On March 15, 2012, POLITICO reported:
Even some of Romney’s vulnerabilities that have been hiding in plain sight have long eluded the attention of the other GOP candidates. When Gingrich was asked at a New Hampshire event in December about the role Planned Parenthood played in Romney’s Massachusetts health care law, it appeared to be the first the former House speaker had heard of it.
The result is that Romney has been given a pass on many of the complexities and nuances in his record that conservatives might reject, as well as a host of issues that are bound to come up in the general election.
“Every campaign has to make decisions about what type of organization they want to build and what their priorities will be. Mitt Romney has been very fortunate that none of his opponents, from Perry to Newt to Santorum to [Tim] Pawlenty, have seemed to place a high value on research. He is an incredibly flawed candidate and every day we see opportunity after opportunity to highlight his hypocrisy,” said Democratic strategist Ty Matsdorf, war room director for the research-savvy group American Bridge. “Yet it seems his Republican opponents can’t even muster the simplest of pushback.”
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