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March 21, 2012

Adviser says Romney campaign like an "Etch a Sketch"

A top adviser to Mitt Romney says the campaign can be "reset" like an "Etch a Sketch" toy after the primaries to appeal to independents, comments drawing instant criticism from the right and the left.

Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was appearing on CNN Wednesday when he was asked whether the Republican primaries were drawing Romney so far to the right that he could not make a post-primary appeal to moderate voters.

"Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election," the CNN host asked.


"Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign," Fehrnstrom said. "Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again."

Rick Santorum's campaign called it evidence that Romney is not the conservative he's portrayed in the primaries, and cannot be trusted.

"We all knew Mitt Romney didn't have any core convictions, but we appreciate his staff going on national television to affirm that point for anyone who had any doubts," Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

"With the two year anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare upon us, can voters really believe that the man who urged the President to use his healthcare plan in Massachusetts as a model would really repeal ObamaCare? Or is that promise just something they would 'shake up and restart' with when Romney hits the general election.

You seriosuly can't make this stuff up," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse.


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