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Mitt Romney, losing to Rudy Giuliani, thinks Obama is 'one of the most ineffective presidents'


Mitt Romney gives the Barack Obama presidency an F. Failure.

"He's been one of the most ineffective presidents, at the job at hand, that I've ever seen," Romney said on the "Today" show on Tuesday.

"The number one issue he faced walking in the door was an economy in fast decline," the former governor continued. "He didn't cause that, but he made things worse."

Romney, 64, said that Obama doesn't have a foreign policy, and worse than that, he "goes around apologizing for America."

"I don't apologize for America," Romney said in the interview. "I'm proud of America."

The former Massachusetts governor can't be proud of his showing in a recent poll that has him being beaten by Rudy Giuliani.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday revealed that of Republicans and independents who lean to the right, the former New York mayor would be their candidate. Of those polled, 16%  said they would vote for Giuliani if he was running, a percentage point higher than those who said they'd support Romney.

Although Romney is expected to throw his hat into the ring on Thursday, Giuliani has yet to do much but make his way around New Hampshire, testing the waters, as it were.

"Giuliani has the top spot in a 12-candidate field, but he doesn't generate a lot of enthusiasm. Only about a quarter of Republicans nationwide said that they would be enthusiastic if Giuliani won the nomination," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland told CNN's politics blog. "But he's not alone -- only a quarter would be enthusiastic if Palin got the party's nod, and only one in five would feel the same way if Romney became the GOP's standard-bearer in 2012."

Who got an F in the CNN poll? Probably Newt Gingrich. As Wonkette points out the former speaker of the House was the unfortunate soul in the rear of the pack.

"Gingrich came in with 8% of the vote, only slightly ahead of 'No One,' who got 5%," the blog noted.


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-- Tony Pierce

Photo:  Mitt Romney, left, and Rudy Giuliani speak simultaneously while discussing immigration during the CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Fla., in November 2007. Credit:  Chris O'Meara / Associated Press


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Mitt is simply unbelievable. Completely lacking in authenticity

No one takes a Guiliani Presidency seriously. Guiliani sits at a whopping 6% in New Hampshire!

Did you forget about that little tid-bit Matthew! hahahahah

Romney (romneycare) is not electable. the Conservative base will not vote for him just like they would not vote for Macain. Kick out these RINOs that only the GOP establishment support.

Thanks for mentioning Ron Paul in this article. You're talking about people that are hardly testing the waters for candidacy, and yet not a single mention of Ron Paul, who is polling in double digits well within the margin of error for 1st.

At this stage, name-ID is the primary driver of all polling data on prospective GOP candidates for president. Not only, but primary.

Two elements that actually matter right now:

(1) Romney's continued presence atop all polling since January despite being ignored by media, bashed by the pundit class, and targeted by Team Obama.

(2) The primary state schedule. The first five states to go are Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and Florida. Of those 5, Romney will easily win New Hampshire (where he has at least a 2o-point lead over secondplace, who is in single digits with the rest of the field) and Nevada. He will likely win Florida by a decent margin, albeit not massive like he will in the other two. Unlike every other candidate in NH, NV and FL, Romney could win in Iowa -- he finished second there last time. Iowa's a caucus, so it's a bit zany, but he does have the potential to win that one. South Carolina's doubtful, considering last time he finished 6th, I think it was. But even if Romney doesn't win Iowa and SC, he will still win the nomination with early victories in NH, NV and FL, which is exactly what will happen.

Lastly, Obama trailed Hillary in routine polling data throughout 2007 and into 2008; the fact that the LA Times has chosen to write an article about the one poll it found that had Romney in second place is hilarious.


McCain won the nomination last time. He certainly did not enjoy the bulk of the support from across the spectrum of the conservative base in the primaries, but he did in the general election against Obama. Where McCain failed was in getting the same votes that kept him alive in open primary states: independents and moderates.

Where so-called and supposed conservatives fail is in likening Romney to McCain. They are about as opposite as they come. McCain has only ever worked for the government. From military to the Senate, he's gotten every paycheck we know about from holding government jobs. What is McCain known for? Being a POW and McCain-Feingold and supporting amnesty then being against it. Other than that, he married into money, after divorcing his first wife who stood by his side through his ailments only to see him leave her during her own.

Mitt Romney has had one government job and it came after a 30 year private sector career. While bashers and opponents deride Romneycare as his singular achievement as governor of MA, the truth is that in one term he turned a $3B state deficit into a $300M state surplus while getting everyone insured without a public option and without raising taxes, and creating a rainy day fund. That's a very healthy sentence and an accomplished term any elected official would envy. What's more, Romney critics like to pretend that Romneycare doesn't work, yet at just over 1% the state budget, it's bankrupting nothing.

Also there's this:

The link takes you to an actual poll -- not just a story by media interested in reelecting Obama -- of tea party support. Romney was in first place among self-identified tea partiers, and this is back when Mike Huckabee was still an option for them to choose.

The entire notion that healthcare solutions is bad is just stupid. That it is make or break is even more idiotic. It's an issue that is 3rd or 4th down the list to the average voter, yet it is one that voters want improvements on. What Romney did in MA isn't perfect, but it improved the status quo. A lot can be learned from it, and the current Gov. of MA should actively tweak it as knowledge of what works and what doesn't is learned from the experience gained from its existence in function, not concept.

To deny (because of doctrinalism) from your voting consideration any candidate who has done anything on an issue like this is an admission of ignorance. The reason is based on the err of such a mindset to begin with coupled with the wrong analysis of Romney = McCain from earlier. To tie it to an end, Romney had the broadest spectrum conservative support in 2008. That is, he got the lion's share of the conservative vote be it from the economy or social issues (save for the 5 bible belt states), and took secondplace to national security voters (who by nature of service supported POW McCain).

McCain was kept alive by the divided field (Romney was split between the two of them, Huckabee and Fred Thompson) and open primaries where indies and dems crossed over (to meddle) in our nomination process. Then in the actual election they voted for Obama. Romney, this time around, will retain his economic supporters, and see growth in his national security voters as well as his socially conservative voters. Plus, Romney routinely polls even with Obama among Indies and Moderates.

Just stuff you should know.

Romney is a lot more authentic then he appears. Romneycare will not stop him. I expect that he will get the nomination


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