Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

The Bush-Obama Years

Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting campaign stop in Derry, N.H., July 14, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Why Mitt Romney should run against our 43rd president

‘If you agree with the approach I just described, if you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for Mr. Romney,” declared President Obama in his June 14 economic address in Cleveland. “We can’t afford to jeopardize our future by repeating the mistakes of the past,” he added. “Not now, not when there’s so much at stake.”

Obama hammered in his point: Mitt Romney is George W. Bush, and a vote for Romney is a vote for a return to Bush. And Bush was bad, very, very bad.

This wasn’t exactly a daring new …

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