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March 30, 2012

Romney Struggles to Connect

As Mitt Romney works to solidify his lead in the Republican presidential primary, the New York Times reports that his supporters have been "pleading with Mitt Romney to share personal details of his life. They stood at town-hall-style meetings and chatted before rallies, clamoring for a story or an anecdote that would help them connect with the real Mitt Romney."

"But even if Republican voters appear increasingly eager to fall for him, it is not clear that Mr. Romney can satisfy their desire for warm, revealing moments. His campaign advisers say that as the primary season winds down, they expect Mr. Romney will have more opportunities to talk about himself in a personal way. He has already started to appear again in more settings that lend themselves to intimate exchanges with voters and will soon do longer interviews."

"Still, the aides say Mr. Romney has a natural reticence -- he regards talking about himself as bragging, they say. And they are all too aware of his susceptibility to awkward or off-key statements when it comes to disclosing personal information."


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