Romney campaign surrogates have been on the airwaves pushing their candidate. One problem is his surrogates are sending mixed messages about Romney’s positions. Flip-flopping surrogates do not help when voters are concerned about Romney’s own flip-flopping.
One surrogate may have crossed the line with his rhetoric as Romney tries to improve his likeability numbers. Chief Romney surrogate, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu may have crossed the line Friday in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell when he called the President of the Untied States “lazy.” Lazy is often a derogatory term used by racists to describe African Americans, something that Ms Mitchell understood.
Mitchell gave the Romney surrogate an opportunity to walk back that remark, but he doubled down instead and his smirk gave him away. This attack tarnishes the “good guy” image Romney is trying to paint given his low likeability numbers.
Sununu didn’t do any better in his defense of Romney’s tax package. Fact Checkers have said that Romney lied about his tax plan during the Presidential debate when he said he was not cutting taxes on the rich.
Romney has said in countless speeches for a year and a half that that he was giving everyone a 20% tax cut. In numerous speeches and in the debates during the primary, Romney was specific that his 20% tax cut included the top 1%.
In the debate Wednesday, Romney said he was not cutting taxes on the rich because even though he was reducing their tax rate 20%, because he was offsetting that by eliminating tax deductions. He refused to name a single deduction he would eliminate, however.
NBC’s Mitchell confronted Sununu saying that the Tax Policy Center and Fact Checkers said there were not enough deductions available for elimination to off set the $4.8 trillion tax cut. Sununu got testy and kept repeating the same line without any evidence to support his rant.
Meanwhile another Romney surrogate did not help the presidential candidate with credibility when he admitted that Romney “changed his positions to attract votes.” In other words, he confirmed what many already believe that is Romney has no convictions. He is just an opportunist who will say anything that he thinks the audience in front of him wants to hear.
Mitt Romney campaign surrogate Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) admitted that the GOP presidential candidates was changing his positions and moving towards the middle in order to win over voters. Gingery made the comments during an appearance on CNN’s Starting Point on Friday morning. These remarks were reminiscent of Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom’s claim that Romney would “Etch-A-Sketch” his positions after the GOP primary.
Gingery’s statement was in response to a question about Romney’s recent claim on Fox News that his 47% remarks were “completely wrong.” Right after the 47% tape was made public, Romney showed no remorse. In fact, he doubled down. President Obama did not give him an opening to apologize during the debate so Romney went on Fox the next day to say the comments were completely wrong.
Gingery explained that Romney apologized just to attract votes implying Romney is not sincere.
On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, another Romney surrogate, Newt Gingrich, did the candidate no favor by acknowledging that Romney’s statements during the debate about his tax plan were “not consistent with what he has been saying.” Gingerich said “I think it’s clear he changed.” He went on to describe the change as “good politics.”
During the primary, Gingerich flat out called Romney a liar.
Romney has been widely acclaimed as the winner of the debate, even if many believe Obama forfeited by not showing up. However, there were 27 statements Romney made during the debate that fact checkers have determined to be misleading or downright lies.
Polls show that voters do not trust Romney because of his 28 year track record of flip-flopping on issues. As the truth about the whoppers he told during the debate gets out, this mistrust will only increase. Mitt is in a box. In the next debate he won’t be able to flip-flop over what he said last week if he is confronted on his veracity.
Meanwhile, his surrogates are not doing him any favors, but they may be doing the voters a big favor.
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