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As goes Sarah Palin, so goes Mitt Romney

March 2, 2010 | 10:28 am

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As goes Sarah Palin, so goes Mitt Romney -- book-wise, at least. The former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate has followed in the footsteps of the former Alaska governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate. His book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," hits shelves Tuesday, and Romney will follow up with a massive book tour. Just like Sarah Palin!

 The Swamp reports:

The Republican's new book carries a critique of the president voiced by others: That Obama has been too willing to apologize around the world for American actions. It lays out a vision for U.S. economic and foreign policy, maintaining that the current course is leading toward weakness and decline.

Romney's 19-state book-promoting tour is carrying him from one cable news network to the others ...and ends with an appearance at the "Late Show with David Letterman" -- where Romney will be up against another author whose designs for 2012 remain less clear than Romney's own intentions, Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president, who has a date with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."

Romney seems to be setting his book up in opposition to Palin. "I don't pretend this is going to be a bestseller," he told the Boston Globe.

“I think Sarah Palin, they printed 2 million books. We’re printing like 100,000 books," said Romney. (An aide later corrected him: the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, has already committed to print twice that number.)

“Frankly, if I were wanting to simply sell copies of books and get the highest number sold, describing a personal history would be a more interesting read for most folks," he continued. “But for those that are very interested in geopolitics and the way our economy works, this is going to be a more interesting book."

Sounds like a preview of rhetoric in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. But so far, nobody's running -- it's just a friendly competition between politicians and their books.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Mitt Romney in January. Credit: Robert Giroux / Getty Images

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