The Madeleine Brand Show for February 27, 2012

Fractured GOP unsure ahead of Super Tuesday

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Campaigns In Michigan Ahead Of State's Primary

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ROCKFORD, MI - FEBRUARY 27: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Byrne Electrical Specialists on February 27, 2012 in Rockford, Michigan. With one day to go before the Michigan and Arizona primaries, Mitt Romney continues to campaign throughout Michigan. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With the GOP presidential nomination still contested between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich, this year's campaign has revealed a fractured GOP. The party is having trouble unifying around a candidate ahead of "Super Tuesday" on March 6.

The past week has seen Romney's polling numbers decline as Santorum's have risen. So much so, that Michigan, formerly considered a lock for Romney, may be up in the air. Santorum seems well positioned to make further inroads in blue collar states like Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. This could lead to an even longer primary battle giving President Obama more time to campaign without a designated Republican rival.

New York Magazine's John Heileman joins the show to discuss the divisions within the GOP. It's the subject of his recent cover story "The Lost Party".

Guest:

John Heileman is the National Affairs Editor for New York Magazine and coauthor of the bestseller "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of Lifetime."


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