Gearing Up for General Election, Romney and Obama Race to Define Their Campaigns

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mitt Romney Republican presidential candidate, and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney. (Getty)

In campaign politics, definition is everything. Crafting and defining candidacies is first and foremost on the minds of campaigns, and the endeavor has proven to be as much a political art form, as it is a race against time.

Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them.

So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.

Guests:

Molly Ball and Ron Christie

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein and Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

DS from NJ

I found it odd to hear your guest Tuesday say that it was "ludicrous" that Romney (or any other president) would have NOT authorized the mission Obama approved to kill bin Laden.

After all, wasn't there a debate in the White House over what kind of mission should be undertaken? Some advisers wanted not the Seal-team mission but a missle strike that would destroy the compound in Pakistan.

Isn't is plausible that if Romney or another individual had been president they might have chosen the second option? Or some other action at another time?

May. 30 2012 02:01 PM
listener

"Now wait a second".
Obama was "nonpartisan" in 2008? Are we already rewriting history as we distort modern reality with "impressions" and "preconceived notions" which used to be called superficial prejudice? Focus on anything but the facts.
"Fabulous".

May. 29 2012 10:27 AM
Tom from Rhode Island

If the show is going to have a purely partisan discussion about the campaign, then Ron Christie should be paired with someone as unabashedly one-sided as he is. That's a fine model, though not groundbreaking or particularly helpful to voters. But to pair Christie with objective journalists trying to cover the campaign - not be a part of it - makes for a frustrating and biased conversation. The Take Away can do better.

May. 29 2012 06:31 AM
Ed from Larchmont

President Obama has taken a more radical turn and has taken on the Catholic Church. Anyone but Obama. I suspect Hilary Clinton will end up the vice-presidential candidate. Anyone but Obama.

May. 29 2012 06:00 AM

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