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Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele talks Romney and Santorum

Mar 15, 2012|

Can Romney win this? Or does Santorum have a real chance?

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Is joining us now former head of the Republican National Committee. Michael Steele welcome to WRKO. Could we -- doing great Michael thanks for join and unless we address what are we were just kicking around the hazards to the party if you're really takes until almost Labor Day for -- to become the nominee. -- -- -- -- -- Well Tom says it's of no relevance whatsoever the campaign always takes place in the fall and I don't really know it seems to me it would be good. To have it settled -- you could focus in on get your machinery in place. Well. There's some truth to that I -- I think that you know what I had anticipated and expected that. Throughout and that way the system was set up that throughout this primary process. While the nominee was being decided by the various states. The national party coordination with the state parties would be -- to put together. Those building block that you -- need for next September October November. -- you know prosecute. The successful campaign for the presidency. You can't wait until. A nominee is decided and then you start building organization that is that's the old bottle and -- -- did it will not yield -- kind of fruit. That you want we speak tapping into it taking advantage. The excitement for but he can't it to me a lot of people who by the fact that the enthusiasm. Gap if you will still exist between Democrats and Republicans 58% of Republicans. Are enthusiastic and excited about the campaign to come in the fall. There's. Smaller number of Democrat -- -- a lot -- that -- -- this point. They're not really -- because they don't have a nomination fight. So I think that there's there is some value in the building. That that effort regardless of what's happening with the nominees. It is is it just ask Michael that that's not happening that the national committee is not in conjunction a tandem with the different state committees. I don't know I mean I haven't seen -- I haven't hurt hurt hurt that necessarily. On the ground with the state. You know official that I talked to over the last six or seven months. You know I'd note that. Their efforts to raise money but I don't know about the efforts to actually put in place the organization you have all the money in the world. But it you don't have anyone standing at the polls on Election Day if you don't have people who got you know driving people to the polls. On Election Day if you don't have that organization. -- the strain that place you have a problem. This is the comparative example. You don't do in the last few months you've heard more about Barack Obama is grassroots organization. In a given state in other words. How -- is that they've had. The meeting that they've had and in conjunction with the Republicans. Primary process that you have about what the Republicans are doing. Structurally organizations on the. So normally the Republican Party even without a candidate being selected is doing the kind of organizational work you're talking about both on the federal level. And on the state level. There reporting organization and a place to do things like get out the vote I thought all that was driven by the campaign with the with the party mechanisms working in conjunction. Well it it ultimately going to be do about capability yet -- so you mean it W gonna sit around and you're gonna wait until -- June. And then put all of that and played in fifty states in the territory between June and August. To be ready to roll out the day after the nomination. The -- it's just that it's impossible I mean -- If you're you're talking in the incredible. A number of of moving parts here you want to have as much as that. And is the beginning stages at least. Before you have a nominee so what the nominee doesn't comment and layers over top of that the organization that he's built. While we've been running for the nomination. So Michael do the -- -- to the hardy then make a mistake. In changing the rules so you don't have the front loading that occurred four years ago and you know super Super Tuesday that it became different. -- proportional representation up until April -- This thing could drag out as you just said till June. Was that a mistake by the -- he did not the -- anticipate what you just outline Faris. And man and intention that they have been taken steps to do the organizational. Easy to -- this I don't. -- certainly despair that look I know the county chairman of the space ship design know what it takes to choose to win an election doing on the ground yeah right got to do on the it don't know what that a mistake at all I mean. You know that part of the notebook but timing the length of a campaign has not to do with how well organized. But you back it may pet that organizational strength of the campaign. Look you've been through the reality of it is the goal was to allow those states. That are often times second and third Tuesday in -- process that don't kids. They don't get the chance to really have an impact to have an impact we heard countless. Requests from activist. Is there a way that we can be involved with the that time the nomination role throughout state. It's not over we wanna have something you don't download that and Illinois is going to be important that this week Alabama and Mississippi were important they -- the last flight. Yup so that that that was the whole point and guess what comes from that that at. Activism that excitement that's why you wanna have that ability although state that are out there waiting in anticipating. They're turned. At that you know the nomination apple. They're they're gonna be excited you build that excitement. Built around that excitement the infrastructure you'd need to win in November. All right that's good for us to now now use sit a lot of fewer days with Joseph Scarborough who is relentlessly been attacking. -- Rick Santorum for the moronic campaign he's been running as have a lot of other people. Meanwhile Rick Santorum wins and wins and wins and wins and I hear all these rants about what a moron he is all these stupid things he says. Is it possible Santorum knows something that's our -- doesn't. You I think that's true it and that that is on the show and elsewhere. That. You know don't sell him short. You know Santorum may lead with his his his value card. But he's got a lot of other card in his -- that he can play and that -- that resonate with people he starts talking about. His experience and ideas for policy and domestic policy. It does resonate the second thing I I I try to Kosovo is. The people getting -- for extended about Rick Santorum. Number one number two. Hit what he says while people -- not at this agree with every aspect of it all of the degree to which he may believe something. There is about component out there that missing in this discussion. That that resonates with people as well it would seem that there are beginning to reflect itself in the polls that people were shocked. To see that in the exit polls coming out of Alabama Mississippi that he was winning working women. Because we were told working women can't stand Rick Santorum because. Of his -- certain issues relative to them well that may be true. To a to an extent but there is the resonance that that he has -- people's -- can't sell them to short. -- you need to be careful and about the W wish for come September if you happen to be the nominee. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --