Democrats zero in on Romney
February 28th, 2012
07:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats zero in on Romney

Washington (CNN) – Here's an early glimpse at what Democrats plan to argue once the results come in Tuesday night: no matter what the vote totals show, Mitt Romney is the loser after the Michigan and Arizona primaries.

Democratic officials and surrogates are expected to make the case that Romney's campaign is turning off independent voters nationwide who are must-wins in the general election.

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Democratic officials point to a Politico/George Washington University poll that found 51% of independents nationwide now hold a negative view of Mitt Romney. That same poll shows President Barack Obama's favorability rating with independents at 53%. A CNN/ORC poll also shows Romney's negatives rising among independents over the last month, though that's not surprising during a negative primary battle.

Democratic officials argue Romney should handily win Michigan, a state in which he was born and raised. A memo by Brad Woodhouse, communications chair of the Democratic National Committee, released Tuesday argued "Romney should have had Michigan locked up from the very beginning."

Woodhouse wrote, "voters will see that for Mitt Romney - who has vastly outspent his Republican opponents and who keeps running farther to the right and alienating independent, moderate, and working class voters along the way - a win in Michigan and Arizona will come at a significant cost."

He argued that Romney alienated working and middle class voters with his opposition to the auto bailout - though an NBC/Marist poll shows a majority of likely GOP primary voters in Michigan also opposed the bailout.

As for Arizona, Woodhouse accused Romney of "shamelessly attempting to curry favor with Tea Party Republicans" with his embrace of immigration positions that the Democrat calls "divisive." Woodhouse writes, "These extreme positions are going to haunt him should he make it to November."

The memo also took brief aim at Santorum, notably pointing out the Politico/GW poll shows 28% of independents still have no opinion of him. Hint: that's a signal Team Obama and the Democrats believe they have plenty of opportunity to define him for voters before he can define himself.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Democrats • DNC • Michigan • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl

    Obamas a shoe in for a landslide win in Nov, 10000 on Obama!!!

    February 28, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Bootstomper

    How backwards has the GOP become? It's unbelievable that Santorium is still in this race. Romney doesn't have a clue about what is actually going on in the world.I don't care what your party affiliation is but Obama is head and shoulders above anything the republicans have at this time in history.

    February 28, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Tired of republican lies

    Right on Namej and Boot...could not have said it better!

    February 28, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. judy

    Hey mitt did the same thing in the 90's and bragged about it.

    February 28, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Mike

    Romney cannot win here in Michigan.

    February 28, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. NOvember 2012

    the demons (dems) pulling out all stops...even going to the super PACs for cash... but it won't do any good. When the GOP concludes the primaries they will turn to obama and it won't be pretty. I have not seen obama face a real press conference since he came to office...no hard questions like other presidents...so when obama gets both barrels I just don't think he can stand up to it...he will get real nasty and even the press will turn on him. The GOP will more likely than not have the presidency and both houses in the bag this fall. The democratic party has moved so far left it has left most Americans behind and they will pay the price.

    February 28, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    President Obama is the best Republican president since Ike. And he'll be the best one come November, too.

    February 28, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Mike

    Republicans should try to get some sleep tonight after Romney loses.

    February 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "When the GOP concludes the primaries they will turn to obama and it won't be pretty"

    Dream on, crazy person. Come debate time there's not a single GOBP candidate who can match wits with the President. And it will be priceless when he goes for the jugular and points out the elitist psychopaths running your GOBP deathcult refuse to listen to the three quarters of America (including half of rank and file GOBP voters) who want a millionaire tax. Good luck running on defending the predators in the 1%.

    February 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ROTFLMAO – Because – MITTens thought he can play dirty with all of his dollar$
    But in the end the Democrats may have the last word and Romney later will cry and holler!!!
    (And Santorum – don’t think this is a PLUS on your part. Earlier, I thought this was a stupid idea for Democrats to cross over but now that I think about it – Hell Yea!!!)

    Obama 2012!!

    February 28, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |