Democrats Tear at Romney, Don’t Mind GOP’s Primary Fight

Top Democrats in Tennessee are attacking Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ahead of next week’s Super Tuesday elections. And they say a protracted primary battle among Republicans is good for Democrats.

Democratic leaders held a conference call to tear at Romney’s jobs record, and said they’re targeting Romney because they expect he’ll eventually win the GOP nomination.

But Romney has actually been lagging among Tennessee Republicans. Two polls out this week put him behind Rick Santorum, who has stepped up campaigning here. State Democratic Chair Chip Forrester says it’s alright with him if Santorum continues to dog Romney:

“The fact that these candidates have had to move to such extreme positions to the right and have continued to spend tremendous amounts of money only weakens the nominee for November.”

Meanwhile Republicans have argued a long primary fight can strengthen a candidate, pointing to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton four years ago.

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