Critics Blast Safe Approach of Romney
A number of prominent conservatives are worrying out loud, that Mitt Romney’s, the Republican presidential candidate, strategy of playing it safe is jeopardizing his opportunity of winning the election. While President Barack Obama continues to ramp up his campaign criticism about the background of Romney, influential conservative Republicans in both the media and business, charge that their candidate’s message on issues is not detailed enough and muddled at the very best.
An editorial on Thursday in the Wall Street Journal said the campaign for Romney is slowly throwing away an historic opportunity. The paper said that Romney’s campaign thinks they can play safe and coast into the White House by just criticizing the economy and that it is just Obama’s fault. What the people want to hear is why the policies of the president are not working and how the former Governor of Massachusetts will make his policies work.
The harsh criticism comes as Romney ends his weeklong New Hampshire vacation, where he has been nearly out of the public eye the entire time. Polls now show that Obama has taken a slight lead over Romney nationally, most importantly in several critical states that are necessary to reach the needed electoral votes to win in November.
Romney has criticized Obama consistently over his handling of the U.S. economy, domestic spending, foreign policy and heath care, but has not offered many specific ways in which he would do things differently. This strategy is similar to one that hopes to be able to make November’s general election a referendum on Obama.
The jobs numbers released by the Labor Department reflected a net gain in jobs of just 80,000 for June, lower than expected. Regardless of how many or how few jobs are added going forward, conservative are saying that Romney must explain his plans in more detail.
Campaign members are saying that Romney has been focused on the country’s economy and that critics might be misguided. Romney’s campaign feels that focusing on lost jobs and the hardships people in the country are going through will help Romney win in November.