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Romney pulls ahead of Republican pack

world Updated: Sep 30, 2011 00:02 IST
Philip Rucker
Philip Rucker
Hindustan Times
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Once again, there was another group of Republicans begging its latest dream date to run for president. And once again, there was Mitt Romney, in his fifth year of running for president, facing questions about why he never seems to be the one Republicans are swooning over.

“You just express what you believe, talk about the issues you care about. Hopefully, people will come to you in the final analysis,” the former Massachusetts governor said, adding that “you keep your head down, talk about the issues you care about, hope the other n A supporter at a Mitt Romney campaign stop in Goffstown, New Hampshire Brian Snyder / reuters photo guys stumble.”

It has been like that all year for Romney: hoping the others stumble. To a certain degree, it has worked. The excitement about Donald Trump ended in April when he decided not to run. Ditto Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in May. In July, Michele Bachmann caught fire, only to fade by the end of August.

That’s when Texas governor Rick Perry surged to the lead, but he has run into trouble of late.

So instead of trying to channel the anger of the Republican base, Mitt Romney is being Mitt Romney - steady and serious. The question now is whether enough Republicans will find that appealing.


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