“I think the only fair criticism of their strategy is that in June and July when they had little money they perhaps allowed the Obama campaign to paint a negative picture of his business career for too long,” said Steve Duprey, who advised Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008.
“That said, he really didn’t have the resources at that time, and the bet that they could undo that negative through either the convention or the debate ultimately turned out to be true,” he added.
Mr. Romney’s message broke through in his first debate showdown with Mr. Obama, breathing new life into the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign.
Back on his feet, Mr. Romney has since stressed personal stories that were nowhere to be found earlier in his candidacy, and made the pitch that he can be the bipartisan agent of change that Mr. Obama had promised four years ago.
“For me to get the things done,” Mr. Romney said at a campaign event here, “I’m going to have to reach across the aisle and meet with good Democrats who love America just like you love America.”
Perhaps most important, has been the reaction. Whereas months ago in the primary, the crowds may have responded to the calls for bipartisanship with boos, the thousands here — following in the footsteps of the thousands of others who have heard him say the same thing at recent campaign events in Iowa, Florida, and Ohio — greeted the remarks with loud cheers and applause.
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