TAMPA – Tampa will host a GOP debate at the USF campus Monday January 23, 2012 presented by NBC. But, Thursday January 19, 2012 the slow implosion of the Mitt Romney and for that matter, the total GOP presidential campaign, began to unravel before the nation’s eyes.
After a dismal campaign, strewn with debate disasters, Rick Perry ceded, then suspended his campaign race for president. His GOP supporters in Texas, began to jump ship as early as Monday January 16, 2012. Perry bowed out, but graced his endorsement of Gingrich on his way out.
Mitt Romney hounded by inquisitive minds about his financial status, received a blow when it was reported Thursday that he had offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands. A financial tactic used by unscrupulous or very smart investors to evade taxation from the U.S.
The official Iowa caucus results came in Thursday to indicate that Santorum had actually received more votes than Romney. Voting count that brings back the infamous Florida General election of 2000 (recounts, chads, unreported votes, etc.). What is it with these elections and the GOP?
Newt Gingrich’s second wife reported that he asked her for an open marriage to carry on an extra-marital affair before their eventual divorce. Like Herman Cain, Gingrich will run on vapors and steam momentarily, but when the fuel (women votes) is required it will not be there.
Mitt Romney is wavering on whether to participate in a debate at the University of South Florida on Monday night.
Asked whether he has committed to the debate in light of news reports suggesting otherwise, Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams responded in an email today, “We have no announcements at this point on upcoming debates.”
The producer of the debate for NBC couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
USF spokeswoman Lara Wade said she “has no information” on who will participate, and that USF officials are meeting with the NBC crew this afternoon.
The question arose after conservative commentator Byron York reported yesterday that Romney adviser Stuart Stevens said the campaign hasn’t committed to either of the two debates in Florida — USF’s Monday night, and another planned for Jan. 26 on CNN in Jacksonville.
With Rick Perry dropping out of the race, that means the debate could turn into a two-man show between the two remaining candidates who each hope to become the alternative to Romney for the nomination, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
“We’re locked in” for the debate, “and we’re ready to go toe-to-toe with Santorum,” said Gingrich Florida spokeswoman Portia Palmer.
The GOP presidential field was seriously weak with 11 strong in count from the onset, but after no- show Palin, reality tv Trump, Pawlenty, Cain, Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry surrendered their ridiculous notions to reason …the final four of Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul, couldn’t collectively defeat President Obama, let alone take him on individually.