Saturday, January 07, 2012 a debate was held at Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire for the second leg of the great race, the New Hampshire primary being held on Tuesday, January 10 (not March 1st as originally scheduled). While Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich delivered some good rationale, Mitt Romney, the clear cut frontrunner did the best with minimal disclosure.
Rick Santorum was a bit of a disappointment. I still like him as the conservative alternative, but he failed to sell his ideas and himself. He needed to hit a home run as he is vulnerable to run out of money before all the primaries are done, but he popped up to the shortstop for all intents and purposes. Jon Huntsman’s performance was fairly good, but he is projected by the peerage on state as too much a Republican for Obama, not a favorable position.
The New England Republican is a bit more moderate than Dixie and Tea Party Republicans and this is Mitt’s greatest edge. He is not as conservative as I would like to see, but he is conservative enough. He is appealing to the more moderate New England Republican and yet he got the endorsement of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who is both a Dixie and Tea Party Republican. In spite of the endorsement, I believe Santorum has a better chance of winning in South Carolina than in New Hampshire. With Senator John McCain endorsing Romney and Mitt’s camp moving at the speed of a bullet train, it is important that his policies can be pushed a tad further to the right, even if it requires help from the right-wing peerage.
I would like to know why the candidates were required to answer a question on same sex marriage. There is a time and place to debate that, but with respect to the endeavor of selecting a Republican challenger and possibly the next president of the United States, it’s the economy, stupid. And foreign policy as it relates to the domestic economy and national security.