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Mitt Romney Beats Barack Obama — If Republicans Are Smart

Romney is not the perfect conservative, but he gives the GOP the best shot to get back in the White House.

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Mary Claire Kendall

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December 15, 2011 - 12:00 am
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When it comes to former Governor Mitt Romney and his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Republicans remind me of children who criticize their parents for the smallest flaw, missing the obvious bigger picture — parents make possible many benefits, starting with life. In Romney’s case, this, of course, refers to giving Republicans political life — getting back in the White House to get America back on track.

So, which Republican candidate has the best chance of beating Barack Obama?

That would be Romney.

He’s been beating Obama in the general election matchup polls since April — he’s the only one. Even as Newt Gingrich surges in the Republican presidential primary polls, he lags in this key indicator. Plus, as the recent USA Today/Gallup poll revealed, President Obama trails Mitt Romney in 12 swing states by 5 points (43% to 48%) among registered voters.

Why is this so?

It’s simple: Romney, with his business and government background, will do a better job than Obama on the economy — by a mile. And most Americans know it.

When “Believe in America,” Romney’s first New Hampshire ad, came out November 21, the media narrowly focused on the “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose” line. (Never mind that it’s obvious Obama wasn’t saying that about himself.  But it does apply to Obama now — which, of course, was the whole point! ) In so doing, the media totally overlooked Romney’s passionate message about the economy. To wit:

“I’m going to do something to government. I call it the smaller, simpler, smarter approach to government — getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states and finally making government itself more efficient.”

“I’m going to get rid of Obamacare. It’s killing jobs and it’s keeping our kids from having the bright prospects they deserve.”

“We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in.

“I’ll make sure that America is a job creating machine like it has been in the past.”

“It’s high time to bring those principles of fiscal responsibility to Washington, D.C.”

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