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Friday, November 16, 2012

Romney's "Gifts" Remark Ignores His Own Fatal Flaw | RealClearPolitics

“Hey, buddy, how you doing? What’s happening?” Romney said to the African-American child. “You’ve got some bling-bling there, too!”

In the countless hours I spent in Romney’s presence during his first White House run (and mostly from a greater distance during his second bid), I saw a man who was preternaturally upbeat, well-meaning, and kind to just about everyone he encountered, friends and strangers alike.

But I also saw a candidate who seemed by nature almost uniquely ill-equipped to appeal to the young and minority voters who ended up playing a key role in his electoral demise.


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