America's Asking: What's Next in GOP Race?
Panel weighs in on New Hampshire and beyond
- Duration 5:54
- Date Jan 10, 2012
Panel weighs in on New Hampshire and beyond
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Efforts on USA America's asking about New Hampshire and that election overall voting is underway right now in the nation's first primary pack in Dallas a longtime democratic strategist pollster and Fox News contributor here to answer your questions.
Alice Stewart is a Republican strategists has worked on campaigns for Michelle Bachmann and Mike Huckabee.
And -- -- -- is senior political reporter for the Nassau telegraph that Paper has indoors.
-- Mitt Romney -- I wanna start up but you -- they have well a comment from a New Hampshire resident caring she says she's going to the polls today.
He's a resident she's supporting John Huntsman is she says everybody in South Carolina had to take a look at him.
-- Kevin do you think Huntsman might be the surprise here this this primary.
He really could be Jon Huntsman seems to be -- a bit in the polls his message about a trust deficit and appealing.
To a bipartisan spirit.
Mean there's a guy who's been an ambassador to Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama you can't get more inclusive than that.
And that's a message that is resonating with the independent voters.
John McCain's endorsement of Mitt Romney.
Certainly blogs that somewhat but conference trying to push through it and and could get a surprisingly strong third place finish here today pat.
What do you make -- John -- move in New Hampshire.
Well I think well.
He is and best -- a tremendous amount there.
And I think that you know he's distrust message that is fundamentally goes to.
Much of -- countries concerned up thanks question for Huntsman -- -- go anywhere distant.
In terms Republicans whose boat if you look at the -- is very heavily.
Democrat in democratic and an independent.
And a lot of his voter's -- vote for President Obama anyway so.
How much staying -- has -- -- more in the mortgage restrictive Republican primaries will wait and see but I expected to finish at least a strong third tonight.
1007 has worked for our at a few different campaigns whenever viewers Thomas Watson knows why so much weight here in New Hampshire what is it really tell us about.
-- the general election going forward.
While it's important because.
Did not only Republican primary voters are voting but independents can vote there is no real contest on the democratic side.
We'll see how a lot of voters are richer state and by the way one of the points will be important -- see exactly how big turnout turnout -- Iowa's very low.
Relative to what it should have been.
But she but it does New Hampshire but New Hampshire is a swing state it's a critical even -- -- only four electoral votes it's a very critical swing state.
It will get a real read on how these independents are going and basically how strong.
The of the from owners are with them.
Alice is that what you're looking at in New Hampshire about independence about where independents are really thinking.
As we move forward towards November -- no doubt the independents are opponent say a lot in this election here in New Hampshire.
They made the difference for John McCain back in 2008 winning over.
Mitt Romney and that's the vote to -- for about what we're seeing more than anything else there's more than one -- to the nomination in the GOP.
Primary it's not strictly going from Iowa to -- attention to south -- to Florida.
Candidates have to be strategic they have to pick and choose which states are more in tune with there.
Views and values and Huntsman did Smart play by putting all this resources in New Hampshire but the key is to make sure that he's got the organization and the ground game.
Right after New Hampshire but the good news is.
Any one of these GOP candidates will do much better job as president the United States in the current occupant of the White House because.
They -- -- restore confidence in the American economy they will do more to create jobs and we'll certainly.
Do their best repeal Obama -- and that's what we need in this country we need someone will go in -- and create jobs and restore confidence the spoken like a true GOP strategist issue.
Our chorus cabin on the ground there in New Hampshire though what about the turnout day -- Alice -- -- both talked a little bit about the independents.
How what is turnout -- they look like it is sometimes when you're not attached to one party is the other may be down.
Make it's in the primary.
So it was so what -- look like today.
Yeah that's true secretary of state bill Gardner we've really -- elections guru here in New Hampshire.
Critics at 250000.
We'll vote in the Republican primary in 75000.
Larger -- both of Barack Obama doesn't have any major challenge in the democratic race.
That's slightly better on the Republican side than 2008 but of course we had an aggressive primary in 2008 between Hillary Clinton.
And Barack Obama on the democratic side so.
We expect a little higher turnout than we're getting this time and I think it is because.
And there's a lot -- this endless searching I was at the polls -- -- -- today.
And people going into the -- saying they were still undecided Mitt Romney's vote is solid.
Talk to Ron Paul's vote to Texas congressman and former libertarian his vote is very strong.
The rest of the vote is completely and totally up for grabs people looking for a consensus conservative someone who food.
Who they want to take on Mitt Romney beat Mitt Romney and take and then defeat.
Barack Obama there's no there's -- -- and New Hampshire about who that person as I'm not sure what kind of satellite tonight I think it's going to be up to South Carolina to do that the fine.
But I think that's what's interesting if the turnout is that law and given the fact that there's not a democratic.
Can't campaign as it was last summer a lot of it depends also voted.
If this turnout given the Republican voters have such antipathy toward President Obama as Democrats had about President Bush.
If this turnout -- only marginally.
Bigger about the same as it was and -- -- It is telling us something about how dissatisfied.
The Republican electorate is with the field in general.
It is the dog that is embarking and that's number I'm going to be looking at tonight.
-- going to be interesting to watch and they're gonna be out watching along with us all here on the news side pack Kevin announced thank you so much taking a closer look at New Hampshire and -- And authority keep watching it throughout the day with all of you thank you thank senator thank you -- thank you.