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What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' [Mortgage Meltdown State?]
Miami Herald ^ | January 22, 2012

Posted on 01/22/2012 11:27:35 AM PST by Steelfish

What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' Gingrich crushed once-mighty Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary, in a victory that transformed Florida’s upcoming vote from a snoozer into a dogfight.

“This sets the stage for a battle royale in the Sunshine State,” said Nelson Warfield, a political consultant for former Rick Perry’s recently ended campaign who’s also a member of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s inner political circle.

“Newt Gingrich changed the narrative of this race,” Warfield said. “Before South Carolina, Romney was the slow, inevitable candidate. And Florida was going to be his coronation. Now Romney has to fight.”

Romney has already been waging a low-key battle in Florida, spending about $2.5 million on TV ads and roughly $1 million on mail to target the early and absentee Republican voters who have already cast almost 200,000 ballots in Florida — about 10 percent of the expected vote Jan. 31.

Early-voting precincts opened statewide in Florida on Saturday as South Carolina voters went to the polls.

Out-raised, out-spent and out-organized, Gingrich has done relatively little. But his win will reverberate throughout the nation, and especially Florida, where voters are like voters everywhere — they like a winner.

Gingrich won big time in South Carolina, gaining 41 percent of the vote to Romney's 27 percent. Rick Santorum won 17 percent and Ron Paul 13 percent.

In his victory speech, Gingrich lauded his opponents and condemned President Barack Obama, the news media and the “elites” in New York and Washington.

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Romney and his campaign started tearing into Gingrich for his ethics problems when he was House Speaker and for his role in advising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The attack on Gingrich’s consulting for the lenders could be particularly potent in Florida, ground-zero of the mortgage and housing meltdown.

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TOPICS: Politics
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Expect Romney to wage a massive campaign against Gingrich's $1.6m FreedieMac involvement because as the article states Florida is "ground-zero of the mortgage and housing meltdown." Will Gingrich's "American exceptionalism" speech be enough to overcome this negative? I think the debates may help Gingrich to explain this issue.

Florida is a winner-take-all state and is a must win for Gingrich before NV, Utah, and Michigan that are all likely to go to Romney. A close second gets you zero delegates.

1 posted on 01/22/2012 11:27:41 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

We all know that Freddie Mac is a “model organization”, all companies and agencies should be more like Freddie Mac right?

lol.

/sarcasm


2 posted on 01/22/2012 11:30:53 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

Steelfish,
I am not so sure with yesterday’s drubbing of Romney in SC that the next several states (even Michigan) are safe for him. The situation is fluid to put it mildly. Gingrich is on the upswing in a major way. The surge in SC was beyond spectacular; it was an amazing thing in retrospect.

Don’t discount the idea that American’s are looking for a winner and would rather go with a Gingrich than a smooth talking non-personality in Mitt Romney. So. Carolinians overlooked Newt’s personal foibles to say they wanted strong and articulate leadership.

America is looking for a FORCEFUL leader and there is only one that I can think of that has proven his ability to organize and lead forcefully. I forked-over $50 this afternoon to his campaign and the campaign’s name didn’t begin with the name Mitt or end with Romney.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 11:41:36 AM PST by CARTOUCHE (Vote with your wallet. Newt needs the money to beat back the Romney scourge.)
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To: Steelfish

3 out of 4 GOP voters rejected Romney
again

At least he has a consistent track record over 6 years of running for president. About 25% of the people in his own party think enough of him to vote for him. That’s gonna beat obama?

He is a weak man. He can’t proudly defend his own work and wealth accumulation from the snipes of the predatory marxists, so how is he gonna defend mine?

No personality, no core values (aside from his church beliefs) no trials by fire in his privilged life.

Hurray, we have our very own GOP version of the Algor candidate. meh. Pass the magic underwear to Newt or Rick.


4 posted on 01/22/2012 11:42:59 AM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: Steelfish
I would like to see Newt give a clear, factual description of his work for Freddie/Fannie. Right now, no one knows squat about what he actually did, which was more than likely quite innocuous. After all it isn't like he was in government at the time.

I am tired of the idiots who seem to confuse "lobbying" with consulting and use their ignorance to attack Newt.

Mostly I don't want to see the Newt-bashers turn this into something like Romney's tax return debacle, an unforced error of Romney's imo, which he could have defused long ago.

5 posted on 01/22/2012 11:44:20 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

Florida is a winner-take-all state and is a must win for Gingrich before NV, Utah, and Michigan that are all likely to go to Romney. A close second gets you zero delegates.

The problem I see for Newt in Florida it is a state that has that stupid early voting. So if they voted before the SC Trouncing of Mitt and the Florida debates they could have voted for Mitt. Which I hope they didn’t. Newt could win this state and the whole south. Newt is a great candidate cause he doesn’t take any guff off of the elites in the party and the MSM...


6 posted on 01/22/2012 11:59:27 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: tallyhoe

Tallyhoe,

I looked at the FL Sec of State’s site earlier and it says that early voting begins 10 days prior to the actual election date. That would mean that early voting would start on the 22nd? Today? Absentees would be included in this 10 day window. Maybe one of our FL freepers can clarify. And if that IS the case then absentees for Romney wouldn’t be as much a problem as feared based on the Gingrich rout in SC.


7 posted on 01/22/2012 12:11:29 PM PST by CARTOUCHE (Vote with your wallet. Newt needs the money to beat back the Romney scourge.)
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To: Steelfish
OBAMA DISPAIR, OBAMA TOAST
8 posted on 01/22/2012 12:35:27 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Steelfish

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Winston Churchill


9 posted on 01/22/2012 12:38:40 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Newt --named after Isaac Newton?)
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To: Steelfish

Is Florida’s primary a CLOSED primary, and only Pubbies can vote?


10 posted on 01/22/2012 12:40:03 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: hinckley buzzard

Newt gave an open explanation of his F/F involvement today on CBS.


11 posted on 01/22/2012 12:44:52 PM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: Tucker39

Yep.


12 posted on 01/22/2012 12:47:27 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Steelfish
Newt's already on point about Fannie/Freddie. From today's Meet the Press program:

I was not a lobbyist, I was never a lobbyist, I never did any lobbying. Don't try to mix these things up. The fact is I was an adviser strategically and if you look at the only thing ever published by Freddie Mac I said, "You need more regulations." If you look at the only article ever written about my talking to the Congress it was in The New York Times in July of 2008 and I said, "Do not give them any money." Now I opposed giving money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I think they both should be broken up into four or five much smaller companies. And I've long felt that. And so I think that to jump from one to the other is simply wrong.

13 posted on 01/22/2012 12:55:39 PM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: CARTOUCHE

Yup, americans are looking for a pit bull not a chiwawa. And that is how I describe it to anyone who tells me Romney is more electable. He is not, and by far.....


14 posted on 01/22/2012 1:15:44 PM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: hinckley buzzard

Newt personally only made $35,000 from Freddie/Fannie consulting. He has repeatedly stated that his business contract explicitly states he cannot lobby and both he and the client have to sign the contract. I hope he gets the chance to explain this again at one of the Fl debates.


15 posted on 01/22/2012 1:36:58 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: tallyhoe

No, we only started early voting after that date. And probably most of the people who voted early voted for Ron Paul anyway.


16 posted on 01/22/2012 2:04:54 PM PST by livius
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To: CARTOUCHE

Everything is okay. Floridians started after the date (absentees can send their ballots earlier, but don’t get counted until the start of early voting, which is today). Early voting really is not a bad thing and I often do it because I usually work the polls on election day.


17 posted on 01/22/2012 2:10:40 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

Thx livius.


18 posted on 01/22/2012 7:00:11 PM PST by CARTOUCHE (Vote with your wallet. Newt needs the money to beat back the Romney scourge.)
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To: livius

No, we only started early voting after that date. And probably most of the people who voted early voted for Ron Paul anyway.

All Righty then!!


19 posted on 01/22/2012 11:03:31 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: CARTOUCHE

All Righty Then! Newt will have a chance to win i Florida. If he wins there it is over for the Mittman!


20 posted on 01/22/2012 11:05:29 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: tallyhoe
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Florida Republicans and Conservatives … Let’s defeat “Barack Hussein Obama” in November 2012 and reclaim America for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton (et al) !



Newt Gingrich is a conservative revolutionary, with the COURAGE to stand-against President Bush (41) when Bush foolishly broke his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" promise.

Future President Newt Gingrich includes these promises in his "21st Century Contract with America":



1) Abolish the EPA
2) FIRE Federal Reserve Banker Bernanke
3) Actively protect America against Islamic Jihad


4) Prayer in the Public Schools -- RETURNED
5) Liberal (Activist) Federal Judges REMOVED


6) Business Corporate Tax Rate LOWERED to 12-percent
7) Individuals to have FLAT-TAX option at 15-percent


8) Promote U.S. Energy Independence -- DOMESTICALLY


9) Build EFFECTIVE U.S. Border Protection by 2015
10) Illegal Immigrants (especially violent gangs) DEPORTED


11) "English" established as the ONLY official language of the U.S. Government


12) U.S. Military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ... RE-INSTATED
13) U.S. Military weapon design-procurement cycle reformed


14) Democratic "Dodd-Frank" Legislation REPEALED
15) Democratic "Sarbanes-Oxley" Legislation REPEALED




====== GREAT INTERNET LINKS to NEWT GINGRICH'S 2012 CAMPAIGN SPEECHES ======




Why is Newt Gingrich So Angry ?


Newt Gingrich : South Carolina Victory Speech (2012-01-21)


Newt Gingrich : Christmas Day in 1776 George Washington's "Victory or Death"




Newt Stoutly Defends the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms)


Newt Gingrich – Constitutional Removal of Radial-Liberal Federal Judges




Newt Slams an "Increasingly Radical" EPA




Newt Defends Israel and Shows how the Palestinians are an "Invented" people !


Newt Warns against the Proposed 9-11 NYC Islamic Mosque and Islamic Sharia Law


Gingrich Compares Radical-Isalmics Muslims To Nazis


Newt Gingrich On The Threat Of Radical Islam


Newt Gingrich – America’s Defense of Judea-Christian Ideals and Defense against Islamic Fascism


Gingrich: Aggressive Prosecution of Radical-Militant U.S. Muslim Groups




Newt Gingrich: Response to CNN’s John King “Divorce Question”


Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Americans Want Paychecks, Not Food Stamps


Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his "Gotcha" Questions at Iowa Debate




Newt Destroys Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis Killing Osama bin Laden




Gingrich: My Credential Is 4.2% Unemployment


Newt Slams Obama's Stupidity on the Keystone Pipeline


Gingrich attacks Federal Reserve (Bernanke and Geitner) Deception and Corruption


Newt Discusses Job Creation and Dismantling Federal (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)




Newt: No American President Should Bow to a Saudi King


Newt Gingrich: Super PAC Committee Is Washington's Dumbest Idea




Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again


Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again




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Patton-at-Bastogne, (CEAI@Engineering-Excellence.US)

Free Republic member since 1996

Florida Resident




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21 posted on 01/23/2012 3:58:58 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Newt Gingrich is the champion for the little guy and all conservatives that are really conservative.....


22 posted on 01/23/2012 11:06:46 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: CARTOUCHE

All I know is that The Republican Party reported that 290,000 votes had already been cast as of yesterday Monday Jan 23, 2012!!!


23 posted on 01/24/2012 12:32:55 PM PST by tallyhoe
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