Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?
December 19th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While the Democrats wait to see whether President Obama faces off against Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich come November, a lot of them think Gingrich would be easier to beat. They may be very wrong. The latest CNN-Opinion Research Corp. national poll has them tied at 28%.

But as one Democratic adviser tells Politico: "Romney is playing not to lose, and Newt thinks he has nothing to lose."

Sure, Gingrich has his weaknesses and his dirty laundry: like his lack of discipline, no campaign infrastructure, his infidelities and three marriages, and the $1.6 million he took from Freddie Mac.

But when you get past all that, what you have is a more dangerous, talented and unpredictable rival than Romney.

Politico points to several reasons why team Obama should not take Gingrich for granted:

- For starters, Gingrich is smart. Very smart.

While Romney is no dummy, Gingrich knows his stuff. Gingrich has risen to the top of the Republican pack mostly based on his dominant debate performances. He has even offered to debate Obama, saying the president could use a teleprompter.

- Next, Gingrich fires up the base. He leads Romney when it comes to support from self-described conservatives. And Gingrich can reach out to the GOP’s wealthy donors while still taking swipes at Washington.

- Then there's Newt's mouth. Republicans love the way he attacks Obama. True, there's always the chance he'll go too far, come off as arrogant or self-destruct.

- Finally, Gingrich would be harder to target on Medicare or immigration, since his policies are more moderate than Romney's.

Here's my question to you: Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

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  1. Larry

    Jack, why should the President fear either of them. President Obama has the experience of being President and making tough decisions. Maybe not everyone agrees with his decisions but he makes them in support of every faction of America. Gingrich and Romney are only speaking to the needs of a specific segment of the population and they don't have President Obama's experience. Afraid, Gingrich and Romney should be afraid of how they will respond to the needs of All of America and not the concervative voices.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Herman

    I would hope that President Obama has much more to be afraid of than two people challenging him for the 2012 presidential race. He should be afraid of his poor policies and disregard for the majority of the American people that are looking of jobs and the fact he can't run on anything that has really helped America get better since he took office.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  3. Kenny Carcaterra

    Look...for the last time...THERE IS NO REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBAMA, ROMNEY, GINGRICH, PERRY, BACHMANN OR SANTORUM. The only candidate offering anything different...the only candidate offering REAL change as well as viable solutions to our problems...is Ron Paul. To believe otherwise is foolish.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Romney, since Gingrich will be embarrassed in the Iowa Caucuses – unless he has an internet campaign no one knows about. In truth, the only real threat is if Americans Elect nominates Hillary Clinton and she says yes.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  5. Paulette Bent

    He should be more fearful of Romney. He's moral and has been very successful. He's a devoted husband and family man whereas Gingrich as been married three times with rumors of other affairs too. Diva Calista doesn't cut the mustard either. Romney's been working at creating a formidable organization for a long time whereas Gingrich is haphazzardly putting one together right now. My state's Primary isn't until may and Gingrich calls here everday trying to solicit money from me. Not one phone call for Romney. That alone speaks to your question.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  6. carlos Magallanes

    Dear Jack,
    I don't know about Obama's fears, but I am sure scared of both these clowns. Include Mc Connell, Boehner, Ryan.
    C.M. Magallanes
    Pasadena, Calif

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    if I was the president I would be more afraid of Romney. Gingrich is a nut and will eventually go off the rails. There are already signs of that happening over the weekend on Face The Nation, when he said he would ignore Supreme Court Rollings that he did not like. He also would get rid of judges that wasn't to his suiting. Somehow Gingrich seems to forget is running for president of the most democratic nation in the world.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  8. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Cool question Jack
    Answer: neither one Jack...........they are the same ole same ole

    December 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  9. Jim, Denver CO

    Neither of them. President Obama needs to worry more about the general electorate and convincing us that he is still the right guy for the job, and that we need to vote out the obstructionists in Congress.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  10. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    He should be more afraid of Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich is all mouth and no substance. He is the American version of Mahmoud Ahmandinjad. They both use inflammatory, bombastic rhetoric to fire up their supporters and infuriate their oppositions. I don't think that wins elections.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama fears no one, and can jump tall building in single bound, and move faster than a speeding bullet,okay maybe not, but fear of Romney or Gigrich, no. Mitt Romney has the organization and money to conduct a hard, ruthless campaign; whereas, Gingrich does not have a good orgianization nor the money. President Obama can only hope the Republicans and the Tea Party wing will self-destruct within the next 4 months. President Obama has the money, and the Democrats have the right candidate for the job for the next 4 years.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  12. Gary H. Boyd

    I'd say Gingrich Jack. Despite his baggage, the guy understands Washington and could bring compromise back to the table. Something Obama just can't do.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    December 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    Obviously I think he should be more worried about Ron Paul. Hopefully it will be more evident to people that we need a true change in policies that only Ron Paul offers. What exactly would be the change by electing Obama, Romney or Gingrich? Precious little, as both parties will continue to pander to the banksters, corporations, and their own parties. Ron Paul is the only person that has consistently stood for true change, and sound economic principles.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    December 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  14. Jk from Minnesota

    They both are so good at flip-flopping they are very interchangeable, but I think Romney have more of the Mainline GOP big shots, so he's to be more concerned with. The President needs to be more concerned about the voters he has turned off by constantly giving in too much to the Grand Old Party of No! Right now, everytime I hear the words "Compromise, I get disgusted. The scary part of it is thinking of the GOP getting control of Congress and the Whitehouse. Frankly THAT is far more scary for America.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Bill of New Mexico

    Romney is Obama's bigger threat.
    The Independents are growing.
    If the Republicans think Independents hate Obama more than Newt–the Republicans may get a surprise.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Greg in Arkansas

    NEITHER, he should be more afraid of his own Democrats for sometiems acting like Mitt the flip-flopper or Newt the nut.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

    President Obama doesn't need to be afraid of either candidate....unless he has to debate them. Then he can start worrying.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  18. sarah-Dumfries ,VA

    No ,either of these Republicans can beat Obama,Republicans can NEVER win against the middle class,OWS

    December 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  19. Brad, Portland, OR

    The Republican base won't make a Mormon their nominee. So Obama is going to face Newt, unless the Republicans glom onto another flavor of the week before finally choosing their nominee.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  20. Carl


    In my opinion, they are all garbage choices. They all want to win, just to serve themselves, and not the people!!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  21. Scot, Oakland

    Jack, Neither of these filthy demagogues. He will be just fine as long as he keeps the 1% happy as he has been doing throughout his first term.

    Obama supporter for Ron Paul!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  22. Kenneth in California

    I don’t think he has to be afraid of any of the present bunch of candidates. There are more qualified people in the Republican Party that probably care not to run, like Jeb, the smart Bush. With today’s political hostilities in Washington, and the economic uncertainties, it is better they sit and wait.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  23. B. J., Quincy, Il

    Niether....if he would keep his champain promises

    December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  24. Matt Collins

    President Obama should be more afraid of Ron Paul than of "Newt Romney".

    December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?

    This must be your joke question of the day Jack.

    Obama doesn't need to fear either of them. They each have enough baggage that all the Democrats have to do is replay all their sound bytes and Americans will be turned off by both.

    And please Ron Paul run as an Independent. We Americans would LOVE that.

    Roseville CA

    December 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Gordo

    It doesn't matter. Ever since the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision took the cap off corporate and lobbyist campaign spending, anyone the Republicans nominate will be lifted into the White House on a glided chariot of negative advertising. Now, billionaires, corporations and their K-street lackeys can spend and spend, spouting lie after lie about Obama, even if Newt Romney doesn't "approve this message."

    December 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Peg from NY

    Mitt Romney.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Dean

    I don't think Obama is afraid of either Gingrich or Romney. Paul and Huntsman are the only two who pose any real threat to Obama, because they would take away the anti-war vote.

    From Wilmette, Illinios

    December 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Jason Bank

    Obama is more afraid of Ron Paul becoming the GOP nominee than Mitt or Grinch. Obama wants the grinch to steal christmas so people will lose hope for the republicans and stick to Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  30. joyce smith

    Fear – who is Newt or Mitt to be afraid of. So it's an election coming in 2012, it's not the 2nd coming of Christ – just a race between 2 humans, so what. Newt, Mitt or our President for that matter are anyone to fear – they are mortal and die just like the rest of the people in this world. The election is important, however, stop making this out to be what it's not – the end of the world, which is something to really be fearful of.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  31. Michael R.

    Neither, they both have a long history of flip-flopping and hypocrisy. Their rhetoric sounds Conservative but they have a history of supporting Liberal causes. It would be very easy to discredit these individual as typical politicians who are being less than truthful in order to get elected.

    Ron Paul, however, is ideologically consistent. His rhetoric on small government, sound money, individual liberties and non-intervention has been the same for the past 30 years with a voting record to support these assertions.

    Ron Paul is the biggest threat to Obama because he is the first politician in decades who is driven by morals and principles.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Andre R. Newcomb

    Obama ought to fear the mirror. He made deals long before his election: TARP, banking regulation changes, Israel/Gaza, No-bull piece price, Stimulus, frequent junkets to visit the home-boys in Indonesia, Afghanistan/Pakistan troop increases, and John Lennon's "Rock & Roll". Americans live in the drive-thru lane . . . they have very little capacity for memory recall regulated by conceptual models of the purpose of government vs. money in the pocket. With his racist black vote and hispanic support, he'll probably find enough candy-stripers to snow.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  33. Tom

    Neither. They are not essentially any different than John McCain. Independents will not vote for either of them. Obama should be afraid of Ron Paul because he will get the anti-war vote, the youth vote, the anti-drug-war vote, etc. Ron Paul presents an actual alternative from big government and is a real threat to Obama in a general election.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  34. Sean M.

    Obama should be most afraid of the truth and the only man speaking it is Ron Paul.

    Buffalo, NY

    December 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  35. justiin

    neither, he should be afraid of Ron Paul...

    December 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Loren

    Why either, Romeny and Gingrich's feet are so full of holes from shooting them with their ill-considered or illogical statements that it's a wonder they can even walk anymore.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  37. Kenny T

    Neither, Ron Paul is winning consistently and will not flop like Gingrich or Romney soon will.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  38. Russell Townsend

    He needs to be afraid of Ron Paul. A Ron Paul win would pull a huge amount of the anti war crowd that voted for him. Ron Paul would own the independent voters. Ron Paul is now #1 in Iowa.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  39. Gerry

    The attraction to Newt Gingrich is his spontaneous answers and doesn't need a teleprompter. He has a complete grasp of the problems of this liberal administration and the path to Socialism that it promotes. Unless he self distructs Newt should be his greatest worry. On the other hand Mitt Romney is waiting to see what the mudslingers will create to discredit Newt and put him at the top of the polls. The Republican party is right behind Mitt Romney waiting for the samething. For whatever reason Newt appears to have alienated from mainstream Republicans.


    December 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  40. Calvin

    Neither! Ron Paul is the only candidate ahead of Obama among Independents. He has the most crossover appeal due to foreign policy, civil liberties, and the war or drugs. With Paul taking the top spot in Iowa Obama should be afraid, very afraid.
    Madison, WI

    December 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  41. James - Alexandria, VA

    Neither. He will only need to worry about the candidate who wins the nomination after they hold the primaries but given the nominees that are available for the GOP it will be nothing. As for where we stand today the President is doing what he should be doing......running the country.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  42. Dave - Phx

    Neither, he should be afraid of his own party, which has done little to help him other than the garbage health care plan. They are looking to stab him in the back when Pelosi and Reid are the ones who cause all the problems. Two years Democrats had power and they squandered it with in fighting and bickering. Now we have to put up with wierdo's in the Republican nomination process and the scary thing is they have a chance.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  43. hazek

    Judging by the latest PPP poll out of Iowa today he should be afraid of Ron Paul because this poll shows that he is the only republican candidate that has a huge following among the young and also attracts many independent and presumably with Obama's foreign policy disgruntled democrat voters!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  44. Terry in Virginia

    Of the two, I'd say Mr. Romney. Mr. Gingrich has a long, nasty history that's easily attacked and I doubt he'd carry more than 40% of the overall vote. Mr. Romney has some history that could work against him but he also looks Presidential like Mr. Reagan did. Do I think Mr. Romney would win? Probably not. If Mr. Perry can rattle his cage so easily, imagine what Mr. Obama can do to him. Every time Mr. Perry rattled him, Mr. Romney's retorts came across as childish. I want an adult as President, not a man/child.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  45. Rich in Gainesville FL

    If I'm limited to those two, I think Mittens. Over the months of a general election campaign, voters would see the "bad Newt" way too many times and Obama would walk to re-election. The guy who might really cut the legs out from under Obama is Ron Paul. That is, unless Republicans prove how little difference there is between the two parties by sitting on their hands or crossing over to Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  46. Andrew

    Obama should be afraid of neither Romney nor Gingrich, as they are both just as disingenuous as he, though not nearly as photogenic. The real candidate the president must fear is Ron Paul, who not only has decades of consistent legislative history in the House, but also an ideology that starkly contrasts the "spend-now-blame-later" attitude the previous administrations have embarked upon. Ron Paul is demonstrably serious about ending the frivolous warmongering and the incessant entitlement system that have both been eating away at this country's prosperity for the past century. More noteworthy, however, is the strength and breadth of Ron Paul's grassroots organization, which Obama will likely not possess this time around. Ron Paul is the true threat to Obama's candidacy and the rest of the status quo, which is precisely why the media is doing everything it can to ignore his presence in this campaign, despite his undeniably front-runner status.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  47. Andrew (Wichita, KS)

    Obama has only one man to be afraid of, and that is Ron Paul. He would siphon off many Democrats, as well as a majority of Independents. Gingrich & Romney not only don't get those votes, they also don't get Paul's ever growing number of supporters in the Republican Party. It's Paul or nothing for the GOP.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  48. Bill Moore

    Neither can win. Either of the establishment candidates will lose against Ron Paul and Obama in a general election.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  49. Richard Texas

    Wow Jack those are a couple of tuff choices to pick from. I don't think Obama is shaking in his booties because of either of these clowns. If these two Bozo's are all Obama has to worry about then he is relatively safe for another 4 years.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  50. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, I can't imagine President Obama being "afraid" of anybody, especially these two. Whatever happens,
    win or lose, President Obama can hold his head high, and carry with him the knowledge that he tried his best, and
    is still trying to find solutions for the American people. The constant criticism, no-solutions, candidates cannot say the same thing, especially "Windmill" Romney and "Ethics Don't Apply to Me" Gingrich.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  51. David

    He should be more afraid of Ron Paul than Romney or Gingrich. The reason for this is that polls have shown that nobody comes close to beating Obama, except Ron Paul. So basically you vote for Ron Paul or you vote for Obama by voting for anyone else.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  52. Doug

    The only thing Obama has to worry about as far as winning a second term is, the extreme left and right don't join forces, and come up with a unifying candidate. That is a long shot possibility, along the same lines as Gingrich or Romney being able to win in the finals. But, it is not out of the question. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  53. diridi

    Practically speaking, NONE. Here, I vote for Obama in advance....o.k,
    ps; I am not brainwashed, I am an educated.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  54. David Doherty

    Why is everyone making it sound like it's a forgone conclusion that either one of those over hyped gas bags will be the nominee. There's four other candidates still in this race, at least one of which stands make a huge showing in the Iowa strawpoll, I won't mention his name because that alone could keep this letter from being read on the air.
    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  55. Jim, Cranford NJ

    If I were President Obama I would sleep like a baby. Mitt Romney is a former Massachusetts governor who makes Michael Dukakis look presidential and Newt Gingrich, despite all of his intellect, can't find anyone other than Rod Blagojevich's barber to cut his hair.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  56. Alex/New York

    If I was Obama I would be most afraid of Ron Paul. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have so much baggags, Obama would be happy to against them. Ron Paul on the other hand has a clean record, knows his stuff and has the most enthusiastic supporters. It's also hard to win against the truth so if I was Obama I would be very afraid of Ron Paul.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  57. Charles

    Obama should be most fearful of Ron Paul. Romney and Gingrich have generated little enthusiasm amongst Republicans, and will have a difficult time attracting Independents. Paul on the other hand has the most fervent base of supporters and can mount principled attacks on Obama on spending, wars, loss of freedoms and integrity.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  58. Jamie D.

    You've been quite the sell out lately, Jack. Your love for Gingrich seems to be fake and obviously your bosses are forcing you to stop talking about Ron Paul. To answer the question, Obama shouldn't be afraid of either of those flip-flopping establishment scoundrels. Both are bought and paid for, and are no different than Obama, they just have more baggage.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  59. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, I think anyone who runs against him, can beat Obama. It doesn't even really matter. A third party candidate, could beat Obama.

    Even as I write, we are loosing about 5% of our electric generation in this country, with nothing to replace it. In the dead of winter. Just how dumb, can dumb GET?

    December 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  60. Karl in Flint

    Of the two choices, Mitt is the stronger, but the one that would really give Obama a run for his money is his old Chinese ambassador, Jon Huntsman. Newt and the rest of the clown act are not going to be around long if the GOP is serious about wining. If they do run a nut case, it's because they want to lose again and have four more years to blame Obama for everything and convince the rest of us it was all Obama's fault from the start. Just don't mention George Bush.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  61. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Jack, you're talking about the first African/American president of the United States. This guy isn't afraid of anything and he damn sure isn't afraid of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Get serious.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  62. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    WE, the middle class and the rest of us poor ordinary Americans should be afraid that the GOP will get in control of Congress and the White House. They want to eliminate minimum wage, sounds like China; They want to eliminate all regulations, sounds like China. All in all, fin for yourself and the wealthy will get what they really want, a 3rd world country known as The New America, of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  63. Larry in Houston

    After reading your article very carefully – from your 2nd paragraph down, you are spot on. As a registered Democrat – I believe Romney would be difficult to beat. (I've been saying that for 3 months, now) We've seen what the Obama 'regime' is doing for the last 3.5 yrs. In a Gingrich administration, I'd guess he would probably come up with his own policies, or regulations, when congress doesn't pass what he or his administration wants, as far as something becoming Law. But to be perfectly honest, by the time the 2014 mid term elections come around, it will be like it is today, Jack. Gridlock, no matter who it is, in the Oval office.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  64. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Obama should be afraid of his own shadow, I mean record. He hasn’t done anything that improves the lot of the unemployed or the middle class or those who are without health insurance. He hasn’t even hinted at getting outsourced jobs back, securing our borders or punishing the criminals who all but destroyed my country. On the other hand he has helped the wealthy, big oil, big business and Wall Street with bailouts, handouts and welfare. And if you think we are out of Iraq, think again. We still have tens of thousands of “contractors” who get six digit salaries courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  65. Pete from Florida

    I think President Obama and his team PRAY that Gingrich becomes the Republican nominee.....but I doubt that they're worried much about Romney, either. By the way, Jack, Gringrich has shown repeatedly that he is really NOT all that smart. He's fooled some folks into thinking he's "smart, very smart", but his words, actions and multiple missteps repeatedly betray him as average. Telling people that you're really smart is definitely not the same thing as actually being smart.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  66. al in delaware

    Obama does not need to be afraid of either one of them. Romney comes across as phoney as a Three Dollar Bill, and Newt is a nasty vindictive dirtbag who can take two positions in one sentence. Both put on a different act depending which audience thay are playing to. That might play well with those rubes in Iowa but it won't play nationwide.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  67. Paul - North Carolina

    I don't think Obama should be afraid of either of them. But the American people should be terrified of both. Politics in this country have become become so dangerously distorted that one of them might actually win. Then what? Under Romney we'd have four years of indecision on everything while Willard tried to explain why everything he has said up to now isn't really what he meant. And if you think Newt was too much to bear as Speaker just imagine what being president would do to an ego of that magnitude. He might just declare himself King of the World; and actually believe it. Add in the possibilty of Republican control in both houses and you have the recipe for the implosion of our nation.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    I'm not quite sure which of the two of them the President should fear, but I fear for the bulk of the American populace if Newt wins. He reminds me of the Right to Life supporters who offer their daughters abortion or marriage if they get pregnant; The men of the cloth that offer annulments for $500 so you can rejoin their church, even though that would make your children bastards, etc. Yes, a hypocrite longing for power over an entire nation...yes, that's scary. Mitt might change positions, but Newt persecutes others while commioting the same transgressions.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  69. Randy

    Neither, wall street is betting on Obama which means he's a shoe in. The only one he might be afraid of is romney because he's cut directly from the wall street, inheritance class cloth.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  70. FatSean

    Obama shouldn't bother fearing anyone until they get the nomination.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  71. LOL

    Obama should probably be fearful of anyone that's not Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  72. kel

    Neither. One is a stiff and a flip flopper and the other has more baggage than Santa Claus.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  73. Cynthia C

    Honestly I think Ron Paul would be a challenge. Both Gingerich and Romney would be even and not so much of a challenge. Then Obama would just have to fight "typical" republicans.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  74. suresh

    I think Mitt Romney looks and acts more presidential than Newt Gingrich. Mitt will be a formidable opponent if the religious right of GOP will accept him as a Christian. That is a BIG IF.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  75. Ron Indialantic

    The people have endured 3 years of a very likeable, but rather indecisive president who appears to commit to nothing. while you may agree or not with him, gingrinch is someone who is very decisive and has a stance or opinon on anything and everything. If I am Obama, I fear him. Romney is nothing more than the other side of the coin from Obama. Gingrinch is a wholly different currency.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  76. Jason

    The foes that Obama should fear are (1) Reality (2) His record

    December 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  77. Terry - Indiana

    Jack: Sadly, none of the current candidates pose a threat to President Obama. We have arrived at a very difficult time within the GOP, the elephant is old and tired.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  78. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    Which flip-floper should President Obama afraid of? Neither of them.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  79. Cheryl Llera

    The one thing Obama should fear is that many of those that voted for him in 2008 will skip the Presidential ballot out of sheer disgust with Obama's Bush-like policies.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  80. John T. Cullen

    The only thing President Obama has to fear is the ignorant U.S. voters brainwashed by corporate media/GOP. I keep meeting people who feel Obama is a terrible guy (because that is the endless drumbeat from Fock Snoize, Rush Limburger, etc. The corporate political arm, the GOP non-party, keeps preventing any sort of meaningful progress or governance, hoping to run the clock out so they can meet their stated goal of making Obama a one-term president, no matter how much they destroy the United States and US families. Too many people buy into this, and that is what we should all be terrified of–a goose-stepping mass of ignoramuses ready to vote for their worst enemies, so that the Bush gangsters can finish destroying the world.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  81. Sniffit

    You'd get a shorter answer asking which one Obama (and the rest of us) SHOULDN'T fear. A scarier group of ideologue zealots and pandering plutocrats willing to pander to the extremist wing of their party and the tiny percentage of insanely rich people and corporations hasn't been fielded in this country EVER. They're each, in their own special ways, a complete and utter nightmare waiting to happen.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  82. chill

    So good points, but I still think Gingrich is more alienating and will not work as well with moderates regardless of his occassional promotion of moderate views. Those will be offset by his wildly provocative extremist ideas. He's been on both sides of an issue as often as Romney. He's a bomb thrower and perceived as one. Romney, I think, still has the general perception of a solid citizen and businessman. Maybe squishy on issues, but not likely to drive the bus over a cliff. I think moderates will assume some of his right turns are only to capture the nomination; the same perception that is behind the anyone but Romney movement. So I'd rather run against Newt.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  83. Sebastian

    I don't understand why big media continue to ignore Ron Paul after he is mentioned recently as surpassing Gingrich in the Iowa polls. Why does CNN feel they need to pick and choose who they think will win based on THEIR feelings when it is the people in this democratic society who is ultimately responsible for who wins. Polls represent the people's feelings, not the media's views.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  84. R. Rowland

    I don't think he has to fear any of them. They used to say Loose Lips Sink Ships, and the GOP candidates daily shoot themselves down with the nonsense and uninformed drivel that comes out of their mouthes. Just let them talk and sit back and watch them self destruct.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  85. Ernest Fairfax Virginia

    I used tothink Romney was the bigger threat, but the longer this goes on, the more convinced I am that half the electorate is totally lost in anger, resentment and irrationality. Under these circumstances, Gingrich is the bigger threat.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  86. Jacob

    How about asking the question about Ron Paul, who has been dominating in the polls, either in first or tied with first. Ron Paul will get most of the independents and moderates along with the republican backing, a much greater number than Obama's backing.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  87. Taylor in Milwaukee, WI

    Don't forget about Ron Paul. The now Iowa front-runner possess appeal to all areas of the political spectrum in a general election, especially independents. No flip-flops, marital infidelity, scandal, or dishonesty. Those who continue dismiss Paul as an unelectable extremist, do so at their own peril.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  88. Justin

    Hey Jack, The President shouldn't fear either one of them. They are both the same empty suit!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  89. Randy from Minnesota

    Obama had a free pass to get into the White House. He had no record to fall back on and no ammunition for his counterparts. He came into office by selling Hope and Change. The problem he will have in his own re-election is his lack of Hope and Change over the past 3 years. It wont matter who the GOP nominate to run, Obama is his own worst enemy.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  90. Locker

    Our President shouldn't be afraid of any GOP contender as none of them stand a snowballs chance in h*ll of beating Obama. If there WAS a chance to being him you'd see a lot more serious candidates in the lineup. It's not a question of IF Mr Obama will be re-elected only one of the size of the landslide.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  91. Davi

    They are both complete jokers. President Obama is only threatened by Mr. Huntsman. Luckily, the right is too silly to take there one actual standout candidate seriously.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  92. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Obama is not afraid of newt or romney he will just lie his way into the white house like he did the first time. Now he can also buy his way back into the white house by giving out payroll tax cuts, and unemployment benefits with borrowed money from fannie and freddie which will raise mortgage payments in january. Social security and unemployment benefits are insurance programs which are now on the auction block for re-electing obama and congress. Obama is more dangerous now that he has the authority to assassinate or jail indefinetly any american citizen.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  93. David

    Obama's main fear should be the American voter.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  94. Aaron

    He can't win again so he really has nothing to fear at all. Whoever gets the GOP nomination has it in the bag.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  95. Pete from Georgia

    He should be most afraid of our Father God for what he is doing to destroy a once great God Loving and Fearing country.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  96. Alexandros

    He should fear Ron Paul. Only Ron Paul has the platform that will attract a large amount of independent voters and even a few democratic voters disillusioned with Obama. The independent voters is this country are becoming a bigger and bigger force in this country. Victory will come to the candidate that can attract them.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  97. Not All Docs Play Golf

    President Obama's real potential foe to fear is himself. As the election season moves forward, he needs to just continue being who he is, exhibiting his professional, cool and presidential demeanor, and not let himself be dragged down into the lower arena that politics in election years often enters. The sillier the GOP circus candidates are, the better he looks by comparison. He just needs to continue to hold fast to his trademark intelligence and presidential demeanor, his winning and sincere smile, his inclusiveness, his obvious family values, and he'll be given a well-deserved second term.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  98. Brian McLean

    In response to your question: "Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?"

    Neither. What President Obama has to fear is the American voters rejection of his big government, big spending idealogy and social engineering policies. Since these are the very core of his belief system, what President Obama has to fear is President Obama. He is appalling ignorant of what America is really all about and Americans believe. And he shows absolutely no ability or even willingness to learn, being thoroughly convinced of his own point of view. What does President Obama have to fear? The same thing as the American people - President Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  99. Sharon, Colorado

    Could I have another option, please? I'm not seeing anything to fear yet.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  100. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    President Obama should fear neither potential rival. Gingrich started his his career as a rhetorical bomb thrower and clawed his way to the Speakership by destroying his predecessor. His current rivals are already sorting through his accumulated baggage which loses him voters with every remembered revelation. I think that swing voters want to make government function instead of tearing it down. Romney can't win in the south since the Southern Baptists believe Mormons are not true Christians (at best) or members of a cult. And without the south he can't win the general election.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  101. gr8rtst

    The better question is: who should he fear out of the GOP ring? Quit force-feeding us this garbage about Newt or Mitt...Ron Paul is by far the people's choice. The media is just trying to steer the sheople to feel obligated to whom they want in the race. I'll write-in Ron Paul on my ballot if I have to.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  102. rpaulwmson

    Romney will be more competitive, because he is liable to appeal to more independents or centrists that would Gingrich. His waffling may actually be an advantage, since it shows he may have an open mind and is less dogmatic. I voted for Obama the last time, and probably will again, but I could vote for Romney depending on events in 2012; however, I would never in a million years vote for Gingrich- I watched him in action in the 1980's and 1990's. However, Romney being a Mormon bishop and his poor track record as Governor of Massachusetts, the most liberal and tax-expensive state in the US, may keep conservatives home on election day.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  103. Pimpson

    Newt will be more of a problem to Obama because he has a greater depth of policy, he's smarter and will make Obama look like an amateur.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  104. David

    Huntsman, Romney and Gingrich will be easy to beat.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  105. tim

    All three are the same. So yeah, maybe they all should be afraid of each other. There is only one hope for this country... Need I say his name?

    December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  106. Anthony T

    Neither. Ron Paul finally gives independents what they've wanted; a true conservative-on-economics and a liberal-on-social-issues. And Paul has a nearly 40 year, unwavering record on these issues that will give anyone comfort that he will-do-what-he-says-he-is-going-to-do. It will be very tough for Obama to defeat Paul.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  107. TAK

    I remember in '08 a lot of people saying they'd never vote for someone named "Barack". Now these same people are eager to vote for someone named "Newt" or "Mitt".

    December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  108. Silence Dogood

    Neither! Independents support Ron Paul more than Gingrich or Romney! Ron Paul also has the youth vote!
    By the way, haven't you heard... Ron Paul First @ 23% in Iowa & Second @ 21% in NH. He's betting Gingrich in both!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  109. bcc - LA

    He should be more afraid of Romney as he has a better grasp of the effects of globalization and technology on our economy. Romney has run a state and has run businesses and he understands their role in job creation. Obama is a scholar but lacks practical application experience. This will come out in the debates. And its all about the economy in 2012.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  110. Barry Oehl

    Either one...doesn't matter. Obama is SOO vulnerable either one would beat him while they're asleep!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  111. JOHN IN AZ

    President Barack Obama has no one and nothing to fear. When the votes have been counted, he will still be President! Count on it!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  112. Tom

    Newt spouts off too much. He is a, here's a new idea, but then there is no substance candidate.. Romney can bring more of the independents than Newt can. Obama should fear Romney more than Newt.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  113. bill

    hey jack, that is no choice give us a name that he really has to worry about

    December 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  114. Ross G

    The only one Obama really has to fear is Ron Paul. These other two clowns will cause enough fear in Obama's base to actually get the vote out. Paul would cause lots of former Obama voters to turn.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  115. josse

    Of course Obumo would need a teleprompter, and a team to write his answers after a week to thing about the response.
    Its like complaining to the -Do Not Call Registry- if your remark is 'this is another democratic institution that has no workers but gets a big salary' YOU WILL GET LOTS AND LOTS OF CALLS. Try it, it WORKS!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  116. John Herzog

    Ridiculous question....Why should he "fear" anyone? The "fear" strategy is one that the GOP pushed downed Americans throats, post 9/11, and we see where that got us.............Obama has too much class to fear the GOP candidate, ....just wait till he shows up, debate, and let the chips fall where they may.....What a STUPID question.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  117. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Of these two, Romney would have the country's interest in mind far more than Gingrich. A person’s core belief rarely alters much after about 30 years of age. Gingrich is draconian, “My way or the highway”. You want sympathy; you'll find it in the dictionary. Gingrich’s base is fire and brimstone diatribe, tax cuts, and more military. Romney gets attacked for health care in Massachusetts. Gingrich damns the concept. The world is in trouble with Gingrich, and so would we. Gingrich has spoken about his new leaf, but it is from the same tree.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  118. bud rupert

    I say Mitt – he can be tough. Stanford and Harvard educated. Middle of the road conservative with a progressive streak. Even though this kind of resume does not fair well with far right wing of the party it does give Mr Romney a broader voter appeal in a general election. I'm a Barak Obama supporter and will be this time around but Mr Romney is well suited to win a general election – and he REALLY does seem to be a very nice guy

    December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  119. Tony

    You're asking the wrong question Jack (no offense). With the high percentage of polls saying Mr. Obama does NOT deserve a second term, it is THE PEOPLE that Mr. Obama should fear most.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  120. Antonin Sergelin

    Niether! It’s Mr. Huntsman that President Obama should fear! The distinction between Newt/Rommey and the President is clear enough that the independents will easily decide to go with the President. That result will not occur given the choice between the President and a reasonable Republican candidate. Or more accurately, the only reasonable Republican candidate!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  121. Leo from Boston

    Newt by far!! As you put it Mitt is no dummy, but and this is a big BUT! Romney gets to agitated when asked questions he doesnt know the answer to.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  122. calaurore9

    He should be more afraid of Mitt. Romney's personal family history is sound, he has executive experience and he understands finance. Newt got rich as a Washington insider, and his personal luggage is a heavy lift.

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    December 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  123. Nick-o

    Gingrich shut down government in the 90's and tried to impeach a president while at the same time cheating on his wife by screwing one of his aides to whom he is now married. Is that not enough to say no to newt? How about the fact he lobbied for universal health coverage just 5-6 years ago while being paid by the health industry, only now to reverse that stance because his party has demonized it as a liberal agenda. I'm not saying that the republican platform is right. (actually I'm appalled by many of their stances) but Gingrich shows he'll do anything for a buck. Scumbag!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  124. thetruth

    No...I don't think he should be afraid of either one–in the general election. They both are flawed actors whose character traits are too much to overcome. Republicans can't trust Mitt, because of an incredibly twisted and unfixed stance on just about every issue. While his temperament might seem apt, his ability to handle the high pressure job or even make a decision is highly in doubt. For Newt, all the aforementioned reasons make him un-electable: too much self inlicted baggage, policy direction going in every direction, allowing ego to get in the way of doing the job. Taking 1.6 million as a lobbyist from Freddie & Fannie–pre-crisis, taking 36 million from I believe Health care co's...WTF? & although he can debate Obama–this Newt is not presidential. It will be closer than '08, but I forsee an Obama victory.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  125. Jess C

    Neither because both are seriously flawed.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  126. Blahblahblah

    Where is Goldman Sach's putting their money? They dropped lots of coin on Obama's 2008 run and did well in terms of appointments to his admin. I imagine Goldman Sach's will keep pumping money to keep their influence. At this point, Romney is getting more love from them than Gingrich. Maybe it's because they know Gingrich isn't going to be in it for the long haul...

    December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  127. Michael Chino Hills

    President Obama has nothing to fear from either one of these candidates. We have a flip flopper, who will say anything to be President. And another who is so out there to the right, he's officially a Space Cadet. I'm an Independent, former Republican since 1985. The GOP has officially "Left the Planet!"

    December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  128. Katy Heys

    Obama should be more afraid of Romney. Gingrich is already self destructing with his idea of removing judges if he doesn't agree with their decision(s). And if Gingrich was elected, who would Calista be: the third lady?

    Katy Heys
    Tampa, FLA

    December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  129. mac

    I heard that a new poll coming out next week was going to show that Kim Jong Il was leading the pack in Iowa. But, with his demise, I guess the Republican party is going to have to find someone else to be the nominee. And who would do better against Obama? It's clearly Romney. Gingrich will self-destruct soon. By September, Romney is clever enough to have changed his positions enough to suit a general electorate and therefore pose a greater threat to Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  130. Robert Larsen

    What choice do we have? There is the great caver, the newt, and the mitt, o yes, we can't forget paul ron. Thankfully, I am old and have no children.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  131. Roy Singh-Toronto Canada

    There is noone that Obama should be afraid off. The Republicans don't have a challenger for Obama. He will win another term. All the best and God bless America.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  132. C. Bleggi

    Of the two, I think Obama has more to be concerned about with Gingrich, but, at the same time, I don't think either Romney or Gingrich necessarily appeal to Independent voters and they're certainly not going to pull any dedicated Democrats into voting for them. If the Republican party really wants to win, they're going to have to nominate Huntsman or Paul, neither of which seems particularly likely at the moment.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  133. Walter Shmitt

    Obama has nothing to fear from these fictional candidates. The Greedy Old People have nothing left to offer.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  134. Alex

    democrats are waiting to see which candidates? newt..mitt..and i think your forgetting the candidate that is tied if not leading all the polls in Iowa..RON PAUL. Why do you not mention a word of him in this article. Youre a major media news agency, how can you not cover such a critical candidate in this election. His money bomb over the weekend raised 4 million dollars. he is sweeping the lead away from newt and will win Iowa! RON PAUL2012.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  135. Tate Miller

    It will make no difference who the GOP selects. As long as there are mass media organizations devoted to hate-filled diatribes attacking Obama, and as long as those diatribes are sucked up by the Republican neo-cons, there will always be enough of a base support to put up a good fight against Obama, but they cannot beat him because most Americans are still capable of good judgment.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  136. Jack

    Aaaand what about the current leader, Ron Paul?

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  137. Larry -Denver

    The American people just be afraid of anyone running. Nothing will change. We will be voting out of anger this coming year. You cant keep this dysfunctional congress and senate. Once the politicians see that we will just keep voting out incumbents perhaps a lesson will be learned. I want the leader who can do the most with the least. I want a congress that works and a senate the stops these fillibusters so that not one piece of legislation gets passed. I am afraid more of what is happening now not who is running.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  138. Jay

    Obama should fear Obama, given what he has done to his own ratings, 71% approval to 48% and still sliding.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  139. jon

    The Republicans should just save their money for 2016. Of course if the people of the United States want to elect another Republican President who will promptly rip us a new one, go ahead. Some people are dumb enough to do that.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  140. Jane in CA

    Romney is marginally closer to mainstream America than Newt. Newt may be smart, but he gets an lot of facts wrong for someone who is supposed to be knowledgeable about history. Neither is honest. Romney will say what his audience wants to hear and Newt will say whatever he is paid to. Both promise policies that will make things worse, probably very much worse for the vast majority of Americans. Contrary to popular belief, Obama's policies have actually made things a little better. If the Republican party did in fact want what was best for the country he could have done much more, but so long as a black man is president the Republican party will try to reduce this country to ruins so they can be superior in their own minds. If the American voters actually care about results and improving things in this country for everyone, Obama will win hands down. If bigotry, fear, and ideological blindness rules the day, it is a toss up for Mitt, and still probably a loss for Newt.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  141. ja

    none, obhama has brought the troops home on election eve (stopped senseless deaths in Iraq), mitt or newt offers a viable solution (sofa quaterbacks), obama relected(2012) by landslide

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  142. Name*John D.

    Romney or Newt, the value is the same. None of these guys pose a serious threat to president Obama. Just listen carefully to what they bring to the table to solving the problems confronting America. I say to them bring it on!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  143. Tim

    Neither. President Obama should only fear the sharks lurking off the Atlantic coast. I see a story about it every other day on CNN....No toes in the water Mr. President.

    For the election, flip a coin, its the same drivel from both sides every time......but stay out of the ocean.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  144. us1776

    A. None of the above.


    December 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  145. BILL, WI

    With the Korean peninsula in potential turmoil in coming months. Would the U.S. be better off with Obama or a Gingrich or Romney dealing with the problems that arise.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  146. Beverly Travers

    Neither Jack, who we should FEAR MOST is the REPUBLICAN VOTERS. I know they are smart enough to know that neither one of their candidates are truly electable but they have such a disliking for Obama that they are willing to vote one of them in regardless of the outcome for the country. Obama follows the GOLDEN RULE: choosing the options that will benefit the most people (you can't please everybody). The republicans should swallow their pride and choose the candidate that will do the same and simply said that candidate is OBAMA. St. Petersburg, Fl.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  147. Virginia. Atlanta

    Neither. By now the Public should realize that the new Republicans have little credibility. Bullying is not strength, shouting does not show intelligence. People are recognizing that The new Replblicans are accusing the Democrats of doing what they would do. The Dems just don't think like that, are caught " flat footed"

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  148. Dave

    Any of them because Americans with a brain hate Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  149. James Reilly

    Obama has to fear ignorant, misinformed voters. Unfortunately there are a lot of them out there. For example, a guy sends an opinion piece recently to our local newspaper complaining about not being able to find non-ethanol fuel anywhere in SE Wisconsin. He's afraid the blended fuel will hurt his small engine equipment, and finishes his rant by blaming Obama for doing this. Only problem is SE Wisconsin has been forced to use a 10% ethanol blend since 1994, and this genius just "discovered" this now? Then there's the guy who thought he could be arrested for using 100 watt light bulbs after January 1st. I think his bulb has been burned out for quite some time. You've got to wonder where they're getting this garbage.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  150. Raymond

    The President should be more concerned about a challange from Romney than from Newt. Newt is too smart for his own good and he will allow his mouth to operate before he notifies his brain that it is in motion

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  151. Brandon McCune

    Obama should be more afraid of Newt. Newt states "America works when America works."....Americans are desperately in search of leadership. Newt will lead the country in the direction of job creation and prosperity by Lowering the Corporate tax rate and ridding the private sector of govermental red tape.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  152. valwayne

    After 3 years it is crystal clear that Obama has inflicted so much damage on our nation and was such a terrible mistake that it really makes no difference. Several key democratic operatives have suggested that democrats write in Hillary in NH so that a challenge can be launched against Obama within the Democratic party. That actually is a great idea. We know our nation can't allow another 4 years of Obama's failed Leadership and disastrous policies.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  153. Eugene Melancon

    Neither. It's his to lose. He will have trouble motivating the Democratic base.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  154. Jim-Charlotte NC

    I'm not sure either can beat Obama but since Gingrich seems to be running for dictator not President I think the American people should be more afraid of him.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  155. Basil taha


    Trust me. Obama will win this elction again. Nevermind any of these clowns. It is Obama 2012.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  156. Rob

    Newt Gingrich for sure hands down.
    However, unless the economy improves before the election, it won't matter who...
    If it comes to Romney, its a loss for the Republicans. That is why they desperately want to support anyone else.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  157. R. Porter

    They should be afraid of the American people, we take all this bull on the chin and we have put up with for to long...something is gonna snap and hopefully soon...why pay these fools if they are not doing their jobs...

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  158. Eric Blomquist

    Obama actually has more to fear from Jon Huntsman than any other Republican candidate because no other candidate can even approach Gov. Huntsman's set of executive, economic, and foreign policy credentials. Jon Huntsman is a two-term governor whose state led the nation in job growth, and a three-time ambassador, most recently to China, which is likely America's most important strategic relationship in the coming century. He also offers constancy and is campaigning more than any other on character, trust, and optimism. I expect that as the unelectables leave the field, Jon Huntsman will gain increasing support, capture the Republican nomination, and win the Presidency next year.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  159. Keith in Houston

    The GOP candidate is irrelevent. Obama has to run on his record – whether you like the guy or not he has not shown any kind of leadership qualities. He has been unable to turn the economy around. His focus on health care and altnerative energy are disasters. His desire to create more government intervention in our lives and support of union activities has made running a business more expensive and kept employment down. Folks that don't pay taxes and certain minorities will vote for him but non-union working class folks and the unemployed are going to have a hard time pulling the lever for Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  160. Divided We Fall

    I love the posts here. Ron Paul has NO CHANCE at all in getting the nomination or winning as an independent–people just cannot seem to accept that. Obama is too arrogant to fear anyone running against him, so I would say neither one.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  161. KW in San Jose, CA

    Jack, where's the little box marked "None of the above"? The GOP primary has become the latest Reality TV show. It's like watching "Survivor." Whoever is ahead in the latest poll becomes the main target in the next "debate." The far right and fundamentalist Christianity have taken over the GOP. Until someone serious, thoughtful, and willing to lean towards the middle on one or two points now and then shows up for the GOP, they can count me as an Obama voter in 2012.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  162. paofpa

    An old saying: “Something is better than nothing”, Gringrich, ego, baggage, unknown directions, and probably a poor governor but that will not be what people will eventually see. It looks like his true goal is to compromise. If he builds on it he will win in November, if he makes in past the summer.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  163. Rex in Portland, OR

    If President Obama wants to be regarded as a common person, an average American, he should quake in his boots at the prospect of the Gingrich ilk being elected to any public office ever again. But my friend Barack is not a common person, nor is he average, so he is not afraid of Newt. .

    If I were President Obama I would not like to campaign against the Waffle. Jeez, who knows what position Mitt will be taking at any given time? It makes it difficult to cue the teleprompter. But the president will not be afraid.

    What should scare Obama silly is the billions of dollars that are going to be spent on anti-Obama propaganda by the "1%" in the local "represetative" elections and the few senate seats open. Scares me silly – the thought of another four years of a totally worthless congrefs.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  164. Ed from Texas

    It's not just President Obama. Based upon people who have worked with him and know him, it is the American people who should be afraid of Newt Gingrich becoming President.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  165. Brad

    There is no doubt in my mind; President Obama should be much more scared of Mitt Romney than Newt Gingrich. Gingrich not only has a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth and/or coming off as elitist and arrogant, but he also has quite a lot of baggage from his past, especially for someone trying to win over social conservatives. Furthermore, he is simply too unwilling to take part in diplomacy between the parties. Yes, he might appeal to the right wing by flaunting his incredibly conservative House track record, but this only makes moderate democrats and independents weary. Many moderates are disillusioned with Obama and could be up for grabs if someone like Romney is nominated. Romney has executive experience, polls extremely well with moderates, knows economics like the back of his hand, is very intelligent (double major from HARVARD) and has shown great prowess when debating. Also, whether ultra conservatives want to admit it or not, they would absolutely vote for Romney if he is nominated; there's simply a 0% chance that the Tea Party and conservative Republicans would ever vote for Obama, regardless of the eventual Republican nominee. Romney is the guy to fear, especially from the President who is losing support among moderates, young voters and the independents or are so critical in these elections.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  166. Brad

    Romney is a complete scumbag and Gingrich is a pervert. Neither of them can beat Obama. Funny how Ron Paul isn't even mentioned either, yet polls show he is leading in Iowa currently....

    December 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  167. Annie, Atlanta

    If intelligence prevailed in our election habits, neither one. However, that's not the case. Somewhere around 50%, more or less, will pull the lever for the guy who wants to take from seniors, vets, and the poor to give to the rich. It's our way.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  168. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    He shouldn't fear either. Obama is extremely smart, steady, and secure in his beliefs and policies. You can't say the same about the others.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  169. Rich in CO

    Neither. He'll be re-elected, but should fear the Republican dominated Congress he's going to have to work with; House and Senate.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  170. Eric W

    Newflash! President Obama is not afraid of running against anyone. He is his own man and is running on his own merit like all presidents do. Presidents don't concern themselves with these petty emotions.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  171. EJ in Metro Houston

    Ok Jack I know that you're NOT a big fan of the president and that's alright , too but Obama should fear NONE of these jokers the GOP has put out there. Heck the GOP can't decide on their own which ones they like or dislike the most. If anything the president should fear how some voters may fall for the line the GOP is giving them just like they did in 2010. The American voters have been know not to be the smartest ones in the room at times when it comes to pulling the lever.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  172. Anthony

    As an Independent, the only one of the Republicans I would even consider voting for is Ron Paul. I think you're question pitting Mitt against Newt fails to consider that many of us dislike both parties but would consider a vote for a Libertarian like Paul.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  173. andyz Lynn, MA

    If I were the President I would spend most of my day in the Oval Office rolling on the floor laughing. One Republican candidate has been firmly entrenched on both sides of each and every issue he has ever faced. The other has more baggage, religions, and wives than the symbol of the Republican Party, the elephant, can carry. If I could impart advice the the Republican Party, I would tell them the 'only' candidate that seems sane is Governor Huntsman. This has turned out to the Republican version of the old Gong Show.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  174. Steve in Portland

    He should fear the man in the mirror. The GOP Clown Car will drive off a cliff shortly. I'm sorry to say that because good competition is healthy and better for all of us, but very little exists.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  175. justin

    He should be afraid of Ron Paul. The only candidate who can and will easily steal Obama's independent votes.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  176. lawrencewinkler

    Obama's biggest enemy is himself. Neither Obama or the Democrats have put forth ideas, or visions, or directions. Leaderless and directionless is their hallmark.

    Obama and the democrats see all things as subject to compromise. They are nihilists. If an Obama had been president during the MLK era pushing for civil rights, that Obama would have declared victory if blacks would be allowed to ride in the middle of the bus.

    The Republican ideas and direction is awful, and will cause continuing collapse, but their rhetoric is setting the agendas and controlling the discussion. Obama simply reacts. He does seem like an academic who can recite and regurgitate the statements of the past, but he is incapable of forging new ideas for new times. He needs to be reminded that time moves forward only, that history never repeats itself.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  177. Jack Illinois

    Neither, they are both too Republican and too off base with America. He should fear Huntsman either as a Republican or Independent. Democrats would cross over in the 100's of thousands.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  178. Ken in NC

    3 years ago it was said Prresident Obama had no experience and they were right, however, today it can be said that he has 3 years more experience at being a Pressident than anyone on the Republican side. In fact, with the exception of John Huntsman and Ron Paul, the remaining candidates have no experience at being "Real Politicians". The rest are just pretenders.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  179. Burbank from CA

    I think Obama and the rest of us should be far more afraid of Newt. Besides being very smart, he's corrupt, sociopathic, and out for what is best for Newt, and only Newt. He will do or say whatever it takes to get what he wants. Sociopaths have no conscience and Newt's also addicted to Kochaine. If Gingrich is elected President, we are in for the Bush administration all over again only this time on steriods!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  180. Randy - Las Cruces, NM

    Thats a toss up. The more one thinks about the economy, health care, the housing market and so forth, you have to say Obama can't win and shouldn't. When you think of any one in the GOP you have to say he can't lose and shouldn't. We're in a sorry state no matter how you look at it.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  181. Sandstone.

    "Obama is scared of niether of these guys! He is scared ot losing to just about anyone, even one of his own democrates, because then he is vulnerable to all they've tried to cover up since he made himself so well known. He has so many enemies now and he knows it. Where is Biden???"

    December 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  182. Shad

    Missouri – Elections are won and lost by independent voters and Romney certainly has the potential to bring more independents to his side. Assuming there is no ultra-conservative third party option, Romney will be the more formidable opposition for Obama of the two.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  183. LeRoy_Was_Here

    The people here who think that Ron Paul could win the Presidency don't seem to understand that Ron wants to abolish: The Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency; and that is a partial list. I don't think the majority of Americans are ready to do that. Jon Huntsman would be the Republican who would pose the greatest electoral threat to Obama, but, fortunately, the Republicans are too stupid to nominate him.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  184. Chris Young (Massillon ohio)

    Obama shouldn't be scared of either one of them. Newt is the good debater, but his past will never be able to overcome a general election. And lets be honest Jack, if Newt were to actaully win the nomination, television programs like SNL will have already had a field day with him by the time November comes around. Romney on the otherhand is practically the republican version of Obama. He makes John Kerry look like a steel toe boot. If republicans really want to cut spending, they' should chalk 2012 up as a loss and focus on 2016.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  185. Wilson James

    Jack, lots of people fear clowns and that is what the GOP is offering up. Perry? Please. Bachmann? DOA. Gingrich? His past is deplorable. That leaves Ron Pual, who is unelectable and Romney. Sticking with the circus idea, the merry-go-round comes back to square one. Obama will win.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  186. b

    It's hard to predict the Republican voters. If they vote purely on what they personally like, Gingrich probably gets the nomination. If they go by who is more likely to beat Obama, Romney gets the nod. However, his Mormonism is a complete wildcard. Will non-Mormon conservative Christians nominate Romney? If so, will they have lackluster turnout in the general election? Will enough Independents disregard Romney's church affiliation?

    It's kind of a shame that a better Republican candidate has not been found. The perfect candidate would be conservative enough to get the nomination but not so far as to scare off the moderates in the general election. Obviously, baggage and intelligence are another issue. The two leading candidates seem to have sufficient intelligence, but too much baggage (Mormonism for Romney, a zillion things for Gingrich).

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  187. john nj

    The Repubs do not have a creditable candidate to challenge Obama. Besides, the public is very wary of the Republican cuts into the middle class while protecting the wealthy and corporations. Who in their right mind wants to go back to Bush era policies which put us in the Great Recession? Only the lunatic fringe Tea Party and Republican lemmings will vote for them.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  188. Jackie

    I think he should fear Romney. Obama will do opposition research on Romney and then have to redo it all a week later when he changes his positions! How do you campaign against a guy that is on all sides of the issues?
    Jackie from Hartford

    December 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  189. Whadaham

    From Owls Head NY: Just about everyone I know has been laid off work- the food pantry up here has been hurting for donations, cost of food has gone way up. Right now, I'd vote for anyone with a pulse to beat Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  190. Richard

    Romney has the experience that the republicans want. He can destroy a company faster than we can say, "weapons of masss destruction". He can lie with the best of those evangelicals. Just see how he lies about his record of creating jobs. Ask the people at each and every company Bain took over, and they will give you an earful or two. His lies will catch-up with him, and we will see the real Willard Romney. When he can lie with a straight face and not even admit what his first name is, that should speak volumes to people, other than republicans. They neither hear or read well, unless its from fox news or good ole rush!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  191. Patriot

    "Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?"

    Neither. If the republican party hadn't been taken over by tea party faux fear-mongers then President Obama could have had a fierce opponent in Jon Huntsman. Unfortunately, the GOP has beaten itself with its selection of wild eyed extremists they currently have as their partys presidential candidates.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  192. chris

    his bviggest fear is he should think about what he will do for work after he is defeated in nov 2012

    December 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  193. Bubba, ATL

    Neither of these guys could be president, so who cares? They're clowns, completely lightweight.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  194. Alfred E Gore III

    God bless Obama, my lord and savior. I pledge allegiance to him and nobody else. He will get us through this hardship and deserves a second term. If it weren't for his motivation for change, hope, and equality, our nation would be even worse off – KFC would have never introduced the Double Down in his honor. God bless Barry, his family, and his second coming in 2012!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  195. Larry in Houston

    Gingrich is currently 1.6 million in debt – Don't know who I'd Vote for, to be realistic. Wish there was another Democrat in the race for the white house, to be honest. The only outsider would be Romney – but I don't think the right wing conservative religious people wants him – hate to say it, but I think it's the "Mormon thing" even though he's been married once & have done the right things in life, doesn't cuss / doesn't drink / no caffeine / I mean, c'mon Jack – he's got the perfect wife, been married for 45 yrs & the whole 9 yards, but the base Just won't accept him. (too bad) I guess I would probably Vote for Ron Paul, but just about everybody knows "that ain't gonna happen" as far as Ron Paul getting the nomination. Gingrich has enough baggage to sink 3 Aircraft Carriers, and the Carnival Cruise Lines. ( with no offense to any aircraft carrier OR any cruise line)

    December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  196. Jim in Georgia

    If a woman voted for Newt she should turn in her ... Well what ever she has that makes her a woman. After what he did to his first wife, well I couldn't see it happening.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  197. Jack from Warner Robins

    Obama should fear the American people, if they will ever awaken to what he truly is!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Mike in Pekin

    Personally, I think the question is, who should we be most afraid of? Looking at our current President, and all the potential challengers, I say take your pick, because they all scare the hell out of me.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Tony

    I think Obama will be running against the economy. Romney will be the GOP candidate and they're still running on empty.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  200. Jeff

    The answer to the question is neither. He should fear Ron Paul.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Neither one. Obama's most dangerous rival is the economy, in particular, the unemployment number. If the latter drops to under 8% before election day and looks like it gonna keep dropping, Obama has a second term, no problem. And besides, Newt will flame out before March and Romney barely has enough personality to flicker.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  202. George from Raleigh, North Carolina

    The only thing Obama has to fear is catching on fire when Newt self incinerates during a one on one debate or dying of boredom as Romney tries to explain both his positions on every issue. He and congress should fear more a feed up mainstream America tired of deliberately obfuscated rhetoric and political infighting.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  203. Charles - San Antonio

    Neither. President Obama is smarter than both of them.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  204. Midwest Jim

    Did I hear Newt now wants to have the Capitol Police arrest judges? Sounds like this Tea party favorite is throwing out the Constitution and the rule of law. And he's their favorite? Crazy Talk!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  205. Florian

    Neither Jack. Gingrich looks good in debates because the other debaters are weak. Everybody knows Mitt is a flip flopper so he could never make a strong point against the president.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  206. beadlesaz

    The only GOP candidate that I'd consider is Jon Huntsman. He'd get a lot of the independents as well as disillusioned Democrats. I don't blame President Obama for our ills – I blame partisanship for the gridlock in dealing with the issues. The GOP has been unwilling to work at all with a black president. I'm simply stating my opinion here – but I believe their over-the top intransigence is racially motivated. FYI, the recession was declared FOUR years ago – well before Mr. Obama took office. I'm willing to vote GOP if it is for a candidate that I believe will at least work toward the necessary consensus to get us back on track. But, I'm not hopeful of the GOP picking a sensible candidate – the 2008 election is all too recent a memory.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  207. Roger

    I bet you $10,000 dollars that Obama is scared of both Newt and Mitt

    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  208. nancheska

    I'd wait until the New Hampshire & Iowa results. I think Newt will fade, Romney will have problems connecting with people, and Ron Paul may be the horse who comes up from the outside. Oh, if we all had a crystal ball, right?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  209. Mike

    He should fear every opponent no matter who it is. I would vote for rumplestillskin if he were running against Odummy!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  210. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    If you caught the Souix City, Iowa debates you may have noticed Gingrich was down for the count from the Tag Team attacks of Bachman, Paul and Santorum. The three inflicted heavy damage on Gingrich's failed past as Speaker, Lacking Moral Compass and of coarse the Money $1,6 million dollars. His defense touched Romney for bankrupting coorporation followed with attacks on Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and then accusing Bachman as a liar for not telling the truth about his record of disgrace across the board. Gingrich dropped in the polls and this is his own party. When Obama is done with him Gingrich will take his rightful place in history next to Joe Mc Carthy

    December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  211. Raj

    He should be afraid of himself than his rivals from the republican party

    December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  212. flippin_waffles in SK, Canada

    I'm not sure which one Obama should be afraid of, but people in general should be afraid of somebody with as much money as Romney having as much power as the Presidency.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  213. Jess K

    President Obama shouldn't be afraid of either. The American people should be afraid of both.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  214. Likes Animals

    When Newt is doing well, he does something crazy which sabotages his campaign. When he is behind, he is more disciplined. Newt loves the thrill of the challenge. If he 'caught' the Presidency, he would not want the responsibility.

    If he wins the nomination, he won't be President. It's way more fun to stand on the sidelines and throw bombs.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  215. Ken Briegel

    Neither one Jack. Newt's latest statement on arresting judges not only violates our Constitution, it also shows that there is still more room in the Republican clown car!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  216. Ron Hall Arkansas

    What President Obama should really be afraid of are the independents that he courted and then forgot they weren't liberals. He should look at the liberals that he put on the Supreme Court and the polarizing Attorney General that has inflamed many Americans, including me. He should be afraid of the lack of leadership he displayed on Health Care reform and job creation. I voted for him in 2008, but not again.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  217. Omar

    I think he should be more afraid of Romney, because of the fact that money buys elections, and although they are both rich, Mitt has deeper pockets and you and I both know the person with the most money, wins 94

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  218. john r

    newt gingrich is the poster child for what is wrong with washington. he is the best politicion money can buy; remember gopac?

    the fact he is leading in most polls shows, what a short memory some republcans have.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  219. Tony in New York

    Romney – running against Gingrich would be akin to shooting newts in a barrel.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  220. Pete/Ark

    "None of the above" Jack. .His greatest fear should be his own far-left fringe who threaten to abandon him for being too moderate.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  221. Brian

    Should be most afraid of Ron Paul. As an Obama supporter I would really have to think long and hard about not voting for Paul over Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  222. D.J.Hughes

    This nation is in desperate need of a president that will lead without fear. If Obama is to min another election he should not fear ANY of the possible Republican nominees.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  223. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    The world of Newt would consist of 13 year old school janitors, no restrictions on campaign contributions nor on polluting industries, curtailment of free speech, and ignoring judicial decisions he finds disagreeable Geez Jack, I wonder what you would find dumb ?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  224. the_dude

    The only thing obama will fear this voting season are the middle-class taxpayers whom he screwed over in favor of helping his rich friends.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  225. marybeth, massachusetts


    I don't think he has to fear either Mitt the King of the Flip-Floppers or Newt the Nasty Hypocrite; both of them have enough baggage to commandeer their own carriers, and both of them have been career politicians long enough for there to be a video trail of them espousing policies they now claim they (no longer) don't believe in. Romney created a huge mess in Massachusetts with his give away the store to big businesses, reward them for firing people and sending jobs to China and India. Mitt tests to see which way the wind blows, then tells people what he thinks they want to hear. He was pro-universal health care, pro-choice, pro-gays serving openly in the military while he was running for and serving as governor of Massachusetts. Now that he's running for president, he's singing a different tune because he has to cosset the evangelicals (who will never vote for him because they don't believe Mormons are Christians the same way they're Christians) and the right-wing nuts in the tea party. Anyone who applauds when a candidate says he would execute someone, then think about it later, who boos a gay serviceman stationed in Iraq, who cheers when a candidate says if you don't have health insurance and you get sick, then you should die, isn't behaving or living as a Christian.
    People have very short memories when it comes to Newt. He has created more divisiveness in Congress, is such a hypocrite (trying to get Clinton impeached for having sex with Monica Lewinsky while Newt was cheating on his wives), took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, and had so many ethics violations that HIS OWN PARTY threw him out of the Speakership. Must have been a different GOP in the '90's. Today, they'd hold a parade in his honor and give him awards.

    That doesn't mean that President Obama shouldn't prepare for a nasty campaign, only that if either of these 2 get the republican nomination, they'll be bringing their own tnt and detanator, and they might even light the fuse themselves.
    Nor does he have to fear Bachmann, Perry, Cain (who has only suspended his campaign, not ended it), Santorum, or Paul. They're all nuttier than a fruitcake, mad as a hatter, barking like a dog crazy. I truly fear for this country. What's wrong with getting an intelligent moderate?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  226. Margot

    I keep hearing how smart Newt is. Now, he may very well beat other Republican opponents in debates-let's be clear. The bar there is NOT real high. And, members of the media keep telling us he's smart. But, saying it doesn't make it so. Poor children cleaning toilets in their school: arresting judges you don't agree with-That's out of a smart brain? Obama's oldest daughter could take him in a debate.......Romney, at least, attempts to be civilized and thoughtful. Don't agree with him either–but, he doesn't make me want to go throw up. Margot in the "other" Washington

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  227. Karen N.

    He should fear neither. Both have supported that ridiculous Paul Ryan "Kill Medicare" plan while previously supporting individual healthcare mandates. They've both flip-flopped more than Mary Lou Retton.

    You can say what you will about Obama, but he's a man of consistency and substance, and doesn't change his positions with the changing political tide.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  228. Richie

    Romney, no doubt. Republicans may be experiencing temporary amnesia regarding all of Newt's ethical problems and baggage but if Newt were to win the nomination, Obama would have a field day with him. You need Independents to win. Romney is steady, organized and has real credibility when talking about the economy. The next president is either Obama or Romney.

    Jacksonville, FL

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  229. Cal in CA

    Newt appears smart but is just a smart liar. Romney flops more than a fish out of water. Neither has much support within their own party. And once the honeymoon is over and the public realizes neither one has the the capacity to be truthful, neither will garner any enthusiasm. Especially if they keep telling everyone that the jobs and economy was swimming in roses until Bush left office.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  230. Vern

    The only one he should fear would be Ron Paul. All the others are just the same in their believes. Paul is the only one that can really make a difference.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  231. Janey

    Jack, After the lousy job Obama has done he should fear a previous presidential hopeful, Alfred E Neuman!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  232. mike58mc

    Only stat missing here Obama disapproval rating is at 55%

    December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  233. penney

    I dont know whom Obama should fear the most...but maybe he will find out who beat him while on vacation.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  234. Steven in Austin, TX

    Obama should fear Romney, for two reasons. One, Romney is going to be the nominee, and Gingrich is not. And two, it is embarrassingly difficult to distinguish Romney from Obama, a fact that seems to deter only progressive voters.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  235. David B.

    I don't think the left should fear anyone except Ron Paul. He is the only guy that would get Liberals and Independents to vote for him. But the media already knows that and thus will continue to try and distract you.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  236. Dan in Chicago

    He should fear neither. Both are unprincipled and hardly offer an alternative to Obama. The President should fear having to run against Ron Paul in the general election as Dr. Paul would take on the federal deficit and debt which is the issue of the year.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  237. Ann from Charleston SC

    I think Obama is smart enough to hold his own with either Romney or Gingrich. I believe our President is well grounded, knows where he stands and does not fear either opponent.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  238. Sean

    He shouldn't be AFRAID of either. President Obama can stand solidly on his record and debate any candidate – letting the American people decide what they want next for their future. Fear should not be in the equation.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  239. Oz from Waterloo,NY

    Neither one of those stooges-beware of Grover Norquist. He's the one crackin'. the whip on the hill, they all comply with his tactics. Control that man- we will be OK

    December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  240. Cee.La

    Neither.....both are speaking out of bothe sides of their mouths......Newt is supposed to be smart!!!!! he is a recycled has been, that is running as an outsider when he is the quint essential Insider.......Romney is a flip flopper who gets almost beside himself when confronted....Republicans are going to have to pull something out of the hat, if they expect to attract Independents......

    December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  241. Kris

    Gingrich or Romney should be the last of Obamas concerns. It will be the average American citizen that will be his biggest threat on judgement day next November.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  242. Chris

    Have you looked at the polls? Looks like Ron Paul fairs better against Obama than either of the two you mentioned. He will pull the independent vote. The republicans will fall in line behind him. He will even find a few democrats to support his message of freedom, civil liberties and back to the basics ideas.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  243. N. LEE PRICE

    You as Americans should be ashamed of yourself in even thinking about voting (R) as there is nobody can be as able as President as your present One, PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  244. Roy

    Gingrich was tared and feathered and run out town on rail by his own peers in the late 80's. He has zero credibility. There's no way voters in the USA would vote a person like that into office as president. Obama should fear Romney, the only candidate with credibility and presidential credentials.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  245. Omar

    I think that the result of electing either of the 2 will result in the same economically catastrophic conditions that we find ourselves unsuccessfully trying to get out of. But the president should worry about the one who will get the nomination, there is no shortage of hatred for the fact that T-partiers and republicans cant live with a African American in the WhiteHouse. The president needs to worry about racist voter turnout more than any one candidate in particular, he is a giant amongts men when compared to the GOP field.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  246. Jeff Whitehouse Station New Jersey

    No one Dummy, He has a billion dollars. How long have you lived in the U.S. Jack, is this your first picnic..

    December 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  247. Les in Florence, OR


    Obama's 'idealism' was a huge dissapointment for many centrist voters, and even republicans that couldn't bring themselves to vote for a ticket with Palin, and who voted for the possibility of brilliance...our bad. This time we'll vote for experience, centric realism, and the chops to cut to the chase and implement real solutions for real problems. Not pipe dreams like Obama Care that aren't realistic, but perhaps an iterative expansion of Medicare, which is quite realistic. Maybe, just maybe, he should run on 'Realism'. Now THAT would be a 'change'.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  248. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Obama doesn't need to be afraid of Gingrich, Romney or any of the other clowns running as GOP candidates. For a supposedly "smart" man, Gingrich continues to say things that continue to shove his feet ever further into his mouth. As for Romney, running this country like he "ran" his businesses should make every sane voter fear for their livelihoods. Ron Paul scares the bejesus out of me with his isolationist talk and removing all the government agencies he keeps railing against. The rest of the GOP candidate pack are nothing more than comic relief for the (current) top runners and will soon start falling like flys.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  249. ian in MN

    Ron Paul is the biggest danger to Obama at this point. Whoever ultimately wins the nomination will get 100% of republican support no matter what. Ron Paul however has a loyal following and if he doesn't win the nomination they are likely to break 1/3 for Obama, 1/3 for a 3rd party candidate, and 1/3 for the republican.

    Nobody would vote for Romney or Gingrich, but not for Ron Paul. There's also a chance that Paul could run as a 3rd party candidate if he loses the nomination in which case the GOP is toast.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  250. Al, Lawrence KS

    I refuse to answer for fear that Newt will send US Marshals to my door and haul me before Congress.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  251. Dan Evansville, IN

    Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate that beats Obama with independants. Why would he be scare of anyone else? Imagine a Obama Vs Mitt or Gingrich debate, they could all talk about all the things issues they've agreed upon. I'll take Ron Paul

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  252. Joseph Bocek

    He dos not have to be afraid of either of these guys. If the house persists in blocking everything and they continue to speak of corps ( that have ceo's that make on average 300 times what an average guy makes) as people, the republicans don't have a chance.

    Anyone that is unemployed, under employed, or makes less than 150,000/ year would be foolish to think they would do any better under the republicans. All you have to do is look at every bill the House has tried to pass. All have tax breaks for the wealthy

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  253. Karl (Miami)

    I hope President Obama is not arrogant enough to think he has nothing to fear from the republican candidates after all he was considered a none starter at the beginning of his campaign. His campaign should treat each candidate as if they are a clear and present danger.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  254. Jake in Montana

    Should President Obama be more afraid of Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?

    Obama has nothing to worry about. The American people are not going elect Gingrich or Romney. Both are tainted
    One is a Wall Street insider.(Romney) The other is a paid lobbyist(Gingrich)

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  255. David - Cleveland, OH

    The correct answer is the American voter. It is not really about two candidates, it is about whether the American voter believes that President Obama deserves another term. What is that he has done over the last four years that has improved America.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  256. tom hutchison

    it is the american public that should be afraid not obama

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  257. Brian Fejer

    If the GOP really wanted to beat Obama they would nominate Ron Paul, but I don't think they are that smart. Gov. Huntsman is impressive, but is at 1%! Romney is John Kerry 2.0. Flip flopping and pandering to the lowest common denominator. Trump, Newt, Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum are clowns! Since 2008 the stock market is up almost 50%, tax and interest rates are the lowest in a generation, Bin Laden is dead, the War in Iraq is Over, people with cancer can buy health insurance. the tragedy that has been the GOP primary, the pragmatic moderate Centrist Obama looks good!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  258. Tha Chikin

    Obama has NOTHING to fear from Gingrich or Romney at all because they are circus clowns. Now Ron Paul on the other hand... there is PLENTY to worry about there!

    Guess we will have to sit back and watch the fireworks! **pass the popcorn**

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  259. lynnej in nc

    Neither. Regardless of how the Republican contest turns out, both of them are rather cracked and will have to pick a cracked running mate to appease the evangelical vote.

    And with Romney, he changes like the wind, who knows what he'll do to get a vote. If everyone is against apples, he would be too and vice-versa.

    All President Obama has to do is clearly state his case and point out all of the obstructionism that has gone on in creating jobs and uplifting the country. End of story.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  260. N. LEE PRICE (Victoria, Bc. CANADA)

    You as Americans should be ashamed or yourselved in even thinking about voting for a (R). So who cares about who is running for a rebublican president. Your PRESIDEN OBAMA is more than you can handle, he is so perfect for you to follow. Obama has never had a true chance to do his job as he has had to clean up Bushes DO-DO for the past 3.5 years. He left Obama with a pile of DO-DO that has taken all his time to fiix. You should be glad and proud that President Obama will now have time to fix your screwed up nation. Yea Obama!! kEEP UP THE GREAT WORK (only when the (r) grow up......

    December 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  261. joe smith

    he needs to watch the guy who just spent 300 million on twitter, the same guy who owns part of cnn, and a bunch of other American corporations..you know, ones he can influence, sort of a george soros in an arab tunic,ain't America a great country,who can we buy today..

    December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  262. Chaotician

    Well, it hardly matters! They are both crazy, but the folks who actually run the nation, who evere THET are, will not change!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  263. Brad A. from Kentucky

    There is no doubt in my mind; President Obama should be much more scared of Mitt Romney than Newt Gingrich. Gingrich not only has a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth and/or coming off as elitist and arrogant, but he also has quite a lot of baggage from his past, especially for someone trying to win over social conservatives. Furthermore, he is simply too unwilling to take part in diplomacy between the parties. Yes, he might appeal to the right wing by flaunting his incredibly conservative House track record, but this only makes moderate democrats and independents weary. Many moderates are disillusioned with Obama and could be up for grabs if someone like Romney is nominated. Romney has executive experience, polls extremely well with moderates, knows economics like the back of his hand, is very intelligent (double major from HARVARD) and has shown great prowess when debating. Also, whether ultra conservatives want to admit it or not, they would absolutely vote for Romney if he is nominated; there's simply a 0% chance that the Tea Party and conservative Republicans would ever vote for Obama, regardless of the eventual Republican nominee. Romney is the guy to fear, especially from the President who is losing support among moderates, young voters and the independents who are so critical in these elections.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  264. Anthony from Maryland

    Why should he fear any of the Republican candidates runnning for President, since they are not his problem? The problem is the Republican Congress which he may possibly face if he wins reelection. If I was him I would stop worrying about any of these folks and put focus on getting them out of Congress since they will be his biggest obstacles.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  265. John

    Either one of them ,because they are all just a bunch of Clowns.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  266. ArtInChicago

    Jack, the only foe the President needs to fear is the economy.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  267. CrazyHorse

    If common sense were part of the eletoral equation, Obama couldn't get elected dog-catcher on his (lack of) record. One-termer, if the Repubs don't self-destruct.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  268. AB

    I think that Obama does not fear Mitt Romney nor Newt Gingrich. However, at the same time, he isn't taking either man for granted either. He knows each man's strengths and weaknesses. He also knows his own strengths and weaknesses as well. His weakness is the economy and he is working to improve the economy and the job market. I believe that things will improve on those fronts and will leave the nominee in a quandary about how to defeat him. Obama will be hard to defeat when the economy and job market improve to the point where people are working and earning a living better than ever.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  269. Isaac Valenzuela

    Quite frankly, he shouldn't be any more afraid of them then he was of John McCain. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are both big government "conservatives," who care more about saying whatever is politically expedient at the moment, then they do about reducing the size of government, improving our national security, or fixing America's debt problem. In fact, the only candidate from the left or the right who has been on the correct side of these issues, is Ron Paul. When you consider how Obama broke his word on the war in Iraq, Guantanamo, transparency in government, and the economy, it's clear that Ron Paul is the one person he should be afraid of- as liars typically are of honest men.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  270. N. LEE PRICE (Victoria, Bc. CANADA)

    President Obama is outstanding and needs time to work for the Americans. Bush screwed up your nation and left a pile of DO_DO for Obama to clean up...GROW-UP (r) and let PRESIDENT OBAMA DO HIS JOB THAT YOU ELECTED TO OFFICE...... Shame on you and all the Americans for even such a crazy question.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  271. Dwight

    Obama shouldn't fear either. What we should collectively fear is the short attention span of the generally disengaged public. A poorly educated public – whose main source of information is media, un supported hearsay or un developed opinions based on a combination of half truths and myth – will not pay attention long enough to make good long term decisions. Example, look how quickly the republicans have gone through their "front runners" and look who their choosing between? Instead of demanding better leadership, they're figuring out how to dress up what they have.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  272. Linda, Michigan

    Fear? Wrong question. I don't believe that Obama takes anything for granted. As far as I can tell, he's put himself and his family through all this nonsense to try to help our country be what a lot of us thought we were. Instead of being able to do this we all go through a lot of nonsense listening to a lot of garbage. What we all have to "fear" is that we will continue to get "elected public servants" in office who do not share a vision of America as a good place for everyone, but only as a cash cow for themselves.–that's the fear.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  273. Charlie

    If I was Obama, I would fear Ron Paul more than any other Republicans because he would take the anti-war vote, as well as many Independents and even some Democrats. I have a feeling many liberals would be willing to support a fiscally conservative candidate. It is social conservatives like Bachmann and Santorum that turn off most non-Republicans to considering supporting the other side.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  274. Arch Stanton

    I don't think he needs to fear either of them. Obama was handed a mess that no one could clean up in one term, but he's done a far better job of dealing with it than any Republican would. And even though the American people may not be satisfied with Obama, if they really listen to the bad ideas coming out of the Republicans, they'll flee from them in terror. Obama's not perfect, but the alternatives offered by the GOP are completely unacceptable.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  275. Lunnie Smith

    A better question would be – should the United States of America and the rest of the world, fear more Newt or Mitt as a possible President of the United States?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  276. Jerry/ Florida

    Neither one...President Obama should be afraid of the voters...do right by the voters and the voters will do right by you Mr. President.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  277. Jeff In Minnesota

    Romney is more of the threat. Gingrich is DOA.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  278. james

    Well, he has to fear at least one of them where as the Republican candidate won't have to fear Obama . This president has messed up this country so badly and he has proved that he is the worst president this country ever had. Now, the situation is that even a 12 th grade student can easily beat president Obama in this election as the people are NOT dum like this president.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  279. T'is Himself in Maine

    The only thing President Obama has to fear is the Public's perception of his leadership qualities. The Republican candidates have been dancing around due to their shooting themselves in their collective foot. Will President Obama do the same? Maybe our next President should be someone who has never held a political office, could they really do any worse? And that is ditto for our Congressional members,.....all of them! Slainte!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  280. chris, dayton OH

    There's no reason to fear the republicans. They're unorganized, driven by greed and fear. Obama should be worried about the people who elected him. They're not very happy with how he has treated the Constitution with NDAA and they're a little bothered by SOPA and his unwillingness to stand up to the powers that be (banks & wall street). He knows there are no other options outside of voting for him. He's guaranteed a win pretty much.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  281. Eric

    The fact that RON PAUL is not even mentioned in this article is unbelievable. The guy is currently 1st in Iowa, 2nd in New Hampshire, and a respectable 3rd nationally. He's raised a ton of money, has a ton of organization, and a ton of support. He is the only candidate brining NEW VOTERS into the Republican Party, including young people. Can Ron Paul get a little love?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  282. David

    I think Romney is the one Obama should fear. Gingrich is a pompous blowhard. Romney is more chameleon-like, thus scarier.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  283. Atul Chaudhary

    Obama should fear his record failures. It doesn't matter whether it is Romney or Gingrich, he will have tough time debating without a tele-prompter, records, and if media plays fair.

    Both of these guys will be hard to beat. Gingrich is so smart in debates that Obama will be found wanting most of the time. Romney has tremendous infrastructure, money, and backing of mormons (money).

    December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  284. JoAnn Hansen

    Not just President Obama, but you and me and the whole wide world should be scared, very scared of Newt Gingrinch. The guy is a nutjob who thinks he is smarter than the average bear. While I think the whole Republican lineup is a nightmare–I would never vote for any of them–I wouldn't feel like I had to leave the country if Romney or Huntsman were elected. With Newt, I feel the USA would owe the world an apology. I thought GWB had set the bar as low as it could possibly go, but then came the Donald, the Herminator, Michelle Bachmann, and poor Rick Perry and now Newt. Who would have possibly thought that I might look back with nostalgia at GWB, as the intellectual elite of the Republican party.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  285. John Key

    Obama should not fear . Neither one is qualified for the job but then, anyone who is truly qualified to be the President of the United States is too smart to take the job.

    Cushing, Oklahoma

    December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  286. Nathan

    He should be very afraid of Ron Paul! I'm a democrat, but would most certainly vote for Ron Paul in the presidential elections over Obama. Ron Paul has the courage, conviction and spirit of our founding fathers. The only problem is, he won't last much if he tries to eliminate the Federal Reserve. The true powers behind the curtain of world economic domination will never allow it.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  287. Marc

    None of them! None of them have a plan! None of them are strong enough for this President!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  288. Matt M, Omaha NE

    Neither. I believe Jon Huntsman is the only GOP candidate that can win in the general election. Obama must be tickled pink that most early state primary voters haven't realized that Romney and Gingrich will fail to resonate with independents.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  289. Brian

    With approval ratings mired in the low 40’s, unemployment hovering above 8%, and new polls indicating the President losing ground in key battleground states, Obama should be very worried about both GOP candidates. With polls consistently showing the economy as the key ballot issue, Romney is well positioned to siphon off traditional democratic and moderate support, while Gingrich would be a very able adversary in debates. Obama and his re-election advisors should not be revelling in facing either candidate as David Axelrod suggests. He would do that at his peril.

    Ontario, Canada

    December 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  290. dNadeau

    The only one Obama has to fear is Ron Paul, because the two clowns you highlight are more of the same... the status quo does not fear the status quo.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  291. Jennie Cleary

    I find Newt the more dangerous rival – he is a brilliant yet misdirected psychopath. Plus, I will be really ticked off if we end up with a President named after an aquatic amphibian.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  292. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    President Obama should fear no Republican candidate...but they sure should fear him. He is an outstanding lieader, good and decent man with actual values he lives rather than les about for votes, has accomplished a huge list of items to benefit the American People – from the healthcare law which is working and the People who know the truht about it love, got Osanma bin Laden, took down 3 dictators in less than 9 months with not 1 American soldier in harm's way, saved our economy and stopped the massive monthly job loss happening as Bush left office, created a positive job number every month of his Presidency, offered real solutions Republicans obstructed, and ended the fraudulent Bush Iraq War. Republicans have betrayed the PEOPLE and they should be very afraid!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  293. matt

    Romney and the Grinch pull the same portion of the electorate. Ron Paul can take Obama's fringe base from him. Paul wants to legalize weed, doesn't believe the government should be defining anyone's marriage and wants to keep us from financing other people's civil wars for them. It's easy to get a hippie on board with Ron Paul, especially since Obama has completely aliened the demographic that helped him beat Hillary in the primary. The swing voters are already getting tired of Obama, if Paul can grab the swing and the fringe from the left, Obama is just left with parasites and unionists. All Romney and the Grinch can offer is more of the same of what America has been getting for the last 20 years.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm |