Wash Post to Romney: Five Things You Must Do Now

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 10:47 AM

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney must adapt quickly to his new status as the virtual nominee by addressing key issues including his healthcare problem and his Mormon faith. The Washington Post’s political blog The Fix boiled Romney’s to-do list down to five items.

Top of the list is that Romney should do interviews with national media outlets, according to the Post. “Romney needs a big megaphone to make sure general election voters who don’t know anything about him get a positive first introduction. And only the national media can provide that megaphone and serve as a sort of validator for him.”

Second: Romney’s wife, Ann, should also be front and center and make the case that “her husband knows and cares about the issues that matter to women.”

Third, according to the Post: Romney needs to find ways to talk about Mormonism because it has been such an integral part of his life.

“For a candidate who must find ways to make people believe that he a) is something more than a robotic businessman focused on the bottom line and b) possesses some level of empathy for them, talking about how his faith has informed and enriched his life is worth the gamble,” the Post wrote.

Fourth: Because of the Romneycare connection to Obamacare, Romney must come up with a “short/pithy retort” to the attacks that his legislation as governor of Massachusetts is the father of Obama healthcare law. If he can do this, a key Obama attack issue could be blunted.

Finally, the Post noted that Romney must “find somewhere to break with conservatives.”

“Romney will not lose this election because the base isn’t excited about him. … He will lose the election because voters in the political center viewed him as too much a creature of the ideological right for them to vote for,” The Fix wrote.


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