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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.
Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.
He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.
Although he could have won the nomination, he would have been weakened for the general election.
Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.
Romney wasn't the problem in 2012, Republicans.
The Republican told supporters in a call that he would not run for president a third time, saying the campaign would have been a "difficult test and a hard fight."
Original story cited memo.
The reboot no one asked for.
During a speech, Romney made clear that a potential 2016 bid would focus on foreign affairs and poverty.
If Mitt Romney chooses to run for president again, he is determined to rebrand himself as authentic. And central to that mission is making public what he has kept private.
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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