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  •  He probably thought he had no chance (0+ / 0-)

    After all, he's said in speeches that he knows it's Mitt's turn, which is how the Republicans roll. I'm sure last November he couldn't have imagined Romney doing this poorly.

    I doubt he wants to lose - he's just out of his element running a national campaign with micro-scrutiny on every word he says. It's very different from running for Congress or Senate, and Mitt's the only one with experience running a large national campaign.

    Unfortunately, even after 6 years of campaigning, Mitt still isn't a very good candidate. But compared to the other three, he looks competent.

    •  What I mean is... (0+ / 0-)

      Santorum won elections in PA so he can be a capable politician.  For him to get off his manufacturing message that appeals to Reagan Democrats is a minor league mistake unless he wants to lose.

      •  He talked about crazy religious and social issues (0+ / 0-)

        When he was running for Senate in PA too. The difference is people don't pay all that much attention to statewide races. You can say crazy things to pander to various audiences without getting called out too much.

        The level of scrutiny of a leading presidential candidate is a few orders of magnitude more intense. I'm not sure it's fair to say it's a minor league mistake - it's more like a major league mistake made by a minor league player.

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