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The Debate Winner

How the Republican contests help Obama.

Dec 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14 • By FRED BARNES
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Romney, more often than his rivals, was declared the winner of debates. But he turns out to be a loser. He was too cautious, declining to make a strong pitch for conservatives and thus broaden his base of support. Gingrich was expansive and had nothing but praise for the other candidates. He was the big winner of the debate sweepstakes.

Along with Obama. He’s marketed, with some success, the notion that the 2012 election is a choice between the rich and the middle class. Caught up in debates, Republicans have been too busy to give this notion the drubbing it deserves.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

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