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BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Michigan voters swing in Romney’s favor?
February 28th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Michigan voters swing in Romney’s favor?

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – It’s a fair question that more and more people are asking: Why is Mitt Romney having such a hard time nailing down the Republican presidential nomination?

He certainly has raised the most money and has the largest and most experienced campaign staff.

He also has had the advantage of running for the nomination four years ago and gaining lots of experience in the process.

But the former Massachusetts governor has faced enormous problems wrapping up the nomination. He keeps stumbling.

I think it’s fair to say that if Rick Santorum gets more votes on Tuesday night in Michigan, Romney’s chances of getting the nomination will be severely hurt. It won’t necessarily be the end of the game for Romney, but it will be a crushing setback. Michigan, after all, is where Romney was born and raised and where his father, George Romney, served as governor.

Romney’s gaffes have hurt him. Some of his comments have suggested that he’s out of touch with working-class Americans.

There is certainly an element in the conservative base that has never accepted his evolving stance on some key issues, including on abortion, gay rights, gun control and taxes.

Based on random conversations I’ve had with Republican voters in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona and elsewhere during this election cycle, I’ve felt that there is still a group of evangelical Christians and others who are not comfortable with Romney’s Mormon faith. They usually don’t speaking publicly about that because it’s not politically correct. That also explains why it doesn’t usually come up in polls. But I do sense it’s there.

Like you, I’m eager to see what happens in Michigan.

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  1. C Oliver

    Would it be his massage?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  2. Perry Fritz

    If Romney wants to win Super Tuesday He needs to address more American's on his Plan and less I'm going to do this and that.!!!! the lack of fixing American's needs is on the back burner..Oversea's News is always the main story...American's needs to let the U.N handle oversea's problems...America needs a Govenment that cares for it's people not just themselves...and playing Russian Roulette with taxpayers money ..get American's back to work...less Government they are not helping our needs and helping their own cause...using American taxpayer's money for pitiful issues...STOP THROWING U.S DOLLARS OVERSEA'S..!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  3. Rgulia

    Yes there are a lot of Evangelicals out there not willing to come out of the closet about their bigotry. I'm LDS and I've been looking to send my kids to private Christian schools and they will not accept us. So first hand I'm feeling it and it's true, whether they want to admit it or not.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Marry

    By now we know the result: Narrow „win“ for Romney.
    The fans are the fans and for the others, he makes the stomach turn listening to his “victory” speech. Now that is a real plan – great deficits and even bigger tax cuts. (Yes, yes the job creators will get you freedom!)
    The biggest drawback with the GOP/TP candidates: Since we watched them for years now, they admit they have no plan or solution, no vision and no skills and find intelligence and integrity a drawback for the job as President and show none themselves, who do you think is going to run their show? It does not take much to know: Guarantied the same people that run Bushes presidency. Remember how that ended? The “rich” stuffed their pockets and what is left of the “middle class” gets stuck with the disaster. If one listens to some of the GOP “voters”, the disaster was not nearly big enough for them – they want more of the same from the GOP…

    February 29, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  5. Griff

    "Ever heard of Leyland Motors??? If you have stop talking all this crap anout Obama's bail-out. You ca nnot nationalise your major industries, and that is what Obama had in mind.."

    February 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  6. Griff

    "I finally found her out! And here was me thinking she was an Obama supporter. You have a mole on CNN (a republican) who has been trying to kid us all. Come out Lady, and tell the world you have a crush on Mitt."

    February 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  7. Griff

    "Who was she Wolfe? I just heard her?? So it was she who voted for Mitt FRomney. She is the mole of CNN.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  8. waheid

    If the four clowns running for the Republican nomination are the best the GOP can do, it might be better to simply concede now and save the public a lot of aggravation and the party a lot of money.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  9. Mike in st louis

    The problem is that Romney is trying to be someone who he is not. He tries to tell people he understands the blue collar class when all he is is a blue blood. His mental lapses show his real persona. You never really know someone until you take a road trip with them. We are pretty far down this campaign trail and we are seeming Romney's true color- a very deep shade of blue.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  10. E. W. Parks

    Surely, any misgivings about Romney's Mormonism should be minor concerns beside Santorum's close-minded pronouncements, especially his kill-the-mother-if-you-need-to stand on birth control and contraception. I think it's now indisputable that this stand is based on his Roman Catholic Faith. As far as I know, Mormons have no inclination to bring about the end of health care for women, or to resist taking even more money from the 99% and giving it to the 1%. There are religions and there are religions. Let the Methodists sleep; when they awake, the world will be sorry!

    February 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  11. joel

    Either Ric or Mitt would be a vast improvement over the current idiot in office. Negative comments against any of the Republican presidential candidates would be best directed at Obama. He has failed in every aspect of his presidency. To his favor, he has committed so many abominations while in office that many of them have been temporarily forgotten. When the real campaigning starts, those memories will be reignited.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  12. DHurley

    It's quite simple. He's having a hard time nailing down the nomination because he's a phony – and none of the GOP have ANY credibility. T'were it not for his antisemitic, homophobic and isolationist views, Ron Paul is the most 'REAL' of all the candidates. He'd be good for the U.S. domestically but a disaster as far as foreign policy and maintaining ties with our allies.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  13. sir_ken_g

    This all does not matter.
    The smart GOP money is already focusing on 2016.
    They know 2012 is lost due to a crop of bumbling unqualified candidates with ludicrous positions.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  14. political observer

    A loss in Michigan will hobble Romney but not take him out of the race. Santorum doesn't have the legs to reach the end, and we're already seeing the bloom fade from the rose. The GOP race is like a merry-go-round - the candidates go up and down like carousel horses. The only thing going for Santorum is his timing. He too will fall just as Bachmann, Cain, Perry, and Gingrich did before him.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  15. mike from iowa

    Religion is a mental disease. It's victims are compelled to spread the disease, to infect everyone they can. Whenever they get their disease into government, the nation's peoples suffer from the tyranny and repression of freedom. Religion brings the demise of choice, of tolerance, of free will.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  16. T.C.

    I completely agree with Todd. The media has been screwing Romney for quite some time. Id say CNN has more than any other org. The fact that liberals make up such a vast majority of the arts (writing, dancing, illustration) makes it nearly impossible for Romney to get traction from writers or reporters who want to push a liberal agenda. It is sad. I have been depressed the entire day just thinking about it. Im going to fight and make some youtube videos to counter what I can. I am so fed up with the lies and the smears of the media. Even when cnn reportedly explained mormonism, it was extremely negative.

    How embarrassed we all should be that our country has evolved into what it is today. We are headed in the wrong direction and Obama's hope is not taking us anywhere positive. Romney is such a qualified candidate for president but all i hear from cnn is that the republicans want someone else. CNN, guess what, Im a republican and i love romney. I think he's the best candidate whose run in a long time.

    So wolf, here's my question for you? How can you make cnn a more equal news org.?

    February 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  17. Sanchez

    Romney's religion is THE issue – anyone who says otherwise hasn't been paying attention. How many GOP candidates have been the frontrunner in this crazy process? Anyone but Romney; and it isn't his stance on issues, his flip-flopping or his wealth.
    I appreciated the pastor in SC who at least was honest enough to say he would vote for a serial adulterer (Gingrich) before he would vote for a Mormon. Revolting, but honest. It isn't any different than the racists who wouldn't vote for Obama in '08 because of his ethnicity. I'm a Democrat, and I know plenty of other Demos who just wouldn't cast a vote for a black man. Ignorance and intolerance are alive and well in the USA.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  18. EJ

    Beware voters of Michigan: As a Massachusetts resident, my view is held by most residents that Mitt was the worst goverenor we had in the past 60 years.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  19. SeattleMike5

    Why is Mitt Romney having such a hard time nailing down the Republican presidential nomination? It's a toss-up between that fact that radical right wingers think he's too moderate, and...that he's a MORMON! No self-respecting "Christian" wants to vote for a person who many people believe is part of one of the largest cults in the world. (And it really is a goofy religion, if you take the time to investigate.) So there you have it.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  20. Willbur Van Klempt

    It isn't that Romney is a member of the Mormon cult that turns people off. Maybe it has more to do with his lack of reason. Or the way his hair is perfectly colored gray on the wings like a certain character on the Sopranos. Or the fact that every time he opens his mouth, something even dimmer comes out. RomneyCare, Canada to Texas toxic waste pipeline, Being both for and against the bailout of the Detroit. The guy has so many weaknesses that his secretive religious practices aren't even a factor.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  21. Disabled vet

    Every incumbant need to be voted out and start over with people who care about the people of the united states not just the rich that have gone global

    February 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • David

      And what do you want them to do? Change anything? As long as the people want a welfare state and policing the world, the ones you put in their place won't have any other choice but just continue what they are doing. Their is a someone running that brings that change, Ron Paul. But it's unacceptable, I understand. So just accept the inevitable outcome, because nobody wants any change, they just want to talk about it.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  22. Joe Kamaro

    It's sad to see the destructive vitriol being spewed by all the candidates and the subtle racism towards the President.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  23. Loriann

    Some of the religious right are as crazy as the extremist muslims, let's face it.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Montana

      Thank you. I believe you are so right.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Panala Kinzie

      Amen!

      February 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • An independent New Yorker

      Until the religious right start suicide bombing innocent civilians, this will be inaccurate statement. There is simply no comparison between non-violence and violence.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  24. Rethink

    The fact is that if Santorum's words were coming out of Romney's mouth, Romney would have been history ages ago. The fact is that people want to hate Romney, so they drum up any excuse to do so. But another fact is that Romney is the most qualified man for the job.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Seth

      Too true.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • DavidE7

      I didn't want to hate Romney. He made me do it by the overbearing way he campaigned against others in his own Party, both in 2008 and 2012. Also, he has nothing to offer but platitudes and the status quo. We need a revolution against the establishment, and Mitt Romney is the poster boy for the wealthy elite, who made their money the old fashioned way, by taking advantage of other people.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • pragmatist

      Other than Obama, of course.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Dan

      Kind of like being the tallest midget

      February 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Bert in UT

      It's a bad thing for a politician when people dream up reasons to hate you. Just look at our current pres . . .

      February 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • bannister

      I agree – Romney seems to be the whipping boy for pent up emotion this election season. He really hasn't said anything THAT bad. Yet people, including Republicans want to gang up on him. In my opinion, Romney is a moderate, likable candidate who would be MUCH better than Barack Obama. If he survives this bruising battle – he'll make a good president.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  25. Andy H

    Im suprised you ask this question, read your own headlines Wolf, 46 million Americans on food stamps. Not one person has presented a comprehensive healthcare plan or said a word about promoting the #1 employer in America, small business. We have had enough war, our people are broke, healthcare looms, our infrastructure is in shambles and you wonder why no one can pick a candidate?

    February 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • jwarino

      That sir is the whole enchilada.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Seth

      But let's face it, if Romney were not Mormon, then there would be no real problem with him among the far right and this thing would have been wrapped up by South Carolina. There are deep feelings against Mormons on both the right and the left. Romney is the most qualified person on either side to right the economy, but we are in the midst of an ideological battle with a shakey economy serving as the foundation.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Mike

      Learn about some positions of Ron Paul if you haven't already

      February 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  26. Todd

    I think the biggest reason he's had a hard time wrapping up the nomination is because of the negative news reporting. The news is so liberal and it's obvious they want Obama so they purposely continue to run only negative ads on Romney. There are so many incredible wonderful things Romney has done and they never get any traction in the media because they know it will help Romney. Most people don't know Romney they only know what the hear the New report which is mostly negative and false.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • aaron

      If you want news that shows conservatives in a good light, turn into Fox News any time, day or night, and you'll get it. It likely won't be truth, but it'll satisfy that craving to hear something good about conservatives, since there's nothing that is true about them caring about any American who doesn't have millions or billions of dollars....though they will simulate that caring effect to get their votes in election years.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Mike

      Seriously, Mike?!? IIn your alternate dimension the media's fault ... and not .because these candidates stand before thousands of people and TV cameras and display the most intellectually constipated rhetoric to the world who is watching (and laughing)?

      February 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
      • Mike

        excuse the typo . . .this reply was directed to Todd, LOL . .note to self, don't type & get interrupting phone call!

        February 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Hey Todd (Palin?), liberal media lying about the GOP, eh? Sorry, but that hasn't happened in more than 20 years. Liberal media, eh? Guess you haven't heard of Faux News.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Someone

      So, why don't you enlighten us? Also, negative ads? You mean the people who are running those ads, not the media themselves?

      February 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Michael

      The die hard Obama haters, when they run out of excuses, always blame the media. Fox News is the media. The Wall Street Journal is the media. Etc., etc. Why not blame the guy who's mouth these stupid statements comes out of? Denial and hate, that's why.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • John

      I can't speak for the wonderful things Romney has done, except for the Massachusetts healthcare plan, which he constantly runs from, and the all-out search for a colleague's missing child, but I'm awfully tired of Republicans blaming the media for Romney's problems. The press reports his missteps and misstatements, just as it does with the other candidates. If Santorum is doing well in spite of all his negative press, which mostly consists of direct quotes and video clip of his saying the words, then the fault lies with the Republican right, which slavishly follows this fanatic. As for the press and negative "ads," not so. The candidates and the Superpacs run the ads, not the media.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • bannister

      I recently found out that Romney actually GAVE AWAY his entire inheritance so he would be able to succeed completely on his own. Say what you want about him, that takes a lot of confidence – and a lot of character.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • pat carr

      LOL Conservative whining..."the news is SO liberal". Yes please enlighten us on all the WONDERFUL things Romney has done

      February 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • MFord66215

      So many excellent things? Name more than 3, and please include sources. Should be easy, right?

      February 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  27. ardale

    Or maybe, just maybe, people dont like him for reasons other than religion......

    February 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  28. Rick Warner

    Look, I am not about to vote for either of these guys since my politics are to the left of Obama. But I am quite worried that the Mormonism should be an issue, any more than race should be an issue today. I object to Wolf's comment that it is "politically incorrect" to criticize his Mormonism, Let's be more specific: it is horribly ethnocentric on the same plane as racism.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Seth

      I don't think ethnocentric is the right word for it, but I agree with your sentiment. The fact that there are polls asking if his religion poses a hindrance to peoples' willingness to vote for him is proof in the pudding. Could you imagine someone asking the same question about someone being Jewish or professing Islam? Not a chance!

      February 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Raphael Frommer

      Your point is well taken. I too am not likely to vote for those vying for the Republican nomination. That said, on behalf of Romney, I am rip-roaring mad about people faulting him for being Mormon. Does that make him some kind of devil worshipper? I shudder to think what, if anything, runs threw the minds of people who hold a bias against the Mormons. To paraphrase an American hero, I never met a Mormon I didn't like.

      Following is one of many inconvenient truths about the US: Despite what the Constitution and Bill of Rights say, this IS a Christian nation, and by that I mean, a certain *kind* of Christianity. The majority of Christians in the US practice that certain kind of Christianity, and - bad luck for Romney - it is not the Mormon kind.

      This inspires a follow-on question: Must a candidate for President of the US accept Jesus as his lord to have a shred of hope to win? It's not a silly question. Could I run for the office and hope to win? After all, I don't accept Jesus as my lord. Should I tolerate the insult or leave for another country and take my people with me? The majority had better ask themselves that question, because if I leave and take my people with me, the US may "enjoy" the same fate as, for example, Vienna. Its era as a cultural and scientific Mecca is OVER. Got any clue why? Hint: It's the same reason the US was able to build an atomic bomb, and the Germans weren't. If any readers need more clues, they are clueless, will definitely be among those STAYING in the US, and likely as not, riding it all the way DOWN.

      Bottom line, it's 2012, people. We've had plenty of time to mull over the good intentions in our laws. Belief that they are real have induced many people to consider the USA the best place on earth. However, recent behavior by "the majority" has caused many to reconsider, and - last hint - it's not the dumbest ones doing the reconsidering.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Steve

      You can pick your religion. You can't pick your race.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  29. Gordyb

    Mitt does no come across as real. Everything seems forced. He has trouble in unscripted situations. He has too rich too long and can.'t connect with the average American. He is robotic. He flipped more times than Kerry. No one knows who the real Romney is. I am also convinced there is a unspoken undercurrent concerning relegion.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  30. Brad

    Finally someone had the guts to verbalize the anti-Mormon sentiment which is the real reason there has been a major push for the "anti-Romney" candidate. Well done Wolf. What a sad commentary on the bigotry that still exists in this great country of ours.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • goo6er

      America's anti-Mormon bigotry toward Romney is dwarfed by its racist bigotry toward Obama.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  31. Karen

    How many jobs has Rick Santorum or Ron Paul created? People slam Romney for his work with Bain, but of the companies he helped to restructure, 100% of the jobs at every single one was in jeopardy. They didn't bid on successful businesses; they bid on failing ones. And yes, they did save, or create thousands of blue collar, pink collar, and white collar jobs.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Raphael Frommer

      Karen, this question is meant solely to help me shore up my inadequate knowledge of economics. Pardon me if I seem (am) naive. Here goes: We understand that both CEOs and Presidents of the USA can by their actions "create jobs." In which role does one exercise more direct and immediate control and therefore deserve LESS credit because of the lack of interference? Put another way, if one's intent were to create jobs - and not just any - targeted at a particular segment of the population or geography - would one approach Barack Obama or Warren Buffet? And if the latter, would one encourage him to run for office or stay put, just right where he is - in a position of very direct control, with the power to change things by a simple executive edit?

      February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • Raphael Frommer

        Oops! In the above, change the last word to "edict."

        February 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  32. George

    If the reason for Romney not winning in Michigan, if that's what happens, is a massive campaign by Democrats (including being spurred on by Santorum) to swing in Rick's favor, because Rick's perceived to be the weaker against Obama (and to weaken the perception of Romney in a head-to-head against Obama in the Fall), I'm not sure the loss says anything....

    February 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  33. kls817

    I'm catholic but I would prefer Romney to Santorum or Gingrich. However, I would not prefer Romney to Paul. Romney's fiscal plan doesn't balance and would put us further into debt.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  34. TNTROCKS

    Mitt has problems, Santorum has bigger problems, Newt has baggage, Ron Paul is Ron Paul...there is no Perfect candidate this time around, but It will be interesting to see if a more Moderate candidate can come out of the pack here and can challenge Obama, doesn't seem likely right now, but most people will forget the mud slinging in the Primary once it comes down to Choice A or Choice B

    February 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Roger

      You can't say anything bad about Ron Paul other than he is himself?
      Exactly. :)

      Ron Paul 2012!!

      February 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  35. troy

    As an Obama supporter, Romney use to scare me. Now, I actually want him to win the Republican nomination. I think he is very vulnerable and I can't help thinking Obama would be him in a landslide.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  36. 40acres

    Wolf may be right. We may never know. This may be a teachable moment but I doubt the lesson will be learned. IMO it is more likely that next time they will simply move farther towards the right.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  37. jsteward

    Mormonism? is that the best Blitzer can come up with?? ... how about talking about the real reason Romney is having problems... he's a mutlti-multi millionaire completely out of touch with average americans (the other 99%) who invests his money in offshore bank accounts rather than in America. Romney is as out of touch with how Americans are feeling as the oh so very average political analyst.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Seth

      I can't disagree more. Would you vote for him considering he is Mormon? The important fact of the matter is that politicians flip-flop and then accuse others of the same, so we are not in new territory. Finally, Mitt hit it on the head when he said that his wealth and success should not be viewed as a hindrance, but as an asset for the country. Would you rather have someone who has no economic experience and has not had success in the private sector running the country? Think what that would do! It would plunge us further into debt and further polarize the country. Oh, wait a second, isn't that what happened four years ago? Yeah, I set that one up, but the point is the most basic problem in peoples' lives is lack of food. Whether your are leftist or rightist, if you can't provide the basic necessities, then little else matters. Now sign me up for someone who has the Midas touch. Where everything he has touched turns to gold. That is Romney.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
      • jsteward

        Seth, have you taken a look at Romney's tax plan... it adds almost 4 trillion to the deficit and guess who stands to make lots of money from Romney's tax plan... why its Mitt Romney. His kind of financial experience makes Romney money but nobody else. And as usual your reference to Obama neglects to mention the economy he inherited from Bush. Very convenient I'm sure.

        March 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Seth

      That should read "lack of work".

      February 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Sanchez

      You should take a look at the stats of every US Congressman and Senator – 90% of them are multi-millonaires. Even Ron Paul has millions. And so does Obama.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • theNashRambler

      Oops. I have an offshore bank account, I invest most of my savings in stocks and options, I'm not rich, I support Romney, and feel he is definitely in touch with what I want for America: jobs and prosperity. So even though I'm not rich, I must be in a different type of 1% of America. A type that believes like Romney that rich and poor can coexist, that the rich can give back voluntarily without being taxed (Romney gave away 14% of his income to charity) , and that believe American jobs are worth saving. Many give that last line lip service while Romney put his money where his mouth is and actually invested in American business.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  38. Cindy

    Stick it to 'em, Dems! Not that any candidate the GOP raises can beat Obama in 2012 but the debates with Santorum would be HILARIOUS!

    February 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  39. tom

    JIM thomas. CNN is tired of hearing about Ron Paul. Are you too dense to get that? Notice that they did not menntion him at all in this article? Notice that they do not cover his candidacy?

    So the Ron Paul supporters need to write in the comments sections in droves about how he wants to end the wars get rid of the IRS and the FED. About how he wants to restrain Government to Constitutional Law. Don't you know that CNN does not support this?

    They support the current ways of installing a leader and do away with anachronisms. They are for progress.

    So the crzy people who support the Constitution are anachronisms who need to remain silent.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  40. yogi

    It is incredible that this is all the GOP can offer. None of them qualifies to be President, none has vision or a plan to go forward, only backward. The GOP is representing a mostly dumb electorate. How sad for civilization.
    Obama 2012

    February 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  41. Griff

    "Wealthy people do not spend their own bank balance to upkeep your government waste, but they certain ly know how to keep a Balance!!! What do you want???? Just another Teller??? Or the real thing???"

    February 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  42. RabidVt

    A candidate that cannot nail down the Republican PRIMARY in short order and with convincing success has zero chance of getting elected to the presidency. All the people voting in the primary already agree with most of your beliefs. They are all Republicans. The actual election includes the other 50% of the country who have no desire to see you elected. It doesn't matter who the Republicans prop up, they will be defeated, convincingly.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  43. California Gary

    This is why Gingrich is sticking around......Romney can't seem to get over the hump, and Santorum is doing everything he can to fall out of the limelight with outrageous statements. When they both fall, who is there? Why, it's that elder statesman Gingrich to the rescue. It could happen........either way, Obama mops the floor with whoever survives this GOP circus.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  44. the_dude

    CNN polls are especially useless since all they do is poll the DNC headquarters. Just ask John Kerry.....

    February 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • OD

      Amen...Spot-on, dude..

      February 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      The go to real clear politics dot com, where all polls are combined and averaged. But same result: Obama wins convincingly over all four GOP candidates.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Whiskers

      Oh! I thought this forum was for thoughtful consideration of well-considered views from reasonable people who stick to the facts. Guess not.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  45. Linda

    Poor America- we have the candidate who 'doesn't care about the really poor people' while telling us his wife has two Cadillacs and the candidate who says that JFK makes him want to vomit and that college is for snobs. ! What a great choice the right wing has offered to us. Ron Paul said that it is immorality that makes the need for birth control pills – in other words, having sex unless you want a baby is immoral. PLEASE Americans, make sure to get out to vote against these unAmerican republicans.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Seth

      I don't know about Santorum's comment, but you have pretty well taken everything the other candidates have said out of context. That being said, the sexual revolution was the proverbial opening of Pandora's box. Along with it came a series of venereal diseases, unwarranted abortions, and broken homes. Sure people can raise children as a single adult, but is it ideal? No. As an educator, it is easy to see that many children struggle in their schooling because they lack the support necessary for success. That support cannot be federally regulated. When that support is absent because a single parent is working to provide basic necessities, then the child suffers educationally. Social problems like crime, welfare, even obesity, could be checked to a greater degree if there were more stability in the American household. If you think that irresponsible sex leading to single parent households or unwarranted abortion is not immoral than perhaps you should replace the moral compass you currently possess. Each child born deserves the best efforts of the parents who gave the child life. That is a fundamental right they deserve.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Roger

      Wow! Have you ever put words into Ron Paul's mouth. That's not at ALL what he said.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  46. Shuksan

    There are many reasons and he hasn't helped himself with some of his comments, but I think it is primarily due to the bigotry that infuses the GOP. He is a Mormon. Past Republican candidates have also been very wealthy, but that was not an inhibitor. It is his faith that keeps many Republicans from supporting him. Worrisome that they would rather have a theocrat wannabe in Santorum.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  47. grant

    Wow... What a completely useless "article" you've written here.

    Conservatives don't trust Romney because he's a moderate Mormon. Now I get it.

    You really blew the lid off of this 5 year old running story, Wolf.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  48. Melo-D

    Well, I dont know Wolf. The media has certainly been trying to hand this thing to him for months now.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Media veteran

      So the media have been trying for months to "give this thing" to Romney? The Democrats are crossing to the other side to vote for Santorum, so I suppose that means the media, which conservatives consistently claim is liberal and Democratic, should be trying to give the thing to Santorum, who Democrats expect to be the weaker candidate. And yet, you say not. The fact is, the right blames the media for everything it can't hang on Obama. And it never blames the really biased media, which is where it get most if not all of its news.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  49. OregonTom

    RP 2012

    February 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  50. OregonTom

    Ron Paul 2012

    February 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  51. Bans

    In Michigan you have several other factors at play: 1 You do not have to be from SE Mich. to be disappointed in Mitt's stance on saving the auto industry; 2. The polls close an hour later in Michigan's western counties in the Upper Peninsula.
    3.Anyone from Michigan can vote in the primary. How many Democrats do you suppose are voting in the Rep. Primary?
    4. According to my brother in Ann Arbor the Detroit media is implying you have to declare yourself a Rep.in order to vote. Not true. I am an independent and voted absentee. I did not have to declare any party loyalty until my dying day.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  52. Griff

    "You don't have to vote forf me or anyone else is you don 't want to. The USA is not run under a dictatorship, so you can spend your vote wherever you choose. But if you finish up voting for the wrong people, you can't blaim me afterwards.."

    February 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • clarke

      so true, but if you don't vote at all, you can complain about anything.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Griff

        "It's true Wolfe, I don't vote any more! The last time was for Tony Blair in 200??, and he won again ."

        February 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  53. Michael Hatley

    He walks and talks like a bean counter. He inspires noone. His ideas are mediocre.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Ron in California

      And what are your ideas, if Mitt has no good ones, and inspires noone and is mediocre? Measure a man by his success's and see where you can take things. Santorum and Obama haven't a clue.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • Bill in Florida

        I think a man who prevented the Second Great Depression, saved the US auto industry, signed health insurance reform into law, took out bin Laden, al-Awlaki, and four Somali pirates, etc., etc., has PLENTY of clues. It's you who has no clue.

        February 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  54. Debwards

    I have seen the anti Mormon sentiment on blogs and on comments made on many political pages. I am astonished that in the year 2012 we still have so much religious bigotry. I think this is why he has not be able to close the gap, and but it is not reported because, like you said Wolf, folks know what a bruhaha it would cause.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • roger

      Mormonism is not the only reason... how about his stance on health care, the model for the President's health care plan... if it wasn't for his health care plan, it wouldn't have happened that way. He talks about Santorum and Arlen Specter during the debates - same thing for his health care plan.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • RabidVt

      The fact that he is a white, male, multi-millionare puts him in the 1% frimge. Add the fact that he is a a Mormon and he falls off a political cliff.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  55. C Oliver

    Poor Mitt Romney he can not get GOP to support him.
    How can Santorum keep gain ground on his religiousness believe, I am a catholic and I know the GOP will never support a catholic who going be talking to the Pope everyday on how govern America, come men!

    February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  56. Jim Thomas

    Ron Paul is the only one who understands the little people and what they should have in gov.The rest are fat cats wanting to get fatter at us little peoples expence.We have those problems with the misfits we have in our gov. now.VOTE ALL INCUMBANTS OUT NOW and lets get some honest,decent people in there who really cares.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • George

      Technically Paul is an incumbent.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • logic n LA

      Ron Paul is a hypocrite. Both he and his son live on goverment money! As a doctor, Ron Paul took Medicare money, Medicaid money and anything else the government would give him. He used the GI bill to get his degree. I don't care that he used the resourses available, just that he want them all taken away for everybody now that he's near death (he is 76!)!

      February 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • Roger

        Looks like you have more researching to do. And how do you know he's near death? Berry could drop dead of a heart attack tomorrow.

        February 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Ron Paul has been an incumbent for 30 years!

      February 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • sir_ken_g

      Ah yes Ron Paul – the one who thinks racism is a libertarian value.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm |

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