NYT: Romney Failing to Excite BaseSubmitted by pmpowell001 on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 13:01
OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Presidential candidates are again marshaling their forces to win Iowa, which is up for grabs in November. Mitt Romney, eager to capture a state President Obama carried four years ago, is planning another visit on Tuesday as he bulks up his existing 11 field offices to compete with Mr. Obama's 17.
But as he strides toward the traditional show of party unity at the Republican convention this month, Mr. Romney faces a worrisome undercurrent here: that the grass-roots elements who animated the Iowa caucuses - including evangelical Christians, Ron Paul supporters and Tea Party members - are not fully behind his candidacy in a battle that will be determined partly on who turns out his party's base.
"He just doesn't seem to connect well, and I'm not sure he's a strong enough candidate, to be very, very honest," said Steve Boender, a farmer here in southeast Iowa, who supported Rick Santorum in the state caucus. "I'm probably going to hold my nose and vote for him," Mr. Boender added, "but I'm afraid there are a fair amount of people that will" sit on their hands.