Mitt Romney is becoming so comfortable with his role as the presumptive nominee of the Republican party that he told a Wisconsin audience Sunday night that he would likely be the one to face Obama in a general election.
Romney displayed a relaxed and confident tone as he campaigned across Wisconsin over the weekend, even predicting victory in the Badger State at one point. Stumping in a suburb of Madison tonight, the former Massachusetts governor predicted that the president would come after him with personal attacks when it became a man-on-man race.
"This president can’t run on his record," Romney told a capacity crowd gathered to see him at a hotel ballroom. "And so he’s going to try in every way he can to divert to some other kind of attack and try to have people disqualify our nominee, which will probably be me, and instead of talking about where we’ve been, and where we’re going as a nation.”
Romney's renewed criticism's of the president come after he highlighted earlier this weekend his efforts at bridging partisan divides while he was the governor of Massachusetts.
In response to a question at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin about the partisan divide in Congress, Romney said that as governor of Massachusetts, he was able to pass legislation even though the Legislature was overwhelmingly Democratic.
“I didn't criticize in a public and personal way the Senate president or the speaker of the House,” he GOP presidential front-runner said. “They would attack me because that’s what Republicans and Democrats do to each other. At one point, one of the two of them -- I won't mention which one -- sent me a note. And he said, ‘I’ve noticed that you don’t respond to my attacks, I’m going to stop attacking you.’ And there began a better relationship.”