Conservatives worry about state strategy for Romney

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As for TV advertising, Florida’s Mr. Curry says it appears about even between the Obama and Romney forces, but anecdotal evidence shows Democrats with a slight edge.

Other instances of perceived self-inflicted wounds from the Romney team causing concern in party circles are the lingering controversy over Mr. Romney’s tax records and the campaign’s confused and contradictory response to the Supreme Court decision last month that upheld the central provision of Mr. Obama’s health care law as a tax.

Mr. Curry said the one and only way “to win this election is by communicating with the electorate what our deeply held beliefs are — what our vision for America’s future is.”

A number of well-placed Republicans have privately expressed doubts about how convincingly Mr. Romney can convey his vision of a 59-point plan to revive the economy. Some of his stalwarts privately wonder whether his stump performances aren’t betraying a bit of the stiffness and inauthenticity for which fellow Republicans publicly criticized him during the primaries.

But the election remains months away, and some GOP operatives note that since Mr. Romney triumphed decisively in the Republican primaries over a string of better-spoken nomination rivals, he must have been doing something right.

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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