From Fox’s Special report with Bret Baier Thursday, February 9, 2012
On this week’s CPAC in Washington:
CPAC is, I think, more important in off years. This year, when you actually have elections and you have results …. It’s less [important]. In off years you care about what the CPAC straw poll is. That will be less important. But it’s important as a forum.
On Romney’s attacks on Santorum and vice versa:
Santorum’s critique of Romney is correct. He’s run as a businessman: “I’ll fix the economy.” Well, that works if unemployment is at 10 percent. If it’s not, [and] the economy is slightly improving, he’s got to do something. He needs a proposal. A major idea. It doesn’t have to be revolutionary….
Reagan had supply side economics. Romney needs something. He’s got to make a speech somewhere, a serious one, in a serious forum, proposing something like entitlement reform or tax reform, it doesn’t really matter. It has to show he’s got substance.
And the Romney attack on Santorum is also hitting a mark. Because Santorum doesn’t have the… pristine small government record of the kind he professes. And that’s where I think he can be actually vulnerable.
I don’t want to be ageist, but he is 76. He is allowed a day off here and there. So he can’t really run like a 20-year-old. But I think for a guy who is 76, his energy is astonishing…
I think what he’s saying by not showing up at CPAC, where he won last year in the straw poll, and [by] being in Maine [instead] is that if he wins in Maine, that means a lot more than winning a poll here in CPAC.
Look, he hasn’t had a win [yet]. He comes in a consistently strong second or third. He gets his constituency, 15 percent, 20 percent just about everywhere. And he’ll go all the way to Tampa with that.
But if he ekes out a win in Maine… it’ll be a way of saying “I’m a player at the top level. I’m not just somebody who will come in second or third.”