While Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney scored a resounding victory in the Illinois primary Tuesday, heavyweight conservative commentator William Kristol was unmoved by his comments afterward.
“Watching Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois didn't reassure me about his chances against President Obama,” Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard
, wrote in a blog on its web site.
“Romney's remarks consisted basically of the claim that the business of America is business, that he's a businessman who understands business, and that we need ‘economic freedom’ not for the sake of freedom but to allow business to fuel the economy.”
Romney devoted most of his remarks to criticizing President Barack Obama. He also discussed his father’s work in the auto industry – George Romney was president of American Motors — and said that he learned through his own business experience how to create jobs.
Assuming Romney wins the nomination, which still isn’t a sure thing, he will have plenty of time to hone his message for the general election, Kristol acknowledges. “But if he sticks with this core message, we'd better hope Republicans and independents are really determined to get rid of Barack Obama.”
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