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At a time when Republican challengers should be stepping up to fight for next year’s nomination, the field remains as muddled as ever – aside from Ron Paul once again throwing his hat in the ring (but I’m starting to think he does that more out of habit now than anything else).

Last week kicked off with Mitt Romney’s health care speech in Minnesota. And while I applaud Romney tackling the issue head on, his tone came across as far too defensive, if not downright petulant. And his “What’s good for Massachusetts isn’t good for the country,” logic will do little to dispel this story over the coming months. While I agree with his argument – that states should be able to determine their own destinies free of federal influence – I’m afraid it got lost. Until he addresses this more effectively – and frankly – it will continue to haunt him throughout the primaries.

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