Which brings us to this from Romney Senior Communications Adviser Tara Wall:
"Unfortunately it’s disappointing that the attacks, these recent attacks on all these issues outside of what the issues are relative to Mitt Romney are diverting away from what real Americans want to talk about. And real Americans want to talk about getting back to work."It's a one-size-fits-all answer for any criticism, or hell, even questioning, of Romney. It's all attacks that are distracting from what "real Americans" want to talk about. Except this time is very, very different.
All those troops in Afghanistan aren't "real Americans"? How about all their family members back home, waiting and praying that they'll return home safely? Are they "real Americans"? Apparently in Romneyland, they're just distractions.
3:25 PM PT: Obama for America Veterans and Military Family Vote Director Rob Diamond responds:
"[A]fter more than a decade of war, real Americans—including those who serve, have served and their families—care about our mission in Afghanistan and are concerned that Romney’s only plan is to leave our troops there indefinitely. Real Americans care that Romney has supported a budget plan that could slash spending for Veterans Affairs by $11 billion a year and even suggested privatizing veterans’ health care. The families of those who have given their lives in Afghanistan certainly care as well.
“Americans deserve to know what Mitt Romney would do as Commander-in-Chief, and rather than outlining a plan to end the war, he has thus far simply criticized the President for setting a timetable to bring our troops home. If Governor Romney and his advisors don’t have an answer because they don’t have a plan, they should let us know that, too.”