Mitt Romney has waged a steady-as-he-goes campaign for the White House, a strategy that has netted him a solid, but hardly impressive, 25 percent in Republican polls, but has rarely allowed him to dominate the news cycle for long stretches at a time.

Mitt Romney listens as former New Hampshire governor John Sununu speaks at a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H. (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS)

He has managed to escape getting pulled into the Cain scandal — Michele Bachmann inserted herself in it with a veiled knock at Cain, and the Perry camp was frogmarched into the scandal by Cain himself.

But Romney has not escaped the notice of the Democratic National Committee, which continues to pound him over what it sees as flip-flopping and extreme views on abortion.

On Thursday in New Hampshire he previewed his Friday speech on spending where he will call for an economic growth of 4 percent a year and approximately $500 billion of spending cuts in 2016.

Democrats slammed Romney before he even got to the podium, saying that his plan is “something only a billionaire could love” (see video below)

“The speech is irrelevant — we already know his economic and tax plans would be a disaster for our economy and the middle class,” said DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell in an press release. “We expect to hear more of the same: spending cuts that protect the wealthy, corporations and big oil at the expense of middle class Americans. Mitt Romney is wrong for America and wrong for the middle class.”

Romney, who is running as a turnaround artist who can boost the economy by applying lessons he learned in the private sector, released a 59-point economic plan, yet his plan has been overshadowed by Cain’s 9-9-9 plan and Perry’s flat-tax.

On Friday, Romney’s speech will likely be overshadowed by whatever Cain says.


Rick Santorum begins his day in Iowa at 7 a.m. with a speech to the Young Businessmen’s Breakfast Club in West Des Moines, followed by a press availability at 8; he kicks off his Faith, Family and Freedom Tour” at his campaign headquarters in West Des Moines at 11:30, and at 6 p.m., he will attend the Altoona Gun Show at Adventureland Park.

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney will speak at the AFP Foundation’s Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center.

Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum attend the Republican Party of Iowa Ronald Reagan Dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines at 7 p.m.

Jon M. Huntsman hosts a townhall meeting at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., at 8 a.m.


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