Marco Rubio: Mitt Romney’s campaign has done ‘a fantastic job’

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Late Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial page posted a sharp critique of the way GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is handling his presidential campaign. The lambasting more than echoed skeptical Tweets from the paper’s owner, Rupert Murdoch.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

It just so happens that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoken of in many quarters as a potential running mate for Romney, was in Gwinnett County this afternoon. (Take a look at the above photo – is that a vehicle for a man who wants to be vice president? He even had roadies.)

Rubio was in town – at Books-A-Million at Discover Mills (very close to Ralph Reed’s office, actually) – to push his new memoir, “An American Son.” So he was in no mood to give a sharp elbow to the man who will leave Tampa next month as the Republican nominee for president. Said Rubio:

”I haven’t heard what Mr. Murdoch said, and I’ve made it a policy not to comment on what other people say, other than to tell you that if you look at Governor Romney and the campaign that he’s run, they’ve done a fantastic job. He has weathered the storm of a pretty interesting primary cycle. He’s run for president – this is his second time. I think he learned many lessons in the first campaign.

“Look at where we are in terms of the polls. Many Americans aren’t even focused on the race yet. But the ones that are, are pretty clear – that they’re not better off than they were four years ago.”

As for what Rubio hadn’t read or seen or heard, here’s the top of the Wall Street Journal editorial – though it’s worth reading in full:

If Mitt Romney loses his run for the White House, a turning point will have been his decision Monday to absolve President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class. He is managing to turn the only possible silver lining in Chief Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare salvage operation—that the mandate to buy insurance or pay a penalty is really a tax—into a second political defeat.

Appearing on MSNBC, close Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was asked by host Chuck Todd if Mr. Romney “agrees with the president” and “believes that you shouldn’t call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine?”

“That’s correct,” Mr. Fehrnstrom replied, before attempting some hapless spin suggesting that Mr. Obama must be “held accountable” for his own “contradictory” statements on whether it is a penalty or tax. Predictably, the Obama campaign and the media blew past Mr. Fehrnstrom’s point, jumped on the tax-policy concession, and declared the health-care tax debate closed.

For conservative optimists who think Mr. Fehrnstrom misspoke or is merely dense, his tax absolution gift to Mr. Obama was confirmed by campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, who tried the same lame jujitsu spin. In any event, Mr. Fehrnstrom is part of the Boston coterie who are closest to Mr. Romney, and he wouldn’t say such a thing without the candidate’s approval.

In a stroke, the Romney campaign contradicted Republicans throughout the country who had used the Chief Justice’s opinion to declare accurately that Mr. Obama had raised taxes on the middle class. Three-quarters of those who will pay the mandate tax will make less than $120,000 a year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Romney high command has muddied the tax issue in a way that will help Mr. Obama’s claims that he is merely taxing rich folks like Mr. Romney. And it has made it that much harder for Republicans to again turn ObamaCare into the winning issue it was in 2010.

Why make such an unforced error? Because it fits with Mr. Romney’s fear of being labeled a flip-flopper, as if that is worse than confusing voters about the tax and health-care issues. Mr. Romney favored the individual mandate as part of his reform in Massachusetts, and as we’ve said from the beginning of his candidacy his failure to admit that mistake makes him less able to carry the anti-ObamaCare case to voters.

Mr. Romney should use the Supreme Court opinion as an opening to say that now that the mandate is defined as a tax for the purposes of the law, he will work to repeal it. This would let Mr. Romney show voters that Mr. Obama’s spending ambitions are so vast that they can’t be financed solely by the wealthy but will inevitably hit the middle class.

Democrats would point to the Massachusetts record, but Mr. Romney could reply that was before the Supreme Court had spoken, that he had promised Bay Staters not to raise taxes, and so now the right policy is to repeal the tax along with the rest of ObamaCare. The tragedy is that for the sake of not abandoning his faulty health-care legacy in Massachusetts, Mr. Romney is jeopardizing his chance at becoming President.

Perhaps Mr. Romney is slowly figuring this out, because in a July 4 interview he stated himself that the penalty now is a “tax” after all. But he offered no elaboration, and so the campaign looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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72 comments Add your comment

Debbie Dooley

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Rubio – what a tool – the civilized world heard about Murdoch’s comments on Romney and Rubio claims he has not heard them? This is an example of how he would lie to the American people!

the cat

July 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Rubio’s parents were illegal immigrants in the US when he was born. He is not eligible for the VP and should be thrown out of the Senate.

Shar

July 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

Let’s not expand the ‘birther’ foolishness. Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida and is therefore an American citizen regardless of the immigration status of his parents.

I wouldn’t support him politically, but he is certainly legally qualified to serve if enough people disagree with me and vote for him.

Marlboro Man

July 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

How’s the book sales going ?

Road Scholar

July 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

Romney’s campaign has done a fantastic job. Yeah, how did he get this far w/o defining HIS stand on transportation, education, immigration, the economy, and healthcare. He can do IT better; depends on what IT is!!!! Maybe he’ll have something once the convention decides what HIS platform is and what HE should be saying. Boring and spineless in one package!

md

July 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

Well…..the difference between MA and the ACA……the majority of the folks in MA were in favor of their bill (no surprise in a blue state), while the majority of the country was no in favor of the aca. Romney had the right idea….allow each state to do as they see fit. Obama….not so much.

Auntie Christ

July 5th, 2012
4:11 pm

“so the campaign looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.”

A campaign staff will appear that way when you have a candidate whose position on Tuesday is not the one he espoused on Monday, which is not he one he espoused on Sunday, which is not the one he espoused …..Well, you get the idea. Check out mittromneyflipflops.com for some great reading. It makes you wonder how anyone can say “this is mr romney’s position…” with a straight face. I think it would only be fair to have the Presidential ballot read like this in November:

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
Barrack Obama

That way we will be able to vote for the right wing romney or the left wing romney or Barrack Obama.

zebra

July 5th, 2012
4:14 pm

So, wait a minute. Are you saying a guy sucking up to be Vice President actually said the campaign was doing a great job? That is shocking indeed.

In other news, water can make you wet.

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
4:15 pm

Liberals like Galloway try to equate what a Romney staffer said, as if Romney said it himself. Ignored here is that Romney corrected the statement. (Then, of course, liberals accused him of flip-flopping).

Another staffer used the “etch-a-sketch” metaphor describing the changing the focus from Gingrich/Santorum right wing defense to Obama left wing general election attacks. Liberals jumped on that attempting to make it a major issue which didn’t work, either.

td

July 5th, 2012
4:15 pm

Road Scholar

July 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

He did it the same way Obama did it four years ago. Very discipline to stay on message and to stay off any show that might ask him the hard questions. His message is the same one Clinton used to beat GHWB, “its the economy stupid”. Clinton made the election on a referendum about the Bush economy and Romney is doing the same thing.

This election is a referendum on Obama. If the voters think he has done a good job then he will get re elected and if they do not then he is out. The only other question would be if Romney is qualified to be President and Bill Clinton, Harold Ford and Booker have answered that question as a yes so now this election is all about Obama.

Aquagirl

July 5th, 2012
4:21 pm

Rubio’s parents were illegal immigrants in the US when he was born. He is not eligible for the VP and should be thrown out of the Senate.

Shar is correct….He’s a perfectly legal anchor baby, and a rising star in a party where repeal of the 14th Amendment is a serious topic. So he’s legal, as long as Republicans don’t get their way.

Why he’s a member of a party that uses guys like him as a whipping boy is the real mystery…I chalk it up to Log Cabin Syndrome.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

89% of southern Republicans believe Mitt Romney is the worst Republican nominee since Abraham Lincoln according to a poll just released.

td

July 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

A little off topic but the Romney campaign just announced that they raised $100 million for the month of June and mostly from new donors (A record) and this amount does not count what the Supers raised.

One might wonder if this has to have anything to do with the job approval of Obama and the Obamacare decision.

td

July 5th, 2012
4:33 pm

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

89% of southern Republicans believe Mitt Romney is the worst Republican nominee since Abraham Lincoln according to a poll just released.

And 88% will still go to the polls enthusiastically and cast their ballot for Romney to boot Obama out of office. We will then hold his feet to the fire.

Auntie Christ

July 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

The ‘center’ of the right wing posted: Liberals like Galloway try to equate what a Romney staffer said, as if Romney said it himself.

There you have it folks, right from mitt’s greatest admirer, romney is such a poor communicator, his own staff doesn’t know what his position is. I hope and pray if romney is elected President, he does a better job, else we’ll be bombing S Korea instead of N Korea, the poor Iraquis will undergo a second wave of shock and awe because the generals won’t know whether he’s declared war with Iraq or Iran. The DEA will be seeking out drug cartels in the District of Columbia or Columbia, Ohio instead of the country of Columbia. Vote for romney at your own risk.

No More Republican

July 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

Romney is awful he flip floping so much the republicans are scare to campaign for him.
Romney outsourve jobs to India and china. Romney health care same as Obama mandate tax.
Romney going to lose by landslide.

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

Romney upsetting Obama is a longer shot at this point than Clinton upsetting Bush. The difference may be the liberal media backing the Democrat in both cases.

AJC liberal editors/reporters/columnists/bloggers unfettered bias and jobs are safe, but for a good laugh: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/bias-concerns-we-know-1462980.html

sharon

July 5th, 2012
4:43 pm

If anyone wants to know why Romney can NOT connect to others…look no further than his Mormon background. Check out the Black Hawk Wars-conducted by the Mormans. Then continued in 1997 to 2000 with the forced removal of 12,000 Dineh’(Navajo) elders,women and children. Video avail called,” Broken Rainbow” showed to the UN world leaders in 2000. When you kill,starve, force remove thousands of people ,all for greed……Peabody Company(British) ……how or why would he be able to connect with people. He may need to squash them….you know for more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$………that is the church he belongs to . yep, go figure.
Flip flop?????? sure. Tell the truth??????? no way.

td

July 5th, 2012
4:47 pm

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

If Romney does not upset Obama then it will be the first time in modern American history that the candidate that raised the most money did not win. If Romney wins Florida and Ohio or Penn then I think he wins. He has given away NC and probably VA with his gay marriage support and AZ with his actions last week telling AZ not to call if they catch an illegal.

WOW

July 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

TD:

You are correct that if Romney wins FLA, PENN, and OH then he wins. The problem with you constantly bringing it up is there is no evidence to suggest it will happen. The polls in OH are breaking more for the President and not in the other way. And there is no way Romney wins FLA becasue he will be lucky to get 20% of the hispanic vote. Those SUPER PACS can spend all the money the want. The fact is they are a few individuals who can only vote once, just like the rest of us.

Auntie Christ

July 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

centrist said, well. yawn, never mind, its what he said in every other post today, and yesterday, and the day before and the day before…. yawn.

td in another post today claimed their complaints about Galloway are analogous to a restaurant patron complaining about a bad meal, another one of td’s brain dead comparisons. I say that because, a restaurant patron would not go back to the same restaurant day after day after day just to whine about what’s on the menu. Anyone with any sense would patronize some place else.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

Is that Sarah Palin’s old bus?

td

July 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

WOW

July 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

I said Penn or Ohio. If Romney does not win Florida then the election is over and Obama is re elected. I think you are wrong about Florida but we shall see.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Real Clear Politics has Romney up in 2 out of 12 swing states.

Darn that liberal media!!!!

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

td – President Obama squeaked wins in North Carolina (0.32%), Indiana (1.04%), Florida (2.82%) where he is not likely to win this year. Ohio (4.59%) is currently about evenly split, Virginia (6.29%) is still in Obama’s column and is home to lots of federal employees beholden to big government. Romney would have to take them both along with Colorado (8.95%) still polling in Obama’s favor.

Greater longshots where Obama won with landslide margins – extremely hard to reverse with incumbency: Iowa, (9.53%), New Hampshire (9.61%), Pennsylvania (10.31%), Nevada (12.49%), Wisconsin (13.90%), Oregon (16.35%), and Michigan (16.47%).

Money will likely turn out to be about equal for both sides, but free media and Hollywood for Obama, half the electorate no longer paying income taxes, government and union workers been rewarded, and selected big businesses like Government Motors being bailed out will be extremely hard to overcome.

The good news is that Democrats will not control the House, or have a filibuster proof Senate; so the socialistic legislation has come to an end. Status quo is better than nothing – Obamacare will not be repealed, but possibly modified.

td

July 5th, 2012
5:15 pm

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Real Clear Politics has Romney up in 2 out of 12 swing states.

Darn that liberal media!!!!

And how many of those 12 states is Obama over 50%?

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

“so the socialistic legislation has come to an end.”

Are you saying there will be no chance at another Republican lead socialist Medicare Part C&D being passed?

zeke

July 5th, 2012
5:39 pm

romney makes kerry look immutable; romney will lead charge to outsource more jobs for the 1% on wall st. he has no plans worth diddly. maybe this is referendum on obama, but obama will make mincemeat out of mitt unless he gets a spine.

buzzkill

July 5th, 2012
5:42 pm

Mitt(Kama Sutra)Romney’s many positions might win him New Delhi. Ooooo, Mitt… who knew underneath that wooden exterior boiled a man dying to be unzipped.

td

July 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

CO- Obama 47- Romney 44 Obama by 3% ( 9 Electoral votes)
FL- Obama 46- Romney 45 Obama by 1% ( 29 Ele. votes)
IA- Obama 46 – Romney 44 Obama by 2% (6 Ele Votes)
MI- Obama 46 – Romney 45 Obama by 1% (16 Ele votes)
MO- Obama 43- Romney 46 Romney by 3% (10 Ele. votes)
NV – Obama 49- Romney 44 Obama by 5% (6 Ele Votes)
NH- Obama 48- Romney 43 Obama by 5% (4 Ele Votes)
NC- Obama 45 – Romney 47 Romney by 2% (15 Ele votes)
OH- Obama 46 – Romney 44 Obama by 2% ( 18 Ele votes)
VA- Obama 47 – Romney 45 Obama by 2% ( 13 Ele Votes)
WI- Obama 47 – Romney 44 Obama by 3% ( 10 Ele votes)

Right now these are the states in play Obama has 221 electoral votes and Romney has 171 in states that are more then 8 point leads.

Romney needs 99 more electoral votes to win out of the above states. If we all agree that he must win Fl and OH then that is 47 of the votes leaving Romney needing 52 votes. Take the two states he is ahead in MO 10 and NC 15 and that leaves him needing 27 votes to become President.

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

McCain won MO, so Romney needs to hold it (and likely will). Even if Romney flips NC, IN, FL and OH, he still needs VA, and CO or other bigger longshot combinations.

A lot can/will happen between now and November, but incumbents can control some of it better than challengers. The media loves to launch October surprises against Republicans to put them on the defensive, and with little time to rebut.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

Romney needs 99 more electoral votes to win out of the above states. If we all agree that he must win Fl and OH then that is 47 of the votes leaving Romney needing 52 votes. Take the two states he is ahead in MO 10 and NC 15 and that leaves him needing 27 votes to become President.

LOL td! Even you prove its not looking good for Romney! Thanks for the honesty.

td

July 5th, 2012
6:00 pm

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

The two states that are interesting to me are WI and MI. WI because of the recall election and now that they lost the Dems will not be as motivated to get out and vote for the person that did not come to the state to help their efforts. MI because it is where Romney’s dad was Gov.

I know where you are coming from and it is going to be hard for Romney but I do not consider it a long shot.

hiram

July 5th, 2012
6:27 pm

td,
You shouldn’t be counting your chickens before the eggs hatch – all of your numbers are likely to change as Romney’s off shore tax dodges recieve more exposure – this is just the beginning. His draft dodging in France, the crazy religious cult he belongs to, and on and on. No amount of money is going to offset the amount of baggage that this guy has. He is a gift to the Democrats.

td, Did you really found the “Rush Listening Club” at Kennesaw Junior College? A monumental accomplishment, by anyone’s standards – your parents must be really proud…

“Investigation: Mitt Romney’s Offshore Accounts, Tax Loopholes, and Mysterious I.R.A.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-offshore-accounts

Kris

July 5th, 2012
7:04 pm

Where is the GA immigration police….Probably at the same doughnut shop as the Ethics cops….

Vote these GOP clowns out. Better still Don’t vote for them

OBAMA 2012

zeke

July 5th, 2012
7:23 pm

no they are probably waiting in line to get their drivers license which now takes several hours in wait time….thanks gop

Jimbo

July 5th, 2012
7:42 pm

So, as a Southern Conservative, my choice is Barry O. or Flippin’ Mitt Romney? I’m sitting this one out as the nation moves further left no matter what happens. Damn Bush’s last two years of office and his choice of Dick Cheney as VP in the second term.

kris

July 5th, 2012
7:48 pm

Good one zeke…

Jimbo..Wonder if we can send Flip flip ma by flop hunting with Cheney after all he’s got heart.

Pizzaman

July 5th, 2012
8:22 pm

If current Republican immigration policy was in affect when Rubio’s parents landed, they would have been immediately deported back to Cuba.

yellowdog

July 5th, 2012
8:40 pm

y’all are so far right that gengis khan looks like a centrist!

Mister.Earl

July 5th, 2012
10:51 pm

All Hat. No Cattle.

Mitt Romney is Sarah Palin in pants.

Where is the substance of his ideas on jobs, health care and the economy? So far, all Romney has done is fill the air with vapid generalities penned by his handlers. He has no position that he has outlined that feels authentic or honest. Not one.

Where is the beef?

Big Hat

July 5th, 2012
11:18 pm

Which one of Mitt’s wives will be First Lady?

parisofthesouth

July 5th, 2012
11:24 pm

It is embarrassing to our society that we live in a world where fat and lazy folks on a blog seem to think they are relevant. You would never have the energy, gumption or ability to make the minimal impact on yourself or any aspect of what truly makes a difference. President Obama, who is a very intelligent individual, who has changed our society for all the right reasons but is just too real world inadequate and will lose. Governor Romney will win overwhelmingly and will be one of greatest Presidents ever. Mark this email. Happy 4th.

Big Hat

July 5th, 2012
11:25 pm

Miami, Florida??? Is that an American city? Have you been there in the last 30 years? It’s a subsidiary of the Columbian drug cartels as administered by the Cuban Mafia. The US of A stops 50 miles south of Orlando.

Rick

July 5th, 2012
11:39 pm

Enter your comments here

He’s a very sexy guy. What’s his position on gay marriage?

Attack Dog

July 6th, 2012
5:53 am

The right-wing says that Team Willard is “confused in addition to being politically dumb,” then Rubio says they have done a fantastic job. The right-wing can say the same for Rubio.

Tiberius

July 6th, 2012
6:44 am

I was going to jump in and provide intelligent commentary and debunk the inaccuracies posted about Romney’s campaign, record, and religion, but quickly realized that no amount of truth or facts would dissuade the grossly ignorant posters living under their DNC-generated mushrooms.

Stay ignorant, my friends!

honested

July 6th, 2012
7:42 am

Who am I to complain if Sen. rubio wants to waste time in his one and only Senate term ’signing books’.

Put him on the ticket because second place on the second place ticket allows his brand of big hat ‘conserrrrrrrrvatism’ to fade quickly into oblivion.

hiram

July 6th, 2012
7:44 am

hiram

July 6th, 2012
7:46 am

tiberus,
How do you debunk facts with intelligent commentary?