Media treating Romney as GOP nominee?
Panel weighs in on general election coverage
- Duration 4:47
- Date Apr 9, 2012
Panel weighs in on general election coverage
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Well the race race for the White House is coming down to Mitt Romney vs President Obama and the floodgates of money are about to open.
The mainstream media beginning to cover it as a two man race now let's talk about of the Jim Pinkerton contributing editor and writer for the American conservative magazine.
To move -- is former -- -- I should say former president of the women's media center both are Fox News contributors and thank you both for being here so.
Mitt Romney Jim does not have 11144.
Delegate delegates but he seems to have the nomination.
Sewn up and the media are treating it that way is that appropriate at this point.
I think so and obviously the Romney campaign itself -- -- happy to have the best Santorum and Gingrich.
Blanked out but in addition I think the Obama campaign.
Is eager to get the general election going there's a big article and and and buzz -- this morning taking inside that the Chicago headquarters and it's very clear that they think at least in Chicago.
The reelection campaign that is.
That they've got Romney paid as a rich out of touch guy.
And they think they can they can beat him up well let's see what happens of course but right now I think that the two campaigns plus the media are in agreement it's a two man race.
-- do you agree that that's how the Obama campaign waltrip try to portray Mitt Romney and and will hold the the media go along with that.
-- -- well I think says.
Pockets of resistance.
In both the political and media universe is that hadn't come to terms.
With governor Romney as the nominee have have finally started to to get to where -- the Obama campaign has been for quite some time.
Look at last week the Obama campaign celebrated their one year anniversary of some re election campaign launch seems.
And it's been clear all a lot of from the campaign perspective that.
Romney was going to be the guy they are going up against -- and we saw last week.
Romney now is being named in the ad campaign ads.
That social media.
I think that open up as we get into the general election conversation are are going to be quite dramatic for Romney because.
After being -- so heavily in this primary election.
He's gonna have to defend all of those videos all of those statements.
FaceBook and Twitter are are going to almost I think be a stronger player than the mainstream media as it comes to have played off of the primary mistakes.
Well are the mainstream media Jim gonna remember hope and change and all of the promises from 2008 and mean you think the mainstream media might be siding with a -- against.
Ron -- I tell me I guess I guess that if possible I think certainly the 2008 experience plus 2004 plus 2000.
Plus 1996 and someone's on.
-- demonstrate pretty clearly you know Lou where they're where they're at what is it what is notable though about the the Obama campaign is the lack of any real positive thing to talk about not going forward in the future.
You'll I think -- I think I I hear -- talking about -- is is that there's a tax increase plus -- -- -- -- reporter earlier from the Peter Barnes about the housing.
-- that's another one.
But I think -- for the most part they are content to run.
A completely negative campaign against Romney as pretty much Bill Clinton did in 1996.
Or for that matter Harry Truman against -- Tom -- Back in 1948 and I think we're looking at those kind of -- previous elections with both democratic victories -- as the model the template that the Obama campaign is using for 2012.
And you -- it's the first time we're going to be able to see this super pac money in a presidential election now the president has endorsed.
A super pack on his side after you know railing against the whole issue this could be a very negative campaign because that's what the super pacs seem to spend their money.
It will be and look the super pacs have all ready had an impact.
I believe if it wasn't for the super -- governor Romney may not have been the nominee but it was with the support.
Of his super -- where he was able to really cut off -- the rising tide of Gingrich at one point and then also.
Followed by -- from but.
You know at the end of the day this campaign.
Is going to be so affected by the negative campaigning of the super pacs and we hear from American crossroads.
They're ready to go they -- -- of their first wave that is going to hit.
Probably in the next week or so but really concentrated between may.
And July and what this is going to do is probably just suppressed voters who are not interested in these negative messages.
Which unfortunately is going to be what we are in store for all right Jim new Green.