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Obama and Romney Show Political Chops on Immigration, Economy

Forget the gaffes and think fencing match.

If there's anything this week has shown, it's that President Obama and Mitt Romney are going to give us a race as dramatic as the epic 2008 primary-season cliffhanger between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Maybe even more so, because of the profound ideological clash that underlies this campaign.

The unfolding pattern of thrust and parry suggests both sides are getting good at both moves. Latest example: Obama's new policy on illegal immigrants -- that is, stopping deportations of young people who were brought here as children and have since lived constructive, crime-free lives, and offering them renewable work permits.

The most immediate impact of the timing of Obama's immigration move -- complete with presidential remarks in the Rose Garden -- was that it upstaged the start of Romney's five-day, six-state "Every Town Counts" tour, kicking off Friday in New Hampshire at the same Stratham farm at which he announced his candidacy last year.

It was the second act of Campaign 2012 one-upmanship in as many days.

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