Ford O'Connell Discusses The GOP Presidential Field On ABC News Radio's 'Inside America'

Ford O'Connell joins John Barron on ABC News Radio's (Australia) "Inside America" to discuss the February Republican presidential primary calendar and the state of the GOP field. O'Connell's commentary starts at the 4:05 mark.

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Mitt Romney's 'Very Poor,' Self-Inflicted Wound

Within 12 hours of notching the second biggest political victory of his life, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney really stepped in it when he informed CNN's Soledad O'Brien that he was "not concerned about the very poor."

Are Romney's comments defensible? Of course they are. Romney was attempting to crib from former President Bill Clinton's playbook and he failed miserably at it.

Having monitored Romney extremely closely, both in 2008 and in the present, the former Massachusetts governor still seems incapable of grasping one of the cardinal rules on politics: What you say is generally less important than how you say it and the language you convey it in (or in Romney's case, how it is received by others, particularly independents).

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

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Romney Plays Trump Card In Las Vegas

After stumbling with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America's poor, Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney was endorsed on Thursday by one of the country's most famous wealthy businessmen - real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump.

Trump, who put his own net worth at up to $7 billion, said he was backing Romney in the race for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in the November 6 election because of his knowledge of the economy.

"Mitt is tough, he's smart, he's sharp," Trump said, standing before a line of American flags at his Trump International Hotel, Romney and his wife, Ann, to his right.

"He's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen in this country we all love. So, Governor Romney, go out and get 'em. You can do it," Trump said. He said he was willing to campaign for Romney and would consider donating to his Super PAC - the independent political group spending tens of millions of dollars in support of Romney.

Romney cemented his position as Republican front-runner by trouncing rival Newt Gingrich in Florida's primary on Tuesday, and holds a strong lead in polls of likely Nevada voters ahead of the state's caucuses on Saturday.

"This signifies a further consolidation of the Republican base," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said.

"But, given Romney's comments yesterday, I could see (Obama's campaign) would like to tie this as a way to portray Mitt Romney as someone who is not in touch with the plight of the average American."

Read more from Sam Youngman and Ros Krasny at Reuters

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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

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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).

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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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