Talking Points Tuesdays – After Florida GOP Primary, Then What?
With Mitt Romney expecting a big victory in Florida tonight, what will happen to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum presidential aspirations?
I don’t see any reason for Rick Santorum to continue after Florida… Besides the political reasons there is also his family. Say what you want about Rick Santorum, but one thing you can’t deny is his devotion to family. With his daughter recently becoming ill (they say she is getting better) I see reality settling in for Rick and I fully expect that he suspend his campaign in the next couple of days. Santorum can walk away from the campaign trail with pride as he has done better than most expected, and at this point he can still be an influence in this primary season for the GOP. With Santorum capturing the evangelical endorsement I am sure Newt and Mitt would like to have some of that support thrown their way. Santorum may not be a “King Maker” but he can still play a role all the way to the convention.
As for Newt, well the grandiose one will definitely keep trucking on. I can’t see the blowhard calling it quits, especially if he gets a beat down tonight in Florida… He ain’t going out like that! Plus Joe Scarborough recently made a good point about Newt continuing after Florida.
“And let me tell you something, a 20-point loss in Florida — that’s not a nuclear holocaust,” Scarborough said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC.
“February is a down month. That gives the strategist three or four weeks to plan and then look at the calendar. You look at Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas soon after that. If I have to bet on Newt’s strongest state, I list all of those. That’s exactly what he needs.” – The Daily Caller
With that being said I have to agree with Joe (it happens), with Mitt struggling to consistently win over Conservatives there is a chance for Newt to gain some ground and recover from Florida with the next set of southern states. Keep in mind as Scarborough stated, Newts strategists will have some time to regroup with no primaries in the month of February.
PLUS, Newt picked up the endorsement of Herman Cain! Wait… WHO????
On the flip-side Romney strategist can’t be thrilled with the upcoming downtime in February; the last debate was probably Mitt’s best performance as he finally seemed comfortable attacking Newt… It’s all about momentum and after Florida Mitt will be losing some of that.
And no I did not forget about Ron Paul but the guy didn’t even campaign in Florida; word is with Florida being an older crowd Paul’s campaign decided it wasn’t a good fit for him. It’s the best thing for Paul when you think about, Mitt Romney and his super PAC spent $15 million dollars attacking Newt all over Florida compared to the $4 million Newt spent. No way Paul can hang with that much money being spent so it’s best he just do a walk-by in Florida. Besides, skipping Florida is a good thing for him as more reports came out from former staffers claiming Paul knew about the racist content in those newsletter he claims he knew nothing about.
tsk tsk tsk Ron Paul…..
Oh well, these debates have been some what entertaining so why not a couple more!!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!