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Ruth Dudley Edwards: Obama has Romney to thank for being his best hope of re-election

The Republican candidate's proclivity for gaffes is the despair of his supporters, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 23/09/2012 | 05:00

For the Democrats these days, Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama's job approval was stuck stubbornly below the magic 50 per cent figure which pundits think is vital to winning an election. Now he's nearly there.

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Some of the credit goes to Obama, who is one lucky politician. But much more should go to Romney, his propensity to make foolish throwaway remarks and his incapacity to recover from them gracefully.

Take the row about the attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya.

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