Monday, January 7, 2008

More Comments on Mitt Romney's "Home Run" at Last Night's Debate

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

Fox News' Chris Wallace: "As far as Mitt Romney, I thought it was the best he has done in any of the debates I have seen. Not only the performance and the demeanor which was quite commanding." (Fox News' "Live," 1/6/08)

ABC News' Rick Klein: "I do think, for late-breaking voters, Romney comes across well because he's in command of his facts and looks very, very presidential." (Rick Klein, "Live Blogging During GOP Forum," ABC News' Political Radar Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/01/live-blogging-d.html, Posted 1/6/08)

Power Line's Paul Mirengoff : "Mitt Romney, in my view, was the winner. His answers were crisp, knowledgeable, and poised. He was solid on each substantive issue and effective in defending his so-called attack ads. My guess is that he's cemented himself as the choice of Republicans in New Hampshire …." ( Paul Mirengoff , "My Impressions Of Tonight's Debate," Power Line Blog, http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019469.php, Posted 1/6/08)

Time Magazine's Joe Klein: "Mitt Romney – even though under assault constantly in Saturday night's debate – has had two of his best debate performances yet." (Joe Klein, "McCain's Lost Weekend," Time's The Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/01/mccains_lost_weekend.html,Posted 1/6/08)

RedState's Erick Erickson : "As for the actual candidates. I think Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney did the best tonight. Mitt seemed even paced all night." ( Erick Erickson , "Winners And Losers Tonight," RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/stories/elections/2008/winners_and_losers_tonight, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Rich Lowry: "[Romney] spoke forcefully and put the case for himself as the reformist businessman in the best possible light. I think he basically dominated the first hour, and fell off a tab after that, but otherwise was truly excellent. His best performance yet, in very high pressure circumstances. His answers on taxes, job creation, and immigration were top notch." (Rich Lowry, "Romney & McCain In Fine Form," National Review's The Corner Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OGY4YTI2NjM0MDUxNTUwMTRlMGMwYjdiNjkzZWNmYjI=, Posted 1/6/08)

The American Spectator's Quin Hillyer : "Romney does a great job explaining the characteristics needed in a president (and why executive leadership trumps Senate leadership and why executive leadership is more important than specific foreign policy expertise)." ( Quin Hillyer , "After Commercial," The American Spectator's Blog, http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=10372, Posted 1/6/08)

National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez: "Romney was gracious on-point tonight. Good for him. This nomination fight isn’t close to over. Thankfully." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "A Good Night," National Reviews' The Corner Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YmU0Y2MzMzJlZGFlNWJhNTgyYTNmMDg5NWY5YzRkZmE, Posted 1/6/08)

Townhall's Mary Katharine Ham : "1. Mitt: He was a stronger, more real version of Mitt tonight. I truly enjoyed it, and I haven't thought he's won a debate since the very first Republican debate." ( Mary Katharine Ham , "Winners And Losers: Rank 'Em Up," Townhall Blog, http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/d5717026-df0d-4e7a-9e53-7e5e568c9f04, Posted 1/6/08)

· Ham: "I think he probably did himself a lot of good in New Hampshire tonight, and the Luntz focus group shows it." ( Mary Katharine Ham , "Winners And Losers: Rank 'Em Up," Townhall Blog, http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/d5717026-df0d-4e7a-9e53-7e5e568c9f04, Posted 1/6/08)

Race 4 2008's Tommy Oliver: "Mitt Romney was very good." (Tommy Oliver, "Debate Wrapup," Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com/2008/01/06/debate-wrapeup/, Posted 1/6/08)

· Oliver: "Romney did what he had to do tonight." (Tommy Oliver, "Debate Wrapup," Race42008 Blog, http://race42008.com/2008/01/06/debate-wrapeup/, Posted 1/6/08)

MSNBC'S Chuck Todd: "Given the circumstance, I actually think Romney had a better night than yesterday. He looked more in command than he did last night; this isn't a guy who's going to be giving up easily." (Chuck Todd, "Initial Take: Change Vs. Experience; Did Change Win?" MSNBC's First Reads, http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/01/06/554790.aspx, Posted 1/6/08)

Conservative Blogger's William Smith : "Mitt Romney had the performance of the night. He was prepared. He was solid. He defended his record and drew specific contrast between himself and his opponents. Romney pulled off the kind of performance that should only add to his lead." ( William Smith , "Thoughts On Tonight's FOX News Republican Forum..." Conservative Blogger, http://www.conservativeblogger.com/archives/2008/01/thoughts_on_tonights_fox_news.php, Posted 1/6/08)

Time's Joe Klein: "I watched tonight's debate with the Frank Luntz focus group at the famed Merrimack Diner… And they...Just. Loved. Romney." (Joe Klein, "McCain's Lost Weekend," Time's Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

Klein: "Most of those who came in undecided had switched to Mitt by the end of the show. They just adored his position on illegal immigration (their dials plummeted when McCain said we had to be 'humane.')" (Joe Klein, "McCain's Lost Weekend," Time's Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

Fox News' Carl Cameron: "Romney was seated in the middle, and he was in the middle of every exchange. He stuck to his guns and fired several good shots of his own. He let almost no charge go un-rebutted and pivoted to offense effectively on many. As far as debating tactics, poise and execution are concerned he won." (Carl Cameron, "Mitt In The Middle," FOX's Cameron's Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Cameron: "He withstood withering condescension from his rivals, tough questions from Chris Wallace, all after a full campaign day. Romney has campaigned harder and for longer than all of them." (Carl Cameron, "Mitt In The Middle," FOX's Cameron's Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Cameron: "Mitt Romney scored spectacular numbers in Frank Luntz's focus groups." (Carl Cameron, "Mitt In The Middle," FOX's Cameron's Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "Overall, Romney was much more effective at driving his message this evening, taking advantage of numerous opportunities to talk up his new theme of bringing change to Washington . He was able to discuss taxes and immigration – precisely the issues his campaign wants to spotlight here before the primary – and seemed at ease and relaxed the whole time." (Jonathan Martin, "From Smackdown To Somnolent," Politico, www.politico.com/jonathanmartin, Posted 1/6/08)

CBN's David Brody: "Mitt Romney picked a great time to come up with a solid homerun debate performance." (David Brody, "Romney's Smashing Success," CBN's The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

Brody: "Billed as a 'Presidential Forum', Romney looked presidential and pretty much commanded the roundtable without coming across as petty and vindictive. This is called 'coming through at crunch time.'" (David Brody, "Romney's Smashing Success," CBN's The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

Race 4 2008's Matthew E. Miller: "I really think Mitt Romney has come into his own over the last few days. In particular, I thought he was fantastic tonight." (Matthew E. Miller, "A Comeback Kid?" Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
Miller: "On just style alone, I think he's bowled over even the usually engaging Huckabee, two nights in a row." (Matthew E. Miller, "A Comeback Kid?" Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

Miller: "But, beyond style, Romney has shown a staggering command of issues and details. He continually projects competence and seriousness, with well-thought out responses to tough questions." (Matthew E. Miller, "A Comeback Kid?" Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

Miller: "Last night, Romney bore a brutal assault amazingly well, but tonight he actually won, because he not only seemed like the grown-up in the room, but the other candidates took a respite from their vicious anti-Romney glee." (Matthew E. Miller, "A Comeback Kid?" Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

RedState's Leon Wolf: "Let's be clear - for the purposes of New Hampshire , tonight was about who could win between McCain and Romney, and Romney was the clear winner." (Leon Wolf, "Mitt Romney's Finest Hour," RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)
Wolf: "Romney was clearly on his game." (Leon Wolf, "Mitt Romney's Finest Hour," RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

Wolf: "Romney clearly impressed the focus groups, and spoke to issues that appeal to the folks of New Hampshire ." (Leon Wolf, "Mitt Romney's Finest Hour," RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)


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