Obama, Romney try to play it safe in 2012 gamble

 In the risky business of running for president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are largely playing it safe.

This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. Obama and his likely GOP opponent, Romney, agree on an issue of importance to college students: Keeping the interest rate low on a popular federally subsidized student loan issued to low-and middle-income students. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the risky business of running for president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are largely playing it safe.

So far, at least, neither candidate is making bold new policy proposals or displaying a free-wheeling personal style.

Part of that is just who they are.

Obama always has been known for his cool demeanor. Romney has discipline built into his corporate pedigree.

Neither has the swagger of President George W. Bush or the renegade streak of 2008 GOP nominee John McCain or that sly grin of President Bill Clinton.

But Obama and Romney are men who do know how to gamble.


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