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The establishment his team.
Romney is the choice.
For the Republican Party.
And I say the people of New Hampshire will not be told for whom to vote.
The people -- you don't -- coronation.
You know what I mean they want people there earned the vote as opposed to sitting tonight down in south Carol.
Was former Utah governor and ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jon Huntsman getting a little sassy with New Hampshire front runner Mitt Romney.
And this is power play I am Chris -- -- Internet and it's almost time to vote again just a few days from now that voters in New Hampshire Republicans and independents in New Hampshire we going to the polls.
Believes that with that independent presence and -- his long time stamped out on the ground there he can make it happen but it's getting very interesting because Rick Santorum a former Pennsylvania senator is surging in recent polls in New Hampshire and trying to give Mitt Romney a run for his money we're going to talk about all of that -- -- going to talk about proposed cuts at the Pentagon.
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And for your purposes.
You -- former executive director of the Republican Party.
Where -- question.
Are you glad we're not glad to that you didn't have to be out -- rally of votes and chasing everything down in Iowa this week.
Question -- I was glad I wasn't there but you know you gotta.
Tip your hats to the Republican Party -- -- -- a great job.
Putting that caucus together I was well organized.
And it's from every aspect from the public -- was very well.
Yeah of course you know and and kudos to -- -- The chairman of the party out there now because.
The -- and we all we hear about as well 120 votes not counted here it's -- -- goes out and there.
What is not remembered as this is a volunteer run operation.
Just done by the party people are getting paid for doing this there is so you missed -- votes one way or the other you probably -- some -- okay let's start with you Doug.
On on this question.
Right now Jon Huntsman.
Thinks that he can build a road block.
Two Mitt Romney's is he -- he called it is in that -- we heard when he was that talking to folks have a new port of entry yesterday to the coronation.
Of Mitt Romney.
How does the math work in New Hampshire what do you think.
I think it's a little bit difficult for him to do that he's been there he's can't -- New Hampshire and he spent.
Some resources there from what I'm told his operation both in New Hampshire and across the country is pretty weak.
I think the biggest threat to Mitt Romney right now is surging Rick Santorum.
And then you've got a steaming mad Newt Gingrich who's gonna try do.
You know he's gonna try to do everything you learned today -- I'll call him an angry little -- -- He is you know be watched his speech couple -- -- he is obviously he has that you know he's pleased the bullseye.
On on Mitt Romney and -- I expect Mitt Romney to win this it's is basically his home state he walks in the New Hampshire with around 41 41% of the vote I think for him it's about expectations.
OK Carl Cameron.
Is now available from that very stage with all of those expectations in his native granite state.
Carl Cameron how we go out.
Hey Chris fantastic were four days away from New Hampshire primary and motoring down 101 towards Dublin where Rick Santorum is expecting yet another.
Big huge crowd.
Tell you what can we go to the roof camera here we'll we'll show you a little bit of a picturesque scene as we make our way through this -- beautiful part of the -- not region.
Unlike Iowa where it's real hard that I guess maybe not.
The V unlike Iowa where we are twenty yard sign are hard to see any evidence of the yes well it is and is busy and.
I can't hear Karl anymore so hopefully we'll talk from another time you're still out there -- enjoy.
Enjoy New Hampshire okay now Jim Anderson.
This is the question.
Don everybody's minds so Rick Santorum really like that seems very surprising nobody saw this coming.
I -- today and apparently would you get Fox News dot compacts like politics.
Basically that it it probably shouldn't be so surprising because what Santorum is doing is -- a very significant way the path to success for two previous Republican presidents.
Bush and Ronald Reagan which is -- fusion.
Three string dance the sort of chamber of commerce approved business Republican.
These socially conservative Republican and defense hawks bring them all together and that is winning coalitions -- the Republican Party hasn't been threats right now I think.
You know you've got to give credit to Rick santorum's campaign in Iowa he ran a retail campaigned there for a year visit online and counties.
He was well organized and he made the case that organization -- matters.
He had -- -- -- would you guys like that's right let's say you like if you like attention attention -- -- -- I was like that right and he made the case that resonate with voters I mean much he said he had all different -- of the campaign.
He's -- a business message that residents of voters.
He appeals of evangelicals which is a large percentage of the vote in Iowa Caucuses.
And he got perfect timing was a perfect corporates and -- is gonna go under New Hampshire with with a lot of momentum on Sunday.
-- when we look there's a brand new Rasmussen.
Pull out of New Hampshire.
Santorum thirteen interestingly.
Huntsman at twelve yeah you know there's you know it is going to be I think three more important holes to look at today.
At a New Hampshire and so will have to want to see if Santorum gets any sort of -- Out of Iowa like I said I think this is if I was six Rick Santorum I wouldn't I would I would move just South Carolina -- there.
It's a state where Mitt Romney won only 15% of the vote I -- the same breath Rasmussen poll out today showed.
-- -- surging inside Carolina which essentially forget that and so but the but isn't there a danger there that if -- underfunded and Santorum is talking about -- a boom again fund raising dollars but if you're under funded.
You live on on media.
-- can't be out of this story for a week right well the the other the other because of the way right and in the other room way to look at it is this if you put too much in this north -- New Hampshire.
And Romney gets 45.
50% of the vote he may -- it you know in a week and still keep -- importance out of New Hampshire -- some you know -- as.
John McCain tried to do in Iowa four years ago when then you give yourself a fighting chance live another week put another month but.
I don't see any real evidence that Jon Huntsman speaking.
Any steam if they -- I look I don't think he's picking up steam enough to win but what he could do is sort of the same thing that Gingrich and Kerry could do in South Carolina is which is.
Squashed right this Santorum and -- -- couldn't couldn't put a little cluttered field and Jim can speak to this as well a splintered field benefits Mitt Romney the longer Rick Perry you know if repairs competing in South Carolina have Huntsman you Huntsman you've got Gingrich.
That is you know that's perfect serve for Mitt Romney because it -- the votes for you know the anti Romney field.
So -- -- tend to test my thesis champ.
So the two pools of votes that Mitt Romney has not been able to acquire.
Our social conservatives.
And delivered more libertarian minded seriously small government Republicans.
-- those overlap in the event I grant sometimes -- sort of Ron Paul represents that he's a family values guy who's also serious libertarian and as we always refer back to the cheers that he got for air when legalization and our South Carolina -- was like well okay so you have those two -- of votes.
If it comes down to -- and forum.
Now -- Santorum will benefit from the family values ones but how does he stand having been income congress for seventeen years.
Having been a proponent of some of the President Bush's compassionate conservative kind of stuff this is he really able to pick up those libertarian kind of outs.
You know I'm not so sure he is I mean if you look at Rick santorum's record right now he's being.
People are talking about his record on earmarks and he's having a hard time defending that.
I know -- -- storm as I mentioned earlier is is the benefit of a perfect storm.
He's yet to be the candidate in the Republican Party that has had everybody in the media and every other candidate -- -- -- one that sold all of his other opponents restaurant.
I think I think he's gonna have a great time coalescing evangelical in the far right of the party.
But I also think you know if you look at some that the numbers 90% of evangelicals that are gonna vote in this election so they will support Romney over Obama.
I think when it comes down that would have -- -- -- nominee he will get the base of the party and -- will get the support from her I don't know I.
Give -- -- percentage is start with you Doug percentage Mitt Romney gets the nomination what you percentage.
Is that he gets the nomination I think right now it's.
95% 95 which announced I think if he wins New Hampshire -- the first time an open race that.
-- -- Iowa New Hampshire I think that speaks a lot I think behind member of the -- number and of course your party the Republicans have done something that they thought was a good idea at the time.
Which was they protracted nomination process.
And we know that it will be mid April at least before there are enough delegates that have been allocated.
That -- somebody could have -- that's later that it happens and Mitt Romney even if he even -- -- -- is unlikely because of -- 2015 points and that's going to Ron -- is unlikely to be able to get that at a -- until May -- against the Republicans now enjoyed -- solid nominee -- -- the presumptive nominee but are -- a little -- -- that they stretch this out back out of Obama Hillary -- You all I'll leave that Republican politics -- gym but I do they want one.
What a couple numbers you mentioned before about group Mitt Romney is vulnerabilities I think it some -- numbers -- on Iowa.
Which were some world which were reviewing.
He did very poorly with independence Ron Paul did very well with -- I think you'd expect that but Romney was about 1617%.
Young voters he also did very poorly US he also did poorly -- kind of middle class blue collar voters.
Heading into New Hampshire -- down the road I think those -- He demographic she need to watch to see if he can you know shows some growth until crack houses don't know how much we should trust entrance polling caucus and of the don't.
-- -- this picture but we we had a fairly good reflect this this year the entrance poll did pretty good job -- the it was fairly reflective of the final result my and two to my colleagues on the decision desk in New York good job.
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