ROMNEY’S POST debate tour is covering all the bases, except MSNBC of course, to make sure the message of the debate is driven home. That message is that he is a viable alternative to President Obama and the middle class should believe he’s on their side.
That’s actually the message Joe Biden needs to rebut on Thursday, which I wrote about earlier this week. Let Ryan be Ryan, while Biden takes on Romney’s economic plan, particularly on taxes and how Romney-Ryan would hurt the middle class.
From the interview on CNN:
BLITZER: That 47 percent comment that you mentioned that’s caused you a lot of grief, as you know, there’s been a change in your position over these past few weeks. It went from, you were initially saying, once that tape came out, that you a – a – you weren’t exactly elegantly stating your position.
Later and more recently, you said you were completely wrong.
I’m curious, Governor, how did that evolution in your thinking go on, from the initial reaction once that tape came out to what you said the other day, that you were completely wrong?
ROMNEY: Well, what I’m saying is that what words were that came out were not what I meant. And what I mean, I think, people understand, is that if I’m president, I’ll be president of 100 percent of the people. My whole campaign is about helping the middle class have rising incomes and more jobs and helping get people out of poverty into the middle class.
That’s what this whole campaign is about.
The wealthy are doing fine right now. And they’ll do fine, most likely, regardless of who’s elected president. It’s the middle class that’s having a hard time under President Obama. And my campaign is about 100 percent of the American people.
And so that – that’s a – that describes why, you know, what was stated in the tape was not referring to what kind of president I would be or who I would be fighting for. Instead, it was talking about politics and it just didn’t come out the way I meant it.
It’s a softer, gentler Mitt. It’s the man he should have started selling at the Republican National Convention. Romney’s gaining now, but it’s going to take closing the campaign with no mistakes, hoping the President makes another one in the debates, to be able to beat Barack Obama.