Time magazine has a good article profiling Mitt Romney and where he stands, on the eve of the 2012 Presidential campaign’s start. The article is fair and well balanced, addressing the strengths and challenges Romney experienced in his previous 2008 run, as well as in an upcoming run, should he decide to hit the political road again.
Among the observations drawn:
“Aides say Romney long ago decided that his next campaign would start later, run smaller and run smarter, particularly when it comes to managing expectations. "Last time, Mitt's campaign was like IBM. This time, if he runs, he wants to be like JetBlue," says Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's longtime adviser and spokesman. "Which is to say, more nimble and more efficient and ready to respond." Romney will likely benefit from a new primary calendar that limits the number of states that can hold winner-take-all contests before April 2012. That technical change will allow a candidate like Romney potentially to survive losses to populists like Sarah Palin in
Iowa or Mike Huckabee in . "Whereas before, Governor Romney had to play in the first handful of states," says Tim Albrecht, Romney's 2008 South Carolina spokesman, who does not plan to reprise the role, "he has the ability to play in 30 or 40 states." Iowa
And regarding health Care:
In the early months of the campaign, no issue is likely to dominate these discussions more than that of the similarities between Romney's health-reform plan in
“Romney also repeated the claim he has made since as far back as 2007: there is a big difference between a state-level mandate to purchase health insurance and a national one, which he considers both unconstitutional and unwise. "A one-size-fits-all national health care system is bound to fail," he said in August 2007 at a speech before the Florida Medical Association. "It ignores the very dramatic differences between states and relies on the
bureaucracy to manage." Such distinctions have already been rejected by some Tea Party leaders, but Romney aides say that health care was also an issue in the 2008 Republican primary debates. "We understand that there is more heat on the issue now because of Obamacare," says Fehrnstrom. ‘But everybody brings their record to the race.’” Washington
The article loses some steam towards the end, but overall it’s a good read. It will be interesting to see if the Romney campaign develops as outlined.