The interview with El Merc reporter C. Alvarez was too long, so I cut part of it.
But, @donaldtaylorjr rightly points out that the omission is important. So, here is another snippet:
—With Romney as the clear favorite of the competition: Is this the confirmation of a more centrist GOP?
I think it is more an indication of the weakness of the field. Santorum is a very weak candidate, and Perry and Gingrich are very close to being clowns. I know Santorum personally, and my experience in talking to him is not very impressive. He just does not strike you as being a leader. So, Romney is a weak leader of an even weaker field. In many ways, Romney is the Republican version of John Kerry, who lost to President Bush in 2004. Kerry was a fine man, with accomplishments. But there was nothing about him that made you trust him, or want to go out to work for him. Romney is like that. His campaign slogan should be "Romney: He's not so bad."
So....yes. The big difference is that Clinton and Obama were better candidates, MUCH better candidates.