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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.
Romney's bracket is in the top 0.2 percent on ESPN.com.
Rubio is winning over Romney aides and intimates, which could help clear path into top tier of 2016 hopefuls.
The reboot no one asked for.
Which might not be what you'd expect.
Some allies say the results show that Romney would be formidable against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The vacuum of power within the Republican Party could entice him to run for president a third time.
Arguments for slashing defense spending are wrong - and the president's is especially ludicrous.
Mitt Romney emerges as the GOP's most in-demand surrogate and is planning a busy fall of campaigning.
What we learned from Romney's post on Medium.
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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