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-- Jon and governor -- leaving his competition in the dust.
As he all but locks up the GOP nomination of one of the biggest primary days of the entire primary calendar and now he is of course.
Focusing entirely on President Obama sharpening his attacks and making the troubled economy.
Issue number one.
To all of the thousands.
Of good and decent Americans I've met who want nothing more.
That a better chance of fighting chance.
To all of you.
I have a simple message.
Hold -- a little longer.
A better America begins tonight.
Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change.
But after we came down to earth after all the celebration -- the -- -- what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama.
Is it easier to make ends meet.
Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one.
It's still about the economy.
And we are not stupid.
Michael Barone as a senior political analyst at the Washington examiner he is a Fox News contributor and he joins us this morning.
Michael this was in Tampa but this out -- an awful lot like an acceptance speech didn't it.
Well I did -- and it's basically a Mitt Romney's doing what Barack Obama did four years ago in June 2008 when he spoke at Saint Paul, Minnesota.
In claimed victory in the fight for the democratic nomination.
And tried to set up the if a theme for the general election and obviously.
What you saw from Mitt Romney was echo of the Clinton war room slogan of 1992.
It's the economy stupid and you saw an echo of that question that Ronald Reagan asked that the single debate between him and Jimmy Carter in 1980 you better off.
That you were four years ago which shot.
By the way it was a steal from Franklin Roosevelt fireside chat in 1934.
I guess when it's good people keep stealing it and let me ask you -- the governor said last the last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do.
But it's not the best that America can do.
Michael as everybody predicts that this is gonna be one of the nasty -- races in years.
Is this a sign perhaps the governor Romney may be taking another page from Ronald Reagan is gonna look to take the high road.
Well it's I wouldn't characterize Romney's speech is a particularly nasty one in terms of political rhetoric.
I didn't spot.
The allusions to negative personal characteristics of the incumbent president.
He was talking about issues and about principled differences are on economic issues are issues of far how big government should be should we X continued to.
Vastly expand the size and scope of government.
Reasonable people can take either side of that argument and Mitt Romney was making his stab that.
As arguing that we should not increase the size of government we need to hold it back if we're gonna have economic growth the laser beam focus on the economy no mention of health care.
Nothing about abortion nothing about contraception.
Nothing about same sex marriage last night our social conservatives Michael going to get any of variations -- This time around.
But not very much Rick I think basically if you you know look at all the public opinion polling if you go to focus groups if you ask people what's on their mind.
They're primarily concerned with economic issues foreign policy issues cultural issues like abortion that played a bigger role in past elections.
Just seem to have been largely swept aside in voters' views because we've had.
A pretty sub par economic.
Performances compared to.
The long era of prosperity and economic growth from 1983 to 2007.
Word from the Gingrich camp that.
The former speaker will announce that he's ending his campaign sometime within the next week or so what -- Newt Gingrich you get from all of this Michael.
Well Newt Gingrich I think thought he could be president I remember being out here just steps away from where I am now on the fox news news newsroom and in Washington.
With Newt Gingrich in early November of last year he said he thought Mitt Romney had a glass -- he would knock him out and he seemed very confident he'd be elected president.
In November so.
Unfortunately for Newt Gingrich -- he is the glass jar in this contest for the Florida primary turned out to be his own.
What he got out of that is that you know it's a chance to talk to voters across the country some good debate performances but a disappointing outcome.
In one that you know -- -- the organizations that he's formed over the years and sources of income.
May have dried up on Michael -- with the Washington examiner Fox News contributor always good to get your -- Michael thanks.
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