This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Mitt Romney Opts for Battle on Two Fronts

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Who is Mitt Romney?

The GOP candidate's decision to fight on two political fronts ahead of Super Tuesday has left undecided Republican voters to wonder which candidate the campaign wants them to vote for.

Mitt Romney

Romney is still locked in a struggle with his Republican opponents, but he's also going after President Barack Obama now, as the former Massachusetts governor has hurled attacks over the past week at the three men he sees as the key obstacles to his goal of reaching the White House.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Obama could represent a deeper conflict of self-identity for Romney.

Gingrich flanked Romney in South Carolina about his life as a private equity titan who wouldn't release his tax returns. Santorum won conservative voters in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri by touting his conservative record in the Senate against Romney's as a governor. Obama and his campaign have jabbed Romney on various issues as they see the candidate as the likely GOP nominee.

The problem is that Romney has made it difficult for voters to find a clear message as to which Republican he is: The one who can beat the president or the one who can't deflect a couple of has-been GOP players.

Romney is familiar with, but hasn't won his GOP battle.

"As Newt Gingrich visits Ohio, he still has questions he needs to answer about his work for the lobbyists at Freddie Mac," Romney said last Tuesday in a statement. "Ohioans have suffered during the housing crisis, while Speaker Gingrich was using his influence and connections to promote Freddie Mac's agenda in Washington."

Romney's campaign made a strategic decision to highlight Gingrich's Freddie Mac problem in Florida to parry the former speaker's unending condemnations of the former governor's private equity work that cut jobs and bankrupted companies.

Romney pointed out that Gingrich's consulting for the mortgage giant played an integral role in the housing crisis, which hit Florida harder than most other U.S. states. Essentially, Romney admitted that some of his private equity projects failed, but he said failure came with the territory and that he had more successes across his business career. On the other hand, as Romney told it, Gingrich helped a mortgage corporation even when it was clear they had promoted unhealthy lending practices.

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs