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“You know that if the president is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress,” Romney said. “He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy. The president was right when he said he can’t change Washington from the inside. In this case, you can take him at his word.” Romney’s optimism is notable, considering Republicans have said they will be just as skeptical of a debt ceiling hike under a Romney administration as they would be in any second term for Obama.
Republicans have hoped to depose Reid as majority leader next year but those hopes have faded after assorted GOP candidate blunders in recent months. And Reid has embraced the role of attack dog, repeatedly trolling Romney to release more tax returns.
That suggests Romney will have some relationship-building to do if he’s successful on Tuesday.