“It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it.” – Ann Romney
Today is Ann Romney’s birthday and she’s been celebrating since the mama gaffe heard ’round the world.
The quote above came at Mitt Romney’s closed-door fundraiser, which offered an opportunity to tease what his plans are if he can beat Obama in November.
Romney also went into greater detail than he has on the campaign trail in describing how he would maintain the progressive structure in the tax code after implementing his 20 percent across-the-board tax cut.
Democrats have argued that Romney’s tax proposals would disproportionately help the wealthy, but on Sunday, Romney identified specific loopholes and deductions for the wealthy that he would eliminate in order to both finance his tax cut, and ensure that the nation’s top earners face the same tax burden they do today.
“I’m going to probably eliminate for high income people the second home mortgage deduction,” Romney said, adding that he would also likely eliminate deductions for state income and property taxes as well.
“By virtue of doing that, we’ll get the same tax revenue, but we’ll have lower rates,” Romney explained. …
Democrats are complaining specifics were in short supply. It’s silly, because as people found out with Barack Obama, what people say in the campaign season often recedes when the politician is faced with real job realities.
Romney has managed to get his campaign down to two priorities, “jobs and kids.”
“I’m asked — how do you boil it down, how do you encapsulate this into a campaign message: Two things, jobs and kids,” Romney said, explaining that restarting job growth and preserving a better future for the next generation were the campaign’s guiding principles.
Can Pres. Obama boil his campaign down to two specifics?
Romney also praised Fox News Channel, calling them the network of “true believers,” while anchors in the wider TV universe “tend to be liberal.” But the campaign clearly understands that online he has an even playing field: “Where we are ahead or even is on twitter and on the Internet.”
The big news, as I read what occurred, came on immigration. Considering Romney’s primary message, his statements offer his first stab at rebranding on a critical issue for Republicans.
Romney said the GOP must offer its own policies to woo Hispanics, including a “Republican DREAM Act,” referring to the legislative proposal favored by Democrats that would offer illegal immigrants a limited path to citizenship, to give Hispanic voters a real choice between parties.
Etch a Sketch moment or not, it’s a pivot Republicans have to make, so it’s no surprise. It’s not like conservatives are going to vote for Barack Obama, but the fever swamp base of the GOP won’t like it.
But right now, both campaigns are very busy in the battle of the broads, each side making his case who is better for women. On civil liberties issues, Democrats win easily, but that’s not Romney specific. Republicans simply don’t respect women’s individual freedoms, though as we saw with Michele Bachmann they have no problem pandering on them. Romney’s campaign said he wouldn’t touch the Ledbetter Act, but would he have signed it if he was president? We’ll never know. Democrats want to paint Mitt Romney as anti-women on economics, but they’ll need some actual evidence before anyone will believe that one.
Chris Hayes tried to begin that work, finding a comment from Romney about welfare and working.
“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” Romney said. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless,’ and I said ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”
Bill Clinton can feel candidate Romney’s pain.