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Candidates avoid discussing Romney's faults

Smart Politics provides critical analyses of broadcast news.

Hardly anyone is paying attention to Mitt Romney but the Democratic National Committee. Romney has gotten more attention from broadcast and cable news than his Republican rivals in only four of the last 22 weeks, according to an analysis of broadcast and cable news by the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics. The other primary candidates have drawn attention to themselves, but not to Romney's flaws, so the DNC has started airing ads to nudge the Not Romneys into attacking Romney successfully, NBC News' First Read writes. The biggest spender on TV ads so far this year hasn't been the well-financed Rick Perry, but the DNC, which has spent more than twice what Perry has. The thing is, Romney's campaign likes this just fine.

The Atlantic Wire
November 29, 2011

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