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Rick Perry has “huge” opening as many in GOP establishment remain uncommitted
washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 1:58 PM | Philip Rucker and Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on 07/12/2011 1:52:31 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

As he weighs whether to jump into the 2012 Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been dialing GOP establishment bigwigs across the country. In phone calls that sometimes stretch more than a half hour, Perry asks the same questions:

Is the door open for a new candidate? And how wide is it open?

Perry is finding that a vast reservoir of the Republican Party establishment — broadly defined to include elected officials, donors, strategists and activists whose support fuels presidential campaigns — is so far untapped, according to interviews conducted Monday and Tuesday with 19 major donors, strategists and party officials in13 states.

Establishment figures are waiting to see a candidate build and finance a national campaign, hone a strong economic message and, most of all, prove that he or she can go the distance to defeat President Obama. The biggest force driving these kingmakers is that they are hungry for a winner, and although former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is widely considered the early frontrunner, broad swaths of the party remain unconvinced that he’s the one.

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The absence of an overwhelming frontrunner is bolstering the candidacy of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a tea-party heroine who many key party figures believe cannot beat Obama.

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Republicans interviewed also said they were open to backing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), although both have adamantly denied they will run. But only one of the 19 establishment figures interviewed mentioned former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, even though she said in a Newsweek story this week that she is still considering a 2012 candidacy.

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1 posted on 07/12/2011 1:52:34 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

DBP


2 posted on 07/12/2011 1:54:00 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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It was said on Hannity (RUMOR) that Rubio is whoever gets the nomination’s VP. He is a shoe in.


3 posted on 07/12/2011 1:56:08 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Perry is setup well for it, if he wants it. He’s a re-elected governor from a big state, and Texas is about the only ‘bright spot’ for the entire economy during 0bama’s term.


4 posted on 07/12/2011 1:56:27 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Is Rubio natural born?


5 posted on 07/12/2011 1:57:37 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Unless Romney or Palin is the nominee, in which case the VP will be Perry....


6 posted on 07/12/2011 1:58:01 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: wolfcreek

Diastolic Blood Pressure?


7 posted on 07/12/2011 1:58:19 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

GOP...KMA


8 posted on 07/12/2011 1:59:17 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: KoRn

Perry is a lot better than some of the RINO alternatives for the VP spot. But I don’t think the sheeple are ready for another governor from Texas this soon.


9 posted on 07/12/2011 2:03:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: tuckrdout

Rubio was born in Miami to Cuban refugee parents. I beleive he would have no problem producing a real birth certificate to prove it.


10 posted on 07/12/2011 2:05:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ConservativeDude

Read the entire article. The establishment, which like it or not; is where the $$$$$$$$$ is. The article said the establishment thinks Bachmann can’t beat Obama;and that Palin is not favored (by only one) and if they don’t think Bachmann could beat Obama they sure won’t think Palin can.Palin lacks the independent votes more so than Bachmann. It is not too late for anyone; but Palin needs to enter her horse in the show by Aug.11th.And my guts says I think the rumor is true that Rubio will be Perry’s VP.


11 posted on 07/12/2011 2:06:19 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I wish he and SP would either jump in, or say they’re out. Slick Willard is in the same place Reagan was in ‘80 - the presumptive frontrunner. During that primary campaign GHW Bush realized that he had to make it a two-man race ASAP. Reagan knew that the longer he kept Dole and the others in the race, the “not Reagan vote” would be diluted. Myth wants to run against a broken field as long as possible.

The other reason SP or RP need to make a move is fundraising for the general. 0bama is going to raise an obscene amount of money and his opponent needs to be well-funded as well. This means raising big money now.


12 posted on 07/12/2011 2:06:34 PM PDT by Lou Budvis ("Socialism..,the smiling face of slavery")
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Perry/Rubio will be very strong; assuming there is a country left to have an election in November 2012


13 posted on 07/12/2011 2:08:41 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: KoRn

I think he can beat Obama easily and he may steal some hispanic votes off of TheWon that will lose; Obama.


14 posted on 07/12/2011 2:10:47 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: ConservativeDude
Perry/Rubio will be very strong; assuming there is a country left to have an election in November 2012

This is what I think the ticket is likely to be if Governor Palin doesn't run.

15 posted on 07/12/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
... many in GOP establishment remain uncommitted

... many in GOP establishment remain unintelligent

... many in GOP establishment remain unconservative

... many in GOP establishment remain unamerican

16 posted on 07/12/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: ConservativeDude

Perry/Rubio takes back FL, VA, NC, and probably at least two of the mountain states of NM, NV, and CO. That leaves a pick up of one of OH, PA, or MI for the win.


17 posted on 07/12/2011 2:13:45 PM PDT by Lou Budvis ("Socialism...the smiling face of slavery")
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To: ConservativeDude

I agree the way Obama is acting with no exaggeration I think he would declare martial law and suspend voting.


18 posted on 07/12/2011 2:14:22 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: screaminsunshine

I wouldn’t think anyone would willingly want to be connected to the GOP establishment.


19 posted on 07/12/2011 2:15:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I dislike the failed ‘establishment’ class of the GOP as much as anyone, but as you said, like it or not, there are portions of that apparatus that are critical to success. Fundraising, organization, etc are vital to any candidate.

Perry is not the first, second or third choice of the DC branch of the GOP. They love Romney, Daniels, Jeb Bush, even Huntsman. Many were ready to saddle up with the first two, but it has been obvious that Romney isn’t getting any traction and Daniels sat it out. Many probably realize that the candidate needs support from the base/grassroots, and Perry has become a favorite of the tea party class for some time. I think some of them are settling on Perry, just as many hard core twa party fans are also feeling like Perry might be a good option.

I don’t believe Perry is an ‘establishment’ guy or one of them like Romney or McCain are. This would be like dismissing Kasich in Ohio last year because he got a lot of DC support. DC support isn’t an automatic disqualifier. As grassroots conservatives, we have do the trust but verify when these situations arise. I believe Perry might be a good fit for 2012 in a year where we will need every bullet in our gun to win against the media machine.

I am very open to Perry and anxious to see if he gets in and how he performs on the trail. He is a guy I could get excited about, and had the perfect narrative to defeat the Obamanation.


20 posted on 07/12/2011 2:16:11 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: tuckrdout

Rubio is not natural born, so he (& we) better get used to being the best Senator or Governor the world has ever seen.


21 posted on 07/12/2011 2:16:14 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Vigilanteman

that makes Rubio “native born” not “natural born” - big difference and we better not go soft on the issue now


22 posted on 07/12/2011 2:18:11 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Lou Budvis
I think Ohio MI and PA are tired of the Obama depression.NC is as well but the witch democratic gov. Purdue vetoed the voter ID law against the republican legislature so Obama could steal NC.(All's the republican controlled legislation said was bring back showing an ID to vote)The dems argued poor illegals and dead people could not vote.Obama and ACORN started all of this no voter ID crap.
23 posted on 07/12/2011 2:21:53 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Longbow1969

I would be surprised to see Rubio jump into a VP role so quickly. I expect to see Rubio as the RNC Convention keynote to kick off the week in his home state of FL.

Rubio has an incredible career ahead and does not need to piggy back on the 2012 election.

If Perry is the candidate, I am actually hoping for Daniels as VP. Arguably the two best run states in the country. Two excellent chief executives who could pick Obama’s failures apart all of fall 2012 would be a great duo. I was strongly against Daniels as the candidate, but he’s got DC experience and state executive experience to be a great VP, without all the baggage of his moderate ways at the top of the ticket.


24 posted on 07/12/2011 2:22:37 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Sioux-san
That cat was already let out of the bag when ObaMao, who is clearly not "natural born" was sworn in. They decidded "native born" was sufficient and he didn't even have to pass that test.

Chester A. Arthur also had one parent born in Canada when he ran and won on the VP ticket in 1880, FWIW.

25 posted on 07/12/2011 2:23:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sioux-san

He was born in Miami,Fla.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/11/01/how-old-is-marco-rubio/


26 posted on 07/12/2011 2:28:32 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Sioux-san

Slight correction to my previous statement. Chester A. Arthur’s father was not Canadian. Arthur’s father was an Irish subject of the United Kingdom of Scottish descent, who naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1843


27 posted on 07/12/2011 2:29:52 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Done Been Posted


28 posted on 07/12/2011 2:30:11 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2747431/posts


29 posted on 07/12/2011 2:30:44 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: ilgipper

I would prefer a woman on the ticket already. But Rubio will steal all the hispanic votes from Obama. I think Palin would make the best energy secretary ever-drill baby drill!


30 posted on 07/12/2011 2:31:24 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Vigilanteman

I suppose the *people* would like 4 more from the Joker?


31 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:31 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

Thanks I did do a search. That was not posted until after this one. I had posted the articles link in another thread prior to posting this article.


32 posted on 07/12/2011 2:33:48 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: cripplecreek

Who do you think is going to decide the *R* candidate?


33 posted on 07/12/2011 2:34:25 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek
Who do you think is going to decide the *R* candidate?

Seems to me that it should be up to the people and not the RINO politboro who dub themselves the establishment.
34 posted on 07/12/2011 2:41:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Sioux-san
Rubio is not natural born, so he (& we) better get used to being the best Senator or Governor the world has ever seen.

So? Neither is Obama and it didn't stop him from becoming POTUS. I DARE the Dems and the MSM to question Rubio's qualifications.
35 posted on 07/12/2011 2:47:21 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I am sure whoever wins would LOVE Rubio on the ticket as VP. He all but guarantees FL, and probably impacts hispanic votes in other key states. He’s also a conservative dream candidate...speaks conservative values from the heart. I just don’t think he’ll opt to accept the invitation, if offered. In fact, I suspect he’ll take it off the table before the rumor mills put him on the ‘short list’.

BTW, he’s my Senator and I have never been happier with an elected official in my life. I am happy if he stays in the Senate for awhile, too.


36 posted on 07/12/2011 2:58:40 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: wolfcreek

Thanks I like this thread better it is an adult conversation with no Palin bots screaming that Perry is a RINO Sarah was there first blah blah blah


37 posted on 07/12/2011 3:08:32 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: ilgipper

I agree and like him. The only thing that concerned me a bit with Rubio was he would not embrace the tea party caucus at first arrival; maybe he has now?


38 posted on 07/12/2011 3:11:43 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: ilgipper

Ditto and well said


39 posted on 07/12/2011 3:14:28 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The establishment, which like it or not; is where the $$$$$$$$$ is. The article said the establishment thinks Bachmann can’t beat Obama;and that Palin is not favored (by only one) and if they don’t think Bachmann could beat Obama they sure won’t think Palin can.Palin lacks the independent votes more so than Bachmann. It is not too late for anyone; but Palin needs to enter her horse in the show by Aug.11th.And my guts says I think the rumor is true that Rubio will be Perry’s VP. “ <<<

Couldn’t agree with you more. Gut and all. On this day, it is Perry’s to lose, and Rubio works with Perry hand in glove. Perry would prefer Rubio as the young rising star and being Hispanic seals the ticket for the win. Of course, Rubio will be anyone’s first VP choice as the no-brainer. Rick wants that big Republican money and he can get it. Cool.

Thanks for a grr-reat post!


40 posted on 07/12/2011 3:26:19 PM PDT by RitaOK (We hang together or will hang separately. 2012, or bust)
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To: Vigilanteman

You are correct about Chester Arthur - from what I read about him, he wasn’t above board about his eligibility either.

I don’t care what Barry Soetoro got away with - he was not then and is not now eligible to be the POTUS. The complicity in this devastation brought on our country is shocking: the Congress, the Supreme Court, all of the States and the Electoral College should all be impeached or prosecuted for high crimes against We the People. I believe in the US Constitution and the Rule of Law. I will not bend just because it is someone whom I like. Rubio talks a good talk, but so did Barry the Liar. The rules are there for a good reason. If we are willing to break them as Conservatives, then all bets are off for the survival of this Nation.


41 posted on 07/12/2011 3:47:39 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Perry is a RINO, that comes from us Texans.

Idiots who are okay with open borders and Eminent domain abuse try to push Perry and it isn’t flying here in his home state.

If you personally have the integrity to check my posting history, you will find that I am hardly a Palinbot (and have bashed her continuously for her links to McCain whose nomination forced me to vote Alan Keyes in 2008), I loath Ron Paul and his hippies, and for now I think the most acceptable declared candidate is Cain.


42 posted on 07/12/2011 4:10:53 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: wolfcreek

I don’t want socialism and I will not vote for a socialist, whenther that socialist be Hillary Clinton, Barry Sotoero, Mitt Romney, Or Rick Perry. I am not opposing a person or a party - I am opposing an Ideology.

If people are not mad at the loss of freedoms enough to vote for an across the board conservative in 2012, maybe they will be in 2016.

Preserving these ideals is far more important than preserving wealth or even the union.

This has become a topic discussed heavily in churches. The obligations Christians have to be in the world, not cloistered monks is beggining to dawn.


43 posted on 07/12/2011 4:18:23 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

I appreciate your posts but I don’t think Perry is a RINO.He and Rubio will beat Obama and the damned GOP had best shut down the nanny state crap; no more games.


44 posted on 07/12/2011 4:32:32 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Run, Rick Run!


45 posted on 07/12/2011 4:34:37 PM PDT by ejdrapes (Can we keep our attacks focused on the real enemy: Obama)
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To: Sioux-san

Yep, thats what I was thinkin’...


46 posted on 07/12/2011 5:39:36 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Perry = Geo. Bush lite.


47 posted on 07/12/2011 5:55:31 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

I kindly disagree. And besides Bush is not a bad comparison. Bush got a bad rap and was alinskyized by the media.His book and interviews and my screen name will have him go down in history as a great POTUS. INCLUDING THE WATER BOARDING THAT HELPED GET BIN LADEN. I think Perry would be better at defending himself to the media. Bush was a great leader but he didn’t care about the media at all.


48 posted on 07/12/2011 6:16:49 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Bush was a great leader”

Well, we’re certainly on different pages and will therefore not be able to agree about Perry but no hard feelings.


49 posted on 07/12/2011 6:23:29 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: ilgipper

If Perry is the candidate, I am actually hoping for Daniels as VP.”

I like that. A lot. Not sure if Daniels would go for it, but that is great.


50 posted on 07/12/2011 7:22:32 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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