March 12th, 2012
10:02 AM ET
8 years ago

Crowley: Strong showing for Romney in South could be beginning of end

Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum hopes to parlay his weekend win in Kansas into a strong Tuesday in Mississippi and Alabama.

The idea is to blow up the Southern strategy of Newt Gingrich's campaign and muscle Gingrich out of the race.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans
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    Newt's not being a team player. He should just drop out so that Pope Santorum can win all of the teavangelical support. the idea here is to stop Willard from getting the nomination.

    March 12, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Freedom4US

    Once again Ron Paul verbally ignored as if he is not even a candidate. Very disrespectful to those of us who are supporters. The least you could do is acknowlege his name with the other three. This reporter sounds like she is on the Romney payroll trying to poo poo an open convention. I think the GOP will do anything thye have to to keep that from happening, lie cheat, and steal (votes) if necessary. My background 52y/o F AF Veteran socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Tired of both party's opposite rheteric, but same big government. The young people are waking up, and will eventually take this country back, reinstate the constitution and restore America for their children. If not 2012, it will come. Stand up for liberty, freedom, and individual responsibility. We can do it!!!

    March 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The long Democratic primary contest between Obama and Clinton in 2008 revealed who the candidates are. The contest revealed their strengths. The same can be said about the Republican primary contest in 2012.

    After all, the Republicans did see the intangible benefits of the extended 2008 Democratic campaign, and changed their rules for delegate allocation to create a similar atmosphere in 2012. Democrats and Independents are now reaping the benefits in 2012 from the longer Republican primary campaigns. "They are what we thought they were."

    March 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Mitens cannot sew the delegate count until May at least. He is still under 40% of the delegate numbers needed. This is going to be longer than expected and Willard will be damaged beyond repair as a result.

    March 12, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. mikle

    Anybody ,but Obama.

    March 12, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Jennifer M

    If you make under $250,000 a year, and you WANT your taxes to skyrocket, vote for Romney. By all means.
    It's the only way the Repubs are willing to lower the deficit: Raise taxes on the middle class.

    If you want to protect your income, vote for Obama. He's the one who fought hard for the middle-class payroll tax cut, even when the Republicans wouldn't go along with it.

    March 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. peter

    It blows me away how anyone could blame Obama for this economy. How short a memory do people have? Are the Repugs kidding or just stupid? Seriously, how did we get here? Does anyone in the Repugnant party get it? I used to be a republican but lately its a sign of hillbilly right wing un-consciousnesses. I voted for GWB first time and thought he was like his dad, but soon after I realized what kind of a person he is and what he was doing to us. Now to want more of of what he started is ridiculousness. In fact I believe that the majority of people who hate Obama are just simply racist! If Obama looses I am leaving this country because it means this country is done and taken over by -holes!

    March 12, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    mikle wrote:

    Anybody ,but Obama.
    The right wing and conservatives feel that that concept of hate mongering is a winning platform to run on.

    Can anyone describe the Republican vision for improving the economy beyond what is expressed above? The only visions that I have heard expressed by the GOTP candidates have been promises, not plans. "I will balance the budget." "I will repeal this"

    Except of course for the only plans that they have actually expressed and clearly communicated. "I will lower taxes."

    March 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Why speculation? Can we say what ever happen Romney is GOP nominee

    March 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Jess Sayin

    The "great" Americans stating Anyone But Obama should state why they would like to return our country to the failed policies that brought down our economy, started two phony wars, was willing to snub our allies, kowtowed to China and Saudi Arabia, chose to let the auto industry fail, and failed to capture the terrrorist responsible for 9-11. Without any explanation of their free floating hatred for our duly elected president (the first in a decade) they come across as garden variety bigots.

    March 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Willow

    The President hasn't begun to compaign yet. JUST WAIT! Romney has been campaigning for years and still doesn't have a big following.

    March 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. cnn90

    Given the current environment, if anyone thinks that we as a country can:
    – balance budget
    – control gas price
    Then that person needs to learn more about the US current budget issues that gets into the current situation over the last 30 years. This did not happen overnight.

    The fact that many Americans vote for a President based on gasoline price hike prove that we as Americans are very dumb with no foresight.

    March 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "the idea here is to stop Willard from getting the nomination."
    Why say you? Are you an Obama supporter who's afraid of the most viable challenger? Afraid "Willard" will win?

    March 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |