This Time It's Personal
By Michael D. Shear
Is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney feeling a bit queasy about his chances in Iowa or New Hampshire? His campaign says "no," but his latest television ad suggests otherwise.
The spot, titled "It's personal to me," will be running only in Michigan, a state where Romney grew up and his father was once governor. The ad speaks to the economic troubles in the state, but it may well be intended to build a firewall for potential trouble in Romney's campaign.
"It's inexcusable that Michigan is undergoing a one-state recession," Romney says in the ad. "High levels of unemployment, industry is shrinking here, jobs are going away. I think I'm probably the only guy on this stage who spent most of his career in the business world."
He ends by saying: "There's a lot we can do to strengthen Michigan."
Romney is trailing in Iowa, but leading in New Hampshire. Still, if former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee delivers a surprisingly strong showing in Iowa on Jan. 3, Romney could see his numbers slip in the Granite State as well, leaving him a wounded candidate.
That would leave him searching for a place to recover, and there may be no better place than Michigan.
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