Covering the frontrunners
Are the media causing campaign controversy?
- Duration 5:10
- Date Feb 19, 2012
Are the media causing campaign controversy?
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This contraceptive thing my gosh it's so -- such inexpensive you -- back in my days.
They use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives and -- put -- between their knees and wasn't that costly.
-- -- you told a bad off color joke and he shouldn't have done it but that's.
-- that's that's his business it certainly doesn't in my opinion reflect on the campaign -- me because he wasn't doing this as part of our campaign.
Well that was GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum responding to -- strong media reaction to that remark you heard there is something one of his supporters said.
About the issue of contraception earlier in the week -- got all kinds of media attention.
And it was essentially blamed on the Santorum campaign -- Well I mean Santorum has strangely enough chosen -- RO this big donor to the super -- Foster freeze to be in the stage with him.
I mean it used to be there's this about the part pretense of distance between your super -- -- your campaign and now if there onstage together well and it's.
I send us an -- but -- the media I mean if freezes effectively.
Apart not just zone and then the thing but -- -- campaign I think -- and.
Everything that Rick Santorum himself believes about contraception.
And women's rights and then we'll see how far to the right candidate he has.
He is leading in the Detroit news poll numbers show that Rick Santorum at least in Michigan.
Is up 34%.
To Mitt Romney's 30%.
Really quite a stunning turnaround there there in the numbers.
Michigan voters from that Detroit news poll quite a stunning turnaround -- -- -- the media react.
Well I think the -- they're stunned and and they're covering it look at and I also think that that this contraception -- debate really.
-- the mandate health care mandate with regard in front section really played to it to his strengths it's something social -- -- social conservative.
He's Catholic he's.
Very outspoken about religious liberty issues since I think it's something that really played his strength and has helped kind of fuel his -- it's -- has that.
Has the coverage of that contraception issue Andrea -- You know appropriate do you think I mean the media seem to be all in favor of contraception and and sometimes miss the larger picture I think.
-- well I think that they they were right on the mark until his campaign started to make.
Some questionable comment so when he was talking about religious freedom last week at C -- he was winning.
But the median now gleefully -- along with trapping him in and pulling out these things he -- on contraception.
And I think it's hurting him because I think it's getting him in such a new wants issue of contraception.
Backing him -- a corner.
And look maybe it helps and in Michigan 13 of the primary voters on Tuesday are going to be Catholic.
A long term I do not think that he can win the nomination talking about contraception because -- -- -- party austerity.
Task I don't know if he had -- in my.
Also expecting a bunch of and -- Santorum ads from probably Mitt Romney and and perhaps others he has santorum's campaign came -- with kind of an interesting -- this week.
That shows AM Mitt Romney look -- Shooting at shooting mud basically -- Santorum and missing all -- Time even that got controversial man Nancy snyderman on NBC doctor Nancy snyderman said all she -- likely.
The guns in the violence for a well I mean there's certain network for you get paid a number of hits you -- -- Republican candidates.
But look I think that's a brilliant at it exactly captured the sentiment people happy they're pretty knows.
That Romney and his super -- which released the smartest decisions shadows -- it -- -- clobber Santorum lawless money and all the negativity.
And so -- it was brilliant to make it -- and it is an element of humor there is not just.
They're attacking -- whining -- -- that he's being funny about it and that's very attractive to voters.
Seems like the the media oxygen is being taken up by this Romney Santorum race we also have Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich still in it are they being ignored -- also rounder.
Like courses road road back in the field with the national review actually calling for -- to kind of get out of -- and leave it to the too heavy hitters it's kind of an astonishing -- at the moment here's what the editors of the national review wrote they said that when he Gingrich led Santorum in the polls he urged the -- to leave the race.
On his own arguments the proper course for him meaning Gingrich now is to endorse Santorum and exit -- they have a point.
They do have a point but I think Gingrich has a right to stay in this race but I can see why the conservative media is making this argument because the longer that Gingrich stays in.
That actually helps Romney's chances who has not been a favorite of conservative media but.
Look I think he should.
Apps list in this race but I think it's fascinating is the CNN debate on March 1 it was -- have all the candidates.
Has now been canceled because it would just be newts and John McCain debating I guess John King that I don't want to do that.
So they canceled it because the other Republican candidates basket backed out some of the interesting development with that.