At a friendly town hall event Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mitt Romney faced a questioner who referred to President Barack Obama as "this monster," which he quickly corrected.
"That's not a term I would use," the former Massachusetts governor said lightly.
"I can use it. I'm an angry mom," she shot back.
The exchange was reminiscent of a May town hall, also in Ohio, where Romney stood by as a questioner asserted that Obama should be tried for treason. Romney did not correct her and answered her question about the U.S. Constitution. Only after the event did Romney say he "of course" did not agree with her.
The event was a minor dustup for the presumptive GOP nominee, who has sometimes struggled to connect with conservatives. Most recently a chorus of conservative voices has called on Romney to release more years of his tax returns, a move that he has refused to do.
But he connected with his audience this time around. After having attacked Obama on Tuesday, Romney hammered him again by repeating the president's recent comment, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen."
Taken out context, Obama's line might appear to be anti-business. But the context of Obama's remarks makes it clear that the antecedent of "that" is "roads and bridges" and the "American system," not the "business."
It didn't matter for Romney.
"Did you build your business? If you did, raise your hand! Take that, Mr. President; this is what's happening in this country," he said. "This is the height of foolishness. It shows how out of touch he is with the character of America."
"Politically, I think that would help him," Paul said in a interview with <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78599.html#ixzz20w7ycTBE" target="_hplink">Politico</a>. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."
"I have no idea on why he has restricted the number to this point," <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57474352/pressure-mounts-on-mitt-romney-to-release-more-tax-returns/?tag=socsh" target="_hplink">Lugar said</a>.
"I don't know why... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest," Will said on ABC's "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/george-will-mitt-romney-bain_n_1674513.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HP%2FPolitics+(Politics+on+The+Huffington+Post)" target="_hplink">This Week</a>." "He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."
"He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy," Kristol said on "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1674325.html" target="_hplink">Fox News Sunday</a>." "You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two."
"I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/gop-governor-calls-on-mitt-romney-to-release-additional-tax-returns-and-show-he-has-nothing-to-hide/" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>. "In fact, I was asked today that question -- do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."
When asked on "<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/barbour-romney-should-release-more-tax-returns-20120710" target="_hplink">The Situation Room</a>" if Romney should release more returns, Barbour said, "I would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."
"If there's nothing there, there's no 'there' there, don't create a there,'" Steele said on MSNBC.
"Tax returns the next problem. Releasing returns under pressure: more weakness, more pain," Frum <a href="https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/224509505973661696" target="_hplink">tweeted</a>.