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Santorum Suggests Obama Beats an *Etch A Sketch* Candidate
ABC News/The Note ^ | Mar 22, 2012 3:03pm | Arlette Saenz

Posted on 03/22/2012 5:24:38 PM PDT by Josh Painter

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rick Santorum played off of the Mitt Romney campaign’s Etch A Sketch gaffe today when he told an audience that the country might be better off with President Obama than with a candidate who will shift his positions with ease and who he believes is not very different from the president.

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future,” Santorum told a crowd at USAA.

During a press avail following the event, Santorum, who carried the Etch A Sketch during his speech, argued that Romney knows he can’t win in the general election.

“All the things that allow Romney to win the primary are unavailable to him to win the general and that’s why you see these Etch A Sketch comments because he knows he can’t win,” said Santorum.

As he spoke to a crowd which included people standing on other levels peering over the ledge to hear him, Santorum stressed the weight the Texas primary will carry on the overall race, saying the race will continue through Texas, whose large delegate count of 155 offers him the “opportunity to reset this race.”

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KEYWORDS: barackobama; gop; mittromney; ricksantorum
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Romney is an utterly detestable opportunist with no core, but is he worse than a radical Marxist? In a Romney vs. Obama contest, seems it's a question of which one is the "evil of the lessers."

Faced with such a choice, I would write in Sarah Palin's name. Hope it doesn't come down to that.

1 posted on 03/22/2012 5:24:48 PM PDT by Josh Painter
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To: Josh Painter

Faced with a choice between Romney and Obama, I choose not to ride in either handbasket.


2 posted on 03/22/2012 5:28:12 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Josh Painter
Santorum was simply using hyperbole in attacking Romney—if anyone thinks Rick would actually vote for Obama over Mitt then they are way to used to hearing only what they want to hear..
3 posted on 03/22/2012 5:30:39 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick Santorum--Public Enemy #1 of Leftists, RINOs and the GOP Establishmnet.")
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To: Josh Painter
I would write in Sarah Palin's name.

Sarah Palin doesn't want your vote. If you told her you were going to do that she'd probably say you were acting silly.

4 posted on 03/22/2012 5:31:21 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Josh Painter

This is akin to someone going before a firing squad and being told that he has two choices: to be shot with either pink bullets or blue bullets. Then a crowd gathers and says that it is important to choose the blue bullets.

The world is going bonkers.


5 posted on 03/22/2012 5:34:11 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Josh Painter

I fail to see much difference. Romney will lose anyway because he’s concentrating on Obama strongholds and telling the base to screw ourselves. And then he’ll move to the middle and situate himself somewhere between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 5:34:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Romney is Mr. Whack-A-Mole Champ:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0n8N98mpes


7 posted on 03/22/2012 5:34:26 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: Josh Painter

Marxist vs Socialist

close match

liberal Romney brought the country ObamaCare before Obama did


8 posted on 03/22/2012 5:38:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Happy Rain

No one should vote for ANY TICKET that has the liar Romney
on it. We will work against Romney, just like Obama.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 5:41:14 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Josh Painter

I will never vote for either one of them. Never.

If Romney is nominated, then, as I’ve said before, I think we need to get the conservatives together and agree on a single write-in candidate.

Whether we can agree to agree, I don’t know. The insults on these nominating threads have been very discouraging, and the same was true last time around.

Possibly someone like Sarah could lead a gathering who would choose one candidate. My preference would be Sarah herself, but the important thing is that we need a strong and reliable conservative whom we can all agree on. And if the libertarians and moral conservatives can’t get together on it, then we are cooked.


10 posted on 03/22/2012 5:44:13 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Happy Rain

Because when Santorum speaks, our ears are lying?


11 posted on 03/22/2012 5:47:28 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We intend to change Washington, not accomodate it." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: Josh Painter

I would vote for Sponge Bob if he got the nod at this point. I suggest you far right thinkers remember what the “I’ll take my ball and go home” approach did for you last election. As bad as things are Mitt can’t swing very far left, period. I’m also sick of the etch a sketch thing we all know primary and general campaigns are far different than each other no matter who gets the nomination. The Dems are good, their operatives run the press and this attitude is exactly what they want. Break the right’s will, suck the energy out of our sails. Let us not forget the senate will ride this same wind and if you think the potus has been bad so far wait till term #2. I can’t remember her name but today a Lady on FOX said “Romney isn’t dangerous, not great, but not dangerous” or something of the like. She is correct.


12 posted on 03/22/2012 6:03:12 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: Josh Painter
Romney will lose the debate and deflate the base worse than McLame

13 posted on 03/22/2012 6:14:28 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Josh Painter

At least with Zero, the GOP might choose to fight purely based upon partisanship. Romney will govern the same as Zero (socialized healthcare, gun control, cap&trade, etc)....except this time the weak knee’d GOP leadership will fully embrace his liberal agenda. A Romney Presidency does more damage to conservatism and the country, than a split govt...even with Zero at the helm.

I will never vote for Romney/Zero.


14 posted on 03/22/2012 6:16:25 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: enduserindy

I suggest you far right thinkers remember what the “I’ll take my ball and go home” approach did for you last election.

Are you a "far left thinker"? Have you already forgotten what choosing Cain did for you in the last election cycle? Even Palin could not drag his sorry butt over the finish line ahead of Obama. And Romney was a 3rd place loser to him. I stand with my fellow Tea Party patriots shouting "Can you hear us now?" at the powers that be. Running with Romney is just the GOP elite ignoring us once again. Time for a refresher course. Keep your powder dry.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 6:16:34 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: enduserindy
I guess it all depends on how you define “dangerous”.

If you don't consider Obamacare (aka a bigger Central Government), a progressive tax code or Cap and Trade dangerous, then you're right.

Here's the real danger....We, as Conservatives, actually represent a plurality of voters (according to polls). I believe that we actually represent a majority of the population. With either one of these guys elected, we will not have representation, that is, a majority of the Country will not be represented. What would you call a Country as such? Certainly not a Democracy or a Republic.

16 posted on 03/22/2012 6:18:54 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

With Mitt America is in trouble, but might survive. With Obama, America is finished.

If you see both of those as equal, shame on you. You are part of the problem.


17 posted on 03/22/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: enduserindy
I suggest you far right thinkers remember what the “I’ll take my ball and go home” approach did for you last election.

Us far-right thinkers were uniformly enthused by McCain's selection of Palin as Veep.

And uniformly distressed by McCain's utter mismanagement of the financial crisis.

And now we are uniformly distressed about the drive of the GOP-e to nominate a moron whose political history takes Obamacare off the table as an election issue.

So go stuff it.

18 posted on 03/22/2012 6:22:45 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: enduserindy

““I’ll take my ball and go home” approach did for you last election.”

Exactly.

It’s amazing how shortsighted people can be, preferring to kill off America swiftly rather than at least have a slight chance we will survive.

To all these “principled” people, I say go away from us, and don’t tell anyone you are our countrymen.


19 posted on 03/22/2012 6:25:05 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: so_real

“Are you a “far left thinker”? Have you already forgotten what choosing Cain did for you in the last election cycle? “

Hey a** I didn’t choose McPain, didn’t like ‘em at all. I just understood in the general Sarah was there to keep a leash on him. Who the hell do you think you are to call me that. Do you call Sarah a left thinker? She endorsed him, NOT ME.

“Running with Romney is just the GOP elite ignoring us once again.” Might I suggest starting with replacing those elites instead of dividing your entire ranks.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 6:25:05 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: Happy Rain

“if anyone thinks Rick would actually vote for Obama over Mitt then they are way to used to hearing only what they want to hear...”

or they were hearing what he said. Either one.


21 posted on 03/22/2012 6:27:13 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: Josh Painter

22 posted on 03/22/2012 6:27:38 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

If you fail to see any difference between Obama and Romney, let me suggest some scenarios:

1) Will Romney reject Republican legislation? And, if he does how will he get any of his own initiatives passed?

2) If Romney goes with the Rats on legislation, and Congress is majority Republican, how will he even get his appointees nominated?

3) Won’t Obama stifle all Republican initiatives?


23 posted on 03/22/2012 6:29:02 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Rational Thought

“Here’s the real danger....We, as Conservatives, actually represent a plurality of voters (according to polls). I believe that we actually represent a majority of the population.”

You’re right. So why blow it up now. Rick Santorum has a bit of a rhino history, Newt has shown support for global warming and Romney made clear he will repeal obama care. They all suck in my opinion but the 3 of them trashing each other and getting us in a fight amongst are selves is idiotic at best.


24 posted on 03/22/2012 6:30:35 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: dirtboy

The only guy running that I truly think would fix the financial crisis is Ron Paul. We know he’s not going to get it and if he did he’d wreck some more foreign policy, not that the potus has left much intact. Some times in life we don’t get it all and hopefully the scotus fixes healthcare before the general. We can disagree without resorting to my way or nothing. We can even force a brokered convention without all the dust up. I think my point of rhino shaped shadows between all 3 (Mitt, Rick and Newt) is lost in this discussion.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 6:37:38 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: enduserindy

Unbundle your snuggies for a minute and re-read what you posted and what I asked of you in return. Go ahead and cast your lot with Romney. It's your vote, have at it. You can be the new poster boy for "good little conservatives getting in line" for all I care. But I prefer the enemy on the line in front of me, not at my back. If that makes me a "far right thinker" you enjoy throwing a barb at, so be it. I think allowing a Benedict Arnold at my back pocket divides the ranks more than having a known target in front that all Tea Party types can focus energy upon. You let Romney in as POTUS and he'll do the same job tearing apart the nation as Obama, just with less competence and under the republican banner.


26 posted on 03/22/2012 6:41:35 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
With Mitt America is in trouble, but might survive. With Obama, America is finished.

If you see both of those as equal, shame on you. You are part of the problem.

If you have continually voted for the establishment choice, encouraging them in the process to put up even more liberal candidates each time, knowing that people like you will blindly vote for anyone with an "R" after their name, then YOU are part of the problem and have brought us to this point (and will lead us to far worse).
27 posted on 03/22/2012 6:42:30 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: enduserindy
Realizing the faults of both Santorum and Gingrich, either of them are quite capable of representing Conservatism. Romney is not.
28 posted on 03/22/2012 6:45:24 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: JmyBryan

“If you fail to see any difference between Obama and Romney, let me suggest some scenarios:”

You are talking to the wrong person. I never suggested anything of the kind. In fact, just the opposite.


29 posted on 03/22/2012 6:49:04 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I railed against EACH establishment choice. Bob Dole, Juan McInsane, Mitt Romney.

But I still held my nose and voted for them, because the alternative was unthinkable. Those that stayed home last time are the same idiots who gave us Obama in the first place. Were you one of them?

Just go on record and say it, you would rather stand on your principles and see America destroyed than vote for another establishment RINO.

You are the problem.

I don’t like RINOs either, but I am not an idiot.


30 posted on 03/22/2012 6:53:18 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Let me elaborate further. I DETEST Mitt Romney. I think he is a malicious, egocentric flip-flopping phony.

His adviser outright said he is faking everyone out.

I CAN’T STAND him, and do not trust him one bit. But he is not as bad as Obama.

I still hope ANYBODY but Romney gets the nomination. But no WAY am I going to sit home and allow Obama to destroy my country for four more years when maybe, just maybe, I could have done something.

We don’t have a lot of good options here.


31 posted on 03/22/2012 6:59:54 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

But are you the the slow-boiled frog that does not yet recognize gradualism? We all are to some degree. But many have recognized the condition and see the end game for what it is. I prefer to crank up the heat now so my fellow frogs are startled awake than to let them slowly die off. Pity that Obama's election wasn't the wake up call we thought it was.


32 posted on 03/22/2012 7:01:49 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

“But are you the the slow-boiled frog that does not yet recognize gradualism? “

Whoever you are, you have me pegged wrong. Nothing you have said applies to anything I have EVER said or ever even thought. I am certain you are addressing the wrong person.

So unless you want to address something I have specifically said, and cut out the mumbo-jumbo, let’s quit wasting our time here, okay?


33 posted on 03/22/2012 7:08:03 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter isn't about conservatism. Ann Coulter is about Ann Coulter.)
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To: Josh Painter

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.” - Alexander Hamilton


34 posted on 03/22/2012 7:09:48 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I voted for the Republican ticket in 2008—mostly for the Palin part of it. I wasn’t excited about it, but I voted, I had the obligatory yard sign and bumper sticker.

The northeastern Republican cabal has laughed their rear ends off over the years, knowing that conservatives “have no place else to go” and “will vote for anybody who has an ‘R’ after their name”. That is why we may end up with this choice today—between two liberals.

Let’s suppose that Romney does win the nomination and the election. Do you really think that will end the leftward drift? There are many in positions of influence in the Party that want someone even more liberal than Romney....and they will get him because of people like you.

Both Romney and Obama are driving handbaskets to Hell, just different models and different speeds. I hope that your seat is comfortable, because your approach has brought us to this point, and guarantees that we will all eventually reach the cesspool at the bottom.


35 posted on 03/22/2012 7:12:45 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: JmyBryan

I don’t care about “Republican” legislation. I am no longer a Republican. The Republicans as a group are not much better than the Democrats. I care about CONSERVATIVE legislation. Very little of that comes out of the Republicans. I’m certainly not going to vote so that the president is one of their RINO cronies and they all get everything they want. At least they fight against a Democrat.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 7:14:41 PM PDT by Politicalmom
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To: Politicalmom

Then you really don’t care about US politics at this time. Which is fine as a choice, and, hopefully, you garner more support locally.


37 posted on 03/22/2012 7:22:09 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I don't have you pegged at all, hence my question. If the article on gradualism is a waste of your time, please do skip it. It adds credence to the position many of us hold regarding Romney: a waste of time that ought be skipped.


38 posted on 03/22/2012 7:23:25 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I just replied to the last comment. The post was meant generally.


39 posted on 03/22/2012 7:23:53 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Happy Rain

Hmmmm. What’s the difference between Obama and Arlen Spector?


40 posted on 03/22/2012 7:26:03 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Caipirabob

Bears repeating ... in bold ...

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.” - Alexander Hamilton

Thank you for such an apropos reminder from a true patriot.


41 posted on 03/22/2012 7:28:01 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

The quote could be applied to any candidate.


42 posted on 03/22/2012 7:31:26 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Josh Painter

Anyone who suggests that Obama may be preferable is execrable and treasonous.

If you want to teach a lesson through the reelection of Obama your students are not listening. They are struggling to prevent the destruction of this country while you sit back and assume a lofty and righteous (and worthless and destructive) position.


43 posted on 03/22/2012 7:39:38 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: JmyBryan

Though I disagree, I accept your point of view. You may even be correct, which would explain the contested convention that seems imminent. If all our candidates are so equally tainted as you feel, then Santorum's statement is accurate. Obama will beat Romney in the general election and, as Alexander Hamilton encouraged, we will have an enemy at the head of government whom we can oppose and will not involve our party in his disgrace.


44 posted on 03/22/2012 7:47:55 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: enduserindy

I suggest you far right thinkers remember what the “I’ll take my ball and go home” approach ..

Calling me a far right thinker? Thanks for the compliment.


46 posted on 03/22/2012 9:22:06 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: billva

“I intend to vote for Romney.”

Lemme know how that works out for ya, billva, after Romney throws Conservatives under the bus.


47 posted on 03/22/2012 9:23:57 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: billva

“I intend to vote for Romney.”

Lemme know how that works out for ya, billva, after Romney throws Conservatives under the bus.


48 posted on 03/22/2012 9:24:06 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Mountain Mary
Lemme know how that works out for ya, billva, after Romney throws Conservatives under the bus.

It certainly can't work out any worse than voting for a guy who can't get nominated, if nominated can't win and who would rather ruin the chances of someone who could.

Stick with Santorum if you want but he's a loser. Let me know how that works out.

49 posted on 03/22/2012 9:45:51 PM PDT by billva
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To: billva

Santorum isn’t a loser. He is a good candidate.

But it’s hard to contend with an unscrupulous Rino who outspends one by 21 to 1. (Chicago).


50 posted on 03/22/2012 10:01:03 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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