Candy's Take: Why they keep running
March 8th, 2012
07:50 PM ET
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Candy's Take: Why they keep running

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Washington (CNN) – I don't know if Newt Gingrich should, will or even is thinking about getting out of the presidential race. Ditto for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. I do know there are practical, political and one very big human reason that candidates stay in races past the time many think they should get out.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Nobodies Pon

    Someone should be getting in because this field of canidates are the worst set of contenders in the history of american politics.

    March 8, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Candy This year not about dream this year all about Super Pac unlimited fund, some one money keep them in the race

    March 8, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Marlee

    Ron Paul is like the energizer bunny, he keeps going and going! Kinda like you Candy. :)

    March 8, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    As a seniuor citizen and a former Republican, there is no way that I would vote for any Republican running for the presidency. The R's are absolutely waging a war against women on every front. and they will pay a price for it on election day. What has happened to the once-proud Republican party that they have fallen to this point? My guess is – the influence of the religious right and the Tea Party. When I listen to the Republican candidates and hear of the laws they are trying to pass that further diminishes women, I become so very angry. They will pay a price in the upcoming elections and will be soundly defeated by the votes of American women. My vote goes to the only reasonable person in this upcoming election - and that is President Obama.

    March 8, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They all have some huge ego that says they are going to pull off enough wins to get the nomination. I honest think that Paul was cheated out of Maine, but I don't think that he has a realistic chance of getting the nomination let alone winning in November against Obama. Gingrich is too unstable to really get a lot more than what he has got now. Romney and Santorum are the only ones that could come close to the nomination. I don't think that either could win against Obama at this point. There would need to be something that shows Romney or Santorum is a much better leader than Obama.

    March 8, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. L. R. Long

    Their ego. Just look at Rick Santorum. He doesn't look like someone with a huge ego, but the ego has driven many different people to make all types of bad decisions. This guy thinks his far right views are going to be accepted by a majority of the voters in a country that accepted the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and is fast moving towards acceptance of gay marriage. He thinks Americans, who have actually been CRYING AND SCREAMING to bring home the troops, want to hear about a potential war with Iran. Meanwhile, his general election opponent just authorized the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. He has zero chance of defeating Obama but his ego keeps him from dropping out of the race.

    March 9, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. L. R. Long

    Gingrich is about as insincere as a used car salesman from a bad 80's movie. He has Big Business Ally written all over his face. So does Romney, but Gingrich has it all over his record, too. Once he left congress, he took the gloves off and went at profit, tooth and nail. The Obama campaign probably has so much on this guy they're overwhelmed. He has zero chance of getting the majority of voters to believe he's a perfect blend of knowledgeable statesman and bold reformer. Unfortunately, he has a good chance of convincing conservatives of this, so his ego keeps him in the race. Personally, I think he's trying to save face in front of his plastic trophy wife. Would you wanna live with Mrs Gingrich III after admitting defeat?

    March 9, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. L. R. Long

    The son of a millionaire, Mitt Romney, is like a stereotype of an accountant. Watching him try to "loosen up" and "relate" on the campaign trail is painful. He actually thought NASCAR fans would appreciate that he knows a couple owners of teams. What a gross miscalculation for someone who is known for being so methodical to make. This guy says his wealth should be celebrated not thought of as a handicap. He doesn't get it. Americans love rich people. Just ask Kim Kardashian and Payton Manning... We don't like the way he went about amassing such a fortune. Bain Capital is enough to lose him the general election. But his ego keeps him from accepting he will lose to Obama.

    March 9, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  9. L. R. Long

    Finally, there is Ron Paul. I believe he is fighting for his supporters. He is so passionate about his beliefs that he will stick to his promise to his supporters to fight the good fight. He's a good man. The only thing his ego has kept him from doing is aknowledging his age is a huge handicap. His policy proposals are a bit out of the ordinary but they are made to seem "kooky" because he is perceived as an old kook. An unfair perception that many people have of senior citizens.

    March 9, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. Marie MD

    The only reason I can think of is humonguoys misdirected egos and, like #43, he had to show daddy he could do it regardless of the suffering the country went through.

    March 9, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  11. Really, CNN?

    Since Crowley's work is usually as inept and pointless as Wolf Blitzers's, I'm not gonna read it. Someone let us know if she said anything that offered any new information or insight that hasn't been provided already.

    March 9, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |