Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a tough recall election last month and has become a hero to many of his fellow Republicans, has some advice for Mitt Romney: Get on offense and stay on offense. "Never fight a battle on your heels," he said.
Romney's finances and tenure at Bain dominated the campaign week, despite the fact that it came after the third tepid jobs report in three months that should have put the president on the defensive.
Republicans are nervous about what some see as the Romney campaign's passivity in the face of the onslaught by the Obama team. But Romney's decision to fire back on Friday suggests that he and his team have reached the same conclusion as Walker -- that it's time to get on offense. Walker said from Williamsburg, where he is attending the National Governors Association meeting: "[Romney's] got to be forceful about fighting back."
Walker urged Romney to develop a more robust message about how he would tackle the issues of debt and deficit. He believes that what voters reward politicians who take strong stands -- which he believes ultimately saved him in the tough recall vote. He says the more Romney is willing to articulate that kind of fiscal agenda for the country, the better his chances of winning in November.