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SANTORUM, ROMNEY AND THE REST.

Updated on February 22, 2012

The electorate must choose.

In today's Arizona CNN-Republican Party debate, pulling punches will not be a way of life for any of the four candidates vying to become the party's nominee to face off with President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Santorum seems to be forthright with some accusations of the president's "phony theology," and other similar statements, which are making people to assume that he is attacking his (president's) religious beliefs.

He is narrowly stepping away from his (Santorum's) remarks that the public assumption is wrong. His "theology" references are being misplaced by the media and other rival campaigns.

Aside from that he is being forceful in the portrayal of his personality as being a very serious individual. His speeches are resonating in such a way that his poll numbers are on the rise, compared to his closest rival in the race, Romney.

In fact, he (Santorum) is showing on the many media and private poll leader-boards that he is now the de facto front runner in the Republican nomination race.

Romney, on the other hand, is cowering behind comments that he is making on the campaign trail, he seems to be too cautious to be navigating the political "minefield".

“We believe Romney’s very good at what we would call ‘hit and run," and/or he Romney "“has a surrogate throw out half a story on Rick Santorum,” and then tries to lob shots from a safe distance."", says John Brabender, a Santorum adviser (Politico, 02/22/12).

That is a weird announcement coming from an opposing side; but voters are beginning to believe that is what is going on.

If Romney is honest enough to be truthful about himself, then he can be free to say what he really thinks about his rivals. Instead, it is like "Cool it, buddy; and I will cool it," kind of attitude on his part toward the other candidates.

So far, they have all been blunt in answering questions, and nothing is likely to stop them in giving a piece of their minds, when it comes to tough questioning from moderator, John King; and from the audience and elsewhere.

Gingrich is being the odd man out, by using outrageous phrases, such as, "President Obama is the most dangerous president in .... history," Yet, how, Mr. Speaker?

The country is going through a very difficult phase, with Iran, the Eurozone monetary crisis, Mexican drug cartels taking over in parts of Texas, USA, etc. etc.

For him to make himself into some kind of a "savior" is not going to help America or his candidacy. In fact, his own Republican establishment is rejecting him. The elitists in the party are looking for an outsider to replace all of them, including Ron Paul, of course.

That means none of the present field is a good fit, as Obama will trounce them one by one in the political arena, and he (Obama) will come out unscathed.

If any of them is going to win the nomination, he must play it to please people like Gov. Sarah Palin, who is liable to galvanize the "tea party" support for that person; and not even Donald Trump's backing is necessary now, because they all can do better than him.

Michigan and Arizona primary voters are watching closely to choose the right person; notwithstanding that one of them is a "native son".

They are all equal before the electorate; and that is the American way.

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