Santorum should challenge Romney to a one-on-one debate

While it’s ain’t over til it’s over, if the latest polls are anywhere near accurate, Mitt Romney will win Illinois tomorrow.   Santorum has been pretty consistently outperforming the polls when the actual votes take place, but… the gap is now double digits.  And he hasn’t been outperforming them by that much.

If he loses Illinois, Santorum will need to make a bold move to have any chance of regaining momentum.  What kind of bold move?   He should challenge Mitt Romney to a one-on-one debate.  Santorum needs a game-change moment, and in presidential history, it has been during debates that those types of moments take place.  If Romney accepts the challenge, Santorum has a shot.  Either to force an error, or hope that Romney slips up on his own.

Santorum should frame it as a one-on-one showdown between the clear front-runners, and between the true conservative and the faux one, i.e., the moderate.  And if Romney says no, Santorum should keep hammering at it, accuse him of being chicken, and really drive home the point.  Not only would this put Romney on the defensive, it would make Santorum look more macho, and perhaps more presidential (which frankly has been a big problem for him, in part because he looks 13 years old).  Heck, he should even hire guys in chicken suits to appear at all Romney’s public events.

Gingrich and Paul will complain, of course, but who cares?  And some may kvetch that there have already been about 17,000 GOP debates already.  But I’d bet my bank account that this one would be the most anticipated and watched.

And it just might give Santorum the opportunity to change the game altogether.

 

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About John Hlinko

John Hlinko is a frequent political pundit on TV, and the founder of Left Action, a network of over 1 million activists. He is also the author of, "Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread," ranked by Amazon.com as the # 1 "hot new release" in web marketing in early 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook
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