Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich urges rivals to drop out
Posted on 01/18/2012 6:21:59 AM PST by rocky88
Buoyed by his strong debate performance in Myrtle Beach, Newt Gingrich has called his rivals to drop out of the race because "consolidating into a Gingrich candidacy" would "virtually guarantee victory" in the South Carolina primary and stop Mitt Romney becoming the Republican nominee.
Making the case to a crowd of almost 200 in an art gallery in the old railroad junction town of Florence, South Carolina he said: "If you look at the polling, Im the only conservative who realistically has a chance to be the nominee.
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In a nut shell, Newt is right about that. But the type of people that go this far in a presidential election campaign (Newt included) are not “quitters”. They are the type that go into the fourth quarter, behind by three touchdowns, believing they can still pull off a win.
And sometimes they do, which just encourages them.
I think it’s grossly stupid for Paul to be in this race. I have to believe followers are all really Dems....doing a job....and I’m almost betting that they’re getting paid one way or another.
They won’t drop out in SC but they will be dropped out for lack of funds and votes after SC.
For the sake of the country, Santorum and Perry should drop out. Otherwise, Romney may still win.
Rather arrogant of him. If he were truly serious, he shouldn’t be saying this publicly, but meeting with Perry and Santorum to discuss it. He is putting public pressure on the others to drop out so he can advance. We can all agree that we should unite behind a Conservative, but Santorum is the most conservative left in the race. Who appointed pro-amnesty Gingrich as the lead conservative?
I agree with Newt on this, Romney and Paul should drop out.
And then what? Newt was willing to drop after SC if he didn’t win as recently as Sunday. So we’ll have one candidate and he might bail if the going gets rough, giving it to Romney by default?
Levin said last night to take “a first look” at the other candidates. Said it’s early, that FLA lost half its delegates and past patterns mean “butkus”. I’m with him, get over this pressure for our guys to drop out and take care of your own campaign.
And sometimes they do, which just encourages them.
They're just dreaming.
Newt is correct. Consolidating support would push him over the top. I trust he is negotiating privately with the other candidates — not just making boastful noises in public.
—They’re just dreaming.—
I agree. I think part of the problem is that some of them still in the race may prefer Romney to Newt.
Wow, that was a quick Zot.
While I agree with Newt. I think it is better left unsaid from the candidate himself. I think the voters are smart enough to understand the dynamics.
It just comes off as arrogant. And could backfire with soft Santorum backers.
He’s awfully cocky to have, what 4 delegates? As your colleagues said many times.
Shut up, Newt.
I heard someone say if Perry would have waited until he fully recovered from his back surgery he would have done better in debates.
He was probably dealing with pain and medication issues
Santorum voted against right to work in Pennsylvania and stupidly wasted time in the debate argueing with Romney over felon voting rights...a big time loser as far as conservatives are concerned...how conservative is that? Rick Santorum is not ready for the Presidency.
The only possible path to victory is with Newt, warts and all.
If Newt is not the nominee then someday soon all of us will be watching the first presidential debate and saying to ourselves If only Newt was up there instead of this turkey
This is the time to push forward a man who can fight and win.... it simply does not matter that he is flawed. At this critical moment it only matters that he can defeat the enemy.
Make no mistake, Newt is the one they live in fear of. He cannot be controlled, he cannot be restrained, he will say the things they dread to hear and at the worst possible moments.
When Newt exercised power what did he do? what were the results of what he did? Were you pleased? These are the true measure of the man.
“Who appointed pro-amnesty Gingrich as the lead conservative?”
Every poll in recent days did. Newt did not say that he is the “most conservative” but that he is the conservative with a chance to beat Romney and he bases that opinion on his poll standings.
But then, you probably knew that.
|SC voters: If you liked Rick or Rick, THINK ABOUT THIS before voting....
Each congressional district will have 2 delegates given to the winner-take-all within the district (that's 14 delegates total)
And Statewide, there will be 11 delegates given to the winner-take-all at the state level
So let's assume Romney is still barely in 1st place in the polls just before the vote.
Let's assume there is only ONE close NON-Romney in 2nd place (Newt).
Maybe YOU would prefer Rick or Rick....
But, IF YOU Vote for Rick or Rick, you have most likely helped award ALL delegates TO ROMNEY because it is WINNER TAKE ALL!!!!
The ONLY way to NOT hand your delegates to ROMNEY is to consolidate all conservative votes behind the LEADING NON-ROMNEY
” But the type of people that go this far in a presidential election campaign (Newt included) are not quitters. “ <<<
I’m afraid you’re right about that. It is up to the supporters to back off sharply, but since conservatives can’t do math and odds, Romney may pull it off South in Carolina. However, it was time for the master to speak on the subject and I am glad he did. He was talking, IMHO, to the bundlers and financeirs as much as the supporters, to ALL wake up and do the math and the odds in South Carolina, or else, while at the same time to hold the margin of a Romney victory down to a manageable one, for even going on to Florida.
Hell to pay for Santorum/Perry supporters if they should cost Newt South Carolina as the polls will catch up to his break out from the debate “get” Monday night. Thursday’s CNN debate seals it, IF, the moderators even bother to include Newt in the debate. They will be promoting disunity, Santorum, and Romney of course.
However, winner-takes-all states do not come into play until March. Correct?
This is a preview of the turkey we will be watching if we ALL don't get behind Newt NOW.
Well, perhaps Newt saying this publicly will allow him to go back and say “I told you so,” when the SC voters drive us all over the cliff and vote in Romney.
Really, can you just imagine Romney on the stage against Obama. He will be nervous, dithering, stiff, awkward looking ...they’ll toss him zinger after zinger prepared by a sympathetic lib media ...it will be HIDEOUS and embarrassing to watch.
Really — is THIS what we have to look forward to, S. Carolina???
Newt is right.
Like it or not Newt has displayed an unbelievable ability after all the negative ads in Iowa to take a punch and come back swinging. He has the best chance(probably the only chance) to beat Romney in SC. After his spectacular debate he is almost certain to come up in the polls!
No kidding. It does nothing but irritate me.
He is the only sitting Speaker ever to be given a reprimand and a financial penalty. This was in a Re--controlled House where 85% of the Reps voted for the reprimand and a $300,000 penalty.
Gingrich is thrice married with two messy divorces where he admitted to adultry. He has changed religions three times.
How conservative is Gingrich and can he win with so much baggage, professional and personal?
Much the same way Herman Cain had from the beginning
We've just cast our early ballots for Newt here in Florida
While I definitely think it's past time for Paul and Perry to drop out (Paul because he's a joke, and Perry because he hasn't done well), I think it is completely wrong for Newt to ask others to drop out.......especially Santorum.
Newt chose to take a loveseat with Natzi Pelosi, kiss Hitlery’s enlarged backside, and give race-baiting poverty pimp credibility on his “education tour”....that’s just as bad as having Teddy Kennedy write the education bill. He expects us to dismiss his LIEberal record as “mistakes”.
Newt is a loser who wasn’t able to gain much traction from Iowa or New Hampshire so he decided to pull an Obama and try to drive out the competition so our choices are limited and he’s the lesser of two evils??? How easily people sell their souls for the “win”. To hell with that.
Your right about that....anyone seeking high office isn’t a quitter and will pull out all the stops. But Newt is off base in my mind because he hasn’t finished in the top three yet but he’s calling for everyone else to drop out??
Any of the people would win if the base would Consolidate behind them....If Perry and Newt dropped out of course Santourum would be a lock. But at this stage and SC being an important state all will stay in splitting the votes and Romney of course will come out on top. The media will crown Romney the winner of the whole thing. Sickening....We are on our way to another Obama term folks
Santorum. nice as he may be, will not beat Romney and will not beat Obama.
However, winner-takes-all states do not come into play until March. Correct?No. Winner-Take-ALL applies in SC, exactly as I described.
He’s also absolutely correct. He is our best hope to avoid a Romney candidacy. Rick, Rick, and Ron need to bow out if they are any kind of conservatives. If they don’t, it’s clear who they are endorsing in this race and it ain’t the conservative.
Newt is a great debater but a poor campaigner who failed to get a good ground game together. He missed the ballots in VA and Missouri. He has never even run a statewide campaign let alone a national one. Before he starts asking everyone else to clear the field for him, let's see him win SC first.
Yes, I believe Newt can overcome his baggage. There was a caller on Rush yesterday with an interesting statement on that:
“Newt has a lot of baggage, but we know what his baggage is. Obama has a lot of baggage but we’re not allowed to look in his suitcase.”
All Newt has to do is remind the media of this over and over, and methinks they will drop the baggage subject...
Pride cometh before a fall.
Santorum: Voted to impose a uniform federal tax mandate on states to force them to allow convicted , rapists, arsonists drug kingpins and all other ex-convicts to vote in federal elections.
Luckily, this amendment FAILED because only 31 senators supported it, but LOOK at the company Santorum kept:Akaka (D-HI), Yea Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Boxer (D-CA), Yea Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Cleland (D-GA), Yea Clinton (D-NY), Yea Corzine (D-NJ), Yea Daschle (D-SD), Yea Dayton (D-MN), Yea DeWine (R-OH), Yea Durbin (D-IL), Yea Feingold (D-WI), Yea Hollings (D-SC), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea Jeffords (I-VT), Yea Kennedy (D-MA), Yea Kerry (D-MA), Yea Kohl (D-WI), Yea Leahy (D-VT), Yea Levin (D-MI), Yea Lieberman (D-CT), Yea Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea Miller (D-GA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea Reed (D-RI), Yea Reid (D-NV), Yea Santorum (R-PA), Yea Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea Specter (R-PA), Yea Wellstone (D-MN), Yea
Santorum: VOTED AGAINST HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS, paid for by reductions in state grants.
HERE is just a subset of the most well-known DEMS that Santorum sided with...Biden (D-DE), Nay Boxer (D-CA), Nay Clinton (D-NY), Nay Corzine (D-NJ), Nay Dayton (D-MN), Nay Dodd (D-CT), Nay Durbin (D-IL), Nay Feinstein (D-CA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Nay Jeffords (I-VT), Nay Kennedy (D-MA), Nay Kerry (D-MA), Nay Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay Leahy (D-VT), Nay Levin (D-MI), Nay Murray (D-WA), Nay Obama (D-IL), Nay Reid (D-NV), Nay Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay Santorum (R-PA), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Nay Specter (R-PA), Nay
Santorum: Voted AGAINST increasing the number of immigration investigators:
Santorum sided with the DEMS and RINO's here too. Here are just some better known names...Biden (D-DE), Nay Boxer (D-CA), Nay Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Chafee (R-RI), Nay Clinton (D-NY), Nay Collins (R-ME), Nay Dayton (D-MN), Nay Dodd (D-CT), Nay Feinstein (D-CA), Nay Graham (R-SC), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Nay Jeffords (I-VT), Nay Kennedy (D-MA), Nay Kerry (D-MA), Nay Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay Levin (D-MI), Nay Lieberman (D-CT), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Nay Murray (D-WA), Nay Obama (D-IL), Nay Reid (D-NV), Nay Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay Santorum (R-PA), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Nay Snowe (R-ME), Nay Specter (R-PA), Nay
The competition will be driven out by lack of funds or votes. He lost in Iowa because of the unbelievable amount of unanswered negative ads. He’s in second place in SC. I’m not selling my soul I’m making a political choice. I’m not voting for Preacher-in- Chief!!!
Newt as a debater is tops. Obama would be floored if the debates were open and not rehearsed. I can see Newt as causing Obama to stay away from an open debate. But the Newt baggage will be pounded into us ad-nauseam by the MSM. I’m sorry to say that the GOP has no one that will drive the Independents to the polls. IMHO, its not a mater of ABO, its just that there is no fire there to motivate a large turn out. I’m seeing a lot of 2012 Obama stickers here in a largely Republican area. When Palin and Cain were forced out the fire disappeared. What is left is Blaaaaaah. Blaaaah won’t win. Romney, Newt et.al., won’t do it, and the Dems, know it. I would go with Newt though, because he knows how to answer Obama in an open debate. (If he is allowed to. I’m sure Obama’s handlers will try their best to only allow a controlled debate.)
I may agree with your opinion of Paul the candidate, but he is well organized and funded and has a devoted following, many of them young. Why should he drop out? He has done well in Iowa and NH, the only places that have actually cast votes.
Non of the other candidates have reached perfection on all of the issues you state. Get Real...they’re politicians. The only thing you have to go on is what you personally think they will do now!!
Palin wasn’t forced out ...she failed to get in!!!
you can’t fight those in the gutter by taking the high road every time, isn’t that right rastermaster? This is one of those times. Santorum is a pawn, not a king. same for perry and paul.
The Dems will have a field day with Newt’s baggage. A lot of it will be new to most Americans. Newt has been out of elective office for a dozen years.
Well, I would disagree, strongly.
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