January 16th, 2008
09:27 AM ET
15 years ago

Where to next?

Mitt Romney goes over his victory speech shortly after major media outlets called the state for him (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - Three major early contests, three different winners: the Republican race is wide open. The Best Political Team takes a look at where the candidates are headed next.

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  1. cindy

    So,...u say MITT has the executive experience,...and that is more than McCain, who in the military, his experience of being a POW, doesnt matter? I guess being creative to survive such horrors, come home ,run for congress,..win,...and work for the people , well,...I think he can do alot more FOR the people, than MITT can. Anti-union, great salemanship, ....heck, Bush was an excutive and ran his company, state, and now it looks like the USA, into the ground!! MITT looks like "Ken,..the Barbie doll's boyfriend. And Huck,..I dont know him or care too.

    January 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wonder how many people supporting Romney today waved flip-flops (towards John Kerry) during the 2004 Republican convention?

    If you did, look in the mirror and you will see a hypocrite.

    January 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Cat from Costa Mesa, CA your "facts" are faulty.

    Yes, John McCain did push for legislation that would legalize millions of illegal immigrants already in this country.

    ...And so did Mitt Romney

    "In a November 2005 interview with the Globe, Romney described immigration proposals by McCain and others as "quite different" from amnesty, because they required illegal immigrants to register with the government, work for years, pay taxes, not take public benefits, and pay a fine before applying for citizenship." – Boston Globe

    Another flip flop from Romney?

    I have no clue where you pulled out the "both are for raising taxes" comment from.

    John McCain promotes an income tax CUT not an increase. John has proposed income tax cuts for years. One of his proposals is to increase the starting threshhold amount for tax payers in the 28% tax bracket, which moves some of them to the lower 15% tax bracket. The number of tax payers in the higher than 15% tax bracket will be cut in half. John also advocates removing the alternative minimum tax requirement affecting 25 million middle class Americans.

    There is no doubt Mitt is a competent economist but he is also very wishy washy on other social issues. He misrepresents other candidates' political positions even when he himself held the same positions in the past. This makes Mitt's standing as a trust wothy and moral individual very suspect in my opinion.

    January 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Mario

    Go Miit!

    January 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Chris, Cleburne Texas

    Why does everyone ignore Wyoming?

    They send the same number of delegates as New Hampshire.

    January 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. David

    The quote where Romney called McCains plan resonable isn't even the same plan that was presented.

    When Romney called the plan reasonable it was a preliminary plan that McCain came up with, it was far different from the final plan that came out that Romney was against from the start.

    Get your facts straight

    January 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Nomad

    Dwight – Thompson looks like somebody just woke him up and he's not happy about it!!! Could the man care about ANYTHING except possibly sleeping! He drug his feet and didn't bother announcing his candidacy until others were well into the race. Just what we need, a pokey Tennessean (kinda like Texans) that would rather be in his easy chair or riding his horse or driving his truck on the ranch!!! Romney, Romney, Romney – he's got the resume. GO MITT all the way!!!

    January 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Marti, San Diego CA

    My oh my....what a bunch of bitter people today simply because the better qualified candidate won...and won CONVINCINGLY!!! That was a regular ar-se kicking of the *former* GOP frontrunner.

    January 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. David, Gilbert Arizona

    The McCain Kennedy immigration legislation was presented on May 13, 2005. Mitt Romney made his statement regarding the legislation in November 2005.

    FactCheck.org is your friend. Get your facts straight.

    January 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. J, Seattle, WA

    All things Mormon. It's a machine. Once it starts on its path, you'd better get off the tracks. To hell with what the public wants. It's the votes they can buy, either through intellectual smearing, money or slight of hand. They'll do it. You think its bad now? Just you wait.

    January 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. J, Seattle, WA

    Ignore WY? No one in their right mind would ignore WY. Mainly because there is no hope for WY. It all belongs to Cheney don't you know.

    January 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Mario

    David, Gilbert Az, when Mitt Romney point blank asked Hickupbee if he raised taxes in AR, three time Hickupbee tried to avoid the question, finally he aswered that it was a court ordered raising of taxes. Your friend insane McCain wants to keep illegals in this country, ROMNEY DOESN"T! you get it straight!

    Romnsy has more common sense than all the other replican candidates combined! he made his money by working hard at it, you keep saying he flip flops, and insane McCain hasn't? you have got to be kidding me!

    Go Mitt!

    January 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Susan Mark

    Kara, you say that McCain has integrity... google the names of his wives,

    Cindy.... then write back and tell me that he has integrity.

    January 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. J, Seattle, WA

    An officer in any branch of the military of the United States IS a trained executive who is capable of making executive decisions. Now, for you folks that need instruction: When a group of legislators put together a bill and submit it to Congress, they have laid it upon the table for debate from everyone, which includes you the people. Congress is the forum for debating thoughts an beliefs and pointing out potential problems and solutions. (not these silly blogs) Legislators may agree to a bill in theory and/or substance although it's not perfect because it may have the best chance of doing the most good. This pedantic chipping at whether or not so-and-so signed the illegal alien whatever is useless and boring. IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE BILL, DID YOU CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS? ARE YOU DOING YOUR DUE DILIGENCE AS A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY? So, who is really the flip-flopping idiot? You know its you. You'll wait until election time to make your voice heard. You were born here so you have more rights than folks right off the boat that learn the laws and rules to live a successful life as a citizen here.

    January 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. J, Seattle, WA

    David, why don't you post here exactly what you are quoting, so we can get the facts straight?

    "The quote where Romney called McCains (sic) plan resonable (sic) isn't even the same plan that was presented. When Romney called the plan reasonable it was a preliminary plan that McCain came up with, it was far different from the final plan that came out that Romney was against from the start. Get your facts straight"

    January 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. David, Gilbert Arizona

    If Romney, making his statement in November of 2005 regarding the immigration plan proposed by McCain which was presented to the Senate in May of 2005, was actually talking about a preliminary plan then Romney is an idiot. Why would he comment on a preliminary plan when the legislation was already presented to the Senate? That's pretty moronic if you ask me.

    January 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    David, Gilbert Arizona,

    Here is the difference. Did Romney vote on the immigration plan? NO! Than how can you consider that a flip flop? Anyways, Romney has said several times that he thinks McCain is a great guy, but flawed in his leadership. This is just another example.
    And need we remind you, McCain voted AGAINST the bush tax cuts!! He also said he has no intentions of continuing them come 2009. Also, do some research, Huckabee RAISED taxes in Arkansas. Don't call me unresearched, when clearly you lack your own!

    January 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Mario, I agree with you that Romney doesn't want to keep illegal immigrants in the United States...today. He changed his position because it was in his own political interest to do so. It wasn't until 2007 that Romney became vocally critical of the immigration reform legislation.

    “DES MOINES – It is only appropriate Mitt Romney would attack legislation he previously defended, Rather than put forward a solution, Romney chooses to attack what he supported just over a year ago.” – Quad City Times

    As far as Huckabee and taxes I agree with you there as well. My comment was addressing an earlier statement that both McCain and Huckabee want to increase taxes. That statement is incorrect. McCain does not advocate a tax increase.

    If Romney gets the nomination I will vote for him. I do not believe Romney is the best republican candidate but he is infinitely better than what the democrats have to offer.

    January 16, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Brian from Palmer Iowa

    Mitt used the word reasonable.....the definition of the word is "Not excessive or extreme"

    This is not a compliment to McCain....reasonable is a way of saying McCain is soft on illegal immigration

    What Romney want to do IS extreme, and that is what we need, something extreme needs to be done not something reasonable

    January 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Tatum

    will SoCarolina see the Huck and Chuck tandem? A pastor and bodyguard tagteam with a desire to kick out teeth….not a campaign highlight!

    America….we can do much better than that!

    January 16, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Kara

    Susan, It is true that John McCain has had a failed marriage. On this subject, John McCain has said,
    "Sound marriages can be hard to recover after great time and distance have separated a husband and wife. We are different people when we reunite. But my marriage's collapse was attributable to my own selfishness and immaturity more than it was to Vietnam, and I cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the war. The blame was entirely mine."
    Source: Dan Norwicki and Bill Muller, "Arizona, the early years", AZCentral.com, 03/01/2007.
    While I don't agree with John McCain's actions, I do admire a person who can take responsibility when they have made mistakes. Again, John McCain told the truth - even when it wasn't pretty.

    January 16, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. ag

    sometime back, Mitt Romney accused rival Mike Huckabee of “channeling John Edwards”.
    DOES Mitt knows what “channeling” means? WAKE UP people….This is a “new age” speaking.
    A “real” Christian will not use this wording.
    But then again, out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

    January 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Jared C.- in Korea

    Romney is only man with the experience, skills, leadership, and morals to get the job done. He has more delegates and popular vote by a huge lead than any other candidate. He will continue to roll and will become the nominee. He is the only one who is competitive in all states and campaigns in all states- not cherry picking. You are the man, Mitt. We support you overseas!

    January 16, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. william walsh columbus ohio

    hopefully south america, ive never herd of you let alone your weak opinions on the world affairs,as it were, ? go home! your dads paid his dues you got a few more yrs to go !

    January 17, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Kalel

    Last night Chris Matthews went on the Jay Leno show and said there were three Republican events, each won by a different candidate. Conclusion: There is no front-runner in the GOP race.

    Isn't reporting on politics Chris Matthews job? How can he go on TV and not tell the truth–that there actually has been FOUR Republican events and Romney has won two and come in second in the other two. Actually, to get really technical, there have been FIVE Republican events, if you count the Iowa Straw Poll, which admittedly isn't as important as there were no delegates awarded. Nevertheless, you easily could make the argument that there have been five events and Romney has won three and come in second in the other two. What's more, he has more total votes than any other Republican candidate and more delegates. Doesn't that at least make him somewhat of a front-runner?

    Does CNN have some interest in seeing that Romney doesn't get the nomination? Normally I don't watch a lot of TV news, and up until now I thought CNN's journalistic reputation was sterling. Its reporting on these primaries have really made me wonder. They seem to be as pro-Democrat as Fox News is pro-Republican. Whatever happened to journalistic objectivity?

    January 17, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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