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Adam Serwer (Mother Jones) and John Tabin (The Weekly StandardThe American Spectator)

On Adamize, Adam and John discuss the leaked video of Mitt Romney, which Adam helped edit for Mother Jones. Adam expresses skepticism that the video captures Romney’s true beliefs. They then turn to Romney’s comments on Palestinians. Are the Palestinian people really opposed to a two-state solution? Was Romney’s response to the embassy attacks in Libya fair? Finally, they debate the Obama administration’s overall handling of the protests in the Arab world.

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Adamize | Sep 21, 2012 | Adam Serwer & John Tabin

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