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Romney Suddenly Doesn’t Want To Talk About His Business Record

Submitted by on August 11, 2012 – 10:15 am7 Comments

Mitt Romney, in case you hadn’t heard, is a business man, and a successful one at that. But you probably had heard, because Romney has only served one term in elected office, so he’s been leaning pretty hard on his private sector qualifications to prove that he is the man who can lead the US out of the recession. But according to an MSNBC interview, Romney may be backing away from that strategy.

NBC’s First Read published the following excerpt of the upcoming interview:

“[O]ur campaign would be– helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon– business or family or taxes or things of that nature.”


“[W]e only talk about issues. And we can talk about the differences between our positions and our opponent’s position.” Romney said of his own campaign: “[O]ur ads haven’t gone after the president personally. … [W]e haven’t dredged up the old stuff that people talked about last time around. We haven’t gone after the personal things.”

I think it’s funny that Mitt Romney tries to lump “family” in with “business” and “taxes.” As far as I’m aware, no one’s been going after Tagg or Malia in campaign ads, and in any case, that is greatly different than demanding Romney release more tax returns.

Romney has highlighted his success in the private sector as a major qualification for being president, all while extolling the virtues of the super wealthy. But this tone may be backfiring, as his campaign has battled uncomfortable questions about just what that private sector work entailed (outsourcing, layoffs), how legally it was conducted, and how responsibly and legally Romney handles his wealth. The most recent polls have consistently shown Romney trailing Barack Obama by a wider margin than before.

The questions have provided plenty of ammunition for Obama supporters. In addition, one liberal Super PAC recently released an ad about Romney’s work at Bain that has been widely condemned as misleading and denounced by the Obama campaign.

What do you think? What topics should be off limits in an election?

[via the Huffington Post]

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