Skip to comments.Romney Races to Defend Michigan [Panic Time For Romney: Should Newt Endorse Santorum?]
Posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:48 PM PST by Steelfish
FEBRUARY 15, 2012 Romney Races to Defend Michigan State Up for Grabs as Santorum Surges
BY JOSEPH B. WHITE AND NEIL KING JR.
[Subscriber Content Preview] DETROITAmid signs Rick Santorum could win an upset victory in Michigan, Mitt Romney escalated his campaign to win the state's Republican primary by taking on the powerful auto union and reigniting the debate over the federal bailouts of two Detroit auto makers.
Mr. Romney, writing in a Detroit News editorial-page column Tuesday, attacked as "crony capitalism on a grand scale" the Obama administration's $81 billion auto-industry bailout nearly three years ago.
The salvo comes as Mr. Santorum is surging in polls nationally as well as in Michigan. A Santorum win in Michigan's Feb. 28 primary, a week before the March ...
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Time for the media to go into overdrive and crank out hit pieces on Santorum.
Why would Gingrich endorse Santorum, Gingrich is still in the race.
It really is exciting. I’m glad the folks in Michigan are going to help us keep the RACE open until the last State votes.
I see absolutely no harm in Newt telling his supporters to back Rick In Migh— as long as Rick will tell his supporters to back Newt in Arizona.
Gingrich is positioned for last place finish in MI.
Why would Newt endorse Santorum?
Santorum needs Newt in the race and Newt needs Santorum.
If one of them drops out, it just makes it easier for Mitt with his dirty campaign tactics to take the remaining POTUS candidate out of the race.
Futhermore, Newt will naturally run strong in some states that Santorum won’t and vice versa.
They both need to stay in the race to keep Mitt from sewing up the nomination.
Gingrich will have the delegate lead soon after Super Tuesday. Why on earth would he drop out and endorse the guy with roughly three committed delegates?
Plus, Santorum voters ensured us that we MIST have two Conservative in the race in case one of them collapses, otherwise “we might have no option left.”
Follow Santorum backers’ advice, Newt! You MUST stay in for the good of us all!!
Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.
Pro-Life Daddy’s Boy Williard’s minions will play up Rick’s anti-abortion position and brand him an extremist that hates rape victims,etc.
Good luck with that.
If Santorum voter were here telling us they wouldn’t budge if it was Newt 27.04%, Mitt 27.04% and Rick 9.50% a couple of weeks ago, I doubt you’re going to get any strategic cooperation now.
Rick is the holiest guy in the race, you see............
The ONLY candidate who has negatives beyond repair
is the Saboteur Democrat Romney.
I'm afraid just the opposite is true. If both stay in and semi-equal, the notMitt vote is split and Mitt wins.
I can go for either Rick or Newt, I'm hoping one or the other drops out soon enough to stop Romney.
Yeah, frankly Newt’s endorsement isn’t going to mean much if he were to give it...
Elect Santorum President, but let Newt lead the charge.
Decimate the Commie Bastards.
Hey Titan- yeh, I didn’t think they would go for it either. -:)
I tried to ping you on the WSJ report that Adelson was giving Newt money, but I had your name spelled incorrectly.
Should have changed that to “Why should Newt endorse Santorum?” Endorse? For pete’s sakes!
I don’t think the math is in favor of that position.
Crazy primary this year.
thanks for your reply.
I found this one interesting. It is by a Gingrich team insider, entitled, “Evans: How Gingrich Wins the GOP Nomination”
Exactly. Moreover, Santorum and Gingrich are free to concentrate on those states where they each have the best chance of winning -- putting up token opposition in the states they are each likely to lose.
Gingrich's and Santorum's competitive problems are lessened, while Romney's are doubled.
By the same token, it's way too early for conservative voters to be committing to one or the other. We should all recognize that a.) we don't know yet whether Newt will implode and b.) we don't know yet whether Santorum can hold up over the long haul.
Why make tht decision until you have to?
Certainly, there is no need to make it before April 1 -- when some primaries become "winner take all".
Newt could win once he realizes it’s not a good idea to attack RINO Romney from the left.
“................ Mr. Santorum is surging in polls nationally as well as in Michigan.”
This too shall pass.
“Newts negatives are beyond repair.”
You’re full of crap!
Santorum, although ideologically much better than Obama, would be in way over his head. We don’t need another man-child in the presidency.
Newts negatives are beyond repair.
He’s spent a lifetime building them up.
As long as both are in the race, Mitt has to focus on both, he has no choice. He has to divide his resources and his attention.
As long as both are in the race he won’t lose decisively.
Excellent example of why the GOP is headed for defeat, engineered not by "the establishment" but by conservatives.
If Newt is the man to lead the charge then he is the man to be president, not some weaselly Ashley Wilkes waiting in the wings for Newt to do all the heavy lifting and taking the flack.
If either drops out, Mitt will be able to handily destroy the remaining candidate by being able to solely focus on that one remaining candidate.
The only reason Mitt could destroy Newt is that conservatives had another candidate that they could turn to. If Newt dropped out, it wouldn’t matter what Romney did.
Yes. Even now the Leftwing enemy is probing Santorum's defenses, looking for weakness, vulnerable issues, potential checkmate gambits. I see the possibility of several, and assess Santorum's chances of winning the White House at 5% or less.
Some have suggested that if Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum were to drop out of the presidential race, their supporters would combine to provide the votes needed defeat Mitt Romney. Polling suggests this is not necessarily the case.
A recent poll in South Carolina suggests that a significant number of Gingrich supporters would back Romney if Gingrich left the race, or if Santorum left the race a significant number of his supporters would also back Romney.
Why would Gingrich endorse Santorum, Gingrich is still in the race.
I think they mean for Michigan only since Gingrich is not running there. Kinda what Santorum did for Newt in Florida since Santorum was not running in Florida.
I missed Santorum endorsing Gingrich in Florida.
No need to act like the proverbial three monkeys.
Check this out: (Nearly 20% different in favorability ratings between Santorum and Gingrich: Gingrich is finishing last in MI. He’s toast)
This is an excerpt from Public Policy Polling. Rick Santorum has all the momentum in Michigan right now, Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a press release. But its important to note that more than 50 percent of voters say they could change their minds in the next two weeks. Theres a lot of room for this race to shift back toward Romney in the coming days.
Voters were more likely to have a favorable opinion of Santorum (67 percent) than Romney (49 percent) in the PPP poll.
If Gingrich dropped out of the GOP presidential nomination race, his support is more likely to flow to Santorum than Romney, the poll indicates. If just Romney, Santorum and Paul were in the race, Santorum would get 48 percent (up from 39 percent if Gingrich were in) and Romney 27 (up from 24 percent).
Voting for santorum is like voting to give Bush a third term. I for one have had enough of compassionate conservatism and I have no desire to elect richy cuningham to position of POTUS. Newt is the only candidate with a record of conservative legislative accomplishments. That is just a fact.
I understood Gingrich wasn’t actively campaigning in Michigan, so Santorum should have a clear field to attack Romney (with Romney of course attacking back).
I would be surprised if Gingrich or his SuperPac tried to tear Santorum down in Michigan just to give Romney a victory. Remember, Gingrich said after Iowa that his number one goal was to stop Romney any way he could, even if he had to sacrifice himself.
If he started attacking Santorum in states where Gingrich couldn’t win, that would be the opposite of what he said he would do.
Wasn’t that the story where Adelson said he might give $10 million to attack Rick Santorum, because if Newt couldn’t win, he wanted Romney to win because he thought Santorum was unelectable?
Hopefully not before he beats Romney in Michigan. If Romney wins Michigan, the news media will be non-stop “Romney has overcome his downturn and is back on the inevitable path to victory”.
I know it won’t be true, and yes, we could still possible stop him, but beating him in Michigan seems doable now, and it would be to Gingrich’s advantage as well as all conservatives to have Romney lose that state.
Santorum did not endorse Gingrich in Florida, nor would I expect Gingrich to do so in Michigan. But Santorum didn’t run any ads in Florida, and his SuperPac didn’t run any ads either. He certainly didn’t run ads attacking Gingrich in Florida. He wasn’t even IN florida for several days, he went home, and then went out to try to slow Romney in Nevada.
That’s all I would expect from Gingrich — not to run ads attacking Santorum in Michigan, and for his SuperPac not to attack Santorum in Michigan. Gingrich can’t win Michigan, he’s not competing there, so if they were to attack Santorum there, it would only for one purpose — to give Romney the win in Michigan.
Hey Charles Wayne- that was the story- and what a fiction it was. I’m hoping Adelson gives the money to Newt- because I believe Newt would make the best President out of the bunch.
But, that Adelson is giving money to Newt so that he can split the conservative vote— that’s nonsense. If Romney wanted Newt in the race for that purpose, Romney wouldn’t still be spending millions running the negative ads in Migh— where Newt isn’t even campaigning. Or- having his mouthpieces in the media, calling on Newt to step down.
If Adelson gives Newt money— it’s for Newt to win.
We want Newt to win and never drop out because he has a ruthless brilliance the rest don’t have. He would be the best president ever.