View, rate, and fact check the latest campaign ads.
Mitt Romney must have used all his best material at Thursday’s debate, because by Friday night in Orlando, he was resorting to an old standby: reciting all the verses of “American the Beautiful” to a large rally. It had been a long day.
Romney swept into the noisy, cheering rally a very happy man, having slapped down his main rival both in a debate and in new polls.
He first order of business was to ridicule Newt Gingrich for his poor debate performance.
“Speaker Gingrich said the debate, before last night, that the crowd wasn’t allowed to cheer and so he couldn’t do so well, ’cause the crowd was too quiet,” Romney told the crowd of 500 at a paint warehouse. “Then, last night, he thought the crowd was too loud … It’s like Goldilocks, you know: His porridge is too hot, the porridge is too cold.”
He went on to say that he is looking forward to debating Barack Obama: “I’m not worried about the crowd. I’m going to make sure we tell the truth to Barack Obama and we get him out of the White House.”
It was certainly a more energized and confident candidate tonight than the one who lost the South Carolina primary to Gingrich a week ago.
Romney showed up with Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP standard-bearer, and Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño, who gave his endorsement—a helpful gesture in Florida, where 13 percent of the voters are Hispanic.
“What did you think of last night’s debate?” McCain asked. “Very rarely in these things do you see a knockout. You saw one last night.”
It was a certainly a more energized and confident candidate tonight than the one who lost the South Carolina primary to Gingrich a week ago. Today, the former House speaker seemed to be struggling to regain momentum going into Tuesday’s Florida primary.
Romney and Gingrich spent the day crisscrossing the state, wooing the critical Hispanic vote, and making their closing arguments before the primary. Rick Santorum headed back to his home state of Pennsylvania, and Ron Paul campaigned in Maine.
HER LIPS ARE SEALED
IRS Official Pleads the Fifth
Lois Lerner insists she did nothing sketchy or illegal. More
Weiner Announces Candidacy
For mayor of New York.More
Fox News Reporter Could Face Charges
For reporting leaked CIA info. More
Obama Lawyers Knew About IRS
As early as April, but president wasn't told.More
Rand Paul: Targeting Memo at IRS
But he hasn’t seen it.More
On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.
The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.
From Obama’s win to Akin’s defeat, Sullivan’s celebration to Rove’s meltdown, watch the most memorable moments.
Losing sucks—and healing is hard. Paul Begala offers advice to hurting Republicans.
Three of the most dramatic races ended in wins for Dems Elizabeth Warren and Maggie Hassan, and a loss for the GOP’s Linda McMahon.
It’s finally over! Mark McKinnon looks back on two years of big moments that changed the 2012 race.
Obama’s reelection is a victory for intelligence, reason—and, yes, hope.
As the candidates face off in the election, the books they’ve read recently and their professed favorites also go head to head. Who wins?