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Former Massachussetts governor Mitt Romney launched his 2012 presidential bid by casting himself as the candidate most capable of solving America’s economic problems. Romney’s financial expertise gave him unique value to Republicans following his failed 2008 presidential bid as government bailouts, spending and deficits overshadowed social issues like abortion rights and gay marriage.

But it’s unclear whether Romney can broaden his appeal and capture the enthusiasm of the surging, anti-establishment tea-party activists as he runs again in 2012.

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