Romney Picks Up Sen. Thune Endorsement
Will senator's support impact campaign?
- Duration 4:12
- Date Nov 23, 2011
Will senator's support impact campaign?
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Newsroom happening now straight to Iowa where Mitt Romney is now campaigning in the state that holds the first contest in the presidential election.
-- addressing employees that nationwide insurance in the morning as he picks up a big endorsement from a rising star in the GOP.
South Dakota senator John Thune who unseated one time senate majority leader.
Tim Tom Daschle.
You know and Romney is one of the front -- -- in the latest real clear politics national average coming in with 21%.
That's right behind though Newt Gingrich who we had seen surge in the polls as of late he's at 23% Herman Cain.
Next with 18% the -- Rick Perry Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann spreading out the top six John.
And the candidates all tackling foreign policy and national security issues in their debate last night -- Gingrich and Romney looking like the ones to beat.
Talk about it -- Joseph Trippi is a former campaign manager for Howard Dean he's also a Fox News contributor what about this John -- endorsement.
He is considered as we said a rising star he was thought to be a possible presidential consent contender himself.
Yes -- it's significant.
Because Romney he.
Romney is sort of a weak front runner -- needs to get back and he needs these kinds of endorsements to keep to keep momentum particularly in Iowa.
Where he started there really look like he's gonna play -- -- and I think that -- an endorsement will help because of his.
Strength of conservatives and also that proximity to Iowa.
In defeating Daschle next door.
It's important I think there -- a lot of violence and pay attention than.
Well but I guess when people in Iowa go into the voting Booth though even for the for the caucuses are they get us say themselves well John -- endorsed the guy.
Therefore I'm gonna vote for.
You know I don't think so that world faces it helps them in terms of getting some attention Romney I mean it helps them.
But the fact is people these endorsements don't tend to worked out well particularly when it's a conservative trying to give.
You know trying to get some.
Support to a guided a lot of conservatives had issues with an archer he's the real thing and so it.
I think it it helps -- it it shows that he's continuing to gain some support from important GOP senators but.
If I don't think in the end it's gonna change much in the end game here in in Iowa.
And Newt Gingrich seems to be having real room momentum in the state right now.
Mitt Romney seems to have a problem with some of these social conservative groups in Iowa there was a secret meeting held on Monday.
To try to unite those groups apparently behind anybody but Romney they are looking for -- somebody they can vote for besides they say.
Mitt Romney how is you -- -- overcome that kind of opposition.
I'm not sure he's going to he's a very weak front runner.
I think that's why you see.
Conservatives like Michelle Bachman and in Rick Perry and now Newt Gingrich.
Herman -- hit it in each one of them is -- and develop problems -- one of them gets moving.
And and does it falter.
-- it as Newt Gingrich seems to be right now it's going to be a real problem for Romney among conservatives particularly in in Iowa and these early states when they're looking for someone.
Who's not him well of those people you mentioned -- Michelle Bachmann peaked and seems to have -- same with Rick Perry doesn't a -- Gingrich have staying power.
I don't know yet I I do think we're getting close to the end game in terms of who it's going to be and we went what.
What happens in these things when you have a weak front runner like Romney.
Is the electorate tends to keep looking for quote the other guys the other candidate who is it and they think they find him and then.
They find fault -- them in a -- it in the end and it may be the last one standing.
With any momentum may actually shock Romney actually I think.
Maybe beat him in Iowa -- maybe even go on and beat him in New Hampshire -- this.
It's really interesting dynamic that's happening right now within the Republican Party all right Joseph Trippi a Fox News contributor Joseph back.
Thanks John happy things and.