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GOP watch: Romney's book tour

— "The March 2 release of 'No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,' will kick off a monthlong tour taking the former Massachusetts governor to at least 18 states, including Iowa, where Romney's presidential campaign collapsed nearly two years ago after a second-place caucus finish," the Boston Globe writes. "But Romney, considered by many in the party to be the default Republican front-runner for the 2012 nomination, is approaching the book tour with the patient, workmanlike mien that has distinguished him from other probable contenders who seem far more eager for attention." Said a spokesman: "Inevitably there are going to be comparisons with the Sarah Palin book. We're not going to match her crowd size or sales. These are two different people with different ways of expressing themselves." 
"During an interview on CNN's 'State of the Union,' [Jim] DeMint said President Barack Obama has 'downplayed the risk of terrorism since taking office,' to the detriment to Americans' safety. 'It begins with not even been willing to use the word,' DeMint said. 'Aside from the semantics, he's been completely distracted by other things, and he is not focused on building the security and intelligence apparatus of our country.'"