The Obama campaign is framing Wednesday night’s debate, arguing that Mitt Romney is likely to continue to put forward vague solutions and hedge on specifics in a new video and memo from deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
“On Sunday, Paul Ryan even said he didn’t have time to explain the math” of Mitt Romney’s tax plan, Cutter says in the video. “Let’s see if Mitt Romney finds some time in tonight’s 90-minute debate to tell us specifically how he can avoid raising taxes on middle class families and still pay for a $250,000 tax cut for multi-millionaires.”
In the memo, Cutter says that Americans will “pick the winner on substance,” but predicts Mitt Romney will pass up the opportunity to get specific.
Mitt Romney comes to this debate in a different position. He doesn’t have any specific plans to move us forward – only tired repeats that will take us back. On job creation, deficit reduction, and the middle class, Romney’s promises are nothing more than platitudes covering up a collection of contradictory positions. In short, they aren’t serious steps to move our country forward. So, Romney can use tonight’s debate to fill in those details and finally, for the first time, explain his proposals or readjust his positions. Or he can spend 90 minutes doing what he does best: attacking the president, distorting his own record, and avoiding any and all details on his plans for this country.