May 3rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

CNN prime time: Ted Turner's losses, Obama/Cain 'sing-off'


Ted Turner opens up

He might seem like the guy who has everything, but Ted Turner is no stranger to loss.


Gingrich: The VP bench is deep

Romney's search for a running mate is well under way, and names are flying as the guessing game heats up.


Better singer: Cain or Obama?

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is judging President Obama, but this time it has nothing to do with politics

April 25th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Overheard on What brought down Gingrich's campaign? What's next?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination next week, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gingrich will likely move to back Mitt Romney and support GOP members of Congress. Armed with knowledge, many readers of all stripes began to deconstruct Gingrich's campaign and its legacy.

Gingrich to end White House bid, spokesman says

Did Gingrich doom himself?

Kamalarani: "His message of churches under attack, of being a moral man, his views on immigration, and how to fix the economy did not resonate with the American voters. But like all narcissists and egomaniacs, who take credit for your hard work and blame any failures on your incompetence, Gingrich will fault everyone and everything around him for his failure. That is everyone but himself. I am so glad we are seeing the back of this ridiculous man ... "

Some are sad to see him go.

RedToppolino: "This was Newt's last opportunity as he'll be too old eight years from now. I have mixed emotions regarding the termination of his campaign as he is by far the best equipped individual in America to beat Obama and to run this country. Unfortunately, Newt has character flaws that have been picked up on by the ultra-liberal media. However, his flaws are nothing compared to those of Obama. At least Newt is a heterosexual Christian with a verifiable history and legally eligible to serve as president."

There are many who would still prefer different candidates. FULL POST

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon in a slow jam.
April 25th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song

President Obama took time from his hectic schedule to unwind and share some laughs on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night. The president is well-known for singing in public, but last night he took on a slow jam with the late night host. You've "gotta watch" Obama's performance.

First lady Michelle Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are among the political figures who have also enjoyed some leisure time lately on the late night talk show circuit.  See how they've poked fun at themselves and others in front of a national TV audience.


Obama slow jams with Jimmy Fallon

President Obama has sung before, but last night he and Jimmy Fallon team up for a special slow jam session on Fallon's late night talk show. Watch to see what they sing about.


Romney's top ten: 'Gingrich? Really?'

Mitt Romney stopped by David Letterman's show to share the top ten things he'd like to share with the American people. Be sure to see number one on his list.


First lady gets Leno spoof treatment

Jay Leno has a little video editing fun with some footage of First lady Michelle Obama. Check out what he has her do.


Perry pokes fun of himself on Letterman

Gov. Rick Perry appeared on David Letterman's show to poke fun at his presidential debate performance. Watch how he smooths over his infamous "oops" moment.

April 24th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

CNN prime time: Top Republican wants answers, Osteen's 'wide net'


Joel Osteen talks religion & politics

What role would Mitt Romney's faith play on election day? Pastor Joel Osteen weighs in on whether he believes Romney is a Christian.


Mad cow confirmed in California

"Our food supply is safe," assures Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after a case of mad cow disease is confirmed in California.


Grassley calls for W.H. investigation

A top Republican wants more answers from the White House regarding the Colombia prostitution scandal.

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Overheard on Can the Romneys relate to the average family?
In light of comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, readers are discussing if the Romneys can relate to average folks.
April 12th, 2012
07:36 PM ET

Overheard on Can the Romneys relate to the average family?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen has apologized for comments about Ann Romney, whom she said "never worked a day in her life" as a stay-at-home mother. "Mommy wars" and women's issues have taken center stage. Readers discussed whether the Romneys can relate to moms and families.

Ann Romney and working moms

The most-liked comment on the story agreed with Rosen.

DrMAH: "(Rosen is) absolutely right. The ultra-rich Romneys have no idea what the rest of us go through, and Mitt has made it clear that he has no interest in finding out. She's not qualified to speak about women's concerns. LOTS of us struggle with illness, get degrees, and raise kids, but almost NONE of us have an army of domestic servants to do all the heavy lifting while we work on our dressage."

Some of the responses talked about the Romneys' inexpensive basement apartment during their undergraduate years.

brianwaz: "They lived in a $50-a-month basement apartment at the start of their marriage (with a baby). Try using facts next time."

nullcodes: "Though he lived in a basement apartment, his dad who was a governor could have saved him from any real financial or other messes."

Many of our readers have wondered whether the Romneys' situation compares to those of other Americans. FULL POST

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March 7th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Overheard on Will GOP voters accept Romney? Does it matter?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Mitt Romney came out ahead on Super Tuesday, but plenty of Republicans voted for Rick Santorum instead, and Georgia went for Newt Gingrich by a decisive margin. The morning after, readers are exploring two questions. First, why haven't GOP voters fully embraced Romney? Second, does this apparent conflict actually mean anything in the long run?

Analysis: In key Romney win, some warning signs remain

One reader offered this theory:

chadpv: "Republicans' main focus is who can beat Obama in November. That's what is driving votes. But Republicans are not confident that Romney (or any candidate in the run) can beat Obama; they just think if someone can squeeze a win, it will be Romney. That is why he cannot really 'seal the deal' as fast as most Republican primaries. That is also why the field is very weak, Anyone who has wide appeal with the Republicans will wait four more years when there is not an incumbent running and their chances are better to win."

Doucher: "And this is one of many problems with the two-party system; they want to beat each other more than they want to give us a good candidate."

Another person said Romney doesn't need to worry too much.

GoPSULions: "The ultra conservatives that are not now voting for Romney will vote for whoever wins the nomination rather than vote for Obama. So this is why Romney is not concerned about their votes in the primaries. He is focused on staying more to the middle so he can potentially win the swing states and voters that are not locked to voting straight party lines."

Of course, several other readers disagreed. FULL POST

Romney, Santorum: Their war of words with themselves
On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have both made comments providing a field day for their critics.
March 2nd, 2012
12:57 PM ET

Romney, Santorum: Their war of words with themselves

Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have suffered self-inflicted wounds while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

For Romney, it has been comments that play into the stereotype he’s an elitist, out of touch with the common Joe, or not a committed conservative.

For Santorum, his long-held, far-right positions on social issues may make it difficult for him to sway independents and disaffected Democrats that he would need to win the general election.

Here’s a look at their greatest, er, hits:

Romney: ‚ÄėI have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners‚Äô

During a stop at the Daytona 500, Romney was asked if he was a fan of the popular sport. Romney told an Associated Press sports reporter that he was - kind of - ‚Äúbut I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.‚ÄĚ

Romney: ‚ÄėA couple of Cadillacs‚Äô

During a speech in the nation‚Äôs automotive capital before the Michigan primary, Romney casually told the Detroit Economic Club that he drove a Mustang and a Chevrolet pickup and his wife, Ann, drove ‚Äúa couple of Cadillacs‚ÄĚ (one at each of their two homes) as he tried to show his family‚Äôs commitment to buying American cars.


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Overheard on Readers debate open primaries after Michigan mischief, robo calls
What do you think about the GOP primaries thus far and the candidates' campaigning tactics?
February 29th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Overheard on Readers debate open primaries after Michigan mischief, robo calls

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Readers are talking about the tactics of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum after the Michigan and Arizona primaries. Meanwhile, Democrats have been explaining some mischief as well. Readers compared the candidates and debated open vs. closed primaries.

Santorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries

Santorum's robo call encouraging Democrats to vote for him as a hit against Romney drew lots of ire.

Dan J: "Had it been a general election-style robo call, where Santorum highlighted his strengths and why he should be president (not just the Republican nominee), then it can be defended as attempting to attract all Americans, not just Republicans. That's fine. It wasn't that. Not even close. That makes him a hypocritical sellout sleazebag that clearly puts self before party, and self before country."

Another reader came to Santorum's defense.

CBS: "Santorum is asking Democrats who do not intend to vote for Obama (do you think there might be a few of those?) to become Republican and choose their candidate. He is not asking them to vote Republican so they can choose the weaker candidate so Obama has a better chance."

But some said Romney can't play innocent. FULL POST

February 24th, 2012
09:13 PM ET

CNN prime time: Revealing Palin e-mails, fake Denny's boss helps himself


Palin e-mail mentions divorce

‚ÄúI can‚Äôt afford this job,‚ÄĚ says Sarah Palin in newly-released e-mails that reveal frustration over legal costs and bring the health of her marriage into question.


Santorum: Romney on wrong team

Rick Santorum escalates his rhetoric, accusing Mitt Romney of false attacks and playing for the wrong team.


Fake Denny's boss cooks himself a burger

Talk about fake it ‚Äėtil you make it. A guy walks into a Denny‚Äôs, claims he‚Äôs the new boss, goes to the kitchen and cooks himself a burger and fries.

February 23rd, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking Wednesday's debate

CNN examines statements made by Republican presidential candidates during Wednesday night's CNN/Republican Party of Arizona debate in Mesa, Arizona.

Newt Gingrich criticized the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for characterizing Iran as a "rational actor" in international affairs and defending the possibility of preventing an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites

 The statement: "The fact is this is a dictator, Ahmadinejad, who has said he doesn't believe the Holocaust existed. This is a dictator who said he wants to eliminate Israel from the face of the Earth. This is a dictator who said he wants to drive the United States out of the Middle East. I'm inclined to believe dictators ... If you think a madman is about to have nuclear weapons, and you think that madman is going to use those nuclear weapons, then you have an absolute moral obligation to defend the lives of your people by eliminating the capacity to get nuclear weapons." FULL POST

February 20th, 2012
10:45 PM ET

CNN prime time: Avalanche survival, free plastic surgery for teachers


Teachers nip, tuck for free

It’s a policy that’s been on the books in Buffalo, New York, for nearly 40 years: Free plastic surgery for teachers.


Surviving an avalanche

On Sunday, she was tumbling down a mountainside, caught in a deadly avalanche. A look at how Elyse Saugstad lived to tell about it.


Gay sheriff denies threatening lover

A scandal playing out in Arizona involves a sheriff with a bright political future, his ex-boyfriend, abuse of power allegations and the presidential race.

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Overheard on Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement
Readers are debating how President Barack Obama's religious beliefs should affect his economic policies.
February 2nd, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Overheard on Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Our readers had varying thoughts on a story about President Barack Obama's comments on how his religious beliefs affect his policy decisions at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy

Many disagreed with Obama.

RoboKnuckle: "For the first time in your presidency I can say that you are right Mr. Obama. People should be helping their less fortunate neighbors as the Bible says. But here is where you are wrong: I don't remember the Bible stating that we should give it to the government for them to decide who our donations help. I believe that is why there are numerous charities and nonprofit organizations available for people to do this on their own. I have very little faith in the government getting my donations to the deserving parties."

Others said Jesus would lean a bit to the left.

FreeRadicals: "Jesus would be a liberal. I can't imagine how he would react to the GOP pretending to be Christians."

But many readers didn't think the government needs to be the vector for social assistance.

papillon1: "Yes, Jesus taught us to be compassionate and help the poor, but where does Jesus tell us to have Big Government do it for us? We are to do it directly. Get government out of the welfare business, and let us keep our dollars for local people helping local people."

Others said one should not confuse religion and government. FULL POST

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February 2nd, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Trump endorses Romney

Celebrity business magnate Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, telling reporters he will not mount an independent campaign if Romney is the Republican nominee.

Trump, who has repeatedly flirted with the possibility of his own White House bid, revealed his decision in Las Vegas two days before Nevada's Saturday caucuses.

"It's my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney," Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said: "He's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."

Romney responded by praising Trump for "an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create jobs" and for being "one of the few who has stood up to say China is cheating" in international trade.

It was unclear whether Trump's decision will have any impact on the Republican race. A Pew survey last month found that 64% of definite and likely GOP voters said an endorsement from the reality television star would make no difference to them.

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Overheard on Interpreting Romney's comments about poor, 'safety net'
Mitt Romney said Wednesday, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it."
February 1st, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Overheard on Interpreting Romney's comments about poor, 'safety net'

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Mitt Romney won the Florida GOP primary, leading some to believe he's carrying strong momentum toward clinching the Republican Party nomination. In his speech afterward, he made comments about the poor, and many are wondering what he meant. William Bennett shared his opinion of Romney.

Does Romney have a real vision for America?

Romney said, "I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it." This started a huge discussion that even got into history.

lolz0rz: "Spoken as a truly educated and compassionate candidate, one horribly unfit for any office, least of all, as POTUS. This mas has failed in connecting with even the middle class family. It doesn't bother me as much that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has had a cushion of wealth from birth to now, but because he cannot demonstrate and understanding of any people in this country outside his rich friends, it does not matter what his vision, clear or not, is. He is as undefined as his understanding of the people of this country and he does not deserve the right to run for office, of any kind."

JSS714: "He's rightly worried about the middle class and that's exactly what we need ... not more of Obama's race to the bottom by not worrying about the middle class because we can just keep adding benefits for those not working. Make jobs, not excuses to hand out money."

MerlinX4: "You do realize that the vast majority of the Founding Fathers were rich, right? Imagine how surprised they would be to learn they did not deserve the right to found this country."

IdahoJ: "The difference in the wealth of the Founding Fathers and the wealth of politicians like Romney, is that the Founding Fathers put it all on the line. Not only their wealth, but their lives. Had the Revolution failed, all of them most likely have been imprisoned or put to death as traitors to the Crown. Not only that, but many did put their personal assets into colonies to form militia groups, civic projects and other worthy causes. Ben Franklin is one of particular note in this regard. In some cases, the money was never returned but they continued in 'the Cause' regardless. Romney and his ilk are nothing like the Founding Fathers and any comparison to them is poor judgement IMO."

This person said Romney has to offer people a reason to vote for him: FULL POST

Overheard on Feisty Florida debate chock full of memorable moments
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney sparred during Thursday night's Florida GOP debate.
January 27th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Overheard on Feisty Florida debate chock full of memorable moments

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Quite a debate was had on Thursday night ahead of the Florida GOP primary. Candidates sparred over a variety of issues, and the conversation was spirited both on stage and in our comments section.

On Romney's apparent air of dominance: Romney beats Gingrich at his own game

We saw our readers giving more praise for Mitt Romney after this debate than we have seen after other such events.

Phange: "Romney very clearly did what needed to be done yesterday. Not only did he make Newt look disheveled and decisively off-kilter, he presented himself as pragmatic and intellectual. With this being the last debate before the Florida primary, I think it's highly unlikely that Newt can recover in time to win the state."

sdpianomom: "One of my favorite moments; Romney praises his wife for her strength in battling cancer and MS. Then there's Gingrich, standing next to him, who cheated on his wives while they were battling those very same diseases."

Not everyone was buying what Romney was saying. FULL POST

January 27th, 2012
04:32 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking Thursday's debate

CNN examines statements by Republican presidential candidates during Thursday night's CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both accused each other of having financial interests in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The statements: "We discovered, to our shock, Gov. Romney owns shares of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Governor Romney made $1 million off of selling some of that. Governor Romney has an investment in Goldman Sachs, which is, today, foreclosing on Floridians." - Gingrich

"First of all, my investments are not made by me. My investments, for the last 10 years, have been in a blind trust, managed by a trustee. Secondly, the investments that they have made, we learned about this as we made our financial disclosure, have been in mutual funds and bonds. I don't own stock in either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. There are bonds that the investor has held through mutual funds. And, Mr. Speaker, I know that sounds like an enormous revelation, but have you checked your own investments? You also have investments through mutual funds that also invest in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." - Romney FULL POST

Overheard on Romney's debating, Romney's taxes
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at Monday night's GOP presidential debate in Florida.
January 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Overheard on Romney's debating, Romney's taxes

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

On Monday, people were talking about Newt Gingrich. On Tuesday, two of the most talked-about topics on have been Mitt Romney and Mitt Romney. His debating and his taxes, that is. Here's a look at these different angles on the GOP presidential candidate.

Romney does some damage

Debate coach and commentator Todd Graham took a look at Monday night's Florida GOP presidential debate and said Romney had some successes. He also gave props to candidate Ron Paul for doing well that evening. One commenter said Romney and Paul did a good job of stopping Gingrich, but some disagreed.

Maiaw: "Romney and Paul caught Newt in a bind last night. Romney said that Newt was a failed leader and had to resign in disgrace as speaker. Newt countered and said that he 'voluntarily stepped down'. Paul rebutted Newt's claim and said that is not what happened because Paul was there during the investigation and it was a 'mess being under Newt's leadership! In a previous debate, (Rick) Santorum stated the same thing since he was there; Newt did not 'voluntarily step down.' Newt just stood there all quiet after that exchange with Paul. Not a Paul fan, but that was a good exchange from him."

ljburgher: "Anyone who is not prepared will look bad during any debate. Dont just pin that on Newt. Romney has been flopping all over the place, especially on his taxes when questioned. He looks and sounds horrible."

Some readers said Romney came off badly. FULL POST

January 24th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Romney tax release lights up debate on wealth inequality

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made $42.7 million over the past two years and paid $6.2 million in taxes, newly released documents show.

Romney and his wife, Ann, filed a joint 1040 reporting $21.7 million in 2010 income and $3 million in federal taxes. They also said their 2011 income was $21 million and tax bill was $3.2 million. Over the two years, Romney's effective tax rate - the percentage of his income that he owed in federal income taxes - was just under 14%.

Nevertheless, and contrary to popular perception, Romney's effective federal income tax rate is still above that of many Americans - 80% of whom have an effective rate below 15%. That tax rate is higher when other federal taxes - such as the payroll tax - are included.

And there's nothing that gets people revved up like peering into someone else's taxes to learn more about their wealth, especially when they're running for office. So you know that people were abuzz this morning trying to dissect it all, that is, if they could wrap their heads around it.

It appears Romney and his campaign knew that too, and expected the onslaught. If you did a search on Twitter for "Romney Taxes" "Romney Tax Returns" or "Romney" you saw an interesting promoted tweet, meaning someone paid for that tweet to show up at the top of the heap.

And judging by the tweet, Romney's camp must have thought, if people are going to be searching around, we ought to offer a message.

For the most part, the conversation online seemed more focused on what Romney's overall taxes show about America, rather than the candidate himself.

Rick Newman, the chief business correspondent for US News & World Report, tweeted a statistic that seemed to characterize what others were thinking.


A majority of the comments we saw online showed that many folks, while they may have been a bit revolted by the mass amount of money Romney makes, found that more of the problem was our tax code or a major gap divide between the wealthy and middle class.



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January 24th, 2012
03:47 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking Monday's debate

CNN examines statements by Republican presidential candidates during Monday night's CNN Republican debate in Tampa, Florida.

Mitt Romney said Newt Gingrich lobbied during Medicare Part D battle

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of having lobbied in favor of Medicare Part D, the federal program that provides drugs for senior citizens. Romney said other congressmen said they were lobbied by Gingrich at the time.

The exchange between the two candidates included the following  statements: "You have congressmen who say that you came and lobbied them with regards to Medicare Part D." - Romney

"I didn't lobby them." - Gingrich

"It is not correct to describe public citizenship, having public advocacy as lobbying. Every citizen has the right to do that." - Gingrich

"If you're getting paid by health companies, if your entities are getting paid by health companies that could benefit from a piece of legislation and you then meet with Republican congressmen and encourage them to support that legislation, you can call it whatever you'd like. I call it influence peddling. It's not right." - Romney FULL POST

Overheard on Gingrich on offense, Romney on defense, some readers say
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clap hands during CNN's January 19 debate in Charleston, South Carolina.
January 23rd, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Overheard on Gingrich on offense, Romney on defense, some readers say

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Newt Gingrich is coming off a big win in South Carolina and Mitt Romney is hoping to do better in Florida. Looking at reader comments about Florida, we saw many posts alluding to Gingrich taking the offensive role in campaign strategy. Some readers also said Romney has been put on the defensive, citing the South Carolina debates as big influences.

Romney hopes to gain momentum in Florida

One reader said Gingrich is looking more and more like the natural GOP choice.

TGrade1: "Recent polls show Gingrich leading in Florida. I'm not surprised that Mr. Gingrich is leading in Florida. South Carolina has opened the eyes of the electorate to two things: the fact that Mr. Romney doesn't have a record to run on and Mr. Gingrich does. Congress controls the purse. The last time we had a balanced budget Mr. Gingrich was in charge. He was also able to work with a Democrat president for welfare reform. He is the author of the Contract with America and the 21st Century Contract With America. He is the man who brought Republicans to the majority after forty years of Democrat rule. (No wonder he has enemies!) Mitt Romney, on the other hand, can't run against Obamacare because of Romneycare, and he will be painted as a $250,000,000 man who made his money wrecking companies and leaving a trail of broken lives in his wake, a man to whom $374,000 in speaking fees 'isn't very much money.' Obama will show the picture of Romney with $100 bills hanging out of his pockets, he will talk about how Romney has paid a lower percentage in taxes than most Americans, and Romney will be toast. Newt Gingrich has command of the big picture and the minutiae of pretty much every topic and he will shred Obama in a debate. I think Gingrich will and should be the nominee."

This commenter said it would be difficult for Romney to succeed, or any other candidate for that matter. They also said the media better watch out.

civility1: "The fact that we are going into the fourth contest (Florida) with no predictable outcome is a testament to the slate of candidates. Basically, voters don't like any of them in and of themselves and it is pretty obvious. I think they also don't like the Republican establishments and the media trying to ram the rich white guy candidate down their throats. They see thru that stuff. If they keep this up, most moderate Republicans will easily return President Obama for a second term, since he will be a 'known' in November and reliably predictable, v. the others. He should also accomplish more in his 2nd Term since we have gotten used to him, and Congress will have to start supporting him if they want to kee their jobs. None of the four GOP candidates seem 'Presidential' material at this late date. All they seem to care about is a chance at taking on our existing President on issues that are not all that consequential to the Executive. I don't see the rest of the world respecting any of these guys except maybe Paul since he is a doctor - a member of the 'helping profession' (that's helping others, folks, not helping himself on our backs...). The media needs to be careful here as I see some storm clouds on the horizon for them."

Much chatter could also be found on a story about Romney's strategy going into the Florida race.

Romney rips 'erratic' Gingrich


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