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Oh here we are Alabama Tennessee has arrived.
You know went into the said he needed to win I hope we do from a long night and I'm like everybody else -- totally bemused by the exit polls also realities.
It looks like there's a bit of a shift more emphasis on winning and rural votes when we see all the metropolitan cumin looks like maybe Santorum and Romney do -- -- -- That they look like they're doing better and the way of doing so that's sort -- what are folks on the ground -- and you know.
We were really particularly felt we -- very strong campaign Alabama but also good campaigns in Mississippi I Mississippi team thought we are pretty ancient.
So all the guys in mind that his business all the pundits that you have been so irritated by over the course of the last year immediately to say Gingrich said he had to win -- Alabama Mississippi.
And anything short of that raises questions about your long term -- -- money organization going forward.
I'm going to Tampa and I'm the first point I'd make is that the so called front runner who all of these pundits so it was inevitable.
Member of that month after month after month.
After all the millions he spent.
A -- about a third of the though there's.
And a -- not a majority.
So he's not moving to majority at this stage we have an analysis out that indicates that nice week in Louisiana's halftime.
We're halfway there and he's not halfway to getting majority so.
I think part one is is Romney you know we'll nominee and I think he answers -- you know.
And part two is we have at least you know three different versions of conservatism competing between Ron Paul.
And -- -- myself.
I have ever get a very good week the president and the press secretary of attack me five times.
The secretary of energy announced this afternoon he was changing his position on gasoline so I feel like I'm the kind of thing I like to do -- the issue oriented.
We've had a real impact this week and I feel like we're actually gaining ground on that issue.
Is it -- sort of an ironic dynamic weary and perhaps things don't go the way you like it tonight but for that perhaps arguably the first time of the entire Republican cycle.
-- Republican candidate has didn't has commanded the debate and steered it against president.
What does that say about what's happening on the trail in the car -- Things -- -- wise stay in the race I'm the one candidate in this race who can formulate big national solutions and create being national debates.
And -- have thought by this stage of Romney could have done -- percent -- could have done but they -- not that's not who they are not how they think.
And you'll see me over the next month and a half creates several more big national things.
What does it say to the rank and file Republicans.
The party regular what do you want to save them more importantly about the decision that they face in the second half of the coming campaign.
If you wanted to defeat Obama you're not going to be on them raise more money -- terms of the Romney models not gonna work.
He's not to me about -- 345.
And you've got to have somebody who can win the debates.
With Obama but also somebody who -- for a positive vision.
For the better America has your cut it into it it doesn't appear that I originating -- -- daily necessities I think it's very hard I think we're gaining ground that I think you've seen it begin to penetrate the national media.
I think we found a couple of issues that are working.
But it's been very hard partly because as you know in your own profession 99% of the questions -- process and in my god I was so boring.
And every stop until now been this exercise or this -- -- big mouth and say it is -- to get people to say.
You know let's get -- the negative ads let's get past you know Romney's carpet bombing model now let's talk about -- the country ago.
That takes a lot of discipline has taken several months to figure out how to do it.
Because I didn't realize that you be.
-- -- trying to walk forward and turn her team I mean you.
You've got to really learn how to do I asking that question what's that -- what have you learned about processors for the Iowa New Hampshire race and that's that's one of the things he talked about beginning and it took us a program that but I think we're getting.
santorum's turn up heat on your feet he wants you out.
-- he won't ask you formally but he's saying everything about it liberal and I was winning and he wasn't I -- -- -- -- -- -- like that.
He said no one's own quotes and for no.
Can I got to have you effectively block Romney I think that is a that is a very good chance that the the day after the last primary.
-- a sixty day conversation because Romney will be short of the number wc games.
If that happens will be in something that you should -- of him on the most fascinating experience as a modern America do you have.
They -- the Republican National Committee -- its reputation such as it is has the capacity to undertake.
Something as colossal as.
Opening up the Republican National Convention -- -- how do you imagine that happening.
I've -- you know I was I was describing.
Romney yesterday is the weakest front runner since Leonard wood in 1920.
And in 1920 and -- -- went into the convention.
He was in first place.
And a guy -- Warren G.
Harding was in sixth place.
And after ten ballots Warren G.
Harding was the nominee now can I am you know the music I want -- Romney and now I'm and I don't talk about -- talk about.
What might happen and I'm pretty I'm can this person -- who lose to -- -- I think beating Obama really matters.
Therefore as a citizen I have a very high interest in staying in the race because I think I don't wanna see his numbers on -- I'm -- Obama will be.
Has that straight forward.
Now would I likely nominee yet do I think I might become -- -- feature -- that Warren G.
Harding is an example a lot of other examples like this.
But in addition in my helping shape the national debate well look at the last week.
You know secretary secretary secretary Chu didn't switch his position on gasoline prices because Santorum or Romney.
Recently visited him.
Now to achieve that as is arguably the third candidate in the race is not a bad week.
-- it gave I myself.
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