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Romney: Senior staffers 'work extraordinarily well together'

 

LOS ANGELES -- Mitt Romney pushed back against reports of infighting and personality clashes have plagued his campaign, dismissing those reports as a distraction, and signaling that he planned to make no major staff changes.

Jim VandeHei shares details from a Politico article, which suggests infighting within the Romney campaign and details the role of top strategist Stuart Stevens in the campaign.

"I've got a terrific campaign," Romney told Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart in an interview to air tonight on "Noticiero." "My senior campaign people work extraordinarily well together. I work well with them. Our campaign is doing well."

On Sunday night, the website POLITICO published a report which claimed infighting and mix-ups over responsibilities had led to confusion and discord within the Romney campaign, producing a muddled message and self-inflicted errors, like the failure to mention the war in Afghanistan in Romney's RNC acceptance speech. Much of the blame was laid at the feet of the campaign's senior strategist, Stuart Stevens.

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In the Telemundo interview, Romney said such reports were a distraction from the driving issues of the election, and dismissed a question of whether or not he would make changes to his campaign team.

"Frankly, these process stories really take away from what's really of concern to the American people, which is an unemployment rate stuck above 8 percent, 23 million Americans out of work, millions of Americans now in poverty," Romney said. "These are the concerns people of America have."

Today, the Romney campaign looked to get back on a message of jobs and the economy, with a focus on controlling the national debt, an issue on which Governor Romney's positions poll strongly. The campaign released two new television ads and held a conference call this morning in a more proactive effort to set their message for the week.