Young Turks: Should liberals root for Gingrich or Romney?

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:05 EDT
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"The Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur. Image: Screengrab via Current TV.
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In a segment broadcast Monday night, Current TV’s progressive talk show The Young Turks tackled the issue of who liberals should be rooting for in the Republican primaries: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Democrats have thought all along that Mitt Romney would be the tougher opponent, but I’m not so sure,” panelist Michael Shure opined. “If ‘Obamacare’ is really an issue in this election, you have [Romney] who advocated, essentially, ‘Obamacare’ in his own state. That issue is neutralized for the Republicans and I think that could really hurt them.”

Host Cenk Uygur added that Romney is “a terrible candidate” to have when the American public is so outraged at Wall Street. “There’s no more Wall Street guy than Mitt Romney,” he said, adding that Gingrich “ripped [Romney's] face off” in South Carolina, much to the shock of the Republican establishment.

“In fairness, he had Mitt Romney helping him tear [Romney's] face off, so I don’t think he did it alone,” panelist Karl Frisch injected.

While the panel didn’t quite decide who liberals should be rooting for, they all seemed to agree that Romney is no longer the de-facto candidate of choice for the Republican party.

The video below was broadcast by Current TV on Jan. 23, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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