Five ways GOP can use the Republican National Convention to excite voters

The images, themes, and sound bites generated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30 will set the tone for the rest of the election season. Here are five suggestions the GOP can use at its convention to excite voters and chart a path to victory.

3. Reach out to independents

Polling suggests Romney can do well with independent voters. According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, both candidates have strong support from fellow partisans, but Romney has a slight edge with independents, who favor him over Mr. Obama by seven points.

Republicans have an opportunity to build that lead, especially with the 28 percent of independents who say they may change their mind. A majority of independents disapprove of Obama's job performance. Republicans need to convince them that Romney can chart a better path.

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