As Mitt Romney tried Sunday to change the course of his campaign, the head of the GOP was looking backward, declaring the party’s nominee “had a good week” — and leaving many wondering what a bad week looks like.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spun like a toy-store top when asked about the impact of a leaked video that caught Romney portraying 47% of Americans as moochers at a fund-raiser of wealthy GOP donors.
“It probably wasn’t the ... best week in the campaign,” Priebus said when first asked about the gaffe on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think we had a good week last week,” he said later, clinging to the belief that the 47% comments had a positive role in focusing the conversation on entitlement programs and spending. “We were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want.”
President Obama’s campaign adviser, David Axelrod, raised an eyebrow at Priebus’ take on the hidden-camera controversy.
“I don’t know what prism he’s looking though,” he said on ABC. “I don’t think anyone else would define it as a good week. It was an enlightening week.
“The week began with Governor Romney basically slandering 47 percent of America,” he added. “At the end of the week, we saw him manipulating his own tax returns.”
The Romney campaign has admitted that the candidate did not take all the charitable deductions he could have in 2011 because it would have lowered his federal tax rate below 13% — after he said he’d never paid less.
Despite the stumbles of the past week, Romney told CBS’ “60 Minutes,” in an interview airing Sunday night, that his campaign is doing fine.
“It doesn’t need a turnaround. We’ve got a campaign which is tied with an incumbent president to the United States,” he said.
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