Mitt Romney Won Nevada: Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum Don’t Care

Mitt Romney won over two states this week: Florida and Nevada. Although, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum don’t care. In several interviews after the Nevada primaries, Romney’s opponents have made it clear that they are still fighting and will fight till the end. Here are the interviews with Paul and Santorum where they talk about how they are still fighting to win the nomination and Gingrich’s post primary speech.

Paul

Santorum

Gingrich

In the interview with Stephanopoulos, Paul talks about his placement in the Nevada campaign and his plans to go to the next caucus states. He says, “I don’t worry about a lot of things” , “I worry about the people and the real issues”. His drive to continue is to get his message across and increase participation of voters in our government. Paul wants the elections to reflect which candidate can accomplish change, not which candidate knows how to win an election. He feels that he can accomplish this change especially with the young people. Ron Paul believes that there is an intellectual revolution among the younger generation. This revolution is important because then more people are educated and vocal which will help change the government because the government represents the people. This shows that Ron Paul cares more about effecting change then trying to win.

In another interview, Rick Santorum talked with Fox about his plans to continue in the race. In a very optimistic way, Santorum said that he will do well in states like Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri where there isn’t that natural advantage for Romney or Ron Paul. This confidence is founded upon Santorum believing that he is the only campaign that can beat Obama. Now, this mentality is opposite to what Ron Paul said in his interview. Santorum says that it’s not about winning the primaries but beating Obama. This shows the motivation for the Santorum campaign. Rick Santorum also managed to attack his opponents especially Newt Gingrich. He explains that as Romney improves in the polls, Gingrich is continually showing that he is “really not up to the task”. This may hint that Santorum, if he decides to drop out of the race, will most likely endorse Romney.

Lastly, Gingrich delivered a press conference-like speech after the Nevada caucuses. Overall, Gingrich seemed discouraged about the results and his status in the current election. He spoke very slowly and dry. His usual Newt enthusiasm was gone. Instead, Newt spoke very passively. In the beginning of the speech, Newt Gingrich states his intent to continue moving forward. He says, “I am a candidate for the President of the United States, I will be a candidate for the President of the United States, we will go to Tampa.” He then goes on to commenting on the financial status of his campaign and how he has plenty of donors to move forward. Gingrich, like his opponents, attack Mitt Romney for only caring about the rich. Romney’s policy would let the poor fall and rely on the safety net which many Republicans disagree heavily on doing. Gingrich, in the speech, says that we cannot let this happen and use the safety net as a trampoline. We need to take care of the poor and not let them slip. Overall, the speech did not accomplish the one thing that Gingrich needed to do at this stage of the election-empower voters and especially his followers to get up and vote for him. This speech did the opposite. Some argue that Gingrich was trying to appear calm to contrast his defensive character that he shown when being attacked by Romney but this speech came off as being nonchalant and detached.

In the next few weeks, the fate of the candidates will become more clear. With states like Minnesota and Missouri,which favor no particular candidates, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum have a good chance of winning and offsetting Romney’s winning streak. However, if they fail to beat Romney in these upcoming states, the chance of them becoming the Republican nominee is very small.

What do you think, do you feel Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum will push to the end or have a chance of winning the nomination?

 

 

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  • riccija  On February 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I would have thought that Paul does cares, considering that he skipped Florida just to campaign in Nevada. I think that Santorum will gain some momentum today, and will duke it out a little longer. Statistically, no one can guarantee the nomination until April. However, if they do go this long, I think it will greatly hurt the eventual nominee financially, as well as the impacts the numerous attack ads will have on him.

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