US Republican front-runner Mitt Romney emerged dented but not seriously wounded after back-to-back debates ahead of Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire.
Television viewers saw his rivals mount a series of attacks on the former Massachusetts governor, while Romney’s strategy was to keep the current president in his sights.
“I happen to believe that if we want to replace a lifetime politician like Barack Obama, who had no experience leading anything, you have to choose someone who has not been a lifelong politician, who has not spent his entire career in Washington and instead has proved time and again he can lead,” Mitt Romney told a national television audience.
Although Romney won the Iowa caucus last week it was only by eight votes. Five other contenders believe his nomination to challenge Obama for the presidency is not inevitable.
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The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich is one of them.
“There’s a huge difference between a Reagan conservative and somebody who comes out of the Massachusetts culture who essentially has a moderate record, who I think will have a very hard time in a debate with President Obama,” said Gingrich.
Elections will take place on a state-by-state basis until August’s Republican convention.
For voters its a chance to voice their opinions on the issues they feel the candidates should be tackling and, as expected, it’s the economy which is getting them riled.