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All the best reactions and commentary on the Iowa Tie

Posted on 01/04/2012

2pm EST: Romney will be the Republican nominee and, with Rubio as his running mate, he can win

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IOWA TIE
(ROMNEY BEATS SANTORUM BY JUST EIGHT VOTES)

  • The Results CNN
  • Romney's path to the nomination now much clearer - Toby Harnden
  • "It seems to be the perfect allegory for the Republican Party’s failure to find anyone capable of taking on Obama, whose victory in Iowa was so clear this time four years ago." - Fraser Nelson
  • Gingrich, Bachmann, and Perry are finished, and have only themselves to blame - Mark McKinnon for the Daily Beast
  • Frank Luntz: It's South Caroline that really matters now - NPR
  • Result shows GOP divided between mainstream, socially conservative and libertarian wings - New York Times

RICK SANTORUM LINKS

  • "Game on!" Rick Santorum declared as he opened his remarks at his victory party - WSJ
  • Santorum replaces Newt Gingrich as the conservative challenger - LA Times
  • Iowa conservative calls for other candidates to drop out and unite behind Santorum - NRO | Daily Caller
  • Santorum will need to build national infrastructure almost overnight if Iowa is not to be a one-off - Politico
  • Santorum campaign email warns that Romney is a moderate Republican who will lose: "It's Now or Never for Conservative voters. We can either unite now behind one candidate and have a conservative standard bearer in 2012, or have the GOP establishment choose another moderate Republican who will have a difficult time defeating Barack Obama in November." - Politico
  • "For all the talk about how Santorum’s social conservatism was ill-suited to a campaign focused on the economy, the former Pennsylvania senator’s emphasis on social mobility, family breakdown and blue-collar struggles spoke more directly to the challenges facing working Americans than any 9-9-9 fantasy or flat-tax gambit." - Ross Douthat
  • BUT the same Ross Douthat: "Santorum is a remarkably weak candidate overall — short on charisma and gravitas and executive experience, compromised by his Bush-era associations and his 18-point defeat in 2006, and easily pigeonholed as a social-issues extremist by a press that doesn’t find him nearly as charming as it found Huckabee."
  • Cato say Santorum is a Big Government Conservative.

Romney on FoxMITT ROMNEY LINKS

  • Ann Romney introduces husband as "next president of the United States" - NRO
  • Romney won same percentage of Iowa as in 2008 - Washington Post
  • Romney would have been more worried if Gingrich or Perry had topped Iowa - WSJ
  • "John McCain will endorse his '08 rival Mitt Romney tomorrow... The Arizona senator fought a bitter nomination battle with Romney four years ago, though Romney has worked to mend the relationship since then." - Politico
  • The New York Times says McCain endorsement will come in New Hampshire.
  • The WSJ on why Republican voters still unsure about Romney: "The real issue is that Mr. Romney is a cautious, conventional politician in a year when many GOP voters want someone willing to fight for bolder change. On the economy in particular, Mr. Romney is offering the least ambitious plan for growth. Mr. Romney unveiled his 59-point jobs plan in September, and if you can remember two of them you'll win most family trivia contests. His refusal to rule out a value-added-tax is also troubling, especially if Democrats ever won the House during his Presidency."
  • Marco Rubio has what Mitt Romney needs in a vice president, bringing Tea Partiers, Hispanics and Florida to ticket - Kathleen Parker for Washington Post

Paul RonRON PAUL LINKS

  • "There's nothing to be ashamed of," [Paul] said. "Be ready to move on to the next stop, which is New Hampshire" - USA Today
  • "Polls of caucus-goers in Iowa suggested that almost half of [Paul's] supporters described themselves not as Republicans at all, but rather as independents or something else. He is not the candidate of the party's mainstream." - WSJ
  • The Secret of Ron Paul’s Success - David Frum
  • Social conservatives should be leery of Ron Paul because of his opposition to federal protection for the unborn and a traditional marriage amendment to the Constitution - Fox
  • We should not forget that Ron Paul resigned from Ronald Reagan's Republican Party - PowerLine

Gingrich May 2011NEWT GINGRICH LINKS

  • Angry Newt Gingrich bolts Iowa after fourth-placed finish - Politico | Video of Iowa speech
  • "[Gingrich's] speech was typically nasty, praising Santorum but then suggesting his other competitors were unpleasant. He groused again about negative ads. He nevertheless seemed absolutely determined to go on with plans to attack Ron Paul on foreign policy and Mitt Romney on everything else." - Jennifer Rubin
  • 45% of negative ads broadcast in Iowa were against Gingrich - Weekly Standard

Perry greyRICK PERRY LINKS

  • Rick Perry suspending campaign after disappointing finish in Iowa caucuses - LA Times
  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday night that he will return to the Lone Star State to reassess his GOP presidential campaign after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. “With the voters’ decision tonight, I’ve decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight’s caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race,” Perry said." - Washington Post
  • James Carville: Rick Perry was worst presidential candidate EVER - Daily Caller

BachmannMICHELLE BACHMANN LINKS

  • "She gave no sign that she would drop out of the race despite a significant loss in the state where she was born and where she staked her campaign, winning a summer straw poll in Ames." - LA Times

Jon Huntsman the Republican candidate who skipped Iowa to focus on New Hampshire - USA Today

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$260 billion in defense cuts will end US ability to fight two simultaneous ground wars - Fox

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