After a campaign stop late Wednesday in Arbutus, Md., former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) held a one-question media availability in the hope of quelling the day-long media firestorm over his top aide’s comparison of the general election campaign to an Etch A Sketch.
“The issues I’m running on will be exactly the same,” Romney told reporters during the brief question-and-answer session. “I’m running as a conservative Republican. I was a conservative Republican governor. I will be running as a conservative Republican nominee. ... The policies and positions are the same.”
The impromptu media availability came at the end of a day that ought to have been marked, as our colleague Chris Cillizza notes, by celebration of Team Romney’s 12-point win in Tuesday’s Illinois primary as well as of the news of former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s (R) endorsement.