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October 03, 2012

Why Isn't Romney Running Against Bush Too?

Jonathan Martin wonders why Mitt Romney isn't trying to distance himself from former President George W. Bush.

"Polling suggests that such a strategy of 'triangulation,' as it was termed when Bill Clinton sought to separate himself from his own party and the opposition, isn't an option but a necessity: 62 percent of self-described moderates said that they blamed Bush and the Republicans for the country's economic troubles while just 30 percent of the same voters faulted Obama and the Democrats, according to a CNN poll last month."

"Indicting both parties for America's fiscal problems would help Romney detach himself from Bush and buy a measure of credibility with voters fed up with Washington. And given the remorse many conservatives have about the spending that took place under the last administration and the GOP base's immense desire to oust Obama, it seems unlikely that Romney would lose many Republican loyalists in the course of trying to appeal to swing voters."


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