GOP Insiders say Romney was the biggest win
June 13th, 2011
11:08 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP Insiders say Romney was the biggest win

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - A survey of GOP insiders indicates that Mitt Romney was the biggest winner of Monday night's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader Republican presidential debate.

According to a National Journal Political Insiders poll, 51 percent of those questioned say that the former Massachusetts governor was the biggest winner of the debate, with 21 percent saying that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was the winner. In third place in the survey was former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at nine percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at seven percent, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at four percent.

None of the 54 Republican political operatives, strategists, campaign consultants and lobbyists who are part of the National Journal's regular panel of Washington insiders said that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the biggest winner of the debate.

So who was the biggest loser?

Twenty-six percent say Pawlenty, with 19 percent saying Cain was the biggest loser. Twelve percent pick Gingrich as the person who lost the most, followed by Romney at 11 percent, Santorum at seven percent and Bachmann and Paul each at four percent.

National Journal also surveyed a similar amount of Democratic Party insiders, with 35 percent saying Romney was the biggest winner, followed by 26 percent choosing Bachmann as the clear winner.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire 2012 Debate
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Vern

    Ron Paul mopped up the floor with Romney on the question of military withdrawal from Afghanistan, no way Romney was even close to winning this debate!

    June 13, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Juangalt

    This bias is criminal. RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    June 13, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. Ted

    I watched every second of the debate and I personally do not think Romney won the debate. I find it interesting that "GOP Insiders" say that Romney won. He spent a great deal of time pointing out the faults of the Obama Administration instead of answering the questions. We already know Obama has screwed up. I want to know exactly what YOU are going to do as President of the U. S. To that end I think, for me, this debate was a toss up between Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty. I did like some of the things that Newt said but fear that, due to his vast political experience, he knows exactly what to say. I am not yet sold on any one candidate at this point but favor Herman Cain.

    June 13, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Robert

    As a Democrat, I dislike these candidates to various degrees. But, for what it was worth, Romney was the only one sounded reasonable, remained calm, and came across as remotely Presidential. So yes, he won.

    June 13, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Chase Sullivan

    Then why is Ron Paul winning every single online poll right now?

    June 13, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. GMartine

    Ron Paul won in my opinion. Who are these insiders? Were they really that blind or is there an agenda behind it.

    June 13, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. JOE

    Ron Paul clearly won the debate. Majority of polls indicate by a landslide. Thank you corporate media.

    June 13, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. koga001

    Another great victory for Dr. Ron Paul. His message of strong economy, non-intervention in foreign nations and the idea of lead by example not by decree once more shows that he is the best man for the job of President.

    June 13, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Nodack

    Funny, I though Ron Paul was by far the best guy up there. Romney comes off as a politicians politician and I don't mean that as a compliment. Ron Paul comes across as the only one of them that puts America ahead of being a Republican. The rest would let America burn if it meant hurting the Democratic party.

    June 13, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. cbh

    Ron Paul won the debate; Romney just had the best hair.

    June 13, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. Indy

    Ron Paul is obviously the only one that had solid answers and viable solutions. Mitt Romney has a great record of destroying jobs though.

    June 13, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Karpo Darpo

    But clearly, Michelle Bachman was the prettiest.

    June 13, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. Joan

    Obama is our only hope!

    June 13, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Lindsey

    Michelle Bachmann is the winner of this debate and if she keeps going like this, she'll get the endorsement of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin and thus will win the nomination. Then it will be Game On with Obama! Just watch!

    June 13, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. Silm

    Romney placed 4th or 5th in my eyes, as Bachmann and Paul were the real winners !

    June 13, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Name king

    Romney the man that have a habit of throwing workers to the dogs so the rich can get richer, he was the guy that wanted GM to close down shop and kick hundred if thousands of workers to the curve. Romney we are not interesting in using less workers and using robots and computer systems instead of human, we are trying to find work for all Americans not just the privilege few, a specialty you are good at. Obama created more jobs in a jacked up economy in 2 years, than bush created in a way better economy in 8 years. Why do you think your brand of job creation will work in an open economy. If it don't work would you ship our jobs to china to save you rich friends like you have been doing?

    June 13, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. BlackDynamite

    Looks Ron Paul made no impression.
    No one said he won and 4% said he lost
    So much for that
    BD

    June 13, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Joe, Louisville, KY

    Romney will beat Obama and be our next President.

    June 14, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  19. Luke

    After tonight's debate, it is going to be clear sailing for Obama/Biden and thank goodness for that. These candidates were a joke and we should be afraid if any of them are elected.

    June 14, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  20. Kimberly

    We all know who was the Biggest Win was and it was not Romney.

    June 14, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Bill

    Ron Paul dominated the most important issues and didn't waffle once! The liberal media is driving the lies behind these fake polls.

    June 14, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. Greg

    I agree that Romney probably won against a weak field. I didn't really enjoy the format of the debate. It seems like it was purposely done to be boring, and there weren't enough questions about job creation.

    June 14, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. StarShooter

    Romney can't win unless he rejects his Obama-like health plan. Cain could knockout the Prez but has little support at this time. Bachmann has the leg-up if Palin doesn't run. The rest just don't have the name recognition or financial support to get good start.

    June 14, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Britney

    RON PAUL. The end.

    June 14, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. socal frank

    Obama was the winner.

    June 14, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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