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The biggest issue this fall.
Is going to be drilling verses algae to going to be 250 gallon vs ten dollars a gallon.
Going to be which future do you want for your children and your country -- we've seen that the president has a two letter energy policy.
-- -- And we need a policy that says it doesn't say no to the development of energy we are challenging the status quo.
Other candidates I do not believe they're challenging the status quo happy birthday on the road and I'm hoping for a real big present tomorrow from Alabama -- this for.
That round of 65 today.
As other candidates get ready for Alabama Mississippi and the Hawaii caucuses were back with the panel Liz.
Newt Gingrich continues to hammer home the issue of gas prices and and really he.
To his credit he was ahead of the game before any national Republican was talking about it.
As much as seamless.
Is that going to pay off in our programs.
I think it might I think we might see a good night for news and tomorrow the polls -- then really all over the map and it's hard to get a real sense of what's gonna happen in these two states.
Based on the polling that's out there right now but but we have seen in some of those -- a little bit of movement in Gingrich's -- and I think it's possible that he's gonna pull out wins.
In part because of the gas message I would also argue that Romney has really.
-- and -- -- in both of those states he's he's running huge amount of negative ads roughly three million dollars worth of negative ads against him torn -- -- -- -- -- numbers go down the system you know territory that should be.
Friendly to Santorum heavy on evangelicals.
And if he ends up not doing well tomorrow night I think Romney's attacks would be a big reason line.
-- on the flip side to -- -- campaign -- saying hey we're not supposed to be where we are in Mississippi and Alabama and there's a chance that we -- pull out a win and one of the two were both I think the -- of an amazing that they show these three bunched up in the states that are supposed to be completely foreign territory for Romney as long as Santorum and Gingrich are both in the race it's great for Mitt Romney.
As long as there's not one anti Romney candidate who can consolidate the conservative vote.
He's -- kind of slowly and painfully to rack up the delegates that he's gonna need to win.
Well it does help -- in the short run it is ironic.
Contradiction between Romney short by an interest in law wouldn't.
In the short -- he wants to keep Santorum and Gingrich in the game.
And you're right if he attacks Santorum that money in the -- -- these guys -- down.
So Gingrich's of these are winning -- coming in second and Santorum at the bottom it helps but in the longer run it prolongs it.
Because as long as everybody's in the race it will go on and it weakens him if he did he believed him -- money spent I think nineteen.
Million in January alone and his negatives are going up he gets attacked and catalogs it.
If -- if one of the two loses that's assumed Gingrich loses the two states in the south he's essentially out of it.
And then it's 21 on one -- Santorum and gives them an opportunity to deliver a knockout.
And to get it over with but -- and that would be disadvantage in the general election.
So he's got a dilemma I'm -- strategies to keep everybody in the race but in the long run it prolongs and I think it weakens.
This it's all about hunting for -- it's getting to that magic 1144.
The run -- campaign is saying that Santorum.
He would need to run the table 65% of the delegates left Gingrich 70%.
But what they haven't really talked about is the equation that Romney gets to 1144 and there is a scenario.
By which those two remaining candidates and Ron Paul -- Mitt Romney from 1140.
Absolutely and Santorum knows that Santorum now has one.
It enough -- he's passed a benchmark where he's won enough support in enough states that he would be.
The eligible to be nominated at the convention.
Santorum probably has no path to the right number of delegates and he has -- but Mitt Romney doesn't necessarily have that -- that could.
You can you can make the -- work out for him if you go state by state but it's also possible to see it not working out it's possible to see him not quite making that -- -- and I talked to some strategists who have seen him you know have done -- -- and see him getting in on the very last day in Utah having you tell you what -- him over the top so it's going to be close.
And -- you know it for that reason Santorum can argue that he has.
-- reason to stick around more we're coming into a stretch where winner take all states start to factor and then these are.
Assign delegates it's not just floating delegates as the caucus process is so you you start to see races that have a bigger delegate impact.
All it wants.
Yes and I think in Utah's one of those winner take all that I think that the the Romney camp is hoping that that's the little cherry on the cake at the very and that kind of puts him over the edge.
But we have had this prolonged period where they are proportional that's what the Republican Party thought I wanted you know beware of what you wish for you just might get it and they didn't get it but -- we do get into the -- -- -- of winner take all then they're gonna start racking up a look at a little faster clip.
But I think we -- -- note what happens.
Because as Guam goes so goes the nation.
And I think the thrill of the victory -- -- ahead in the Northern Mariana Islands is something that has yet.
Romney's strategy is that is that tortoise and he's he's done -- so are.
And I think it makes sense from -- the least exciting of the candidate can accumulate delegates the problem is.
I'm not sure the and it's gonna leave him in the position he's -- -- weaker today let's say that he was in late last year he has no choice he has to win the nomination.
But yet it's not a study that's in the sustainment and certainly is that increasing any excitement on his.
Child you're you're saying is if he had some alternative where he could be.
In winning the hearts and minds of conservatives Santorum -- a way to keep it but I'm going after Santorum would -- solve his problem if you went after many knocked him out in 202.
Big races it would deal that.
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