At the end of a particularly tough week for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Republican governors, gathered at the National Governors Association summer in Virginia this weekend, encouraged him to come back swinging. (Instead of, perhaps, asking the Obama campaign for an apology.)
Among them was our own Gov. Bill Haslam, who offered some encouragement for the candidate, from one wealthy businessman to another.
From Politico, after the jump:
While Walker said Romney should run a singular campaign on the economy and the budget, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam suggested the nominee-in-waiting push back against Obama’s Bain-bashing by explaining further about what he did in the business world.
“I would hope that he’ll do more of that,” said Haslam, himself a businessman before turning to politics.
The Tennessean said Obama wanted to put Romney “in a really tight little box.”
“His job is to break out of that and show, ‘Here’s who I really am,’ ” Haslam said, adding: “In my mind, he’s got a heck of a story to tell.”
In the middle of the current firestorm surrounding Romney's tenure at Bain, it might seem like the wrong time for him to begin touting his success there even more. But the hits will keep coming, either way.
Pith wouldn't suggest a "Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful" approach. But Romney is always saying that he's not going to apologize for being successful. Perhaps now is a good time for him to start clarifying why he shouldn't.