Obama Would Face a Familiar Opponent in Romney: Albert R. Hunt – Bloomberg

Obama Would Face a Familiar Opponent in Romney: Albert R. Hunt – Bloomberg.

If Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face each other in the 2012 U.S. election, they might bring the highest combined IQ of any presidential race.

They are super smart men, who quickly absorb data, policy wonks able to analyze complicated choices.

Also, in a business that places a premium on personal and political relations, neither relishes that sort of camaraderie or cajoling; they both appear aloof and spend little quality time with fellow politicians.

There are profound differences between these two likely 2012 nominees. One is a 50-year-old African-American from a broken family, a community organizer who spent a dozen years in the state legislature and Senate, and a moderately liberal Democrat. The other is a 64-year-old Mormon, born to a family of financial and political means, a successful businessman with only four years of government experience, and a moderately conservative Republican…

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