Hewitt: Two Remarks Worth Weighing

The first Super Tuesday has arrived but its significance is now greatly diminished by the staggering interview Donald Trump gave to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. In that interview, Trump repeatedly rejected opportunities to denounce white supremacist David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Due to early voting, the March 1st vote will not take into account Trump’s comments on the KKK or his subsequent backtracking. It’s more likely that voter response to this gaffe will be reflected in the next Super Tuesday on March 15th.

The reality is that the Republican presidential contest was reset when race was injected into it in this fashion.  Previous gaffes have crippled candidates. Remember Mitt Romney’s 47% comment in 2012?

Donald Trump crossed a line and then recanted. Voters will weigh both sets of remarks on the second Super Tuesday.

An open convention seems increasingly likely. We can all wait two weeks to see if indeed that is the result before declaring Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or John Kasich the presumptive nominee.

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