Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney often talks about the people he meets while campaigning, but he usually does so to illustrate a story about a successful business - a man who made sandwiches in his garage and grew his company into a national chain, a woman who makes furniture for hospital waiting rooms.
On Wednesday, Romney took a different tack, and told stories of economic hardship that he linked to President Obama’s stewardship of a sluggish economy.
Romney’s empathy for unemployed Americans appeared to be an effort to repair the damage from comments he made in a leaked videotape that has sent his poll numbers on a downward slide.
[Photo: Supporters, including one holding a sign reading “Defend Freedom, Defeat Obama,” listen as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder]