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US polls: Romney accused of ‘Hail Mary’ tactics

Last Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 13:00

Washington: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been accused of desperate ‘Hail Mary’ tactics after he invoked God and reversed his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care reforms.

He also promised to halt cuts in America’s military budget in an attempt to revive his electoral chances.

According to the Telegraph, Romney insisted that he would keep God at the heart of American society.

“I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart,” he said, apparently suggesting that the Democrats wanted to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from the US currency.

“We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God,” Romney continued at a rally in Virginia.

According to the report, he criticised the Democrats for an embarrassing event at their convention in Charlotte, where their policy platform did not make any reference to God.

The Democrats compared his tactics to a “‘Hail Mary’ pass, a long, high ball that is often thrown up field in the final moments of American football games by a team desperate for a comeback”, the report said.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign said Romney was trying “to throw a Hail Mary by launching extreme and untrue attacks against the President”.


First Published: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 13:00
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