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Romney, Gingrich shine in latest GOP debate

By SUSAN WALKER
November 13, 2011

Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, left, speaks as Mitt Romney, listens during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich emerged as clear winners of the latest Republican presidential debate Saturday night while Herman Cain and Rick Perry failed to impress, GOP and Democratic insiders say.

A poll of political operatives taken immediately after the debate by The National Journal gives the debate to Romney with Gingrich coming in a strong second.

Among Republican political operatives, Romney was the clear winner with half the vote, Gingrich finished second with 30 percent and Perry was a distant third with 13 percent.

Democratic political pros gave the debate to Gingrich (55 percent) with Romney second at 20 percent and Jon Huntsman third with 15 percent.

Herman Cain did not finish in the top five among either Republican or Democratic operatives. Republicans saw Cain as the biggest loser while Democrats ranked the Georgia businessman dogged by sexual harassment charges as the second-biggest failure behind Huntsman.

The National Journal poll tracks with Capitol Hill Blue’s own survey of political pros and Republican-leaning voters.

“Romney is in control at this point,” says one long-time Republican political consultant.  “His challengers rise and fall with the political winds but he is the man to beat.”

A Democratic consultant agrees.

“This is now Romney’s race to lose,” he added.

GOP voters also gave the debate to Romney.

“He impressed me, there is no doubt about that,” says Republican voter Ben Grimes of New Orleans in an email to Capitol Hill Blue. “I like his style and he does not have the flaws of the other candidates.”

Stephanie Putney of Raleigh, North Carolina, says she started out the campaign as a Ron Paul supporter but says she is leaning towards Romney because “he can win the nomination and he has the best shot at beating Obama.”

“I wish he would adopt more of Dr. Paul’s positions but as much as I support Dr. Paul I realize that he cannot win the nomination and I have to go with someone who can,” Putney said.

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11 Responses to Romney, Gingrich shine in latest GOP debate

  1. Sandune

    November 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

    So it is coming down to a final choice of which Big Daddy will lead us in 2012. Will it be the Pope or the Prophet in Salt Lake City? Will we be asked to vote for the strongest religion? Will the American people have to accept one or the other, or possibly both? Both want to design our social laws and are similar enough to pull it off. Both want Christians to win in the final Crusade for power.

    Every presidential election, the situation gets worse. We search the candidates for the most extreme men and women who have no desire to increase our freedoms. They want the power of what they want in the way of authority. I bring up as theory of searching for better, stronger, freedom-loving people that I call ideal and wham, I’m considered a heathen freak. Okay, CHB is more comfortable with being told what to do. It takes time and thought to figure out that every action involves consequences that might not be good. But what the hell, let’s not make any waves and accept our consequences of going into another election with our eyes shut. So if we get another Bush, so what….

    America will enter the next 4 to 8 years rebuilding Homeland Security by banning abortions and gay marriages. Any action of individual choices like allowing the terminally ill to pull the plug would cheat Jesus out of more followers. My trying to keep religion out of the government is not a personal requirement. I’ve seen over and over entire civilizations self destruct over any number of Gods.

    In 1964 when the voters chose a socialized form of federal government over individual choices, we all knew America was never to experience the freedoms that we want. Too much work! It was so much easier to pass laws controlling the people than even trying to teach the value of freedoms in the first place. It is easier to let an abused child slip through the system when a football game rests on leaving it alone.

  2. Logtroll

    November 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Crikey, I hadn’t heard! Obama isn’t running?

  3. eve

    November 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Romney and Gingrich shine in latest debate?
    Were they the only two debating each other or were there others involved? (sarc)

    Ron Paul smokes ‘em all, BUT the Rockefellers, JP Morgans, Goldman Sachs and Soro’s of the world can’t continue to steal from whats left of the US Middle Class if Ron Paul wins.

    They’ve even pounded it into your heads that he’s not a viable candidate.

    SO, we get the choice of warmonger, banker puppet A or warmonger, banker puppet B.
    Some choice!

    Americans are the most ignorant people of the face of the earth if they let this charade continue.

    Romney and Gingrich? Puuuulllleeeeaaaaazzzee!

    • Carl Nemo **==

      November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      “Americans are the most ignorant people of the face of the earth if they let this charade continue.” …extract from post

      Spot-on commentary Eve and in addition to being politically ignorant they are lazy-thoughted too.

      Evidently the citizens of this nation won’t wake up until hyper inflation breaks out along with systemic failures of government services nationwide from the post office on down to local garbage collections concurrent with Greek style rioting in the streets. Then will they realize they’ve been asleep at the wheel of life and having to pay a dear price for their lack of attentive, political proactiveness for the past half century.

      Carl Nemo **==

      • woody188

        November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Well they won’t have long to wait with Obama or Romney at the helm. Heck, Romney wants to nuke Iran with no good reason for it!

  4. Sandune

    November 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    If either of those men end up running, we may actually miss the old Bush 43 days. This new Conservative Party has no problem with lying, cheating and taking us to war again and again. Can we walk into this type of evil? Priebus (NRC Head) has that look that he knows a huge secret that we all will explode in self torture unless we put in any of the Conservatives in order to dump Obama.

    The only agenda is now based on the choices women make within the family. Once that is knocked off, anyone can sell torture to the people.

  5. woody188

    November 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Corpo-media needs to quit trying to shove that Newt down our throats!

    We aren’t buying it!

    Washed up has been can’t even get the donations that Congressman Paul can, but is somehow more viable?

    That is how STUPID the elite think we are!

    And anyone that would switch from Paul to Romney isn’t very strong in their beliefs because the two are worlds apart!

    • woody188

      November 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      CBS News pulls it’s own debate poll after getting results they didn’t want to see.

  6. Almandine

    November 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Geez Doug, why not just reprint your Nov 10 piece?

    • Almandine

      November 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      And here i thought I was replying to:

      Romney solidifies lead while challengers falter.

      Burp

      • Joey

        November 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

        —Stephanie Putney of Raleigh, North Carolina, says she started out the campaign as a Ron Paul supporter but says she is leaning towards Romney because “he can win the nomination and he has the best shot at beating Obama.”

        “I wish he would adopt more of Dr. Paul’s positions but as much as I support Dr. Paul I realize that he cannot win the nomination and I have to go with someone who can,” Putney said.—

        Yea, that is real smart. Why even vote at all then? I sure as well wouldn’t bother voting for one of them other idiots, if Ron started fading badly. Really sad to read stuff like that. This is exactly why it is so difficult for him, because people have no faith and would rather be negative about him and throw their vote away to someone who would drive this country even further into the ground.