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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.
The New York Times profiles post-campaign Mitt.
Always assume a camera is on you.
Comparing the president's approval rating with his 2012 base of support.
The White House, diversity at the Capitol and UNAVOIDABLE DESPAIR.
He's just not popular enough.
Thinking about running for president is good for business. Too few women have realized this.
A new ad in North Carolina pushes "replace" over "repeal."
Or: A brief history of candidates who try and try again.
Can Chris Christie, or anyone else, transform the party's appeal in 2016?
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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