Romney Under the Microscope
Focus turning to Mitt Romney who has up until now ran a stealth campaign
- Duration 7:49
- Date Jul 2, 2012
Focus turning to Mitt Romney who has up until now ran a stealth campaign
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Buy the argument you make that we lost election because of health -- that's the election because of nine and a half percent unemployment.
It would've been 15%.
Had congress and President Obama under his leadership.
Path to Recovery Act.
Auto rescue and other initiatives but if you don't have a job you don't hear it could be worse.
That was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Meet the Press saying.
Health care issue health care it doesn't matter people voted out Democrats because they didn't like the economy.
And whoever was in power was going out and this -- power play.
And that's a theory of the case that a lot of Republicans actually seem to agree with that the economy in the overall trajectory of the economy.
There is the determining factor in this race and a lot of people think.
That Mitt Romney needs to stay on that message and just keep talking about the economy and try and get over these -- he trails but as the health care stuff.
It gets a little tricky sometimes so you know who's good at breaking down very complicated issues and putting them into understandable -- understandable ways.
Is James Rosen now aside from being -- a lot of things.
Washington correspondent senior Washington correspondent -- achieved but who's who's who there's and that's what if I -- to the right under -- -- we'll put that in the chiefs are proud of is also the host of the foxhole.
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We got to see in miniature today what happens with Mitt Romney -- when it's time to talk Turkey.
And on the health care what was stabbed him to be pretty good opportunity for.
The Republicans and this.
People in the house and in the senate we're pushing very hard tax tax tax tax tax tax we talked about his own show when -- about -- and -- maybe -- first yet that I earned from tenants that maybe not attacks.
Should -- be.
From a practical.
Analytical point of -- Is it time for Romney to get more policy meat on the bones and push a little harder on this stuff and start sketching it out -- Or is this the time to continue to go for the -- candidacy and basically let Obama stay in the spotlight what do you think what.
What's this markup first Romney's.
Romney's options are a little more limited than the binary choice that you just offered suggest because he is the author of this plan in Massachusetts.
Which revolved around an individual mandate.
And more and more videos seem to keep surfacing.
Governor Romney in 20062007.
-- describing that plan at the time.
And so -- it given its similarities to the one which just prevailed in the Supreme Court in which was dubbed attacks.
Romney himself may not have the same interest as house and senate Republicans in campaigning on the idea that this is -- tax.
Because it would make -- more susceptible to the charge that he was a tax.
Big taxes governor.
And they've been in that Obama campaign is already been running that it had already been putting a lot of wind behind that.
So this is just -- this this this Supreme Court ruling presents for -- just a new variation.
On the same problem he's had for some time which is how Romney -- campaign against Obama care.
And yet not seem to be jettisoning his own record as governor of Massachusetts.
And so that's why I think you see the ninja campus.
And I had it -- it worked for him here's.
Whatever she's and there are a lot of people.
On the Internet there's also a lot of very Smart political folks that I've talked to it's it's time for Romney.
To step out and go toe to toe with President Obama.
But two things to -- say that one is.
It worked in the primaries.
He let his opponents swing hard at him and he stayed back and then would come out and -- with a counterpunch.
And then stepped back again and he remained plausible and -- act.
Throughout and presidential looking and presidential looking and by the end who's that well I guess it is Romney so he'd like to do that again in the second thing -- And I think this may be more even more significant.
Is that he's got a long ago this is still in pull in politically this at this is several geologic eras in the definitely in the political world the seventeen weeks right.
Well it's true I would first to your first point say that that style of of -- is that she described.
There's a lot of similarities to Barack Obama's style -- politician and -- drew -- it was able to remain cool unflappable.
And seeing you with a counterpunch.
And -- he's gonna be great debates are really looking forward these basically I think they're both accomplished debaters -- -- despite whatever the the lead up to the debate priest -- spin will be that if all the other ones the better debater and so forth on the they do that every time asks for.
Romney's posture generally speaking in this period.
Which is this down period between the primaries in the conventions.
There is a sense.
Amongst I would say political strategists from both sides.
Of a -- -- surprise that Romney is not more aggressively using this period to kind of reintroduce himself to the American people.
And instead they seem to be the Romney campaign.
Playing about to some extent.
-- And the best example this is what I'm reporting offer special report with -- there tonight at 6 eastern and -- -- that what's.
Which is they're the effort by the Romney campaign to get the Washington Post to retract it's usually about outsourcing this is.
By definition a defensive measure right and there and again this week after week we see some new variation on the -- attack launched either with free media and then followed up wrecked.
In close conjunction by the Obama campaign -- ads in videos.
And it seems too many observers that the Romney campaign is not gotten caught in front of the -- story.
In a way that they should be able to do since they have access to -- papers write in a way that the Obama campaign in the and the news -- you know they know stuff.
-- right so now what about this question.
And as we look at this he's -- Romney talking about.
I want to get the discussion back on the economy back on the economy back on this kind of dividend Democrats for us this and we -- -- get the discussion back on the economy back on the economy because they don't want talk about the health care let's move on says the president let's move on this Chuck Schumer.
Do you think that the health care.
Is does it have real staying power in this -- in this national discussion.
I think the idea that.
The health care law and the economy are.
Is a bit of a misnomer.
The health -- law as we heard endlessly during the debate over it stood to restructure 16 of the American economy.
You threw out at the debate.
We heard from and we continually heard from employers and entrepreneur -- and the job creators that the that Obama care as it's called -- by both sides.
Was contributing to uncertainty in hiring.
And so the idea that these are separate subjects not linked to each other inextricably strikes me as a misnomer I think that.
To continue talking about the health care law is to talk about the economy.
The of the as we've said already that the challenge for Romney is doing this in a way that doesn't run afoul of his own record and in Massachusetts is is -- -- week.
I know July 13 we resume you bracing yourself you should be racing so let me just pause to note by the way yes that this is a strange episode of power play both because it's mind.
And maiden voyage as a guest OK and maybe and secondly that it's called power play when both host and guest at this very moment.
To laugh at our our moral -- -- Cusack trombone so I can't because we thank you very much like an air okay.