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Romney resets the race.

Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05 • By JAMES PIERESON
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Romney’s debate triumph almost guarantees that the outcome of the election will be close. At the same time, it may yet succeed in raising the level of the campaign to one commensurate with the magnitude of the problems the nation faces. The entitlement state is lurching ever closer to an existential crisis. Internationally, the postwar system, propped up by the American dollar and American military power, is headed toward an uncertain transition. An America burdened by debt and slow growth -cannot maintain either its domestic programs or its role abroad. Neither candidate, least of all President Obama, has yet scaled up his game to address these challenges. By besting Obama in Denver, Romney blew up the president’s plan to win with a “small ball” campaign. In doing so, he may have inadvertently forced a debate over the issues that really matter.

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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