Posted: July 31, 2007 5:19 PM
Romney Blasts Democratic Field
Campaigning in New Hampshire last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney focused criticism on the Democratic field rather than his Republican rivals.
The Associated Press reported that Romney lashed out at the top Democratic contenders, declaring “I’m convinced that America is going to change course and the question is which way it is going to go: Are we going to take a sharp left turn represented by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards, or are we going to march forth with the American values that have always helped us be the strongest nation on Earth. And I believe we’ll do the latter.”
Many times last week the Romney campaign contrasted his stance on key issues like taxes and foreign policy with the positions of the Democratic candidates. The campaign also touted a recent story in The Atlantic that reported on Romney’s focus on the Democrats. In addition, the campaign highlighted the fact that Romney is the subject of much of the Democrats’ attacks, which the campaign said it sees as a sign that of the GOP contenders, Democrats are most threatened by Romney.
The former governor rounded out the week with a two-day swing through Iowa where he again took aim at Democrats. At a stop in Ottumwa on Friday, Romney called the Democratic candidates a group that advocates “Big Brother, big government and big taxes.” On Thursday the campaign announced the endorsements of Iowa Republican Reps. Rich Anderson and Chuck Soderberg. The campaign had more good news from Iowa as the Des Moines Register reported on its Web site that a Research 2000 survey of 600 likely Iowa voters showed Romney leading the GOP pack with 25 percent. David Yepsen, chief political columnist for the Des Moines Register, called Romney’s Iowa efforts one of the best caucus campaigns I’ve ever seen.
Over the weekend, Romney was in Florida where he delivered the keynote address to the Seminole County Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Maitland. Looking ahead, on Tuesday Romney plans to meet with Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling in Richmond, and on Wednesday he heads to New Hampshire.