Boston, MA — Mitt Romney's campaign team is planning to release video footage of the Republican presidential nominee playing with kittens in an effort to repair his sagging public image, an anonymous source has revealed.
The unconventional approach comes to light in the wake of a disastrous week which saw Romney's image taking a severe blow after the sensational leak of a secretly filmed video showing the affluent Republican contender making disparaging comments about the poor at a private fundraising event.
According to the source, the video will be set up and shot somewhere in Michigan, possibly in the home in which the former Massachusetts governor grew up.
"Everyone's in panic mode right now. They're hoping that these kittens would do the trick and reverse the negative tide for him (Romney)," the source was quoted as saying.
Romney's campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, would neither confirm nor deny the report, but has said that they are "fully committed to getting back on our feet and winning this thing."
The gaffe-prone Romney, who won a contentious Republican primary this year, has been trailing incumbent President Barack Obama in most election polls. In the latest national Gallup poll released Wednesday, Romney is dead even with Obama with 47 percentage points. Other polls have put Obama further ahead, most notably a Pew survey that gave him an eight-point advantage. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll gives Obama a five-point lead.