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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Kevin Madden
As House Republicans head to Williamsburg, Va., to talk strategy at their annual retreat, a top Democratic pollster warned Wednesday that voters think the GOP has fallen outside the mainstream on everything from taxes to gay rights.
With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney holed up in preparation for Monday night's third and final presidential debate, the two campaigns' top surrogates and advisers butted heads Sunday over Big Bird, Mr. Romney's "binders full of women" comment and a new word being used by the president on the campaign stump: "Romnesia."
Carrying a post-convention glow from his coronation as the Republican Party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney plans to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook from the 1980 presidential campaign by urging voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
An Obama campaign adviser on Sunday said she will not apologize to Republican rival Mitt Romney for suggesting he might be a felon.
"Akin was a distraction in the sense that the national press was focused on that controversy while we were looking to methodically drive an economic message in the closing days," Mr. Madden said.
"We know this is the Democrats' playbook and we know that the media will play along with it," said Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist who worked on Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. "It's important that Republican candidates don't allow their races to become some proxy fight over something another candidate said in some other state or district. Draw the distinction between their views and your own."