GOP Candidates Step Up Attacks on Romney
Can the gap be closed in New Hampshire?
- Duration 5:25
- Date Jan 5, 2012
Can the gap be closed in New Hampshire?
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The election now Republican presidential candidates stepping up their attacks against rival Mitt Romney.
Days before at New Hampshire primary that five days to go and it is getting ugly out there Newt Gingrich.
Hitting hard on the theme that Romney is not a true conservatives.
-- -- it.
Season debates that's all I'm suggesting -- -- is -- clear cut choice.
In New Hampshire South Carolina Florida.
Between a Massachusetts moderate.
Who raises taxes who puts tax paid abortions in Romney care who puts Planned Parenthood in Romney care.
Who puts liberal judges on the bench you take the list you compare to -- they Reagan conservative.
Who as opposed to tax increases and -- -- tax cuts who is for conservative judges and who is right to life.
I think in Republican primaries that clear direct.
To be very very effective.
Republican senator John there -- that disagrees with what Newt Gingrich just that outlawed on a limb for that is -- -- supporter.
He campaign with a -- Massachusetts governor through Iowa and this week.
I'm doing now senator -- welcome good having good morning morning.
Good morning Martha indices so you know and we it's very clear that that is Newt Gingrich's way of going at this he got hit very hard with the super pac money.
In Iowa and and it looks like he's gonna try to prevent that from happening this time what do you make of how this is going for Mitt Romney -- -- I think it's a good time when everybody's ganging up on you and they are I did -- clearly points to the fact that governor Romney.
Is the person to beat in this process right now I think coming out of Iowa with the win.
Although wasn't a landslide win but I think that was a very big very big outcome for.
Governor Romney no one expected him to win in Iowa he came out of there with a victory Eagles and -- New Hampshire now where he should perform well and I think that.
Yeah I would expect that a lot of the other candidates are gonna start shooting at him.
But that to me is is is as a set as a good sign that suggests that he is the person to beat and that people are.
Lining up now to try and now become the alternative to governor Romney but I think he's -- to be the -- to be going down the stretch.
It make of the fact that that some conservatives are still casting about you know there's a meeting in Texas coming up -- a couple of days.
James Dobson and others they say that they wanted to bring together all of their supporters all -- like minded.
So she is -- to find a consensus candidate.
For the Republicans and this is after the Iowa race in the middle of New Hampshire.
They are still looking for what and it also bears noting that you know John McCain came out supporting that -- yesterday Sarah Palin says that she hasn't been able to pick anybody that she can.
Give her endorsement to yet.
-- -- a very diverse party were not from earlier party Martha I think we have a lot of people different points of view and that's fine.
There are people who choose other candidates I would take issue with the factor that with the what is being suggested by some of these folks that somehow.
Governor Romney is not conservative enough if you look at his record as governor.
You look at the things he's done in his life the position of these taking on the issues he's a right of center conservative.
Positions and if you look at the issue that most Americans care about today which is the economy and jobs.
He is the guy in my view with the best qualifications.
The best experience the best skill set the best know how.
To solve that problem and I think he represents our best chance of winning.
In November against President Obama.
I think at some point the weather or do your perspective -- where you are on the political spectrum I think you're gonna start seeing people coalesce around governor Romney as the race goes on.
-- -- it and that that may be -- you know Michelle Malkin who definitely falls into that camp as a columnist and somebody who has been dissatisfied with this group.
Basically hinted -- such that they will eventually come in line.
If Ronnie looks like he's going to be a candidate.
About to John about -- and warm here from nominee who reports -- he's built about a million dollars.
Coming off of his strong performance in Iowa there's a few that he's doing a better job of connecting with folks on the ground and that -- there's some ground for him to pull.
In New Hampshire doing that as well.
You know deep when you think about your guy Mitt Romney and his ability to sort of connect with the folks out there.
Well -- Think -- it -- Rick Santorum to his credit worked very hard and Iowa he spent -- of somewhere over 200 days there.
In Iowa is -- next -- South Dakota it's a very retail political stage and I would have expected that Rick would have done well there.
And he's put himself in position now to to try and move the ball down the field -- some these other states.
But again at the end of the day and this is gonna come down to one who represents our best shot at defeating Barack Obama in the general election and then.
As president who is best equipped to deal with the big challenges that we face and I think right now the most important challenge we face as a nation.
Is a got a very sluggish economy we've got chronic high unemployment -- massive amounts of debt racked up by this administration.
And their runaway spending we've got to have a president that can come in and reduce spending at the federal level get the economy growing again -- creating jobs and I think that is a the -- that really fits with -- governor Romney's resonate.
His experience and I think you're going to see people starting.
To rally around him now they're gonna be other candidates that are gonna stay in this race for a while the Romney campaign is prepared to run a long campaign in their.
They've got the resources the organization to do that.
All right senator John Dan thank you very much good to have you -- I'll just.
Thanks thanks Martha -- to be with you so her.