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Tonight will be the first of two debates before the Florida Republican primary. What can we expect?
Mitt Romney — who will be releasing his tax returns tomorrow — needs to come out swinging against Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s South Carolina win has given him extraordinary momentum in Florida and nationally. Romney needs to come up with a way to stop it, while presenting a postive case for his own candidacy.
For the first time, Newt Gingrich will be debating as a frontrunner. What impact will that have in how he handles this debate? Will he continue to maul moderators for applause lines? Gingrich thinks he has Romney on the ropes and may want to finish him off.
Ron Paul has an opportunity with his son Rand’s detention by the TSA earlier today. He can use this moment to his advantage in tonight’s debate. Yes, Florida contains many senior citizens who aren’t libertarian and want a strong national security posture. But how many of them have been abused by the TSA when their hip replacements set off some scanner? Even if it doesn’t help in Florida, where Paul is not actively campaigning, it will help him rally his national base ahead of the caucus states that are now his main focus.
Rick Santorum has to remind people he is on the stage and in the race for a reason, rather than let Gingrich push him out in a quest to consolidate the conservative, anti-Romney vote. He can point to both frontrunners’ flaws from a conservative perspective, speak passionately about social issues, and position himself as the ideal candidate for the Reagan Democrats in November. Santorum has to avoid the temptation to sound sanctimonious, a pitfall for him.
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