With Michigan Settled, Candidates Look South

Melissa Block talks to Don Gonyea from Romney campaign headquarters in Michigan. From the beginning, Romney was a well-funded candidate who expected to win in Iowa and New Hampshire and then seal the deal in Michigan. After two losses, his victory in Michigan allows him to fight another day. Romney says his win is a victory for optimism. Romney told Michigan that lost automobile jobs can come back, whereas McCain said those who have lost jobs need retraining for new opportunities.

Melissa Block then talks to David Greene from McCain headquarters in Michigan. After a second place finish in Michigan, McCain made clear to supporters that Michigan has chosen their native son (Romney grew up in Michigan, and his father was governor there). McCain had his comeback in New Hampshire, and reminded supporters to stick with him as he turns to South Carolina. Ron Elving told Melissa Block that with three GOP winners in three states, the candidates look like college football teams passing around a No. 1 ranking. For Republicans, the stakes are much higher in South Carolina. Republicans who win in South Carolina usually sweep the South, garnering their party's nomination. With Huckabee and Thompson also making showings in South Carolina, there will be four to six candidates to watch.

Melissa Block then speaks with Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review . Lowry says that Romney's solid victory in Michigan is impressive because he went into the race behind. Romney is comfortable in Michigan because of his family, and he is very comfortable talking about the economy because he is credible as a former businessman.



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