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Mitt got the candidate, Fred gets the worker (Tancredo withdrawal)
The Politico ^ | December 21, 2007 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 12/21/2007 5:14:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Tom Tancredo may have gotten behind Mitt Romney yesterday, but the Tanc's top guy on the ground in Iowa will help out Fred.

A retired Marine and active farmer, Bill Salier had served as Tancredo's Iowa state chair. He's a true believing social conservative who ran an uphill race in the '02 GOP Senate primrary that raised some eyebrows.

In short: he's the sort of worker bee a campaign likes to have on its side. If Salier puts his shoulder to the wheel for Fred, he could be a major asset.

M.E. Sprengelmeyer of the Rocky did a great profile of Salier that sadly appears to be gone from the paper's website. If anybody can find a link, please send my way.

UPDATE: Fred's camp fishes out a link -- here tis

Also, they send along video of Salier with Fred today in western Iowa

Also, Also -- Rep. Steve King was on the stump out in his district with Fred today. If King can move some votes out in that part of the state, it could really impact what all parties think will be a low-turnout contest.


TOPICS: Colorado; Iowa; Massachusetts; Tennessee; Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2008; election; electionpresident; elections; endorsements; fredthompson; gop; iowacaucuses; mittromney; republicans; salier; tomtancredo; whitehouse
What does this tell us?
1 posted on 12/21/2007 5:14:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can’t believe that Tancredo endorsed the Mitt - to me he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


2 posted on 12/21/2007 5:20:18 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of the two, I think Fred is the one to gain from it. Tancredo voters aren’t likely to toss their ideals to vote for Romney.


3 posted on 12/21/2007 5:20:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does this tell us?

That Tancredo cares more about exploiting an issue than resolving it.

4 posted on 12/21/2007 5:24:21 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Congratulations Brett Favre! All-time NFL leader in career passing yards)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Fred Thompson 

The Real Conservative

"When I am president, I will build a fence." Amnesty and illegal immigration are not healthy for the U.S. or Mexico. "We need to be a nation of high fences and wide gates."  ..Fred Thompson

"My idea of Gun Control is a good, steady aim."  ..Fred Thompson

  "Saddle Me Up"

 

5 posted on 12/21/2007 5:57:10 PM PST by glmjr
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; Josh Painter; ejonesie22; papasmurf; Bobbisox; DesScorp; thefactor; ...
FRED PING!!
6 posted on 12/21/2007 5:57:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What does this tell us?”

It tells me Steve King’s support is the inflection point I have been waiting for. Serious, adult conservative support on the ground. Fred has engineered a surprise showing without looking calculating.

Tancredo’s staffers are lagniappe, and suggest maybe Tancredo might have some opportunistic tendencies.


7 posted on 12/21/2007 6:02:42 PM PST by Pittsburgher (Fred: the elephant in the room)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The dual King/Salier endorsement is a big deal.


8 posted on 12/21/2007 6:14:08 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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To: jellybean; Politicalmom; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; ...
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9 posted on 12/21/2007 6:14:58 PM PST by Politicalmom (Huckabee’s experience with foreign policy consists of eating at the International House of Pancakes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
>>>>>What does this tell us?

Its tells me, that Tancredo should've backed out months ago. His endorsement of Romney is sickening.

With King backing Fred and Salier working for Fred, things might start shifting and a second place finish is not out of the question.

10 posted on 12/21/2007 6:18:46 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Free Vulcan
The dual King/Salier endorsement is a big deal.

Agreed. Now, all we need is the NRA endorsement, and things will really get interesting.

11 posted on 12/21/2007 6:20:44 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny

With a line like ‘gun control is a good, steady aim,’ I think that’d help!

Good speech at the CC meet, despite the nasty cold.


12 posted on 12/21/2007 6:24:56 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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To: Reagan Man

Strong second, possible first when the dust settles.

It’s Fred we are talking about here folks. If he were doing really well in the polls I’d be nervous...


13 posted on 12/21/2007 6:25:39 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: ejonesie22
Mike Huckabee Says He Doesn’t Recall If He Wrote Line About Bush ‘Bunker Mentality,’ After Rice Denounces Article

     Yeah,....Right...You convinced me.

       "Saddle Me Up"

14 posted on 12/21/2007 6:29:57 PM PST by glmjr
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To: glmjr

15 posted on 12/21/2007 6:30:21 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So King and Salier are not just endorsing Thompson, but actually campaigning for Fred — fantastic!

Does anyone know whether Tanc is actively going around the state/country barnstorming for Romney?

Fascinating race. Great pick-up, Sen. Thompson!


16 posted on 12/21/2007 6:55:17 PM PST by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: glmjr; All
My, that is conveniently “Clintonian”...
17 posted on 12/21/2007 7:00:37 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fred in '08
18 posted on 12/21/2007 7:20:05 PM PST by Mr Apple ( "VIDEO CHINAGATE" http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2970981220206109356)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It tells us this is a nice middle finger from Salier to Judas Tancredo. Good for him.


19 posted on 12/21/2007 7:22:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Cool poster. Ella Raines is from our town, and we just had a huge Ella Raines film festival here in the summer. My 14-year-old daughter was the most adorable usherette in that 1950’s get-up!


20 posted on 12/21/2007 7:41:27 PM PST by lkco (Go Fred!)
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To: ellery
I got a robocall tonight from Tank saying please vote for Romney.
However, the way the Fred endorsements have been going, that bus tour is going to get crowded :)
21 posted on 12/21/2007 7:43:29 PM PST by LinnKeyes2000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This tells us that we could probably find anyone in anyone’s camp that might support another candidate, but that doesn’t negate the tremendous endorsement of Tancredo.


22 posted on 12/21/2007 7:59:02 PM PST by TheLion
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To: Reagan Man

“a second place finish is not out of the question (for Thomspon).”

It’s Christmas. Pray for a first place finish!


23 posted on 12/21/2007 8:24:12 PM PST by Bizhvywt
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To: TheLion

No, but it does put it in perspective....


24 posted on 12/21/2007 9:43:15 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: ejonesie22

I agree....and to Mitt’s advantage.

I’m sure that you could go over to National Review and find someone who backs someone else and didn’t like the endorsement. But that isn’t the point, now, is it.


25 posted on 12/21/2007 9:50:56 PM PST by TheLion
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To: TheLion
Maybe to his advantage, but that will not be known until the final bell. It does seem a bit contrived though, doesn’t it. Tanc best buddy in Iowa and his chairman go one way he goes the other.

I wonder who followed their principals and who had other interests...

26 posted on 12/21/2007 10:08:27 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: ejonesie22

Tancredo is one of the most principled people we have in politics....to say otherwise is childish.

Get over it.... Tancredo gave the endorsement to Romney!


27 posted on 12/21/2007 10:12:08 PM PST by TheLion
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To: TheLion

Yes he did indeed give it to him....


28 posted on 12/21/2007 10:17:29 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Fred's got his own hat on!

AND HE'S TALLER THAN DUKE!

FRED VETS, SIGN UP TODAY AT:

29 posted on 12/22/2007 4:37:53 AM PST by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
How about this one?


30 posted on 12/22/2007 4:40:01 AM PST by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does this tell us?

Not much, when I think of a rhetoric contest between Fred Thompson and the very, very effective flim-flam of Barak Obama.

31 posted on 12/22/2007 4:40:07 AM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does this tell us?

Not much, when I think of a rhetoric contest between Fred Thompson and the very, very effective flim-flam of Barak Obama.

32 posted on 12/22/2007 4:40:07 AM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: glmjr

Just HAD to update my tag line for this one...


33 posted on 12/25/2007 5:55:11 AM PST by Josh Painter ("My idea of Gun Control is a good, steady aim." - Fred Thompson)
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