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Will Romney's 'poor' comment become fodder for rivals?

Will Romney's 'poor' comment become fodder for rivals?

02/01/12 12:18PM

Up until this morning, you probably would've been safe in assuming Newt Gingrich's comments about moon colonies and kosher meals were going to be the enduring memories from a rather bitter Florida primary.But this morning, during an interview with CNN, primary winner Mitt Romney may have given his rivals something to sound bite and loop to infinity.While discussing his economic plans, Romney made a comment about the country's "very poor" and the country's "very rich."Both Greg Sargent and The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner wonder if the "very poor" comment will haunt him.Sargent was kind enou read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

02/01/12 08:12AM

$5 TRILLION AND CHANGE EDITORIAL WALL STREET JOURNAL About $1.25 trillion ... cuts come from the automatic across-the-board reductions that Congress and Mr. Obama agreed to last year. But wait. More than half of those cuts will come from the military budget and even Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said these reductions could be "devastating" to national security. To sum it all up, CBO's facts plainly show that Mr. Obama has the worst fiscal record of any President in modern times. read more

Winning ugly vs. losing pretty: Living with attack ads

02/01/12 07:22AM

Joe Scarborough: I don’t know know a lot of candidates that wouldn’t rather win ugly than lose pretty. Jon Huntsman lost pretty. Mitt Romney, this past week, won ugly. Barack Obama won ugly in 2008; he ran more negative ads than anybody else in the history of television. He ran so many negative ads that he actually swung ahead of John McCain on the question of ‘Who do you trust more on taxes?’…These negative ads worked. They worked for Barack Obama; now they’re working for Mitt Romney. read more

Halperin: Four reasons Romney took home Florida win

02/01/12 07:10AM

Mark Halperin: This was not inevitable. It’s been an unpredictable year. There’s some laws of political physics. You run a lot of negative ads; you get the momentum back. Romney entered South Carolina with more money and with better organization. He didn’t have the momentum and the message. By the end, he had all four: He had the most money, the best organization, momentum from the debates, and the best message. And that made it a decisive win for him. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, February 1

02/01/12 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?So, this happened last night in FloridaHere's what Nate Silver had to say about itGingrich vows to rise againFour confess to plotting bomb attack on London Stock ExchangeBjork was on Colbert last night read more

Ohio senator: Romney won Fla. with a good...

Ohio senator: Romney won Fla. with a good message

01/31/12 07:00PM

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joins Morning Joe to discuss Mitt Romney's win in Florida, and why he believes Romney won the state because of a strong message and strong debate performances. Portman also discusses the latest CBO report on the deficit and jobs. watch

Roemer: Fla. race was 'superPAC A against...

Roemer: Fla. race was 'superPAC A against superPAC B'

01/31/12 07:00PM

2012 GOP presidential candidate Buddy Roemer joins Morning Joe to share his thoughts on the Florida primaries and why he believes "special interest money" owns political candidates. Despite running for president, Roemer has only participated in the New... watch

Halperin: Four reasons Romney took home...

Halperin: Four reasons Romney took home Fla. win

01/31/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., wins the Florida primary with 46 percent of the vote, and the Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin and Donny Deutsch – discuss Romney's victory and what it means for the race going forward.... watch

Romney: Debates, not negative ads, drove...

Romney: Debates, not negative ads, drove Fla. results

01/31/12 07:00PM

2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney joins Morning Joe to discuss the results of Tuesday's Florida primaries. Romney won the state with 46 percent of the vote, and he says that it wasn’t the negative TV ads that drove the state's results, but his performance... watch

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