(INDIANAPOLIS) — In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels offered some pointed advice to Mitt Romney that sounds like an indictment of Romney campaign style. The criticism comes from a Republican who is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate. Here’s how Star columnist Matthew Tully summed it up:
“You have to campaign to govern, not just to win,” [Daniels] said. “Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.”
After a pause, Daniels added with disappointment: “Romney doesn’t talk that way.”
“You don’t change one thing about the policies you advocate or your principles,” he said, noting instead that candidates should simply make clear how their policies would lift up those who are struggling. For instance, he said, at fundraisers Romney’s message shouldn’t be about how his policies affect the well-heeled people listening in the audience, but rather those who can’t afford a ticket to get in.
“It’s not complicated,” Daniels said. “But for some reason sometimes candidates just miss that.”
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