Power Play Panel Talks 2012 Presidential Campaign
Susan Ferrechio and Adam Geller discuss the 2012 GOP presidential race
- Duration 9:22
- Date Mar 21, 2012
Susan Ferrechio and Adam Geller discuss the 2012 GOP presidential race
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It's becoming very clear this is a two person race and -- we get data that two person race now we're gonna start went across.
Governor Romney had a pretty good day today I think he took a step.
Towards -- clearly proving he was a front runner.
And back in and that is why you've got to love Newt Gingrich after Mitt Romney -- -- -- -- even wider delegate lead in the Republican -- that's -- a big win.
In Illinois Newt Gingrich talking to Sean Hannity last night -- it was ready to say that he was taking a step for us.
Becoming the front runner up front runner.
Not because he has three times as many delegates as Newt Gingrich but he was a step.
-- becoming the front runner so a tough standard they're from the former speaker that was Rick Santorum -- -- giving his Illinois concession speech in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.
And Mitt Romney saying that.
He's had enough now he wasn't talking about Rick Santorum and Newt -- he was sorry about President Obama but he got the sense that maybe he -- -- little bit of -- -- message in there this is -- places -- -- from the Washington examiner is with the spill she knows a lot and -- like to talk to work and by the way Internet at sea -- that's a place you could ask -- question you could just go in there and I would put the question her then you would know the answer.
You know close as -- -- Susan.
Adam Geller got -- -- that's a guy who's got it she's up in New York.
We keep him there because if he gets down to Washington things could get dangerous we've tried -- things get ugly.
It gets it gets ugly down here.
Adam Geller he does polling for Chris Christie he is a big shot all of these -- CD is duly noted.
But -- here's the question.
We used in the past spoken out against this Republican process.
And said that it's Condit to be -- for your party to be about its business.
But taking off that -- Yeah and and just looking at this -- clear -- got Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have now both embraced a block and bleed strategy with Mitt Romney.
Trying to get Republicans to agree with them that maybe it's not then maybe they can't win outright but they can stop Mitt Romney it's important to stop that -- If you were giving Rick Santorum advice about how to do that.
What would you talented.
I would tell Rick Santorum if -- -- giving him advice and of course I'm not.
Do you wanna attract.
But I would -- start thinking long and hard about 2016 or point one -- some some.
You know beyond that.
It's time to sort of really read the writing on the wall it's it's kinda silly and and a little bit of folly to say.
It's clear more than ever that it's a two person race I mean he just got.
You know he just got creamed in Illinois.
So you know I I think it's going to start to reflect poorly on these guys personally.
I chuckled at that Newt's you know analysis that it's clear that he's it's gonna look pretty good.
-- the -- may be becoming the.
-- maybe he may just be.
On the so so I think these guys need to start looking at it from -- a personal point of view and as -- what's good for the party these guys are really about the party.
That I think they're gonna make the right decision so you're advice is to stop running is what I 'cause there's nobody but you know here's -- here's how you do it.
You do it in a gracious way you do it in a positive way and you can you know.
-- their popularity.
Can can be really extended.
By doing it in the right way offering their hand and talking about the importance of unifying our party.
And taking on Barack Obama you know that there's a there's a real art to doing it Chris and that's what these guys need to think about.
Susan Jeb Bush former Florida governor Jeb Bush is sort of the from the conservative.
Side of the Republican mainstream he is I think widely seen as not exactly a Tea Party guy.
But in the Marco Rubio -- at least.
More conservative than say his dad.
When his dad so so that's who we -- -- it is a lot of the establishment but he is also has some conservative credit specialized especially in education.
He came out today to endorse Mitt Romney.
And of course it by Twitter because you -- the world now Internet.
Does this is this a reflection of love for -- resist a reflection of hatred for a process that a lot of people think has become very damaged.
It's a signal from him as a as an important.
Builder in the GOP establishment is no question that he he is influential he's saying look.
He now lives I'm now getting behind someone it's really time for us -- to coalesce around one candidate.
And run against Barack Obama instead of having despite carry on state after state -- further divide the voting the Republicans out.
Let's all get behind one candidate that is why he's coming out right now in you know after Illinois waited for -- -- this very decisive win.
Look here we have -- another huge -- irony he's way ahead and account lets just all get behind him enough.
How does the Torres and Iran -- Enough enough yes Adam viewer -- -- wants to know this why do you say 20/20 I assume instead of -- -- you guys in the answers that you believe that Mitt Romney not only is going to win this election.
But the next yeah I mean I mean I suppose it is very clear to viewer -- -- I was just simply saying look down the road look in the future.
But you have gone back to Susan's point it was a really excellent one and an Illinois could very well have been the tipping point here you know the Jeb Bush endorsement.
Just didn't happen by accident.
Illinois could very well be the decisive point.
Where when you look at it but for Louisiana.
You're now gonna come into a bunch of northeastern states and NC state where the evangelical population isn't quite as high.
And so you could be looking at a little mini run that Mitt Romney goes on here.
And so it is if not really the end of it it's certainly the beginning of the and that.
And -- and -- -- when you know we look at the Illinois results.
You see Romney.
Yes Romney did well in the places he was supposed to do well and -- won simply by winning Chicago land his margin of victory in those ten counties was so big.
That because that's about 56% of the Republican -- -- Illinois -- -- -- you know yeah it was big enough to do the job.
But then when you look at the rest of the state he won some places that he shouldn't have won because Illinois is basically.
And then some Missouri some Iowa and some Kentucky yeah basically is basically what Illinois is.
The rest of the State's pretty red and he -- in some places like Sangamo campaign where Springfield is and he won and some have -- And most importantly he won where Rockford is out in Winnebago county so he started he started to do better.
With some more conservative folks -- -- last question and we'll start with you Susan.
As -- goes forward.
Can he translate this into bigger wins because.
He's not generally getting over 50% he's not doing these -- -- -- kind of wins does this start to -- does the momentum actually pick up and he had big wins now.
Well first -- -- the Wisconsin I think that you know the for the February calling -- Santorum has in Wisconsin.
In India in their areas of Wisconsin that are really perfect for Santorum to go after so I predicts that you'll see a fight in Wisconsin is no question about that and that is a question whether people -- just gonna be diminishing support for Santorum because the slots in Illinois and in building support for Romney because he cases and more notable candidate.
Beyond Wisconsin Connecticut Delaware New York Philadelphia.
Rhode Island not only -- these places well we've -- not Pennsylvania which is santorum's statement -- Not only these -- right now he's -- really perfect for Romney victories but -- winner take our staff that's gonna be really hard for Iraq's internal Buckley with anything.
Adam Adam just a few seconds left so tell us.
It does this start to translate into bigger wins for Romney instead of instead of just getting by.
Moderately bigger wins not hugely bigger wins.
He will continue to slug his way through it.
People will continue to insist that he's not winning by enough.
But at the end of the day he's going to be the guys -- said winning those winner take all states collecting those delegates and hadn't towards -- hadn't towards the spring.
As as -- said.
Almost the front runner at this point.
All he's getting closer but they cannot Adam Geller who is captain at an -- in a hermetically sealed box on the fourteenth floor of the world headquarters of Fox News in New York got I think yes can just get a coffee or something and hear any thing can nothing we just feel you off we're not -- don't cause a drop.
I thought we thank you very much for making -- Chris thank you Susan thank you Internet.
Susan is such pleasure to have on -- so Smart you're so good and by the way you should be reading her -- every day at Washington examiner that it's good and she knows congress she knows when they're lying before most people do.
So that's very important to note thank you for being with us.
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