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from Tales from the Trail:

Newt, schmoot – Democrats keep sights firmly on Romney

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Newt Gingrich may have jumped into the lead among Republican presidential hopefuls in some national polls, but the Democrats -- at least -- seem convinced that Mitt Romney will be President Barack Obama's opponent in November 2012, at least if you look at how they are spending their advertising dollars.

The latest barrage, an early salvo in what is expected to be a particularly nasty presidential campaign, is a four-minute-long attack titled "Mitt v. Mitt: The Story of Two Men Trapped in One Body." Slamming the former Massachusetts governor as having changed his position on a wide range of issues, the ad uses clips showing Romney speaking at varying points in his career and expressing different viewpoints on issues such as healthcare, immigration, climate change and even Ronald Reagan.

Speaking of Reagan, the video shows the former president saying, "There you go again,"  a particularly devastating line the Republican icon used in a debate with Democratic President Jimmy Carter, whom Reagan defeated in the 1980 election. It also uses clips from late-night television hosts depicting Romney as a candidate who "flip-flops" by changing his position, echoing Democratic attacks on Romney.

In one, comedian Conan O'Brien is shown saying, "Experts are predicting kind of a tough fight between Romney and his biggest ideological opponent, Mitt Romney from four years ago. Those guys don't agree on anything."

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