Democrats Seek to Paint Romney As Man of the ‘50s

Friday, 13 Apr 2012 10:30 AM

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Democrats are attempting to portray presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a throwback to the 1950s, as the general election phase of the presidential race begins to heat up. But the move could backfire, Politico reports.

First, name-calling generally doesn’t do much to advance a campaign for the long run. And second, many Americans would love to return to the more innocent and carefree days of the '50s.

President Barack Obama himself is trying to present Romney as a man of the past, opining in an email to donors Thursday that the former Massachusetts governor would return to “a social agenda from the 1950s” if he’s elected.

Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod even has said Romney “must watch ‘Mad Men’ and think it’s the evening news,” referring to the TV show set in the early 1960s.

But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan undercut the attack this week, pointing out the strength of Romney’s style. “He reminds me of a lot of people I grew up with, a lot of people I know, who have that Midwest earnestness,” the Wisconsin congressman said. “He’s kind of a throwback to the ’50s.”

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