Will the Right Unite?
Chris Stirewalt and Juan Williams discuss Romney's efforts to unite the GOP.
- Duration 8:17
- Date Apr 18, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and Juan Williams discuss Romney's efforts to unite the GOP.
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-- -- -- -- -- So -- our policies.
You know put Americans back -- -- differently.
Contrasts sharply with the Taylor.
And I will be for all sports event on the Internet here to -- him.
The -- of course was.
House speaker John Boehner yesterday endorsing.
No surprise Mitt Romney for president.
And this is our client an Internet.
The Republican process that once threatened to last.
Even into August go to the convention.
MB -- -- real goat -- has turned out to be.
Pretty by the book pretty typical Mitt Romney has consolidated.
His lead and turned into the inevitable nominee.
And now you see -- the last.
Bastions of the Republican establishment come out to make it official but can he keep the team together.
So let's talk about that because Juan Williams is here and he joins our friendship Collins.
As we talk about this question.
One with the speakers.
Endorsement of Mitt Romney acceptance of Mitt Romney Mitch McConnell by the way did the same thing I want I want to people to hear.
What Lou we go there from Texas Republican of Texas had to say let's take a lesson.
But let me just to tell yet if you're not sure.
Warning to support Mitt Romney whether you're liberal whether you're very conservative.
You ought to be excited because he's been on your side at one time or another.
Coach -- Internet the correct the correct response there is ouch.
So one so.
Mommy has gotten the Republican Party to acquiesce.
But how much time is he going to have to spend four people like Lugo homered.
-- -- keeping them on the team as he goes forward.
-- -- it's -- do they come along or they don't -- at this point he's got to go after.
The middle of the road to swing vote that's the difference between winning and losing to President Obama Obama is vulnerable.
There's lots of people who were discontented with Obama's performance specifically on economic issues I think you're gonna see that Rodney -- drive that trade.
Hard a -- and -- going to be the answer to everything but it's not an answer to.
Hard right conservatives Tea Party folks who -- this -- this is Oshawa truck.
So they're not gonna get much attention I think they're gonna get any attention at this point they're fearful that focus was back in the primaries.
And that what they're running teams got to count on is the base have such a distaste for President Obama that they will sit on their discontent -- and Holden.
Were posing as you were using -- -- or which one.
I don't use -- use about fifty in the course it's.
Combine your history you have this rich language I've always gonna happen.
But you you can -- said that they have the equivalent of hold your nose and go forward right and I think that's what they're gonna have to ask so if you're asking over yet he flip flops he's good -- on abortion gay right I I can go on and and -- even do you think about Santorum santorum's that'd be disaster to have his guys the nominee santorum's gonna have to hold his -- everybody.
So -- gentry -- do the problem for Romney is.
This may be the most quiet -- that the Republican base will be all through this process because.
What is invariably what invariably what happened.
Is that the better Romney has seen is doing.
-- more willing to test and annoy him.
Activists in the face will be it's it's a catch 22 run -- right the better he does and the more it looks like he can beat Obama the more demands that he's going to hear from the right is and that's well.
-- -- got a couple of things you're going for right now one.
We've got an incumbent president that we're bringing us in my party is running against.
And regardless of which party is in the White House -- reelection campaign is about first whether the president deserves reelection.
It and I think there's a great deal of energy around the country you've seen that in good job approval numbers around the country that have been stuck in the mid forties for.
Two years or more.
This job approval ratings are lower in most of the swearing in target states -- there are.
Around the rest of the country at large and so first and foremost this election -- where to be about Barack Obama I think that probably plays.
After governor -- -- -- secondly I think.
People are worried first and foremost about.
About putting the country back on track and -- I think there are two tracks that one of course the economy.
Which encompasses a number of things today unemployment underemployment mortgages underwater we just talked about Ohio nearly a third of homes in Ohio you know mortgages underwater gas prices going up grocery prices.
Starting to -- pretty aggressively.
So that's one and secondly -- related.
There is a real fear about the direction of the country as a result of the massive debt that we're different -- anything.
You may of course because Harry -- I don't know you know.
I see him again.
I want my aggravate them now he's from how we get tickets can -- big intake but did you know Chris -- was asking you what's gonna happen.
It's social conservative -- -- -- -- -- -- is that that that be that social conservatives he wants doesn't -- a lot of conservatives are focused on.
President Obama to focus on replaces them.
So in other words they hate Obama so much it doesn't matter that they don't like -- -- I I think that's that's probably -- -- -- OK but.
Is it but over time let's test this theory though that over time if problems -- -- -- in the -- New York Times CBS -- out tied.
Two in gallop up to and fox basically it's a dead heat with a slight Romney advantage which gives -- a challenger.
Everybody likes that's every challenger for an incumbent president I would like to be tied in April.
That's yes and it's amazing given the damage that he suffered through the primary process at the hands of his fellow Republicans.
There's some question about some of this -- that I.
Which -- -- I guess if you look at -- they're using a model between ten -- Yeah but I will say this and in the Internet has heard me do this before.
-- Fox News poll which is done with the Republican and a democratic strategist has an awesome example it's -- really awesome poll and it's really good.
And -- the New York Times -- today is 4646.
Were registered voters Fox News poll shows a two point eight.
That's all statistically it's as -- as significant difference we're talking about we're talking about -- Any challenger would like to be an entirely incumbent -- I really point.
So my question oh I'm putting -- you want them isn't there casually threw for -- that the better he does.
The more demanding his base will be for their support if he's if he's behind.
It's encouraged Republicans and we got to stick together or we can't beat Obama if Romney ever opens up believing they're going to make a lot of demands of -- all things.
It's interesting I wonder you that they may be a bandwagon effect Chris where you -- where people would just say wow he's winning and we gotta support them.
And then he may feel all the more empowered to say to them get behind me or get out of the way whatever but.
I'm listening to you and I'm thinking oh you mean like people might say what -- he's in the lead he has enough now -- that he should be responding -- -- -- conservative.
I -- we got to go out gentry we gotta go thank you gentlemen very much for being with us we are we are appreciative.
And by the way I want to close is this Darryl Strickland.
Viewer says they're just too many ways of the violations -- week leaving Afghanistan would only reinforce that now.
Pretty good point mr.
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From our French are.
-- -- -- to -- I can -- deal with this Washington can't handle it can you would about a last year.
And the year before Leo he's been in office for three years all of which were -- presidential election -- he did nothing on tax reform.
Contain entitlement reform and that's where we're gonna hit the wall.
But as you say a three week window in December of people many of whom who have lost election -- making good decisions that will last for a decade.