Monday, January 9, 2012

Newt, Paul, Santorum, Perry, Huntsman Gang Up on Mitt


Romney will not be allowed to sit back as the other candidates bicker among themselves. In this debate, all the candidates went after Romney. In fact, each candidate tore several layers of armor from him. While some thought Romney handle himself well, the majority saw his feathers ruffled. The debates are starting to look more interesting to watch on television.

(The Hill) CONCORD, N.H. — Mitt Romney finally faced the heat of searing campaign fire on Sunday, as his rivals in a presidential debate launched a Hail Mary effort to undercut the frontrunner two days before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Newt Gingrich accused him of trading in “pious baloney” and leveling dishonest attacks against him, while Jon Huntsman charged the former Massachusetts governor with putting party ahead of country.

The NBC News debate in New Hampshire, where Romney is poised to score a wide-margin win on Tuesday, stood in sharp contrast to another debate the night before. The contenders competing for a second-place finish behind Romney waged a war against each other on Saturday, but on Sunday, Romney was enemy No. 1.

Romney shirked the fire of his rivals with confidence and a cool composition, his feathers seemingly unruffled. But the sharp and meticulous attacks of his opponents — most notably Gingrich, Huntsman and Rick Santorum — allowed them to make plain that whatever the outcome in New Hampshire, the fight is not over.