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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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Romney campaigns with Iowa Senate candidate Ernst

Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa Sunday for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, hoping to capitalize on President Barack Obama’s sagging approval rating in the state two years after he defeated the former Massachusetts governor to win a second term in part by carrying Iowa.

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Romney campaigns with Iowa Senate candidate Ernst

Mitt Romney was visiting Iowa Sunday to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, one of several Republicans in battleground states hoping to capitalize on President Barack Obama’s sagging approval rating two years after he defeated the former Massachusetts governor to win a second term.

 

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