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I had him as hard as I could -- -- -- as hard as he could turn out he had more things here with and I did.
And and that's part of the business.
That was Newt Gingrich on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace striking contemplative -- about his sort of still presidential campaign.
And this is power play welcome back welcome back -- Steve -- And welcome for the first time Alex later.
He is the managing director.
And SKD maker blocker and he's a columnist for the guardian and I should tell you Internet that you Crocker is a big deal democratic strategy firm folks like I needed done.
Big wheels over -- so welcome to our festivities thank you okay now.
Did Newt Gingrich -- -- day.
It's not quite conciliatory yet but it's it's reflective he struck a reflective -- about where he's been in the -- he raised in mistakes he made and stuff like that it was rather tender with them on Sunday I thought.
It is not feeling tender yet Rick Santorum is out didn't -- out himself.
But with a statement today hitting Mitt Romney horror and on energy in Pennsylvania.
Banging away at Romney and still making -- like he wants to have a last stand in Pennsylvania.
This poses the prospect of a divided in and Stephen I've been talking about this we talk about records are both Carl Cameron to the -- of vice presidential picks.
But -- there's a real problem for Mitt Romney that the right.
Might not coalesce behind him the conservatives might not come -- line and certainly Alex your team is going to do what ever they can to make sure.
That conservatives still harbored doubts about Mitt -- Right absolutely I think the -- already been done about Mitt Romney especially on the evangelical side if you look at the evangelical polling data it's seriously cast -- on Mitt Romney's abilities to bring them.
To get them off their hands come election time.
Now Steve pays what what happened -- what happened with the end of the same form run.
How much does that materially affect Romney situation -- false.
Well I mean I think if if you see Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum come you know they did parties do this all the time so this was Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama they come together all these things people have said that were so harsh words are regarded as so harsh.
Months earlier become less important as days go by but -- root out and I think there's still a challenge for Mitt Romney.
To continue to build on what I think has been momentum over the past two and a half weeks.
With conservatives get these endorsements from people Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Marco Rubio you know and and -- endorsements from Jim -- Pat Toomey and others.
That's a big deal for Mitt -- it helped you saw his numbers actually improve among strong Tea Party supporters and very conservative voters in Wisconsin in the examples.
They took a -- about ten points higher than they had been in places like Illinois Ohio and Michigan so he's got to build on our says here's the Internet has had a running mate.
It's Ron and from Virginia not surprisingly says he'd like to see maybe his governor Bob McDonnell.
The McDonnell on the ticket.
And we have hey -- -- Sarah Palin.
We have as big a big yes to Chris Christie or Marco Rubio.
And Heather snow says.
We have to give the voters someone they wanted to run wanted to run but did not does Romney here Alex have the chance.
To do a running mate who can can please the pace and -- -- -- certainly.
Well he does have that -- I'd argue that it would actually be a mistake to choose a -- -- and I think Mitt Romney's biggest problem now -- with the right.
Even though he does have problems with the right it's with the middle it's with -- women voters this win.
It's -- moderate voters that he's really turned off during these incredibly negative elections just to go back to the Hillary.
They weren't nearly as negative as we have that we now seeing that the rise -- the super pac.
Com and we've seemed incredibly negative elections I think Mitt Romney needs to be thinking about a moderate running mate.
They were pretty negative they -- and they have.
And then as they did I.
Back and re read the transcripts of some of those debates and looked at some of the -- -- To that charges that Hillary Clinton leveled against them with their -- level digital experience district level is behind her and she's holding up a -- from Barack Obama and she's yelling into the camera shame on you Barack Obama shame on I do remember that now yeah I remember the worst.
-- That was leveled at Barack Obama was the telephone -- at 3 AM in the morning compare that to some super Baghdad's red students soft copy stuff huh.
It's -- that I ultimately I'm not I'm not convinced that that the two are mutually exclusive I -- I think you can appeal to conservatives and also.
Pick somebody who can speak in a manner that would appeal to both moderates and did so what about as soon and I'll put these guys any category I'm sorry Internet and our discussion has devolved into the beach stakes all show but that's apparently what you wanna talk about based on.
The velocity of the chat.
But what about and I'll put these in this category of the kind of folks that you're describing who are not hard line conservative.
But have some cred with the base and can talk the broader audience and I'd say that's Ryan.
Chris Christie in Marco Rubio wouldn't those three sort of fit that category -- -- Believe they would and I believe they would but again I think they absolute key to Mitt Romney's success here.
This to taking a moderate conservative.
That will appeal to moderate conservatives around the country associates I stuck around tonight these are your -- for our willingness to -- totally clear.
Who's who's the -- -- vice presidential.
Possibility that you wouldn't learn of the news and say enough that it's going to be hard.
Well I'm no offense that's a good question I think some of -- veep possibilities that we brought up Marco Rubio Crist received.
Really people that the conservative establishment.
Would approve and them moderate voters might actually go for -- welcome.
-- -- -- -- -- I think I think that's true I think that's right -- who would you most like to -- with Democrats most like to see Mitt -- You know I think the Democrats can go with anyone I think we're really focused on Mitt Romney is -- like come -- you can -- like.
Like who would you really like let's hear it like would you really love to see him -- -- absolutely love to see him pick Sarah Palin especially.
To the recent news we I think us there Helen would do extremely well as the vice presidential candidate again.
He's was looking for said that if you couldn't see he was smirking.
All right so now as good as this race gets -- out what are some of the things.
That the Obama campaign can do to try to keep his distance -- between conservatives.
And Ronnie what what are they going to do to try to keep that unhappy.
Well I think they wanna continue to keep the pressure -- Mitt Romney and to focus I mean as we've seen through there.
You know Twitter campaigns of the past several days and ask raise questions about Mitt Romney about his well this was the Twitter campaign that the Obama.
That team launched last -- -- Heidi what's Romney hiding right try to put pressure on him to.
But to release more disasters which you know whether he does or he doesn't it has the as has the advantage for Democrats of making your -- your questions -- -- that in the public key and even if -- apps not users this question that they're -- what is he hiding what are you would have what's the blue team I didn't agree.
More I think it's a lose lose situation for -- Romney as far as his tax returns -- I mean we know that he's sheltered tax returns and places as far as Luxembourg.
But I think deemed the most powerful attack -- -- one of the most powerful attacks in the American political psyche.
Is the flip flop attack and see that John Kerry did not -- John Kerry -- don't like that Al Gore did not like that and there's the delicious irony that this here it's -- be aimed directly at the conservatives.
Delicious irony is not as delicious as Easter ham but Steve Hayes was able to I thought -- have them on the run today but now in fact he was able to deliver yet another commanding performance brother is we thank you for being with -- Alex we hope you have fun on your -- -- certainly there's -- all the folks when you're writing in England what a great job we're doing here in America and how -- the Internet --
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