Al Jazeera: Jason Johnson on South Carolina primary

Hiram College professor Dr. Jason Johnson was interviewed by Al Jazeera English on the night of the South Carolina Republican Presidential primary about Newt Gingrich’s victory and efforts by Mitt Romney to defend his record at Bain Capital.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from Columbia, the South Carolina capital, said Gingrich had made a “remarkable turnaround” after trailing Romney by nine percentage points in recent opinion polls.

In response, Romney appeared to change tactics, “going at [Gingrich] directly for really the first time in this campaign”, our correspondent said.

But Romney’s attack along free enterprise lines might not stick in an election year when most voters are worried about the economy, Jason Johnson, a political analyst, told Al Jazeera.

“That argument is never going to work … you’ve got a nation where people are angry about bank bailouts; free enterprise is not the argument you want to be making in 2012,” he said.

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