Monday, January 7, 2008

Comments on Gov. Romney at the Sunday NH GOP Debate

WHAT THEY'RE REALLY SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR
MITT ROMNEY AT THE MANCHESTER , NH GOP DEBATE

The American Spectator's Jennifer Rubin: "Romney was very solid and effective on defending Bush tax cuts." (Jennifer Rubin, "Taxes," The American Spectator's Blog, http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=10347, Posted 1/6/08)

The New York Times' Michael Cooper: "It was the Republican Debate, Episode II: Mitt Romney Strikes Back." (Michael Cooper, "G.O.P. Rematch: Romney Fires First Round," The New York Times The Caucus, http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/gop-rematch-romney-fires-first-round/, Posted 1/6/08)

· Cooper: "…Mr. Romney came out swinging Sunday night during the opening minutes of a Republican presidential forum that was broadcast on Fox News." (Michael Cooper, "G.O.P. Rematch: Romney Fires First Round," The New York Times The Caucus, http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/gop-rematch-romney-fires-first-round/, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Jim Geraghty : "Romney, responding to Huckabee after one of his populist riffs: 'You're not going to help the wage earner in America by attacking the wage payer.' Boom. One of his best lines of the night. Is that an old Reagan line?" ( Jim Geraghty , "Are We Watching Romney Get Up Off the Mat?" National Review's The Campaign Spot, http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YTllOWJmMzYzNGMyMTU5NzRiODFiNjFkNThkMTIzY2E, Posted 1/6/08)

Hot Air Blog's Bryan : "So far they've gone two rounds against each other directly. … I'd score both rounds for Romney, with a solid knock down in the second one." ( Bryan , "Videos: Mitt And Mike Go A Couple Of Rounds," Hot Air Blog, http://hotair.com/archives/2008/01/06/videos-mitt-and-mike-go-a-couple-of-rounds/, Posted 1/6/07)

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "A prepared Mitt is out of the gates strong on his message, dinging McCain and Huck on taxes. And he even showed that he, too, knows how to wield the knife. 'You make up facts faster than you talk,' Mitt jabbed. Then, after the Arkansan responded to a question about whether he'd raised taxes by saying he had 'raised jobs,' Mitt nailed him again: 'That's political-speak.'" (Jonathan Martin, "A Prepared Mitt Is Out Of The Gates Strong," Politico, http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0108/A_prepared_Mitt_is_out_of_the_gates_strong.html, Posted 1/6/08)

American Spectator's Quin Hillyer : "Romney does a great job responding saying the old truth that you don't help the wage earner by attacking the wage payer. Explains his point well." ( Quin Hillyer , "Next Round," American Spectator Blog, http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=10358, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Mark Hemingway: "...Luntz's focus group on Fox. They loved him [Romney]." (Mark Hemingway, "Romney Just Blew The Roof Off," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MmM2NTcyNDI5YmJhOWRhMmY0YzAwNjIxNDk5YmVlYTA, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Mark Levin: "I agree with the Fox focus group in that Romney was great." (Mark Levin, "I Will Second That," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OTBmN2QwNGFlYmU4MWQ3NWY3MzhiZWNmYzA1NzU1Yzk, Posted 1/6/08)

Riehl World View's Dan Riehl : "According to the Fox focus groups, Romney was the big winner tonight. What he did best was show informed voters he's probably the guy Republicans need in the Fall." ( Dan Riehl , "Debate: II," Riehl World View Blog, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/01/debate-ii.html, Posted 1/6/08)

· Riehl: "Look for him to start firming up support as people begin paying attention." ( Dan Riehl , "Debate: II," Riehl World View Blog, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/01/debate-ii.html, Posted 1/6/08)

· Riehl: "Win or lose in New Hampshire - and I'm starting to think he may just pull that state out, Romney will most likely eventually emerge as the Republican nominee." ( Dan Riehl , "Debate: II," Riehl World View Blog, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/01/debate-ii.html, Posted 1/6/08)

· Riehl: "Romney displayed the type of private economy expertise we need in government." ( Dan Riehl , "Debate: II," Riehl World View Blog, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/01/debate-ii.html, Posted 1/6/08)

· Riehl: "Romney took it to Huckabee on his political rhetoric, ability to manufacture facts faster than he talks and not deal with the truth. He won that exchange." ( Dan Riehl , "Debate: II," Riehl World View Blog, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/01/debate-ii.html, Posted 1/6/08)



The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes: "This was a terrific debate for Mitt Romney on issues like immigration taxes and a few other things. I thought he really did well." (Fox News' "Live," 1/6/08)

Time's Mark Halperin: "Mark Halperin's debate grades: Romney: A- …" (Mark Halperin, "Republicans Feud Again At Fox Forum," Time Magazine's The Page,http://thepage.time.com/2008/01/06/game-on-9/, Posted 1/6/08)

Power Line's Scott Johnson: "Romney says we won't help wage earner to attack wage payer. Built a small business. Some companies he invested in created jobs -- has been there in the real world." (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

· Johnson: "Romney responds by speaking up for application of rule of law in this area. Recalls McCain's past support for 'amnesty' and notes that amnesty doesn't work. McCain's response is tired, evasive, irritable. We need a "real solution.'" (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

· Johnson: "Romney wins this [immigration] round hands down." (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

· Johnson: "I score this [negative advertising] round for Romney and am calling the event for Romney." (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

· Johnson: "Taxes: Romney hits a triple." (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

· Johnson: "Huckabee defends his record on taxes. Romney opens his response with a question to Huckabee; Huckabee avoids answering directly. Romney nails him. Huckabee is whining. Huckabee pleads compulsion on taxes. Apparently he doesn't want to claim credit for his record after all." (Scott Johnson, "Scoring Tonight's GOP Candidates' Forum," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019468.php, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Mark Hemingway: "Romney's command of policy detail is impressive, and shining brightly tonight." (Mark Hemingway, "Romney's Command Of Policy Detail," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Rich Lowry: "Romney is really on his game tonight – fantastic answer on how businesses create jobs." (Rich Lowry, "Romney…," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YTc3MmNmZTJmNDM0MjMzZjc3YzEwNjA4NTcxNDYxZWQ, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez: "I think it is Thompson and Romney who are on tonight." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "I Don't Think It's McCain And Romney," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

· Lopez: "He's letting Romney be Romney – the confident, forward-looking candidate with a conservative temperament he is – it was those qualities that first made me pay attention to him when he was in the statehouse. I think he's being himself tonight. We saw him be himself during the religion speech. And we're seeing it tonight." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Re: Mitt," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

· Lopez: "This Mitt is the Mitt we have to see everyday from hereon out. It took a while for him to be unleashed but I don't think it's too late by any stretch. Let Mitt be Mitt and Mitt might win." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Re: Mitt," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

· Lopez: "Romney is smart to emphasize his executive skills. He's talked about his private and public experience. It's an important skill set and competency isn't exactly overflowing in Washington right now. He also does it by being forward looking, not just giving a laundry list of what he's done." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Biography Is A Big Thing," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWMwYTE1NGViZWE5NWYzMGRhNDc5NGI2M2ZjNGZmZjE, Posted 1/6/08)

· Lopez: "The fighter is out in him tonight. No one is going to call him a wimp tonight, that's for sure. He's taken initiative, from minute one. And he's turned the tone of his campaign around." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Re: Mitt," National Review's The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

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