Roundtable: Santorum Sweep

George Will, Liz Cheney, Donna Brazile, and David Ignatius.
7:12 | 02/12/12

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Transcript for Roundtable: Santorum Sweep
You talk about all the -- politics now with our roundtable George Will. As always Donna Brazil. Liz Cheney former State Department official Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius boys so much to get to this week tour starting -- would that. Rick Santorum sweet. On TC -- a bit of a surprise especially the result. In Colorado and -- every week when it seems like Mitt Romney is on a roll ready to wrap up this nomination voters say not so fast. Another -- in the in the narrative is unchanged from the Arabic is the strongest Republican candidate has the last name Romney in the first -- in the hot. This week from not problem he -- Santorum. Romney carried no counties in Minnesota lost 48 under 64 -- -- cholera and Missouri. Or five times more people voted them in Colorado and -- Minnesota combined. Romney loses to -- -- sort of looks as though something like a binary choices emerge. Always be where Canada nomination contest appears to words attach to -- inevitable and electable -- deflating words. And justice's words of the news about Romney a Rasmussen poll comes up from Ohio and the Republicans ever won the presidency Karen Ohio. And he shows Romney and -- losing to Obama by four points Santorum type. At the same time Liz Cheney he's been a weak front runner all year long it's still hard to see how one of the other candidates puts together enough delegates to stop. It'll be very interesting to watch Rick Santorum for the rest of this month I mean he clearly now has -- moments and he's captured something. I think a lot it was surprised that Mitt Romney won the stop bullets he -- yesterday. But at and barely one in Maine yeah yeah. But the question now for Santorum is going to be -- and you build on this momentum I think there are as George -- a lot of conservatives who -- -- on Romney who are looking very carefully now Hudson -- -- seen. Knew I think they need here a bit -- you can never count me totally out. Although this week give me indeed did the results Tuesday finally put him away -- George you know -- It normally hear that but I think you know this this year -- -- shown that people continue to rise from the dead including -- So and I was one of the things we've also seen whenever another can I talk to Rick Santorum -- this whenever another Kennedy does pop up the not Romney. You see the Romney campaign Silverbacks train their fire. I'm that candidate and they -- because down. Absolutely you'll also find that the Romney -- -- will Begin to attack Rick Santorum is a Washington insider. And it was the Romney organization there are already running ads in Michigan and Arizona. They anticipating that Rick Santorum is now the candidate to be the one thing that struck me in Maine George. -- at the turn out again another fact that while 100. More people participating accomplices this time. Mitt Romney -- actually went down from 20086. Or less one -- 600. If fifty people last -- -- one this time than four years ago on the other hand Ron Paul who put a lot of effort into winning the caucuses. He increases vote total but not. Hundred people so you know this year the Republicans have this proportional representation. So I wouldn't give -- -- is this election until he can accumulate. I think what downright although we saw David Ignatius Sarah Palin out yesterday -- in the New York Times this morning and read the quote right here talking about a brokered convention. People start screaming at a brokered convention is the worst in the could have the GOP they have an agenda. They have their own personal or political reasons their own candidate who they would like to see protected away from a brokered convention. That's part of the competition part of the process and it me. Happen I'm still dubious. Well I'd be surprised. The return of serve on this scenario of a brokered convention is just one more wonderful wrinkle in this this -- and I'd much safer but -- covering that campaign that that the spotlight becomes Rick Santorum. Struck watch him on your show and he's relaxed he's articulate. Is game is up as as as he becomes more popular and Romney sought to guess we'll we'll -- that you know don't pound them back but he loses something. In these onslaught students Florida -- something about the way he's. -- these people are asking is that that George -- this does the Romney teens risk a backlash. I seeming to be too negative -- conservative opponents yes I think it's occurring his less popular in Florida a key swing state the largest Wednesday. He's less popular in Iowa and he's less popular in New Hampshire according to some pictures all the places he campaign and had to go negative but as the cost. What is -- needed to fix this. You know I think he's begun he started I do think winning this -- -- that was key I think he's got to continue to explain to people that he actually is conservatives he's got to make clear that. And even though it may be that the negative campaign has hurt his numbers now when morning general election everybody's going to be negative -- trying to convince me that we can we heard this new phrase severely conservative. Meaning it is that it was -- it was a surprise or frankly it was. The kind of thing I heard somebody say this week normally is used to describe -- head -- not. It wasn't in his speech he -- of that word -- in the -- they have. And that's just again -- sign that he's seen -- -- conservatives who like a well meaning. Ernest tourist tunnel like country -- don't speak the language and he's trying hard to connect with women and he says my father grew up poor place. -- American motives. In his defense I would say that I think you'll see as you see in you know every campaign cycle you know in 2008 Donna was pointing out the liberals are very concerned about that John Kerry asked about 2004. You know the Republicans will come together they are most concerned about Barack Obama. And and that that is pretty clear -- one of the things we've seen Donna Brazil we have a new poll out this week showing the same thing that at least so far unlike 2008 where. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama maintain their popularity with Democrats all through this long process that is not what's happening right now -- these Republican candidates -- on tables are going up. Absolutely -- Romney. Favorability now is under 35%. And in -- Rick Santorum is the hottest ticket in terms of favorability sixty over 60%. A Republicans primary voters like Rick Santorum we'll see. If that holds through march 20 through the -- primaries but you know something about Mitt Romney keeps striking me is he's he's not authentic. He's not inspire. Yes they will come together -- at the convention to try to defeat Barack Obama. But right now -- He has of authenticity gap that he has to close with those based conservative voters to convinced him that he's one of them. And that just another person and yet but the more he tries to do that David nations the more he risks alienating independent moderate voters yes and -- and adding that this in offices in an authenticity problem I've always thought Romney's best chance. Is -- is -- there's a real crisis if the economy turns down sharply if we have big foreign policy crisis he does look like a manager with the kind of toughness. That you know people might turn to. -- especially British banking had no economic crisis this week.

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