Politics Today: Mitt Romney vs. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich Goes Negative In South Carolina, And More
Paul's Third Party Possibility: If Paul loses the Republican nomination, there's still the possibility that he could run as a third party candidate. Ron Paul told The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman that was something he would decide later. If Romney does win the GOP nomination and Paul were to run as a third party candidate, that could spell trouble for both President Obama and Romney in the general election. As The Huffington Post noted, Paul could "could siphon votes away from both parties. Such a run would provide a third choice for disaffected voters who want to protest President Barack Obama and his handling of the economy but who don't like Romney."
Huntsman In A Hole: With a disappointing third-place finish in the Granite State, Jon Huntsman faces an uphill battle to win the GOP presidential nomination. What's more, it now appears that Huntsman's billionaire father, Jon Huntsman, Sr., won't commit more money to his son's presidential campaign, Mother Jones reported. When asked by a reporter about the matter, the elder Huntsman would not comment. Jon Sr. has thus far helped finance the pro-Huntsman super PAC, Our Destiny.
Onward To South Carolina: Things are looking pretty good for Mitt Romney in South Carolina, provided he can withstand the barrage of negative attacks that awaits him in the next primary. According to Real Clear Politics, the latest average of polls shows Romney with a double-digit lead over his closest challengers, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. South Carolina voters head to the polls on January 21.
Newt Goes Negative: After pledging to stay positive in the Republican race, Newt Gingrich has decided to go negative in an anti-Romney television ad set to run in South Carolina. The ad attacks "Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney" for his "pro-abortion" record when he was governor. Take a look:
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