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No home run needed for Romney, Florida strategist says



Hours from now, Mitt Romney will give the biggest political speech of his years-long quest for the White House. He'll attempt to introduce Americans to a broader profile of himself, and get some help of former business associates, fellow Mormons and some Olympians.

"This is Mitt Romney’s first major, unfiltered national address where the people are paying attention," said Florida Republicans strategist Rick Wilson. "They will make a judgment tonight of 'Is this the guy I want to see in my living room on TV for the next four years? Is this a guy who I feel his heart and his philosophy are in the right place?' This doesn’t have to be a grand slam, home run, over the top, over the moon, Greek columns, hope and change speech. This has to be something where Mitt Romney shows America he’s not the caricature of the evil vampire capitalist, Bain corporate raider that the Obama have been trying to show.

"There was a long time when the campaign was viewed through  the lens that this is a referendum on the Obama economic record only. That referendum was fought, and Obama lost it, but that wasn’t enough to close the whole deal. Mitt Romney still has to offer an affirmative solution to the problems the country faces in the form of his personality, his demeanor and his character."

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:29pm]


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