Tim Aker, Grassroots Co-ordinator for the British TaxPayers' Alliance, believes Romney is the man with the momentum.
If you throw enough money at something, will the problem go away? It will if you’re Willard Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts and someone who is, clearly, the front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination. The momentum is with Mitt Romney – and it could carry him through the primaries to the White House.
Look how far he’s come. Romney’s campaign flagged at the outset. His polling was risible – matched by his poor national standing. Videos flooded YouTube with Romney’s sound-bites supporting abortion and extending gay rights. Soon the self-appointed champion of social conservatism faced the ire of leading social conservatives horrified that he tried to out-liberal Ted Kennedy in his 1994 Senate race. Pundits immediately coined the phrase ‘Mitt-flop’ and conservative pressure groups set out to demonize him as a liberal, a RINO (Republican in name only).
Yet after three debates, millions of dollars spent and a flood of polls, Romney is climbing. Not only that, he has soared in the early primary states. Recent polling in Iowa, New Hampshire, Utah and Michigan has Romney leading by 10% on average. While his national polling may only hover above 10%, leading in the early primary states sets him up for surviving well into Super Tuesday. Remember, most commentators say there are three tickets out of Iowa and only two out of New Hampshire. Romney leads impressively in both.
So how has this turn around in fortunes come about?