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“Romney, At Ease In Spotlight, Champions The Private Sector”

Friday, April 6, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A Des Moinnes Register article on Mitt Romney’s visit to the paper includes this quote:

“Washington is broken. Americans know it. And the reason I am running is to fix Washington and to get America on track so that we can defeat the jihadists, we can be competitive with Asia, we can fix our schools, we can get health care for all our citizens that’s private, market-based health care, we can solve our immigration problems.”

Perhaps the best secondary effect of winning the money primary was the immediate increase in press attention to the specifics of the Romney message.I also suspect the counters at whirling at as well as money begets more money.

As I laid out in the book, Romney is running the campaign using all the tools of a long and very, very successful career at Bain & Company and Bain Capital.  He and his colleagues know how to use a break-out moment, and how to build momentum.  He was setting a furious pace before the first quarter numbers were released.  My guess is that the pace has accelerated both in fund raising and campaigning.

Here’s the link to my interview with Mike Huckabee yesterday, btw.  Governor Huckabee is a fine guy with a great message very similar to Romney’s, but when two messages are basically the same, the one with more resources to spread it usually wins.

Memo to campaign staffs of all major candidates:  If your candidate is in southern California and wants to co-host a three hour show with me, just send me an e-mail and we will set it up.  Standard format of guests and calls, but co-hosting for a day would be sort of an uber-townhall meeting.  Democrats welcome too, of course, though only Dennis K. has yet to appear on the program.  Send me an e-mail at if you are interested. 

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