LA Times: Reporting from Washington — Defying his reputation as a 1950s square, the new, more casual Mitt Romney is popping up around the country as he readies a second run for president. He's going tieless on network TV, strollingNASCAR pits in Daytona and sporting skinny Gap jeans bought for him by his wife.
His latest campaign book, just out in paperback, opens with a regular-guy scene: wealthy Mitt in a Wal-Mart checkout line, buying gifts for his grandsons and comparing the surroundings to Target, another discount store he says he's familiar with.
The image tweaks are part of a broader makeover as Romney prepares to run from what should be an enviable spot: He's the early Republican favorite — though far from an inevitable nominee.
Skinny Jeans and Walmart? Perhaps if Mitt Romney did not treat the TEA Party like it had the plague, he would not have to go around pretending to be "one of the people". One of the crucial elements people are looking for in 2012 is authenticity. After Obama, Americans are done with window dressing. Many of us would be happy to elect a buck-tooth, bald head, fat man so long as he really says what he means and means what he says. When it come to Mitt Romney, we have no idea what we will get.
Look at this video below when Romney was running in Massachusetts back in 1994
Here is text from a speech Mitt Romney is suppose to give today in New Hampshire:
“Senator Obama campaigned hard in New Hampshire but he apparently didn’t like what he saw,” Romney says in prepared remarks. “He certainly didn’t learn from it. Instead of lowering taxes, he raised them. He wrapped businesses in red tape, he grew government, he borrowed trillions of dollars, and he made it clear that he doesn’t like business people very much.
“He created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery. The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work — it’s going to take a new president.