- Posted July 7, 2012 by
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The Romney Roundup - July 7th
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Ann on the VEEP Stakes: Mitt Romney's wife says her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall.
Ann Romney says in an interview, "We've been looking at that and I love that option as well."
She tells CBS News she thinks the person selected for the No. 2 spot should be "someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities."
Family Vacation: Check out a scrapbook of the Romney Family Vacation in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire:
"Kick In The Gut": A jobs report showing lukewarm hiring in June is a "kick in the gut" to American workers, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire Friday.
"It's consistent with what I've heard as I've gone across the country and met with families in their homes, in cafes and restaurants and in break rooms," Romney said. "American families are struggling. There's a lot of misery in America today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle class America."
"The highest corporate tax rates in the world do not create jobs," Romney said. "Highest regulatory burdens in our nation's history - those do not create jobs. Trade policies that have not opened up new markets for American goods, particularly in Latin America, those don't create new jobs. Failing to effectively crack down on China for cheating and stealing American jobs, that has not helped."
"The president's policies have not gotten America working again, and the president's going to have to stand up and take responsibility for it," Romney continued.
"It doesn't have to be this way," Romney said. "The president doesn't have a plan. He hasn't proposed any new ideas to get the economy going. Just the same old ideas of the past that have failed. I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term."
Debate Prep: Sources close to Mitt Romney tell the New York Daily News "that during a three-day retreat he hosted late last month for big-time Republican contributors and party mandarins at Park City, Utah, the candidate also found time to squeeze in the first two rounds of what staffers call 'debate prep.'"
"Romney convened six to eight campaign aides around a conference table... They sorted through a variety of topics sure to come up in the three Presidential debates, like the state of the economy and the war in Afghanistan, and kicked around the best 'test responses' to questions they expect Obama and debate moderators will toss at the ex-Massachusetts governor."
"More such encounters are expected over the summer, but what one source called 'podium practices' with an Obama surrogate won't happen for awhile -- mainly because Romney doesn't care for them all that much."
With Friends Like These:
Wall Street Journal - "The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it's Mr. Obama's fault. We're on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that 'Obama isn't working.' Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the President's policies aren't working and how Mr. Romney's policies will do better.
"Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is assailing Mr. Romney as an out-of-touch rich man, and the rich man obliged by vacationing this week at his lake-side home with a jet-ski cameo. Team Obama is pounding him for Bain Capital, and until a recent ad in Ohio the Romney campaign has been slow to respond. Team Obama is now opening up a new assault on Mr. Romney as a job outsourcer with foreign bank accounts, and if the Boston boys let that one go unanswered, they ought to be fired for malpractice."
"Not So Fast": GOP calling for Romney campaign team shake-up; John Avlon says not so fast.
Sununu Speaks: When CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked former New Hampshire governor and high profile Romney surrogate John Sununu if he had any advice for the candidate, Sununu said that his own party should be more concise, using more “declarative sentences.”
"I think they have to recognize that we are in a campaign mode where simple, tough, declarative sentences are required," said Sununu. "That this is not a campaign to be won on nuance but to be won on making sharp distinctions on the failure of the Obama administration economically, the loss of jobs and the pain that the American people are feeling."
Back On Message: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to shift the campaign focus back to the economy on Friday, jumping on a weak jobs report that he described as a "kick in the gut" indictment of President Barack Obama's economic leadership.
After a week of struggling to define a position on healthcare, the jobs debate was a welcome respite for Romney, who trails the Democratic incumbent slightly in national polls.
Boosting Boston: Mitt Romney is planning to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives, advisers said Thursday, after withering criticism from conservative voices that his insular team has fumbled recent opportunities.
Continental Tour: Mitt Romney’s campaign is considering a major foreign policy offensive at the end of the month that would take him to five countries over three continents and mark his first move away from a campaign message devoted almost singularly to criticizing President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, sources tell POLITICO.
The tentative plan being discussed internally would have Romney begin his roll-out with a news-making address at the VFW convention later this month in Reno, Nev. The presumptive GOP nominee then is slated to travel to London for the start of the Olympics and to give a speech in Great Britain on U.S. foreign policy.
Healthcare Ruling: Mitt Romney, who still pledges on his website to nominee judges "in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts," said in an interview airing Thursday the health care decision written by Roberts last week appeared to be tainted by politics.
"I certainly wouldn't nominate someone who I knew was going to come out with a decision I violently disagreed with - or vehemently, rather, disagreed with," Romney said in an interview with CBS. The interview was taped ahead of a July 4th parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on Wednesday.
Romney said Roberts, who was nominated to his post by Republican president George W. Bush, had "reached a conclusion I think that was not accurate and not an appropriate conclusion."
From the Cornfield, in case you missed it earlier or didn't see it on your favorite news channel or news website or newspaper, this is the latest Romney Roundup.