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  • Does Romney really have a lead over Santorum in Michigan? (Short answer: No)

    02/25/2012 9:27:36 AM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 55 replies
    02/25/2012 | Brices Crossroads
    I have watched as the predictable polls have been produced showing Mitt Romney creeping back into the lead in Michigan by the exiguous margin of 1.6% according to the RealClear Politics Average. But is Willard Mitt Romney really ahead or not? No one knows for certain but I have done a little analysis of the polling during this primary season and have come away with several salient factoids. The first is that Romney nearly always overpolls. He was narrowly ahead in Iowa by 1.3% and he lost by .1%. His lead in New Hampshire was 20, while his margin of...
  • At Ford Field, empty seats steal Romney's thunder (Will Romney fire Matt Rhoades for debacle?)

    02/25/2012 5:32:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/25/12 | Washington Post Wire
    Friday was supposed to be the moment for Mitt Romney's triumphant return to his birthplace, when he would use the cavernous green of Ford Field to deliver a policy address that established him as the lone Republican capable of both fixing the economy and beating President Barack Obama. But the event served up fresh evidence for Romney critics who say he can't rise to the occasion and rally important elements of the GOP around his candidacy.
  • 'Car guy' Romney takes pitch to near empty stadium (Stadium debacle ridiculed overseas...)

    02/25/2012 5:15:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 2/25/12 | Radio Netherlandss
    White House hopeful Mitt Romney styled himself as a Michigan-bred "car guy" whose wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs" as he tried to woo Motor City voters ahead of a key primary. Giving what was billed as a major economic policy speech days before state Republicans choose their presidential nominee, Romney presented a plan to lower taxes and cut spending -- and insisted that he was the only candidate capable of beating Democrat Barack Obama in the November 6 presidential election. But the speech may be remembered more for its setting and Romney's off-hand remarks rather than its substance. Before...
  • The Conversion - How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion

    02/22/2012 11:20:57 AM PST · by PhxRising · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | 02/22/2012 | William Saletan
    To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion. Not the story he tells about it, but the real story. Romney began his political career as a pro-choicer. In the story he tells, he had an epiphany, a flash of insight, and committed himself thereafter to protecting life. But that isn’t what happened. The real story of Romney’s conversion—a series of tentative, equivocal, and confused shifts, accompanied by a constant rewriting of his past—paints a more accurate picture of who he is. Romney has complex views...
  • Santorum should battle Romney in Mass.

    02/21/2012 9:49:14 AM PST · by pietraynor · 7 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 2/21/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Forget Michigan. If Rick Santorum really wants to hand Mitt Romney his head he ought to challenge him in Massachusetts. It is here, not in Michigan, where Romney, governor for four years, made his political bones, first by running unsuccessfully against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and then defeating Democrat Shannon O'Brien for governor in 2002. It is also here where thousands of people -- to their total surprise -- woke up the other day to find that Romney ran the state as a "severely conservative" governor for four years. Who knew? That was before he declined to run for...
  • Romney Lead Small in AZ PPP (Romney 36% Santorum 33% Gingrich 16%)

    02/20/2012 9:49:55 AM PST · by parksstp · 26 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 02-20-2012 | Public Policy Polling
    The Republican race for President in Arizona looks like a close one, with Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum only 36-33. Newt Gingrich is third at 16% and Ron Paul fourth at 9%. Santorum is better liked by Arizona Republicans than Romney, but the gap isn't as wide as we're finding in a lot of other states. Santorum's at +34 (61/27), while Romney's at +24 (58/34). One thing to keep an eye on over the next week is whether Newt Gingrich can hold his support. 16% is pretty good for him compared to what we're finding other places right now, but...
  • Mitt Romney: “Michigan’s Trees are Just the Right Height”

    02/18/2012 10:41:52 AM PST · by CASchack · 56 replies
    Spyders Den ^ | 02/17/12 | bhypes
    Mitt Romney, during campaign stops in Michigan yesterday, embraced his Michigan roots for all they’re worth. As he watches his popularity plummet in the state in which he grew up, he seems to be grasping at anything to keep from sinking any further. Romney tried to hit all the right buttons in order to resonate with Michigan voters leading up to their February 28 primary, by making himself one of them again. “I was born and raised here. I love being in Michigan,” Mr. Romney said. ”Everything seems right here. You know, I come back to Michigan; the trees are...
  • Santorum Surges: Now 18 Points Ahead Of Romney

    02/16/2012 2:29:38 PM PST · by ElIguana · 13 replies
    The DC ^ | 02/16/2012 | America's Conservative News
    ( Rick Santorum is smoking Mitt Romney in a Rasmussen poll of Ohio Republican voters released on Thursday. Santorum gets 42 percent in the swing state, a crucial one in the general election, while Romney sits 18 points behind at 24 percent. Newt Gingrich is in third at 13 percent and Ron Paul is at 10 percent.
  • Romney’s slide among independents continues

    02/13/2012 2:54:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/13/2012 | Greg Sargent
    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance. Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee. But look, Romney is still likely to get the nomination, anyway. Which is why this slide among independents is also extremely noteworthy: A month...
  • Sputtering Romney campaign retools message (Drudge-Rhoades carpetbomb strategy backfired on Mitt?)

    02/10/2012 8:00:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/10/12 | UPI
    Some Republicans expressed concern that Mitt Romney's campaign is stuck in neutral and limping, not lunging, toward the party's U.S. presidential nomination. Even before Rick Santorum's sweep of contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri Tuesday, the Romney campaign was getting warnings and advice from Republicans concerned about the former Massachusetts governor's performance on the stump, which hasn't improved since the state caucuses and primaries began early in January,
  • Poll: Gingrich Has Big Lead In Minnesota Caucuses — Which Romney Won In 2008

    01/25/2012 11:29:13 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    TPM ^ | 11-25-12 | TPM via PPP
    A new survey of Minnesota from Public Policy Polling (D) shows Newt Gingrich with a big lead in this state’s caucuses, which will be held on February 7. And what is more, A Gingrich win here could potentially embarrass Romney very much. The numbers: Gingrich 36%, Romney 18%, Santorum 17%, and Paul 13%. The survey of likely caucus-goers was conducted from January 21-22, and has a ±5.6% margin of error. Romney actually won the Minnesota caucuses in 2008, which were held on the February 5 Super Tuesday event of that year. In that cycle, Romney had emerged as the conservative...
  • All goes wrong for Dudley Do-Right

    01/22/2012 8:02:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/22/12 | Howie Carr
    Mitt Romney just can’t close the deal. Twelve days ago, Mitt was the toast of the GOP. This morning he’s just toast.Twelve days ago, he’d won a “historic” two in a row — Iowa and New Hampshire — and he had a double-digit lead in South Carolina.Now it turns out Mitt didn’t even win Iowa.Mitt had the governor of South Carolina with him, but Newt Gingrich had the two real power brokers — Juan Williams of Fox News and, more importantly, John King of CNN. Those were his foils in the two South Carolina debates.Two minutes into the two-hour Thursday...
  • Newt Gingrich Three wives='No Moral Imperative'vs.Mitt Romney Bain & USA's Riteousness-John Roco-ZOT

    01/21/2012 1:11:04 PM PST · by John Roco · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | Saturday January 21, 2012 | John Roco
    John Roco argues that a pattern of increasing power enabling access to a female 'of more desire to him' has defined Newt Gingrich for the election, debates, presidential race of 2012, as well as leaving a wife when she was 'baggage' of being ill, and seemingly not to serve his purposes. John Roco also argues of Newt Gingrich's attack ability at debates, whether South Carolina, Florida or future, actually becomes an extreme deficit of one who would want to be leader of our nation, needing to 'contain' outbursts and expressions of ego empowerment. Admiral Patrick Walsh is mentioned as one...
  • Gingrich Is Well-Positioned as South Carolina Votes

    01/21/2012 4:23:48 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 89 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | By Nate Silver
    Newt Gingrich, who had trailed Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin in South Carolina in several polls conducted just after the New Hampshire primary, may instead be headed to a big victory there, recent polling suggests. Mr. Gingrich leads Mr. Romney 38-30 in the FiveThirtyEight forecast of South Carolina, which has been updated with polling through Friday evening. (Newt 82% chance of winning, chart at source link) Much of the reason for the relatively clear lead for Mr. Gingrich is that he has very clear momentum in the race. In a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, for instance, Mr....
  • Gingrich could derail Romney in South Carolina

    01/21/2012 3:59:56 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 97 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | By Mark Gollom
    The winner of the South Carolina primary has gone on to be the Republican presidential nominee for 30 straight years — and that could be bad news for Mitt Romney, who suddenly finds himself in a real battle with Newt Gingrich in Saturday's vote. Polls suggest support for the former House speaker has surged since his fiery performance in Thursday night's candidates' debate, giving him a slight lead over the former Massachusetts governor and a good chance of grabbing all 25 of the state’s delegates. The two other candidates — former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Texas congressman Ron Paul...
  • South Carolina Palmetto Poll: Gingrich 32, Romney 26, Paul 11, Santorum 9

    01/21/2012 12:11:09 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 29 replies
    Clemson University ^ | January 20, 2012 | Dave Woodard and Bruce Ransom
    CLEMSON, S.C. — With polls opening in less than 24 hours for the important South Carolina presidential primary election, the final Palmetto Poll shows Newt Gingrich leading over Mitt Romney in a gritty battle fraught with personal attacks and breaking news about the candidates’ personal lives.That’s the finding of the third Clemson University 2012 Palmetto Poll, a sample of 429 South Carolina GOP voters who indicated they plan to vote Saturday. The telephone poll was initiated Jan. 13 and recalibrated Jan. 18-19 to measure changing dynamics. Twenty percent of the likely voters remain undecided.“We expect a reaction by the...
  • Romney calls on Gingrich to release House Ethics report

    01/20/2012 12:46:34 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/12 12:28 PM ET | Cameron Joseph
    GILBERT, S.C. — Mitt Romney and a top surrogate called for Newt Gingrich, Romney's chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination, to release the House Ethics Committee report that led to a reprimand of Gingrich and a $300,000 fine. After Romney was pressed on his tax returns, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) stepped in and interrupted Romney. "The people of South Carolina are not talking about tax returns. They're not. They're talking about jobs, spending and the economy," she said before taking a shot at Gingrich, who is neck and neck with Romney in recent polls of South Carolina. "In all...
  • Romney's Ugly Coronation [New Video]

    01/10/2012 7:56:00 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube Video ^ | January 10, 2011 | American Bridge 21st Century
    VIDEO"Uploaded by americanbridge21st on Jan 9, 2012 Though Mitt Romney has spent 5 years of his run for President mired at 25%, there is one group that is signaling their singularsupport: the Washington Establishment. And Karl Rove, the king of conventional GOP wisdom is working double-time to make sure rank-and-file Republicans know it's time to fall in line. Through his constant television appearances and weekly op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Rove has consistently favored Mitt Romney and done what he does best: work to tear down any credible rival to Romney."
  • Answers from Iowa (Romney sets all-time record for lowest winning share of the vote

    01/04/2012 2:19:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies · 2+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/4/2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    ... Mitt Romney set a new all-time record for the lowest winning share of the vote (for either party) in the Iowa caucuses - 25 percent [24.6%] - one point lower than Bob Dole's 26 percent level of support in 1996. That's well below the 31 percent tally that every previous Republican winner except for Dole had achieved... Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich both matched or surpassed the 13 percent level of support that John McCain on his way to winning the Republican nomination received in Iowa... Lastly, Romney failed to equal the 25.2 percent share of the vote that...
  • Willard's 25% problem returns as 75% say "No thanks" and other thoughts on Iowa

    01/04/2012 7:31:24 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/04/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Mr. 25% has done it again. Willard Romney has a thing about the number 25. If there are six people in the Republican field his 25% puts him at or near the top. When the field thins out his 25% will have to be increased or he will end up the same way he did in 2008. Rick Santorum is a solid conservative who demonstrated that a candidate’s perceived conservatism will ultimately be the quality that propels one of the Republicans on the stage to the nomination. Whether Rick has the staying power to mount a protracted fight remains to...
  • Did Romney 'win' in Iowa with 8 vote margin?

    01/04/2012 5:49:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Mitt Romney Romney squeaked through last night with 8 vote margin over Santorum in Iowa. But at least three candidates have a plausible claim to have "won" the Iowa caucuses: 1. Mitt Romney, whose vote total of 30,015 votes exceeded that of Rick Santorum by 8 votes. 2. Rick Santorum, who rocketed from the bottom of the pack to the position of number one anyone-but-Romney candidate. 3. Ron Paul, who finished 3 percentage points behind Romney and Santorum, but whose organization reportedly instructed his well-organized supporters to stay late, and get themselves elected as delegates. Grace Wyler of Business Insider:...
  • Romney Edges Santorum in Iowa (24.6% for Romney, down from 25.2% in 2008

    01/04/2012 4:32:53 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 1/4/2012 | Bill Nichols
    Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum by a mere 8 votes in Tuesday's caucuses - a margin that amounted to a tie in the crucial opening act in the 2012 presidential race and propelled the newly reshaped contest to New Hampshire and beyond... The final count, as reported by Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn showed Romney winning 30,015 votes to Santorum's 30,007 votes, or 24.6 percent to 24.5 percent. Paul finished with 21.4 percent.
  • Steady in Iowa, Romney Counts on New Hampshire, Florida

    01/02/2012 5:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 2, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Election year has finally arrived, well after the beginning of a turbulent and unpredictable elections season, and voting begins on Tuesday in the Iowa Republicans caucuses. The few days of post-Christmas polling have shown the numbers oscillating and opinion changing in ways it hadn't been earlier in the campaign. Pre-Christmas, Barack Obama's job rating was on a bit of an uptick, nudging up toward but not quite reaching 50 percent approval in several polls. But two polls taken in the three days after Christmas by Gallup and Rasmussen show him with solidly negative job ratings, and Rasmussen shows him trailing...
  • Confident Romney Draws Contrast With Surging Santorum [Romney: "But I'm A Conservative"]

    01/01/2012 7:17:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 01, 2012 | Garrett Haake
    Confident Romney Draws Contrast With Surging Santorum Garrett Haake - With only days to go until the GOP primary contest finally begins in earnest, a new set of polling has brought forth a new anti-Romney candidate in the race, and today for the first time, Mitt Romney was asked by reporters to draw contrast between himself, and the surging former Sen. Rick Santorum. Keeping with his tradition of rarely attacking his Republican rivals directly, Romney reminded the press that Santorum endorsed him in 2008, and that the former Pennsylvania congressman and senator spent the majority of his career in Washington....
  • Gingrich: Romney Would Buy White House If He Could

    01/01/2012 5:20:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    YahooNews ^ | January 01, 2012 | SHANNON MCCAFFREY
    Gingrich: Romney Would Buy White House If He Could By SHANNON MCCAFFREY — Newt Gingrich said Sunday his GOP rival Mitt Romney would buy the presidency if he could. Speaking to reporters after attending Mass at the St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Gingrich said the amount that the former Massachusetts governor will eventually spend on his various campaigns will rival the spending of billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Romney would buy the election if he could," Gingrich said. A political action committee supporting Romney has rolled out ads attacking Gingrich in the days before Tuesday's caucuses. They...
  • 'Momentum's Name Is Rick Santorum'

    12/31/2011 5:45:06 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 88 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 31, 3011 | W. James Antle III
    The last Des Moines Register poll before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses was just released. Conducted from Tuesday to Friday, Mitt Romney leads with 24 percent, followed by Ron Paul at 22 percent, and Rick Santorum at 15 percent. Newt Gingrich is at 12 percent, Rick Perry 11 percent, and Michele Bachmann at 7 percent. Consider the last two days of polling separately, however, and it's Romney at 24 percent, Santorum at 21 percent, and Paul in third at 18 percent. "Momentum's name is Rick Santorum," said Register pollster J. Ann Selzer. That said, looking at only the last two days raises...
  • Morning Joe: Portman Predicted As Romney VP Pick

    12/30/2011 5:23:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With not one Republican primary vote cast yet, we're getting way ahead of ourselves by speculating about whom Mitt Romney might pick as his vice-presidential running mate. But Willie Geist did invite Politico's Mike Allen to make his "bold predictions" for 2012. And Allen delivered, prognosticating that Romney would pick Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman as his ticket-mate. Mark Halperin strongly seconded Allen's assertion. View the video here.
  • A Mitt Romney Nomination will guarantee a GOP schism

    12/29/2011 7:32:45 PM PST · by publius321 · 125 replies · 1+ views
    8 Minute YouTube Video ^ | December 29, 2011 | Scott Ryan or Scott Anderson via Dr. Armitage
    A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for GOP destruction and the rise of a third party. Who can unite conservatives? (Video commentary)
  • Romney: "Ron Paul's Not Going to Be Our Nominee"

    12/29/2011 2:08:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/29/11 | Scott Conroy
    LATIMER, Iowa -- In an interview with RealClearPolitics on Thursday, Mitt Romney dismissed any possibility that Ron Paul might win the Republican nomination. "Ron Paul's not going to be our nominee," Romney said aboard his campaign bus, en route to a rally in Ames. Romney and Paul are currently tied in the latest RCP Iowa polling average. Romney’s comment came in response to a question about whether Paul’s foreign policy views might endanger the nation’s security if he were elected president.
  • Shock Poll : Romney 45% Obama 39% [Drudge Headline]

    12/29/2011 7:16:12 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 336 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | DECEMBER 27, 2011 | Rasmussen Reports
    Mitt Romney has now jumped to his biggest lead ever over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date. The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) A week ago, Romney trailed Obama 44% to 41%. The week before that, he held a...
  • Mitt Romney Defends Romneycare: ‘Will Do What I Think Is Right For The People I Represent’

    12/28/2011 6:54:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 28th, 2011 | Nando Di Fino
    GOP hopeful Mitt Romney made a guest appearance on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, and hit on everything from his growing feud with Newt Gingrich to his record of conservatism as governor of Massachusetts. Romney added a bit of a soft touch on Gingrich’s inability to get on the ballot in Virginia by explaining why he compared Gingrich to Lucille Ball. “We all make mistakes and sometimes our campaigns can’t get things done quite right. I don’t compare those mistakes to Pearl Harbor. When I see mistakes, I try and find a little humor. In this case, Lucille Ball in...