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Words boost, bedevil Romney

Jeb Bush gives a coveted backing; aide likens campaign to an Etch A Sketch

ARBUTUS, Md. - Mitt Romney sought to capitalize Wednesday on his sweeping victory in Illinois, hailing the surprise endorsement from one of his party’s beacons, Jeb Bush, while trying to corral support from other prominent Republicans.

Yet comments from a top aide inadvertently turned a morning of celebration into an afternoon of damage control for the GOP presidential candidate. Eric Fehrnstrom appeared to imply on CNN that Romney could essentially wipe away the arch conservative views he has forcefully espoused in the primaries once he pivots to take on President Obama in the general election.

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