On February 13, I described how Mitt Romney's "Severely Conservative" line would be used by his opponents:
Four weeks from now, no one will remember the Maine caucuses. I'm guessing though that people will remember a phrase from Romney's speech to CPAC on Friday, in which he described himself as a "severely conservative" governor of Massachusetts.That phrase provides the Obama campaign with the second half of a potentially powerful negative ad. The first half is contained in this video clip from Romney's 2002 campaign for governor.
In the 2002 clip, Romney tells a reporter:
"I think people recognize that I'm not a partisan Republican, that I'm someone who is moderate, and my views are progressive."
Now it is in a new ad.