Washington: Mitt Romney hit back this week on President Obama’s aggressive attacks on his private sector record at Bain Capital, but questions remain about whether he can and should get equally tough on the campaign trail, United States local media reported.
Romney has had arguably one of the scrappiest weeks on the presidential campaign trail, demanding an apology Thursday from the Obama team for suggesting he might he have committed a “felony” in a federal filing, then doing five TV interviews the next day in which he railed against the allegations.
Leading TV channel in United States FOX news reported that “Still, Obama has hammered louder and longer on the trail, which has resulted in calls for the GOP presidential candidate to roll up his sleeves and hit back on the stump.”
“Romney should go on the attack if only to push back on Obama’s message that ‘I am not Mitt Romney,’” Tyler Harber, a GOP strategist and partner at Harcom strategies, said Friday.
Harber and others point out this presidential campaign has been exceptionally negative – and at a relatively early stage.
Outside groups for both candidates have already spent millions on TV ads across the county, particularly in such battleground states as Colorado, Ohio and Virginia.
In Virginia Beach on Friday the president attacked Romney on his foreign policy, saying, “Mr. Romney doesn’t think we should have a timetable for getting out of Afghanistan. I disagree.”
He then elicited a round of boos when suggested Romney and House Republicans are clinging to unsuccessful economic policies of the past, including a proposed extension of Bush-era tax breaks for all Americans.
Romney and his family campaigned in New Hampshire at a Fourth of July parade, and Romney earlier this week made a challenging pitch for votes at the annual NAACP convention.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, he called allegation that he inaccurately reported when he left Bain Capital both “absurd” and “beneath the dignity of the presidency.”