Mitt Romney (Campaign photo)
BOSTON (August 10, 2012)—GOP challenger Mitt Romney faces urgent tasks as he heads into a new phase of his race for the White House.
He's trying to repair an image damaged by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign in which he’s lost ground to President Barack Obama.
He's got opportunities, starting with a big battleground-state bus tour beginning Saturday.
He could get a boost, as well, when he announces his choice of a running mate.
And the Republican National Convention at which he’ll accept the nomination should also give his campaign momentum.
If the past few days are any indication, Romney will spend the coming weeks trying to gain ground largely by trying to drag Mr. Obama down on a host of issues, which represents a shift away from the all-economy, all-the-time strategy of the past several months.