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The campaigning gap

By Ezra Klein,

Put aside what you think of President Obama’s policies, or the GOP’s criticisms. Think back to the clips you’ve seen of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigning. Now watch Obama speaking to the United Auto Workers today.

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Barack Obama can be a bit of a joyless president. He plays the only adult in the room. He adopts the demeanor of a disappointed dad. This has led many to forget that he’s a really, really, good campaigner. That’s how he went, in four years, from Illinois state senator to first African-American President of the United States.

Republicans mock Obama for using a teleprompter. But Romney uses a telepompter, too. He had two of them in Detroit.

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The question in a campaign isn’t who uses a teleprompter. It’s who uses it best.

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