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Who Is the Real Mitt Romney?

Posted: Apr 12, 2012

Rick Santorum's unexpected departure from the GOP presidential nomination race cleared the way and shortened the time for Mitt Romney to feel like President Obama's next challenger. Romney is where he wanted, but not necessarily in the best situation expected, according to an editorial in La Opinión.

Romney has taken hits in the Republican primaries -- including being accused of being anti-immigrant and being a Wall Street banker -- that could hurt his chances in the general election.

The apparent end of the primaries did not leave Romney in a solid position among the Republican base either, editors write. A large portion of the GOP made up of social conservatives, Christians and Tea Party supporters still mistrusts Romney.

Winning the trust of voters is indeed Romney's big challenge. During the primaries, he took on political positions that contradicted positions he previously held as candidate for governor and governor of Massachusetts. This lack of consistency damaged his image among conservatives, who saw him as insincere, and with independents, who in the best of cases are confused with his shifts of position.

Romney has the opportunity to unite the party behind him so he can finally run against Obama without any distractions. Time is in his favor. But only time will tell whether he makes the most of it to show what he's all about and convince voters of the virtues of the real Romney.

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