New Hampshire Debate: Who Will Come Out Swinging?

Candidates will continue to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack.
2:43 | 01/07/12

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Transcript for New Hampshire Debate: Who Will Come Out Swinging?
You've got that five candidates on stage -- Mitt Romney all of them. Gunning for mr. Romney so if you are -- aside from donning a helmet and pads. What do you do to survive tonight. Well he has to be. Unflappable because he let Rick Perry gets -- in a previous debate. And that did not reflect well on him he has he -- an insurmountable lead in all likelihood here in New Hampshire. And then the clock is -- -- because here's the problem. After New Hampshire which is a place for retail politics like Iowa. This really becomes a resource battle this becomes who can fly around South Carolina who can run the most TV ads. In Florida and that is where Romney has a huge advantage -- he has so much more money. Then the other candidates and just as an example of what resources mean in Florida. Floridians who want to vote in the the Republican primary on January 31 a balance. 400000. Of them have applied for absentee ballots that is more. People than voted in Iowa and New Hampshire four years ago and of course Romney has a big absentee ballot effort for his supporters something that the other candidates don't have the infrastructure for -- big advantage and it -- it tonight you're right seems to be no 101000 dollar bets for Romney let the let me ask you another question looking forward as -- as did. Let me show -- this poll out of South Carolina -- we already know they said that mr. Romney is a huge lead in New Hampshire but he also has a huge lead. Upwards of twenty points in South Carolina as well also going forward is there anything that anybody can do to stop him from just walking away -- this thing. Absolutely there needs to be one credible conservative alternative. To Mitt Romney right now I'm looking at their debate podiums right now the debate Lek turns right now they are. They are splitting up the conservative vote Rick Perry Newt Gingrich. Rick Santorum if you add up the polling for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich you get roughly what Mitt Romney -- in South Carolina but if the conservative base consolidates and unites around one candidate. That person could give Mitt Romney a real run for his money. Right now that candidate could be Rick Santorum. But right now there isn't any decision about that there. Jake Tapper on the debate stage -- so great to have your analysis this morning thank you and a reminder to everybody do not miss tonight's big ABC news debate. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will moderate that's at 9 PM eastern 6 Pacific and tomorrow morning. Alive for New Hampshire right here on ABC George is returning to this week -- show where we take a deep dive into politics there's nobody better to have at the Helm of this weekend we -- into this. Crucial election year.

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