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Why Romney came up short on Election Day

To the editor:

There are a multitude of reasons why Mitt Romney was not elected. Among the most basic reasons is that hardly anyone really wanted him to be president. He suffered from a weak demand. Most of the Republican presidents of my lifetime had a big following before they ran.

This was certainly true of Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, and even for Nixon and “W.” (The elder Bush did not inspire adulation but he had been Reagan’s vice president and some of the stardust had rubbed off on him. Ford is a special case since he was not popularly elected.)

Romney’s voters were voting more against Obama than for Romney.

Karl W. Ryavec

Pelham

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