Appearing Monday night on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Dan Rather said that Mitt Romney's presidential campaign was having an incredibly hard time focusing on the economy and job growth.


"Here's his basic problem," he explained. "We talked about it before. Does this man know what it is he believes? Is he willing to stick to it and fight for it? Whatever the truth of it is, the perception has been there from the beginning. This guy may not know really what he wants to do. These last few days have fuelled that. If he wins, he has to win on jobs and the economy. He can't seem to keep the focus there and you can't run a campaign with more twists than a pretzel factory."

Earlier in the segment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that the Romney campaign had corrected statements made by the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) multiple times over the past few days, giving the appearance that the campaign was either trying to appeal to particular niches of voters -- or was in complete disarray.

"I think future historians and politicians and people who cover politics will be looking at this campaign and studying it for a long time to come because the center of gravity has changed with Facebook, Twitter and the immense amount of coverage there is of a campaign," Rather said. "There's a time not long ago, you can say one thing to one group of people and another thing to another group of people and it wouldn't catch up. Those days are gone."

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