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What does Mitt Romney have to do to recapture his front-runner status?
December 13th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

What does Mitt Romney have to do to recapture his front-runner status?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, the pressure is squarely on Mitt Romney. It wasn't supposed to go this way at all. The Republican presidential nomination was supposed to be a coronation for Romney. But instead, Romney finds himself chasing Newt Gingrich, and Gingrich is pulling away.

In New Hampshire, Romney and Gingrich took off the gloves, throwing direct jabs at each other. Romney can no longer simply remain above the fray. The fray has frayed his lead rather badly.

New Hampshire was once considered a sure thing for Romney. Now it could be a make-or-break contest for him.

One New Hampshire pollster tells The New York Times that expectations are so high for Romney there that Gingrich could lose by 10 percentage points and still spin it as a win.

Gingrich – who is leading in the national polls as well as in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida – has narrowed the gap in New Hampshire to just 9 points in one recent poll.

What's working in Romney's favor is that New Hampshire voters think he's much more likely to beat President Obama than Gingrich is.

But these voters don't appear excited by Romney ... and the momentum is clearly with Gingrich.

For example, Gingrich held a town-hall-style meeting for a 1,000-person overflow crowd at a New Hampshire high school on Monday night. The applause was described as "deafening."

Meanwhile, Howard Kurtz writes in the Daily Beast that it's not time to rule out Romney just yet. Kurtz suggests that Romney is still a plausible president in these tough economic times and that his campaign is financed for the long haul. Maybe so, but remember, Romney already lost this race once. He's the same guy voters rejected four years ago.

Kurtz says Romney needs to demonstrate real passion and can't simply wait for Gingrich to self-destruct.

Oh, and he should probably stop making $10,000 bets.

Here’s my question to you: What does Mitt Romney have to do to recapture his front-runner status?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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  1. Loren

    Does anyone really want Romney as the Repbulican candidate for President? He is the candidate built by committee, having a little something to appeal to everyone while at the same time pleasing no one.

    Jack, do us all a favor and start telling us more about Jon Huntsman, maybe he will make us gladly forget that Romney, Cain and GIngrich have all at one time or another been the frontrunner.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  2. Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

    Offer Perry a $10,000,000 bet...

    December 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Elizabeth From Toronto

    All he has to do is stay the course and folks will see that he is the best competition for Obama.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  4. Joe R - Houston, TX

    His only real option is to endorse Congressman Ron Paul.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Jk from Minnesota

    Not run as a Republican (the base doesn't want him) or wait for Newt's implosion, whichever comes first, I'm not sure.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  6. hypeaside

    Take a page from Wizard of Oz: Grow a heart, find a brain and/or muster up some courage. But hey! He's starting to prove he's, in fact, capable of human emotion, like anger. So, he's at least on par with Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.

    Jason B.
    Arlington, VA

    December 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Demonstrate he has a better plan than anyone else, of course. Which he has NOT done.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  8. Chris

    Mitt Romney can only regain his fron runner status if he shows conservatives that he will not flip-flop on the social issues that dog his candidacy. Newt Gingrich may very well self-immolate and hence leave voetrs with no other logical choice, but that would benefit the President. Romney needs to establish positions on Health Care and the role of Government and a stand on abortion which is crytal clear. As a conservative I am not entirely clear what he stands-for. At least Newt is willing to take heat for taking a stand instead of uttering the verbal equivalent of pabum.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  9. Conor in Chicago

    All Romney has to do is continue to not be Gingrich and he will be fine. Polls don't decide presidential candidates, primaries do.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  10. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,To continue from my last comment about this on this blog.He can not do anything about the fact that the
    American people do not want to vote for him.
    David

    December 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    Don't know Jack – I guess people Just don't want Romney in there, even though he would be the one who would eventually come towards the middle. But – whenever I hear about or think of Romney – I think of "American Motors"
    Does that tell you anything ? But to be perfectly honest, I owned a Rambler / a Hornet / a Javelin / a Gremlin / and finally, an AMC Pacer, ( most were used) but those Cars had a better warranty back in the early 1970's than GM or Ford has today.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  12. john doe

    Jack. All he has to do is switch parties there is no way the republicans will let a mormon be their front runner. They would rather have a cheating christian as one. John doe. Houston

    December 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  13. Dan5404

    Jack, I am a lifelong Democrat, so my opinion is a bit biased, but I don't think Romney can overcome the fact that right-wingers don't like Mormons or anyone without a campaign style that isn't accusatory, inflammatory, militaristic and dogmatic. Both he and Newt have a lot of convincing to do in order to make people believe their past beliefs and practices no longer exist and they are completely truthful and dedicated to the Tea Party/Norquist led GOP policies. Newt is more glib at that process.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  14. s in fl

    Hate to say it, Jack, but it may be time for Mitt to pull out the big guns, and activate the dreaded Magic Underwear.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Be patient. Newt's overcoat of moderation is already disintegrating. Newt is Romney's best friend. He keeps the rest of the wannabes at bay.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  16. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Mitt need only smile and tell the truth. Each opponent will eventually die from their own swords. Ask Cain, Bachman, Pawlenty or Perry!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  17. Richard Wiles

    Hi Jack, the US republican is a side show and there are so many Canadians watching it for the comedy, How can the US do this to themselves. Gingrich is way to old, you can see him age on this campaign, imagine if he was president, he would either fall a sleep or you would have another gov't run by the back room.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  18. Gary H. Boyd

    Stop making $Ten Thousand Dollar bets with opponents.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Ed from California

    if Willard isn't ahead after New York, California, Texas and Florida, then the corporate raider doesn't look good. Jack, let's be honest... Obama is in. The GOP, or the Grand Obstructionist Party is out!!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  20. Brad, Portland, OR

    Become an evangelical Southern Baptist.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  21. Rex in Portland, OR

    Mitt is still trying to say the things that the nominators of the republican party want to hear. All he has to do to get back on top is say the right things. Obviously history is of no importance (Gingrich), character is of no importance (Paul), intelligence is of no importance (Perry). bombast is of no importance (Bachmann), and brashness doesn't count (Ol' whats-his-name?.. oh, yes, Cain). Mitt has to be more convincing of his hatred of Obamaness, more sincere in his renouncement of liberalness, more AmericaFirst in his assessment of foreign policy, and more vicious in his attacks on immigrants. He's a smart guy, he will flop around soon.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  22. David in Tampa

    Get a new barber!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  23. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think he has to get out there and start throwing punches. He cannot sit around and wait for others to do his dirty work. He needs to go after Gingrich in a big way. I am just a private citizen and can think of things Gingrich done and said from his past that would take a an hour to mention. Gingrich tries to paint himself as a poor politician, when he has a $500,000 credit at Tiffany's and made over $100 million in the private sector, 1 1/2 million coming from Freddie Mac who he now condemns. So far Gingrich been allowed to duck these issues with short answers and no real explanation.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  24. Kevin in CA

    For the right wing, evangelical, Republicans it's easy: change his religion.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  25. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    As far as today's polls are concerned Jack, I thought he had regained the lead. He should keep on keeping on because it seems to be working.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  26. Dennis north carolina

    HE has to STAY THE COURSE, while the other leaders in the race fall on their face.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  27. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mit Romney needs to open up with his well oiled machine of an organization and start beating the bushes and streets for support. More commericals, more attack ads against Newt the Hoot from Georgia. Mitt looks likes a fit and trim guy, and Gingrich looks like an over the hill DC phoney. Mit is not the only one who should be attacking Newt. Start hard working Iowa, New Hampshire, and put 20,000 people to work in Florida for Mit Romney.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  28. Paul - North Carolina

    All Romney, or any of his oponents, needs to do is treat voters like intelligent adults. Instead of mouthing slogans and platitudes tell us specifically what you could do as president to make this a better country. Instead of attacking everything Obama says or does tell us, honestly, why you think he's wrong and what you would do that is better. Instead of pandering to the far right evangelicals and tea party crazies address your remarks to the entire spectrum of voters. In other words be honest, straight forward and genuine. And please, please stop insulting our intelligence.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  29. tom bulger

    There isn't anything that Romney personally can do without making himself look bad and panicking. He has to encourage anti-Newt elements to keep exposing Gingrich con-games and flim flams like the scam he tried to run on The Lodge in Dallas. Exposing how he makes his money will finish Gingrich.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  30. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    How about Tell the Truth about what is his principles instead of flip-flopping and/or pandering to his audiences.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  31. Gerry

    All Romney has to do is hang in there. I think the Democrats fear Gingrich so as dirty as politics is they will either create something to discredit him or dig some minute event years past to destroy his campaign. Amazing that they are referring to his divorce history as they looked the other way for Bill Clinton. There are some areas of a politicians life that should remain private. Had Bill Clinton said that what occurs between a man and a woman is between two consenting adults and said no more the fallout and Kenneth Starr would never have happened.

    Gerry
    \ Ash Fork, Az.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Nobama

    He needs to be more in touch with the people. Personally I think Gingrich will self destruct....however if not Romney needs to more open about his family and church(which he is finally starting to do).

    December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  33. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Willard just has to wait, Jack. if his history is any indicator, sooner or later Gingrich will self destruct. the guy is a walking, talking hand grenade.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  34. Ed from Harrisburg

    Mitt is going to have someone who is currently sleeping with Newt who claims to be a 68 year old grandfather and repentent sinner. I am sure he can find someone. Old habits are hard to break. I am sure he is diddling someone on the side. He also has to get some members of his Harrisburg/Hummelstown clan to share with the media what they really think of their famous cousin from top of a garage in Hummelstown. Finally, he has to make the case that Newt is up for sale to the highest bidder, whether it be Fannie Mae or Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump or anyone. Finally if he really wants to bring him down, he'll get some of Newt's health records to show he is one donut away from a massive coronary.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  35. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Nothing. All he has to do is wait for the flavor of the month to implode and self-destruct. But none of it matters. Obama is worthless, so whichever Republican flavor goes against him, win or lose, only the 1% will be better off.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  36. Greg M.

    Jack, Romney has to do what all of he and his pals have been doing with every possible attempt to help Americans since Jan. 2009. Take hostages. That's the fact,Jack. It's either that,or dig up so much dirt on Gingrich that it becomes enough to bury us all. Isn't that what campaign ads are all about anyway? Sickening,but that's the way ads are. The lesser of 2 evils. Greg M. FL

    December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  37. Dan from Long Island

    Mitt Romney should just shut up and wait for Newt to implode. Mitt's best strategy has been to keep quiet... when he opens his mouth, he contradicts himself. Which means that Mitt's biggest challenge comes when the dust settles and he stands alone. Then, he'll face his most formidable opponent...Mitt Romney. What a collection of comedic candidates... help us! Is Pat Paulsen still alive?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  38. jen seattle

    Romney cant win if the first thing he is going to do in office is open up alaska to offhsore drilling.He has to do more than complain about obama.He has to solve unsustainable trade policy capitulations caused in large part by his own party and the sellouts in democratic. If he was to catipult passed gingrich he has to show that our 20th century fossil fuel deregulated auto consumption malfunction is a thing of past ,not another opportunity for wall st.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  39. David Doherty

    Develop a personality.
    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  40. Joe - New York, New York

    Well Jack, from what the Republican voters respond positively to he'd have to promise:

    1) Tax cuts to the top 1% that are either unpaid for or paid for by cutting benefits to the poor and/or raising taxes on the middle class.
    2) Have an affair and then ask for the Lord's forgiveness.
    3) Execute someone.
    4) Hate on gays sacrificing their time and lives in the military.
    5) Deny all the science on climate change and evolution.
    6) Be indifferent to the deaths of the uninsured.

    If he can do all that, he'll get the Republican nomination for sure.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  41. Paulette Bent

    Romney has the organization and money. Gingrich is raising money but is lagging behind in having the boots on the ground organization. Obama would prefer to run against Gingrich because all of the skeletons in his closet will be exposed along with Calista's Diva ways. Romney needs to relate more to the middle class and continue to stress his business experience and knowledge of how to get our country out of this mess.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Richard Texas

    I'm not sure that Romney can regain his lead. Unfortunately for the republican party the two best candidates they have are Romney and Gingrich and that isn't saying a whole lot. America is tired of watching Romney flip and flop around on stage like a fish out of water. They naturally feel sorry for him but but who wouldn't fell sorry for a fish out of water. Gingrich is just another 4 years of republican politics with empty promises and tax breaks for the wealthy. Meanwhile the middle class and the poor are left behind to fend for themselves. It is not looking good for the republican party in 2012.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Bill of New Mexico

    If Romney is going to have a chance, Romeny needs patience.

    Attack, but do not allow his fear to show. Don't be shrill and sniping. No $10,000 bets.

    The press has stated, "Watch for Newt to crumble."

    But, Newt appears firm and steady. It's Romney who is crumbling.

    If he had a chance left, I'm afraid Romney has already blown it.

    We need a President who is great because the problems are huge, and the debt is growing. I do not think Romney is up to it.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Cy Gardner

    He needs to run for the nomination of a different party. He would be perfect for an all rich person's party.Oh, wait, he's already trying that and it's not working. Maybe he could be the nominee of the Flip Flop Party, Vacillation Nation. But if he insists on trying to be the nominee of a group of people who really, really don't like him, perhaps he should beat hmself with knotted ropes and pull his perfect hair out. Or maybe, since he's a Mormon, he should add a couple of wives so he can catch up to Newt in something. cy from arlington, va

    December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  45. steve

    I could really care less about him or any other insider that is in office,as for as I care they should all be throwed out on there A– .What I am more worried about is how we are going to get this country back on its feet.Every time there is an election you hear the same old crap,and in the end nothing ever gets better for the working class. Have one 4 year team,no perks and you are back to the real world. Steve il. in the real world

    December 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  46. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    As an independent and with all due respect for Mr. Romney's challenge, it is not my problem, it is a problem for the Republican party, and to them I say good luck with the the nominee gang.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    First he needs to keep his mouth shut, then he needs to keep his mouth shut and lastly, he needs to keep his mouth shut and wait for Gingrich to implode.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  48. stevegee

    Jack,

    All Romney has to do is paint a clear picture of the key difference between himself and Gingrich. Mitt is a successful businessman and governor. While Newt is a 30-year Washington-insider masquerading as a Tea Party patriot. The irony is that either one would be a better choice to lead our country than Obama. And if the "hope and change" spell wears off, the Americans who supported Obama in 2008 will wake up and vote the Right way.

    Steve in Philly

    December 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Valerie in Raleigh

    I'm not sure that he can. The red-meat Tea Partiers who are running the Republican Party, will pass up an intelligent, electable candidate like Romney for a someone like Newt who has is untrustworthy, without principals and gets great satisfaction being the meanest and most disgusting guy in the race. To the few main line Republicans left "Hold your nose, watch your wallet and vote for Newt." And President Obama will, thankfully, be relected.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  50. Pat in Michigan

    He needs to stay in second place. The guy in front catches the bulk of the flack. It is only a matter of time till ol'newt trips over his tongue and alienates the whole conservative nation.He can't help himself.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  51. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Romey needs to stop thinking the nomination is automatically his because he ran during the last Presidential election. Turn off the cruise control and actually drive the car.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  52. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Modern Republicans are angry and irrational, making Newt their ideal candidate. However, there is plenty of time for Newt to self destruct spectacularly, which may be Romney's only shot. Jack, I'll bet you ten cents Newt will end up handing the nomination to Mitt. What do you say?

    December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  53. andyz Lynn, MA

    Brother Mitt needs to see a psychic and find out who he is. The result can not be any worse than Mitt re-inventing himself every few hours. Talk about being all things to all people and at the same time.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  54. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    At first I hoped, but doubted that the seemingly endless series of GOP debates would accomplish very little. The debates have, however, given rise -and fall- to many ideas and their owners/perpetrators. While Mitt has seemed to weather the storm until recently, he now seems to stammer and get shaken when he's confronted with a question he doesn't like or hasn't prepared to answer. Some pundits say he needs to show more passion and spirit, but I think he needs to get back to the Mitt who weighs questions and pauses before answering in his top CEO manner.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  55. dave in nashville

    You cannot un-ring a bell, and once the public hears the truth of how Romney destroyed companies and shipped jobs oversea there will be no turning his campaign around. I said this four years ago and to this day cannot believe the press has given him a pass on Bain Capital.
    The two rather unblemished candidates are Paul and Huntsman, good government experience and solid in their stance.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  56. sophistry

    Mitt has to reinforce to the GOP base how unelectable Newt is. If Newt wins the nomination, the Obama people will make the election all about Newt and allow Obama to stay on the offensive. Romney doesn't have the baggage and has the ability to keep the election focus squarely on the economy, making the election more about Obama and his performance.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  57. Annie, Atlanta

    Take classes in how to look and act like a human being. Can they teach empathy and humanity, Jack? Maybe a month on welfare and food stamps, while living in public housing with no access to limos and aides, would be a good place to start.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  58. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, Republicans will forgive him for his flip-flops, they'll forgive him for "Romneycare," but they will not forgive him for being a Mormon. If he wants to win the GOP nomination, he will have to renounce Mormanism and become an evangelical Christian.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  59. Cy Gardner

    Since it is the REPUBLICAN nomination he wants, he needs to attack the President, attack Newt, attack gays, attack the poor and look for more people to ATTACK. He will not gain any ground with issues, solutions or promises. He needs to spend more time making up nasty smears and ugly, unbased charges. Know your audience. cy from arlington, va

    December 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  60. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Romney needs to get out of the race and remind Republicans that he is the most electable of the crazies running; what's that old Joni Mitchell song, something about "don't know what'cha got till its gone"? Or Jack, he should shave his head to raise his "crazy" appeal.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  61. JB Harshaw

    Gingrich isn't "surging" - that is long gone - he's "crashing" now (see the latest polls, Duh.)

    And yet Romney isn't gaining either.

    The only one "surging" (and it's actually a slow, steady, solid gain) is Ron Paul - Oops, I wrote the actual name of "he who must be ignored" which means this post will be censored, right?

    December 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  62. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Visit his supporters in Iowa more, unless he is deliberately operating under the radar. Since he already has a network there, presumably well funded, the only thing he needs to do is wait three weeks and watch the votes come in – and more importantly watch Paul come in a close second or even win – demolishing the Gingrich campaign. Also, he needs to not say anything to radically conservative – since he is the likely choice of the McCain moderates. If he stays Mr. Competent, he wins. Letting surrogates pounce on Newt also seems to be working, with Newty calling uncle today. Too late. Let Newt be torn to shreds.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  63. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I don't know if it's Romney's lack of substance or a Republican party controlled by their fringe elements and the majority are either to lethargic or to afraid to speak up. More than likely it is both.

    Either way, as long as the words tea party are said in the same breath as Republican, my independent vote will be for Obama and any other Democrat.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  64. Sandstone.

    "There is an old saying: give them enough rope and they could hang themselve's? What does that mean?? Material is good for making a suit, but you also need good thread to hold it together!"

    December 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  65. devinesara

    He could say ridiculously nice things about Ron Paul. That would turn the polls in his favor.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  66. Karl in Flint

    The best thing for the country would be for him to drive up in the clown car, load all the clowns in and drive off so the GOP can start over fresh with sane people

    December 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  67. Charles - San Antonio

    He doesn't have do anything except wait for Newt to open his mouth. Newt's comment about the "invented people" was totally irresponsible and unacceptable coming from a canidate for president. Just keep listening, Newt will open his mouth before engaging his brain. I would bet $10,000 on that. It ain't gambling if it is a sure thing.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Gigi Oregon

    Mitt Romney will need to forget the slander and tell the middle class he will go after the banking and mortgage corporations that stole from the middle class our assets. Gingrich has low morals that will trap him in the long run. And we know who is holding up congress from making progress with President Obama. So as today the Candidates have got to remove themselves from the main base of the Republican party. Come Christmas Eve if a wage cut is in our paychecks for the new year, President Obama will not be blamed, it will be Corporate America and the Republican party. In my opinion.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  69. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    This situation kind of reminds me of the '08 Dem. primaries, with Romney playing Hillary. He'll lose, but Gingrich, unlike Obama, will not win the presidency..

    December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  70. randy

    he should try converting to christianity.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Adam Morrison

    Become human...

    December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Capt Howdy

    Mitt needs to fall down a well. That is the only way he will get enough sympathy to win.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Ron Balouville CT

    Jack the real question is do we really want him to wi?. the general impression i get from Mitt Romney is that the middle class and the poor are beneath him, like were all just the scum of the earth.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  74. James, SC

    Mitt is the Republican Party's version of a safety school. His whole strategy and only hope is that all other candidates shoot themselves in the foot and fall by the wayside. So far, so good, but nothing ventured nothing gained. Mr. Romney may just learn that there are some things you just can't buy, no matter how much of your father's money you have.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  75. lilmagothy, annapolis

    He's got to start showing some of the same passion that Obama is starting to show, take off the gloves, and start telling it like it is about the Newtster, his smarmy past, and even smarmier present. He might even throw in a few digs about his shellac-haired trophy wife. Newt is a lying, hypocritical, self-serving egomaniac who's only in this to sell books. While I think neither of them can beat Obama, at least Romney isn't insane.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  76. John

    Drop out and endorse Ron Paul. Ron would easily beat Newt with his endorsement, or whoever depending if the flavor of the month changes. And Romney would not beat Obama.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Cee.La

    I dont really care what he does, or does,nt do....because the front runners in this group will not attract the Independents, and they must have them to beat Barack Obama.....the only person who would have a chance is John Huntsman and he will not get the nomination....he makes too much sense......

    December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  78. Jake F.

    Mitt Romney needs to explain to the American public why he has flip floped on issues throughout the years. He can't just deny that he has changed his views. You tube does not lie.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  79. John Eden

    Jack, it's simple. All he has to do is convert to
    a Southern Baptist.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  80. Greg, Ontario

    He has to stop focusing on the other GOP candidates and start explaining in normal American English what he will do different than President Obama. Having a 27 point plan is way to complicated for the American voter. Use some of that money he has on commercials explaining his plan (one point at a time), do one on one interviews so he can explain his plan. This is all obvious stuff Jack but mud slinging competitions with people he is going to hug and smile with after is just the same old same old.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  81. Derek Warren

    Send Gingrich on a hunting trip with Dich Cheney.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Robert A Moore

    Jack Governor Romney needs to start taking the high road. He should concentrate on what his vision of the next four years are and make a case to the American public. You can catch a lot more voters with sugar than salt.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  83. Ted from Oshawa

    Jack Mitt needs to have a couple of affairs, give a rock at his ranch and inappropriate name, have extreme views with regards to immigration and health care and change his religion. Only then would he be considered a TRUE Republican and catch the eye of the Republican base. Till then he is just a ..........Wannabe Democrat. (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)

    December 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  84. DeDe of Connecticut

    Because I believe Mitt Romney should be the Republican nominee, the 10,000 dollar bet with Rick Perry in Saturday night's debate, took me by surprise. Even his excuses these past couple days, were lame... In every debate, Romney is so disciplined, until that moment... I still believe that Newt Gingrich will implode; either an implosion caused by Newt himself, or with Mitt and the another G.O.P. candidates help..Gingrich married three times, with infidelities, just isn't phasing voters. Newt even gets away with saying ridiculous things, too numerous to mention. I have faith in Mitt Romney, but he needs more than my faith in him right now .

    December 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  85. essoh (New york city)

    I truly believe he has to do a reverse betting. Bet $1 that all the files deleted before his departure from the Mass executive are not from fishy activities..

    December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  86. Shane from Cedar Rapids,Iowa

    He needs to get his head out of the sand and take "The Grinch" to task on the issues. He can't try to wait it out until the caucus and primary. He's already done that and look what it has got him. And let Wolf know he is right. I don't know about elsewhere, but here in Iowa, Ron Paul is the man.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  87. Renee Peoria,Ill

    The problem is he never really had front-runner status. You can't recapture what you never had.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  88. John from Kentucky

    Mitt will need to renounce his LDS faith and become a born again Christian in order to pacify the religious conservatives that are now the vocal majority of the Republican Party.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  89. BILL

    In case you haven't noticed people are prejudice,and not over just skintone but religion as well. He has no chance.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  90. Leatherstocking Bill

    Jack, you guys still think it's between Romney and Gingrich. You seem to forget someone just waiting in the wings to take flight – Jon Huntsman. Of all the idiots chasing after the GOP electorate, he's only one candidate with the credentials and brains to be president. You guys need to stop ignoring him and actually listen to what he's saying. Romney? What a joke! Gingrich? Couldn't trust him further than I can lift him, and he's chubby. Paul? He's the one who wants to do away with ALL taxes (and wipe out the military, Medicare, Social Security, FEMA, etc, not to mention his salary – all that depends on taxes).

    December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  91. Rich in Gainesville FL

    There's nothing he can do. It's over. The Republicans were really never that into Mittens in the first place.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  92. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    I really don't understand the draw to Gingrich at all. But honestly if he wants to win, he has to get Fox news to tell the public he's going to win.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  93. Semper Fi

    not try fight Newt head to head...Newt's experience and personality will always win. Newt's a breath of fresh air and fight right now that Obama and every other candidate is missing. Romney should start to agree with Newt and keep his enemies closer. I would like to see Romney as Newt's VP!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  94. Babacar

    Jack,

    Romney needs to get real, leave the Republican Party and run as an Independent if he wants to see the White House one day.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Patrick from Maryland

    If someone called me timid in front of a National audience I would take the gloves off and fight. Romney needs to show some backbone and go after Gingrich where it hurts. Put out ads that show Gingrich like he really is, adulterer, lobbyist, liar, flip flopper, etc. Plant enough seeds of doubt long enough and people will listen. There is more dirt on Gingrich than any other candidate, even Herman Cain. You want to win, unfortunately in Politics you have to play dirty. Stop trying to be Mr. Nice. Its not working.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Blake

    In all honesty, Mitt Romney cannot regain his status as a front runner. It's true he is the best cannidate out of a clearly weak Republican field to beat Obama in the general ellection, but he in no way appeals to conservative voters. Romney is also out of touch with average Americans. A 10,000 dollar bet? huh!! doesn't he know people are struggling to eat! Romney simply isn't charismatic or genuine enough to capture the nomination.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  97. Ed from Texas

    Mitt Romney appears to be too rational for GOP primary voters who want crazy. If he wants the nomination, he needs to become a birther or say the greatest existential threat to the U. S. is Sharia Law. You know, he needs to get on the bus to looney town.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  98. Lance

    He needs to learn to communicate more effectively. When he talks, he starts sounding like Charlie Browns teacher..., WONK, WONK, WONK.
    When Newt speaks, He can make a stoned person understand what he's saying.
    Einstein said something like "You should be able to explain quantum physics to a waitress".
    Newt is like Yoda. Old and kinda ugly....,but very, very wise.
    Mitt can't compete.

    Lance
    Cottage Grove, Oregon

    December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  99. Betty in San Diego

    Poor Mitt – he needs to take his $10,000 and buy a pair. Of course, he may need $20,000 to ensure that they are bigger than Gingrich . . . . tee he he

    December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  100. Scott

    As a former mormon I can say this – His religion MUST come into the factor. Mormons are NOT allowed to play sports, swim (Satan, the devin is in the water on Sundays they say), eat out......He will NOT work hard even on a Sunday! This man made millions as people lost their jobs. Since mormons state "THEY ARE THE ONLY TRUE/REAL religion" he will not see things in the grey but black and white. He is closed minded. he wil not grow. It is documented that Romney is a racist, bigot and homophobe!

    Mitt, just enjoy your BILLIONS that you have, stay in California (where is lives now) and just be the good husband that you are!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  101. Susan-NJ

    Gingrich is a flash in he pan type. He makes nasty remarks about the Palestinians and anyone else he can think of and for a moment all are interested. That fades, reality sets back in and the predicted front runner, if he can keep his foot out of his mouth will be back on top.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  102. rzp

    He needs to get out of a cult that actually believes that the Native Americans are really Jewish and that when we die, we can all become gods of our own planets.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  103. Donaldo in ATL

    Get his private sector friends to hire 100,000 people. That be the ultimate statement on his abilities.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  104. LA Belle

    Maybe Mitt Romney needs to pull a Gingrich–leave his wife and find some younger dumb blonde to perk things up.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  105. Myth Romney Should Know That There Are Some Things You Just Can't Buy, No Matter How Much of Your Father's Money You Have

    Jack, Myth Romney is soulless like a Corporation because he honestly believe that corporations are people too my friend!!!

    So there you have...Americans cannot relate to Corporations who steal, plunder, get tax cuts, tax loopholes and ship all their jobs to China & India!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  106. MIchelle

    And yet Romney is up to 33% in the polls in New Hampshire...What Republicans need to do is stop looking for some flashy kind of one night stand and go with something a little more steady. What good does it do to bounce from one end of the spectrum to the other? Gingrich is quite possible more arrogant and narcissistic than Obama, if that is at all possible.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  107. David

    Romney is a hollow suit, he is unispirational, downright boring an elitist and seems to lack principals as he will always adjust his position for political purposes. It is too late, he should just give it up.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  108. calaurore9

    Catch that charisma thing. Not gonna happen.

    Carol in Northampton

    December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  109. Ralph Nelson

    Nothing. He suffers from years of chronic lying, and like the three pigs nobody is coming to save him from the bad wolf because they do not believe him. Besides his economic adviser is Glen Hubbard (George Bush's economic adviser) and most of his other advisers are George W. Bush's.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  110. KL

    The real question is, "do the Republicans want to win in 2012?" If so, they will pick Romney. Let's face it, Newt is a washed up has been who has zero chance against Obama.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  111. Mike from MI

    The Republican party is offering a horrible set of "front runner" or "top tier" candidates. Or is that the media touting them as such?

    The party would be best served if Romney would just bow out of the race. None of the "front runners" or "top tier candidates" are Republicans. They are simply "Democrat-lite".

    December 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  112. marybeth, massachusetts

    Nothing. The only "change" Romney is capable of is flip-flopping on the issues. Voters distrust him because he has changed his opinion on big issues (individual mandate for health care, abortion, DADT, and much, much more) more often than most people change their underwear. You don't really know where he stands, and you can't trust that the Romney who says today that he doesn't support something (like gay marriage or education or anything) is the Romney you'll get tomorrow, much less the one you'd get if he gets into office. Plus he messed things up for ordinary workers in MA when he was governor, supporting big business big time. At a time when people are hurting due to lost jobs and big tax breaks to corporations, why anyone would want more of the same but on a national level is beyond me.

    The other reason voters don't trust him is that he's Mormon. This isn't an issue in a blue state like MA, but it is the 800 pound gorilla in the room in the Bible belt, midwest, and west. They'd rather go with a snake like Gingrich because they think he's one of them in terms of religion. They'll conveniently ignore the fact that he doesn't live by the religious values he purports to have.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  113. Laura G

    It's unfortunate that republicans are embracing a man (Newt) who will not beat Obama. If they want to take back the White House, Mitt Romney is their only hope. Does no one remember what that fat, middle-aged Newt did to the conservative brand when he was speaker? I'd much rather have a person of integrity than a two-timer like Newt. And, yes, Mitt is a person of integrity. I'm tired of hearing that he's a flip-flopper. Flip-flopping means that you go back and forth on your positions. Mitt hasn't done that. His views have evolved over the years, but even Reagan changed over time from a more liberal to a conservative position. Just say NO to Newt.

    Romney for 2012!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  114. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    Gingrich has gone up in the polls since he urged the “occupy” movement to “take a bath and get a job”—and this tells you type of people who like Gingrich—our meanest, most mean-spirited in America—when they fall off, Romney will be back on top.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  115. Ron Hall Arkansas

    How disgusting is a choice between Romney, Gingrich or Obama. They all play to their base, which doesn't give most of us a good choice. We are beating these sick horses to death. Why don't we read about what we can do to fight the greed that has taken our jobs and middle class. Why don't we have a real investigation of the effects of NAFTA or why we have to pay 50% more for the same drugs as any other country in the world. We need all of these bums out with their agendas and pledges to lobbyists.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  116. Margins

    "Can Romney Take Back GOP?"

    Let's hope not. He would have cost actual money for us Democrats to beat in a general election. But Big Newton will eat himself. Go Newt! Freddie Mac's highest paid bank historian.... to the rescue. Just hurry up before the tea party learns how to use Google.

    “I am for people, individuals — exactly like automobile insurance — individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance.” -Newt Gingrich, 1993

    December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  117. Larry in Houston

    Gingrich's Past may not matter anymore, Jack. I remember when I lived in the welfare state for 48 of my 56 years, when I ended up Voting for A.J. Manchin. He was nothing but a loser- he was brought up & indicted on money laundering & corruption charges, but there wasn't anybody else to Vote for, at the time. It was either you Vote for the least of the "incompetents" – – NOW, they all forgot about that, because it happened in the early 1970's & 1980's. So, guess who they ended up putting in there as Their Governor ?? Yep, that's right, HIS BOY !! But he was never like his Dad. NOW, he's taking the "senile one's" place,(the one that died, in a wheelchair) as their Senator.
    But let me be clear Jack – – Manchin will Never get the Billions the "other one" got, If Manchin had 5 lifetimes to do it..

    Larry in Houston

    December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  118. Mike, Calgary

    Jack-

    Why would Romney want to recapture the GOP? They've "gone rogue" so far to the right he doesn't fit in anymore.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  119. Jim

    Jack,

    All he can do is wait for Newt to implode like all the others. It's not an enviable position to be in. Essentially, he's telling the GOP to vote for him because he's the least bad candidate. It may yet work well enough to get him the nomination, but it will never stand up against Obama.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  120. brian flynn

    Reduce his 59 point economic plan to 5 that people can remember. Show more emotion without getting emotional. Get his campaign to publish a document of Newt's biggest flip-flops. Get Sarkosy to endorse Newt.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  121. brian flynn (seattle)

    ...and get both an arab leader and a Jewish leader to criticize Newt's latest blunder.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  122. GD

    "Momentum is with Gingrich?" What Gafferty really means is that the media is with Gingrich. They have found the only person on the face of this planet that Obama will beat, and will make sure he gets the nomination.

    What baffles me is how the american electorate could allow themselves to be so dumb - repubs and dems alike. We now live in a world where the media chooses the president...plain and simple!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm |