Romney Ascendant: On "Every Town Counts" Tour He Projects Confidence
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June 16, 2012--On the second day of his Every Town Counts bus tour, former Gov. Mitt Romney rallied at Cornwall Iron Furnace in Cornwall (Lebanon County), PA.  The five-day tour took Romney to six states carried by Obama in 2008 (+).  In his speech Romney continued to lambast President Obama's economic performance. 

"Shortly after being elected he [Obama] went on the 'Today' show, and he said look if I can't turn this economy around in three years, I'm looking at a one-term proposition.  He's right.  We're here to collect.  We are not going to let him turn a one-term proposition into an eight-year proposition"

"I want every American that works hard, gets an education and lives right to have a prosperous and bright future for themselves and for their family.  We deserve that in this country.  But let me ask you this.  Do you think that when the president passes along trillions of dollars of debt from my generation to these kids' generation that they're getting a fair shot?"  [Audience: "No!"].

The Romney campaign appears to be hitting its stride.  Meanwhile, President Obama has had a rough June beginning the with flat May unemployment numbers.  On June 5 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) handily survived the recall election; Obama did not campaign with the Democratic nominee Tom Barrett, and indeed only managed a Tweet in support of him.  On June 8 Obama made a remark that the private sector "is doing fine," which Romney and the Republicans quickly seized upon.  A Democracy Corps memo (>) from June 11 warned Democrats that, "We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class."  Although much can change in the remaining months of the campaign, there is a sense that the president could be defeated.
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