Following up on the apparent snubbing of the troops by Mitt Romney in his RNC convention speech on Thursday, the campaign was in clear damage control mode as Romney advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom appeared on Sunday’s CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley:
The problem with his dismissal, that Romney’s speech in front of the American Legion for their convention was more than enough proof of his support for the troops, is that it was not broadcast in prime time on every major network. He could have given the speech of a lifetime, but if the key demographics were not there to hear it, the effort would be meaningless. He did go on to admit that when it comes to public perception, Mitt Romney made a tragic mistake by, for the first time since 1952, failing to mention the troops serving overseas. He also made a mistake in claiming Obama declined the invitation to the American Legion. He had already spoken to them remotely the day before Romney’s speech.
Romney makes motions of supporting the troops, but when it really counts, when all the world is watching, the perception continues that it is the furthest from his mind. But at least Eric did not call Mitt Romney an etch-a-sketch this time.