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Why Perry is beating Romney

By Erick Erickson, CNN Contributor

Mon September 12, 2011

Editor’s note: Erick Erickson is a CNN contributor and editor of

(CNN) — There is a lot of buzz about CNN’s new poll that shows Rick Perry seemingly solidifying his lead among Republican in the primary contest. Forty-two percent of Republicans think Rick Perry has the best shot at beating Barack Obama. Forty-five percent of seniors support Perry compared to 21% for Mitt Romney.

There is one question that is not getting as much attention, though in my mind it explains every other question. CNN asked, “Which Republican candidate is most likely to fight for their beliefs?” The winner? Rick Perry with 29%, followed by Sarah Palin at 23%. Mitt Romney? Michele Bachmann? They tied at 11%.

The answer to the question really says very little about Rick Perry and a great deal about Mitt Romney. It plays into the “opportunist” critique that many primary voters have of Romney.

In his book, Mitt Romney compared those responsible for the “looming bankruptcy” of Social Security to people engaged in a criminal enterprise, but this year he attacks Rick Perry for calling it a Ponzi scheme.

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One Comment
  1. pdcasteel permalink
    September 12, 2011 1:50 PM

    I think the interesting question will be, should Perry emerge as the Republican candidate, whether Perry can make the step to the center needed to appeal independent voters. Though he may be willing to fight for his beliefs, or at least the beliefs he presented while securing the Republican nomination, there has to be a concern whether those beliefs are a bit too far to the right for swing voters.

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