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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney will seek this week to explain more about what he would do as president, a strategy shift intended to change the trajectory of a race that President Barack Obama appears to be winning.
The shift comes as Republicans openly fret about the state of their nominee's campaign and press Romney to give voters a clearer sense of how he would govern. It also comes as polls show Obama with an edge nationally and in key states, and amid reports of infighting at the Boston-based campaign.
The new ads will highlight Romney's plan to create 12 million jobs, cut the deficit and allow the nation to become energy independent. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, will focus on the debt and deficit in a series of campaign appearances. It's all aimed at giving voters a clearer picture of what Romney would do as president, advisers said.
Then violence erupted in Egypt and Libya, prompting Romney to put out a statement criticizing the Obama administration before it was known that an American ambassador had died in the attacks. Romney doubled down on his criticism in a press conference the next day.
That drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans alike. Several in his party, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, have urged Romney to give a major foreign affairs speech laying out his critique of Obama.
The new push follows a Sunday story on the Politico website detailing infighting among Romney's senior staffers. Campaign advisers worked to downplay those tensions, and to insist the campaign is still on track.
That's one of the problems with this election. Now, honestly, and you don't have to respond, couldn't you say precisely that same quote while thinking about Obama?
I would love to see him spell them out because I honestly don't know if he can. However even if it comes to pass.. I just don't see how or why anyone would trust him. He is almost as bad as Newt . . . for saying whatever a particular crowd wants to hear.
I cannot wait to see what these ads have to say - if anything. November is fast approaching and, with the state of our world today - this election could determine much more than many of us think.
If THAT message got played on my TV, I think I would probably make my November decision right then and there.
Originally posted by talklikeapirat
Brief question. I would really like to know, why do you believe that the outcome of elections in november would have any real effect on internal or foreign politics, given that the guidelines for these politics have been thought out and designed long before both candidates had any significant political power.
In 2008 we had a candidate promising Hope and Change, only to follow these guidelines exactly to the point. Why would it be so different this time?
Originally posted by talklikeapirat
Really? Knowing what you know, you would believe them?
A change in party - or balance of power could easily result in a rewriting of the script.
It's a complex concept - one I cover in several of my authored threads. And the short answer is "Not entirely". We are raised to be proud - to attach labels to ourselves, ones that we cherish. Patriot, family man, hard worker, nice guy, whatever...
Once we begin to put stock in those labels, others are then empowered to trick us into things because they can use our own egos to manipulate us.
Our emotions are our Achilles tendon. Our weak spot. They are the open nerve that TPTB are experts at pushing.