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Politics

News Analysis

Romney a confident challenger; Obama a cautious incumbent

WASHINGTON — For more than a year Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama from afar. Hopping from state to state, from rally to rally, he has slammed the president over his policies and called for a more conservative path for the country.

Romney finally got his chance Wednesday night to face down the president in person, and he appeared to make the most of it with a direct critique of Obama’s first term that was cogent and sharp.

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