Romney Actually a ... Hero?

Campaign presents stiff, all-business image, but gentle, heroic Mitt exists

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2012 8:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – To hear the Washington Post tell it, Mitt Romney has played the hero on more than one occasion: He has, with sons in tow, sped across a New Hampshire lake on jet skis to rescue capsized boaters; he shuttered his Boston office and took his staff to NYC to search for a missing 14-year-old, who was ultimately found in a New Jersey basement thanks to a hotline he set up. If you're surprised by the revelations, blame his campaign, says the Post.

It reports that his advisers purposefully pushed aside such anecdotes in favor of drilling in his economic message—sticking him with what it calls "a caricature of a stilted, distant multimillionaire." Quips his lead strategist, "This is not a Seinfeld race. This is not a race about nothing." What it is, however, is a race in which President Obama—who sings the blues and does push-ups in public—is registering as more likable by 38 points. The Post reports that Romney plans to start getting more personal now that it's essentially a two-man race, and may even sit for major magazine or TV network interviews.

Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style campaign event at RC Fabricators April 10, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style campaign event at RC Fabricators April 10, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware.   (Getty Images)
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