Does Mitt Romney support Paul Ryan's approach to Medicare, which would turn it into a voucher paid toward private insurance, or is he against it? Depends on the day... and the state... and that http://current.com/groups/news-blog/93874195_gop-strategists-call-romney-campaign-incoherent.htm">level of incoherence reportedly has some in the GOP worried.
The Romney messaging snafus, they note, have been relentless. Just this week, the Romney campaign repeatedly alternated between embracing Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan and distancing Romney from it. The campaign issued talking points and dispatched advisers to say Romney's plan is different. But in Florida this week, when reporters asked Romney himself about Ryan's plan, he said he supports it.
Perhaps most disconcerting is Ryan's performance in a fairly safe space -- an interview with Fox News. Ryan was unable to say whether Romney's budget would balance even by 2030, and couldn't make particularly clear how Romney's budget would balance without "getting wonky."
Earlier on Tuesday, the Romney campaign intended for Ryan's first solo interview to underscore the Congressman's policy chops. But when veteran newsman Brit Hume pointedly asked for program details, Ryan couldn't deliver. In addition, Ryan said the specifics on closing tax loopholes would have to wait until after the election. Even Hume looked visibly annoyed. "It was," said a top Republican, "an unmitigated disaster."
Here's the full video; get about 3 minutes in for the budget discussion, about the 8:00 point for the discussion on whether they have specific tax loopholes they're going to cut. (After that comes the Ayn Rand discussion.) Embedded below:
While on the air with ads saying Obama has a "War on Religion" and that he's loosening the work requirements for Welfare (which has been widely debunked) he complained on the campaign trail about Obama's "campaign of division and anger..."
However, Romney has been saying the President is a "nice guy" in nearly every speech for the past three months.
Is the Romney campaign off message? Off the rails? Or are the Romney campaign messaging folks crazy like a fox?