Focus Group Reacts to Fox News-Google GOP Debate
Republican voters pick their favorite 2012 candidates
- Duration 7:54
- Date Sep 23, 2011
Republican voters pick their favorite 2012 candidates
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We go live to our own Frank Luntz He stands by tonight in Tampa Florida just north.
With a group of Republican voters to get their reaction to tonight's debate frank.
-- absolutely have a winner tonight a clear winner how many viewing this room walk to supporting Mitt Romney raise your -- How many He thought Mitt Romney won the debate raise your hands.
Watch this -- how many of you have changed your mind over the last week.
And gone from one candidate to another raise your hands.
Would you go from and -- did you go to I want from -- -- like Gingrich.
Would you go from sales.
Papers and -- and I like and that Romney personally McCain.
From -- to where Romney -- came over here -- you don't promise you this wish Rick -- you.
-- -- -- -- Did -- radio commentator Gary you Gingrich.
What was it doesn't even thought Mitt Romney want why I mean we've been doing these -- for a while this is the best showing Mitt Romney what was a strong battle with.
Despite the decision.
-- with such a lot color and even -- little look presidential.
What was my body was reaganesque you spoke with great specificity.
-- your -- if specific answers.
-- -- -- -- The very end they didn't let me ask questions elegant I'd not heard a word he's described it probably won't do you wouldn't come and around He wasn't looking and outlook.
I -- Kerry woods' -- defensive the entire time He spent too much time fighting with -- instead of instead of talking about his policies not want to.
Not one particular caught on 12 I want -- -- -- -- -- three segments and we're gonna show tonight and -- -- -- first -- wasn't the most negative reaction.
That I've seen any Republican candidate have among Republican primary voters this is Rick Perry talking about immigration.
Let's take a look.
-- -- -- Or.
I guess you don't have that clip.
You all remember when He talked about immigration and He said that those who don't support finding people with a legal immigration.
Us -- -- cutting education.
Have no heart what was so wrong with that.
Where absolutely disgusting thing today when you hold up free healthcare free education.
Did people who'll want to get their children served in airlines serve that's that's a temptation to com.
That's actually putting people's lives at risk it's not compassionate thing to hold up what was.
Some negative it's not that they can't get education is that they're either subsidize -- they shouldn't be subsidized by some want to get fixed in them and paying a steep tuition it was just too much by being legal you can it's it's just not right the things that -- tired of this being told them heartless and being conservative.
And it's unacceptable.
We can't take care of the immigrant without being subsidizing them without coddling them without making his the possibility from the comment so help Rick Perry here what -- -- status -- anything.
That He could've done that would communicated more whole idea I think Santorum was correct when He said essentially that it's it's not about illegals not going to school it's about.
Giving them benefits before Americans get the benefit -- you I just can't talk Charlotte there's another clip and hopefully we can pull it -- now.
Which is Rick Perry and senator Santorum Rick Santorum gone back and forth with -- each other on the issue of immigration.
And it really bothered the people in this room let's take a look.
No okay I guess it just going to be you guys -- gonna.
These things happen it's like television -- so I wanna go back to why governor Romney did so well explain it to me.
I've -- -- concerned about what He did with health care in Massachusetts but He did say that his.
My ministers thinks that the -- would be to repeal -- -- -- that -- -- matter about where He.
-- -- -- -- And that was the clear point -- you ball and I think you learn from his mistakes I think that you know that's.
Can be very helpful helpful for it and went forward.
We're looking for accountability -- -- -- looking for accountability and He had that I made mistakes and willing to take responsibility for that that the what I would -- different like that's what we want a president.
-- This the first and also he's actually explained.
That health care system and never released finally convinced me that He doesn't believe that the national system one thing -- medical profession that's the one thing I would not go with him.
The one thing I like about Mitt Romney -- his answers now with this health care plan in Massachusetts it is just a privilege to provide those services for your state and that's where it belongs as one of the reasons why I've been opposed to this obamacare deal from the very start Mitt Romney had to come forward and He had to say this I have a right as a governor to -- -- -- -- -- we feel best.
The hardest course that today.
And in a debate Rick Perry.
Said that it was a state right so He really kind of shocked the whole Romney care thing in the foot by saying that He has every right that there.
-- -- but on the economy I think his message was I mean we've tried government spending that's fail now He wants to believe in the American League in free enterprise and I think that's huge.
So -- recovered some of the other candidates Herman Cain gave him the most powerful statements we talked about getting rid the EPA.
You all voted before we went on the air as that being one of the two most.
Dramatic things what was so strong about saying no more EPA let's start over again it showed that nothing is sacred cow.
I mean you've really -- it may take in Washington.
Who's going you know literally department by department -- cleaning house but that nothing is sacred cow to him he's willing to start from scratch that something terrible I think BP A is.
More important because it's what's holding us back on the energy looking for new energy we're -- snail borrowers keep us from doing things -- -- -- although.
Like He said the dust regulating dust.
All the mean you should not that we don't means.
Some regulation and make sure the water stays clean etc.
but I mean there's no point EPA also I think if you get caught up in light the minutia of this small part annual look at these talking -- as they -- the EPA needs to go but I mean it's a critical function of government again just toss it out and say what you're talking what I'm gonna vote for you think that's his thing.
Startling -- very conscious of people think of the EPA is being and regulatory.
Go ahead one more imaging and -- -- scientist and I get so tired of people mixing science and with politics why can't we just get really -- science.
And keep politics out of it.
So did are the candidates answering the questions you want to see answered yes you're not yet yes you're not yeah.
Now OK -- what did they answer.
To me that they didn't answer the questions -- did you know and then went through rich want.
For anything until -- get it John don't look away okay yeah I -- this we don't let it attack that we don't backdrop which one that they answer.
I didn't like I didn't like -- answer when it when He went -- specifically came to.
Not possible -- yeah.
Governor Rick Perry yeah.
Got Hendrix and you've kind of determine Kahne both had direct answers to questions and they were very specific about what they're answers yeah.
Yeah I buried here repositories Newt Gingrich I live I just think that -- He is -- very specific cancers and they -- make a lot of sense great Sean Florida voters are gonna determine the future.
Very articulate I want to thank you guys for participating back to you.
Right and thanks frank --