Romney, GOP Smartly Pivot To Focus On Deficit

Looks like a smart move given that Romney has yet to establish a compelling personal narrative and needs air cover to sharpen his defenses with regard to Obama's Bain attacks. Could help Romney improve relations with the Tea Party as well. CNN's Ashley Killough reports:

Mitt Romney continued his blitz against President Barack Obama over the federal deficit on Tuesday, signaling a GOP shift away from social issues and back to what Republicans consider the president's Achilles' heel: the economy.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee gave a speech on government spending in the battleground state of Iowa, the same day as House Speaker John Boehner cautioned of another battle brewing in Congress over the national debt ceiling.

Romney targeted the president over the $787 billion stimulus package Obama signed soon after taking office in 2009, a move Romney described as the "most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history."

"We still owe the money, we're still paying interest on it, and it'll be that way long after this presidency ends in January," he said.

Romney, however, emphasized the more than $5 trillion increase in the debt since Obama took office in 2009, and took a shot at Republicans for contributing to the problem, as well.

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