From the headlines on AOL yesterday:
He, merely, as your own reporting indicates, challenged her assessment of his political leanings:
Mitt Romney defended his conservative credentials on Wednesday, deflecting doubtful comments made by Sarah Palin about his strength with Republican voters.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor said that she was “not convinced” by Romney’s conservatism.
When asked about Palin’s comments on Wednesday, Romney defended his conservatism, giving a laundry list of examples.
“I’m not quite sure what she’d be referring to,” Romney said during his appearance on Fox News. “I’m pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, I believe in the Second Amendment. As governor, I balanced the budget every year I was in office, put in place a $2 billion rainy day fund, cut taxes 19 times.”
Hardly sounds like hitting back to me, but does sound like skewing a headline in order to suggest divisions within Republican ranks.