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The following is a rush transcript of the February 5, 2012 edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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Mitt Romney takes the Nevada caucus for the second big win of the week.

Where does the Republican race for president go from here? We'll get results and reaction from the Silver State. And we'll talk with former Senator Rick Santorum who is looking to make his move in the next primary states.

Then, is the battle between the two front runners hurting Republican chances in the fall? We'll talk with top supporters of both candidates, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who is for Mitt Romney, and former Congressman J.C. Watts who backs Newt Gingrich.

Also, from the White House to women's groups, the politics of health care is a big issue again. We'll ask our Sunday panel how it could swing the general election.

And our power player of the week puts his money where his convictions are when it comes to helping his country.

All right now on FOX NEWS SUNDAY.

And hello again from FOX News in Washington.

Well, after a roller coaster ride in January, the Republican presidential race is starting to settle down. Late Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, Mitt Romney scored a second straight commanding victory, winning 48 percent of the vote.

Back in second place was Gingrich in 23 percent and then Ron Paul at 19 percent and Rick Santorum finished last.

For more results and reactions from the candidates, we turn to FOX News senior national correspondent John Roberts in Las Vegas -- John.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Chris.

It's the first back to back wins in this primary contest and while the numbers in Nevada appear to be down from where they were four years ago, it was enough for Mitt Romney to claim a clear victory in the Silver State.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS (voice-over): In a state where the house always wins, Nevada is clearly Mitt Romney's house.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know, this is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, and this time, I got to take it to the White House.

ROBERTS: Whether it was Secret Service detail or two state blowouts in the row, Romney looked and sounded a lot more like the nominee, ignoring his rivals, focusing his fire on the man he hopes to meet in November.

ROMNEY: This president began his presidency by apologizing for America. He should now be apologizing to America.

ROBERTS: For Newt Gingrich, the glory of South Carolina seems a long way away -- two big losses in the row now. Though he is starved for cash, Gingrich insists he's in it until the convention in Tampa.

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories by the end of the Texas primary will leave us about a parity with Governor Romney. And from that point forward, to see if we can actually win the nomination.

ROBERTS: Ron Paul, who finished second four years ago, was counting on a first rate ground operation for a repeat. But he fell short, ending up in third, acknowledging Romney looks like he could go all the way.

REP. RON PAUL (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I would say that statistically right now, that may be the case. But every once in a while, he gets in a little trouble, too. So, who knows what's going to happen?

ROBERTS: For Rick Santorum, his worst finish yet. Last place in a state he admittedly spent little time and less money, even losing the conservative vote to Romney.

RICK SANTORUM, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We really didn't make the case to be honest with you. I mean, we weren't out there advertising, driving that message. I mean, it's one thing to give a speech. It's another thing to try to drive and penetrate that message.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS: Santorum has been trumpeting a new Rasmussen poll that shows him as the only Republican candidate who could beat President Obama in a head to head matchup in November. But if he ever hopes to get there, he's got to win a few states -- Chris.

WALLACE: John Roberts reporting from Las Vegas -- John, thanks for that

Joining us now from Minneapolis is one of the candidates looking to regroup and generate some momentum on Tuesday, former Senator Rick Santorum.

Senator, welcome back to FOX NEWS SUNDAY.

SANTORUM: Thank you, Chris. Good to be with you.

WALLACE: First of all, and most importantly -- how is Bella, your precious little 3-year-old who just left the hospital after a bout with pneumonia?

SANTORUM: She's doing just great. I want to thank you and everybody there for praying for her and everybody across this country. She had a very rough time a week ago today. But thanks to the great work from doctors and the hospital, and a lot of prayer, she turned around amazingly quickly. And she is home and healthy and we are very, very pleased. Thank you.

WALLACE: I want ask you about your commitment to this campaign does on a human level, because I've got to think as she was going through this, part of you said, maybe I should get out of this race and focus on my family?

SANTORUM: Well, obviously, any time one of your children are sick -- I mean, you got to get home. And particularly in a case like this where she was seriously ill and required hospitalization, you know, family comes first. And I think where anybody in this race, much less myself.

But, you know, one of the things Karen and I talked about was being parents, and, you know, what your responsibility to be the best dad you can be, best husband you can be -- we really think that this country is in a critical juncture, and that, you know, we feel like that I can bring something to the table that make my children's lives substantially better as being president, even more so than being at home for, you know, these few months, rather than being out campaigning. But it would be better for me to devote that time to create a country which is going to be free and safe and prosperous for them in the future.

WALLACE: All right. Let's talk some practical politics, Senator. You finished third in South Carolina, you finished third in Florida and last night in Nevada as we mentioned, you finished last.

How are you going to turn that around and become more competitive?

SANTORUM: Well, I think you wait for Tuesday. I mean, the first five states were sort of cast in stone. They were the five states. The last time, they are the states that, you know, Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul who ran four years ago had an advantage because they have spent a lot of time and money not just in this year's campaign but for the last four years in working in those states.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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The following is a rush transcript of the February 5, 2012 edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.

Mitt Romney takes the Nevada caucus for the second big win of the week.

Where does the Republican race for president go from here? We'll get results and reaction from the Silver State. And we'll talk with former Senator Rick Santorum who is looking to make his move in the next primary states.

Then, is the battle between the two front runners hurting Republican chances in the fall? We'll talk with top supporters of both candidates, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who is for Mitt Romney, and former Congressman J.C. Watts who backs Newt Gingrich.

Also, from the White House to women's groups, the politics of health care is a big issue again. We'll ask our Sunday panel how it could swing the general election.

And our power player of the week puts his money where his convictions are when it comes to helping his country.

All right now on FOX NEWS SUNDAY.

And hello again from FOX News in Washington.

Well, after a roller coaster ride in January, the Republican presidential race is starting to settle down. Late Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, Mitt Romney scored a second straight commanding victory, winning 48 percent of the vote.

Back in second place was Gingrich in 23 percent and then Ron Paul at 19 percent and Rick Santorum finished last.

For more results and reactions from the candidates, we turn to FOX News senior national correspondent John Roberts in Las Vegas -- John.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Chris.

It's the first back to back wins in this primary contest and while the numbers in Nevada appear to be down from where they were four years ago, it was enough for Mitt Romney to claim a clear victory in the Silver State.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS (voice-over): In a state where the house always wins, Nevada is clearly Mitt Romney's house.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know, this is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, and this time, I got to take it to the White House.

ROBERTS: Whether it was Secret Service detail or two state blowouts in the row, Romney looked and sounded a lot more like the nominee, ignoring his rivals, focusing his fire on the man he hopes to meet in November.

ROMNEY: This president began his presidency by apologizing for America. He should now be apologizing to America.

ROBERTS: For Newt Gingrich, the glory of South Carolina seems a long way away -- two big losses in the row now. Though he is starved for cash, Gingrich insists he's in it until the convention in Tampa.

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories by the end of the Texas primary will leave us about a parity with Governor Romney. And from that point forward, to see if we can actually win the nomination.

ROBERTS: Ron Paul, who finished second four years ago, was counting on a first rate ground operation for a repeat. But he fell short, ending up in third, acknowledging Romney looks like he could go all the way.

REP. RON PAUL (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I would say that statistically right now, that may be the case. But every once in a while, he gets in a little trouble, too. So, who knows what's going to happen?

ROBERTS: For Rick Santorum, his worst finish yet. Last place in a state he admittedly spent little time and less money, even losing the conservative vote to Romney.

RICK SANTORUM, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We really didn't make the case to be honest with you. I mean, we weren't out there advertising, driving that message. I mean, it's one thing to give a speech. It's another thing to try to drive and penetrate that message.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS: Santorum has been trumpeting a new Rasmussen poll that shows him as the only Republican candidate who could beat President Obama in a head to head matchup in November. But if he ever hopes to get there, he's got to win a few states -- Chris.

WALLACE: John Roberts reporting from Las Vegas -- John, thanks for that

Joining us now from Minneapolis is one of the candidates looking to regroup and generate some momentum on Tuesday, former Senator Rick Santorum.

Senator, welcome back to FOX NEWS SUNDAY.

SANTORUM: Thank you, Chris. Good to be with you.

WALLACE: First of all, and most importantly -- how is Bella, your precious little 3-year-old who just left the hospital after a bout with pneumonia?

SANTORUM: She's doing just great. I want to thank you and everybody there for praying for her and everybody across this country. She had a very rough time a week ago today. But thanks to the great work from doctors and the hospital, and a lot of prayer, she turned around amazingly quickly. And she is home and healthy and we are very, very pleased. Thank you.

WALLACE: I want ask you about your commitment to this campaign does on a human level, because I've got to think as she was going through this, part of you said, maybe I should get out of this race and focus on my family?

SANTORUM: Well, obviously, any time one of your children are sick -- I mean, you got to get home. And particularly in a case like this where she was seriously ill and required hospitalization, you know, family comes first. And I think where anybody in this race, much less myself.

But, you know, one of the things Karen and I talked about was being parents, and, you know, what your responsibility to be the best dad you can be, best husband you can be -- we really think that this country is in a critical juncture, and that, you know, we feel like that I can bring something to the table that make my children's lives substantially better as being president, even more so than being at home for, you know, these few months, rather than being out campaigning. But it would be better for me to devote that time to create a country which is going to be free and safe and prosperous for them in the future.

WALLACE: All right. Let's talk some practical politics, Senator. You finished third in South Carolina, you finished third in Florida and last night in Nevada as we mentioned, you finished last.

How are you going to turn that around and become more competitive?

SANTORUM: Well, I think you wait for Tuesday. I mean, the first five states were sort of cast in stone. They were the five states. The last time, they are the states that, you know, Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul who ran four years ago had an advantage because they have spent a lot of time and money not just in this year's campaign but for the last four years in working in those states.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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January 15, 2012

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Then, has the Republican primary become a two person race?  We’ll hear from Romney Supporter, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Gingrich backer, former Congressman J.C. Watts.

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Mitt Romney takes the Nevada caucus for the second big win of the week.

Where does the Republican race for president go from here? We'll get results and reaction from the Silver State. And we'll talk with former Senator Rick Santorum who is looking to make his move in the next primary states.

Then, is the battle between the two front runners hurting Republican chances in the fall? We'll talk with top supporters of both candidates, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who is for Mitt Romney, and former Congressman J.C. Watts who backs Newt Gingrich.

Also, from the White House to women's groups, the politics of health care is a big issue again. We'll ask our Sunday panel how it could swing the general election.

And our power player of the week puts his money where his convictions are when it comes to helping his country.

All right now on FOX NEWS SUNDAY.

And hello again from FOX News in Washington.

Well, after a roller coaster ride in January, the Republican presidential race is starting to settle down. Late Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, Mitt Romney scored a second straight commanding victory, winning 48 percent of the vote.

Back in second place was Gingrich in 23 percent and then Ron Paul at 19 percent and Rick Santorum finished last.

For more results and reactions from the candidates, we turn to FOX News senior national correspondent John Roberts in Las Vegas -- John.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Chris.

It's the first back to back wins in this primary contest and while the numbers in Nevada appear to be down from where they were four years ago, it was enough for Mitt Romney to claim a clear victory in the Silver State.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS (voice-over): In a state where the house always wins, Nevada is clearly Mitt Romney's house.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know, this is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, and this time, I got to take it to the White House.

ROBERTS: Whether it was Secret Service detail or two state blowouts in the row, Romney looked and sounded a lot more like the nominee, ignoring his rivals, focusing his fire on the man he hopes to meet in November.

ROMNEY: This president began his presidency by apologizing for America. He should now be apologizing to America.

ROBERTS: For Newt Gingrich, the glory of South Carolina seems a long way away -- two big losses in the row now. Though he is starved for cash, Gingrich insists he's in it until the convention in Tampa.

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories by the end of the Texas primary will leave us about a parity with Governor Romney. And from that point forward, to see if we can actually win the nomination.

ROBERTS: Ron Paul, who finished second four years ago, was counting on a first rate ground operation for a repeat. But he fell short, ending up in third, acknowledging Romney looks like he could go all the way.

REP. RON PAUL (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I would say that statistically right now, that may be the case. But every once in a while, he gets in a little trouble, too. So, who knows what's going to happen?

ROBERTS: For Rick Santorum, his worst finish yet. Last place in a state he admittedly spent little time and less money, even losing the conservative vote to Romney.

RICK SANTORUM, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We really didn't make the case to be honest with you. I mean, we weren't out there advertising, driving that message. I mean, it's one thing to give a speech. It's another thing to try to drive and penetrate that message.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERTS: Santorum has been trumpeting a new Rasmussen poll that shows him as the only Republican candidate who could beat President Obama in a head to head matchup in November. But if he ever hopes to get there, he's got to win a few states -- Chris.

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