Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years.
I really like that new ad. It’s a simple but powerful theme because it gives people permission to not vote for Obama. Ads like that should be an effective counter to the “white guilt” strategy of the Obama campaign. The message is “You’re not a racist, you gave Obama a chance but it just didn’t work out.”
As for the polls, they demonstrate the unintended consequences of highlighting Romney’s wealth. The sentence “Romney made millions as a ruthless vulture capitalist” starts with “Romney made millions.”
People might start thinking why not let Romney use his Midas touch for the whole country? In the words of James Carville, “It’s the economy, stupid!”