Monday, September 10, 2012
Romney's losing his argument.
OK, so that whole "are you better off than you were four years ago?" thing turned out to be as powerful as a library card against tanks, but yesterday Romney admitted that whether or not a change in fortunes is to Obama's credit, changes in fortunes are bound to occur:
"There has never been a recession that went on forever. There has never been a depression that went on forever," Romney told WVEC News. "A recession occurs, the economy goes down, and then comes after recession, the recovery. That's happened since the beginning of time. The president wants to say, well, he stopped the recession from going further. Well, frankly, the recession came to an end and we are waiting for the president to get us to where he said he'd get us, which is 5.4 percent unemployment. And he hasn't been able to do it because of the policies he's put in place."
So basically Romney has negated the question his campaign was asking two weeks ago, and tried to reframe their ill-considered point. Given what Romney did yesterday with pre-existing conditions, one can only wonder how steady the hand on the tiller is.
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