Romney raised $100 million in June. Will that quiet conservative critics? (+video)
Mitt Romney's haul in June was a monthly record for a GOP candidate. He'll need that money in the Battle of the Ads, which will only escalate. But conservative critics are clamoring for more from their party's standard-bearer.
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The Weekly Standard has never been a bastion of Romney support. Throughout the primaries, founder William Kristol begged everyone from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to jump into the GOP race.Skip to next paragraph
Peter Grier is The Christian Science Monitor's Washington editor. In this capacity, he helps direct coverage for the paper on most news events in the nation's capital.
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Kristol’s basic complaint about Romney mirrors The Wall Street Journal’s opinion: He needs to stop playing defense and be more aggressive to counter the Obama team’s attacks on his Bain Capital record, among other things.
“Is it too much to ask Mitt Romney to get off autopilot and actually think about the race he’s running?” writes Kristol.
Romney may use some of his June money to at least appear to respond to these concerns. According to a report in the Washington Post, he’s planning to add some veteran communications operatives to his team to help tighten its message, while keeping his core staff of aides intact.
But he’ll need the cash for good old-fashioned campaign expenses, as well. One hundred million dollars sounds like a lot of money, but it can be swallowed up by campaign ads and other expenses faster than you can say “repeal ObamaCare.”
As the Center for Responsive Politics notes Friday in its Open Secrets blog on political money, the Obama campaign has already committed $21.4 million to July ad airtime, focusing on swing states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Gee. Those are states Obama is now visiting on his first campaign bus tour. Coincidence? Ha.
Ad spending from both candidates for the 2012 general election campaign is already about $200 million, according to this report. And the big-dollar months won’t even start until Labor Day.