area that was surrounded by the audience on both sides and in the front. He wore an open collar long sleeve shirt with sleeves rolled up to his elbows.

He opened his speech with three words, “I love America.” He went on to talk about two veterans who had influence his life. Continue reading

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Review of Bobby Jindal Announcement Speech

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on June 24, 2015 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana.

He took one sentence of five words to introduce himself, “My name is Bobby Jindal” and in his second sentence he announced his candidacy. “I am governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I’m running for President of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America!”

His opening two sentences provide some insight into Jindal’s approach. He doesn’t waste words, gets to the point, and goes to work. Continue reading

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Review of Donald Trump Announcement Speech

Donald Trump was the 12th Republican candidate to announce. He made his announcement speech on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in New York, New York.

He opened his speech comparing his opening event to some of the other announcements. “They didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work. They sweated like dogs. They didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?”

He said that our country is in serious trouble because we don’t have victories anymore. He gave examples of China, Japan, and Mexico. He asked, “When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo?” Continue reading

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Review of Jeb Bush Announcement Speech

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush became the 11th Republican announcing his candidacy. He made the announcement on June 15, 2015 at Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida.

He opened his speech with a brief word of welcome and incorporated into the welcome a few words that signaled his approach to his campaign.

“You know, I always feel welcome at Miami-Dade College. This is a place that welcomes everyone with their hearts set on the future. A place where hope leads to achievement and striving leads to success. For all of us, it is just the place to be in the campaign that begins today.” Continue reading

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Review of Lindsey Graham Announcement Speech

Lindsay Graham announced his candidacy for the Presidency in his hometown of Central, South Carolina on June 1, 2015. His young sister, Darline, introduced him and shared the background story of their parents who died when she was 11 and he was 20 in college. Their bond is especially tight because of the adversity they faced in the loss of their parents.

He opened his speech getting straight to the point of why he was there in his hometown that day.

“Many of you have known me for a long time. Some of you have known me since my family lived in the back of the bar in that building. But I’m pretty sure no one here, including me, ever expected to hear me say: ‘I’m Lindsey Graham, and I’m running for President of the United States.’”

 The theme of his announcement was crystal clear – defend America. Continue reading

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Review of George Pataki Announcement Speech

George Pataki announced his run for President in Exeter, New Hampshire on May 28, 2015. He opened his speech thanking those who were attending, those who had elected him as Governor three times, and then gave a greeting in Spanish.

Pataki defeated three term incumbent New York Governor Mario Cuomo in the 1994 Republican Revolution. He was subsequently elected for two more terms, serving three terms as Governor of New York. Continue reading

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Review of Rick Perry Announcement Speech

Rick Perry announced his candidacy for President in Addison, Texas on Thursday, June 4, 2015. He gave his speech surrounded by a host of veterans including Navy Seals, Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. Marcus is the author of the book, Lone Survivor. Also on the stage was Taya Kyle, the widow of the late Chris Kyle, best known as the American Sniper.

Perry served as Governor of Texas for 14 years. The moment for which he may be best known in Presidential politics is the “oops” moment at one of the Presidential debates in the last election when he lost his train of thought. There was no “oops” moment in this speech.

He has had four years to prepare for another run and it is clear that he has used that time wisely. Although he never mentioned the name Ronald Reagan in his speech, there were more than a few subliminal references. Continue reading

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Review of Rick Santorum Announcement Speech

Rick Santorum announced his candidacy on May 27 at Penn United Technologies Inc. in Cabot, Pennsylvania. He introduced his family on the stage with specific mention of two children.

The first was their daughter, Bella, who had just celebrated her 7th birthday. Bella was born with a condition known as Trisomy 18 and was not expected to live beyond her first year. You may recall that in the 2012 Republican primary season, Santorum cancelled campaign events in Florida when Bella was admitted to the hospital and was not expected to live. Continue reading

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