August 30th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Comments: 'Who at this stage hasn't figured out who they want to vote for?'

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here are some comments from Thursday.

As the Republican National Convention nears its end in Tampa, Florida, readers are buzzing about politics. Conversation about Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, has been dominating the site after his prime-time speech Wednesday night. Readers talked about what impact Ryan might have on undecided voters and speculated about how many people are having trouble making a decision.

Ryan's speech gives undecided voters mild nudge toward Romney

Many readers opposed Ryan's speech, questioning some of his comments, while others said listeners should give the candidates a chance. CNN published a fact check about a portion of the presentation afterward.

Cedric: "In other words, Ryan's speech full of outright lies failed to move the needle. It is easy to deliver a good speech when you can make up the facts to support your narrative."

jp2123: "I don't understand why people don't even try to listen to the points the candidates make. Just because they are not Democrats? Seriously, I'm independent, leaning toward (Mitt) Romney after listening to some of the speeches (even though I'm waiting for Romney's speech). But people complaining about Romney cutting taxes for the wealthy and increasing taxes on the middle class? When did he say this? I have yet to hear them say, or have any indication that that's what he is planning on doing. Wish people were more concerned about the candidates and the issues than on the political parties. Take it as it is, and stop judging someone just because the ones that came before him did something. Listen to both candidates, and their ideology and their idea of America. And vote for who represents you the best, not based on the media or popularity. I think the scariest thing is that I know so many young and adult people who will vote for (President Barack) Obama without taking a look at Romney just because Obama is the popular one, and is painted in the media as the good guy and Republicans as the bad guys."

Is anyone even undecided at this point?

Hyco: "Undecided voters? Really? Who at this stage hasn't figured out who they want to vote for? They either care nothing about the election or have an IQ around 75 and have problems deciding which hand is best to eat with."

Some readers took jabs at teleprompter usage during the convention.

Spikel1: "It's funny - for all the talk of Obama's teleprompters, they've been getting much usage at the convention."

Mara Tam: "Amen! So far no media types mentioned this. All of them using them evil machines!"

killingly: "Well the orator in chief shouldn't need them by now."

Do you vote for a particular candidate or simply against another?

66 Biker: "Even though I am a lifelong independent, and as much as I dislike 'lesser of two evils' voting, it looks as though I won't have much choice this time around either. Because I believe that voting for Romney and Ryan is pretty much the same as voting for (George W.) Bush and (Dick) Cheney, and there is absolutely no way I will do that. But just like every other time I have ever voted in a presidential election, I won't be voting 'for' anyone but against the ones I don't want to see get elected. That certainly doesn't mean that I 'like' Obama, just that I don't like Romney/Bush and Ryan/Cheney."

scieng: "Really? You would vote for someone who shuts down millions of jobs (new air permit standards intended to shut down U.S. production jobs), who promotes the unnecessary deaths and maiming of hundreds of thousands of Americans ... and who has the most corrupt record in American history of public money given to big donors."

Some of our readers weighed in on video. iReporter Egberto Willies expressed strong disagreement with Ryan's speech. Kathi Cordsen of Fullerton, California, said on the other hand that she liked Ryan's "confidence, his energy, his youth and his outlook for our country."

Several readers adopted a "five things" format for their comments similar to's series. These commenters really went after each other but stuck to the format.

Drew Johnson:
"5 things we learned about Ryan:
1. Republicans sound more intelligent then they don't talk
2. Ryan points his finger during speeches, which is against speech etiquette learned on Day One
3. Republicans are mostly white
4. Republicans look like Romulans
5. Republicans have no clue how to tell the truth"


"1. Democrats sound more intelligent when they learn how to construct sentences.
2. Ryan's speaking style is No. 2 on your list. You are already fishing for anything relevant to say.
3. You are a racist.
4. You are a nerd.
5. Baseless assertions of lying and cheating are the last refuge of a man who has lost the debate."

"The five things I learned is:
1. Obama will lose.
2. Obama will lose.
3. Obama will lose.
4. Obama will lose.
5. Obama will lose."

What do you think? What impact will Ryan and the Republican National Convention have on the election? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

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  1. ronvan

    YEAH, YEAH: Heard it all before! PROMISE'S that cannot be kept, those that were running against Mitt, telling us that he was unqualified, messed up, not fit, etc., and NOW love him and HE is the ONLY one to help us! And lets not forget that ANY president does not have the power to MAKE LAW! They have to get it approved! And that is where the problem has been, in that, the two house's CANNOT agree on ANYTHING! Purely political, doesn't make any difference if it is good or bad, will help or not, you vote for your party and NOT what might be good for the people or our country. IF you want things to get done then the ONLY way I see that happening is, whatever party the president belongs to then the two houses need to be of the same party! Then you will have TOTAL CONTROL, without any CONTROL!! These "elected children" are all the same, GET MINE 1st, and then MAYBE we will take care of you!!

    August 31, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • wizeanne1950

      Regarding passing laws. The President can sign Presidential Executive Orders, that do not have to be approved by the Congress. President Obama signed an "Executive Order" in March, 2011 to allocate 1 billion dollars and to send his JSOC ops to Libya to support/train the rebels/mercenaries fighting in Libya. Google the President Obama's Executive Orders and you will wonder why in the world is he signing all these EO's once you read them, especially those he signed in 2012. It is public info....Check out President George W Bush EO's too. Most people have no idea. THAT is alot of power!

      September 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeffrey G

    The issue isn't getting undecided voters, it is getting the decided voters for your man out to the polls.

    September 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wizeanne1950

    Have two questions for Romney and Obama. 1) Why is the USA still under a Presidential decreed "State of Emergency" since Sept. 14, 2001? 2) Will you endorse the "North American Union" for the USA, Canada and Mexico and will you ever consider the "Amero" as the recognized currency?

    September 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr T

    2 great Nights @ DNC !!! the only addition left out is the total amount of BUSH's WAR that led to a great Big DEFICIT. if the country is spending billions of $$$$$$$$ monthly on WAR without additoin tax income ; please everyone do the MATH ...... U will surely have a DEFICIT
    GOP don't want DEFICIT but want magic $$$$$ to drop from the SKY and pay for the DEFICIT or from only the TAX base of the middle CLASS..........

    September 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LeatherneckAR

    This statement directly from the mouth of one of our fine career politicians is exactly why the country is in the shape it's in, since when is the welfare and stability of our country a GAME!!!

    Larry Summers, a top economic adviser to Obama, who also served under President Bill Clinton, said Obama’s personality was a big hindrance to the talks.

    “Obama doesn't really have the joy of the game,” Summers said. “Clinton basically loved negotiating with a bunch of pols, about anything, whereas, Obama, he really didn't like these guys."

    Obama's lack of desire to "PLAY THE GAME" when it comes to the stability American people and our country is exactly why OBAMA will have my vote come November..I really appreciate the fact that he makes his disdain and dislike clear for career politicians that think their little GAME is more important than performing the very important job we sent their sorry (Donkeys)to DC to perform!!

    Demand the establishment term limits in all levels of elective office to prevent abuse, corruption and outright skullduggery in DC!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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