Some GOP senators are worried that Romney has yet to give voters a clear vision of what to expect if he is to become president.Boston responde a las críticas diciendo que no deben ofrecer más detalles de sus planes, en especial de los planes fiscales, porque eso sería darle a Obama más munición para atacar y permitiría a la prensa convertir la campaña en un juicio a los planes de Romney. Y recuerda que ya en las primarias, y antes, recibían críticas por su estrategia de comunicación.
Another GOP lawmaker said the aura Romney’s advisers are trying to create around the candidate has muddled the most compelling rationale for his candidacy: he is a no-nonsense problem-solver who can turn the economy around.
“My advice is don’t try to turn him into something he’s not,” said the senator. You’re never going to turn him into a teddy bear.
“He needs to say if you elect me, this is what you’re going to get, someone who’s going to bring common sense to the White House,” he said.
Lawmakers spoke to The Hill about Romney’s campaign on background to avoid publicly criticizing their party’s nominee.
(...) Two legislators said Romney’s image as a seasoned Mr. Fix-it is undermined by the perceived vagueness of his policy agenda.
Romney has taken hits from conservative allies and media critics alike for not fleshing out his positions on tax reform, entitlement reform and the war in Afghanistan with more detail.
“If you’re going to bring it to the American people, you’ve got to show details,” said the lawmaker who questioned what he saw as efforts during the GOP convention to cast Romney as a warm and fuzzy candidate.
Members of the tax-writing committees are pleased that Romney has limited his tax proposal to a broad sketch. This gives them more freedom to craft the details of a tax-code overhaul, just as Obama left Congress wide discretion to draft the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
But lawmakers who are more concerned about Romney’s campaign progress than protecting their turf, privately say the lack of detail on taxes could become a liability.
(...) GOP senators by and large agree with conservative pundits who have criticized Romney’s communications strategy.
The Weekly Standard published an open letter to Romney from contributor Peter J. Hansen urging him to be more specific in his policy prescriptions. Conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch this week tweeted: “Romney must draw clear line: offer specific path to restore American dream versus ugly Obama class war with jobs disappearing.”
Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan on Wednesday said Romney struck the wrong note by calling Obama’s response to the deadly attack on American diplomats in Libya “disgraceful.”
(...) Republican senators, even those who rank among his biggest supporters, have complained privately about the execution of his campaign.
“It could be better,” said one Senate supporter.
(...) One GOP lawmaker said that Romney is behaving too cautiously by discussing few details about his plans for reforming the tax code and entitlement programs.