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Is Romney Letting ObamaCare Off the Hook?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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The verdict now seems to be in on the Romney campaign’s strategy of generally avoiding making the case against Obamacare and choosing not to make President Obama’s defining legislation a defining issue in this campaign. That strategy plainly seems to have benefited both Obamacare and Obama, and it likely goes a long way toward explaining Romney’s struggles in the polls. Moreover, given how much each party relies on its presidential nominee to make the case for its side, it may also help explain why Rasmussen’s polling of likely voters now shows Democrats leading Republicans on thegeneric congressional ballot for only the second time in the 88 weeks since Republicans took control of the House.

The good news, however, is that we’re still almost two full months from Election Day, so there remains plenty of time for Romney’s campaign to adopt a strategy on Obamacare that’s more conducive both to victory and to repeal.

The Romney campaign’s strategy is aimed at appealing to independents. Yet by not making the case against Obamacare, Romney is rapidly losing independents on this issue.

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