Americans don’t know much about Mitt Romney, except that he’s rich and once offered to make a $10,000 bet in a Republican debate, former White House spokesman Bill Burton said at the Reuters Washington Summit on Wednesday.
Burton, who left the White House to co-found a Super PAC to raise money and create ads aimed at making sure Romney doesn’t defeat President Barack Obama in November, said people need to learn more about the presumptive Republican nominee.
“He’s a blank slate to the American people. People know very little about him - to the extent that they know anything it’s what they’ve heard on Saturday Night Live or Jon Stewart or the things that they pass around on Facebook,” he said.
“What people know about Mitt Romney is that he’s rich. And that’s kind of it,” Burton said. “That’s why I think it’s important that people understand how it is that he made millions and millions of dollars. Because it’s not like he’s Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or somebody who had this great idea and was an entrepreneur and able to sell it to the American people.”
Photo credit: Bill Burton, senior strategist of Priorities USA Action, speaks during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas