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What happened was we saw in this case senator Santorum.
He explained most of the night why he did or voted for things he disagreed with -- and he talked about this is being taking one for the team.
I wonder what which team he was taking it for.
My team is the American people that the insiders in Washington and -- fight for the people of America -- special interest.
Three years and amateurism and Washington.
Is that this is a very tough city to run and then preparing another amateur replacing a liberal amateur with a modern amateur won't get you very far.
That was a little bit of the flavor of the campaign trail yesterday.
Mitt Romney banging away at Rick Santorum for having said that he'd be voted against his beliefs on several occasions in the name of compromise while he was in congress.
And Newt Gingrich whacking it Mitt Romney for being a moderate -- as -- -- from the liberal amateur and there was no word from Rick Santorum because he was not on the campaign trail yesterday.
This is the power play.
Welcome back the Republican race is roaring into Michigan on Tuesday primaries there and in Arizona.
A lot of the focus on Michigan is -- -- -- seems to be in the Romney column as Rick Santorum looks to.
Make his stand and demonstrate that he can win a big primary in a big state with all eyes on him.
And it's it's a big moment for the Republican race so it is a fitting it is an auspicious time for you to meet Rob Johnson Rob Johnson was a campaign manager for Newt Gingrich.
-- -- campaign manager for Rick Perry.
Is a Texan.
And is now running a super.
Act that is in supportive lieutenant governor David Dewhurst bid.
To be the next senator from Texas altered is that all true -- -- that's good that's good okay so you have arguably.
The most unique insight on the state of this race to this point breakdown for us.
What do you see as this race goes into Michigan and Arizona what are the stakes for Santorum what are the stakes for Romney what do the states for dad well.
I think that all the pressure is actually on Mitt Romney it's not -- Rick Santorum -- Mitt Romney is running around Michigan making a big deal this is my home state I was born here.
He named the hospital he was born in my family's from here he's put the pressure on himself he has so it's a -- -- -- -- it's a must win.
So Rick Santorum.
Is if he -- it's about us it's great for him.
The pressures on the wrong things but -- and I mean that's been true for four.
Years -- I mean since he says he lost the nomination last time and sort of become became the presumptive front runner.
As soon as John McCain clinched the nomination the pressure's been on Mitt -- the whole time but for Santorum if he if he loses Michigan.
But all walks at Michigan by the way portions of its delegates on the basis of congressional district so Santorum doesn't walk out of there with at least.
Ten or twelve -- if he -- and if he doesn't essentially tied.
Mitt Romney up there doesn't that cast into doubt his ability to get the job done.
Well sure it's important for him to do well but it's not -- it's not as important for him to win as it is for Romney to win.
And -- Santorum.
You know Santorum.
Has had the surge because he's authentic.
He's a real person he's a he's a true conservative is not it a conservative of convenience.
And do you know the Romney campaign needs to find a way to be more authentic and give -- you have believability in conservative.
Principles will now you have you've been around enough campaigns I would note that it's very hard to get people would be something that they're not and I thank you Chris and and I'm not saying the Mitt Romney is that there is not an authentic Mitt Romney but what I'm saying is that when he talks about.
Those issues and tries to telegraph authenticity seems very and comfortable.
And in fact he he never seems as comfortable as he is when he's in a blue suit.
And -- he looks when he's out the mom jeans and he's trying to be.
And regular America.
It doesn't he doesn't seem comfortable in his own skin.
Isn't there something to be said for letting that be -- Absolutely -- it like you said that the key thing you said was -- telegraphing authenticity right he can't telegraphing you have to be authentic.
So -- let men be -- but and you can't states this you can't control this the American people see through it quickly.
And then that's -- -- did so well and in South Carolina that's why Santorum surging now because.
There they are they are authentic you may not always agree with them but you're gonna know where they stand and they're not scared.
To say things that may rock the boat -- on the matter of the new -- Did -- former speaker is out in about focusing on Washington State Idaho.
Looking to do blood Santorum did before.
Which is in the low between primaries when some caucus straw polls and trying shows some viability in some places that are off the map while the other campaigns.
Bang away at each other in these primary states.
What does Gingrich need to have a path forward.
After this week we'll Gingrich is obviously couldn't a lot of eggs in the Super Tuesday basket.
And you know Georgia is got to be his firewall he -- laid the marker down himself he said you have to win your home state and did that put pressure on Romney it puts pressure on Santorum in Pennsylvania but it puts immediate pressure on you Gingrich and Georgia.
He's got to have a strong showing in the south and you know I worked with him this summer and that was always part of a strategy this -- -- New cooked up deal this has been part of his strategy all along and and this electability.
Argument that Washington insiders -- is just ridiculous to me because electability is proven.
By the people.
Certainly Venus has proven he's electable Rick santorum's proven he's electable than Mitt -- -- -- electable they won't let alone elected as I'm happy that hey -- -- -- cellular people who -- seven dollar lattes and their condition studios obviously the president of people in -- the United States of America.
I never pay for my coffee and and you should know that I get it right out of the canteen in the back in this -- never I would I would not do you ever accuse you know -- never never never.
I want to.
Charles -- in the chat he agrees with you that they that they -- they're supposedly -- stated in all of their cases.
It's not really their home state.
The -- was born in Pennsylvania.
Raised mostly in Georgia and represent that state congressman -- -- Michigan -- but has lived in Massachusetts for most of his adult life.
Rick Santorum was born in Virginia.
But came of age in Pennsylvania -- represented that state so it is a little complicated so I get your suppose -- There that's that's a good point.
I'm Gingrich -- He does something that almost no other candidate does.
Which is talk about his strategy in very transparent fashion when you're doing an interview with another campaign or another candidate.
And the -- been here on this show.
He talks in very transparent terms about what we're doing this because of that we're doing this this other way now would be nice now I'm going to be mean now I'm mad now I'm whatever he talks ministry has -- -- Can he stop doing that is there a way that he can and cannot do that well.
Obviously would be better if you focus on his big bold ideas and not focus so much on the process.
By focusing on the process which of the media loves to talk about process.
Good I think he he he would be well served to listen to his staff talk more about process and he he needs to continue to talk about his big bold ideas for this country because he does have them.
And he has real plans.
And that he needs to focus on that.
You're good to join us today thank you so much pleasure having okay Internet we have to go the good news very good news first -- -- good news on the -- With Jonathan Hunt is up next he's awesome you're going to love that but even better news guess who came back from vacation last night on special report.
You know who Charles Krauthammer and he had a beauty for yet so now as we like to do every day.
Only use the word from our friend Charles that -- happens.
That -- will grow anywhere on earth I looked it up while I was away for those three days.
Did he thought I was starving myself I -- research he grows his oceans and lakes and ponds initially cool when the -- -- is on vacation.
In the snow in ice and so it is -- on turtles slots.
The bark of trees and rocks now why are we drilling for oil we other Saudi Arabia rocks we have a mountain.
Range called Iraqis and we are allowing ourselves to be dominated by these oil producers I think he's onto something here that is truly revolutionary.
Why would you -- the -- -- Keystone Pipeline that would build real oil from Canada.
To put in real refineries and putting real existing cars.
When you can do algae -- I think he's -- and I think this -- it -- division in the -- -- hope and change that he promised in 2008.
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