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August 31, 2011

Romney Courts Tea Party

The news that Mitt Romney will attend a presidential candidate forum by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Labor Day seems to be part of a broader effort by the Romney campaign to court Tea Party votes, as the Boston Globe reports that he will also spend part of Labor Day at a Tea Party Express in New Hampshire.

First Read: "Mitt Romney has begun to shift course... Make no mistake: This isn't a full-blown 180-degree turn by Team Romney. Rather, like in sailing, it's a slight shift in course that -- over time -- will look like a bigger shift. And Romney was always going to have to do this; he couldn't run a primary race against Obama forever. But Perry's rapid ascension has expedited this change in course."

TPM: "It's a strategy that's easy to mock... but it shows that Team Romney is actively stepping up to the Perry challenge, which could have a dramatic effect on Perry's march to the top of the field."


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