Mitt Romney may have had a bumpy ride to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Politico.com first reported he had some challenges with his acceptance speech.
According to the Politico report, before Isaac threatened the RNC, the Romney campaign was already scrambling, and much of it centered around Romney's top strategist Stuart Stevens. The report claims Stevens hired a writer to craft Romney's acceptance speech, but did not give him an opportunity to meet with Romney.
Then, when Stevens read the completed speech, he trashed it -- eight days before the RNC deadline. Stevens started over, this time hiring two speechwriters who had just written Paul Ryan's speech. But most of their version was also scrapped. According to Politico, only one paragraph survived-- the one about Romney's parents each day sharing a rose.
"That's how she found out what happened the day my father died. She went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose," Romney said during his RNC speech.
The rest of Romney speech was written by Stevens and Romney himself.
The Politico account is based on unnamed sources in the Romney campaign. Some criticized top strategist Stuart Stevens for having too much on his plate. Stevens defended the campaign and his team, and he pointed to polls that show the election is very close and Romney is gaining ground.
While the Obama campaign has gained momentum, the race is very close, and that's why the decision by sources in the Romney campaign to criticize their chief strategist is surprising. Mitt Romney has launched a new series of campaign ads, and plans to emphasize his economic policies in a series of speeches leading up to the October debates. Bottom line, the race is still very much up for grabs.
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