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Why can't Mitt Romney seal the deal?
March 7th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Why can't Mitt Romney seal the deal?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was all there for the taking, but once again Mitt Romney came up a little short.

Romney's inability to score a knockout on Super Tuesday means the Republican blood bath continues - much to the delight of President Obama and the Democrats.

Romney scored a key victory over Rick Santorum in Ohio and won five other states as well, but his losses were far more telling.

For starters, the former Massachusetts governor has problems in the South, where he couldn't top 28% in any of the contested states. He lost both Georgia and Tennessee.

And as we've seen from the start, Romney has serious issues with the base. Some will never see him as a true conservative. They'd rather back Santorum, who is still fighting the culture wars - talking about birth control, religion and how JFK's stance on the separation of church and state made him want to vomit.

Independents are another sore spot for Romney. One poll shows his unfavorable ratings 16-points higher than his favorable ratings among them.

CNN's Howard Kurtz writes in The Daily Beast that there's something distinctly unimpressive about Romney's performance against Santorum - an underfunded former U.S. Senator who lost his last re-election bid by 18-points.

Kurtz says Romney, "projects competence but does not inspire."

Romney is still the party's likely nominee, but it could take a couple more months to wrap it up.

By the way, there is no way Gingrich, Santorum or Paul is going to be the next president. So isn't it past time for them to put their party ahead of themselves and drop out? Apparently not.

Here’s my question to you: Why can't Mitt Romney seal the deal?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Because Jack,he has made a carrer of running for president and people do not trust that.And he could never beat
    Obama anyway so the right wing might consider spending their money on something else.
    David

    March 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Chris from Florida

    The Republicans have self-immolated. The debate about a socialist-leaning agenda versus a smaller government, how to pay for our country's needs, and how to care-for it's citizens, how to manage our foreign policy interests, has been drown-out by the inflamatory and absurd choice of language by both the candidates and the pundits, Like Rush Limbaugh. We need to have this debate and its important. At the end of this year we have a $1.2 Trillion rescission kicking-in, the Bush Tax Cuts are ending, and we have a debt ceiling issue that will also decsend on us after the President's options to extend it expire. Real issues. Lets hope we stop talking about Rush Limbaugh, fool that he has become, and start talking about the real issues. The clock is ticking.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  3. JD in NH

    Mr. Romney is a phoney who will tell you whatever you want to hear. Then he'll move on to the next guy and tell him whatever he wants to hear. In between he'll mention his buddies who own NASCAR teams and carp about the price his wife has to pay to fill up her Cadillacs with gas. Boo hoo.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  4. Herman Portland OR

    Although Mitt Romney is running as a Conservative his close relationship with the Health Care mandate in Massachusetts to the Affordable Care Acrt ( Obama Care) is hurting him. The Republican primaries in mid stride sealing the deal is a difficult task. We need to remind ourselves when concerned about the out come that there is a process and the fight is not over till it is over. The process may not be pretty at times but will work.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  5. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is simple. The conservatives of the Republican Party do not want Mitt Romney as president. The Tea Party wing of the Republican Party wants Santorum an this is causing a division in the party. Newt will win Alabama and Mississippi next week which will complicate the picture. This fight might go all the way to the convention which will be a mess. Mitt is a rich old boy who is not in tune with the working man. Santorum identifies with working men and women. Santorum wants to be Pope of America, which is okay, but the one who won that election might not like it.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  6. texastee10

    Romney's problem with republicans is he's not draconian, he knows what's best for the country, like almost all countries it, it takes compromise. All the rest of the candidates favor the nuclear option.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Ken in Seattle

    In large part because he represents the upper most portion of the top 1% and seems incapable of understanding or empathizing with the other 99%. Assuming of course that he actually cares about the 99% and there is little indication of that. In addition, he is the least genuine candidate for president we have seen in decades. He doesn't seem to stand for anything, other than wanting to hang out in the oval office. If he becomes the default candidate for the Republican Party, the probable scenario at this point,the majority of the votes he gets in the general election will likely be cast in opposition to Obama and not because people actually like the idea of Romney as president.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  8. Hongli

    Mitt Romney will never be able to seal and close any deal because he's the " GREATEST PRETENDER".

    March 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  9. susan in Ohio

    It's all about three words...[his particular] religion, religion, religion.

    Susan
    Ohio

    March 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Ann from Charleston SC

    Romney cannot seal the deal because the American people recognize an empty suit when they see one.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Putting myself in the shoes of a tea party member or right wing extremist, I can understand their suspicions about Romney not being a conservative. There is so much evidence that this guy is not a true conservative that it's overwhelming. Romney seems to go wherever the wind is blowing him. In Massachusetts he was considered a moderate, his health care plan was looked upon as a great thing by the Democrats and even copied by the Obama administration. Now that he is running for president is trying to denounce everything he's done as Gov. of Massachusetts. You only have to go back to 2009 to find tapes repudiating everything he says he is for now on the campaign trail. I personally think Romney will swing back towards the middle after winning the nomination. He knows he cannot win the presidency being up against the right side wall.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  12. Pete in Georgia

    Why ??
    Maybe it's because thinking conservative American voters like to have a CHOICE in a candidate and not have an annointed dictator shoved down their throats without a thought, or a reflection as to our nations history, or what is currently happening to our country's future.....................being led over a cliff, a disastrous conversion to socialism.
    How easy it is to brainwash a nation that is dedicated to mainly leisure and entertainment.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  13. Janne from NC

    Just take a look at our last 3 presidents, Clinton, Bush and now Obama.... can you blame us for being overly cautious ?!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. Peg in NY

    Conservatives are blocking his way. They seriously need to step aside.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. Evinia Bruce

    Not to worry ..,he is THEIR MAN...money will buy him the nomination ..and if the Rupublican dirty tricks continue to enact voter fraud [Diebold voting machines owned by a Republican ..hackers..photo I.D. etc. etc ] the Republicans may also steal [again] the next presidency for Mitt ..a puppet for the Koch brothers ,banks and big business..Romney doesn't HAVE TO SEAL THE DEAL...the fix is in ...B.C.Canada

    March 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  16. Kevin in CA

    Because he's a 0.01% er, too rich and disconnected for the average American. He also represents those that wrought economic devastation to the middle class and got rich in the process.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  17. Doug Ericson

    I thought Romney was inevitable untill last week, when he came out with his economic plan, which included eliminating the Mortgage Interest Deduction. No one that Politically tone deaf is going to get elected President, or even win his own party's primary. Some other problems are becoming clearer. Mitt is not popular among Southern Voters. Forget about Florida, that State is more like Southern New England. Santorum and Gingrich are going to catch up a little bit in the Southern State primaries next week. Rick Santorum is also a big problem for Mitt Romney. The bigger the Political Hit you nail Rick with, the harder he comes back. Rick is a much more entertaining speaker than Mitt too. This is a show folks as much as it is about issues. Newt is also a very skilled Politician, and he has been very efficient with the resources he has available to him. I can't wait for the next debate. I think the charismatic Santorum, and the crafty old Newt are beginning to smell Political Blood. Doug, Pepperell, MA. PS. Dribble Bibble Peter Pumpernickle, I like to eat my popsicle on a brand new bicycle. Heard you liked dribble so I threw that in there for you.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  18. Mel - Houston

    I think it may be body position and video history. Each week it seem Willard has a different position and the media keeps reminding the voting public of his position in the past weeks. No wonder he hates the press. The people are barely paying attention to all this drivel that he delivers each week, but; the press is always there trying to infom them where he stood in the past. Prior to the invention of television and instantaneous media coverage of the internet candidates could flip-flop on issues and rarely had to pay for it. If the Republican toadies could just get the Supreme Court to interpret the first amendment to outlaw instant replay life would so much simpler.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  19. Bill of New Mexico

    It is not Romney–it is the Republicans.

    The Republicans cannot decide between someone who is electible–

    and, someone who is very right-wind like the Tea Party members.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  20. Pete in Florida

    Mitt Romney is the Republican version of Al Gore, only less intelligent, less charismatic, less credible, and far less honest. Enough voters are gullible enough to put him in the race, but not nearly enough to put him in the White House.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  21. Ed from Texas

    Because he's a moderate during Tea Party time in his party.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Because the voice of the Republcan Party...tea partiers and Rush Limbaugh et al have hijacked the party and cling to the false hope that they can win the election and start dictating thier agenda of faith based politics, wealth redistribution from the bottom up, and spartan living standards for those not like themselves. Neither the Democrats nor true Reagan Republicans want that.

    I think if Reagan were running in Romeny's place right now he wouldn't be doing much better because despite the lip service the right wing gives to Reagan he would be persona-non-grata in today's Republican Party.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  23. Steve,NY

    The reason Romney can't seal the deal because of the Liberal Press. Anytime they get a chance they ridicule him. If you beat the drums daily you're evantually began to hear them. If the Press can stop making insulting remarks of the candidates and report the news, we wouldn't have all these problems in this country. Why isn't the Press ridiculing Obama. Where is that one Obama impersonator that was poking fun of Obama? He is good. The press put a stop to him. We need him back. Let's face it, the Liberals and Obama are afraid of Romney. It's better for them to attack Romney now than wait until November. Also remember you got all the TV channels filled with left leaning Liberals constantly bad mouthing the Republicans and stirring the pot. It's a brainwashing technique. To name a few; Rev Sharpton, Jim Mathews, Rachael, Colbert, Maher, Letterman, Ed, etc. There are hundreds of them compared to a few on Fox news. . The worst part, the Liberal commentators don't represent the majority of the people. When you're young you get brasinwashed easily. When you get older you become smarter and become a conservative.
    The bottom line when Romney finally seals the deal, not with the help of the Press, The Liberls will be squirming in their pants. Obama is going to loose big time.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  24. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Jack, In the end Romney will probably seal the deal. I hate to say it but religious bias about his being a Mormon is his biggest hurdle and it shouldn't be

    All the best Jack.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  25. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, Romney can’t seal it because his GOP won’t accept that the times are changing. They are freaked-out about what happened in 2008 and can’t decide which of their four white male candidates offers what they seek most; the past! Is it Romney the corporate protectionist, Paul the states rights fanatic, Gingrich the personification of the past or Santorum the anti-women’s rights, anti-Gay rights, religious fanatic?

    March 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  26. thom richer

    The poor rich man just cannot connect with the struggling middle class, working class and the poor. When a man proclaims he is one of you and has worked to eke out a living like the common man and understands our needs, wants and worries but has never gone without, he is not an honest, sincere or compassionate person. Those of us who have struggled to make ends meet, provide food, home and education and a better future for ourselves and our children by going without, see through the Romney's, Gingrich's and Santorum's of the world. They have no reality of life without financial security and do not have the character to admit it. We need a working man's and working woman's president and none of them especially Romney fills the bill.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  27. Paul From Austin Texas

    Because Jack he is just not the real deal. He only wants the job to help the ultra rich of which he is one and wants to be President just for the power trip it gives anyone that gets the job.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  28. Jim

    Jack, It's pretty basic. No matter what, trust between candidate and voter will seal the deal. Romney's dumb tounge and snob associations, combined with a "made for TV grin" and a funny walk on top of a phoney pitch as, "an average guy", topped off with "I like firing people". make him an alligator in the political swamp, and everybody knows you cannot trust an alligator.
    Jim LA

    March 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  29. bill best

    he is so busy bragging about his wealth he can't relate to average people. of course he isn't worried about the poor they have a safety net!!!! yeah with a big hole in it.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  30. Terry in Virginia

    The fact he cared more about his luggage than his dog should speak volumes about his true values.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  31. Jeff In Minnesota

    The pundits are all dead on here Jack. He doesn't connect with John Q and Jane R Public. He constantly comes off as a smart (relatively speaking), rich, white guy that's always been rich. He certainly did not grow up impoverished and it shows when he goes off script. As a result, he has no life experiences to draw from to give him a frame of reference to understand how the vast majority of people live and work in the US.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Ed from California

    Who is going to trust a Corporate Raider, to do the right thing, or to even, tell the truth? Answer....no one!! What has Willard done to improve our conditions? The only conditions he improves, is his own. We need good paying jobs......the same jobs that he helped send overseas or to Mexico. Way to be American......Willard!!

    March 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  33. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Because pseudo-candidates Gingrich, Paul and Santorum are too stupid to leave the race. Paul is simply unelectable and neither Gingrich or Santorum have enough funding or organization to mount real campaigns with things like national offices and someone to count the delegates. Paul will still likely win a few more caucus state delegates than people project, since most of the GOP beauty contests that Santorum thought he won elected county convention delegates loyal to Ron Paul. This will prompt floor fights with any residual Santorum loyalists, as well as State Party leaders who want to give the delegates to Romney. If the GOP did caucuses right, with results that counted, the picture would be different. Once Romney wins Pennsylvania, its over.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  34. jk in MN

    I would like to think it's because there are a lot of poeple out there like me who do not like the fact that Mr Mittens paid less than 13% in taxes on millions in income (allowed by the tax code) and has money parked off shore that I'm guessing hasn't been taxed and still has the audacity to think that taxes are too high – but I imagine it has more to do with his Mormon faith not sitting well with the base.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He has not convinced the voters that he relates to US, the independents. He is aloof and is too elite to be President and besides, he may call himself and American but he hides his money so he doesn't have to pay taxes on it and we know it. I hope he doesn't buy the Presidency and let McCain, the war monger talk him into another war.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  36. J Farrow, New Orleans

    The man is so incredibly disingenuous. If Republicans can't trust him on his principles then certainly left-leaning independents and democrats can't either. He is truly running as a one percenter.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  37. Dave - Phx

    He is dishonest, untrustworthy, and a flip flopper. This would be like turning your finances over to a crook.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Mycroft Lake Travis TX

    Well Jack, it's like this, although I doubt if this gets posted, because every time I've posted this before it disappears this blog. Romney is only getting some of the Evangelical voters, because of his faith and that is why Santorum is fairing much better among them. Sure mainstream media blames it on that he isn't conservative enough, just because they somehow avoiding the real issue. The real issue is the Mormon faith and teaching believe that Jesus and the Devil are brothers, by the teachings of their prophet, and this flies in the face of most other Christian teachings. That is the truthful answer to your question and mainstream media can't ignore it forever or can they ? They've done a pretty good job of it thus far...

    March 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  39. Kathie

    rummy is trying to purchase his nomination. just what is his platform?–he keeps flip-flopping. rummy enjoys firing people, does not stand up against the hatefilled rants of limbaugh, cannot relate to the 99%, pays dramatically less taxes than the rest of us, hides his millions in off shore accounts, destroyed many companies in the name of profit for Bain, refuses to discuss Bain, brags about his cars, thinks Michigan trees are the right height, is his own worst enemy with his gaffs which displays what he really thinks, apparantly is for ryan's plan to destroy medicare, thinks the auto industry should have been left to destruction, etc etc etc. Pretty boy looks just don't cut it. all rummy can do is carpet bomb his opponents–whatever happened to an honest debate about the real issues facing us? rummy was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has absolutely no idea the struggles we, the 99%, are dealing with. his overall negativity will drive voters away from him. apparantly there is nothing positive to say, in my opinion, about anything going on in our country.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  40. Virginia - Atlanta, GA

    How can any of the confused, Republican candidates get any votes? They either don't understand what good things President Obama has done for this country, or they have been lied to, or they tell lies. In other words they are either poorly informed, stupid or liars. None of the above is good for my country and all options are very poor role models for the young folks.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  41. bud rupert

    Bottom line. People just don't like him Jack

    March 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Bonnie

    The reason Romney is having such a hard time sealing the deal: The media (especially FOX) is against him, evangelicals won't vote for him, and dems are voting against him where they can.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  43. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Jack

    Which deal are you referring to? The 2008 election? Romney Care? The Massachusetts State Unemployment numbers, when Mitt Romney was Governor, when compared to unemployment of other states/ Are you thinking of why he can't close the deal on any of the 2012 GOP Primary debates or produce a convincing win of a State GOP Primary/caucus? It is sometimes very difficult to close a deal if there is flip flopping in the midst of the deal making process.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  44. Conor in Chicago

    Romney can’t seal the deal because he is an opportunist, not a true Republican or a Conservative. Citizens who actually vote at the primary level, regardless of party, are politically active enough to truly care what a politician or party stand for and believe in. Romney’s career demonstrates that he shifts with the political winds with no hesitation, and this troubles people who are drawn to politics precisely because they believe strongly in something. Add to that the extreme right wing turn the Republican party has taken in the last 15 years it’s amazing Romney is doing as well as he is. It’s entirely possible that if Romney wasn’t a gazzillionaire being funded by gazzillionaire’s he wouldn’t even be in the race anymore.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  45. MYSTEROIUS

    Because he's dishonest.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  46. Louise

    Correct me if I am wrong, but did candidate Obama quickly seal the deal or did he go right down to the wire before securing the nomination? In fact, there was such animosity among Clinton supporters, that Obama reluctantly offered a cabinet post to try to sway many die hard Hillary supporters. You either have a very short memory or selective one.

    Louise
    Atlanta, Georgia

    March 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  47. Gary H. Boyd

    Mitt Romney really isn't a very good politician. He creates too many questions while offering too few solutions. Having lost the nomination to McCain in '08, he's a retread in the minds of many who are looking for a new set of tires. And everybody knows you don't win a race with retreads.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  48. andy Lynn, MA

    I have used a Ouija Board, Crystal Ball and visited a clairvoyant and I still don't know where Mitt stands on any issue. His stance changes more often than the weather in New England. If I don't know what you believe and where you permanently stand on the issues, then I can not vote for you, Mitt. If, by some miracle, America gets amnesia and you are elected, then please make Rick Santorum your Attorney General. That would be a team I would enjoy watching. O tempura! O mores! – Cicero

    March 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Dave, Orlando, FL

    He can’t seal the deal because he is a phony. He is trying to be something he is not in the mistaken belief that he can impress us non-billionaires with his disingenuous “Joe six-pack,” average man persona. All he had to do was be himself, and be comfortable with himself. Instead, he claimed to be the proud holder of a pink slip and then turned around to make a ten thousand dollar bet – just like any average Joe.

    So as long as the other clowns in this sorry circus perceive this weakness as their chance at the brass ring, they will hang on to their false hopes.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  50. curtis in philadelphia

    How can anyone in the Republican establishment honestly expect the new tea party enhanced, hard-right, post 2010 Republican to vote for a former governor from one of the most liberal northeastern states? Seriously? What sort of industrial strength glue are they sniffin'?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  51. Michael From CT

    Despite the millions Mitt Romney has spent he still can't seal the deal because he far too many flip flops and his voting record is very liberal, that's the problem nobody can trust anything he says, he is seen as someone who wills say anything he thinks people want to hear at the time. I think Romney should drop out of the race because he will lose to President Obama. I don't know why Republicans think they have to nominate a moderate progressive to attract Independents such as myself, they couldn't be more wrong. The GOP tried this in 2008 with John McCain only to get crushed in the national election. Will the GOP have history repeat itself?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  52. Linda from Kentucky

    Haven't you ever had a multiple choice question in front of you where none of the answers made any sense so you just closed your eyes and picked one? Either that or used the old "eenie, meenie, minie, mo" method. I think that's what Republicans are faced with this election. Fine by me, my choice has been clear from the start.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  53. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Jack, why can't anyone see past the day? Its a brokered convention. The main stream cant buy into Mitt, the fringe refuse to vote for him . Its the white knight in Tampa . The three clowns left will keep at this, Mitt cant win a southern primary, Rick cant win in intelligent states, Newt just keeps bringing in money to take care of his future. He knows he is out, but has great paydays (and he will keep his warchest). Mitt is not it!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  54. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I think he comes off as an out of touch "Richie Rich" who has NO idea what average middle class Americans are going through in their daily lives. his comments are almost original Saturday Night Live Chevy Chase style 'I'm RICH and your NOT" everytime he opens his mouth.

    AND his Bain Capital Outsourcing and Downsizing history sure doesn't help him with working class voters. he is viewed as a person that would step on anyone to make a buck. I have heard it said that "they already named a street after Mitt Romney in Washington. ONE WAY"

    March 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  55. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    Mitt is an cold, aloof non-idealogical technocrat that rarely thinks outside the box. He can't close the deal with evangelical Christians, conservatives, and "values" groups because he is not truly committed to these agendas. His big club has been organization, money, and negative advertising. His strength is finance and business. He needs to push his strengths by getting into DETAILS of how he will fix the economy, generate super growth, reduce unemployment, anf help the average middle class family/individual. Instead of negative ads he should run a series of ads where his opponents identify an aspect of a financial/economic problem and their solution – he can then say he agrees with the problem and their solution could help and then say "but I have a better idea – " Then go on to state the idea in a sentence and show how it will filter down to people"s lives. This will tag Romney as the candidate with a better idea.

    Personally, I would like to see Hillary as President rather than Romney – but if Romney wants to close the deal he should push his strengths and forget everything else – no more negative ads – only the Better Idea. Of course the President could use the same strategy himself.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  56. TomInRochNY

    Because it isn't a business deal. It isn't a slash workers and outsource jobs thing that he does so well. It is a responsibility to see to it that all those you represent are taken care of. Something right wing conservatives, working class people and the poor aren't seeing from Romney. He'd have to be a person like the rest of us, not a corporation, even one of those legal "people" corporations the SCOTUS foisted on us.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  57. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, the reason Mitt Romney can't seal the deal is because people don't like him. While one Republican (Sarah Palin) might be saying "anybody but Obama", the rest of the Republican Party continues to say "anybody but Romney".

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  58. Paul - North Carolina

    Mitt can't seal the deal because people see him for what he really is; a massive phony. Nothing about him is real. Watch his eyes, his facial expressions and his body language. Listen to the tone of his voice and his inflection. They all say fake, fake, fake. And then there's that absurd nervous laugh. That would sure carry him a long way in a one on one with Putin, wouldn't it? The bottom line is that Mitt just can't connect iwth real people because he isn't one.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  59. Gary in San Jose, California

    Simple Jack. He can't seal the deal because he represents all that is wrong with the Republican Party and the establishment is deaf to their constituent's desires. The Republicans are a sad bunch these days.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  60. Karl in Flint, MI

    Mitt isn't the best used car salesman around, but he would have done better if he was running against credible opponents that where for the party and not self centered and ego driven for themselves only. Mitt will be the nominee, bloodied as he is, but not the next president, in 2012 or 2016.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  61. Annie, Atlanta

    He appears robotic, unable to relate on a human level, the poor dear. Then there's the off-shore accounts. Nothing screams patriot like off-shoring your money to avoid taxes. And that religion thing doesn't play well with evangelicals. If Newt wasn't in, I would guess we'd see Santorum winning the nomination, an even scarier thought seeing as he appears to want more to be pope than President.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  62. Randy

    Because AIPAC and the military industrial complex have deemed him and his religion an unknown and therefore uncontrollable.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  63. diridi

    Jack, I do not think any one in this nation will trust. Why do we trust, His Bain-Capital collapsed this nation's employment potential, and he shipped jobs to China for Cheap labor. Stashed money in Cayman Island, Bermuda, and Swiss. Tax evaded. Paid only 13% tax. You pay more and I pay 38%. Jack, I have been telling this election is all about Rich v/s Middle Class Americans. o.k, Enough Reagan and Bush nonsense, that broke this nation to the GROUND.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  64. Mike KY

    He is no true conservative. Plain and simple. Mitt should drop out of the race and hand over the nomination to someone else.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  65. John Lake Charles, LA

    The Republican extreme right can't stand Romney but they really don't have enough support to nominate any of these other nothings.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  66. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Why can't he seal the deal? If he was asked to repeat this question, he'd most likely stammer 2 or 3 times. Can't he just seal his voice while he thinks as he answers questions? Also, he doesn't recognize the everyday trials and tribulations of most Americans. When you cannot touch something, how can you seal it? He is out of touch, so....

    March 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  67. Gail, Plano TX.

    He can't seal the deal Jack, because he is plastic! And my confidence in the American people has been restored inasmuch as they see it! They see the hoax that is Romney. He has no moral compass. No plan for America. His only claim to fame is that he's white! Guess what Willard, not enough this time around. Mure Romney is what we used to call a dweeb in school!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  68. Kenneth kenny

    Some Republicans dont trust him because of some of his policy and they afraid to nominate somebody like Bush.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  69. Vicki Gribble

    Yes, with the selection running president obama is the best choice. We have to pray that the disrespect and childish pranks of congress will stop before our country goes down the drain. At this point no other country has any respect for us after this display. Stupid stupid stupid

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  70. John in Atlanta

    Romney has no real interest in any of us or his country-only in being in the history books as Prez. Why not? I guess he has achieved all his other life goals... Americans are not so dumb that we can't see through the guy.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  71. Mike in Minneapolis

    Because he is trying to relate to people by talking about his friends who own NASCAR teams when most of his base own NASCAR hats.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  72. Brandy

    Romney has no appeal. There is no advice anyone could give Romney. His mouth does it all. $10,000 bet on national tv, two cadillacs his wife drives, not standing up to Rush since Bain capitol owns Clear Channel and all Mitt has to say is I wouldnt use those words. His money in other countries. If the US is so great to him, why have money somewhere else. He talks about having a job, my question is where? He can't make a decision without retracking what he previously said. Big mistake for US if any of the GOP gets in. All talk about going to war in Iran without knowing anything about what is going on. They keep talking war and the Iranians will take action, all talk about $2.50 gas this is as bad as Bachman saying $2.00 gasoline prices. The American people are not stupid.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  73. Jim

    Jack,

    Romney can't be trusted. It's as simple as that. Hard conservatives don't trust him because of RomneyCare and other suspicious toe-dips into the middle waters, the middle class has doubts because of his wealth and Wall-Stree-like background (including those shady offshore accounts), Fundamentalists and Evangelicals worry about his Mormon faith, and more moderate Republicans hesitate because he's made it clear he'd sell out his mother to pick up a few more votes. He's a phony and no amount of smiling is going to erase that fact.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  74. AB

    Mitt Romney can't seal the deal and win the nomination immediately after Super Tuesday because he a seriously weak candidate and is not very popular among conservatives. This man is a "used car salesman" and is very out of touch with most Americans on economic and social issues. Romney is not very popular with christian evangelicals since he is a Mormon. Romney is a front runner by default as was John McCain and I believe that the outcome will be same for Romney as it was for McCain in 2008. If Romney can't appeal to his conservative base, there is no way that he will appeal to broad American electorate. Romney will be so bloody, damaged and vulnerable, that he will be easily taken out by Obama on election day.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  75. Jim

    He can,t seal the deal,because he is seen for what he is: a rich snob who trys to convay that he cares about the working class, but he has no clue what its like to have to really work for a living,. No chance in hell to beat Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  76. riley oday

    In many parts of the country Mormon is considered a cult, not at all like the teachings in the Bible.If he does win nomination he will have to deal with that. And in the Bible Belt it wont fly for long.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  77. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, he can't seal the deal because he is not an ultra conservative as he pretends, has alienated most minority groups, committed uncounted gaffes and has flip-flopped more than a beached fish. Even most Republicans don't really care for him.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  78. JAB in Missouri

    He has stood all over the place. The health care plan he passed as a governor is the pattern for President Obama's health care plan. He was for the individual mandate before he was against it. If you look back in his record he has stood everywhere from moderate-liberal to radically conservative on almost every issue. He just says what he thinks he needs to say to get nominated, and he will do that to be elected too.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  79. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    The Republican base doesn't want him. But his opponents r so bad, how do u choose the best apple out of a barrel of rotten apples.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  80. Sandstone.

    "But he has, Jack. What is a Conservative these day's. It's like Republican and Democrate, they mean nothing these days. This is the 21st Century, and your country along with most other's have changed ten fold. It's who can get the votes period. Who would have imagined a 100 years ago, a Black, Muslim, Socialist, would ever be elected in the USA?"

    March 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  81. Carlotta in Granger, IN

    He can't seal the deal because the republican voters cannot believe that these are the choices with which they are stuck. They are currently caught somewhere between shock and denial. They have to move on to acceptance. I feel their pain because I felt the same way about Obama in 2008.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  82. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    The true answer is because Rush Limbaugh and his many millions of hard core tea party followers will not accept Romney, they mostly push Santorum, and Gingrich will not drop out which splits the anti-Romney vote. Ron Paul also has not reason to drop out so get your popcorn out because this fight, with many Super Pacs to help fund it, will probably go the distance!

    March 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  83. Nelson

    Because more and more people are recognizing him for the phoney that he is.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  84. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Jack, people within the same party often disagree on who can best fix our problems and lead us. And you will see proof positive of the "split" in politcal beliefs within one party this November when the Democrats get to fix their "buyer's remorse" over the current administration.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  85. Gigi Oregon

    He will seal the deal...sooner or later. I think the 99% Republican base are scared to death the 1% will pick the candidate...It sounds to me that Big money wants to go to war but nobody wants to die. Do we really want another war...

    March 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm |