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Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 12:59 p.m.

Criticism for Romney coming from more than just Obama campaign

By Tom Watkins

First, do no harm. With Election Day fast approaching, we can see it will either be four more years of President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney will get his chance to lead the country.

So, it is good news that the Republican nominee has decided to put some meat on the bones on his plans if elected POTUS (President of the United States).

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Criticism is coming not only from the Obama campaign, but also from Republicans and the right-leaning media that Mitt Romney has not shown the American people what he would do if he is elected. Even the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal complains about the lack of specificity from the Romney campaign.

Shaking It Up

‘Etch-a-Sketch’ Romney has shaken himself and his campaign up, hitting the reset button and promising to provide more specifics on his proposals to the nation in the final weeks of the campaign. It is about time!

Clearly the Romney camp is concerned that given the weak economy, they should be walking away with the election — even as it is beginning to slip away.

President Obama leads in the polls and appears to be pulling away in key swing states crucial to a Romney victory. A recent poll conducted for NBC and The Wall Street Journal found Romney trailing Obama in three swing states — Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

Some polls have President Obama up by double digets in the mitten state.

Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie is quoted as saying, “There are a lot of Americans out there who are just starting to lock in and starting to look for more information, and now is the time for us to provide that for them.”

The irony is that just when Romney was pivoting and promising to give the American people more details of what he plans to do as president, a troubling video has surfaced showing him privately telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims,” entitled to extensive government support. Ouch!

This, so called 47 percent of American free-loaders includes military, seniors and people with disabilities.

He continues in the video saying that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people."

Romney’s response when questioned about this “Let them eat cake” comment, conceded his words weren't "elegantly stated" and they were spoken "off the cuff."

Off The Cuff Or Off the Wall?

On cue the Obama campaign has jumped on the video as proof that Romney is out of touch with the average American and would neglect their needs as president. They quickly called the video what it was, "shocking."

Romney said, “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Take that, grandma!

Romney's campaign did not dispute the authenticity of the video or his comments.

I doubt these are the new policies and direction that candidate Romney was promising earlier in the week.

The complaints about Romney have been that he is too vague about what he’d do if he were elected.

Perhaps the candid camera video provided all the specifics Americans need to make an informed decision on Election Day.

Open mouth and insert foot or in a candid moment the real Romney is revealed?

In a few short weeks the American people will make a judgement. Tom Watkins has been a participant/observer of the political landscape for over three decades. He is a former state superintendent of schools and state mental health director for the state of Michigan. He can be reached



Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 12:42 a.m.

Romney will lose because he moved too far to the right. The right thinks he is too far left. This is why we won't ever have another Republican president. Four years from now they'll run someone more vile, more rabid, and more wacky than Gingrich, Palin, Bachman, Perry, Cain. They might as well run Limbaugh! Or a dead rat.

Lena The-Deejay

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 10:21 p.m.

Stop it!


Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.


Atticus F.

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 8:23 p.m.

Mitt Romney believes that African Americans became accepted by god in 1978...

Atticus F.

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 8:01 p.m.

Romney doesn't believe in medical marijuana... Yet he DOES believe in spirit babies, and magical underpants.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

By this argument, all the Jeremiah Wright hatred becomes a more relevant issue. Is that where you want to go?

Unusual Suspect

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 2:13 a.m.

Pure, ugly, typical liberal hate.

Ron Granger

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

Like a dog strapped to a car roof and defecating on itself, this campaign will get increasingly frenzied in a desperate effort to prevail.


Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 6:07 p.m.

first of all polls can be skewed, so I don't lend them weight. Obama has had his share of "sound bites", distribution of wealth was mentioned with Joe the plummer, another audio came out a couple weeks ago and of course the "you didn't build that" comment. There was also that interesting hot mic moment when meeting with the Russians that he "could do more after the election", these are just a few. Obama didn't offer specifics four years ago, and he has remained vague about what he will do if elected. So you say there is critism of Romney not just from the Obama campaign, well there is also critism of Obama, not just coming from the Romney campaign. there are plenty of people who voted for Obama in 08 that will not be voting for him (or at all) this year.

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

Rmoney is his own worst enemy. I'm beginning to think he like the taste of his own shoe because every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it.

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Romney is an excellent example of why the current two-party system works so poorly. Obama is mounting an excellent challenge to Bush's title as worst president in American history. Yet Obama will win handily in November. Politics is corrupt, and the system guarantees incompetent partisans in the White House at a time where real budget and health care reform are necessary to avoid national bankruptcy.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 9:40 p.m.

OK, where's that candidate? I agree with the Democrats on most social issues, but they're soft on crime and personal responsibility. The Republicans are better on those issues, but kind of offensive about social issues when they feel they have a majority. And neither party has a particularly good record on the budget. We've reached a point where both of these parties are so powerful that they only need to listen to their big corporate donors and feel content pillaging our money to satisfy those who invested in them. The math isn't there for a third party right now, but what happens when you have an election without a majority is that in order to do anything, the winning party must make a deal with one of the two losers. So instead of 48% being unhappy, it's more like 30%, and the compromises mean less corruption and the ability to work with other ideas. It won't happen soon, but we certainly need a viable third party.

Atticus F.

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

If everybody had their choice, we would all elect a person who agreed 100% with our own values... Which would leave 10,000 different candidates, because most people are never in 100% agreement with other people. Your best bet, is to pick a candidate who you agree with on most issues.

Atticus F.

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 7:54 p.m.

In a 3 party system, if one person recieves 34% of the votes, then we have 66% of the population feeling like they lost the election. Here's a thought, write in a candidate if you dont want to vote for either party.

greg, too

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

I think a better way to say it is that Obama was ripe for the picking. He has angered a lot of his base, he has failed on some of the core things that led us to vote for him (most notably the environment), and I think is very susceptible to losing in the election. But only if the GOP put out a strong, centrist, non elitist candidate that brought over displeased Dems and indies who really wanted change in Washington. And so they did the exact opposite and brought out the worst possible candidate in an already weak group. And coming out today and stating that there will be no tax cuts if he is elected just ran off more potential votes...


Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 5:10 p.m. is toast...the American people see through this wishy washy anchor baby!