Is Mitt Romney trying some New Jersey style tough talk? When asked about his business record in last night's CNN debate, Romney gave a full throated defense of American free markets and capitalism.
"I am someone who believes in free enterprise, I think Adam Smith was right, and we're going to get hit hard by Barack Obama, but we're going to stuff it down his throat that it is capitalism and freedom that makes us strong." Mitt Romney said.
Michael Barone called it Romney's "gamecock style" moment that was sure to appeal to South Carolina voters.
Romney also blasted an Occupy Wall Street protestor yesterday on the stump, in a video delightedly promoted by the Romney campaign.
"Let me tell you something: America is a great nation because we’re a united nation. And those who try to divide the nation, as you’re trying to do here, and as our president’s doing, are hurting this country seriously," Romney said, "And if you’ve got a better model — if you think China’s better, or Russia’s better, or Cuba’s better, or North Korea’s better — I’m glad to hear all about it. But you know what? America’s right and you’re wrong.”
As Newt Gingrich's grandiose rhetoric fills the room, perhaps Mitt Romney is taking some advice from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is known for his bold rhetoric on the stump.
“Do I wish Mitt would be a little edgier and a little bolder? Sure. And I’ve told him that,” Christie said in December to Morning Joe. “But he is who he is.”