The pundits awarded Sarturday’s ABC News presidential debate to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. simply because no one really delivered a knockout punch, although several, including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., had their opportunities.
9:02 David Gregory asks former House Speaker Newt Gingrich why Romney shouldn’t be the nominee. He said a “strong Reagan conservative” had a better chance to beat President Obama’s $1-billion juggernaut rather than a “timid Massachusetts moderate.”
Romney replies that New Hampshire voters knew what a Massachusetts governor had done and said he’s “proud of my conservative record” and he’s “proven time and again that he can lead.”
9:05 Gregory asks former Sen. Rick Santorum the same question. He asks Romney why he didn’t even bother running for re-election and “fight the good fight” as opposed to himself. He says Romney lost because he didn’t stand up and “fight for conservative principles.”
Romney waves off the criticism as typical of career politcians and said “politics is not a career. My life’s passion has been my faith, family, and country.”