When Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off in their second debate Tuesday night, Matt Romney was in the audience to support his dad with the rest of his brothers.
“We were excited,” said Matt Romney. “Obviously President Obama came out with a little more aggressiveness than he did in the last debate, but I feel like my dad really mastered it very well. I think what he did more importantly is he laid out his record.”
While some conservatives have been blasting moderator Candy Crowley for being too pro-Obama, Matt Romeny shied away from criticizing her.
“When we look at the moderators, we really feel like they are doing the best job they can,” Matt Romney said. “I just look at President Obama and my dad. I feel like the debates are a great chance for them to speak their minds without too much of a filter. So far, I think the debates have proven that they can do that.”
Crowley told the Associated Press she was only “trying to bring some sort of clarity to the situation” when she interrupted Romney’s comments about how Obama handled the Libyan attacks.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign declared Obama the winner while attacking Romney’s performance during the debate.
“Romney misfired on his attacks and fired blanks on his own proposals,” said Campaign Manager Jim Messina. “When he was exposed on the emptiness of his own plans, he was rattled, lashed out against moderator and refused to explain his indefensible ideas.”
Debates Are 'Great Forum' for Romney's Campaign
The debates are just one way the Romney campaign are trying to let the public see who Romney is and what he’s about. As the race tightens between Romney and Obama, Matt Romney said America’s getting to see Romney the way he sees the former Massachusetts governor – as a dad, a father and a husband.
“I don’t think many people had a chance to get to know my dad in a personal way. They are still doing that,” Matt Romney said. “I think the debates are a great forum for that, and I think that is why you are seeing the polls tighten.
“That is why we are seeing a lot of people on the ground saying ‘the more I see your dad, the more I like him.’ They haven’t had a chance to see him yet.
“That is what a campaign is about, that is what the debates are about. This is just a great opportunity for us just to allow him to present his vision of smaller government, reduced taxes for the middle class, less regulation, allowing small businesses to flourish and to turn the economy around. “
Coming Back to Wisconsin
While Matt Romney was visiting the Republican Party of Waukesha County’s headquarters to thank volunteers for working on their dad’s campaign, his other brothers will be making visits to the home state of Romney’s vice presidential pick, Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Janesville.
And while nothing’s officially announced, Romney could return to Wisconsin. He was in Waukesha in August for Ryan’s homecoming event days after Romney announced Ryan as his vice presidential pick.
“I would guess he would (come to Wisconsin),” Matt Romney said. “This state is very close for us, we really feel like we can win this state. Between him and Congressman Ryan, I am sure they will be spending some time here.”