Who won GOP debate in Arizona?
All-Star panel weighs in on field
- Duration 6:29
- Date Feb 23, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in on field
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I'm -- guys live in the world business -- you don't balance your budget in business you go out of business.
So I've lived balancing budgets if you look at my record on spending and I'm taken on entitlements never having voted for -- appropriation.
You look at -- at my record of never having raise taxes I think did the in fact is that the American public are really desperate to find somebody -- real problems and just recently there was a poll in Iowa.
And it -- all the four of us up against Obama.
And guess what I did the very best.
The debate last night Mesa, Arizona there were four positive soundbites from each of the candidates but.
Large -- that debate was going after each other and specifically ganging up at times.
On former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum back to the panel thoughts on the debate in the fall out bill.
Pletcher changed much I think there's a lot of side -- of each other but actually they don't disagree much on fundamental issues what was striking is.
How socially conservative Mitt Romney sound that I thought.
And -- I'm basically entitlement reform curbing spending and it is type it each other's past record so Rick Santorum wasn't tough on -- from the center of Mitt Romney wasn't.
Good -- governor but going forward I think you.
They have reasonably coherent conservative alternative to President Obama.
Federal funding for contraception.
Came up title ten funding.
There was an exchange take a quick listen.
Congress should -- -- I I -- title ten funny and I I've always opposed out of ten funny but it's included a large appropriation bill that includes a whole host of other things including.
The funding for the National Institutes of Health the funding for health and human services and a whole lot bunch of other -- a multi billion dollar bill.
This demonstrates the problem I'm talking about there's always an excuse to -- to do list is senator I decide I YouTube clip of you being interviewed where you said that you personally -- -- -- contraceptives but that you.
You said that you voted for title ten -- said this in a positive light I voted for title -- and I think it's I think I was making it clear that while I have a personal more objection -- Even though I did I don't support it that I voted for bills and included it.
That was -- firing line -- -- For Rick Santorum he sounded a little bit too much like John Kerry back in 2004 -- -- voted.
For the 87 billion before voted against it remember that he is in the same trap that you can always put a senator and which is you know tying -- -- every little vote they took and they take countless votes.
You know Santorum is getting nailed for doing something that's normal in our senate which is you know having to make tradeoffs among your various interest when you vote.
Poorly anticipated I guess by and he should've seen this -- should have had a better response to it because now he's getting -- -- by Mitt Romney today about how.
He sort of admitted well wasn't consistent -- my principles but I had to vote for anyway because.
And I just thought it was -- it was a weak moment.
-- and he encapsulated that.
That error in the phrase he used me try to explain why he voted for No Child Left Behind.
Which of these conservative.
This part of spectrum blitzer is accused of big government.
Intrusion and he said I did I didn't really support it but I do because that a president who -- to -- -- -- Republican president and politics is a team sport.
Now this is a guy who wants to claim the mantle of the Tea Party.
And their their central objection to Washington what's happening among the Republicans and what they called rhinos is.
They play a team sport and abandoned principle.
And their ideological.
Roots when they become members of congress and that's the weakness in the Santorum the case for himself for the presidency.
And I think he unfortunately.
For his campaign he reinforced -- Mitt Romney hit on that today on the stump.
We saw it in this case senator Santorum.
Explain most of the night why he did or voted for things he disagreed with -- At any he talked about this -- being taking one for the team.
I wonder what which team he was taking it far.
Hi my team is the American people about the insiders in Washington.
Did he change the dynamic there bill.
You know continue -- take -- -- was president George W Bush's first year in office -- -- round maybe No Child Left Behind this bad legislation Rick Santorum said last night.
I made a mistake.
Mitt Romney is never sent about from the care I made a mistake.
And as a conservative I think Romney terrorist act of a lot bigger mistake -- the No Child Left Behind bill and Rick Santorum said he made a mistake and Mitt Romney has never said he made a mistake you know.
I imagine there's any question that Santorum and his Korea has been consistent conservative with occasional deviations.
Romney has come late to his ideology.
I'm talking about the damage Santorum did to himself last night.
Whether or not it's over a true reflection of who we cruelly as he made a mistake and explaining away all of -- did and -- -- I opposed on principle.
His appeal in Michigan is to the Tea Party.
He's the one who says on the authentic -- and when he says I'm playing a team game then you get -- -- -- on the side.
Snickering at him and I think it he made a tactical -- doing chuck did Newt Gingrich changed his dynamic heading into Super Tuesday but certainly change has come.
Portman to know they were all sitting down there was sort of a lower key affair and -- it was kind of leaning back in his chair and see more professorial and calmer than he hasn't.
Recent debates on he was more strident about Barack Obama than he was about the other guys he didn't sort of take aim at Santorum.
And Romney so -- I viewed his performance is sort of a wash.
In terms of advance himself among the other Republicans.
Yeah I think in Michigan and Arizona Romney and Santorum will run 12 or -- and whichever direction I think it's and I think it's going to be hard for Newt Gingrich to get back in the race obviously.
I say that.
Since revolving around a million times a -- -- out of 42% in the polls somewhere.
And Super Tuesday that it felt last night fight Iran is Santorum like it's going to be run central -- and Ron -- -- Helping Enron at this point -- -- objectively speaking and knew it had I think a great night on values.
As you see a genial avuncular.
And really good when he's bad he's awful for what he's good he's really -- -- can now.
Cheerful -- that's it.