POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Mitt Romney played it low key when he clinched the GOP nomination last night, and made clear today the next phase will be tough.
"Not a lot of people have focused time on the characteristics of a new candidate like myself," said Romney.
Romney looks presidential and he's made a comeback with women voters - up 13 points in a new poll - but the multi-millionaire can seem out of touch with the middle class. He meets tonight with Hewlett-Packard CEO, Meg Whitman, days after she announced 27,000 layoffs.
Jobs losses blamed on Romney's company, Bain, will figure in more attack ads from the Obama campaign.
Barack Obama today called Romney to congratulate him.
This next phase will be easier for the president. He can take action to impress voters. Today, signing a bill to help U.S. companies sell more overseas and hire more workers at home.
However, the President's record will come under more attack now; going into this new phase, Team Romney is outspending Team Obama on ads: $45 million, compared to $39 million.