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Former Mitt Romney campaign chief leading new breed of political combat group

Republicans say their effort is a response to Mitt Romney being portrayed as a heartless plutocrat, especially after a video emerged showing him rebuking 47 percent of voters.
Republicans say their effort is a response to Mitt Romney being portrayed as a heartless plutocrat, especially after a video emerged showing him rebuking 47 percent of voters.Mother Jones Video via Associated Press

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Republicans say that a fledgling political group led by Mitt Romney’s former campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, is an attempt to build the party’s most sophisticated, modern, and centralized opposition research effort ever. It is near the top of the GOP’s efforts to resurrect itself after the soul-crushing presidential defeat of 2012. “I am convinced that he will erase the disadvantage GOP candidates have had,” Romney said. “And if I were a Democrat candidate, I’d sleep less soundly knowing that Matt is watching everything they have and will say and do.”

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