Skip to comments.Gingrich: Santorum's Ill. Loss Shows He's Not Conservative Alternative
Posted on 03/21/2012 2:43:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says Rick Santorums double-digit loss in the Illinois primary shows he is not the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney and he cant defeat President Barack Obama.....
Governor Romney had a pretty good day I think he took a step towards clearly proving he was the front-runner. Senator Santorum didnt have a particularly good day, Gingrich said. This is the third time now he has tried an industrial Midwestern . . . state and not succeeded. And I think that the conservatives have to think through the right strategy if they hope to stop Romney.
We are faced, I think, with a very serious challenge, in terms of who can beat Barack Obama that, in the end, is what this is all about, he said. So Im staying in the race because I really do think it's a question of who can beat Barack Obama.
Sean, its going to be a two-part process . . . phase one has to be stopping Romney because the fact is if he gets 1,144 vote, hes the nominee, fair and square its over, Gingrich said. On the other hand, if as voters look at this as happened last week, for example in Mississippi and in Alabama, as happened the previous week in Kansas if people say, no, they dont want Romney, then I think you get to a situation after June 26, where there is a 60-day conversation.
Santorum wont have a majority, I wont have a majority, Romney wont, Ron Paul wont if thats what happens, then we will....
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"I don't want more Saudi oil. I want more American oil. And in Louisiana, I want more natural gas. Right now you have people who are technologically ignorant costing you money because they're technologically stupid."
"We won on a sea of American oil, and Texas and Louisiana were at the center of that. "The goal is to create so much American energy no president ever again bows to a Saudi king. This is the beginning of an optimistic American century."
Yeah, I haven’t seen the numbers, but I’ll bet Bugsy and the Chicago union thug RAT political machine was working triple overtime to stuff the ballot boxes for Romney.
What happened in the rest of the state?
That the average GOP voter is about as dumb as your average Rat voter.
Yeah, what VanDeKoik said.
Ignorance in picking the best economic and legislative plan for recovery.
I have a very very bad feeling about Romney. He’s been ruthless enough to bury his political opponents in a sea of defication. All the steam that should be out there to destroy a sure loser has dissapated. Romney is not reaching out to conservatives despite what MSM is telling us. Illinois with all the trouble its in had one of the lowest primary turnouts ever.
I feel once he secures the nomination conservatives will be “Bained”. Is Manzullo an example ? Paul getting more than Gingrich finished 4th and he had the Il house minority leader backing him ?
obamney needs to be stopped and i agree he is ruthless in his 5 year quest. sumpin’ smells.
If this silliness continues-to where not enough people wake up, one can bet that we will have a heck of time getting rid of Romney. Someone needs to talk to the Christian Right. Asap. Last night, those leaders should had a wake up call-alert. Why are they doing this? Why are they being so stubborn? I am beginning to think that Newt Gingrich is the only adult in the race in which cares and sees what is happening to our country. A polished empty suit and another Bush politician to take on Obama (Newt knows that we are going to lose w/these guys)I wish things were different. I know some cannot forgive Newt and his past. Those ministers need to call Newt and help him. Rick is not gaining Newt’s supporters-if he was, we would not be here discussing this. Doesn’t the Christian Right see other conservatives do not want Rick. Or they going to keep this up until it’s too late. May God help reason with those leaders.
Do you think those leaders are going to be able to control Speaker Gingrich the way they are controlling Lil’ Ricky? Dobson says jump and Lil’ Ricky asks, “How high?”.
-Newt withdrew from actively campaigning in Illinois to give Santorum his much desired one-on-one shot at Romney.
-Newt's voters knew this.
-Santorum utterly failed in convincing Newt voters to come out and vote for him (as evidenced by the very low turnout)
-If Santorum can't get Newt voters out, how in the world is he going to convince Romney and Obama voters?
Look, Santorum supporters. The dream is over. It's time to wake up. Newt has the talent and skill to crawl back, but only if Santorum will stop blocking the way.
These tortured defenses of Newt remind me of the story about the ant floating down the river on his back, with an erection, yelling for the bridgekeeper to open the bridge...
Newt is dead man walking.
But hey, Newt loves playing to a crowd and the crowds would dwindle if he did. Look at how many people go to Herman Cain speeches.
Tell you what: if Newt is such a loser, all of the Santorum supporters should urge Rick to withdraw from Louisiana and let Newt have HIS one-on-one with Romney. If Newt comes in 12 points behind, then I will agree with you.
Poor logic. If newt voters broke to romney, were they conservative in the slightest? No way!
Yeah that is a real apple to apples comparison. IL to LA. Funny.
Every primary is another chance for Newt to compete with Romney
If Santorum quit, most of his women voters would vote for Romney.
You have seen Newts unfavorables with women, right? 60% of them wouldn’t slow down if he was in a cross walk.
You Santorum supporters are to be commended for your steadfastness. I admire it. I also disagree with you completely.
Why would Santorum’s women voters go to Romney? Because of Newt’s adultery? You’re telling me that those far religious right evangelical women would rather vote for a Mormon who used to be pro-choice than Newt?
Pompous arrogance. It isn’t the message people are rejecting. It is the messenger. And this is why.
When a person finishes behind nutjob Paul, it should tell a person something. LOL
Rick jumped the shark when he claimed the economy had nothing to do with the election. Yikes.
Damn we are doomed to four more years of Obama.
Reality or gut check this morning.
Newt is Right LA is Halftime. Half of the Delegates will have been handed out.
Newt's Campaign is Broke and Santorum Campaign is Broke. Mittens will be taking in additional Millions now.
Three state winner takes all is coming up April 3. 98 Delegates.
Then on April 24 283 Delegates are at stake. Santorum has to focus on PA. But that means he must pass on NY=95, CT=28, RI=19, DE=17.
If both camps don't wake up and smell the coffee its over.
You do your own research on Newt Gingrich's favorability polls with voters, women and men, dozens of polls with all kinds of agendas, over the past 3 years, the results pretty much the same.
Newt may entertain a certain segment of voters with his speeches and wit, but people just...do not like him.
They even like Romney more than Newt. So Romney is who he is competing for voters with, not Santorum
FOXNews does give Newt lots of air time to try and improve his image. Not working.
The RNC chairman jumped with him
This from Newt? The guy who couldnt even beat Ron Paul? Omg im laughing so hard,Can barely Type.Newt and his Newtereds are so delusional that now even Newt is Newtered.
no, it shows Illinois is a well-oiled machine, as it has been for all of modern history.
Rick is Catholic .
Dobson has been a layer in decades .
Rick may be a Papist and Dobson not a player in decades but that is the way the hay is made.
That comment on the economy was taken out of context in a great “edit” job.
Now even conservatives are accepting the Obamney hack job.
Myth is ruthless.
If Newt wants a convention fight then he needs to throw his support to Rick.
The guy is losing in LA to Rick .
Newt can not undo his messy personal affairs and his San Frn Nan video .
The remaining states are winner take all so it’s time for Newt to stop acting bitter and leave.
His billionaire backer appears to have financed him to help Mittens keep the GOP base split .
Newt is a great debater but he sounds Bitter now .
I’m not surprised! The GOP’s advisors are dumb as a bag of rocks.
Your assumptions are ridiculous .
IL is a far left being state like MA .
There is no conservative Gop majority period .
No conservative could win there against a Dem like Mittens.
Newt financial backer used him to split the GOP base and now is going back to his real choice Mittens.
Newt is finished and needs to step aside .
He is now helping Mittens by sticking around and sounding bitter and strange .
2nd place Santorum got 35%; 4th place Gingrich got 8%.
So, apparently, neither is Gingrich the conservative alternative.
Newt has finished dead last more often than not for the past 3 weeks. And it’s all Santorum’s fault. /s
That was Romney AstroTurf hit job fed to his pals at CBS !
Even The Rhinos
at NRO called it a dirty sleazy trick by Mittens.
Evil mittens took a part of a sentence and peddled it.
Your probably a Romney bot or Paul bot anyways so why bother explaining what AstroTurf is to you.
That made no sense ?
I have no idea what Dobson is?
He is not Baptist .
But the guy retired awhile back .
At this stage (over half-way through the primaries), the 2 non-Romney alternatives are battling each other for position. As in 2008, they are cutting each other’s throats because they are not allowing one of them to carry the banner and, thus, gain momentum as a viable alternative to Romney.
Many voters see Romney now as the only real winnable alternative, because he has almost twice as many delegates as the others. Separately, Santorum and Gingrich are not deterring that perception that Romney will get the nomination.
It is 2008 all over again, with the conservative/Tea Party side losing, because Gingrich — who cannot win mathematically — stays in to try to upset the apple cart.
If Gingrich honestly thinks he would come out of a brokered convention with the nomination, he is more delusional that many of us already think he is. It won’t happen. Gingrich has become the Hucka-hanger-on of 2012.
For those who might be interested:
Newt calls in to EZ News in the Morning
Wednesday, March 21 8:10am ET CT
KEZP, Alexandria, LA
Newt calls in to Joe Cironis radio show
Wednesday, March 21 8:30am ET CT
KAOK, Lake Charles, LA
Pineville Town Hall with Newt and Callista
Wednesday, March 21 9:00 10:00am CT
Pineville, LA 71360
Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Callista visits Lake Charles Charter School
Wednesday, March 21 - 1pm 2pm CT
Lake Charles Charter School
2750 Power Center Pkwy
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Note: Mrs. Gingrich will tour the school and read Sweet Land of Liberty to students.
Lake Charles Meet & Greet with Newt and Callista
Wednesday, March 21 - 1pm 2pm CT
Harlequin Steak and Seafood
510 College Street
Lake Charles, LA
Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Callista visits Miles Perret Cancer Center
Wednesday, March 21 - 4pm 5pm CT
Miles Perret Cancer Services Facility
2130 Kaliste Saloom Road #200
Lafayette, LA 70508
Lafayette Rally with Newt and Callista
Wednesday, March 21 - 7pm 8pm CT
1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Newt is interviewed by Greta van Susteren
Wednesday, March 21 9pm CT / 10pm ET
Callista visits The Baton Rouge Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
Thursday, March 22 - 4pm 5pm CT
Baton Rouge Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
2040 S. Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Newt participates in the Baton Rouge Tea Party Presidential Forum & Straw Poll hosted by the LSU College Republicans
Thursday, March 22 - 8pm 9:30pm CT
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Newt tours Port Fourchon
Friday, March 23 9:15am 9:45am CT
Port Fourchon, LA
Newt speaks on American energy policy
Friday, March 23 - 10am 10:30am CT
Port Fourchon, LA
Callista visits Tulane Childrens Hospital
Friday, March 23 - 10:30am 11:30am CT
Tulane Childrens Hospital
1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Note: Mrs. Gingrich will tour the hospital and read Sweet Land of Liberty to the children.
Hispanic Roundtable Meeting
Friday, March 23 - 2:30pm 3:30pm CT
Oakland Plantation Estates
8 Oakland Rd.
Kenner, LA 70065
Tulane University Town Hall Meeting with Newt and Callista
Friday, March 23 - 4pm 5pm CT
New Orleans, LA
I agree with the first half of what you wrote. I disagree that the reason Santorum isn’t winning is Newt. He isn’t attracting a majority because he comes off like a self-rightious high-school hall monitor, and says stupid stuff like he doesn’t care about the unemployment rate. Once you say something like that you can’t walk it back. Anyway, the bottom line is Romney is winning more delegates than all the other candidates put together.
Oh well, ABO.
WOW. What an obnoxious twit. I suppose that his single digit 4th palce finish make HIM the alternative?
um... Newt ... if people look at the poll numbers they will see that Newt has lost more and by bigger margins
This is sheer, stubborn and obdurate idiocy! How anyone with half a brain can still believe that Newt Gingrich has a chance at winning anything from here on out is beyond me. You think the Christian Right is EVER going to get behind this man? The guy who takes the stage with his adoring wife who not all that long ago was his adulterous mistress? You think guys like Tony Perkins or Gary Bauer will EVER sanction that guy? If you do you are out of your mind.
Newt has about a 59% unfavorable rating among the general population and he does even worse among women. The absolute worst case scenario in this primary would be a Newt candidacy!
If Newt wants to stop Mittens he can by leaving his ego at the door and beca class act and throw his support to Rick.
We will get a split convention and anything goes from there .
He is losing here in LA which shows he is finished.
Mittens must be stopped .
These must be the same ones who get a new credit card once they've maxed out all the ones they already have.
I'll vote for who I think will save this country and you can vote for the one who is "most electable."
Tell you what: if Newt is such a loser, all of the Santorum supporters should urge Rick to withdraw from Louisiana and let Newt have HIS one-on-one with Romney.
First of all, Santorum lost to Romney in a very BLUE state that won’t go for Romney in the fall so who cares? Louisiana is not the state that is fair for Satnorum to get out because of course if Santorum got out Newt would win. I would say that Santorum drop out of California and see how Newt does one on one with Romney and see what happens. That is a fair comparison to Illinois.
So, Bauer, Perkins and Co. will overlook being a midwife to an abortionist but mark an adulteress? That’s good to know.
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