“Voters apparently just aren't that into Mitt Romney,” USA Today writes. “A new Pew Research Center poll shows more voters have a negative image of the Republican candidate, with 52% saying they have an unfavorable view of Romney compared with 37% who have a favorable view.”
As we’ve noted previously in First Read, others are writing that Romney’s biographical narrative is missing from this campaign.
“[I]t has become clear that [Romney’s culture comments] illustrate part of Romney’s core beliefs of the world, informing the underpinnings of his economic and global philosophies,” the Boston Globe writes. “In one of his most striking, but little noticed, statements, Romney used a point made by author and former Harvard professor David Landes to state outright that certain cultures are better than others.”
And the Globe goes further, digging up this anecdote from his book, “No Apology”: “The multiculturalism movement must be unmasked for the fraud that it is. There are superior cultures, and ours is one of them.”
And: “Jared Diamond, author of ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel,’ wrote in an opinion article Thursday in the New York Times under the headline ‘Romney Hasn’t Done His Homework’ that Romney had “misrepresented my views” and “oversimplified the issue.”
The Romney campaign is highlighting some front-page treatment from The Denver Post and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Post’s front-page headline: “Romney’s jobs plan could fuel job growth, local economists say.”
The Tribune-Review, the more conservative of the two Pittsburgh papers, has a front-page item on Solyndra: “Analyst’s Solyndra warning detailed.”
Lots of other papers pick up on the Solyndra story and congressional report, including this item from Buzzfeed highlighting emails between Obama staffers one with the response “Ugh” from a now-campaign official. The word “Ugh” has been the subject of several campaign emails now over the last couple of days.
Mitt Romney might not be releasing his bundlers, but USA Today and the Sunlight Foundation have figured them out as best they can, “by reviewing Federal Election Commission data, invitations to 85 Romney fundraising events obtained by the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation, campaign news releases and news accounts. President Obama releases the names of his bundlers publicly.”
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not backing down from his second-hand allegations that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years, but he still won't name his sources for the unproven claim,” the New York Daily News writes, adding, “Despite taking some heat for the unsubstantiated accusations, Reid doubled down, and then tripled down, on the zero-tax talk on Wednesday and Thursday… Romney has refused to release more than two years of his tax returns, but has said he paid everything required by law. A top Romney adviser fired back at Reid after his Senate floor speech on Thursday, likening his the top Democrat's charges to Joseph McCarthy’s Communist witch hunts.”
Romney responded on Sean Hannity’s radio show: “It’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out it’s the White House.”
Of course, Romney by not releasing his taxes from those years, can’t categorically disprove the claim – as tactless and below-the-belt as it might be for a Senate majority leader.
Here’s a headline from Roll Call: “Republicans Solicit Lobbyists for Input on Party Platform.”