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Arizona Debate: Santorum Struggles

By March 1, 2012

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It was Rick Santorum's night to prove he was the best Republican option to counter Obama in the 2012 Presidential election. Unfortunately for him, the reviews were not good.

The lackluster debate performance should not have been entirely unexpected. Santorum had never really stood out in any of the previous 20 or so debates. He was always viewed as a low-energy candidate who could never quite get to the point when making an argument. But expectations were set unreasonably high. And like with Newt in Florida, he was out-matched by Mitt Romney, who almost always is the most prepared of any of the candidates.

As a results, conservatives are starting to wonder if Santorum really is the answer to go up against Barack Obama. Some have started drifting back to Newt Gingrich, again. But at least one poll, by Mitchell Rosetta, shows Romney has earned his biggest lead in weeks in Michigan over Santorum. While only a 36-33% advantage for Romney, it shows a turnabout in a state where Santorum once led by as much as 15%.

Photo: Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Source: Gage Skidmore

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