How long can Romney wait?
He hasn’t waited, you say, he’s declared and raising more money than anyone else. He’s simply playing the role of presumptive nominee, which explains his seemingly low-key public strategy. Let other lesser contenders gain TV face time for now, the primaries are a long way off.
But as reported by Byron York, that strategy has seen his popularity relative to other actual and potential candidates falter:
A new Gallup poll finds Mitt Romney still at the top of the Republican presidential field, but with opponents closing in. And in a sign of the still-unsettled nature of the GOP race, Romney’s three closest pursuers aren’t in the race.
When Gallup included the names of potential candidates in surveying Republican and Republican-leaning voters, the results show Romney leading, with 17 percent of those polled; Texas Gov. Rick Perry in second, with 15 percent; Sarah Palin, with 12 percent, Rudy Giuliani, with 11 percent; Michele Bachmann, 11 percent; Ron Paul, eight percent; Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, with three percent each; and Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum, with two percent each. At the moment at least, Perry, Palin, and Giuliani are not in the race.
Among Republicans who describe themselves as conservative, Romney is tied with Perry, at 18 percent. Among Republicans who describe themselves as moderate or liberal, Romney actually trails Giuliani, 14 percent to 16 percent, and is tied with Palin.
Has Romney’s absence from the public consciousness created a vacuum just waiting to be filled, or was there always going to be a vacuum so long as Romney was in the lead?
What says you?
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Like Reagan Governor Perry will probably wait until November to declare. Anita Perry says “Lets run” so I think he will.
Mitt Romney isn’t waiting for anything, not even the primaries. He has campaigned and is campaigning in Iowa (yes, Iowa), New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, Utah, and other states. His work in those areas has not only paid off (he’s leading/tied with the field and the president in virtually all of those states), but is also drawing attention to issues that all the other candidates, including the president, seem to have forgotten. While Bachmann and Santorum rush to sign every pledge they can and the president gets embroiled ever deep in the debt battle, Romney is talking about jobs everywhere he goes. And voters are rewarding him for it by keeping him in the top tier, both nationally and in the key battleground states. He’s not going to “buy” this election (the Democrats will see to that); he’s going to earn it, because he’s doing what everyone else should be.
And can we all please, PLEASE stop pretending that Sarah Palin is going to run? Or Rudy Giuliani? As for Rick Perry, he may join the race, and he may pose a serious threat to Romney’s nomination if he does; but not to Obama’s presidency.
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