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again, thanks for watching us tonight. i'm bill o'reilly. please remember, the spin stops right here because we are definitely looking out for you. >> sean: it was a thriller last night, where by the slimmest of margins, mitt romney was declared the winner of the iowa caucuses. he received 8 more votes than former pennsylvania senator rick santorum, whose reulentless grassroots sam pain helped secure him an impressive second place. and ron paul was third. i will be joined by sarah palin and herman cain. but first, major news on the campaign trail today, in new hampshire when the 2008 republican presidential nominee
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announced his endorsement of mitt romney. take a look. >> it's with some nostalgia that i return to this place that i love so well. but i am really here for one reason and one reason only. and that is to make sure that we make mitt romney the next president of the united states of america. and new hampshire -- and new hampshire is the state that will catapult him on to victory in a very short period of time. that's why i'm here. >> sean: joining me together exclusively for the first time since the big anouncement, former governor mitt romney and senator john mccain. welcome back. >> thanks. >> thanks, john. >> sean: all right. senator, this is a very key moment, key state fur. by the way, i did go back and look at some of the ads you had running against each other. you were going at it pretty heatedly last time around. why mitt romney? why did you decide to jump in
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and support him in a very important time in a state that was very critical to you in 2008? >> well, sean, to start with, we had a very spirited campaign, but it was always respectful. i believe it was very respectful. following that, nobody worked harder for my campaign than mitt romney. we became family friends. we spent time together. we campaigned together. i grew to respect what he stands for, what he believes in, his experience and the fact that i know that he is the one who can defeat barack obama and be president of the united states. and it's a very critical time in our history. >> sean: how important do you video this endorsement, governor? >> well, obviously, having the support of senator mccain means a great deal to me nationally, but particularly here in new hampshire, where he is beloved bly so many people, where we just had a town meeting, this was the very place that senator mccain announced
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his canned dayidacy in the past. old roots, old connections and the association with someone who is an unquestioned hero and patriot is something which i value personally and of course, i think it's a good statement politically that we are coming at this time as a party to get behind folks we believe in. >> sean: there is a bitted of an irony here. in 2008, senator mccain, you were viewed as less conservative than mitt romney. you struggled with conservative voters, especially during the primaries. governor, you were viewed as the more conservative candidate. in this race, it seems like in many ways, have you taken the senator's position here and you are still struggling with the conservative voters in the voting base. senator mccain, is there any advice you would give governor romney? [chuckles] >> no. i would point out if we were on
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this show 2 weeks ago, the prediction that mitt romney would carry a very conservative voting state and that's the iowa caucuses, wasn't going to happen. i think there is very little doubt that he is picking up traction amongst all sectors of the republican party, just as i was able to do in the primary. and i am confident that a big win here will translate itself into south carolina and florida and i think this thing could be over a lot sooner than a lot of people think. i think he's broadened his base of appeal rather dramatically. >> governor, i will give you a chance to respond to that. as you look at the exit polls and for example, on electability, your numbers are really high on who they view as more conservative. there seems to be with the surge, rick santorum, only 8 votes behind you in the caucuses, the feeling is that rvatives are not convinced that you would govern as a strong, solid conservative. i want to give you an
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opportunity tonight to appeal to that and reach out to them and tell them on important issues where you will be conservative. >> you know, i think the people of the country have come to know me better and better. here, they saw me as a conservative governor who helped get our state back on track. we balanced the budget every year i was in office. we cut taxes 19 times. i put in place a $2 billion rainy-day fund. i hired state police and enforced immigration laws and installed english immersion in the schools and they are number 1 in the nation. a lot of principles are very conservative. if i don't line up 100% behind someone's view, they can look somewhere else. but i think they will conclude i'm a darn conservative republican and i believe in the principles that made the nation the way we are. i want to restore the freedom and opportunity that drove america to be the leader of the
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world. that's what i am in this race for, to help middle-income americans and to keep this country strong. >> sean: let me ask you. i intrude one of your opponents, newt gingrich on the radio today. newt's argument is, he's frustrated. he felt like the super pac ads against him -- not that they were negative, he felt that some of the comments were dishonest. he made the claim. you were met today with newt gingrich's ad in the union leader. he uses terms like you are a massachusetts moderate, that you managed the decay in massachusetts that you have changed your position on abortion, gun control and a series of other issuings, funded abortions in romneycare. do you think and do you anticipate when the debates come saturday night and sunday morning, that this is going to be a spirited -- to use senator mccain a words, in a moment as we have had in the campaign? >> oh, i don't know if it will
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be more spirited than in the past. of course, campaigns are an opportunity to get to know the candidate and other people are going to take their best shots. have you to respond to them appropriately or be sunk by them. i'm a big guy with broad shoulders. i am happy to accept the fact if i am in a race like this, i will face people with differing views. if they something that's not accurate, i will do my very best to correct t. some of the things the speaker's saying are not quite accurate. but i will get a chance to correct that. but this president that we have is taking the country in the wrong direction. i understand what tell take to get our government peared back to size and get our economy going again. those are the things people want to hear about. that's one of the reasons i am going around the state of new hampshire today and tomorrow, also in south carolina, making sure that people understand why it is we need to have someone of my background helping to lead this country. >> sean: let me play some of what newt said on the radio.
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senator mccain, i might put you in the position of being an adviser to the governor. >> he's somebody who is not candid. he is not candid about his record or about his pac, the pac-run ads that are false. they have spent millions of dollars and i suspect they will pivot and go after rick santorum because the only technique they have is to shrink the other candidate. after five years of campaigning, they can't move romney above 25%. he gots exactly the same vote in 2012 that he got in 2008. and so, millions of dollars of campaigning, he is trapped with three-fourths of the republican party rejecting him because he is a massachusetts moderate. and in the end, people don't want a massachusetts moderate to lead the republican party. >> sean: senator mccain, you were pretty hard on governor romney in 2008. now newt gingrich is pretty ticked off. you can hear it in his voice.
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how would you advise him to respond, considering you had a similar ad yourself with the tale of two myths? >> well, again, to start with, campaigns are tough. it's pretty obvious from the tone of his voice that newt gingrich is very unhappy. he was sitting very well for a period of time. he kind of had a succession of people who have gone up and then gone down, while mitt has been putting one foot ahead of the other and maintaining a steady strength and going up. he is going to do well here in new hampshire. and i am confident he will do well in south carolina and in florida. again, to say that the iowa caucuses, who were something that was expected, it was not. i mean, it shows that the campaign has been gaining traction. you know, and i say to my friend, newt, politics isn't being back, it's a tough
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business. i respect newt's record. i don't agree with a lot of the things that he did. but at the same time, i understand why he might be a little upset and he sounds very upset. but that isn't the way you win elections. the way you win is to come forward with your own positive agenda, which is exactly what mitt has been doing all along. >> sean: we will take a quick break and come back. more later. i'll be joined by former governor sarah palin and herman cain, both with reaction to last night's stunning finish in iowa and share their bold predictions for new hampshire and much more, straight ahead. it ú
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contenders are impressed with that endorsement. listen to this. >> i have great regard for senator mccain. i love the man. but it's another example of the establishment piling on. and it seems the more that the establishment piles on -- dole, mccain and all the rest -- nobody cares. nobody cares about this. i mean, none of the endorsements that romney's picked up have meant a thing. >> sean: continuing to join me tonight from the first in the nation primary state of new hampshire, former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, and arizona senator john mccain. the latest poll i saw has you at 41%. jon huntsman a critical 10%. at that point, i would say you are the heavy favorite going into new hampshire. implts well, i hope that people here, having lived next door and seen me over the years would have a generally favorable
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opinion. a lot of folks will try to take that favorable opinion down a bit. but i am in this not because of a political career but because i care deeply about the country and having worked in business some 25 years is the kind of background that will post up well against barack obama and is needed to get this economy going again and do balance the budget of this federal government. >> sean: you know, senator mccain, as you ran your campaign in 2008 and i was on the road with you many, many times and governor palin, you know, i was looking at barack obama's background, his associations, reverend wright, bill ayers, father flager, looking at what is his life was like as a community organizer. black liberation theiology. i know in the past, i have said to you, i thought you were the nicer person because for me, i would have brought all of that stuff up. but i'm not a politician, i
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couldn't be elected dog catcher. do you think that some of the little that they were able to glean from president obama has come to fruition? and do you think maybe some of the issues you didn't bring up in 2008, if governor romney were to get the nomination, would you advise him to bring some of these things up. >> what i would advise governor romney and by the way -- a little relukt abt to provide too much recommendations -- is really what the american people are deeply concerned about now and that's our economy and jobs, and secondarily, our leadership in the world. this leading from behind, look at unraveling in iraq. look at what is happening in afghanistan. look. in 2009, president obama when there were 1.5 million people demonstrating in terrain, a woman bleeding to death in the
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street to the view of the entire world, what did he say? he said, i don't want to jeopardize my chances to negotiate with the people's republic of iran. and look at what we are paying the price for that. and so, i believe that those are issues -- jobs and the economy -- mitt romney tonight was talking about solyndra, they paid half a billion dollars for for -- $5 million! and guess who succeeded and fai? this is the kind of thing i think is the campaign that -- that governor romney is waging. >> sean: you know, governor, i spent a lot of time and i spoke to everybody that i could on the ground when i was most recently in iowa and i have been there a number of times now in this election season. everywhere that i go, i talk to people. what they tell me -- i assume you are hearing the same thing -- they want somebody to fight and to explain conservative solutions to barack obama because they feel that the
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government is out of control. imagine you get the nomination. how would you envision the battle between you and the president, who is a really strong campaigner? how would you think this campaign would go? >> well, of course, he's going to be attacking in every way possible and go after me personally and i will be going after his record. then he will say, he did a wonderful job of getting the economy going and i will point out, having been in the business world, let's look at each of the think thises he did and ask whether those things helped or hurt putting people back to work. i will show that obamacare hurt with regard to hiring people and they hurt making loans to small businesses and putting labor stooges in there has frightened businesses away from hiring people. i will point out that he has failed to get the economy going because he has failed to understand how a free-market economy works. i could demonstrate that from -- in so many ways, i am looking
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forward to that. he will want to divert from his record. i will want to bring hike him back to his record and point out that his failure and his record flows from the fact that he does not have any experience or real understanding of how the economy works. >> could i add, sean, if you think the 2008 campaign was nasty, you wait and see the campaign that the obama campaign have already announced they are going to run. we have to be prepared for that. i guarantee you, all of us will be fighting back. the future of the country rests on this election. >> sean: i think that's very well said. they have signaled that republicans want dirty air, dirty water. they want kid wings autism, down's syndrome and the elderly to fend for themselves. none of it's true. governor, if you get the nomination, i am glad to hear you are prepared for that. we appreciate both of you being with us. thank you. >> thanks, sean. >> sean: coming up, rick santorum's astonishing finish in
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iowa and now catapulted him into the g.o.p. spotlight. we will check in with sarah palin with analysis of last night's results and while iowa has marked the end of michele bachmann's campaign, rick perry has announced he will continue to fight on towards south carolina, despite a fifth-place finish. herman cain will react to that. and he has a big announcement. he'll tell us tonight on "hannity." this is an rc robotic claw.
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>> mitt romney claims victory in iowa, some are argue that this real victory of rick santorum, who surged to second place with just 8 votes less than the former massachusetts governor. senator santorum had a clear main for the frontrunner, following the caucuses. let's take a look. >> game on! [cheers and applause]
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>> rick perry will head back to the lone-star state. >> videcided to return to texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race. >> but not for long this. morning, the texas governor tweeted he is still in the running, writing, quote and the next leg of the marathon is the palmetto state, here, welcome, south carolina. taking a not-so-temporary break is michele bachmann who, after coming in sixth place, officially ended her bid this morning. >> last night, the people of iowa spoke with a very clear voice. and so i have decided to stand aside. >> joining me now with reaction to all of this is fox news contributor, former alaska governor, sarah palin. how are you? good to see you. >> doing great, sean. thank you. >> sean: first, let's get your
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thoughts. i was emailing you a little bit. i was glued to fox coverage. you were watching the coverage. your thought, generally about the primary? the caucus last night in iowa? >> it was such an exciting night. if not predictable, for some of us, to which i predicted much of that last night. i felt that it kind of felt like it was as it should be at this point in the race with the finishes, strong finishes, great speeches by all the candidates afterwards. i think the speeches really foretold what we have to look forward to with, forinance, gingrich saying, you know, he is learned a lesson, you can't win a ballgame on defense the whole time and facing $17 million in negative ads in iowa, he's going on iowa and he will defend his truth and his record and his intentions. santorum, speech 2, very powerful, very sincere and heart felt. you know, he spoke to the working class. i think he left americans with a sense of real optimism, for
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working-class, raising democrats and the g.o.p. and independents to know that it will be g.o.p. policies that can turn this thing around and get our economy back on the right track. her he even kicked it off with my favorite. c.s. lewis and a good quote about disproim what we feel in our heart and how we manifest that and santorum had a strong showing last night and he has a lot to be proud of. >> sean: i agree with you. i think it's a tribute to his hard work, perseverance and skills as a politician. he hung in there with a lot of retail politics. he went to town hall meetings with one person and spend time with that one person. but he had good timing. why do you think it was so late in the game for him to surge? why -- as the poll showed, why is this the most volatile primary in the g.o.p. in the history of polling? >> well, in iowa, it was a good
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place for rick santorum to be and to rise to the top. even though he was beat short, i think most people would say he rose to the top because it was unexpected, his finish. but. >> greta: wa, i believe is a microcosm of america, with median income and education level, i think that iowa really represents much of america and the voters who are going to show up in a general election, so a very good showing there for santorum. very strong. in his speech, he articulated what he intends to do for the working class. i think that would lead most people to believe that he can be optimistic about this, still, going forward in the primary and then, eventually, finding that person to face obama and the failed policies that obama has done to this country, that got us on the wrong track. >> sean: rick santorum is know a rookie. he is, i think he has a very
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strong conviction, politician. i think he really stands on his principles, whether it hurts him in the polls or not. i view that as a strength. but the difficulty now for him is can he withstand the scrutiny that came to rick perry and michele bachmann and herman cain, who will join us later and newt gingrich? how do you think he's going to be able to handle all of that because you know it's coming and he knows it's coming. >> you know it's coming because it's happened over these months to all of those numerous candidates that you just mentioned and even more so, my concern is for the g.o.p. candidate who win this is primary, as they go forward to face the obama presidential ticket machine and the thuggery that is involved in that. that's where my concern is. i believe, let me change the subject just a little bit here, i believe that senator mccain, in his endorsement of mitt romney, senator mccain and i, we are the only ones in america who have had to face that
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presidential obama scmn all that it encompassed and it encompassed this unscrupulous, gimmicky scheme that it was. and senator mccain, evidently has chosen mitt romney has the one to be the most prepared to face this thuggery, this scheme that he is going to have to face. >> sean: it could be very different because this time, he can't run on his record. last time, there was a lot of record and prompter reading and hope and change and bumper stickers. why do you think, because all throughout this process, since the very beginning, governor romney's had a hard time, breaking that 25% ceiling and inspiring cashative -- conservative voters. why do you think he's struggling in that area? >> because in the past, his positions haven't always been conservative positions. i mean, he defends to this day the mandate that constituents
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valid to buy helt care. you know, as he did in massachusetts, he said he wouldn't do that nationally, but he did that in a state and that rubs people wrong because the majority of americans understand how oenerrous and jock-killing obamacare is and the prototype for obamacare was promnycare, but that's a problem. but where people are keeping an open mind and you see the support that romney does have, the people who are believing that romney is saying that some of the positions he's taken in the past, he has done a 180 and he is prolife. now he truly does believe in reducing taxes and the barriers to the working class as we try to progress without the government doing it for us-- let me -- >> positions have changed in romney's camp, as he espouses today? >> sean: i didn't want want to embarrass the governor and the senator. but you rana hard-hitting ads
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>> sean: and we continue with former alaska governor, sarah palin. okay. i'm watching the endorsement of your former runningmate, john mccain, who we just had on with mitt romney. they were really clashing. a lot of people are worried about this process and whether or not in the end, you know, republicans are going to beat themselves up. let me just play this and i want to ask you about it afterward. this is the mccain ad called the tale of two myths. >> i believe that abortion thb safe and legal. i will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and i am devoted to honoring my word in that regard. i am pro-life and favor that legislation. you will not see me waiverring on that. >> you can go back to youtube and look at what i said in 1994, i never said i was prochoice. my position was effectively prochoice. i have said that time and time again. we do have tough gun laws in massachusetts.
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i support them. i support the second amendment. i purchased a gun as a young man. i have been a hunter pretty much all of my life. small firearms. look, i was an independent in the time of reagan/bush. >> it's time for republicans to act like republicans. >> i am not trying to return to reagan/bush. >> sean: maybe, do you think that is the heart of where the governors have problems with conservatives? and it's two interpretations of that. anne coulter thinks, no, that's governor romney in a blue state like massachusetts, outsmarting the democrats because, for example oabortion, he never -- he never sign good law that was against life? or do you think he has changed his views? or do you think he's suspect? how do you interpret that? >> i think people are suspect of some of these positions that he espouses today and that's not what his record is. i think that ad was effective in the day when mccain ran it
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because he was showing romney's positions as obozed to senator mccain's steadfastness when it came to life and strong military, when it came to the consistency and those things that he believed in and served for, all of those years in the u.s. senate. so it was effective at that time at the time, wasn't it? >> sean: at the time. that raises the next question. here's john mccain, now endorses him? mitt romney campaigned for john mccain. so as we stand back, as intense as this is going to get in the next 3 weeks, is that a reminder at at the end of the day that you suspect that the republicans will unite and realize that barack obama is the one that needed to be defeatd? >> john mccain's endorsement of mitt romney is a reminder that we must have as our aim, defeating obama in a social big-government, job-killing policies. it is not to defeat one another. it is a contested, aggressive, pretty rough-and-tumble primary
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process. but it is a good process because candidates are vetted. but we still have many months to decide who it is that can best lead us to progress this country. it's another thing that c.s. lewis talked about, in talking about progress. if you erase the hijacked term, progressive that the left has taken over and tried to make it sound like progress and progressive means big government and government is the answer, if you consider what c.s. lewis said about this. he says the man who can best and soonest lead a wrong road trip over to the right road and in this case, alternates our country on the wrong road -- get it on the right road -- he who progresses fastest to the right road is the most progressive and that is what is needed. that's what we need today. you know, that's what this primary process is all about. who it is that we can find to as soon as possible, get our country back on the right road
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to progress? is there anyone that you see that you think -- have you made up your mind yet? do you think you might be endorsing at any time, governor? >> mccain found his person much sooner than i was able to find my person. no, i'm still in that process with probably 70% of americans, trying to decide. >> sean: you mentioned about newt gingrich. when mitt romney landed today, in new hampshire, he saw a full-page ad by newt gingrich, call being himself the ranking conservative, versus the massachusetts moderate, is how he is clarifying mitt romney. it looks like newt only played defense in iowa. obviously things, you expect, are going to change. how does that change the race? >> newt has every right to defend his record and his intentions on how he would like to lead this country because there were evidently, untruths told about newt and what it is that he has done in the past and what he wants to do in the future. so he now is evidently going to
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go on offense and start talking about what the truth is. he has every right to do that. again, that's part of this rough-and-tumble process that we go through. at the end of the day, though, we have to remember that we can campaign aggressively but fairly and truthfully. >> sean: two quick questions. huan admonition last night with bret baier. and you said that the republican party better not ignore ron paul supporters. i tried to get out of paul if he would pledge not to run third party. he wouldn't say definitively. expand on what you were trying to say last night? >> i don't blame him today for not saying definitively whether he would or wouldn't run a third party. he is in it to win tas a g.o.p. nominee to face obama in the general. so what i meant last night and i think this was -- should be one of the biggest lessons that the entire g.o.p. and independents take from this primary process is, ron paul supporters are
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quite adamant, quite solid in their support for kind of this libertarian view of government, reining itself in, having people rein in our government, quit overspending, clean our own porch before we start intervening in other countries that we can't afford today to be able to intervene in and we can't marginalize these supporters. if we do, sean, he will try to mount a third-party candidacy and i think a third-party candidacy strengthens obama's re-election chances. >> sean: we will have donald trump on later and talk to him in the days to come. one last question, i asked senator mccain and governor romney -- i wanted your campaign -- and it came out after the campaign, i wanted your campaign in 2008 to be more aggressive against barack obama's radicalism. we spent a lot of time investigating it.
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do you think this time, whoever gets the nomination that they need to be more aggressive? >> no question. need to be more aggressive. need to be forthright with the voters when we talked about obama's record and his associations, it is not negative campaigning to talk about what it is that he represents, where he came from and i am not talking about physically, where he was born or anything else. but i mean what it is that influenced him and his way of thinking, why he would believe that european socialist policies would work in our republic, obviously, they don't work. i mean, look what's happening to our economy under barack obama. so i wouldn't hesitated to be more aggressive, and you know, it's -- it's -- it truly is the future of our country that is at stake here as we are on the precipice, going into this general election. so the g.o.p. nominee has to just do all that they can to speak the truth and to help educate the voters about who barack obama is. >> sean: 2012, the year to
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defeat obama and save america. i'm staying every day on my radio show. good to see you. >> yeah. thank you. >> sean: a sneak peek of what -- welcome back, happy new year -- >> happy new year -- happy birth day. i know the big number, too. >> sean: 50! i'm not afraid to say it. >> i heard it was 60! >> sean: what?! >> i heard it was 60. >> sean: you used to be a friend of mine. greta in 18 minutes. the show's going to be horrible. >> greta: yeah, don't watch. turn it off. speaker gingrich will be here am i bet he has something to say about what happened in iowa. he took out a big ad today. he has some choice things to say about governor romney. now he. s to aline with senator santorrum and brit hume is here and happy birthday, sean. >> sean: belated. it's over. i'm old. 50. >> greta: you went to haiti. >> sean: i know. i went to hateet and dominican republic. i will talk about that. it was a life-changing experience. i know you have done it a number of times. i was glad to be able to do it.
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>> greta: we went a couple of days over the holidays. unbelievable-- it's a great charity. i was grad to be part of it. >> greta: anyway. >> sean: when we come back, former presidential candidate herman cain has a very big announcement, next. when i'm out with my kids, my daughter's like, "mom, wait up!" and i'm thinking, "shouldn't you have more energy than me? you're, like, eight!" [ male announcer ] for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. simple. effective. advantage: mom. let's fight fat with alli ♪
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>> sean: joining me now is the former presidential candidate himself, herman cain.
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how are you? >> wonderful, sean. >> sean: thanks for being with us. >> pleasure. >> sean: watching last night -- >> yeah? wish you were there? >> bitter sweet. the sweet part was i didn't have to continue to put my family through that grinder of those accusations, spun and spun and spun. the bitert part, yes, i would have liked to have been there to 96 up. i was leading in iowa in a lot of polls. so i knew that i had a big base of support-- still got votes? >> i still got a few votes. but what the results said to me, first, negativity, negative attacks, work. unfortunately. that's the ugly part of politics. what it did was it creates skepticism in the minds of the voters so you had the doubt -- you plant that doubt. that's why you had three people that inspector a statistical tie. so nobody can crow that they
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won. that's what it was. it split the electorate. >> sean: $17 million. i ran into the governor of iowa. he said that's almost twice what was spent in his gubernatorial race. who do you think was hurt the most? newt? >> newt was hurt the most. >> sean: his trajectory was so quick and then santorum, they didn't have time go after him -- >> exactly. and santorum will be attacked more now because he's at the top. but here's why newt was hurt the most. the thing is, when you are attacked negatively, you need toft money and be able to respond quickly to it. newt didn't have the money to respond to those because look at it this way, one negative attack ad, you have to spend the money for 10 ads to say, i didn't do it or that wasn't true-- but this is politics. do you have to anticipate eye mean, newt's been in this game a long time. >> yes? should he have responded sooner and differently?
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it appears now, i have known newt and you a long time. he seeps mad to me and he seems like he won't let that happen again. that was my take on it. >> that was my take on it also. the bad part about it. this happened to me in my senate campaign, when i ran for the senate, they waited until the last minute to hit me with it and you don't have time to respond. the thing about negative attacks is that have you to have the money to be able to respond quickly and to try to basically neutralize some of it. you won't get rid of all of it. but you had three people that close says there was enough doubt. >> so romney wins, santorum had a really good showing. is this romney/anti-romney, as everyone says? or is that why santorum had the one-week trajectory? >> no. i believe that santorum moved up in that last week and had the so-called santorum surge because iowa is a socially driven state. >> sean: so whapd what happens
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isn't latest poll has mitt romney 43%. so if he wins iowa and then he wins new hampshire, even though polls show newt's up in south carolina. but we will get new poll this is week. if romney were to compete well in south carolina, end of game? >> not the end of the game. but romney has to compete well in south carolina, florida, georgia. that has been his achilles heel, 2008. so he could do well. he is expected to win new hampshire. that's always been the case. he did extremely well in iowa, which was probably a surprise that he did that well. but it's back to -- do you have the money? santorum did as well as he did because he shook a lot of hands. romney did as well as he did because he spent a lot of money. >> sean: obviously, he's the frontrunner, then? >> yes. >> sean: you take, iowa and new hampshire, you are in a pretty good spot? >> you are in a pretty good spot, but the south is a
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different ballgame? you think so. have you a big admownsment? >> yeah, i think it's pretty big. >> sean: is it an endorsement? >> it is an endorsement? maybe get back in the race. >> you are thinking too big of an announcement. >> sean: more with herman cain right after this. much more, straight ahead. it [ male announcer ] cranberry juice? wake up! ♪ that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm [ male announcer ] for half the calories -- plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. [ male announcer ] a simple gesture can spark romance anytime. and when it does, men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident in their ability to be ready with cialis for daily use. cialis for daily use is a clinically proven low-dose tablet you take every day so you can be ready anytime the moment's right, even if it's not every day. [ man ] tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications
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>> sean: as we continue with former presidential candidate, herman cain, all right it's not an endorsement? >> no. >> sean: you are not getting back in the race? >> i started a new movement. the biggest comment i got when i ended my candidate, keep 9-9-9 alive. that's what this is about. i am going to keep it alive with what i am calling cain's solutions revolution. and the first solution we are going to promote-- you have a bus? >> yes, sir. got a bus with my picture on it. the first solution we are going to promote actively is 9-9-9, the revolution. the other thing -- here's the other thing, sean. the american people-- the voters, a lot of the political rhetoric, they are sick and tired of it. the people at the kitchen table don't try to classify someone as a liberal, northeast liberal -- no! they want to hear about solutions. and the things that didn't happen in iowa and generally
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doesn't happen in the debates is not enough is discussed about solutions, how you will fix thing it's. >> sean: can i tell you something -- >> we are going to take the solutions. we're going to make the solutions the star. and here's what we are going to do. we are going to get commitments from members of congress in 2012, before election day in order to support 9-9-9 the legislation. we are getting it written up. we are going to do the same thing with the energy solution and the sound money solution that we have. so what i am going to focus on is getting people focused on solutions because it is not coming out of the debate. >> sean: if people are running, will you in the future eye have not made up my mind? >> right? >> the fact that this process -- as the most volatile since the advent of polling, gallup says. i think it's made every candidate stronger. at any point, do you see yourself saying, i support that guy because he supports
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solutions. >> if a candidate were to say, i totally endorse 9-9-9, the economic growth plan and the energy plan that we are going to present, the sound money plan -- what about 8-8-8 -- >> not enough money! no. if they were to embrace, i don't mean throw out general principles. this is what the people are sick of, to say we need to cut spending. how are you going to cut it? we need to create jobs. how are you going to do it? the how is not being answered. that's what cain's solutions revolution is going to focus on. give people something to be excited about. >> you have seen enough of the candidates, though, is there anybody that you cannot support if they get the nomination? for example, i view myself as anybody but obama. he is as radical as i predicted. i think he is trail done a poor job. he's failed in his job. you will you support the eventual winner? i will support the republican nominee.
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yes. are there some i would prefer over others in judges. just like you. but i could not, cannot, will not, you know, allow barack obama to have a cake walk back into the white house. that's what this whole solutions revolution is about, cain connections dot-com. >> sean: people can go there, sign up and, what? >> you go to cain connection dot-com, you sign up and we can contact you. we are going to organize by congressional district, you are going to know the other people and who is running and go to them and say, can you -- can you support, you can co-sponsor legislation? and other solutions that they may have locally that they want to. it's going to be about solutions and getting commitments from people-- you are not going away? >> no, i'm not going away. somebody's going to be doing a town hall meeting. they might look up and see me across the street, doing a

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