AirTalk for February 14, 2012

Santorum surges, Gingrich says he won’t quit, as GOP race heads to Michigan

Rick Santorum Holds Campaign Rally In Washington Ahead Of Caucuses

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Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum rallies supporters February 13, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. Washington state's caucuses will be held March 3, 2012.

Depending on the poll you’re looking at, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is either tied with Mitt Romney or in the lead. Two surveys released Monday by Gallup and the Pew Research Center show the two contenders in a virtual tie among Republicans nationally. But according to Public Policy Polling’s newest numbers, Santorum has opened up a wide lead, with 39% to Romney’s 24%. Gingrich, for his part, is lagging well behind his GOP rivals and the influential magazine the National Review has called on him to drop out of the race. Gingrich, who’s campaigning in California this week, says he may be down, but he’s not getting out. It’s supposed to be a “lull week” in the Republican presidential race, an 11-day stretch with no primaries, caucuses or debates. But the news from the topsy-turvy campaign trail keeps on coming. Super Tuesday is just around the corner and the upcoming Michigan primary could prove to be pivotal in terms of who will eventually win the nomination to face President Barack Obama in November. What’s behind Santorum’s ongoing surge? Can Romney gain the support he needs to lock down his presumed front-runner status? Should Newt call it quits?

Guests:

Tim Lefever, Chairman of the Board, Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) in Sacramento

Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review

Rick Tyler, Strategist, Winning our Future (Gingrich Super PAC)


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