Romney Advisors At Odds Over Messaging On Libya
Campaign manager Stuart Stevens wants to stick to the economy, but others aren’t so sure.
The campaign’s internal polls of key states show a broad hardening of support for Obama and softening support for Romney. And the campaign expects forthcoming public polls from Ohio, Virginia and Nevada will be terrible for Romney.
A top adviser said: “The only thing that would make the foreign policy failures and the intelligence failures – and the fundamental failure of their whole approach to the Middle East — a front and center issue is if Romney pivoted his campaign and decided to go right at that, essentially to run a Ronald Reagan ‘Jimmy Carter is losing the Cold War competition to the Soviet Union’ kind of campaign.”
But Stevens and other top officials at Romney headquarters in Boston have rejected that approach for now. “They’ll tell you that you’ve got to focus people on the fact that their economic prospects are not very good and all that,” the top adviser said. “Well, Romney’s been trying to do that now since he clinched the nomination at the end of April — and he’s failed. The president is better at deflecting attention from the bad news than Romney is at driving home the impact of the bad news on individual voters.”