Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said that he thought the Obama campaign's ability to define Mitt Romney over the summer of 2012 was a big reason President Obama won. Appearing on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" Thursday to talk about debt negotiations, Cole was asked to weigh in on top Romney adviser Stuart Stevens' defense of the Romney campaign.
If I were picking something, I would have said a better job of defining Mitt Romney over the summer early was probably the biggest drawback. Once people got to know him after that first debate, it's amazing how quickly they transformed things. I think they did real and lasting damage. I give the Obama campaign credit. They picked exactly the right moment when they had a financial advantage between june and august, before general election. They defined him and did a good job. People in the Romney campaign don't have anything to be ashamed of. They ran a tough race.