Tom Perriello, attack wonk

Amy Gardner shadows former congressman Tom Perriello, now the political arm of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, as he tours the country offering a deep, wonky dive into Mitt Romney's plans. 

“My job is to not even be remotely interesting,” Perriello told the group, brandishing a flip-chart marker and walking his audience through Romney’s tax cut proposals. “We are actually trying to show that people care enough about facts and information, that geeking out a little bit and going through some graphs and some numbers on some flip charts — that there really are a lot of voters in your dorm rooms, on campus, in your neighborhoods, who want to know the facts behind the facts.”

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