I watched the speech that Governor Romney made at CPAC the other day. As usual, the Governor looked very Presidential, talked very Presidential and made a very nice speech. What struck me was the content of the speech. It was a great speech for throwing red meat out to the very conservative crowd who responded to his comments and verbal shots at the current administration, but the speech lacked any substance.
What we have seen in the news and in the blogosphere is that the current administration has brought out the craving in the public for specifics. President Obama has for the past two years talked in generalities and falsehoods and the American public has had enough. America has had enough of the vague and wants to know the facts.
This is Governor Romney’s task. He has to come out with a message that is focused on the primary needs of the country and addresses how he will deal with situations as they arise. Washington Spending, the Debt, Obamacare, Jobs, the Middle East and Israel as a combined topic, increased regulations, unemployment, monstrous government bureaucracy, etc, etc..
I think what the Governor needs to do is to give a series of speeches addressing his platform and his first speech has to be him separating himself from Massachusetts RomneyCare. He can argue all he wants about how they built-in spending controls and had agreement from all political players involved, the fact is if he is going to be considered a serious Presidential Candidate, he has to part ways with this legislation because the federal version enacted by the Democrats was and is the impetus for this anti government push that has hit the country.
If he doesn’t separate himself, he will not be able to get through the primary.
His approach should be simple, and to the point. “We tried to establish a system that would provide all people with the necessary health care to raise healthy families and live long healthy lives. We even went as far as to create a hybrid system of public and private partnerships to try to include some market aspects to it. It has not worked and it cannot work and I will repeal Obamacare if elected President.” Say it and move on and every answer to the question should be, it doesn’t and can’t work and needs to be repealed. If in a debate with President Obama, that response would be perfect.
“Mr. President, I have tried it and it doesn’t work!” Been there, done that.
He doesn’t seem to be showing signs of doing that. In an interview with George Stephanopolus, Governor Romney would not apologize for the legislation. I don’t know anyone looking for an apology; what the American public wants to hear is that he tried and it didn’t work.
I believe that if Governor Romney can admit the mistake and move towards repeal, then the country will back him. Outside of Mitch Daniels, if he runs, there will not be a smarter mind on the economy in the hunt, so the Governor has an edge, but he needs to lay out his platform in a thoughtful, strong, tone and prove that he is willing and capable of leading the country. He needs to lay RomneyCare to bed-permanently.