Thursday, February 23, 2012

Romney does well in Arizona debate; Santorum, not so much

by Clifford Thies

Mitt Romney performed well and Rick Santorum came across defensive in CNN's "Arizona debate" on Wednesday evening. Newt Gingrich put in one of his better performances, as did Ron Paul. Indeed, in what may have been the highlight of the evening, Gingrich said all of us, with the possible exception of Ron Paul who has always been concerned about the accumulation of power in Washington, risking tyranny.

Santorum came under fire repeatedly essentially for the role he played as the Republican whip in the Senate, where he had to support the "team." Also, he seemed to all over the place on social issues. At times, he seemed to strongly advocate for social conservative position, and at other times he seemed to separate his social conservative views from public policy. In both ways, his position that he is a "true" conservative and Romney isn't was undermined.


Gary said...

If you read Ann Coulter's blog Romney is far more Conservative than almost all Republicans in the Beltway.

Ann says:

--- As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes.

--- Romney became deeply pro-life as governor of the aforementioned liberal state and vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill. (Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich lobbied President George W. Bush to allow embryonic stem cell research.)

--- Romney's approach to illegal immigration in Massachusetts resembled what Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is doing today, making her a right-wing heroine.

--- Romney pushed the conservative alternative to national health care that, had it been adopted in the 49 other states, would have killed Obamacare in the crib by solving the health insurance problem at the state level.

Ran / SVP said...

Prof. Jacobson had rather a different take. Cliff's account may as well have been cribbed from NPR's.

Chuck said...

Jacobsen is an obsessed asshole on the subject of Mitt Romney.