Chris Stirewalt and Brad Blakeman discuss Mitt Romney's campaign.
- Duration 9:17
- Date Mar 6, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and Brad Blakeman discuss Mitt Romney's campaign.
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More than people here in Ohio.
And and in other states across the country I believe I do I get the nomination.
And then we can't start organizing our effort to make sure that we replace President Obama visited the process -- -- long and maybe slow.
But he's raising he's raising millions of dollars every month and and has an organization I'm told someone told me yesterday.
That he has 491.
Members of his staff I mean in this campaign staff in this is a huge juggernaut.
And we're gonna have to make sure that we pushed back against that kind of machine.
And that we returned this process to one focused on the people of America not the politics of the president.
That was Mitt Romney telling Ohio voters that maybe he's not that great but he's way better than Barack Obama.
And this is power play and Internet and guess what.
It is Super Tuesday Super Duper Tuesday.
Here on power by there are going to be.
Ten states and going to the polls today it could be either the decisive moment in the Republican nominating contest.
Or the beginning of the next round of these circular -- -- we don't know.
That's why we watch the polls that's why.
I'm here in new wave -- you work because I'm would be on the decision guest tonight and I am so glad that you carved a little time out of your day.
Two spend some moments here in the political -- space.
Very grateful to you we're gonna have I should tell you because it's very big Internet I'm gonna have we're gonna have today.
The some of the stars.
One of your other favorite shows.
That used to be called.
That is now called something else that I.
Campaign insiders and they are in fact insiders we will have affected -- -- counted today we will talked to Tom graves a Republican from Georgia.
Whose state is voting today and we stayed -- -- the big board today they we've gotten that security so you should check that out -- -- -- how to watch.
Super Tuesday tonight all of that is really good you know we should do which -- -- with grown -- people who know stuff.
That's what I always say so why -- we talked to Brad like man who is holding the fort.
Down in the District of Columbia -- like meant what is gonna happen today is today.
And I should point out and -- of course the Bradley -- -- advisor to both bushes.
He's a Republican strategist he's Dresser Georgetown university and he is one of your favorite -- -- I didn't even tell the Internet that.
Brad is today an -- so litigation for -- Or reset for the race what's gonna happen.
I think it's going to be very good day for -- and look at that I'll put that right on.
I voted today over the Internet -- -- -- you're big.
And I'll tell you what.
It's all going to be about Ohio Chris we all know that it should've been about Ohio and Virginia but for the fact that Santorum and Gingrich never got their act together to get on the ballot.
And as we all know in Ohio today Santorum operates at a deficit of eighteen.
Delegates because he failed to qualify and some county so.
Looks good in in Ohio if Romney does take Ohio.
Obviously I think you'll take Virginia even though Paul is on the ballot.
Those are important not only selected states to be the nominee.
But as we all know important a battleground states to be elected.
And Romney has done very well all of battleground states like New Hampshire in Miami in the back I mean if Florida and now it's basically Miami but yeah -- -- right now whether it's right but I think that if Romney does well today he's well on his way.
To solidifying the nomination.
So and by the way bread please do not tell people in Virginia that I did not vote today.
-- -- but ignored nor did I remember to request an absentee ballot for the two man race.
Between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul -- I know mrs.
power play went to the polls because she is a better American than I am.
So read -- -- let me say this Chris if I were Democrat I would have voted for her.
That's the that's right and and we're gonna probably win the democratic not an empowered by itself -- -- -- win.
Democratic race in Virginia today so the question Brad is so let's say.
Just because we can do this because it's the Internet that the polls are right.
And let's say that.
Mitt Romney is gonna win in Ohio he's got the momentum in Tennessee which would be the first southern state.
For the moderate Mormon from Massachusetts which is sort of made John Kennedy kind of breakthrough it's a moment where -- candidate would not been acceptable.
To the base suddenly becomes acceptable to base and I of course should point out John Kennedy did that in West Virginia in 1960.
Back when Democrats carry the south.
But the the issue for.
Santorum is this.
Does is there another new -- is does Newt Gingrich reappear he's going to you well in Georgia.
He could get as many as 63 delegates out of Georgia it's a huge delegate -- it always -- Republican.
Big delegate -- does inform other than worrying about what he does have been Romney does Santorum have to deal with -- Too little too late I think for both of them it would be nice for Gingrich to say he -- -- if he was running as governor of the state of Georgia.
But he's not these guys don't have a national strategy nor do they have the organization necessary as we've seen.
It didn't look that Super Tuesday is really a mini national election.
These states are our unique but there are also have a commonality.
Of interest the Republican.
Primaries and caucuses so people are motivated obviously to go out and vote who who are Republicans but having said that.
This from every part of the country you have to be organized teachers can't plant your flag of Rudy Giuliani did didn't work -- for him.
When you say the campaigns will catch up to me in order -- be elected president of the United States.
You have to have a national strategy you can't pick and choose states that you -- competed you'll never win -- think for the nomination process.
-- -- -- part of what you did in your career before you became a pundit and and professor.
Was help George W.
In New Hampshire.
Win campaigns win if you're a social conservative from Texas.
Even if your daddy was the president of the United States.
When you -- in -- New Hampshire that's tough territory today it's some tough territory for Romney.
Oklahoma and Tennessee are.
Part of the hillbilly firewall they are full of Scots Irish.
Presbyterian Baptist and very did hardcore Republican base.
When Romney goes into these stances he looks at these -- How do how do you make your pitch and let's look at Tennessee which is probably the undercard of the second most important race today.
How does -- make his pitch in Tennessee.
I'm the most electable and I think you're starting to see that in in states like Tennessee where people are starting to shift.
Our Romney's way is they're finally coming to realize.
That he is our best hope not only be selected by the party but being elected by the people in the end game this to -- Obama not select somebody who the party thinks is great who has no chance.
A beating an incumbent president so.
That's the message that I think Romney.
That needs to get out there -- resonate with voters now as they see him coming into Super Tuesday.
With five straight wins under his belt and it also diverse wins north southeast and west.
He's doing what he's doing well he's being competitive he's got -- -- strategy unlike the others.
And there have Brad there's been -- interest thing this year in the Republican process and I'm I'm calling it a Heisenberg effect the basically as Republicans observe.
Their own process they increasingly seem to decide that they don't like it and they want to include us.
And they and they want they -- they want this to be done I was talking I have.
-- unsurprisingly I have relatives in Tennessee.
And in talking to the folks down there.
Basically this sentiment that they put forward was that they had been.
Tickled to buy fancies of the other candidates.
And were thrilled by Romney but we're gonna go vote forum.
On the grounds that they just -- to be over how much does aside from what Romney's done in terms of his argument of electability how much and we saw this in the Wall Street Journal poll.
How much does the desire just had to be over with whomever affect the Republican mindset.
There's a fatigue out there and and shame on the Republican Party.
For having such a convoluted.
Kind of long and disjointed -- -- the open primaries closed primaries caucuses.
You know nobody can make heads or tails.
You know when you looked.
On the Internet at the at the primaries and look at all the asterisk is which you need in order to decipher when do you get delegates is it.
After the convention of -- state is an honor on the actual election or caucus day.
If it's really -- -- -- -- the higher rest code look actually intelligible.
Our primary system to shame on us for having such a -- primary and caucus season that has really turned people off.
Brad like men is it better citizen than I am though probably not as good citizen as mrs.
-- -- We are very grateful to you for your democratic -- -- nation with a small.
And I will be watching tonight thank you for joining us Fred but players.