Why Mitt Romney is struggling

February 28, 2012

Feb. 27, 2012                Ken Bickers

Why is it that a few weeks ago, before the Colorado primary, it looked like Mitt Romney was firmly in control of getting the delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination, but now he’s in a dead-heat battle with Rick Santorum? One word can explain why, says CU-Boulder political science professor Ken Bickers.

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Why Mitt Romney is struggling

Feb. 27                 Ken Bickers

Why is it that a few weeks ago, before the Colorado primary, it looked like Mitt Romney was firmly in control of getting the delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination, but now he’s in a dead-heat battle with Rick Santorum?

One word can explain why, says CU-Boulder political science professor Ken Bickers.

CUT 1 “The simple answer is one word. - RomneyCare. He was the person who pushed a type of government universal health care in Massachusetts. (:11) So to me, it’s more than just the mere fact of RomneyCare, it’s also the philosophical statement that Romney care makes about where Romney stands on big policy issues.” (:25)

Bickers says conservatives and the Republican Party are having a tough time backing a candidate who passed legislation that looks like the dreaded ObamaCare that they also are very much against.

CUT 2 “When ObamaCare is the big issue as the symbolic accomplishment of the Obama administration, RomneyCare makes it very difficult to say why Romney, rather than Obama. (:11)

Bickers also says Santorum's popularity is more likely about somebody who isn’t Romney rather than people ultimately supporting Santorum’s message and platform.

CUT 3 “It’s very hard to square the circle when you look at his major accomplishment as governor of Massachusetts and ask what makes him different from the administration that they oppose and would like to see out of office. (:16) I do think that that’s a genuinely difficult argument for conservatives and the Republican Party to buy that Romney is the true conservative when he was the father of RomneyCare in Massachusetts. (:28)

If Romney doesn’t win tomorrow’s primary in his home state of Michigan then Bickers says it will show that he doesn’t have enough base support needed to beat Obama and that he’ll have a very difficult time winning enough delegates before the convention to win the nomination outright.

 

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