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I -- be President Obama.
I believe I can.
I believe on the one person in this race who actually can be the president.
Mitt Romney gaining some momentum this weekend winning the Maine caucuses and the C -- straw poll.
Romney won more than 39% of the vote in Maine after losing three straight contests to Rick Santorum.
Romney now looking to withstand -- a delegate lead in Arizona and Michigan.
-- zapatero joins us he's the director for the center for politics at the University of Virginia Larry it was good to see you.
You know Romney is consistently.
Criticized and attacked -- not being conservative enough.
And yet -- hauls off and he wins the you know seat back Conservative Political Action Conference vote.
-- does that help burnish his a conservative credentials.
Absolutely that that's the headline Greg out of the weekend I think even more than that squeaker or a lot of amazing victory.
The fact is C -- has a strong reputation -- conservatives.
Now you've heard Rick Santorum and others claiming that.
Romney bought the vote that -- Boston College students from.
From around the East Coast well that's called organization and if you've got the money and organization to do what you do it.
So it helps him.
It it changes the story line from last Tuesday night when Santorum won three contests this is important for Romney because as you note.
He's simply must win both air zoning in Michigan and it looks like is tougher fights going to be Michigan yeah now.
Up wanna play a clip from Sarah -- here's what she had to say luxury action.
I am not convinced and I don't think that the majority of GOP an independent voters are convinced and that is why you don't see Romney get over that hump.
Why does Sarah Palin and and other conservatives continue to criticize Mitt Romney.
Loads of conservatives say that Greg because it is unusual for someone to have.
Such a strong evil -- in the -- political thinking and ideology so late in life.
Mitt Romney was a moderate some would even say liberal earlier in life he evolved he changed in his fifties -- To a conservative philosophy.
It's not unprecedented but it is unusual and it causes people -- to ask additional questions.
I was looking at a Washington Post poll and it shows that he is unfavorable.
Ratings Mitt Romney's unfavorable ratings.
Almost 50% its 49% he is favorable is just 31% why is that.
-- can somebody with such high negative rating a win in a general election.
Well -- answer your second question first if the election were in February -- -- but the election is in November.
At some point this contest will -- why does he have such high unfavorable.
Because the Republicans have been beating the stuffing out of one another.
In the news media scrutiny of all of the candidates and particularly the front runner of the semi front runner Romney.
Has been very intense it's difficult to maintain high favorable.
And win a contested nomination battle at the same time.
Is Rick Santorum now are the main competition for Mitt Romney -- is Newt Gingrich stolen.
Well right now he's -- in competition you know we're we're judging this guide this week by week.
I think you'll be seeing a poll coming out to shortly with Santorum surprisingly.
Having a strong lead in Michigan.
Which is of course associated with Romney because he grew up there his father was governor.
But you know that kind of reminds me of the -- Newt Gingrich had in Florida.
Early on before the advertising started -- so these things change week to week Gingrich plans to come back.
-- Super Tuesday and the week following would you have a lot of southern states voting.
But I think both Gingrich and Santorum and of course Ron Paul are in it for the long -- certainly through march.
Probably April may be all the way to June.
Well it's fascinating to watch how Larry zapatero is always many thanks.
Thank you so much --
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