Damage Control Report: Romney May Back Out Of Monday Debate In Florida – NBC Considers Cancellation To Provide “Establishment” Cover

(Hat Tip TNWAHM) Mittens has the money to run TV commercials in every Florida media market and he is doing that right now.  In addition his ‘Restore Our Future’ SuperPac is also running major TV ads and direct mailers in almost every media market.  But faced with a serious defeat in South Carolina, and the recognition that he lost Iowa, Romney is panicking.  He is justifiably under fire for his flawed positions and character issues.   He’s facing adversity and what does he do?  He ducks for cover and turns to the party bosses to save him from upstarts  and from recalcitrant lessers, aka voters.  Romney doesn’t turn to us when he needs help, he turns away from us.  This is exactly what to expect when you consider how he will govern.

If Mitt can’t take the heat with when facing his fellow conservatives and give Florida voters something else besides SuperPac ads, then how would he ever be counted on to stand up to Obama?  This is not a good sign of Mitt’s backbone strength.   Newt at least had the guts to stand on stage Thursday night knowing the assault what was coming after him.   If Romney can’t deal with this pressure then how the flip will he deal with the Obama assault?

(The Hill) Mitt Romney’s campaign has not said it is committed to Monday night’s Republican debate in Tampa, Fla., leading to speculation the former governor will not be participating.

NBC News has not canceled the event, but a statement from a network spokeswoman suggests Romney has not signed on.  “Preparations for the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate continues. We fully intend to proceed with this long-planned event and we hope and expect all the qualifying candidates will participate,” a spokeswoman said.

The Romney campaign did not respond to The Hill’s request for a comment.

Romney is coming off two shaky debate performances this week, fumbling questions about releasing his tax returns. His main rival, Newt Gingrich, is pushing past Romney in the polls and has demonstrated time and again he’s a strong debater.

In the most recent debate, held Thursday night in Charleston, S.C., the former Speaker combatively deflected questions about his past marriage by attacking the media, earning him a standing ovation from the crowd.

It would not be the first debate Romney has skipped. He missed the very first event of the cycle — a Fox News event held on May 5, 2011, in Greenville, S.C.

Romney also has an advantage his rivals don’t in Florida — plenty of campaign funds. The Sunshine State has some of the most expensive media markets in the country, and Romney is the only candidate on the air there. Also, Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super-PAC, is advertising in the state on his behalf.

If Romney doesn’t attend the debate and NBC cancels it, it would deny Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul some much-needed free air time.

While NBC said preparations continue, The Tampa Tribune reported Friday the network sent local affiliates a message saying the debate has been replaced on that evening’s schedule with “Fear Factor” and “Rock Center.”

Adding to the uncertainty is a convoluted message from a top Romney adviser.

Stuart Stevens told reporters in the spin room after Thursday night’s debate that the former governor “will debate in Florida” — although he didn’t specify what debate or when or where.   “We’ve had four debates so far this month,” Stuart said. “We’ve had what, 15 debates?”  (read more)

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22 Responses to Damage Control Report: Romney May Back Out Of Monday Debate In Florida – NBC Considers Cancellation To Provide “Establishment” Cover

  1. ZurichMike says:

    The more troubling story in my opinion right now concerns the religious overtones being bandied about about the three top GOP candidates. Having failed to destroy Gingrich with the scorned ex-wife routine, the media whores are now questioning the intelligence of “evangelicals” in South Carolina and Florida by showing their (false) dilemma: Should they vote for Romney — but he’s a Mormon who wears funny underwear! Or Newt — but he’s a divorced dirtbag according to his lunatic ex-wife! Saving the best for last: Should be vote for Santorum — but he’s a nutcase Catholic who sleeps with his dead baby! It is as despicable as anything that has been thrown at the GOP candidates ever.

    We heard NOTHING about John Edwards cheating on his cancer-stricken wife until the new media forced the old media whores to report on it.

    We heard NOTHING about Anthony Wiener cheating on his wife until the new media forced the old media whores to report on it.

    We heard NOTHING about Bill Clinton’s serial sexual assaults until the then-budding new media (Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg) forced the old media whores to report on it. And even then, all they did at first was make fun of those bringing the story forward, and ridiculing the women as whores or golddiggers (unlike when such charges were levied against Cain and Gingrich, in which case the women are victims and saints).

    We heard NOTHING about Barack Obama’s past: no old girlfriends (boyfriends?), no interviews with those who knew him as a student, no interest shown in *his* moral character: who is supporting him? Where is the money coming from? No in-depth reports on funny money, Bill Ayers, the race-pimp Wright.

    We heard EVERYTHING about Mitt’s legal use of tax shelters in the Cayman islands with his *own* after-tax money, but have heard NOTHING about what Jon Corzine did with BILLIONS of other people’s money.

    I am not by nature a violent person, but I would cross a busy highway at dusk during a snowstorm to beat to a pulp any of the old media news whores.


  2. Avram says:

    This is from Ann Barnhardt’s site: “The person who does not become irate when he has cause to be sins. For an unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices. It fosters negligence, and stimulates not only the wicked, but above all, the good to do wrong.”
    –St. John Chrysostom
    c. 347-407 AD
    I think we conservatives need to take this to heart.


  3. Brooklyn says:


    Great quote from St. John C. Keep in mind, that Jesus got ‘angry’ and cleared the temple of all the peddlers.

    Here’s another:
    “Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts” –


  4. AFinch says:

    Looks like Romney’s in for the FLA debates. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/romney-to-participate-in-florida-debates/2012/01/21/gIQAcYu8FQ_blog.html?wprss=election-2012&tid=sm_twitter_postpolitics

    Hot Air has an analysis on the absentee voting and GOTV efforts in FLA that may lessen the impact of the debates next week. I hope one of the non-Romneys can make it a close race.


  5. WeeWeed says:

    Guess what’s up over at IOTW???



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  8. On February 28th, 2008, a Republican Presidential debate was supposed to be held by CNN. CNN cancelled the debate so that John McCain would not have to face Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Remember who wanted to debate and who didn’t. Mike Huckabee sent a written letter to John McCain challenging him to a debate before the March 4th primaries. The Values Voter coalition came through in the clutch, arranging for a debate hall and inviting both McCain and Huckabee, as well as Rep Ron Paul to participate in a March 3rd debate event. For the second time in this election, John McCain refused to appear for a Values Voter debate.


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