Romney Plays Up Economy at Values Voter Summit

Romney has taken the best stump speech in the field and made it stronger. He wove in the greatest hits from his Citadel national security speech. Overall, the remarks represented a return to the model he ran on for a time in the 2008 campaign: the fabled three-legged stool of economy, national security, and values conservatism. Unlike four years ago, when Romney delivered that triad in an uncomfortable manner, he now is much smoother and more relaxed, using examples that are more organic and less forced. The crowd didn't love him the way they loved Herman Cain, but they loved him every bit as much as the other candidates, including Rick Perry. Given that this audience is, in theory, a very tough one for Romney, this represents another big win for Boston — even if he doesn't place in the straw poll.

In remarks to GOP crowd, Bay Stater stresses jobs/economy despite the venue, aware that even this audience is focused on the pocket book.

Later in speech weaves in national security lines from Citadel remarks and hits on gay marriage, parental responsibility, “life of an unborn child,” the Hyde Amendment, ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood, judicial restraint, Roe v. Wade and China’s one-child policy.

Romney has taken the best stump speech in the field and made it stronger. He wove in the greatest hits from his Citadel national security speech. Overall, the remarks represented a return to the model he ran on for a time in the 2008 campaign: the fabled three-legged stool of economy, national security, and values conservatism. Unlike four years ago, when Romney delivered that triad in an uncomfortable manner, he now is much smoother and more relaxed, using examples that are more organic and less forced. The crowd didn't love him the way they loved Herman Cain, but they loved him every bit as much as the other candidates, including Rick Perry. Given that this audience is, in theory, a very tough one for Romney, this represents another big win for Boston — even if he doesn't place in the straw poll.
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