Republican Club to host “Robson Ranch 200” Stump Speech Contest

Rebecca Bafford

The Robson Ranch Republican Club is planning a fun, entertaining and educational evening on Wednesday evening, November 1, at its regular 7:00 p.m. meeting. Club members will conduct the first ever “stump speech contest,” which is open to any candidate appearing on the March 2018 Republican primary ballot for our precinct. It will be called the Robson Ranch 200 because each candidate in the contest will get 200 seconds (3 minutes, 20 seconds) to give their best stump speech. All members of the Republican Club will grade each speech, and an award will be presented to the winner!

As an example of how important candidates’ speeches can be, here is a transcript of 23-year old Abraham Lincoln’s first stump speech when he ran for a seat in the Illinois State House of Representatives in 1832, and lost! “I presume you all know who I am. I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance. I am in favor of the national bank; I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles. If elected, I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.”

As you can see there is quite a difference between this speech and his immortal Gettysburg Address. Come out and watch the fun! It will be a great evening, and a large slate of candidates have already accepted the invitation to participate. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting convening at 7:00 p.m. All Robson Ranch residents are invited to attend the meeting in the main auditorium of the clubhouse.