Buffeted by attacks from both the left and right, Mitt Romney’s campaign on Monday said it will get more specific and reveal more details of what the Republican candidate would do if he wins November’s presidential election.
But Romney aides did not call the new plan a change of direction, just saying that it came as a “natural progression” following the party’s national convention that focused on the candidate’s personal side.
Voters are ready for that change, Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said in a conference call with reporters.
“We know they know he has a plan, which is a good thing, but we also know they would like to know a little bit more about the specifics, and we're going to meet the demand," Gillespie said.
The move comes after mounting criticism of Romney’s campaign which Fox News contributor Pat Caddell slammed as “the worst in my lifetime.” Polls have increasingly shown that President Barack Obama is holding on to his lead, and increasing it in some cases.
It also comes just hours after it was revealed that internal divisions in the campaign led to Romney and strategist Stuart Stevens tearing up his all-important acceptance speech just eight days before it was due to be given and bringing in new speechwriters — whose address they also rejected.
The first opportunity to show the new direction was in a speech that the GOP was increasingly touting as “major” to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, The Hill reported.
Gillespie said the campaign believes that the voting public is now “looking forward to hearing how we can turn the economy around.”
Among the proposals that Romney is expected to detail in the coming days are plans for America to reach energy independence by 2020, limiting spending on certain government programs to the rate of inflation and linking federal pay to that in the private sector.
But when asked whether the campaign would outline plans to close tax loopholes, Gillespie changed the subject, The Hill reported.
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