Mitt Romney

Will the Auto Bailout Factor in Michigan?

In endorsing Mitt Romney for President, the editorial board of the Detroit News argues that, at least for now, it does not:

We disagree with Romney on a point vital to Michigan — his opposition to the bailout of the domestic automobile industry. Romney advocated for a more traditional bankruptcy process, while we believe the bridge …

Mitt Romney’s Best Friend: Low Expectations

The current narrative of the presidential campaign revolves around Mitt Romney’s embarrassing weakness, and the question of what panicked GOP elders will do if Rick Santorum, whose electability they question, appears headed for …

In Michigan, Romney Gets a Bailout Reprieve

On Sunday, the New York Times explained the basics of Mitt Romney’s opposition to the Obama Administration’s bailout of General Motors and Chrysler and what Romney would have done differently (plus the White House’s retort that Romney’s alternative — finding an infusion of private capital — was unrealistic). What the Times story …

Three Pieces of Advice Mitt Romney Should Ignore

I’ve always thought that one of the most annoying aspects of running for President must involve the amount of unsolicited advice you get. Everyone thinks they’re a political genius who sees the obvious angle no one else “gets.”

How Romney Can Fix Himself

Mike Murphy, who advised Mitt back in his Massachusetts days, offers some counsel in the pages of TIME:

He should drop the biography-based message. Nobody wants a well-intentioned accountant in charge when the house is on fire. For the first time in his professional life, Romney needs to stop thinking and calculating and get stupid. The …

Mitt Romney Took Advantage of Government Subsidies at Bain

Mitt Romney’s making an interesting play in the firewall contest in Michigan, finessing his stand that the car companies would have been better off without President Barack Obama’s bailout to keep them afloat. He’s also made much of the dangers of government “picking winners and losers” when they give subsidies to companies. But the …

Mitt Romney’s Sweet Spot: Just Conservative Enough

Why is Mitt Romney having trouble winning over the conservative Republican base? One reason is his lack of political finesse, an air of dorky rich-guy aloofness that reminds some people of John Kerry. More important, however, is his ideological profile. In almost every important way, Romney’s policy platform is more moderate than those …

Rick Santorum’s Unlucky Timing

The morning after his three-state sweep of Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Rick Santorum is finally getting a bit of credit. But for a guy who’s now won more nominating contests than any other Republican presidential candidate (if you charitably count Missouri’s meaningless pageant), Santorum stands to reap few rewards for his …

Was Tuesday Night Really So Terrible for Mitt Romney?

I’m wondering if Tuesday night’s results in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri really were so atrocious for Mitt Romney. As Alex Altman noted last night, there’s one obvious upside: Rick Santorum’s big night complicates the anti-Mitt movement, ensuring that conservative opposition to Romney remains divided. Tuesday night’s results might …

What Will Mitt Romney Talk About if the Economy Gets Better?

For the better part of two years, Mitt Romney has been relentless. “Four years ago, candidate Obama came to Nevada, promising to help,” he said in his victory speech after the Nevada caucuses on Saturday night. “Today, Nevada unemployment is over 12%, home values have plummeted, and Nevada’s foreclosure rate is the highest in the nation …

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