With voters now tuning into the presidential election, the Romney campaign is going to start rolling out anew some of the policies introduced a year ago.
“What we’re going to be doing now as we get closer to the November election is reintroducing a lot of the policy that came out a year ago,” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said in a call with reporters this morning.
The campaign discussed this morning several policy proposals focused on helping middle-class families, including striving to reach energy independence in North America by 2020. Romney will also push for deficit reduction, promoting entrepreneurship, and trade policies that ensure Americans have access to new, growing markets. He will also work on making sure people have access to developing the skills they need by focusing on K-12 education, the affordability of college education, and job re-training programs.
The campaign will also roll out an accountability scorecard for Barack Obama. “President Obama said in Colorado four years ago, when he accepted his party’s nomination for president, that he measures progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether the average American family saw its income go up, and whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a business,” Fehrnstrom said. “By all those measures, he has failed.”
Fehrnstrom dismissed the Tax Policy Center study, which predicted that the Romney tax plan would “would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower income taxpayers,” as “a joke.”
“There are serious flaws with both the authorship of that study and the methodology,” Fehrnstrom said. “It was co-authored by a member of the Obama White House [Adam Looney], someone who was part of the White House economic team and the study doesn’t take into account important aspects of Governor Romney’s plan, which will have a positive, pro-growth impact on the economy.”
Fehrnstrom also blasted Obama campaign manager Jim Messina for e-mailing a pharmaceutical lobbyist from his personal e-mail account about getting the industry billions as part of the Obamacare deal when Messina was a senior aide at the White House.
“On its face, this appears to be a violation of the law which requires that all official communications be preserved,” Fehrnstrom remarked.
He also criticized the Obama’s administration’s lack of transparency.
“The only thing this administration is transparent on is our national security secrets,” Fehrnstrom said.