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In Gingrich, Romney Now Sees a Grave Threat

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nside a drab office building here, Mitt Romney’s aides have been following all the rules. Now they’ll find out if the rules still apply. Build on Mr. Romney’s 2008 run to assemble a broad but lean campaign infrastructure? Check. Focus the candidate’s message, in strong debate performances and well-controlled campaign events, on the core issue of economic revival? Check.

Gingrich: Kill Romney with kindness

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The surging Republican presidential candidate instructed his aides on Thursday morning not to respond to any attacks Romney has leveled against him or advance in coming days, according to a Gingrich campaign adviser. After reading news accounts Thursday morning about Romney’s advisers gaming out strategies to attack him, Gingrich told aides he wants his campaign, and himself, to focus exclusively on his ideas and what he sees as President Obama’s failings.

Republican Leaders Still Seem Torn About Romney

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Republican leaders remain bullish about their party’s chances of winning the White House, but after spending much of this year unsuccessfully trying to recruit new candidates, they are coming to the conclusion that their eventual nominee will carry substantial flaws into the general election. A month before the first round of voting begins, with the top of the field seeming to take shape, many Republicans remain torn over whether to back Mitt Romney and still want to see how Newt Gingrich or another alternative develops.

Slugging it out with Gingrich

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The Romney camp is worried. By this point in the Republican presidential campaign, Mitt Romney's backers had hoped that conservative voters would be coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor as the inevitable nominee. But that's not happening.

On the Trail: November 29-30

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As the Republican candidates and President Obama hit the road, Washington Week tracks moments from the campaign trail.

November 29-30, 2011.

 

Huntsman: Does he really have the makings of a third-party candidate?

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Huntsman’s favorite-candidate status among Beltway pundits, and liberals, has led to questions about whether he would consider mounting a third party bid if he failed to win the GOP nod (which at this point, let’s face it, looks pretty likely). But every time he’s asked about a possible independent bid, Huntmsan says no.

After 2008, Romney works a very different campaign

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Four years ago, Mitt Romney was done in when he ended up fighting a multi-front battle against different opponents. This year, it has been his lucky fate to escape any real battles from any specific opponent. That will soon change. Romney’s 2008 strategy, built on the assumption that someone not nationally known could take the nomination only by winning early and often, was based on some sound assumptions. What he didn’t anticipate was how the campaign would unfold against him.

Dog-Whistling on Immigration Through Endorsements

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For a fascinating study in contrasts, consider the dueling endorsements trotted out today by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Romney, who has taken a hardline position on immigration that emphasizes border security above all else, campaigned this morning in Miami with three current and former Cuban-American members of Congress who have all championed legislation that would offer a illegal immigrants a pathway to cititzenship.

Battle of the Blemishes

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The Republican presidential race is now dominated by giants: the giant flaws of the front-runners. With 36 days to go before the first votes are cast in Iowa, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich stand atop the field—familiar, formidable, and flawed. Romney has a history of shifting positions and supported the individual health care mandate. Gingrich has some of those same flaws plus a complicated personal history. The question for voters choosing between the two: Which candidate’s troubles are too big?

Democrats Take Aim at Romney in New Ad

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The Democratic National Committee on Monday escalated its effort to define Mitt Romney, seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012, as a flip-flopper with a new ad in five battleground states. Called “Trapped,” it is styled as a parody of a sci-fi movie trailer for “the story of two men trapped in one body.”