If Mitt Romney does end up losing, there will be plenty of explanations available, including the simple fact that economic conditions this year have been more conducive to President Obama’s reelection than many people realize.
But high on the list will also be the fact that, besides reciting various gloomy statistics about unemployment and the federal deficit over and over again, Romney was left with almost nothing to say. His party, and the way it chose to react to Obama’s election four years ago, is the main reason for this – and no issue better illustrates this than healthcare.
Romney was asked in an interview by NBC’s Ron Allen yesterday about his perceived inability to empathize with struggling middle class Americans. There are serious problems for the GOP nominee on this front. A poll in Ohio shows that just 38 percent of voters there say he cares about their needs and problems; for Obama, the number is 57 percent. And 58 percent say Romney’s policies as president would favor the rich; the number is only 8 percent for Obama. Given a chance a chance to reassure these voters, Romney told Allen:
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