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September 29, 2011

Why Romney Hasn't Caught On

The New York Times and Washington Post both take a  look at Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and wonder why he hasn't been able to excite Republican primary voters.

First Read: "Yet here's one reason both articles don't really mention: his past positions on issues... Only six years ago, he supported abortion rights; in 1994, he sent a letter saying he'd be a stronger advocate for gay rights than Ted Kennedy; according to a 2006 article, he supported a path to citizenship for law-abiding illegal immigrants; he has said that his Massachusetts health-care law should be a model for other states; and he said back in June that humans have contributed to the world getting warmer -- and that it's important to reduce emissions to combat that. All of those positions are anathema to conservatives. A question: Does this Republican electorate want to 'settle,' gravitate behind the most electable? When they've 'settled in the past, many conservative leaders have regretted it (see McCain or Dole or Bush 41)."


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