Steve Forbes, publisher of Forbes, Inc., told The Daily Caller in an interview that President Barack Obama’s attempts to “demonize” presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney will “backfire.”
“I think the idea of trying to demonize Governor Romney’s going to backfire. Their attempts so far have failed pretty outstandingly and I think at the end of the day, people are going to say, ‘what was Obama’s record?’ Governor Romney’s got pro-growth Reaganesque proposals on the table,” Forbes TheDC on Capitol Hill.
“He’s demonstrated he’s a crisis manager. Demonstrated executive experience so people I think are going to say, ‘Let’s try him. The old coach didn’t work. Let’s try a new one.’”
Forbes also said Romney’s experience in the GOP primary has prepared him for the Obama campaign’s attacks on his record at Bain Capital. (RELATED: Obama stands by attacks on Romney’s Bain Capital days)
“It’s the only thing [Obama] can do given his miserable record on the economy and, I think, Governor Romney’s had plenty on preparation in the primaries on how to handle it and make the case for freedom, free markets and his own record of really creating wealth, creating wealth for pensions, creating all of the jobs, trying to save companies that are in trouble. Imagine having a president who knows something about business in the private sector. What a shock,” Forbes told TheDC.
“The president’s going to do it fair or not and I think Governor Romney’s going be able to handle it very well and at the end of the day, it’s going to hurt the president more than it’s going to hurt Governor Romney because you’re attacking people who are trying to get real things done.”