Steve Hayes suggested Romney should have a much “broader” economic argument, to address issues, like health care and entitlement reform, that have not gotten that much attention over the course of the campaign. Drucker made the point that all of the criticisms both candidates are getting are somewhat premature, given that it’s the middle of summer right now and the campaign only starts to get more heated and grab more attention in the post-convention fall. Roberts added that this is the time for candidates to define themselves before they hit the home stretch.
Roberts then brought up two recent mentions on the campaign trail of past presidents, with David Axelrod comparing the level of secrecy in the Romney campaign to Richard Nixon‘s administration and Romney comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter. Krauthammer dismissed Axelrod’s claims as not only ridiculous but hypocritical, considering the scrutiny the Obama administration has faced recently over secrecy in the midst of the Fast & Furious investigation.