An article from the Boston Herald written by Hillary Chabot caught my eye yesterday. It was a little different tone from her when writing about Mitt Romney – less negativity. As soon as I began reading, I suspected the reality of the S&P downgrade had begun to sink in:
August 9, 2011
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s economic leadership yesterday while touting his own business savvy, a campaign strategy that could give him an edge as fears of a double-dip recession leave voters seeking an economic fix-it man — if he can close the deal, political observers told the Herald.
“We used to say to businesses that are in trouble . . . if your balance sheet is not right, then it’s hard to turn around your enterprise, and the same may be said of America as well,” Romney said at a Rotary Club event in Manchester, N.H., harkening back to his time as a venture capitalist.
“Year after year after year, Washington just kicks the can down the road,” he said, adding in a dig at Obama that the credit-rating downgrade over the weekend “punctuates a remarkable lack of leadership in dealing with our nation.”
Romney flaunted his business credentials at several stops in New Hampshire yesterday, citing his long experience in the private sector with Bain & Co. and later as founder of Bain Capital. His backers also cite his experience as Massachusetts governor and leading the 2002 Winter Olympics out of trouble.
Experts said it could be a winning strategy, but he’ll have to sell it.
The article continued with opinions on Romney’s possibilities:
“He’s well known to have economic experience compared to all of the other candidates,” said Washington D.C., Republican consultant Ron Bonjean. “The Republican that can capture the most votes needs to lay out answers to this economic crisis in a credible way. Romney has an excellent opportunity to do that.”
Even Romney naysayer and former avid Palin fan, Bill Kristol (from The Weekly Standard and FOX News contributor) agreed:
“Romney’s business background can be helpful, provided he uses it as a basis for a forward-looking argument for how he’ll foster jobs and growth.”
(emphasis added) Read the rest here.
Here’s a news report from Kathy Jordan/Boston Herald reporting on the event referred to in the article – Mitt speaking to the Rotary Club in Manchester, NH. Jordan says that following the recent economic tumble – Mitt Romney might have ‘the edge’:
“I’ve spent a good part of my career doing something called turnarounds – being involved in something which was in trouble and trying to get it back on track.” ~ Mitt Romney
Time for a turnaround, America!
► Jayde Wyatt