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WSJ: Mitt Romney's Policy Speech Too Vague

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The Wall Street Journal on Friday criticized Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican National Convention this week as too vague and "failing to explain his own agenda."

Romney's speech hinted at major policy ideas, the editorial said, but didn't offer substantial details.

The piece explained:

He and Paul Ryan promised to help the middle class, but they never explained other than in passing how they would do it. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Romney tossed out his five policy ideas almost as an afterthought. Energy got one sentence, education scored big with two. Neil Armstrong received almost as much speech time as what Mr. Romney would do specifically to spur faster growth and raise middle-class incomes.

The WSJ warned that if Romney doesn't define his own policies, Democrats will do it for him.

"We wouldn't be surprised to see them pivot away from personal attacks on Mr. Romney and Bain next week and devote all of their time to assailing his policies," the editorial staff wrote. Democrats "will have a blank canvass on which to paint because Mr. Romney did so little to explain what he would do and how it would help improve the economy."

This isn't the first time Romney has been criticized for being nonspecific. Earlier this week, an opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report said that the convention speech was "was too vague and impersonal to be helpful to Governor Romney." Conservative columnist Bill Kristol told Fox News Sunday in July that "I don’t think you can beat an incumbent president, even if the economy is slow, if 27 percent of the voters think you as the challenger don’t have a clear plan for improving the economy."

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