Back Roads to the White House: A tale of two Romneys
Excerpted from this post at Back Roads to the White House
It was the best of days. It was the worst of days. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faced highs and lows today while stumping down the Interstate 35 corridor in central Iowa. He won political converts in Clear Lake. He drew a standing-room-only, elbow-to-elbow crowd in Ames. There, an enthusiastic young staffer pulled aside reporters afterwards, asking, excitedly, whether they had ever seen such a large crowd for a presidential contender. ... Still, in between these events he got involved in a public spat with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who had made controversial comments about Romney's Mormon faith. And he had to answer reporters' questions about his wife's small, long-ago contribution to an abortion-rights group. Both those issues drew immediate, online headlines about two issues that continue to dog Romney -- questions about whether voters are ready to elect the first Mormon president, and questions over his famous change-of-heart on abortion, which he vehemently opposes these days.