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Opinion

joan vennochi

Romney fails the trust test

Ted Kennedy would approve. President Obama took down Mitt Romney the same way the late Massachusetts senator did.

In battleground states, it was all about Bain Capital. As veteran political analyst Charlie Cook recently explained, voters encountered an unending barrage of attack ads aimed at Romney’s tenure there. The ads highlighted plant closures, layoffs, and outsourcing — the same themes Kennedy used to beat Romney in 1994. Like Kennedy, Obama turned Romney into a businessman with a heart of cold. Once tagged that way in America’s heartland, it was hard for Romney to change minds, even after a much-lauded first debate performance.

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