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Rep. Tim Scott: Romney Needs More Fight

"He'll get it together, because we need him to get it together."

Mitt Romney needs to hone his attack in the presidential race, says U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC).

The first-term congressman is "hopeful" the current low-key Romney campaign is preparing for a more forceful approach in the fall.

"I'm hoping he is figuring out right now what exactly is coming at him and getting a very tight, crisp response," Scott said Thursday night to a crowd of more than 100 conservative 9/12 members from across the Lowcountry.

He told the group that he spoke with Romney advisers on Friday, offering suggestions on strategy.

"I'm hoping that his campaign is well-oiled enough to get that response together now," Scott said. "And then, when you begin firing, you fire relentlessly until election day."

One of two freshmen members in the House leadership team, Scott's profile has been on the rise among national GOP leaders. He hosted town hall events with most of the GOP presidential primary candidates, as well as an event earlier in January with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a possible vice presidential contender.

Romney is facing criticism from some conservatives for a "safe" approach to the campaign trail, according to The Christian Science Monitor. While a Wall Street Journal editorial Thursday suggested the campaign is "slowly squandering an historic opportunity."

Scott was also critical of the Romney campaign's response to the Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform. The campaign spent days arguing, alongside the president, that the individual mandate was a penalty. That was even after GOP House members had embraced the court's decision that it was a tax — an argument they feel will work better at the polls in November and could also expedite repeal in 2013.

"What we need from Romney is consistency in messaging. You can't call it a tax and a penalty," Scott said. "You can't have a mixed message coming out of a presidential campaign."

But Scott still said he expects Romney to win the White House in November.

"I think he'll get it together, because we need him to get it together," Scott said.

Read more Patch coverage on Rep. Tim Scott.

reg July 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
He calls himself the Tea Party rep: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/11/07/tim-scott-black-republican-tea-party-favorite.html http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71391.html
stanley seigler July 07, 2012 at 11:43 PM
@maizenbluedoc: "...why doesn't someone in the mediums ask him how many jobs were lost?..." FYI the jobs gained is a net fig...ie, gain minus lost...the net was a loss of jobs in 2008 and since 2009 have been a net gain...oh/and; Have any private jobs been lost (net) over the past 26 months? NO. http://mollysmiddleamerica.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-many-jobs-has-obama-created-lost.html re: Unless Romney outlines a cogent platform, he will lose [maizenbluedoc] the only 'cogent platform' the GOPs have is voodoo economics, which failed in 1929 and 2008; opposition to all social progressive programs; and tax cuts for rich folks/ruthless capitalism... re: Personally, I am sickened and disgusted with the party line, which results in government gridlock [maizenbluedoc] so are we all...especially with the party line of "our (GOP) Job#1 is to make BO a one term president"
stanley seigler July 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@Hobby: "...there is So much information to use against Obama that Romney needs to get engaged or face losing..." may as well face it, the mitt will lose. the information is: *jobs, net gain 2012 v net loss 2008; *healthcare, 30-40 million on path to health care ins. * stock market, DJI increased fr 7,000 to 12,000 *nobel peace prize. *for a short list of more information that can be used goto: http://obamaachievements.org/ oh/and policies that got us out of 1929 depression and are getting us out of 2008 recession...invest in USA economics vs voodoo economics...
TheNobelSally July 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
A Hobby:It's all just smoke and mirrors in the WH these days. Not to say that past administrations have been totally above board, but this Current administration is Certainly anything but Transparent and Above Board. Thanks for the post...
glennparker July 15, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Myname.isglenn.idonttrustmittortimscott.

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