By JAKE SHERMAN and MANU RAJU | Politico
Before Rep. Paul Ryan rolled out his controversial budget plan last month, there was one man eager to learn its details.
It was Mitt Romney.
Over the course of several phone calls with Romney, the Wisconsin Republican explained â€” point by point â€” his plan to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid and to cut the budget deficit. It gave Romney fodder to defend the plan against sharp campaign attacks.
The private phone calls are one sign of increased communication between the presumptive presidential nomineeâ€™s team and top congressional Republicans, marking a new effort to build a relationship critical to their partyâ€™s success in November.
But the relationship is fraught with political risks.
President Barack Obama would like nothing more than to paint Romney as part of the Republican Conference, which came close to defaulting on the nation’s debt and shutting down the government. At the same time, Romney plans to make an aggressive pitch to independent voters and disaffected Democrats â€” such as recent comments about a law targeting disputes over gender pay discrimination â€” meaning a general-election shift to the middle could provoke tensions
Romney may need to distance himself from the congressional Republicans on select issues, the candidateâ€™s advisers and lawmakers say.
To read more, visit: Â http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75160.html
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.