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Can Mitt Move Beyond Romneycare?

Romney's health care speech on Thursday is a necessity and a gamble. Either a total defense or repudiation of Romneycare could damage him with GOP or swing voters. It's perhaps hard not to feel some sympathy for the situation Mitt Romney has found himself in. By the close of the 2008 Republican …

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Written by Fred Bauer on Wednesday May 11, 2011

For GOP: Pawlenty vs. Romney is the Main Event

The GOP primary field is about to get crowded, but in the end the race will boil down to a battle between Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty. Bill Kristol posts that he now believes that Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann will indeed all declare. The National Journal simultaneousl…

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Written by David Frum on Sunday May 1, 2011

Barbour's Withdrawal Boosts Romney

Now that he's out of the race, Haley Barbour - the ultimate party regular - will gravitate to the party regulars' consensus choice: Mitt Romney. Who benefits from Barbour’s withdrawal? Short answer: Romney. Barbour would have been effective competition for support of Romney donors. As is, Barbour …

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Written by David Frum on Monday April 25, 2011

Mitt Romney’s Achilles Heel

The Onion takes a swing at one of Mitt Romney's biggest worries: how to sell his Massachusetts health plan to Republican voters. The Onion identifies it: "Every day I am haunted by the fact that I gave impoverished Massachusetts citizens a chance to receive health care," Romney told …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday April 21, 2011

Romney: Not Cynical Enough?

Romney may be notorious for changing his stance on issues, yet lately he seems too eager to say what he believes rather than what will win political points. Is Mitt Romney's biggest problem that he’s just not cynical enough? It seems like a ridiculous conclusion since the man is notorious for …

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Thursday April 14, 2011

The GOP's Romney Problem

If the economy remains depressed into 2012, Romney could well defeat Obama. However, he would also be a very dangerous candidate for the GOP to lose with. So here's my Romney problem, triggered by yesterday's formal announcement (hem, exploration). I think Mitt Romney would make a fine …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday April 12, 2011

Romney Can't Keep Running From Romneycare

Mitt Romney's Presidential announcement video doesn't mention his Massachusetts healthcare plan, but he can't keep avoiding it. Mitt Romney's announcement video leads with jobs. Good. It cites Romney's real world business experience. Good. It treats his healthcare plan as an embarrassing …

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Written by David Frum on Monday April 11, 2011

Reading Romney’s Mind

As Republicans edge closer to a shutdown and Democrats get ready to run against the Ryan budget, what's going through Romney's head? This has been my best week in politics since John McCain lost to Barack Obama. I face two huge problems: getting nominated and getting elected. To get …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday April 7, 2011

Romney's Healthcare Talking Points Still Need Work

Romney has developed a set of answers when he is asked about his Massachusetts healthcare plan, but they still need some work. At the RJC annual meeting in Las Vegas, Mitt Romney delivered the big speech on Saturday. He did a good job too, talking about issues from employment to Israel - …

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Written by David Frum on Sunday April 3, 2011

Ryan Won't Defend Romney's Healthcare Law

Ryan Won't Defend Romney's Healthcare Law The Weekly Standard reports : This morning at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the American Spectator , Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan talked about what he's looking for in a Republican presidential candidate, reiterated he won't seek …

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Written by FrumForum News on Wednesday March 2, 2011