GOP Candidates Not a United Front

Ana Abraham

As the next Presidential Election draws closer, the GOP candidates seem to be fighting more amongst themselves than their opposition. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are consistently openly attacking each other’s campaigns, and even candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are expressing their discontent with the apparent frontrunner, Romney. Santorum seems to have lost much of the crucial media attention needed for campaigning over the past month, due to a counting error in Iowa. However, Santorum did win three state caucuses last Tuesday.

But even in the wake of Santorum’s unexpected successes, Romney was quick with a retort. He said that the rest of the Republican Party would rally behind whichever candidate actually goes up against President Barack Obama in November, but then quickly added that he expected to be that candidate.

Within the past weeks, Santorum’s campaign has done its fair share of attacking. He called Romney “the worst possible person” to deal with the “most fundamental issue of this campaign,” and that is, of course, health care. He also added that Romney’s position is “simply dead wrong” and that he “should not be the nominee” of the GOP.

Newt Gingrich also was quoted criticizing Romney’s campaign. “[Romney] doesn’t represent profound change…he is not a bad person per se…we are in a situation where we need fundamental change.” Even the lesser-known candidate, Texas Representative Ron Paul, said that Romney “doesn’t satisfy a lot of people.”

It is amazing that amidst all of this controversy and the many sleights against each other, the GOP candidates will all eventually have little choice but to rally behind the one candidate who will represent the Republican Party in November.  As the race heats up over the next few months, it will be interesting to see how the individual campaigns continue to attack each other.