Bill Kristol: A lot of conservatives wish Romney would announce a plan, any plan, for the country

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Right-wingers are frustrated with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s failure to offer any specific ideas for the direction of the country, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol said Sunday morning.

“A lot of conservatives, but not only conservatives,” are frustrated with the Romney campaign, he said on Sunday’s Fox News Sunday. “I actually don’t even care that much, in a sense, what exact plan Mitt Romney offers in health care or tax reform or energy. A lot of people who hope Mitt Romney wins the presidency in November, which I certainly do, would like to see him stand up say, ‘I have a plan.’”

He added that Romney’s failure to say anything about his plans to fix the economy is particularly disturbing. Simply blaming President Obama for the country’s economic troubles, Kristol said, “makes me nervous.”

Earlier this week, Kristol made headlines for arguing in a Weekly Standard column that Romney’s campaign was  in “autopilot,” following in the footsteps of Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He wrote:

The economy is of course important. But voters want to hear what Romney is going to do about the economy. He can “speak about” how bad the economy is all he wants—though American are already well aware of the economy’s problems—but doesn’t the content of what Romney has to say matter? What is his economic growth agenda? His deficit reform agenda? His health care reform agenda? His tax reform agenda? His replacement for Dodd-Frank? No need for any of that, I suppose the Romney campaign believes. Just need to keep on “speaking about the economy.” 

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Bill Kristol: A lot of conservatives wish Romney would announce a plan, any plan, for the country

Updated