So when you've gone on the attack over Obama's approach to violent protests and the death of an American ambassador abroad then switched to the economy and China and still haven't zoomed up the popularity polls what's your next step in the fight for the White House? Tell people about how you like peanut butter and prefer sleeping naked. Yeah! that should do it!
Unbelievably to many that's exactly what Republican Presidential nomineeappears to have done. Well, a waiting electorate will find out when "Live! with Kelly and Michael" is transmitted, not live of course, on Tuesday.
Romney, who is joined for part of the interview with his wife, Ann, tells Kelly Rippa a whole load of inconsequential snippets that will truly help him on his way to a presidential victory in November. Sadly there may be more truth in that last statement that we'd like to believe. A nation of voters brought up on daytime TV, soap operas and Oprah might just vote based on this kind of stuff rather than policy. This is despite some excellent reporting, broadcast, internet and print, where important issues are laid out and dissected.
Having said this it's difficult to not get drawn in with stories about naked nights, peanut butter and how the candidate would like to have dinner with, presumably not all at the same time. And its not just Romney, as the presidential election looms there are bound to be lifestyle stories emerging around Obama and his family too.
The interview with Ripa is Romney's first daytime TV appearance of the 2012 campaign and to be sure it will get massive viewing figures. The truth is that we like to know that whoever is in the White House has the potential to be just as dysfunctional and normal as ourselves. Hey, that guy sleeps naked, just like me! Where do I vote?
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