Sen. Johnny Isakson: Romney Should Play To His Strengths

Speaking from party's national convention, Georgia senator also says it's time for those who were initially were lukewarm on Romney to "get on board."

TAMPA, FL -- As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prepares to give the most important speech of his political life Thursday night, U.S. Senate Johnny Isakson offered up a bit of advice to party's nominee: Focus on your strengths.

Isakson, in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, told Patch that Romney has had numerous successes in his career — as a businessman, former governor of Massachusetts and head of the Salt Lake City Olympics. And he shouldn't be shy about letting people know about those achievements, Isakson said.

"He is a very accomplished man who has done very, very many things and has been successful," the senator said. "He’s been maligned a lot by many in the other party and many on the outside, but he’s the real deal. He’s a humble, dedicated person who wants to be a great public servant."

When Romney gives his acceptance speech Thursday night, "he needs to talk about what he’s good at — the economy, getting people back to work," Isakson said. "And I think that will resonate with delegates here and with the American people."

Isakson, like other GOP leaders in Tampa this week, said the campaigns of President Barack Obama and his supporters have been trying to shift the focus from the economy to other issues, like abortion or Romney's tax returns.

"They’ve talked about Bain Capital, they’ve talked about tax returns, they’ve talked about anything but the economy and jobs, where they have had a poor performance," he said. "I think when the campaign is focused and down to two candidates, which is it now...it’ll be a head-to-head battle, lke a championship boxing match between two very accomplished politicians, and I think those distractions will go out the window."

Isakson said he realizes Romney was not the first choice of many Georgia voters. by taking nearly twice as many votes as Romney.

But, the senator said, Republicans to put that behind them.

"It’s now time for Republicans to lock arms and go head to head with the opposition and be in full support of our nominee," said Isakson, who did not endorse any presidential candidate in the GOP primary. "It doesn’t matter whether you were on board two years ago or where you on board two months ago. The important thing is being on board now."

In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain defeated Obama in Georgia by 5 percentage points, and Isakson predicted Romney will win by at least that margin in November.

But, he said, turnout will be critical.

"Anybody who says, 'Well, my guy didn’t win and I’m going to go home and not participate,' is making a big mistake," he said. "This is a critically important election and we need everybody on board."

Dean Garr August 30, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Mr. Romney is running for President of the United States. This is a position of Trust. Ronald Reagan said, "Trust but Verify." Mr. Romney has said, "Trust me," re his tax returns. It is not unreasonable for voters to want to "Verify. What is the single issue on which Mr. Romney has never flip-flopped? He stands doggedly firm on never, under any circumstances, releasing his tax returns. Why? It is not just liberals who want to see Romney's tax returns. It is 63% of American voters who do. The longer Mr. Romney delays, the more suspicious it appears. Obama released 8 years of tax returns GW Bush 10 years Clinton 12 years GHW Bush 14 years George Romney 12 years. What is there to hide?
Bye Bye Romney September 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Sheldon Adelson, Romney's uber-billionaire casino owner and financial backer, pledged to give Romney $100 million -- or "whatever it takes" -- to defeat Obama. Do you know why??? As Bill Clinton reminded us, sometimes the answer is as simple as arithmetic. So let's do the math: According to a new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Adelson will get $2 billion in tax savings from Romney in return for his support. And it will be paid for by every taxpayer reading this blog, so pass the word QUICKLY. If Obama wins, everyone pays their fair share of taxes...including Mr. Adelson! Tell me... WHICH ONE IS MORE FAIR FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES? WHICH ONE CAN YOU AFFORD? Americans cannot afford to live the Romney-Ryan lifestyle without having the same personal wealth. We can DREAM...but we know that it's not reality. Romney is still dreaming.
Dave Ballard September 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
This is the old "If you have nothing to hide, why are you worried about showing us EVERYTHING" argument. The book "1984" dealt with the ultimate outcome of that logic. The implication is that NO records have been shown, which is false. The insinuation is that the law is being circumvented, also false because required tax reurns HAVE been released. This is a witch hunt.
Dave Ballard September 16, 2012 at 05:43 PM
A large business owner is tired of not knowing from one month to the next what his tax burden's going to be, and supports the candidate most likely to remove that uncertainty? Shocking. Using Bill Clinton's own "arithmetic," supporting a losing Democratic candidate ups his credibility with the base for his wife's inevitable run in 2016. Let's not pretend he has nothing to gain from a Republican win. So, according to a liberal propaganda machine (CAPAF), a political ally will benefit from getting his political ally elected? Again, shocking. Your next-to-last sentence could be re-written to say "the Obama-Biden lifestyle," and it would be just as true. Based on a current presidency where the unemployment rate hasn't dropped below 8.0% EVER, and which has overseen the contraction of the workforce to its lowest level in almost 30 years, I believe that under Romney-Ryan we might actually preserve a small chance to obtain that kind of wealth. Under four more years of the current administration, I see nothing but further destruction of wealth, and an elimination of that chance altogether. "If Obama wins, everyone pays" is about as much of your post I think I can agree with.


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