Mitt Romney Wins Michigan… what does this mean?
Despite only having 9% of the votes in, Mitt Romney was claimed the victor of the critical Michigan Republican Primary. This will be Mitt Romney’s first “gold medal” and should lead to the the building of Mitt Romeny’s momentum heading into South Carolina, Florida and Nevada.I’m sure that many people are now asking themselves what does a Romney victory do to the dynamics of the Republican campaign?
This should serve as a wakeup call to Republicans that candidates seeking the Presidency, as well as offices below need to start talking more about the economy. While national security, abortion, etc. are important issues to many conservatives, the economy is the issue that everyone is able to feel.
Rudy Giuliani, of all the candidates should take notes from Michigan on what issues are important to people. Thus far, Giuliani has been focusing a great deal of his time, energy and budget discussing such things as immigration, security and trying to preserve his image. It wasn’t until recently that he started to mention a comprehensive economic plan, which could put him at a disadvantage going against Mitt Romney, who obviously has more economic experience.
While some tax organizations in Washington have praised Giuliani’s tax plan, they have to question how his tax plan will work with some of his other proposals. I’m going to write more on this later, but this is something that voters have to keep in the back of their mind. His plans sound good, the look good on paper, but are they, more importantly, is his candidacy truly viable?
I’m not sure.
Then there is Fred Thompson. Even if he wins in South Carolina (which he wont), he really has no chance at this point. While it looks like he will receive more votes than Giuliani in Michigan, he just doesn’t seem to have the structure, message and persona to run a viable, long-term presidential campaign.
Finally, I’m confident that after South Carolina, Duncan Hunter will be out of the race. Depending on the numbers, this is probably where we will see Fred Thompson make his exit as well.
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