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opinion | renee loth

A spirited night for both Romney and Obama

Did you feel the earth shake Tuesday night? That wasn’t a temblor in southern Maine; that was the Etch A Sketch working overtime as Mitt Romney prepared for last night’s debate. “I’m not going to cut taxes for wealthy people,” he said. “Everyone in American should have access to contraception . . . Our party has been focused on big business for too long.” As Bill Clinton said so memorably, that takes brass.

Still, after 90 minutes of animated, not to say aggressive, policy discussion, few voters watching last night would confuse Romney and President Obama. Despite Romney’s recent pirouette to the center, the two candidates are profoundly different in their beliefs and visions for the future of America, and that came across in sharp relief.

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