Romney emphasizes patriotism - a lot

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By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Mitt Romney talks about his love for America almost every day. Twice now, the Republican presidential front-runner has even broken into song.

While all politicians emphasize patriotism, Romney may be taking it to a whole new level.

He sprinkles this adoration-of-the-nation theme throughout his typical campaign speech that he delivers at least once a day. The pitch is short on policy. Instead, it's almost entirely an ode to patriotism.

It's intended to help Romney appeal to voters who believe America is in decline — but who remain optimistic about their own futures in a country that's always emphasized hard work as a way to get ahead.

And by design or not, Romney's pronouncements are rife with suggestions that his opponents, particularly President Barack Obama, don't share his appreciation of country.

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