Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Romney Wins Big

With his wins last night, Mitt Romney successfully consolidated his position as the confident front runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich is finished - he only won Georgia. Santorum's three wins were all in v. conservative states. Santorum cannot appeal to moderates and as last night's results show, he is limited in terms of his appeal to Republicans. Mitt Romney now needs to begin to wage an adapted campaign that is specifically targeted at centrist Republicans and independents, rather than at conservative primary voters. The especially aggressive nature of this primary season has damaged Romney's general election appeal but is still absolutely reversible. Romney's campaign needs to focus on two big issues - economic plans and debt reforms. His proposals should be more realistic and bold. Promising massive increases in DOD spending and limited cost saving reforms to medicare are not realistic in an environment in which we have to cut/raise revenue at $5 trillion from projected 10 year spending (and continue those cuts into the future).

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