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-- -- Mitt -- clinch the victory in Iowa some are arguing that the real winner last night was Rick Santorum who searched the second place with just eight votes last -- former Massachusetts governor.
Now senator Santorum had a clear message for the GOP front runner following the caucuses let's take a look.
The place finish Rick Perry announced that he be headed back to the lone star state.
I decided to return to Texas.
Assess the results of tonight's caucus.
Determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race.
But not -- -- this morning the Texas governor tweeted that he is still in the running writing quote and the next leg of the marathon is the palmetto state.
Here welcome South Carolina.
Now taking -- not so temporary break from the trail is Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann who after coming in sixth place last night officially ended her presidential bid this morning.
Last night that people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice is so I have decided to stand to sign.
And joining me now with reaction all of this is Fox News contributor former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin governor Howard good to -- it.
I'm doing great -- thank you are well let's first get your thoughts.
I noble as I was email you a little bit during the night last night I was glued to fox coverage you'll watch in the coverage.
And -- thoughts generally about the primary the caucus less I denial.
It was such an exciting night and if not predictable and -- and some of us so which today I had predicted.
Much of that last night I felt that it like it was as it should be at this point in the race with the finish as strong finish is great speeches by all the candidates afterwards.
I think the speech is really foretold what we have to look forward to with four -- Gingrich.
Saying you know he.
Basically it's it's a learned a lesson that you can't win a ballgame being on defense the whole time after facing what was it about seventeen million dollars in negative ads in Iowa.
He's the one not -- and he's gonna defend his truth his record -- his intentions and how he wants to lead the country santorum's speech two very powerful very sincere and heartfelt and you know he spoke to the working class and I think he left.
It Americans without a sense of real optimism for working class and Reagan Democrats and the GOP and independents to know that.
It will -- GOP policies that can turn this thing around and get our economy back on the right track.
His speech was so good even kicked off with my favorite CS Lewis.
And have a good quote there about freedom and about to the you know what we feel in our hearts and how we now have guessed that and and as Santorum had a strong showing last night and he has a lot to be proud of what would.
I agree with you I think it's a tribute to his hard work perseverance.
His skills little politician he hung in there.
Andy it lot of retail politics he went to town hall meetings were only one person would show -- spend time of that one person problem.
But he also a good timing why do you think it it was so late in the game.
For him the surge why was that work as an as the Gallup poll showed why is this the most volatile primary for the GOP.
And nod -- history of polling since he had been a polling.
Well you didn't hire away it was a good place for Santorum to be into rice to the topic and and even though he was eight votes short I think that most people would say that he was the one who rose to the top because for -- was unexpected his finish but.
I would there without.
I believe -- from a microcosm of America when you consider median income when you consider.
I'm education -- most.
And I think I are really represents much of America and the voters who we're gonna show up in a general elections -- in a very good showing.
-- -- for Santorum.
I'm very strong I think it again but in his speech yes he articulated what it is that he intends to do for the working class.
I think that would lead most people to believe that.
How we can be optimistic about this -- going forward in the primary and then eventually finding that person in the face Obama and the failed policies that Obama has done to this country they got us on the wrong track.
Now that Rick Santorum is not a rookie he is -- I think a very strong conviction.
Politician in -- -- I think he really stands on its principles.
Whether or hurt -- in the polls are not.
And I always do that is at view that as a strength.
But the difficulty now for him is Kenny would -- and.
The scrutiny that came to Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain is gonna join us later and Newt Gingrich.
How do you think is going to be able to handle all that -- -- you know what's coming and I think he knows it's coming.
You know what's coming in because it's happened over these months to all those numerous candidates that you have just mentioned but -- -- even more so my concern is for the GOP candidate who wins this primary.
As they go forward to facing -- Obama presidential ticket machine.
And really the thuggery that is involved in the act and that that's where my concern is and I believe and let me -- to subject just a little bit here I believe that Senator McCain today in his endorsement of Mitt Romney Senator McCain and I we're dealing with an American who -- -- had to face that Obama presidential ticket machine.
They and all that encompassed and what it encompassed really was you know this unscrupulous.
And again the key is -- that it was.
And didn't didn't Senator McCain evidently has chosen Mitt Romney as -- want to be most prepared to face.
This machine this I'm worried this scheme that he's gonna have to face.
Still there have been very different -- because this time he's got -- he can't run on his record.
Last time you know was a lot of rhetoric in prompter reading in hope and change and bumper stickers.
Why do you think it because all throughout this process since the very beginning.
Governor Romney's had a hard time breaking that 25%.
And inspiring conservative voters why do you think he's struggling in that area.
Because in the past his positions haven't always been conservative positions -- -- he still the fans to this day.
That mandate that I'm constituents would have to buy health care and it -- -- it as he did in Massachusetts he said he would do that nationally but he did do that in a state and that rubs people wrong because.
The majority of Americans.
Understand how an onerous and burden some and job killing obamacare isn't.
You know the prototype for -- -- evidently was Romney care so that's that's a problem there but.
Where people are keeping an open mind today -- where you see the support that Romney does happen it's the people who are.
Believing that Romney is saying well some of the positions that he's taken in the past you've done a 180 on it now -- truly.
Is -- he preaches pro life now we had truly does believe in are reducing taxes and the very years to the working class as we try to progressed without the government -- me more SO.
Positions have changed in Romney's camp as he espouses today -- -- I haven't and I don't wanna embarrass -- that the governor and the senator but you guys ransom hard hitting ads against Mitt Romney.
-- at least Senator McCain did in the in the primary last time we'll talk about that we get back --
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