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At the Convention: Grassroots comments from Tampa

August 27, 2012 by NCC Staff


The National Constitution Center is on the ground in Tampa all week at the GOP convention, getting grassroots feedback as part of our national initiative, Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech.

We’ll also be in Charlotte next week--as the Democrats meet--to get feedback from that convention.

Address America asks people to give us a "stump speech,”  in exactly six words, that sums up their thoughts on key election issues.

The stump speech dates back to the 1830s when the original “King of Stump Speeches” was Abraham Lincoln, who could devastate a political opponent with a handful of words.

Lincoln and other candidates, who roamed the countryside, would stand on top of specially prepared tree stumps and shout out speeches, trade jokes, and toss insults. Most often, they had a short slogan as part of the drama.

“Have faith that might makes right” was a Lincoln favorite.

We’ve brought our own tree stump to Tampa and Charlotte and are asking people to supply their own six-word speeches!

Check back here all week for highlights, and if you want to make your own speech online, just click the link below to our Address America website:

Selected speeches appear on the Address America web site. As you’ll see, we have some very creative slogans!

Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech features the following partners: SMITH Magazine, Comcast Newsmakers and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.


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