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July 16, 2012


Running Opposite Campaigns

Zeke Miller: "Three months into this general election campaign, it's become clear that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have made drastically different bets on what will motivate voters this November -- choices that are playing out in two campaigns so different they might as well be running in different elections."

"For Obama, it has been a summer of gritty engagement: Sweaty campaigning, dramatic and intensely tactical -- not to say cynical -- policy moves aimed at specific constituencies. For his part, Romney has kept it cool and vague, staying largely off the trail and out of the weeds while his campaign plays out in 30-second television spots."

"It is also roughly the reverse of what a traditional re-election fight: The challenger is running a Rose Garden campaign, while the president stumps frantically, far from the South Lawn."












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