More questions than answers in GOP race
February 12th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

More questions than answers in GOP race

Washington (CNN) - It's "lull week" in the Republican presidential campaign, an 11-day stretch with no primaries or caucuses and no debates, but lots of questions about who will eventually win the nomination to face President Barack Obama in November.

The topsy-turvy race has seen leaders come and go, with presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney receiving steady but so far somewhat stagnant support in his second bid for the GOP nod.


Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Maine • Mitt Romney • Republicans
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  1. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    my question is does the GOP really want to pursue this "Culture War" they all talked about at C-PAC because if so it is a pure loser for them outside their base. Even though the economy is getting better Americans still need jobs and for the deficit to be reduced. Majority of Americans don't care who marries who, if a couple want to practice birth control or not, and what if ANY religion a person chooses to practice. They need to read the polls and right now they are ALL losing to Obama in a possible November matchup.

    February 12, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP establishment candidate is Romney

    GOP base doesn’t want Romney

    February 12, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. logicnLA

    I ask this all the time- where are the all the qualified candidates from the Republicans? These guys all act as though they have the answers but they offer more questions than they do solutions. How can anyone of them say Healthcare reform is not good? how can anyone of them deny a women birth control or an abortion? How can anyone of them say they are for the Constitution yet be against government backed gay marriage? There arguments are religious, not legal. they are not running for local pastor, they are hopign to run our government.

    February 12, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Choosing the Republican candidate from this group of loons is something like trying to pick the finest floater in a cesspool. Without all the fun parts.Pandering to any group as unorganized as the Tea Partiers ends up making even the best of these losers look like fools. Romney and Santorum each tried to do an issues based campaign. Both have debased themselves into the finest tradition of Republican mudslinging just to stay ahead of those that dove in before them.

    Do these idiots not realize that some of us would like to know what concrete proposals they have for fixing the economy, providing security, raising educational standards and, hopefully, fixing the housing crisis that the Republicans brought upon us.

    February 12, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. PTNY

    Anybody but Santorum.

    February 12, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    What the GOP is seeking is a contradiction in terms. A candidate who is 100% acceptable to the Tea Partyers, is absolutely against abortion and gay marriage, will fight to the death against any form of taxation for the richest few, can freeze dictators and terrorists in their tracks with but an icy glare, and at the time appeal to enough independent and moderate democratic voters to defeat Obama. He must be militantly opposed to illegal immigration and any form of amnesty for such, and able to take the Hispanic vote by a good margin. Oh, and he has to have sufficient coat-tails to bring in enough new republican senators to retake the Senate. All I can say is good luck with that.

    February 12, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Jilli

    Republicans are living in an alternate reality – one obviously devoid of the actual issues facing this nation. Here they are, set up to argue contraception! What year is this? We have millions out of work, the middle class is disappearing, and they're primary issue is contraception? I guess now that the economy is turning around they realize that they've got nothing, so they're dredging up the old culture wars again. You'd think after the Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle, they would have learned something, but it doesn't appear so. Go ahead and continue the war on women with your culture war, it's a loser, but so is the republican party.

    February 12, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    "Conservative voters recognize that in order to change Washington, we need someone who isn't a creature of Washington," Andrea Saul, Romney spokeswoman, said in a statement.
    And this will be the 2012 message from American voters. Obama thinks he can gain some favor by saying how hated and evil congress is, but this backfires because he is admitting his own failure in leadership. The intense partisan politicking Obama has embraced for 3 years will be tough for him to escape from.

    When Mitt Romney arrives in DC, politicians will all know who is in charge. No, it's not the political parties or the special interests or Wall Street. It is the American voter.

    February 12, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. B

    The leading GOP contender happens to be someone that most Republicans do not even want.

    Ever since they have won seats in 2010 it has turned into total disruption in Congress with their complete obstruction in an attempt to destroy Obama’s success at anything. Now they have absolutely no one credible to put forth in 2012, what a despicable circus they all really are.

    They can not stand the fact that a Black man is President and they are actually going to guarantee Obama wining a second term by their extremism and incompetence.

    February 12, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. A Texan

    Mitt, corporate America`s Uncle Tom.

    February 12, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Debbie

    None of the above.

    February 12, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. migeli

    All these Republicans do is divert everyones attention from the real issues,like let's raise the taxes on the wealthy to the level they were at their highest,you know,when we were the greatest manufacturing country in the world and we didn't have a big deficit,and the wealthy had enough money to own 4 or 5 homes and yachts instead the 8 or 9 they need now.Do we really need to dicuss abortion and contraception and gay marriage instead of talking about this hair-brained idea that tax cuts create jobs when they didn't.Has everyone overlooked or forgotten this while listening to the nonsense spouted by these blowhards. OBAMA 4more years.

    February 12, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. ST

    I fully agree. This race is full of dramas. A strong front-runner edges Ron Paul by 3 points in a straw poll?? What kind of strength is that one?

    February 12, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. ST

    Pardon me! I have mixed up the results. The 3 points edge of Romney over Ron Paul was the result from Maine caucus and not of the straw poll. Even though, a strong front- runner can not perform that way!

    February 12, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Larry L

    The CPAC represents both sides of the Republican Party – the rich who need a good lap-dog for a President to keep the sweet deal and the Tea Party types willing to flush our government based on sound bites from hate media. Independent voters will reject both camps and vote for President Obama.

    February 12, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. julien vergara

    To improve economy lets vote for the best, and that is mitt romney

    February 12, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    If you put the whole of this race into context from Iowa to Maine. it shows a party somewhat divided. There are some really wide gaps on some key policy issues.
    Add to that the severe infighting and nasty ( many barely even truthful and some outlandish comments between themselves and hypocritical flip flopping comments) then you get a flavor of the Republican mentality of the" Other guy is no good" I'm the only good guy, and then imagine how that turns out when the opponent is in the Democratic party exacerbated by Citizens United unnamed money.
    If they keep up the talk of reduce taxes, cut huge ampounts of spending and trying to convince people they have no been the obstructors on Budgets and job creation policy its a shoe in for Obama especially in the House and it will be very close in the Senate, and republicans will continue to go filibuster mad.

    February 13, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. ed

    All the main street media keeps pushing him? Ron Paul is the only one with a plan and that scares both parties.....Everyone is just letting the rich push romney and sanitorum down our throats guess they really want obama....

    February 13, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  19. GI Joe.

    The folks that want to follow the rigid rules of the POPE, move to Italy.

    February 13, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  20. GI Joe.

    Romney was SEVERELY conservative?

    Maybe that's why Mass. was 47th in job creation when he was governor.


    February 13, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  21. diridi

    I advise, not to elect that old junk, Joe Lieberman. OK, Not to elect none of the Republican idiots. They are the CULT in USA.

    February 13, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Now that CPAC has technically "endorsed" Mitt as its candidate (just like they did back in 2008) does this mean that Newt and Rick cannot each claim to be the "One True Conservative Candidate" in the race anymore?
    By the way, does anyone else find it amusing that in 2010 and 2011 CPAC supported Ron Paul in their Straw Poll, but when it comes down to a REAL election year, he finished a poor 4th? I know this will start a flame war with all 4017 of Ron Paul's supporters in the entire country, but let's see how many jump on this.

    February 13, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Orchid333

    The problem with the GOP these days is that they're only concerned about their "base" – and not about anybody else. What makes Obama so appealing to independents is that in most cases, he tries to appease both sides. This contriception thing is a great example – the religious right was unhappy, so he changed the rules slightly to make more of them happy. I don't see ANY republican candidate willing to do that for the centrists or the left. Everything is cut and dry, no movement, no acceptions. It's sad, because some of their ideals make sense while others do not, and because of their tight positioning they just don't allow for independents to accept their ways.
    No matter who wins the GOP nod, I have a pretty serious feeling Obama will win by a landslide.

    February 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |