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Couple of politics now and maybe it comes with the territory of being a front runner right now Mitt Romney's rivals are trying to present themselves as.
The best alternative to his candidacy and they are stepping up their attacks.
Adding insult to injury for the former governor massachusetts' largest Paper the Boston Globe.
Is opting not to back Romney who used to be governor of that state instead.
The publication is endorsing John Huntsman the former governor of you talked.
Get a -- again is senior political reporter for the Nashua telegraph in New Hampshire his Paper has endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination.
Nashua telegraph the second largest newspaper in New Hampshire.
And that Kevin thanks very much for being with us let's -- -- -- on.
Let's talk a little bit about this Boston Globe endorsement -- -- a slap is that it at at Mitt Romney how much might it affect the results.
It's certainly not helpful a Mitt Romney to have your hometown newspaper.
Not endorse him obviously the more conservative Boston Herald has endorsed Romney and that's helpful I mean.
The Boston Globe has a lot of influence in New Hampshire particularly in the southern here.
But the people who it is -- most influence within its editorial policy -- voting in the Republican primary on Tuesday and that's good news from Mitt Romney.
They're Democrats -- liberal leaning independents.
The more conservative.
Republicans and conservative independents are Boston Herald readers and Mitt Romney got that endorsement and that is helpful this gives Jon Huntsman.
A little bit of a pump any needs a big bump -- talked about yesterday.
The tyranny of the clock is running against him like a lot of candidates he's running out of time to close this huge believed that Mitt Romney.
Has overall as rivals right now you have Bill Hemmer just spoke to him live impressed -- time and time again and said you know what kind of -- number are you hoping for -- He wouldn't give us a number he wanted to beat expectations.
He said really the fight in New Hampshire is for second place it seems to.
It truly is John you write anything interesting election in that respect it's a very aggressive fight for second place.
It's a lot like the 1988 democratic primary why do I mention that well.
Happen to be a democratic governor at that time of Massachusetts Mike Dukakis who was the overwhelming favorite and you had just fears.
Fight firefight between some significant Democrat at the time Dick Gephardt guy named Al Gore you'll remember it was in that fight Jesse Jackson Paul Simon.
And it was all about who could finish second and we're seeing that here some real -- sharp elbows -- on not just that Mitt Romney but at.
Act in between these that these potential second place finishes whether there Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich or Jon Huntsman.
How is Ron Paul playing in New Hampshire.
It's kind of an independent states he's got a lot of independent sort of libertarian -- support how's he playing there.
Well we -- -- libertarian leaning state as well you know where armed.
We're certainly not.
Our -- right right now where senator senator and independents as you know can play a huge part.
In this race just as the independents played a huge part.
In Ron Paul's pretty strong showing in Iowa I expect that to happen here.
He's got a firm hold right now on second place why is that -- because independents who are against the war.
-- and many of whom by the way voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
Want to play a part in this primary on Tuesday I think many of them are gonna vote for Ron Paul because it is it -- Military intervention policies I think that gives them at least five or 6%.
Bump on Tuesday and could help him hold on to second place.
This so you've got this fight for second place going on you've got Mitt Romney expected to win but a lot of division among the potential.
Second place finishers and that could mean.
That this race goes on for a long time.
That's correct and what's really -- this thing about this race John as we're already -- that's the potential second place finishes.
Playing on the stage for the states down the road let's take Rick Santorum and Wednesday that argument he had.
With students about his position about same sex marriage not -- Smart play.
In the state of New Hampshire one of only five states where the same sex marriages are legal but and and where where they're where they're very popular but but he he played -- But he's played to those evangelical Christians that make up only -- almost 50% of the vote in South Carolina.
Eleven days after New Hampshire they got it handed to him for not being one of those politicians polls say what the audience wants to -- just get elected -- That's true and I think that's one of santorum's endearing qualities.
He's a trusted conservative and he's an -- apologetic conservative I think you could say the same about Newt Gingrich.
Who certainly turning up.
The heat against Mitt Romney today saying it's a joke to call Mitt Romney of conservative thought that's pretty harsh words that -- -- casinos to debate this weekend.
They're going to be a food fight and all cafeteria trays are going to be any of that Negron.
Yeah now we'll we'll see who comes out of this hole in the Messi is that I guess -- Lander again I know you've got a lot of work to do today thanks for joining us for a couple of minutes from the next with a great telegraph.
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