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A Changed Romney

Watch this clip of Mitt Romney sparring with a heckler at the Paul Ryan homecoming rally in Wisconsin last night and tell me where this candidate has been the whole campaign. This is not the same stiff, cautious Romney we’ve been watching for the past year and a half:

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the full video of Romney and Ryan in Wisconsin last night, do yourself a favor and click over to C-SPAN when you get a chance. With Ryan at his side, Romney is alive, he’s confident and he actually connects with the audience. A.B. Stoddard is correct that he’s turned into a different candidate overnight:

In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney not only surprised the political world late Friday night, but he has become a different candidate for president over night.

He is suddenly someone willing to take a risk, someone offering specifics instead of generalities, and someone willing to sell his own agenda to the voters instead of trying to bash his way into the Oval Office. And by embracing Ryan, and the controversial policy heft he brings to the ticket, Romney is now a serious candidate who has displayed true leadership — the willingness to do something politically dangerous because he believes it is the right thing to do.

Now, the question is, can Romney keep this up? Ryan has infused the campaign with new enthusiasm, but the trade-off is that the fight will get more difficult from here.



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