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Mitt Romney to skip last pre-Super Tuesday debate [GA], and Rick Santorum likely to join him
The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2012 | Aaron Blake, with Amy Gardner and Rosalind S. Helderman - The Fix

Posted on 02/16/2012 12:42:50 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt Romney will not take part in March 1 debate in Georgia, the final debate before Super Tuesday on March 6, his campaign said Thursday.

And Rick Santorum looks like he will sit it out as well.

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By not attending the debate, Romney’s campaign appears to be trying to de-emphasize its importance and instead relying on his overwhelming financial advantage on the airwaves. Romney’s campaign and a super PAC supporting him have all but drowned out their opponents with ads.

The debate is in the state Gingrich represented in the U.S. House, but both Romney and Santorum have signaled they will compete there.

At a campaign stop Thursday, Gingrich said that he will still participate in the debate and said that Romney’s decision is regrettable.

“The Romney model is to go to Wall Street and raise huge amounts of money to run negative ads,” Gingrich said. “I understand why having to defend that strategy is not something he’s very happy about.”

The March 1 debate is being co-sponsored by the Georgia GOP and CNN. There had a been a debate planned for March 5 in California, but it is no longer scheduled.

Romney will participate in a debate Wednesday in Arizona — the first since late January.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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1 posted on 02/16/2012 12:43:07 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Maybe Gingrich can invite the kenyan turd to chat?


2 posted on 02/16/2012 12:46:38 PM PST by albie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So basically, Ron Paul has to fend off Newt all by himself?

Well, it’ll be funny at least when Newt destroys him one on one.


3 posted on 02/16/2012 12:46:56 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; TitansAFC

New game?

Refuse to debate to keep Newt Gingrich from showing them up, i.e. REBOUNDING?

Too cute by half.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 12:48:48 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You think they aren’t scared to death of Newt? They know that the debates are where Newt does the best in getting his message out there.

I don’t like to use the word cowardly describing the both of them but I think the shoe fits, in this case.


5 posted on 02/16/2012 12:49:33 PM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: onyx

Free air time for Newt and Ron. Bet they could use the time to good use.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 12:51:56 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

7 posted on 02/16/2012 12:51:56 PM PST by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They’re conceding Georgia to Newt to say the least.


8 posted on 02/16/2012 12:53:34 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: onyx

Romney will only compete in debates with stacked crowds now. His campaign bought up all the tickets to the AZ debate.


9 posted on 02/16/2012 12:55:28 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: onyx

Romney will only compete in debates with stacked crowds now. His campaign bought up all the tickets to the AZ debate. The GA GOP must have told him no.


10 posted on 02/16/2012 12:55:50 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: onyx
Refuse to debate to keep Newt Gingrich from showing them up

Like he did in Florida -- twice?

[/s]

Gingrich revealed that he is fallible, as a debater.
11 posted on 02/16/2012 12:55:50 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Red Steel

Sean Hannity just announced their cancellation and said he “understands.”

Move along. Nothing to discuss.


12 posted on 02/16/2012 12:56:53 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: RetSignman

If they were scared they wouldn’t debate next week. I think they are saying 20 debates is enough. Quite frankly, I don’t think we will ever see this many debates ever again. It is just a chance to ruin the candidates. Ever single candidate has both gotten stronger and weaker because of debates. Perry would still be in the run had it not been for debates. Gingrich would still be doing well if not for his poor debates in Florida. However, a debate had Gingrich win South Carolina. Too many debates. I actually think debates hurt Bachmann too.


13 posted on 02/16/2012 1:00:31 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They all should cancel, and flip CNN an "M.I.A.".

We don't need any more debates, not with the useless, off the wall questions being asked by the moderators.

14 posted on 02/16/2012 1:02:31 PM PST by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: onyx

I guess Newt will have to take care of that on Feb. 22.


15 posted on 02/16/2012 1:04:12 PM PST by Spirit of Liberty
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If Romney and Santorum can freeze the race as it is, they can fall back on a Romney/Santorum ticket to keep anyone else from slipping in at a brokered convention.


16 posted on 02/16/2012 1:05:53 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

romney is not only ‘severely conservative’, he a ‘severely scared conservative’.

Nail ‘em Newt.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 1:06:11 PM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: TomGuy
He won't make that mistake again. He knows he's going up against a liar, even with another stacked audience.
18 posted on 02/16/2012 1:06:26 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just put up a cardboard cutout of Romney and Santorum.

It’s not like they are going to ask any questions THAT NATTER, anyway...


19 posted on 02/16/2012 1:07:03 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: 9YearLurker

That will be a sure loser ticket.

I won’t vote for it.

NO ROMNEY. NO WAY.


20 posted on 02/16/2012 1:08:17 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sean Hannity just announced their cancellation and said he “understands.”

Move along. Nothing to discuss.

I don't "understand" Hannity.

I'm part of your audience.

So you ask Rick Santorum the question why he pulled out of the Georgia presidential debate in the next hour of your show.

21 posted on 02/16/2012 1:08:59 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I believe everything the Washington Post says, yes we can!

/sarc


22 posted on 02/16/2012 1:11:31 PM PST by dforest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Which means the debate will probably be cancelled. Frankly, this is disgraceful. Are they too important or too ignorant of issues to debate with the former speaker of the house, a Reagan appointee, twenty something book author, and capable historian? You Santorum supporters better get a grip on reality and realize Santorum is in the tank with Romney and the ticket will be Romney/Santorum. Rick is not a leader, he is a follower.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 1:12:55 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who’s the bigger wuss? I say Santorum- he’s a child in a man’s body.


24 posted on 02/16/2012 1:18:08 PM PST by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: napscoordinator

[Too many debates]

I, respectfully disagree, we learned a lot from all the debates. Granted, Newt didn’t do well in Florida but when he’s on his game, he excellent at taking it to the other candidates AND the ‘press’.


25 posted on 02/16/2012 1:18:32 PM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: Toespi
Which means the debate will probably be cancelled. Frankly, this is disgraceful. ....

I expect it will be.

26 posted on 02/16/2012 1:20:53 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Little Lord Fauntleroy doth not deign to bouts of fisticuffs.


27 posted on 02/16/2012 1:28:52 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips; but watch their hands!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cowards


28 posted on 02/16/2012 1:33:22 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: onyx

The GOP nomenklatura does not get it. Bishop Willard Romney is a deal killer, period. They’ll learn, as they are bent on imposing him. The RNC is behaving very much this year as the DNC did in ‘08. They will discover that PUMAs come in red as well as blue.

A race between Lightworker Hussein and Bishop Willard will scream for an independent challenger.


29 posted on 02/16/2012 1:34:01 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips; but watch their hands!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Real leaders don’t skip debates and they don’t duck opponents. Newt shows up for every debate anywhere anytime. This is called trying to take the air out of the ball. Romney and Santorum don’t want to risk their frontrunning status and are trying to make it a 2 person race. Before you go vote, ask yourself, would Newt try to avoid an opponent? Never. Newt said he would be in the Trump debate - but Romney ducked him there. Newt said he would debate Romney one on one but Romney ducked him there. Now Romney is ducking a debate in Georgia. I guess he doesn’t think much of the Southern conservatives. This is a very telling sign. Give me a real leader and someone who is fearless. Give me Newt!


30 posted on 02/16/2012 1:35:53 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I see this as a win, win for Newt. IF they decline to attend, he can use it his speeches describing them as weak candidates who could never stand up to the obama and his regime.

If they somehow gather up the courage to attend he can use it against them at the debates...(ie)’I’m happy you two got over your previous nervousness to debate...our nominee will not have that option to opt out when the obama debates begin’.


31 posted on 02/16/2012 1:39:58 PM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Smells awfully fishy!
The ‘severely conservative’ ‘It’s my turn’ and the pure as gold Richie Cunningham are afraid to face the real statesman Gingrich!

Gingrich will have to let them set his schedule and follow them around to answer their rehearsed ‘speeches’

A wonderful opportunity for Gingrich to prepare for goading obozo into debates.


32 posted on 02/16/2012 1:41:58 PM PST by chrisnj
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To: RetSignman

At the 2/22 debate, Gingrich should end by saying: see you all in Georgia on 3/1. Oh, you are not going to the debate? Why? Come on, get to know the Georgians!


33 posted on 02/16/2012 1:48:53 PM PST by chrisnj
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To: larryleo; All
CNN pulls the plug on GOP presidential debate in Atlanta “A March 1 debate of the four remaining GOP presidential candidates — the 22st of the primary season — collapsed on Thursday after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul declared they preferred to be elsewhere.

CNN just confirmed that it had exercised its option to pull the plug on the event, which was to be held five days before the March 6 Super Tuesday, when Georgia and nine other states go to the polls.

The event was to be co-hosted by the Georgia and Ohio GOP.

“Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate,” CNN said in a statement. “Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate.”….

34 posted on 02/16/2012 1:56:43 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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