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Romney Releases New Hampshire Ad

11:22 AM, Dec 30, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released yet another ad, though today's is targeted at New Hampshire, the state that holds the first in the nation primary:

Romney, once again, is trying to portray himself as a visionary--and as an optimist. He did this earlier in the week with an ad aimed at Iowa.

"This election is about more than just replacing a president," Romney says in the ad. "It is an election to save the soul of America. We still believe in an America that brings out the best in all of us; that challenges each of us to be better and bigger than ourselves. It’s time for this pessimistic president to step aside and let American optimism that built this greatest nation on Earth build a greater future for our children. If you believe the disappointments of the past few years are a detour, not a destiny, then I am asking for your vote."

Perhaps this ad release is a sign that Romney, after showing confidence that he'd win the Iowa caucus next week, is hedging his bet. It would seem that if the outcome in Iowa is not what Romney hopes, he would want to look like he's been focused on New Hampshire. But of course he can't make it look like he's too focused on New Hampshire without alienating Iowa voters. Since he really is betting a lot on Iowa, as Jonathan V. Last and Stephen F. Hayes reported. 

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