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'The Real Romney': Unmasking The Man, The Candidate14:52
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns in Hilton Head, S.C. on Friday. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns in Hilton Head, S.C. on Friday. (AP)

In many ways, an American Presidential race is the world's biggest Rorschach test. In the amorphous shape of a candidate, voters see what they want to see. Still, there is an actual person dwelling within the political persona. The question is, how much of the distortion - how much of the ink-blottiness - of the candidate's personality is due to the demands of a modern presidential campaign, and how much is due to self-distortions made by the candidate himself?

This time around, there's no one the question applies better to than Mitt Romney. It may be the No. 1 long-term issue dogging his campaign. Who is this guy? Social conservative or political moderate? Visionary businessman or ruthless capitalist? Slick political strategist or flip-flopper?

Two veteran political reporters from The Boston Globe tackle the question head-on in a new biography, entitled: "The Real Romney."

Guests:

  • Scott Helman, co-author of "The Real Romney" and staff writer at The Boston Globe
  • Michael Kranish, co-author and deputy Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe

More:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/78685078/Excerpt-The-Real-Romney

This program aired on January 18, 2012.

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