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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

Louis to South Beach: How do you feel about GOP candidates?

01/31/12 12:53PM

Have you ever wondered what, you know, beach goers in Miami think about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?No? Well, are you at least curious?We sent our intrepid man Louis Burgdorf out into the field to get the scoop on what the area's sun-kissed denizens think about everything from open marriage to moon colonies.Oh, and he got a tramp stamp to boot. read more

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

01/31/12 10:51AM

by Quinn WonderlingRepublican National Committee chair Reince Priebus is facing backlash for his questionable comments on Face the Nation Sunday, comparing President Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia, the huge cruise liner that crashed in Tuscany killing at least 17 passengers.On Morning Joe Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski expressed contempt at the remarks. Priebus said that by traveling and campaigning, the president is "our own little Captain Schettino," shirking his duties and “abandoning the ship here in the United States.”Mika Brzezinski sounded off: irresponsible and despicable. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

01/31/12 08:12AM

REPUBLICANS HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAMEBY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTIt is entirely appropriate that last week’s GOP debates fell between “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” in the 10 most-watched cable television shows. They are sheer entertainment having little to do with us and our problems. The Republican Party has veered so far from reality that Gingrich is lambasting Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate.” ... Romney, who has all but collapsed his rib cage to conform to conservative dogma, must be perplexed. Others have prudently stayed out of the race. read more