Just before Mitt Romney's speech in Manchester Tuesday night, Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire campaign adviser Jim Merrill told WBZ-TV that the campaign’s strategy to win in New Hampshire is to “begin a campaign anew up here.”
We can understand why Romney would want to run from his record and the series of increasingly ou-of-touch and out-of-the mainstream positions he took during the Republican primary fight. But there’s a problem with that strategy: Granite Staters aren't going to forget the troubling economic proposals and out of touch policies Mitt Romney staked out during the New Hampshire primary and in subsequent primary contests across the country.
You can watch the video up top, but when asked about the Romney campaign’s lag in a recent WMUR/UNH poll, Jim Merrill told WBZ-TV:
“there's plenty of time to get our message out and begin a campaign anew up here.”
He also told the Union Leader that this week’s speech was a “pivot point” in the campaign.
Here's the reality for Granite Staters: Mitt Romney's economic scheme is familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy; fewer rules for Wall Street--the same formula that benefited a few, but crashed our economy and punished the middle class.
Romney plunged Massachusetts’ economy to 47th out of 50 in job creation, said he’d repeal Wall Street reform, vowed to end Medicare as we know it and promised to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood.
His record is etched in Granite. Any plan to court voters by beginning "anew" isn't going to work.