Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said Sunday that Mitt Romney needs to do more than fire rhetorical shots across Obama’s bow, urging Romney to be 'big and bold' with a plan to reform government.
Mitt Romney is coming off a pretty good week. He out fund-raised Barack Obama by $16 million, according to the latest monthly report, and he jumped all over Obama for the President’s gaffe about the economy’s private sector “doing fine.”
But it’s still 149 days until the presidential election. And if Romney was feeling good about where he stands in the race, a couple of Republican governors brought him back to earth Sunday.
Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels of Indiana both went on TV talk shows to suggest that Romney needs to do more than fire rhetorical shots across Obama’s bow, hoping the incumbent will stumble again or that somebody else – the irrepressible Bill Clinton? – knocks him off-message.
Gov. Walker, who just won a big recall election – a big loss for labor unions, a key part of the Democratic base – put it this way:
"I don't think we win if it's just about a referendum on Barack Obama," Walker said on Face the Nation. "I think people like [Wisconsin Rep.] Paul Ryan and others hope that he goes big and bold." Walker said, adding that “Romney’s got a shot if the ‘R’ next to his name doesn’t just stand for Republican, it stands for reformer, if he shows my state and he shows Americans that he’s got a plan to take on those reforms.”