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February 28th, 2012
11:48 PM ET

Mike DeWine on Mitt Romney: "I don't think Governor Romney can be very happy with his performance in Michigan"

In the wake of Tuesday's critical primaries in Arizona and Michigan, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" airs a special midnight edition of it's program, as a host of experts and strategists analyze the results, and offer perspective.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine finds himself in an interesting position, having initially backed Mitt Romney, but since switched to Rick Santorum.

"I originally I bought into the conventional wisdom that Governor Romney was the strongest candidate against Barack Obama," says DeWine. "But we have elections, and primaries, and caucuses for a reason, and it's become abundantly clear that he is not going to be the strongest candidate against Barack Obama. I think Rick Santorum is."

But with the one-time Massachusetts governor taking both states over the former senator from Pennsylvania Tuesday, Morgan asks Dewine if perhaps he's backed the wrong horse.

"Well I don't think Governor Romney can be very happy with his performance in Michigan. This is his home state. Four years ago he did very, very well there, overwhelming victory. He's eking out a victory apparently tonight, after spending a massive amount of money to defend his home state."

Tune in to a special "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 12 a.m. ET/PT as an all-star gathering of political minds share their reactions to Mitt Romney's wins in Michigan and Arizona.

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  1. contance

    What is wrong with Piers Morgan tonight? Once the election results were over with all of the team, it was like night and day. I usually like him, but tonight he was extremely rude, ignorant of the election results in Arizona saying "Mitt Romney had a narrow win" which was completely WRONG and continued to be disrespectful to Governor Jan Brewer the remainder of the interview. Perhaps something happened prior to he began his show that triggered some kind of anger, but whatever it was - it was awful and became so uncomfortable I switched the channel. Shame on you Piers - but perhaps it was from the interview you had last night with the atheists, Bill Maher who thinks God is a "joke." You entered into his mockery and laughter about religion - so maybe that's what is wrong with you. Hopefully, you will look back at Whitney Houston's funeral when you were impressed with the Baptist Church service and had an entirely different spirit.

    The negative remarks about Mitt Romney getting OLD and offensive. Most of you wouldn't compliment him if he "waked on water," but after all, most of you are liberals and Obama is your man but you should be FAIR.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Thomas Cromwell

    Your program tonight was biases. Even though it is clear that Piers knows very little about American politics, it is unfortunate that Piers only has such Santorum supporters as Mike Allen and Mike DeWine - and no one who either is objective or possibly even supportive of Romney.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      Piers had his set filled with Tea Party people, except for one! I couldn't believe it!

      February 29, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Byron Wade

    Yes, Piers was off his game tonight. He also said that Romney has made some of the dirtiest campaign attacks ever. He needs to read some American history. Thomas Jefferson accused John Adams of lining up Adam' son to wed a daughter of King George in order to form an alliance. Andrew Jackson campaigns included physical violence. Presidential candidates have accused opponents of fathering illegitimate children.
    Romney hasn't even registered on the meter compared to some of our past presidents.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      Yes, Piers needs to look at our political history a little closer before looking so uninformed and ridiculous. Even in the not too distant past, these people have ripped at one another, including Hillary and Obama. I've seen it many times. Piers was off his game tonight.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jack

    I am so disappointed with your interview with Congressman Ron Paul and your stupid speculation about Iran. I thought real journalists were not supposed to share their personal opinion during interviews. How thoughtless of you to conjecture that Iran plans to build a bomb and worse yet, use it against Israel. And, your opinion that there should be a preemptive strike adainst Iran. What if you are wrong? Are you willing to take responsibility of would be death of tens of thousands of innocent people. I used to admire you as a true professional – no longer. Did you not learn a lesson from the aloof the lies about Iraq before that war and its ruinous effects on both countries, ours and theirs. Stop being so damn pompous!

    February 29, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kim

    I live in Michigan and i don't know where Piers got his info. In the last week i received 5 different mailings from Rick Santorum, none from Mitt Romney. There have been tv ads running six to one coming from Rick Santorum. On the news they had stories about Robo calls where Rick is urging democracts to show up at the primary to vote for him. There were many news stories of democrats showing up to vote for Santorum because he would be easier for Obama to defeat.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      If anyone is not reading into all of this what you just said, then they should. Even the media is hoping for Santorum. They all know he could never beat Obama. If Mitt wins the nomination it will be despite the bad press he constantly gets. He has had no one on his side anywhere, including Fox, except for those who vote for him. I am a political junkie and have been watching everything.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. David Barnes

    Last night & tonight ... best two shows ever! New ranges of Fire evident in you. db

    February 29, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. susan

    Piers is in the States because Brits can't stand the idiot. He is the most unprofessional journalist ever. He is only kissing liberal hollywood's ass. Typical of this idiot.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. John

    Ron Paul can win if the system isn't totllay corrupt. The other Reps are all the same, so they will splinter the neo-con votes. Also, Ron Paul voters are not apathetic. They will show up and vote.Dean was sidelined by MSM because of the "dean scream." They have tried to do this with Dr. Paul, but it's different with the growth of blogs and youtube. Citizen media is informing more about these tricks. For instance, I wouldn't have known about CNBC taking down Dr. Paul's successful post-debate results if it weren't for a comment here on HP. they want us to think he doesn't have a chance. that the internet is this strange world of fringe voters, when everyone I know uses the internet.not sure if this is true, but I've heard that the people being called for the votes bias against RP because 1) they only call land lines, and 2) they call people who voted in the last primary which are the die hard Bush neo-cons.lastly, the anti-abortion issue bothered me too, but he is right to let the states decide on it. it is a complex personal issue. I understand where he's coming from given that he delivered babies and it's kind of arbitrary to say it's okay to destroy what he's about to deliver until such and such point. so basically if he wins, many states will retain legal abortions because he believes it's a state issue and he does not push his personal feelings about this on the states. I think this might be the most fair way to deal with such a tough issue when I put my personal feelings aside and try to look at it objectively.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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