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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan have made the weak economy the cornerstone of their campaign. In the weeks leading up to the General Election, both parties have focused their campaign efforts on the so-called battleground states _ those that do not reliably vote either Republican or Democratic.
The former governor and business executive has substantial strengths: He's well-known and has a personal fortune. He fundraises through an established network of donors. He's had success in business and knows the logistics of a national campaign after losing the 2008 GOP nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
But critics have slammed Romney for his changing positions on social issues including abortion and gay rights, shifts that have left conservatives questioning his sincerity. He also has struggled to curb some skepticism about his Mormon faith, which many evangelical Christians view as a sect.
Which might not be what you'd expect.
The Romney rumblings are most likely consultant spin.
I promise there's a point to this.
Republicans are a long way from making a decision.
It took 22 people to approve Mitt Romney's tweets. Here are some things you can do with 22 people (or fewer).
You could populate an entire city ... literally.
On issues like immigration, his presence means there will be an actual policy debate.
The GOP field doesn't really have one.
THE TAKE | Can he take advantage of his establishment support without letting it encumber his candidacy?
The former Florida governor and his allies are sending increasingly strong signals that he's gearing up for a campaign, asking others not to commit to potential rivals. Some are saying he could announce his intent within a month.
The GOP of 2016 isn't the GOP of 2008 or even of 2012.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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