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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.
He's just not popular enough.
Or: A brief history of candidates who try and try again.
Members of Mitt Romney's inner circle are shooting down speculation about the former Republican presidential nominee's 2016 ambitions on the eve of a senior staff reunion in Washington.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there is no question in his mind that he would have been more effective in the White House than President Barack Obama. But he reiterates he has no plans to run again.
Arguments for slashing defense spending are wrong - and the president's is especially ludicrous.
Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?
The same formula that felled Romney threatens to derail some of the year's most promising candidates.
If you guessed that the name 'Robert Murray' was involved, you are correct.
Republicans may not be the only party with a "race problem."
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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