Romney Surrogates Throw Punches at Obama Coming to Kansas and Newt Not Coming to Missouri

It’s not unusual for campaign surrogates to deliver the mean messages for their guy. This morning, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign is taking two swings at once involving areas politics. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is nicking the President for his speech scheduled for today in Osawatomie,Kansas. President Obama may invoke former President Roosevelt’s 1910 speech there and his call for a “New Nationalism”.(see previous post) During that speech, Roosevelt called for controlling special interests. He warned of the dangersof big Business.
“I stand for the square deal. But when I say that I am for the square deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game, but that I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and of reward for equally good service.”
Tuesday, Pawlenty on behalf of Romney, said President Obama can’t make the same claim. “The White House said it chose the location of President Obama’s speech because it was the same place that Teddy Roosevelt delivered his ‘New Nationalism’ speech in 1910. But there’s a big difference between the ‘Square Deal’ Teddy Roosevelt spoke of and the ‘Raw Deal’ that President Obama has given us.”
In Missouri, the Romney campaign is using one of its foreign policy advisors, former Missouri Senator Jim Talent and State Auditor Tom Schwiech to take on primary challenger Newt Gingrich.
Talent is complaining about Gingrich’s decision to pass on the February 7 Missouri ‘bueauty contest’ primary. Its is called that because no delegates are at stake in that vote. (see previous post)
Monday in New York, Gingrich says he deliberately passed on the Missouri primary because it was a ‘bueaty contest’. He compared it to the straw polls from earlier GOP campaign events. Tuesday Talent and Schwiech ripped him for his decision. “Speaker Gingrich’s claim that the Missouri primary is not important is disrespectful to Missouri voters and it suggests a lack of campaign organization. It is a mistake to ignore the Missouri primary as caucus-goers and delegates will be influenced by the results of the primary. Governor Romney recognizes that Missouri is an important state not only in the primary, but also in the general election.”

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