LAS VEGAS — In a pointed aside in his jobs speech in Nevada on Tuesday, Mitt Romney told his audience he was speaking from notes, but that was it — and that meant no teleprompter.
“This is going to be a conversation today. I don’t have a text. You can actually see what I’ve got. I’ve got notes. I’ve got some notes of some things I want to tell you. I’m not going to be reading. I don’t have a teleprompter here,” he said, drawing a strong cheer from his audience in a truck dealership warehouse in North Las Vegas — though the former Massachusetts governor went on to add, “nothing wrong with that — I use it from time to time.”
President Obama has gained a reputation for speaking from a teleprompter, and that has spawned joke websites and several Twitter accounts purporting to be the president’s favorite speech aid. Critics say he relies too heavily on the speech-reading device.
Leaving the teleprompter aside fit with the tone Mr. Romney tried to strike in his speech of a businessman who is knowledgeable about the economy based on his real-world experience.