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Priebus: ‘In Retrospect,’ Last Week ‘Good Week’ for Romney Campaign

Reince Priebus shrugged off the criticisms that had dogged the Romney campaign last week, arguing that the week had ultimately been “a good week.” 

“I think that we had a good week last week,” Priebus said on ABC’s This Week. “I think in retrospect, in that we were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want and do you want out there for your kids and grandkids, and clearly, things are not going well.” 

Asked about Peggy Noonan’s criticisms of the campaign (she called it a “rolling calamity” in a column last week), Priebus said that Noonan was “really smart,” but did not agree with her assessment that the Romney camp needed a shake-up.

He also pushed back on the notion that Romney hadn’t offered enough specific policy details, highlighting Romney’s push for reducing government spending to 20 percent of GDP, and calling for an income tax reduction of 20 percent. 

“For crying out loud, we’ve got Paul Ryan on the ticket,” Priebus said. “There can’t be anything more specific than a budget that we passed to get ahold of the ten year debt window, the deficits that are out of control that the president promised that he would fix.”

“As far as specifics go, we’re the only ones talking about how to save Medicare,” he added. “The president’s the one that raided Medicare by 700 billion. I mean, we’ve got specifics coming out of our eyeballs.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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