Intensity question for Romney stirs doubt for fall

DES MOINES, Iowa - If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for president, he’ll face the urgent task of inspiring the party’s conservative core and rallying them to beat President Barack Obama in the November election.

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Published: Sun 19 Feb 2012, 11:24 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:54 AM

Judging by his performances so far, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Even Republicans who think he’ll be the nominee worry about whether the former Massachusetts governor can generate the intensity to beat Obama.

Party leaders and activists say Romney has made strides. But, they say, he needs to do more to convince the Republican base that he’s running to fundamentally reverse the nation’s course.

Romney leads in the delegate count for the nomination. But the challenge from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in Michigan going into the Feb. 28 primary, points to doubts about Romney’s ability to ignite the Republican base.

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