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What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?
March 14th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Another Tuesday, another failure by Mitt Romney to line up the party faithful behind him.

Not only did Romney lose yesterday's contests in Alabama and Mississippi, but he finished third in both, putting him behind Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

Even though Romney remains well ahead in the delegate count and even though he'll still likely win the nomination, he just can't put those nagging doubts among conservatives to rest.

CNN political contributor Paul Begala writes for The Daily Beast that Romney has gone from inevitable to unelectable:

"Somebody strap him to the roof of one of his Cadillacs and drive him off to one of his many mansions." Ouch.

Begala says the hard truth is the more voters see Romney, the less they like him. Begala calls on Romney to get out of the race.

Of course that's not happening, but Romney isn't doing himself any favors here.

On this very program yesterday, Romney proclaimed Rick Santorum was at the "desperate end" of his campaign.

24 hours later it almost looks like it's the other way around. Romney looks like the desperate one - with Southern conservatives seeing right through his supposed love for cheesy grits and catfish.

And so the race goes on and on and on. It's getting painful to watch. Santorum and Romney are expected to split the next few contests on the calendar.

Which leaves Newt Gingrich, who managed to have an even more embarrassing day than Romney. He's only won two states and failed to deliver in the South yesterday.

It's time for Newt to go - but he won't. Gingrich seems to think he's running against the "elite media," which may be why he keeps losing to the other candidates on the ballot.

Here’s my question to you: What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm 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. Bill of New Mexico

    Romney's past clearly reveals a moderate–too moderate for too many conservatives.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Pete in Georgia

    Simple.
    It's YOU, and your media buddies constantly bashing how Mitt isn't conservative enough, doesn't connect with everyday folks ....................you know, the way Jimmy Stewart did in the movies.
    Jack, America has become so used to being manipulated by the media, the entertainment industry, and deceiving politicians, well, why go on about this, look who we were dumb enough to elect last time around.
    Why can't we look squarely at a candidates values and REAL WORLD experience for a change ?
    Wow, what a concept !!

    March 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  3. jk in MN

    He's trying too hard to do something he doesn't seem to be able to do...........have true feeling and understand the problems of the 99%. The problem I have with him is the fact he pays less than 15% in income tax and has all those off shore accounts that he probably hasn't paid tax on, and can't see how the current tax code is unfair to the majority of Americans and thinks the tax rates for the wealthy should be less. He's a square peg trying to fit in a round hole.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Dave from Chicopee Massachusetts

    Hi Jack, Romney's biggest problem is his mouth. He tells the world that "it's all about delegates". Forget about the middle class! He reminds me of Al Gore standing in New Orleans after Katrina in his ironed shirt knowing full well he would never get his hands dirty. I saw what he did in Massachusetts, he's Obama to the right. I won't vote for Obama and I certainly won't vote for Romney.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  5. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Romney has several problems. He looks like a phony when trying to relate to the average citizen. The only persons he looks comfortable around is the wealthy. There are too many tapes and pass interviews proving he is a moderate and not a true conservative. He is a Mormon which many evangelicals don't approve of. The only reason Romney is leading in delegates are because of all the money and organization he has, plus the fact that Santorum and Gingrich are splitting many of the true conservative votes. His only hope right now is for Gingrich's whose ego is bigger than his brain, stays in the race.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  6. MNResident

    Romney's number one problem? Himself. His number two problem? His policies- namely, his support for Romneycare/Obamacare. His number three problem? He's the "establishment Republican" candidate, and there are a lot of people who are FED UP with the "establishment" in BOTH parties.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    He's an actor playing a role and everyone knows it.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  8. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Mitt Romney. He is offering to lead America and he doesn't know anything about America. Even an alien from East Podunk, Mars would have an easier time relating.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  9. Pete in Florida

    He has taken every possible position on virtually every issue, so I have NO idea what he really stands for or what he'll actually do if he becomes President. He says things he knows are not true, just to win votes. He's a phony, trying to pretend that he's Mister Everyday Average Joe, when he's actually Mister Super-Rich Elite who has NO idea what's it's like to be part of the working class. In other words, he is of little integrity and dubious caharcter.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Lisa fronm Long Island

    Hi Jack, Good question! Does it make sense to anyone that in order to fix our economy, broken at the hands of an overspending president(Mitt says) , Mitt Romney is throwing millions of dollars around like a mad man? Overspending overspending overspending! some would say RECKLESS overspending by his campaign and his PAC. Is spending 10-to-one or 12-to-one really necessary? THIS is the guy who going to be responsible for our budget? Ha!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  11. Jenna Roseville CA

    What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?

    He is suffering from Silver Spoon-itis. It is when the rich can't relate to the common folk and constantly put their foot in their mouths over comments about their massive wealth.

    I can't vote for anyone who has no clue about what is really happening in America – that is why I couldn't vote for GW Bush either. He had no clue..

    Both men are the Poster Children why we need to have campaign finance reform.

    I say take away the ability of these candidates to buy their elections, keep corporation money out, keep lobbying money out, keep union money out, keep individual donations out. PUBLIC FINANCING ONLY. $5 charged during tax time. Equal media time since the airwaves belong to ALL Americans not just the wealthy or one party. And add in TRUTH IN BROADCASTING with a New and Improved Fairness Doctrine.

    We will get REAL leaders then!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  12. bytehead

    Other than he can't win the Presidency?

    That he doesn't have a real stand on anything, one day he's for this, later (when it suits him) he's against it.

    Bryan Price from Jacksonville, FL

    March 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    The Republican Party!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  14. riley oday

    He is a slick lair. Only wants to be president to be The President. No vision for the country.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  15. BOB FROM PHOENIX

    What is Mitt Romney's biggest problem? That's simple, Mitt Romeny

    March 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  16. Ed from Texas

    Over the last many years, the Republican party has moved farther and farther to the right and most of today's Republican primary voters do not believe Mitt Romney is conservative enough.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  17. Lisa P from NE Illinois

    Mitt Romney.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  18. Gary H. Boyd

    Romney's not a good politician. He needs to be more like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the guy in the White House. They know what to say, how to say it and when to say whatever it takes to curry support. Romney's straight-forward approach doesn't sell because he's not telling the poor, unemployed and illeterate that he's gonna make 'em all rich.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: The conservatives, born again christians, and the people who do not want a Mormon in the White House are Mitt's problems. The Republicans might like Mitt Romney's organization, but they just do not want to accept him fully as the candidate. This will not change even when Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for President. The Republicans will not join the band wagon for his election.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    In two words, Mitt Romney.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  21. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    His lack of integrity. He's a guy who's changed his views on issues in the same day, thrown out attack ads at will, and looks like he'll do or say anything for the nomination. For someone who supposedly is the frontrunner, he looks desperate and uncomfortable, and sometimes the person who'll do whatever it takes just isn't the type of person you want representing you.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Sorry Jack, Too easy. Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney's biggest problem. Throw in the way he changes his position on issues, the lies he tells, Sure you ate Grits Mitt!! For some people that would be a real meal. Your pandering and insincere attempts at being an everyday guy are mostly annoying. I don't resent you for being rich, but I do resent your attitude towards middle class Americans to say nothing about how you would treat poor Americans. Plus if our Pets could vote, they would not vote for you either.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Duane North Dakota

    Jack: This country does not need another elitist millionaire who is bored with life to play in the Washington sandbox. Our government is broke and our country is in trouble. Romney has no concept of ordinary Americans, e.g. $10,000 bets, Corporations are people too, I like to fire people; wearing blue jeans does not make you ordinary. A northeast millionaire in blue jeans saying y’all and eating grits is still a millionaire. If Romney buys the GOP nomination, I will not vote in the general election.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Generally, Romney is his own biggest problem – he is essentially a people pleaser who does not realize he is being taped and that people will use what he says one day against him when he shifts his audience. It is almost pathological. As far as sealing the deal with the GOP, however, his biggest problem is people like you analyzing his problems. If you project out how the caucus states are going to go – that he has mostly lined up support in these states from the party establishments who will actually control who gets the delegates – he has pretty much already won – or will soon.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  25. Doug Ericson

    Mitts biggest problem is that he has a lot of problems. Here is a short list that I will type as it comes to me. 1. He is a Mormom. All prior Presidents have been Protestant with one exception. 2. Foreign expertise. He has none. 3. Personality. Mitt is witless. 4. Political experience. Governor of the most corrupt State in the Nation. 5. Economic Platform. Mitt wants to eliminate the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction, which will crush the Middle Class, and give tax breaks to the Upper Class. 6. Campaign Staff. Wasn't that guy Cain's campaign manager, the one who blew smoke in the ads? 7. Postion on the National Debt. Mitt would be willing to raise the National Debt limit as long as he could cut the budget somewhere else. ( Whats the point? ). 8. Singing voice. Average, unlike Obama who sings like a pro. And so on. Mitts best attribute? His looks. He looks better than most 30 somethings. I'd be a Mormom too if I were him. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  26. Peg in NY

    Opening his mouth.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  27. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    Mitt Romney is his own biggest problem. Only by Massachusetts standards could he be considered conservative. In most of the country he is a Massachusetts moderate or worse these days a liberal Republican. He should stop talking about things other than the economy and focus like a laser on jobs, income, credit, debt and finance in general. In addition, he needs to start giving examples of how his general economic plan would work and help the average person/family – but this is his second problem – he doesn't seem to know how the average person/family lives or what is on their minds. If he can get some tutoring and stick to his strengths and stop pretending to be what he is not, he would be a better candidate. OH, and stop all the negative ads.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Terri from Blountville, TN

    Mitt Romney might be more likeable if he didn't seem so phony. Don't come to southern states and say ya'll, I had cheesy grits for breakfast and all kinds of weird things are happening and expect to fit in. He tries to fit into every situation and fits no where. He might be a wonderful person, but he seems out of touch because of his wealth. I mean how many American families have numerous large homes and Mom has 2 cadilacs? He has no real idea of what the average middle to lower class family has to deal with. For that matter, neither do the other candidates.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  29. Lisa fronm Long Island

    Its his JUDGMENT Jack! the judgment of someone who puts a dog on the roof of the car and keeps the LUGGAGE in the back?

    the judgment of someone who says he will be better for our economy and then OVERSPENDS BY MILLIONS 12-to-1 or 10-to-1, throwing millions around like a desperate mad man?

    We can accept that he cannot connect with the common man, but can he connect with some common sense?

    March 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  30. Michael

    Why it's himself Jack. Every time he goes off script we see the real Romney and we see that he is so out of touch
    with most American's.

    Michael Largo Florida

    March 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  31. Ken in Seattle

    His unbelievable inability to relate to anyone in the 99%. He so obviously feels superior to everyone else that his feeble attempts to appear otherwise fall flat or backfire. And they appear in genuine because they are. His demeanor reminds me of a characture of snobbish European royalty who hold their nose whenever having to interact with the "little people". You know, those of use who don't own NFL or NASCAR teams, who are those being fired by the likes of someone like Romney and not doing the firing and who own one car in need of repair instead of four two of which are Cadillacs. I am sure he feels that once he becomes president he can barricade himself in the oval office and not have to touch the retched masses any more. By most accounts this is how he served as governor. With so many people in this country hurting financially we need a president with compassion. Romney can't seem to even fake it.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  32. Annie, Atlanta

    He put his dog in a kennel tied to the top of his car for a 12 hour trip for goodness sake. Nothing makes me want to see him as the head of the free world like his total disregard for all things living. Where does that leave those of us for whom he has no room in his world? If we were being honest here, we'd be bantering around the word sociopath.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  33. Randall from Red Bank, NJ

    I think he'll say anything to be President. I can accept that politicians are willing to lie about their beliefs to hold office, but they're supposed to be ashamed of that. He just wants it too badly. As Douglas Adams wrote in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, people who want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary, anyone capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Romney's biggest problem, is himself. He's just not public office material, has nothing in common with the vast majority of Americans, and most people can smell his phony-ness a mile away. With such little political skills or persona, its blantantly obvious he is a front, or shill, for special interests and not a protector of the people.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  35. Loren

    He's a politician, not a person. When he does all the things that politicians do, people don't accept that he's one of them in doing them. If he stopped kissing babies and trying to say what he thinks what people want to hear, but instead just said what he thought, he'd seem more like a real person than a construct. It is likely too late for anyone to accept him as a leader, and not just a politician grubbing for power.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  36. Rose in Glendale, Az

    I completely disagree with Paul Begala who said Mitt Romney is unelectable. The Obama campaign has been after Romney from day one, I believe that they know they are going to have a tough time in the election against Romney. A current poll shows Romney is ahead of Obama with independents. It is all about the economy and Obama has failed the American people.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  37. C from Boston, MA

    Yesterday's elections in AL and MS are a clear message that people can see through the phoney Mitt Romney. He is a multi-faced corporate raider-hatchet man who loves firing people making his fortune by destroying companies, shifting jobs overseas, and putting our people out of work and who does not care about poor people. Moreover, he will stop at nothing to lie and pander to get the vote. He is definitely not a type of guy who feasts on grits. Somebody in the party needs to tell he and his wife to get into one of their Cadillacs and drive it back to one of their mansions and let the adults take over in the Republican campaign for President if they want any chance at the white House.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  38. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl every time he opens his mouth to stick both his feet in, the silver spoons keep falling out.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    The problem for Romney and the Republican party is, the far right clinging to a myth. It is conservatism that has never existed in our government, and is only in the minds of those who dream of it. The reality is, those called conservatives who have passed though government over the years have been just as liberal as the liberals. It is that myth that will keep Obama in and the Republican candidate out of the White House.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  40. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    What we have here is a failure to communicate!!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Mr. Romney is a true moderate trying to be a super conservative in a time of our history that won't allow a real flip-flopper and a multi-millionaire to be a valid candidate who has a super pac that people know are trying to buy the White House. Leave aside the fact that his religion is part of the issue, people don't trust a phony.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Paul - North Carolina

    Romney has problems too numerous to list. But his biggest one is that he comes across as a complete and total phony. Your reference to cheesy grits is a perfect example. Every time Mitt tries to connect with real people he makes a complete ass of himself. And if right wingers can see through his facade what do you think will happen when voters capable of critical thinking go to the polls in November?

    March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  43. David of Alexandria, VA

    He has two problems - one is that he is so rich that people don;t see past their class warfare biases, making in their minds him too much of an American success story to be President. Second, he is very, very smart and much more moderate than the "base" will let him get away with –fighting a war on two fronts makes his message difficult to toembrace by either the right or the middle.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  44. chic

    Biggest problem? Having been chosen by the GOP Elite, and the media. Just like McCain was, and then we LOST. This time the VOTERS are determined to have our say. And we say "he's no conservative, go home Mitt."

    March 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Being in the south isn't helpful unless he speaks of the devil coming and how he'll deal with him. (Bible and guns of course)

    March 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  46. TomInRochNY

    Mitt's biggest problem? He's a republican running for president. If he changed either one of those, he would probably be doing a lot better.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  47. Paul From Austin Texas

    His biggest problem he is does not know how to be real with the average person. Like daddy Bush he knows owners of Nascar and NFL and NHL and NBA teams but doesnot have a clue on who works at his bank or for that matter any store he goes too. He is just so far out of touch with the real person and he just has so much money and it is obvious he is trying to buy the office. A real turn off to any real person that is fighiing just to make it.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  48. Joe Meservy

    From one American to other Americans...Mitt Romney's biggest problem is that you need to believe in a man in this world in order for him to succeed. Mitt Romney has more delegates than anyone. He is prepared to lead and he is not a candidate for King of America. He is who he is–an honorable person who donated 14% of his income the last couple years, donated hi s inheritance, donated his pay for helping turn around the US Olympics, worked without a salary as a highly popular governor (70% win in MA primary), served without salary as a layman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and raised 5 sons who have all married and started families like his own. How dare we claim that there is a problem with such a great American. I don't claim to be any better than him but I strive to be every bit as good.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Karl in Flint, MI

    Mitt's biggest problem is Mitt. He has lived his entire life in the billionaire's bubble and has no clue how to relate to people who live on planet earth and work for a living. He's polite and courteous, most of the time, but he can't fathom that we, the little people, don't own NASCAR's and sports teams. We talk two different languages and he hasn't made the necessary transition at all. Makes you wonder how he was ever elected governor if Massachusetts.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  50. Jeff In Minnesota

    He's a rich guy who comes off as a rich guy. I'm sure Governor Romney is great with people in a one-on-one environment. He just comes off terribly at group events when he tries to be "one of us."

    March 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  51. Eve of London, TX

    When Romney refers to "cheesy grits.," he's looking in the mirror. Eve of Texas

    March 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  52. Charles - San Antonio

    Ronmey's biggest problem is that he is a fake. This was recently illustrated when he went down south and said "howdy ya" and claimed that he liked "cheesey grits". His efforts to pander to voters were insulting. He doesn't need to pretend to be southerner to get them to vote for him. He needs to demostrate confidence and not appear to be so fake.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  53. Dave - Phx

    He is nothing like a normal person in this country. He has no idea what it is like not to be filthy rich. He is out of touch, and he is a liar.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  54. Janie

    His arrogance is beyond ridiculous. He is the most insincere person I have ever seen running for President. He is completely out of touch with the middle to low income voting public. There is no way he will win the election. He also ignores the fact that there are millions more middle to low income voters than his millionaire buddies. If all of us middle to low income people go to vote this year Obama will win by a landslide. Obama does understand us and he is trying to make a difference. He can't be bought by the wealthy.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  55. wearinothegreen, from Wyoming

    Romney just doesn't have that star quality, that charisma, lacks fire in the belly, he's pretty blah, very forgettable, bland. A novelist using him for a character would want to add some ........ character.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  56. Gigi Oregon

    I believe it is several things. Three way ties don't make win. But most of us know the media is number one. When my husband was young he would say "save your confederate money the South will rise again". We laugh around here today. That ain't going to happen. Anything going backwards will never catch up to the fast pace of today's world. Going North East and to the West coast there will be a different political view. And a new day will dawn for the Republican candidates. It's been a strange Republican contest. But the biggest hindrance to a common sence approach has been the media rhetoric, predictions and charts...to say the least they have been miss leading. But there will always be political junkies like me, listening to every word. And talking back to the TV.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  57. Paul Weller

    Poor Mitt has the same problem as all the other conservatives. He doesn't know what brand he's supposed to be. Too conservative, not conservative enough, CINO, Tea Party or any of a half dozen other versions. Can't we just go back to being Republican, Democrat, Independent or just plain old Americans.
    Paul, Edgefield Cnty, SC.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  58. RickFromDetroit

    Mitt was born a "poor little rich kid" who is completely out of touch with the problems that plague most of the country. Mitt's dad was the CEO of AMC [American Motors Corp.] and the former Governor of Michigan. Mitt has enjoyed the "easy life" all of his life, and doesn't understand what the "underclass" in this country has to do to maintain even a minimum standard of living, if they are that lucky enough to achieve the minimum standard. Mitt's policies are only going to benefit the "privileged" and will more than likely suppress more Americans into poverty, but that is for the most part what the GOP stands for. I would have to say that Mitt is a perfect example of what the GOP represents.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  59. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, Romney’s problem is the GOP. They are freaked-out about what happened in 2008 and can’t decide which of their four white male candidates offers them what they seek most; their “values” imposed upon us all! Is it Romney the corporate protectionist, Paul the states rights fanatic, Gingrich the personification of their past or Santorum the anti-reproductive rights, anti-Gay rights, anti-science religious fanatic?

    March 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  60. Emma in Baltimore

    Romney's biggest problem is his artificial nature. He'll say or do anything to get his way, regardless of whatever casualties he leaves in his wake. It's impossible to admire or respect somebody who is so pretentious and self-centered and who is so callous and out-of-out with everyday folk.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  61. diridi

    the problem for GOP entity is crazy. He thinks he can buy votes with money. Flip-Flop., Bain-Capital, Ship jobs to China, India, for Cheap labor. Jack, I think we need Strict Immigration in USA. This is the problem. Tax code needs to be redone.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  62. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Romney was born privileged, grew up privileged, and is still privileged. And that's his problem-he's trying to look like he's Mitt the Plumber with his new worn jeans and his new-found love of cheese (not cheesy) grits. Nobody likes a phony-and there's nothing real about the guy.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  63. Leta

    Mitt's problem and the rest of the candidates – their only goal is to defeat the President,
    not addressing the huge economic problem of America and how to fix it.
    The dog on the roof is a mistake, so repetitive becomes irrelevant, how about tied to
    the special interest group , that would be serious, can never hide because of the internet.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  64. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Mitten is a "one percenter" that has and never will identify with the other 99%. His weath will never achieve his dream-being President--and just sometimes-–dreams are meant to be exactly that-–dreams.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  65. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Mitt's biggest problem is that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth which somehow turned into a silver foot Everything he says rings false and nobody likes a phony.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  66. stella sherman

    Not talking enough about his religion. Evangelicals n people in the South thinks they're more Christian than anywhere else. Mitt should talk about how he's own religion the MORMONS (as u the media call them) give more to the needy/the poor/the homeless etc than any other Religion. How they take their calling to serve their congregation for free, not charging the Lord for doing his work and preaching the bible is CHRISTIAN LIKE, how you pay 10% of your earnings faithfully is CHRISTIAN LIKE, how you start your prayer with OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN is CHRISTIAN LIKE. There is NO other Religion to date that can come close to the MORMONS (as u call them) when it comes to SERVICE. SERVICE means not getting paid for it, when you serve the LORD on Sundays it's FREE, that's what Mitt's religion is all about SERVICE. To say the Evangelicals and the people in the South are more Religous than the Mormons is a JOKE. You watch their so call PASTOR preach on Sundays then you go outside and watch them drive away in their EXPENSIVE CARS to their MANSIIONS built and bought for by charging the LORD. And they say MORMONS is not CHRISTIANITY? I understand why Mitt Romney doesn't talk much about his faith. One's Faith is between you and your Lord, and running for president is not going to compromise what Mitt Romney holds dear to his heart second to Ann Romney, his FAITH.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  67. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    I think Romney comes across as a "Richie Rich" who has NO idea what average American working class people have to do now days just to suvive. comments like "not really a NASCAR fan, BUT know a lot of team owners" just makes people cringe. to paraphrse Chevy Chase from the mid 1970's Saturday Night Live shows, every other "off the cuff" comment seems to be "I'm Mitt Romney, (I'm Rich) and YOUR NOT".

    also a lot of working people know that when he ran Bain Capital they "busted out" a lot of companies to make a fast buck and cost the workers their jobs. he's known as Mitt "Downsizing and Outsourcing" Romney.

    and as for "charisma", Stephen Colbert said it best when he stated that "Romney couldn't get CATS to follow him IF he was holding an open can of tuna."

    March 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Kellie

    Kellie, from Freetown, Indiana : Mitt Romney's biggest problem, as well as the whole Republican line-up, is that they are all pandering to the fringe of the party. While the fringe of the party may be the loudest, most visible, and most vocal, they are not the norm of the Republican party (which appears to have disappeared). The more the lineup panders, the less intelligent, believeable, and realistic they seem. It doesn't help when they put 'crazy' in the line up of actual candidates, most 'normal' folk out in the audience know immediately who I mean when I say that so I won't name names. The Republican party has become something of a joke. It is only through the fact that so many Americans are uninformed and believe every bit of propaganda fed to them that our system (on either side) continues at the status quo.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  69. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    Romney has two problems. The first is that he has been selling his soul to the right wing of the Republican Party. He is clearly a moderate but couldn’t get the nomination being who he is so he tries to be someone he’s not and just can’t pull it off. His other problem is that he is not a politician. He is a wealthy businessman whose verbal blunders show that he doesn’t know how to relate to the average person. Love those cheesy grits y’all.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  70. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: His dream of becoming President will only be that--a dream. No one likes him; no one trusts him; and he is in the 1%--the majority category of the wealthly--the minor catergory of popularity.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Fran, Brimley, MI

    Money, Money, Money!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  72. Sean Palm Desert, CA

    His camouflage has worked so well that nobody knows what the heck they're looking at any more.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  73. John Lake Charles, LA

    He's a Republican Jack.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  74. Greg in Arkansas

    Romney's biggest problem is that GOP conservatives and evangelicals who dominate the Republican electorate base keep moving so far to the right that even the center appears to be the far left to them.
    If he doesn't follow them now, he's toast, if he does and wins the nomination, he's burnt toast in November because there are too many people in the middle that won't take the chance of electing a radical religious zealot or a pandering flip-flopping politician.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  75. Gary in San Jose, California

    Mitt's problem? He's a flip flopping moderate Mormon. That's three strikes with the Republican base.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  76. Rich in Gainesville FL

    The over-all impression that voters have of Mitt is that he has only one true core belief: the belief that he should be president. His problem is that simple.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  77. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is himself. The 'super rich' seem to have an air about them that they are much smarter than everyone else. And one of their biggest problems is that they talk down to everyone who isn't as rich as they are. Oh well, if he wins the delegates and becomes the Replublican candidate in November ... he's gonna get stomped on by Mr. Obama and rightly so.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  78. Cy Gardner

    He suffers from an acute lack of authenticity. He seems to daily reinforce the image of him as a pandering liar who is willing to say anything to anyone in order to curry favor. And what hurts him most is that he is so awkward and inartful when he tries to ingratiate himself to the little people. Sorry, Mitt, the little people are not in a cake eating mood. cy

    March 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  79. Brad, Portland, OR

    Mitt's biggest problem is that conservatives hate Mormons. They hate Catholics, too, but not as much as Mormons, which is why Santorum and Gingrich are still in the race.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  80. andy Lynn, MA

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is Mitt Romney. He's as exciting as watching Jell-o harden is the refrigerator.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  81. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, I don't Know. The Republicans should love him. He's not worried about the the poor because he thinks they're all taken care of and doing just fine. He's not worried about the rich because he is rich and Knows how good that feels. So that only leaves the Middle Class the most rapidly decreasing segment of the population. My guess is with so few people left in the country he worries about he can't get enough Votes. Jack From Nice Ca.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  82. Cy Gardner

    Mitt's biggest problem is what his fellow Republicans did to the economy. I mean, if their lies about making the rich pay no taxes and obey no laws really, really worked the way they keep saying it should, we would all be rich enough to like Mitt. If I had one hundred million dollars and my biggest goal in life was to have TWO hundred million dollars, well, then Mitt would be my guy. Unfortunately, Republican economic theories have not created enough multimillionaires to sweep, I mean chauffeur, him into the White House. cy

    March 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  83. Randy

    The snobbery of a George w-esque trust funder acting as if he has ever actually had to work a real job wanting the most powerful job in the country to further enrich him and his friends.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  84. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The media is his biggest problem. There is nothing wrong with romney. He is more moderate than obama, and he is the only candidate talking about implementing a 20% tariff on chinese imports like china does with u.s. exports to china. He is also against amnesty for illegal immigration. Illegal immigration and tariff free imports from china are two major reasons why americans can't find jobs. Pandering to one issue religious fundamentalists will not provide one job.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  85. joshua

    liberal bias in the media, hate filled attacks by democratic supporters, getting past phony issues like contraception to talk about the real issues like fixing the worsening economy, reversing the growing national debt and not getting into more wars in the middle east.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  86. Janice Bunch, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Romney is a phony, pure and simple. His laugh/chuckle even sounds phony. He cannot be trusted on serious issues facing this country.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  87. thom richer

    Romney is incapable or relating with the common man and woman. He has no real sincere social skills to empathize with the working class or the poor. He has never gone without, needed financial help, worked for and raised a family on minimum wage, will never worry about basic needs of survival. Thus, he is not a man that is meant to lead a nation of diverse people or class standings. He does not understand sacrifice or need and never will so he cannot the connection needed to represent all Americans.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  88. Ann from Charleston SC

    I think Romney's biggest problem is that there are too many "toos" – he tries too hard to relate to the people, he is too stiff and awkward, he spends too much money, he is too well organized, he is too negative, and he is too vague about what he will actually do in the White House. I feel sorry for the guy.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Keith Travis

    Mitt's biggest problem is that he flips flop on key issues like bringing down the deficit when he himself is overspending his gop opponents 10 to 1 in wasteful money and still cannot seal the deal. If that's his answer for America to overspend then nothing will change in washinton if he's president.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  90. Frances

    Do you mean other than being an empty suit?

    Frances
    Escondido

    March 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  91. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, Romney's biggest problem is the rift between the moderate Republicans and the right wing of the party, which includes the Tea Party. Even though the moderate's have been shouted down, they are still out there trying to claim this election for their own. As for the right wingers, Romney just isn't "Christian" enough.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Pam in New York

    He does not even display average intelligence. The GOP should be embarrassed by the entire bunch. The one real promising candidate, Huntsman, is long gone. They are left with a freak show.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  93. Adem

    Simply, Mitt Romney. Staying on the wedding cake!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  94. Keith

    Romney's biggest problem is he is a great leader and manager but not a good politician. That is why he is having a problem connecting with people. But wait, isn't that what we are all tired of, good politician and horrible leaders! My vote is for Romney!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  95. Diane

    Two words....Mitt Romney

    March 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  96. Some Dude

    Romney's problem is that he pretends to know all that needs be known about money.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  97. Susan in Pennsylvania

    Romney is his biggest problem. When he talks normally, he sounds like a lecturing dad after you bring the car home with an empty gas tank. When he tries to joke, he sounds like the embarrassing old guy trying to be the "cool" dad.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  98. Eric

    Himself....enough said.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Apart from Mitt being Mitt (which is a big enough problem in itself)? Probably how extreme the GOP has become. Consider the 2008 Democratic nominating campaign, where the debate between the contestants was who would be a better national leader - so much so that the most famous ad remains Hilary Clinton's 3AM spot. Compare that to the GOP races in 2008 and 2012 where the battle is on who is more conservative (ie, most narrow minded and bigoted).

    March 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Will from south dakota

    He comes across as totally insincere and not very bright.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Shawn

    His biggest problem is he is a RINO (Republican In Name Only). That is his biggest problem, he is a moderate and he is afraid to admit it.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Kevin

    He is unable to get people to be enthusiastic upon his presence, but lets not kid ourselves Obama seems to already have this election wrapped up making any of Mitt's many problems irrelevant.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Larry in Fort Lauderdale

    He could possibly be the biggest phony to ever run for president in modern times. So many people see through his lies and flip/flopping and it's getting worse for him.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  104. MaryAnn Zebrowski

    Jack, He needs to get REAL and stop saying just what he THINKS people want to hear. Get off the religious thing and learn to separate government from the churches. (Render to Ceasar the things that are Ceaser's and to God the things that are God's.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Legal

    Romney's biggest problem is that he is not a convincing actor. When he lies – everyone knows he is lying. That's an awful quality to have in the game of politics.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Maulik

    His biggest problem is Santorum and Gingrich constantly showing the deep south conservatives how far he is from their views. He must become more ideologically conservative in his campaign to win the south and pull the moderate votes after he gets the republican nomination. He is clearly the candidate that can compete with Romney, but voters either choose someone to defeat Obama or someone who matches their views, and the latter has been true in yesterday's results.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  107. Evan

    Everyone says Romney has a problem with being an electable candidate because he can't get the southern vote, but no one mentions that 8 out of 10 voters were evangelical and were told last week in church that if they vote for Romney they are going to hell because he's Mormon.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  108. Terry

    His biggest problem has been that no matter whether he wins or not the left media like you talk only about what a week candidate he is. Really? If he's weak what does that make the other candidates including the President?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  109. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    Mitt Romney's problem is Mitt Romney. He is a go with the flow, spineless, chameleon politican that is too busy deciding which new model of Cadillac with luggage racks on top of it to strap his dog to that he wants to buy instead of connecting with the people. He was a moderate in Massachusetts because that is what you need to be to get elected there as a Republican but now he is a conservative to try to appeal to very right wing Republican Party.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  110. Lisa in California

    Romney is out of touch with the American People. He continues to spew garbage and intends to go after women, gays, latinos, poor, and the rest are in the general 99%. It is degrading to the south to show up and say "hey y'al!"

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Ken from Downers Grove, IL

    Mitt Romney's problem is that he's a moderate in a country that demands ultra extremism.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. Jake from Ottawa

    Willard's biggest problem is the people don't like him. He can't connect with middle class voters. By this point it's become an anybody but Romney race. By the time Willard Romney's done attacking Santorum, a nobody like Buddy Roemer will be the front runner.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  113. John from Mississippi

    He's just too slick and polished to come off as sincere to the average voter. Bill Clinton was Slick Willie, but could convince voters that he felt their pain. And he lived his whole adult life in public housing (mainly Governor's mansions) instead of real mansions.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  114. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    Mitt has that lap dog, tongue out, anxious to please attitude at the speaker's stand. He needs to take a serious pill and project an air of presidentialiy.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  115. Doug in San Diego

    Romney's biggest problem is that he an absolute phoney. He will say, change positions, spend money, waffle, whatever it takes to win this nomination. He has no backbone, no substance, only 7 years of trying and millions of dollars of spending. Even Republicans will eventually see through this.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  116. Riley, Seattle

    The Mitt's biggest problem is the Mitt. Having been at the head of the line when good-looks were given out, he arrived late in the line for personality. His apparent lack of enthusiasm, of substance, of ability to relate to voters is only marginally offest by his nose-to-the grindstone mentality. All work and no play has made Mitt a dull boy.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  117. Mike in Minneapolis

    He's a square peg trying to buy his way into a round hole.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Dorothy

    Romney biggest problem is he has nothing for us Jack, how can he talk about bringing jobs back to the USA when he made his billions shipping our jobs to China. So,he just settles on trying to choke down those cheesy grits, and even with Jeff Foxworthy beside him he IS NO REDNECK.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  119. LaQuita Carter

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is that he lacks conviction. Mitt has no core and noone knows what he stands for. He's flip-flopped so many times on so many issues that it's impossible to grasp exactly what (if anything) he believes in. People generally tend to respect those that are passionate about something, even if they tend to disagree. As a Black woman, I have more respect for the Klan than I do Mitt...at least I know where they stand.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  120. Rachel in Utah

    Mitt Romney is often described as a "Weak Frontunner." Everyone needs to be aware that term is code for "Mormon frontrunner." How can a man with Romney's resume, character, wealth, disposition and demeanor possibly be called weak? It's because America is more comfortable discussing racial discrimination than religious discrimination and the media pretends to be baffled at why the GOP doesn't accept him when they all know it's because of his Mormonism.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  121. Ron in New York

    Other than the fact that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, or the fact that he's too wealthy to relate to most of the voters in this country, I think his biggest problem is that he's a Mormon and to right-wing Christians, that's an absolute no-no. What they don't seem to understand is that America is not a theocracy...yet.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  122. Alden in Clayton North Carolina

    Romney's biggest problem is he cannot keep consistant viewpoints.He seems to think in the south with sit around eating grits and watch nascar which I find offensive.
    He is anti gun,pro big government and is NOT a real republican. He is on top in the polls because he works like a used car salesman and many people just want someone to replace Obama and dont take the time to find out what they are replacing him with.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  123. Kelly Ontario, Canada

    Mitt's biggest problem is Mitt. There is a reason that he doesn't do many interviews and the ones he does to are limited at best. However in a few months Mitts biggest problem will be President Obama. Unlike the GOP candidates Obama is smart, witty, and has the answers to the questions people want to ask. Mitt just seems to have foot in mouth syndrome.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  124. Adam Lawrence Elizabeth, NJ

    His problem is that he's a charlatan, everything he says sounds fake. He's an actor playing a part as a social conservative and people can see right through him. He cannot relate to any particular group of people except the rich and he still strives to be seen as "one of us".

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  125. Ryan Williams

    Romney's biggest problem is that he is a true moderate trying to act like a hardcore conservative. He seems to not know which side to pick. He says what the american people want to hear, and now people are starting to see that he has gotten himself in a mix. He is a true flip-flopper.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  126. Paul in Waterloo, ON

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is that he can never seem to appear genuine. He doesn't look comfortable in the jeans that he often wears to look more blue-collar, and his comments about connecting to southern food or trees in Michigan come off fake. It's not who he is, and it's obvious. He would come off better if he would just be himself. Unfortunately for Mitt, if he was himself he would be crucified by his base for being the out of touch rich guy that he lets slip through the facade.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  127. Austin, TX

    Mitt Romney has no problems. It is a primary election and he is doing better than the field. Once he gats nominated, I believe he has the best chance of beating President Obama. I just know that he will Govern from the middle if he wins, the will be little difference between him and President Obama.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  128. curtis in philadelphia

    In a word: phoney.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  129. James Portland, Oregon

    Jack, Mitt Romney's biggest problem is the liberal media who covers him. Every win (Ohio and Michigan) is considered a loss. And every loss (Alabama and Mississippi) is considered a catastrophe. Last time I checked he got the most delegates last night and won the state of Hawaii and the territory of American Samoa. Although, you wouldn't even think Hawaii was a state due to the lack of coverage that has gotten.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  130. Steve Mace

    What is Mitt Romney's biggest problem? Well, Mitt Romney's biggest problem is... Mitt Romney. I think Mitt needs to take a walk down political "memory lane", or even perhaps give a call to John Kerry; ask 'ol John how the "I voted for it, before I voted against it" campaign theory works with voters. I would love to continue, but I just noticed my daughter's gold fish has gotten out of the bowl, and it's [flip] flopping around.

    Steve

    Michigan

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  131. JT on the road

    You should ask what is the GOP's biggest problem? Evangelicals can't get over his Mormonism. But they should read the constitution: "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  132. Quinn of Georgia

    On the surface Mitt Romney appears to be too far removed from the common American called the majority. Every time it appears he is gaining traction he opens goes off the reservation with an off the wall comment to validate what everyone already knows; he has had a very privileged life and seems to be out of touch with the poor and middle-class.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Tom

    Tom in New Jersey
    Mitt Romney is not a man of the people, by any stretch of the phrase. He repeatedly makes references to his rich and powerful friends, and his embarrassing pandering at campaign stops is cringe-worthy. He's waffled on many things he previously stood for and he sounds dishonest when explaining it. On that note, changing your mind on an issue is fine as long as you admit it, live up to it, and explain why you think differently. If he did that, I'd respect him more. Still wouldn't vote for him, though.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  134. Maulik

    *compete with Obama

    March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. Jerry in Colorado Springs

    I've tried in vain to like Romney but the more he talks the more I think his vision of the Presidency is that of "Venture Capitalist in Chief". He is a senior citizen now & in the enviable position of being able to afford living out his Happy Golden Years in a state of luxury while writing an occasional op-ed for The Times. That's what I think he should do.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Robert Rudd

    The answer is simple Jack. The problem is his politics which do not fit with his party's base.
    Now all they need do is get Jesus on the ballot ( and all will be well in God's Only Party ).

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  137. Matt

    Mitt's biggest problem is that he's a victim of the rhetoric of the hyper-religious right. Albeit I have no intention to vote for any republican... ever, I think it's sad that he's being forced to to align himself with rhetoric that he'll inevitably move away from in the general election if he secures the nomination. The guy's a moderate pandering to people who would support a theocracy if you put it on their plate. Romney should just start his own party and call it the "Nice Hair Party."

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  138. Tom from Mississippi

    Mitt's biggest problem is himself. When I think of Mitt, I think of a robot. Listening to Mitt is like reading emails from a scam artist claiming to be stuck in Africa. Everything Mitt says just sounds so generic, and one would have to be very superficial and naive to believe that even he believes half of the things he say.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  139. Ron in Emeryville, CA

    Massachusetts Republicans are successful when they know how to work with their legislature to get things done. He's a great salesman based on his success in business. Not a bad profile for someone we need in Washington. He's also typical of Republicans from Massachusetts like Bill Weld. The country does not repeat the shades of grey they represent. It seems we want them black or white. No pun intended.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  140. Cynthia Cramer

    Romney has not idea what it is like to live pay check to pay check.. to live with the 'real' people and work for a living.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  141. Susan

    His chameleon act is insulting and growing tiresome. And he is really bad at it, considering all the practice. That Sweet Home Alabama request of the wrong band would have been funny if it weren't a tiny fraction of a long list of such gaffes.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  142. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Because it's a false choice Jack. Republicans are not voting for a man in these primaries. They are not thrilled about any of the actual candidates. They are voting between the choice of 'Principles vs Electability'. It's a debate going on in the very heart of the Conservatives in this country. Romney will never get over the hump because Conservatives are not voting for him. Most of them don't even like him. But he represent the 'Electability' within the internal debate.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  143. S. Scott

    Mitt's biggest problem is that he is Mitt Romney. His "gaffes" reflect who he really is. Yuck!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  144. Nathaniel Webb

    Mr. Romney's biggest problem is dishonesty. This is revealed in attack ads against his republican opponents, as well as his adopting different positions. His resolution is to decide who Mitt Romney is and operate within this concrete ideology.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  145. Kofi

    Mitt is too rich. He can't stop talking about his wealth, his connections and his Cardillacs. He loves 'cheesy grits' and 'strange things are happening' to him in every state he goes. Those strange things are simple: He does not connect with the 99 per cent.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  146. Sol R.

    Jack,
    His problem is that every rational person knows that Obama is going to win and the Republican party will quite likely lose the House as well as many state races. Most Republicans are not excited about voting for anyone and I think a lot of people will stay home, giving Obama an even larger victory. Tough to get excited about a primary race when they already know none of the candidates have a chance to even compete with the President in the general election. Ron Paul is the only rational one but no one wants to listen to him. Ann Coulter said it best, Romney will be will be the nominee, and they will lose!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  147. Rich

    Believability! Bashing the President who inherited the sodden economic policies of Bush, yet he spends millions for his election bid? Talk about talking out of the side of your mouth...when I watch and listen to him, I'm reminded of Nixon's 5:00 shadow and Dole's eye flutter. Both maladies cost those two their wins – Romney's lip service will cost him his.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  148. John Martin in Seattle

    Romney is a Mormon, end of story. What happens in the GOP primary is largely controlled by the cult of Prosperity Gospel (born again Christians) who believe Mormonisms is a cult. ALL religions which have the end of the world at the center of their psychotic belief system ARE cults. But of course, you pretend you don't know this at CNN.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  149. Ed in California

    Mitt's biggest problem is religion. Seems quite a few Republicans just can't conceive of a Mormon as President. They may succeed in nominating Santorum, but if so the White House will be lost forever to the radical leftists. Prejudice and not racial prejudice, may cost the election!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  150. Solomon

    Romney's problem is that the people whom he is trying to win are the same folks who are against President Obama, I said to myself, watching this election is going to be fun, to watch them push Mitt so far right, he will be on the west coast before you know it. You can't unmarinate meat, the bias and bigotry is ingrained in the south, Mitt you are not going to win them no matter what you do. I hate to say it but some folks you just have to write some people off. They have a problem with people who don't look like them, Romney has to be himself, the pandering is sickening, If you can stand and be confident in who you are then, the low budget, low information elective base isn't that stupid not to see through it to.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  151. Bernie of Lowell.

    Mitt Romney has no realization of the economic problems us "99 percent" face. Is he ready for "damage control"? There's already enough fodder out there to discredit anything he says..

    March 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  152. Tom from Mississippi

    Being from Mississippi, a personal problem I had with Mitt and the reason I could not support him is because of Gov. Phil Bryant endorsing him. I asked that Mitt denounce him because Phil Bryant endorses and have received donations from a Mississippi corporation that was found liable for racial discrimination of an employee.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  153. Anne Nordstrom

    The mainstream media! I don't need a candidate that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I need someone that shows he can be a leader and does it by example.

    Anne Nordstrom
    Bellevue, Washington

    March 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  154. John Snyder

    Ah Mit, Mit, Mit; you just don't get it. You stick you foot in your mouth repeatedly. You change direction more that an Italian WW2 fighter. Since Obama is basically a moderate, you have to go way out there to oppose him. And putting that Irish setter on the roof of your car, and hosing off the car with him in the cage; there is NO excuse at all for that. You incensitive clod. President of the United States? In your dreams, Mit.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  155. Vic Dreyer

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is that he takes his wealth for granted. Mitt doesn't seem to have a clue how to relate to middle and low income individuals. It hurts me to see him try so hard to act like one of the less fortunate just to get their votes.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  156. Evelyn in Cape Canaveral,Florida

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is he has not reached out to the evangelical christian community to explain his future goals for the United States of America from a mormom's perspective.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  157. Karen, Nashua, NH

    I just want to smack him-he SCREAMS insincerety to me & most of Americans. I really wish he would just fade away into the conservative sunset.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  158. Cres from Florida

    Can you say "too rich to relate to most Americans?"

    Can you say "career campaigner" as much as anything else?

    Can you say a GOP party with factions that have no more flexibility than any of the GOP has with issues and legislation?.

    Can you say "moderate" has become a dirty word within the GOP like "liberal" is made to be a dirty word for Democrats?

    You pick Jack.......or maybe "all of the above, huh?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  159. Troy Zieman

    Authenticity is his problem. Romney has clearly shown that he will occupy any side of any issue for political expediency. Conservatives know they are getting a Centralist not a Conservative

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  160. WC

    Mitt's biggest problem is that he want to be president so bad that he is willing to say ANYTHING, no matter how absurd. In the process, he has reversed himself so many times and told so many lies, that even he's not sure where he stands anymore. Combine that with his incessant pandering (think cheesy grits) and his candidacy almost becomes a punchline.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  161. Larry in Houston

    What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?
    Answer : He's much too moderate for the far right conservatives, in addition to the fact that those hard core conservatives don't want a mormon for our president. In my honest opinion, I think the far right conservatives are taking a huge gamble ( you know, the sarah palin types & the tea party) Right now, they think most people in this country is going to vote A B O – ( anybody but obama ) but if they get somebody like newt or santorum as their nominee, they think it doesn't matter who gets it, they think they will become the nominee. I think they should be satisfied with romney, if he clinches the nomination. ( maybe the republicans are going for "broke") and take the plunge. heck, I really don't know.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  162. Jim on.

    Mits problem,he is a rich guy that has no idea how the most of us live. He will say most anything to get a vote, he is a phoney! He is a person, born with a silver in his mouth and can't relate to the ordinary joe. Money can't buy everything.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  163. Allen

    Romney is not worthy of a great obstructionist party like the Republicans. He might do something crazy like compromise. I’ve never heard him say he liked tea once. Frightening.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  164. Tony from Southport

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is the liberal media which supports Barack Obama.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  165. patrick in chicago

    He's fake, your rich just act rich and be graceful and don't brag. But then he's buying the election has no interesting plan and isn't exciting. I feel like he was just a bored man with money and thought I'm gonna try and be president. There is nothing genuine about him.FAKE

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  166. 123KeepItReal

    Mitt's problem is that he is completely out of touch with the common citizen. He is clueless and his perception of what common middle class Americans experience everyday is typical of millionaires trying to make connections with the common folk.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  167. LAS VEGAS

    The reason that Mitt Romney is not winning in the South is because he is Mormon plain and simple. The Born Again Christians want no part of a Mormon in the white house. The reporters on CNN, FOX, & NBC keep saying that Mitt Romney is not connecting to the voters, but in reality it is because of the anti-Mormon bigotry. If Mitt Romney was any christian religion besides Mormon, then this race would already be over. The voting results in the Southern states show that 8 out of 10 voters were Born Again Christian and around 60% say that the religous beliefs matter. The reporters should just come out and say that Heart Land (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Minn.) and the Southern States(Tenn., Mississipi, & Alabama) do not want a Mormon in the white house.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  168. Rich Parks

    Rommey is just a well to do camelion trying to stand in front of a plaid backdrop, and like the Bugs Bunny cartoon, He should admit "I can't do it" & lucky his preeching admission would fall only upon the ears of an out-of-tune choiceless choir.
    Gingrich is NOT a lobbiest, NOR a candidate, he's merely a paid "K" St. consultant, and not leaving this dog-race when he has a national podium to lobby from.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  169. Yolanda in Indianapolis n

    Mitt is as fake as a $2 dollar bill grits haha he probably never even ate corn. And did everyone forget he follows he morman faith? hatever that is!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  170. Jake in Omaha

    What's Mitt Romney's biggest problem?

    Only one in three Republicans will vote for him.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  171. Aaron Brown

    The more you learn about Mitt Romney, the more you learn that he cannot relate to average American. He's the establishment candidate that was selected by default, the lesser of evils per say. I truly want to see a candidate's true personality on the road and Willard acts like a robot the entire time. How about he just talks to people like he normally would. Oh wait, he wouldn't be elected then.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  172. Arthur L. Diggs

    Arthur in Santa Clara, CA

    Mitt Romney is not a Christian and Do not believe in Jesus Christ, plus, with all his riches, he does not Give Back to
    help people who are less able to help themselves.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  173. Louis in Rhinebeck, NY

    Romney's biggest problem is opening his mouth and speaking. Everything he says is so artificial and rehearsed that people can't even understand his actual stance on issues. You can take all the speech lessons in the world but you can't learn personality

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  174. Lou Bruhn

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is the party for which he's seeking nomination is so far outside the range of common voter preference that he has to stretch too far from his moderate background to have any chance of getting it. He'd be better starting a third party with positions like Republicans of a decade and more earlier held.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  175. Phil, Jersey

    Everything about Romney doesn't Relate and on top of that he is being arrogant about it. Growing up in priviledge, you can tell Romney has never made any effort to relate to the plight of the average American, eventhough he knew he wanted to be president for centuries. Most importantly his Policies don't relate.....they mostly benefit his rich friends and only cuts from the average. Then Most of his Central positions has been changed back in forth only to benefit getting elected......which is another sad characteristic of a greedy rich person who will do or say anything for a buck or power. How do adamantly continue saying that you did not want Massachussettes health care nationally when you know its plenty of tape out their saying you wanted it for all Americans. Who would know what Mitt would do???

    March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  176. Sylvester Smith

    He has no soul, he's completely hollow inside, he will say anything and bend anyway to win the election. Those are all the reasons why he shouldn't be president.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  177. marybeth, massachusetts

    Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

    You asked what Mitt Romney's biggest problem is....and I think his biggest problem is Mitt Romney. He's phoney. Unlike a good actor who can make you believe in the character on the screen, Mitt Romney is a bad actor. He's not a good ole boy from the deep South. He's a super wealthy, multibillionaire plutocrat from Michigan and who served as governor of the bluest state in the Union. I disagree that its the most corrupt–I'm giving that title to Louisiana or Illinois. Romney knew that he'd never get elected in MA if he wasn't pro-education, pro-gun control, anti-death penalty, pro-choice, so he told us a bunch of lies. Then we learn otherwise. Don't trust him–he'll tell you whatever he thinks you want to hear in order to buy your votes.

    Romney's other problem is that he comes across as aloof and cold and uninterested and distant and a know-it-all. Running a government isn't like running a business. A business owner is a king, with absolute power. A President has all those pesky checks and balances on his power and isn't a king. Romney doesn't relate to ordinary (non-99%) Americans because he has never been one. He was born into extreme wealth. If he had failed at his vampire business ventures, it wouldn't have mattered because of his family money. He's a destroyer, not a builder.

    Mitt's other problem is that his party has become closed and doesn't accept non-Evangelical Christians or other faiths. He meets their white, wealthy, male criteria, but fails on the religion test. But I think if Romney were more true to himself, and more honest, more trustworthy, that would narrow the gap. Mitt's biggest problem is Mitt.

    Mitt, they're just not that into you.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  178. Larry in Houston

    not only newt thinks he's running against the "elite media" – He's staying IN, because as long as he's in there, the Votes will be constantly split between romney & santorum. This is newts way of Nobody getting to the 1144 number – he's figuring that If Nobody gets to the magic number – Then the decision on who's going to be the nominee, will rest in Tampa. And, he is "banking" on the decision will end up HIM Being the Nominee. (in August) I mean, can't You figure That Out, Jack ?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  179. Wm in PA

    Jack;
    W. Mitt Romney has tried the lizard approach – every position to match the surroundings. Too many recordings is killing him not to mention he has lost his sense of responsibility to the 99% of us. He, as all right-wing-nuts, lost his concern for real human beings and is just a corporation.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  180. Peggy Howard

    He is a Mormon. Lacks leadership skills, connecting with the people skills and basic congeniality.
    He has no fire or spark.
    Please help us if the Republicans will have to vote for him in the General.
    Go Santorum.
    Out with Newt NOW!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  181. Joe

    Mitt Romney's biggest problem is.........Mitt Romney! Im curious to keep watching Mitt try and overcome what has to be the biggest case of "foot in mouth" disease to hit an American 'front runner' in decades.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  182. Terry in Virginia

    Here's what he has shown voters regardless what he tells us. (1) When he put his dog on top of the car and put the luggage inside the stationwagon, he showed that he cared more about material things than living things. This also shows a great lack of sound judgment. (2) His remarks about letting the auto industry go under shows he doesn't care about the average worker. (3) When he talks about letting homes go to foreclosure so investors can buy these homes to rent out to the unfortunate folks who lost them, he shows he has no clue about what it takes for the average family to survive in today's economy. (4) His talking about grits and faking a bad Southern accent shows his contempt for us in this region. (5) His statements about his powerful friends in the NASCAR and football worlds and how us non-wealthy folks are just jealous show he's bragging about his wealth and connections, nothing more. (6) Without proper intel from the military and other advisors, he wants us to attack Iran. That not only shows he doesn't care about facts but he also doesn't care about our troops who've suffered through 2 long, current wars. He has 5 able-bodied sons, none of whom is in the military. Why not? Before he commits someone else's child to be killed or maimed in another war, he should encourage his children to join up. And I havent' begun to address the flips, flops, and stupid statements about everything else, including health care. In short, Mr. Romney has shown us a lot even though he thinks he's telling us a different story. He's either a phony, insincere, callous, self-centered liar whose ego needs a big presidential stroke or he's completely delusional. Either way Mitt Romney is the perfect candidate to run against Mr. Obama so that Mr. Obama can break the record for a landslide victory come November. Just think, Jack, I was going to stay home this November because I had lost hope and faith in our current President. Not now, no way, no how - thanks to all the GOP debates and the inability for Mr. Romney to think before he talks.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  183. Bill in Pleasanton, CA

    Mitt's problem is the same as all of the Republican candidates since day one of this primary season: while he has some desirable characteristics, he has just as many undesirable characteristics and failings. A compelling message might have been able to overcome this situation, but like rest of the field there just has not been anything to rally around. It is tough to rally around just replacing Obama when an objective person would concede that he has safely lead us through one of the most dangerous periods during our lives. With the stock market, employment and the economy improving Mitt's message has a hollow ring. Mitt's most enduring message seems to be "let's form a meritocracy." But, this will not resonate with Joe Average in the population. He ended his chance of actually being elected President when he said that he does not care about the poor.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  184. Bruce from North Carolina

    Mitt Romney reminds me of Mr. Potato Head. I don't know what is inside that oval brain because every time I turn around he's got a different hat on, or glasses, mustache, or hairdo. It's hard to sound passionate about a core of beliefs that have been tailored for the political consumer.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  185. Eric in Hoover, AL

    Jack, my problem is quite simple. Does not compute. Colbert hit this on the head with his superPAC ad. Mittens Romney is a serial killing robot from the future, sent back in time to prepare us for a time where our corpo-nation overlords have cut out the middle man and decide directly what we mere muppets get to keep on our paychecks and what we have to fork over at the company store for substandard products and services that we are told we have to have. Why this may seem hyperbolic, remember, this is the culture Mittens spent the majority of his professional life in, a sort of disconnected fantasy football of finance, where people are numbers attached to other numbers, to be pushed across the board, adjusted on the balance sheet, and hoodwinked and short sticked at their leisure. I am not a number, and Mittens will never be president. If his wife can adjust his programming he may survive until November, but Barack Obama will be able to deliver an ideologically devastating Falcon Punch.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  186. Deb in MT

    Just today, Willard said he would get rid of Planned Parenthood. Of course, he also said he was taken out of context, and really meant something else.....but it doesn't matter because he'll just say the opposite in a few hours in front of a different audience anyway.

    The man is coreless and clueless. He is hollow, empty, and flip-floppy. He is bereft of any principles beyond getting the nomination and trying to do what his daddy couldn't do: get elected POTUS (kinda like George W).

    And, as a reporter commented the other day, Romney 'acts like he is on a safari in his own country', seeing all the strange sights: poor people, non-white people, independent wimmin.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  187. Shayla in Sacramento, CA

    Romney is a fake. He's trying way to hard to win over the south by saying "ya'll" and eating grits. He isnt a man of the people in any way. I think He needs to stop pretending because everyone can see straight through him. No wonder he doesnt do many interviews..

    March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  188. Benjamin Bard

    He is going to look like a fool if he attacks this guy on the Economy. When you see the results compared to the 1970's in Manufacturing, Farming etc... Mitt will look like he doesn't read. There is something that he could ride, but they don't know who they are as Republicans

    March 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  189. Rush

    The conservative media bias.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  190. Ralph Nelson

    He's a chronic liar. Says he knows economics, he's lived it, so why is he advocating deflating the economy with drastic cuts? It will cause a deep recession. Answer: He does not know economics. Again, he's lying. What kind of person makes repeated mistakes? A person who is not real intelligent. He is of average intelligence. That isn't good enough to be president..

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  191. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    His biggest problem is that he is a ROBOT! He is a souless machine. He shows no humanity. HE made his living by bankrupting companies, splitting them up, firing the worker and leaving them without their pensions. Then he charged a management fee!!! Now he wants to do the same to the whole nation. Alien invaders couldn't be as destructive as Romney.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  192. Greg Turman

    Jack;
    The primaries are about delegate votes prior to the eventual nomination. Some states are winner take all (delegate votes) and other states divide the delegate vote per the voters vote.
    Romney recently gained delegate votes even though he did not carry all the states, i.e. Romney is now the leader in delegate votes vs the "field".
    In 2007 Romney appeared to be the man until the media decided to back Huckaby, which split the Christian vote.
    The "problem" Romney has is the perception created by the media.
    Christians, oil related people, manufacturing people, et al are not buying this stuff this go around. Romney will have the necessary delegate votes for nomination. President Obama will loose in a Jimmy Carter Landslide come November. Go google Jimmy Carter & see the similarities to president Obama. Nobel peace prize, anti oil and double digit un employment.
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  193. Dave

    Romney has two problems: First, the liberal media that protects the president and criticizes Romney when he wins. Second, he is faced with an extreme group of right wing talk radio show hosts that hate him (e.g., Rush, Ingraham, Lavin, etc.). Romney has the best polling numbers against Obama. He is also the most qualified candidate we have had in decades.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |