By Dan Balz
From the bestselling writer of The conflict for the US 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an inside of view and research of the Obama-Romney presidential race
Four years in the past, a vibrant younger presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a subject matter of desire and alter, and made background. this present day, he reveals himself in one other sour, divisive presidential race yet with out the buzzwords. as an alternative, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the debatable healthcare invoice, a decade-long conflict, and a stagnant economy.
Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former company rich person and previous governor of Massachusetts, faces his personal controversies within the kind of imprecise regulations, fluctuating positions, and questions on his company practices within the deepest region. Romney's own fortune and enterprise historical past appeared at odds with the Republican base until eventually he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea celebration darling and monetary conservative Paul Ryan as his operating mate.
Using assets deep within either campaigns and at the crusade path via basic and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a prepared political brain and a professional reporter's ear. He lines the highs and lows of the Obama presidency in addition to the ruthless Republican basic as either laid the foundation for probably the most an important, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 places the race for the White condo in context and explores simply what the election ability for the way forward for the democratic approach and the United States.
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