Debate Club

Is Mitt Romney Vulnerable in the South?

Is Mitt Romney Vulnerable in the South?

Former Gov. Mitt Romney may have edged out former Sen. Rick Santorum in the closely-watched Super Tuesday primary in Ohio, but the Romney camp isn’t breathing easily yet. With former House Speaker Newt Gingrich securing his home state of Georgia, Rick Santorum sweeping Tennessee and Oklahoma, and Rep. Ron Paul pulling 40 percent of the vote in Virginia (only he and Romney made it on to the ticket there), it seems that Romney may be struggling to win over the hearts and minds of the South. Though Romney scored a big win in Florida in January, most don’t consider the Sunshine State to be the heart of Dixie. Since the “southern strategy” was adapted in the late 1960s by Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater, the South has been regarded as a key bloc of Republican support. Some argue that southerners will support a Republican nominee, no matter who it is, against Barack Obama. Others suggest that even if Romney wins the GOP nomination, his struggles in the region will continue as he will face a lack of the Republican enthusiasm that he’ll need to beat President Obama in the general election. Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether Mitt Romney is vulnerable in the South:
 


The Arguments

#1
44 Pts
Mitt Romney's Southern Problem Will Disappear Shortly

Yes – Mitt Romney's Southern Problem Will Disappear Shortly

David Crockett Author of 'Running Against the Grain: How Opposition Candidates Win Presidential Election'

#3
31 Pts
South Will Be a Strength, Not Weakness, for Romney Against Obama

No – South Will Be a Strength, Not Weakness, for Romney Against Obama

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#4
26 Pts
Mitt Romney Will Have a Tough March in the South

Yes – Mitt Romney Will Have a Tough March in the South

Lara Brown Professor at Villanova University

#5
12 Pts
Don't Discount Mitt Romney in the South Just Yet

No – Don't Discount Mitt Romney in the South Just Yet

Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

#7
-6 Pts
Both a Problem and an Opportunity for Mitt Romney in the South

Yes – Both a Problem and an Opportunity for Mitt Romney in the South

Krystal Ball MSNBC Contributor and Former Democratic Nominee for Congress in the First District of Virginia


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