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Scarborough: It doesn't end in Florida

01/17/12 08:52AM

Donny Deutsch: is a wonderful performer. And I think there’s a difference between people applauding and voting. It’s not going to make a difference.Willie Geist: But Donny, in the polls he’s there.Deutsch: He’s 25 points behind in Florida, and it ends in Florida.Joe Scarborough: No, no, no. Let me explain. It doesn’t end in Florida…The rules have changed. The laws have changed. It used to be that if you won in Iowa, and you won in New Hampshire, then you won. If you ended in third or fourth in Iowa, ended third or fourth in New Hampshire, what would happen? The checks would stop coming in. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 17, 2012

01/17/12 08:13AM

SOUTH CAROLINA DIARISTBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESI brought my 12-year-old son on this latest trip. My rule is that if a candidate can't relate well to a 12-year-old, they'll never win a general election. He approached all the candidates, and they were all wonderful except Gingrich. But that wasn't Gingrich's fault. My son, whose heroes include John Boehner and Tupac Shakur, picked an argument about gay marriage. Gingrich engaged, but after 10 seconds signaled security to brush my kid away. Rick Perry ran a poor campaign but seems like the guy you'd most want to have a beer with. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 14

01/17/12 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney put on defense at South Carolina debate, as GOP rivals fight for edge in state primaryRomney takes fire on Bain, tax returns in latest GOP debateItalian shipwreck: Missing tally leaps to 29, including US coupleWorst blizzard since '85? Seattle braces for stormGreeks strike against austerity as EU, IMF visitCongress starts session more unpopular than everS.C. read more

High stakes in South Carolina

High stakes in South Carolina

01/16/12 07:00PM

New polls out of South Carolina show Newt Gingrich closing the gap on the front-runner, Mitt Romney. NBC's Peter Alexander joins the panel to weigh in on the... watch

Morning Joe is headed down to Charleston, South Carolina

Morning Joe is headed down to Charleston, South Carolina

01/16/12 12:48PM

That's right, we're heading down to Charleston for some pre-primary activity.And if you're in the area we'd like to invite you to join us.Come be part of the show’s audience on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Jan. 20.“Way too Early with Willie Geist” will be live from 5:30-6:00a.m. followed by “Morning Joe” from 6:00 – 9:00a.m.We'll be broadcasting here:The Mills House Hotel115 Meeting StreetCharleston, SCAnd we’ll also be hosting a very-special lunchtime event on Thursday, Jan. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, January 16, 2012

01/16/12 11:11AM

BITTER POLITICS OF ENVY?BY CHARLES M. BLOWNEW YORK TIMESIn his New Hampshire victory speech on Tuesday, Romney lambasted his Republican opponents (who have raised real issues about his role at the private equity firm Bain Capital) for following the lead of President Obama, whom he described as a leader who divides us “with the bitter politics of envy.”...But somewhere along the way this got lost. Greed got good. The rich wanted all of the societal benefits and none of the societal responsibilities. read more

Scarborough: If I were in Huntsman's place, I would probably get out as well

01/16/12 10:29AM

Joe Scarborough: “I wouldn’t call 17 percent disappointing in New Hampshire. He needed to do better to move forward, but even if he’d gotten in the 20s, even if he’d gotten in second place there, the fact of the matter is he wasn’t going to have the bump he needed to get to South Carolina. The great irony of this race, I believe, is that if you believe the Wall Street Journal, if you believe Erick Erickson…Jon Huntsman Jr. is the most conservative candidate in this Republican race. And yet he could never connect with conservatives. read more