Newt Gingrich Made Mitt Romney Stronger

What remains to be seen is whether Mitt Romney can build a strong case for why a broad coalition of Republican primary voters should support him or if he will continue to spend a good chunk of his time focusing on Mr. Gingrich's demons at the expense of building his own positive storyline. Electability and business experience seem a reasonable opening argument, but they are unlikely to provide the spark that will convince independents to swing away from the president or motivate the conservative base to leave no vote behind. If Romney can turn the energy that Gingrich brings to the fray into a disciplined campaign against President Obama, then he stands a good chance of being the second president who will have found Gingrich a useful foil.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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Ford O'Connell Joins CBC To Wrap Up The 2012 Florida GOP Presidential Primary

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell says presidental hopeful Mitt Romney will need to give Tea Party conservatives a solid reason to vote for him

http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1427677648001

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Ford O'Connell Joins ABC News Radio To Wrap Up The Florida GOP Presidential Primary

Mitt Romney has trounced his main rival Newt Gingrich in Florida's primary, putting himself in a commanding position to win the Republican nomination and take on president Barack Obama in the November election. Simon Jackman, Professor of Politics at Stanford University, California and Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre; Ford O'Connell, Republican strategist, national political commentator and former presidential campaign adviser; and Susan MacManus, Professor at the University of South Florida; discuss whether Mitt Romney will become the next president of the United States on ABC News Radio (Australia).

Interview available at http://uselectionwatch12.com/site/assets/media/audio/120201_RadioNational_Jackman.mp3

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Ford O'Connell Joins Al-Jazeera's Florida GOP Presidential Primary Election Coverage

With most votes counted in Florida's Republican primary, Mitt Romney has won, firmly re-establishing himself as the frontrunner to challenge President Barack Obama in November elections.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher talks to Republican Party political strategist Ford O'Connell in Tampa, Florida, on the significance of the Florida win, and the likely strategy of candidates in the coming Republican primaries and caucuses.

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Ford O'Connell Discusses Mitt Romney's Statement Victory In Florida At Fox News

Ford O'Connell joins Fox News' Jenna Lee and Rick Folbaum on Fox News Live's 2012 Florida Republican presidential primary coverage to discuss Mitt Romney's statement victory in the Sunshine State, the anti-Romney voting bloc, and what that means going forward as Romney vies for the GOP nomination.

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Romney's Florida Victory Hints At November Battle Plan

The way Mitt Romney won Florida offers hints of the political battle plan he will have to replicate in November if he is the GOP nominee to take on President Barack Obama.

To outscore Obama, who is likely to have more than $1 billion and the power of incumbency on his side, the former Massachusetts governor needs a mix of support similar to what he found in Florida’s GOP primary. Hispanics, women and people angry about the economy combined to give Romney a dominating victory over Newt Gingrich.

It’s a powerful political trifecta that concerns the Obama camp enough to prepare defensive moves in Florida.

The importance of Florida cannot be overstated, said Republican presidential campaign adviser Ford O’Connell.

“A Republican cannot win the nomination without winning Florida,” he said.

The way electoral votes are awarded, O’Connell said, Romney would have to win in Florida to realistically have a shot at beating Obama.

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune


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Ford O'Connell Discusses What A Double-Digit Loss In Florida Would Mean For Gingrich At Fox News

Ford O'Connell joins Fox News' Neil Cavuto on "Your World With Cavuto" to discuss the lead up to the 2012 Florida Republican presidential primary results and what a Mitt Romney double-digit victory would mean for Newt Gingrich going forward.

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Romney Confident, Newt To Press On As Florida Votes

Anticipating victory in Florida's game-changing Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney looked ahead while his struggling rival Newt Gingrich vowed to press on with his White House quest.

Florida is the largest nominating contest so far this year and, with double-digit leads in statewide polls, Romney seemed headed for a big boost in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama in the November general election.

If Romney wins as expected, it would mark a sharp reversal of fortune for Gingrich. The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives scored a shock upset victory over the former Massachusetts governor and private equity executive in the last primary, 10 days ago, in South Carolina.

The fight could easily go on until "Super Tuesday" on March 6, when Gingrich, who is from Georgia, could launch a concerted campaign for the southern states that will be up for grabs. Only some 15 percent of the delegates will be decided by then.

But a big Romney victory on Tuesday could leave even the determined Gingrich scrambling. "Double digits could really scare away potential donors who are looking to replenish Gingrich's coffers," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said.

Read more from Ros Krasny and Steve Holland at Reuters

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Ford O'Connell At ABC News Radio On The Latest In The Florida GOP Presidential Primary

Ford O'Connell joins Scott Wales On ABC News Radio (Australia) to discuss the latest exit polls and the implications of the Florida GOP presidential primary.

Interview available at http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/newsradio/audio/20120102-oconnell.mp3

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Ford O'Connell Joins Monocle 24 To Preview The Florida GOP Presidential Primary

Ford O'Connell and University of South Florida professor Susan McManus join Monocle 24's "The Briefing" to discuss the lead up to the Florida Republican presidential primary. Interview begins at the 7:20 mark.

Interview available at http://www.monocle.com/monocle24/?openepisode=10800067

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