Republican strategist Bradley A. Blakeman tells Newsmax that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney suffered a severe blow in South Carolina and may not be able to recover.
“Romney is starting to suffer self-inflicted wounds and he may not be able to recover unless he regroups,” said Blakeman in an exclusive interview on Saturday shortly after South Carolina voters overwhelmingly chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the first-in-the-South primary.
“He’s got to understand that he did this to himself. It wasn’t attacks that destroyed him through advertising. These are his own failures in the last two debates and also the fact that there are too many debates,” said Blakeman, a Newsmax contributor, who also served as a member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff.
Blakeman said that Gingrich has to capitalize on his momentum from the Palmetto State to prevent Romney from making a comeback in Florida on Jan. 31.
“Gingrich has to keep on keeping on. He’s got to stay on the offense and he’s got to really start spending money in Florida and raising money and see if there’s any momentum and if his PACs are going to spend money,” Blakeman explained. “He’s got to release on Florida big time. Now he’s got to play the front-runner.”
He said that a Romney comeback would require a change in strategy.
“He’s got to be offensive. He’s got to get a little fire in the belly and he’s got to release his taxes. You can’t rely on PACs to pull you out of this thing when you have self-imploded,” according to Blakeman.
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