FROM Merle Black
Did Super Tuesday Make Any Difference? In six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney was the ultimate winner. But in Virginia — where Santorum and Gingrich weren't on the ballot — Ron Paul got 41 percent of the vote. In the big Midwest showdown in Ohio, Romney only defeated Santorum by one point. Super Tuesday is over, but the Republicans still don't have an "inevitable" nominee. We look at yesterday's numbers and the issues that might or might not unite the party against the Democratic incumbent come November.
Did Super Tuesday Make Any Difference? On Monday, former First Lady Barbara Bush told a conference that this year's Republicans are running " the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life ." Yesterday, in ten states around the country, Republican voters told exit pollsters they were frustrated by their own candidates' attacks on each other. In six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney was the ultimate winner. But in Virginia — where Santorum and Gingrich weren't on the ballot — Ron Paul got 41 percent of the vote, and in the big Midwest showdown in Ohio, Romney only defeated Santorum by one point. Romney still leads, but his staff is telling reporters he might not be able to sew it up before the primaries are over in June. What are yesterday's lessons for the GOP nomination and the chances against Obama in November?
Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Religion in Politics At the Citadel military college in South Carolina, Mitt Romney made a neo-conservative foreign policy speech today. He called for reversing cuts in the Pentagon and increasing military spending, and suggested that President Obama had surrendered America's role as being the strongest nation on earth. Romney is still regarded as the Republican front-runner, but polls show he lacks enough conservative backing to make him the sure nominee. Last July, Herman Cain said that Romney's Mormon religion was no problem for him, but that it would be for southern evangelical Christians. Even though Cain apologized, did he have a point? And if Romney got the GOP nomination, would his religion turn off secular Democrats and Independents? We hear different opinions on Romney's prospects and ask why Cain has suddenly shot up in public opinion polls. What about Rick Perry ?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.