Despite the mainstream media’s claim that Romney won BIG in Michigan, he didn’t. Many would actually consider this a big statement from Santorum. Michigan is Mitt Romney’s home state—a state where his dad was the governor—and he won by a really small margin. Compare Romney’s win in Michigan with Rick Santorum’s thirty point lead in Pennsylvania, or Romney’s other victory last night in Arizona.
While Glenn is still trying to figure out what happened in the Arizona election, Pat (a Mormon) jokingly blamed the Mormons.
“There’s a large Mormon population there,” Pat said “In Utah Romney will win there big. Arizona, obviously, Nevada…” he continued.
“Listen to me,” Glenn said to the radio audience, “This should go for the Catholics as well. Don’t vote for the guy who holds the card for your church.”
Glenn went on to say don’t even vote for someone just because they are a Republican or a Democrat—principals not party affiliation. Stu added that even if religion did play a role in the way people were voting it couldn’t play a big enough roll to sway the vote one way or the other. “Fourteen percent of the vote in the primary was Mormon. Even if 100% voted, Romney still would have won by 6,” Stu said.
While Glenn does believe that Romney will most likely end up being the GOP presidential nominee, and last night’s wins were a big boost for Romney, he thinks the mainstream media has completely spun the narrative (as usual) of the Michigan win.
“You know what kills me,” Glenn said, “isn’t the media playing this as Santorum is out? Aren’t they saying that? What should be said about Michigan—now a blowout in Arizona. But, in Michigan they’re actually coming to the table saying ‘yeah, he won, and Rick Santorum lost…’ It was his home state, and he almost lost it. Three points? That’s crazy! With all the amount of money, the amount of time that Romney has spent there and it’s his home state. His dad was the governor. There is no way he should have lost that, and he came within three points.”
Glenn added, “If it was anybody else it would be—if it was Barack Obama, they would have said he won. This is a win for Rick Santorum. You know what I mean? And I bet you if he would have won by three points they would have still said, yeah, well , he only won by three points.”
Pat pointed out that in Santorum is up by a significant amount in his home state. “In Pennsylvania he’s up by 30,” he said, “His [Romney’s] home state should have looked like Arizona.”
The problem is, despite coming so close in Michigan, Santorum did lose. In order to become the nominee he needs to gain some momentum.
“What Santorum needs to do is to have upsets,” Stu said. Adding, “Santorum needs to win these close races, and I don’t think he did anything wrong. A lot of the people are blaming a couple of the comments he said for the reason that he lost. I don’t think it’s a horrible disaster. It’s a slight missed opportunity. If you’re a Santorum guy this could have been an opportunity to change the dynamic of the race, and it ended up not happening.”