Sept. 2012 article: Aides said the 'heavy burden of fundraising' took up a lot of Romney's
9/24/2012, "With Everything at Stake, Where's Mitt?" Byron York, Townhall
"A look at the Republican presidential candidate's schedule of public
events shows a remarkably relaxed pace for a man who says this election
is critical to America's future. Here's what Mitt Romney did on the
trail in mid-September:...
Romney had no public events Saturday. On
Friday, Sept. 14, he attended a single rally, at Lake Erie College in
Painesville, Ohio. On Thursday, he attended a single rally, at a park in
"Romney's light schedule of public events "has its own body language,"
says Pat Caddell, the political consultant best known for his work on
Jimmy Carter's 1976 and 1980 campaigns. "It doesn't strike you as a
campaign in the greatest crisis this country has faced....(Romney)
comes off as passive."
If he's not on the stump at the height
of the campaign, what is Romney doing? After all, Barack Obama, when
he's on the trail, usually manages to hold at least two public events
each day, and he's supposed to have a full-time job.
busy and industrious man, isn't goofing off. Privately, campaign aides
point to the heavy burden of fundraising imposed on candidates since
Obama blew up the system of publicly financed campaigns in 2008. Keeping
up with the president in the money race takes up a lot of Romney's
Aides also stress that Romney is not the only person
campaigning for the Republican ticket. Running mate Paul Ryan is out on
his own most of the time, as are, occasionally, Romney's wife, Ann, and
his five sons.
But the fact remains: Mitt Romney is the man
running for president and has to make the case for himself. As the top
of the ticket, he draws the most attention and news coverage. Holding
more events means more coverage, which means more voters see Romney.
Having Romney campaign in person is particularly important now because
he's trying to craft a more effective message. Romney has been under
fire recently, especially from conservatives, for failing to give the
public a clear picture of what he will do should he become president.
Recently the campaign announced it is working to fill in the gaps in the
"We think the American people are looking forward to
hearing how we can turn this economy around," top Romney adviser Ed
Gillespie told reporters in what has to be one of the great
understatements of the campaign. "The timing is right to reinforce the
specifics, more specifics, about the Romney plan for a stronger middle
To many observers, Romney's moves look like scrambling.
The campaign, having let Obama define Romney and keep him on the
defensive during much of May and June and July, is still struggling to
find itself. "The Democrats are fighting for their lives," says Caddell.
"Republicans are acting like this is a garden party. There's a
difference in mentality that I find stunning."...
Romney aides say they expect to see him on the stump more as the
election draws closer. By then, there will be fewer fundraising demands
and Romney will concentrate fully on campaigning. But at less than 50
days away, with early voting starting in some places, the election is
already pretty close.
Where is Mitt right now?"
Friday, October 2, 2015
In key final weeks before 2012 election, Romney was often absent from the campaign trail, his campaign said, to raise money, noting heavy burden of fundraising placed on Romney-Byron York, Sept. 2012
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