Pressure on Romney to spend more time explaining plan

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 12:07 AM

UNDATED (AP) — The presidential candidates have been taking a break today, leaving the campaign pitches to surrogates.

Mitt Romney hasn't made any public appearances this weekend, but has been attending fundraisers in California. Tonight, he'll go back to a public schedule, with a speech in Denver.

After a difficult week in which a secretly recorded video emerged showing the GOP nominee saying half of Americans are dependent upon government and see themselves as victims, Romney is under pressure to spend more time explaining his plans to voters.

But, the Republican party's chairman maintains last week was a "good" one for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) tells ABC's "This Week" that Romney and his backers "were able to frame up the debate," which he says boils down to "what future do we want?"

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's top strategist says fresh campaign ads from the Romney campaign attacking the president miss the point. Also appearing on ABC, David Axelrod says Romney and his team "haven't offered ideas about how they're going to lift up the country."

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131-w-36-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent, with Paul Ryan and President Barack Obama)--Mitt Romney is starting what his advisers call an intense battleground state schedule. The AP's Ed Donahue reports the first stop later today is Colorado. (23 Sep 2012)

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145-a-08-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), Republican National Committee Chairman, in interview)-"in the campaign"-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the leak of the Romney video has been a distraction all week. COURTESY: ABC's 'This Week' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *145 (09/23/12)>> 00:08 "in the campaign"

146-a-12-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), Republican National Committee Chairman, in interview)-"do we want"-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says looking back, he feels positive about last week.COURTESY: ABC's 'This Week' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *146 (09/23/12)>> 00:12 "do we want"

135-a-10-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in interview)-"than he does"-David Axelrod says there's a disconnect between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment that almost half of Americans are dependent upon government and see themselves as victims, and his tax returns showing a higher tax rate than he would have had if he claimed all his deductions. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *135 (09/23/12)>> 00:10 "than he does"

140-a-10-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), Republican National Committee Chairman, in interview)-"of this mess"-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he feels confident that America will choose Mitt Romney for its president. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *140 (09/23/12)>> 00:10 "of this mess"

139-a-16-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), Republican National Committee Chairman, in interview)-"but more clearly"-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the Romney campaign will be tightening up the message. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *139 (09/23/12)>> 00:16 "but more clearly"

136-a-08-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in interview)-"everyone else's taxes"-David Axelrod says it's troublesome that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax rate was higher that it would have been if he'd taken all the deductions he was entitled to.COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *136 (09/23/12)>> 00:08 "everyone else's taxes"

137-a-12-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in interview)-"to reject him"-David Axelrod says he doesn't think Republicans and candidate Mitt Romney will achieve much by being harder on the president. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *137 (09/23/12)>> 00:12 "to reject him"

138-a-15-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), Republican National Committee Chairman, in interview)-"opportunity, liberty, freedom"-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the choices are very clear in the presidential campaign. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *138 (09/23/12)>> 00:15 "opportunity, liberty, freedom"

APPHOTO NY112: FILE - In these Aug. 2012 file photos, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states, Obama in Leesburg, Va., and Romney in Waukesha, Wis. The challenge for Obama and Romney is how to lay claim to the small but mightily important swath of the electorate, the undecided likely voter. With six hard-fought weeks left in the campaign, just 7 percent of likely voters have yet to pick a candidate, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. (AP Photos) (23 Sep 2012)

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