(Photo credits: Associated Press, DeAndre McDay)
“It looks like this election is just heating up. It’s going to be a close one.” (Photo credits: Associated Press; DeAndre McDay)

BY LAURA CLARK, News Editor

It seems election season is upon us.

Notable political figures, celebrities, and supporters alike all came out to show their support over the last two weeks at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Naturally, certain speeches and topics discussed by both parties were met with mixed reviews by critics and audiences.

The RNC, which took place the week of August 27, featured speeches by such figures as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Marco Rubio, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and of course, Mitt Romney, who accepted his party’s nomination at the convention.

A speech was also given by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which was met with positive reviews. Not so much the case for actor and director Clint Eastwood, however, who also spoke at the RNC and was later panned by critics for giving a what was said by many to be a “disrepectful and poorly delivered speech.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the party lines, Gabrielle Giffords received a standing ovation last Thursday night at the DNC after she recited the Pledge of Allegiance for the audience. Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman, was the victim of a mass shooting last year after being shot in the head.

The consensus of critics seems to be that the strongest speeches were delivered by former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Senator John Kerry.

It looks like this election is just heating up. It’s going to be a close one.