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The GOP's Tampa Tussle

GOP presidential candidates go at it again tonight in Tampa. Will it change the direction of the Republican campaign?

The GOP's Tampa Tussle

The current average of all national GOP polling maintained by realclearpolitics.com has Rick Perry at 32%, Mitt Romney at 22% and nobody else on stage in double digits. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)
The current average of all national GOP polling maintained by realclearpolitics.com has Rick Perry at 32%, Mitt Romney at 22% and nobody else on stage in double digits. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, it's back to business.

BE: Quakes, hurricane and floods are done?

JB: For now. But there's a tussle in Tampa tonight.

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The GOP's Tampa tussle

BE: Monday Night Football!!

JB: Uh, no. Another GOP presidential debate: the CNN/Tea Party Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Starts at 8. You, no doubt, will be watching?

BE: Either that or the Miss Universe Contest. Or the Monday Night Football doubleheader. I thought Tampa was playing.

JB: Nope. Miami/New England in the first game. Denver/Oakland in the second.

BE: So I guess we'll get more Social Security and jobs jousting.

JB: You betcha. Eight candidates are signed up, but Romney and Perry will be the only two debating. Looks like everyone else is done.

BE: You mean because the polls are starting to lock up?

JB: Current average of all national GOP polling maintained by realclearpolitics.com has Perry at 32%, Romney at 22% and nobody else on stage in double digits.

BE: My guy Rick?

JB: Santorum's holding at a steady 3%. Next to last, ahead only of Huntsman.

BE: Not-really-running Palin?

JB: Third at 12.3% because she hasn't been playing and is not really running.

BE: So the Texas governor who opposes Social Security should shine at a debate sponsored by the Tea Party Express, yes?

JB: Yes. Especially since Tea Party activists get to ask questions.

BE: Moderator?

JB: The overly earnest, often whiney Wolf Blizter.

BE: Maybe he'll howl tonight.

JB: More likely the viewers will. Grrr.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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