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The New, Santorum-ized Mitt Romney at CPAC



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CPAC crowds are polite, even if they’re not quite convinced about Mitt Romney: He was greeted with a warm, and loud, standing ovation.

Romney on his work in business: “I’m not ashamed to say I was successful in doing it.” His first sustained applause line.

Is it just me, is did Romney seem to be evoking one of his rivals with these lines?

My wife and I raised five boys and one of the lessons you learn is that when you hear an excuse that just doesn’t make sense . . . it’s because it doesn’t make sense. . . .

To change Washington, we must change the relationship between government and citizen. These are moral choices that will define us for generations to come. . . .

Today we borrow almost forty cents of every dollar we spend. That is unconscionable. It’s unsustainable. It’s reckless. It’s immoral. . . .

Make no mistake — we have an opportunity for Greatness but with that opportunity comes defining responsibility.

Just change the gender of the children and any one of those lines could have been delivered by Santorum, I would argue.

When a rival starts getting traction against Romney with a particular argument or tone, the former governor just assimilates it.


Tags: Mitt Romney , Rick Santorum


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