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Sarah Palin Encourages GOP Candidates to Attend Trump Debate
Gather ^ | December 8, 2011 | Daniel Koeker

Posted on 12/08/2011 9:00:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and almost-kinda-sorta-not-really presidential hopeful, encouraged GOP candidates to attend Donald Trump's presidential debate. Trump proposed the debate, which he will moderate, on December 27.

Trump's proposition was met with an interesting variety of responses, but most seemed to be based around the same premise: it wasn't something to be taken seriously. Jon Huntsman called the idea "a joke," Ron Paul called it "wildly inappropriate" and Mitt Romney recently declined the invitation as well. As it stands, only Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have confirmed their attendance. If things don't turn around soon, it will be a very small, and probably short, debate.

However, Sarah Palin had a different perspective. Advising candidates to focus on exposure, she suggested, "What is a bit appealing about this idea of Trump hosting a debate is, consider the diverse audience that perhaps he can attract." Indeed, while Trump is not exactly looked at as the senior authority on being taken seriously, there is no doubt that his name is well-known, and he could attract audiences that might not otherwise watch.

Sarah Palin herself is a rather controversial person, but she may have a point here. While some question whether Trump, once a presidential hopeful himself, could be expected to moderate without bias, the moderator is only part of the issue. Candidates would still have a platform with which to reach new audiences. It could also be argued that, by this point in the race, getting exposure to as many people as possible could only be beneficial. With Newt Gingrich currently being far ahead in some polls, perhaps it would be better for candidates to focus on a possible opportunity rather than who is moderating the debate.


TOPICS: Iowa; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: gingrich; palin; romney; trump
Does anyone else see the irony in Ron Paul's statement, much less Huntsman's? Milt must have "focus-grouped" this 5 ways to Sunday before deciding what to do.
1 posted on 12/08/2011 9:00:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most any of them would go on the Leno, Letterman or John Stewart show in a minute and be made fun of, and they think Trumps debate is ridiculous??

Big mistake.


2 posted on 12/08/2011 9:13:54 PM PST by annieokie
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To: annieokie

I think it is a big mistake also. I like Trump’s business directness and his common sense. I was disappointed to hear Bachmann turned it down...I really thought she would do it and shine.


3 posted on 12/08/2011 9:18:30 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: annieokie

I agree - Trump knows a hell of a lot more than any pundit, news-reader, or talking head on the air, and they’d jump at the chance to be humiliated and reamed by that puke from See BS News again, or some twit from NPR.

It’s not like Trump lacks credibility, having actually started companies, created jobs, and made lots of money doing it. If I were Trump, I’d let the rumor get started that I might be considering running on a 3rd party ticket - then watch ‘em squirm!


4 posted on 12/08/2011 9:22:09 PM PST by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; onyx

Sarahcuda is right as usual.

Trump is a jerk as usual too but no way he will run, he can read polls. And he
knows third party means a Ross Perot.

This will get big ratings when Michele and Perry reconsider.


5 posted on 12/08/2011 9:25:37 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Does anyone else see the irony in Ron Paul’s statement, much less Huntsman’s? Milt must have “focus-grouped” this 5 ways to Sunday before deciding what to do.”

Ron Paul? OOOh wait, wasn’t he the guy/doctor blaiming 9/11 on the United States?


6 posted on 12/08/2011 9:33:50 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: bigbob
Your right on about Trump and his accomplishments and he loves AMERICA.

Maybe Trump should just let it leak, that he will be choosing a candidate to endorse from those that attend.

Don't Diss the Don, not smart.

7 posted on 12/08/2011 9:34:16 PM PST by annieokie
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To: annieokie

Great point!


8 posted on 12/08/2011 9:34:36 PM PST by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I will be very pleased to watch the debate between the two who chose to attend. Nice to see a debate outside of the Pravda/Media control.

As to the others.. a pox on them. They so willingly fawn over media-hit-job faux-debates and go on enemedia shows like Letterman, yet cannot stand the heat in Trumps's kitchen? What a bunch of wussy weasels.

9 posted on 12/08/2011 9:35:13 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: savagesusie

I too don’t understand why Bachman refused. I know she is not afraid of him. Yes, Trump is a powerful and smart businessman with a lot of common sense, very few of those types around anymore.


10 posted on 12/08/2011 9:37:57 PM PST by annieokie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was looking forward to this debate. I have a lot more respect for Trump than a lot of those Obama cheerleaders....errr....”journalists”.


11 posted on 12/08/2011 9:43:55 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: annieokie

I agree.

I think Perry should decide to join the forum, since some of his strengths involve furthering private businesses where people are employed. He’s proven to be successful in Texas on such matters and opposes excessive regulation by the Fed gov’t. ....He should be able to respond very well to Trump’s questions relative to business, trade, energy and jobs.


12 posted on 12/08/2011 9:46:51 PM PST by octex
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To: antceecee

As to the others.. a pox on them.

I am actually proud of those that said no. These debates were scheduled months and months ago. If Trump was really as interested as he says, he would have scheduled this back then. Plus two days after Christmas? What a jerk. No wonder he can’t keep a wife. He and Newt can probably use old wedding rings for poker chips. They both have ZERO morals!!!!!!


13 posted on 12/08/2011 9:48:51 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’ll go on these liberal hosted debates and be made to look like fools but run away from this? I am disappointed in them all.


14 posted on 12/08/2011 9:49:09 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: annieokie

Exactly! The candidates are willing to go onto those rancid late-night shows, where they are constantly the butt of jokes by the Obama-worshipping hosts. They join in debates (which have already been as crass and tacky as hell), sponsored by CBS, MSNBC, CNN, etc., where the condescending lefty moderators orchestrate questions and formats designed to make them all look foolish...

They are willing to basically grovel in those kind of venues, yet the prospect of the proposed Trump debate is somehow beneath them? That’s the part that gets to me, even if a certain wariness towards Trump is admittedly warranted. The big upside is that such a debate would probably reach a different audience beyond the conservative cable-news echo chamber, plus it would be far more likely an all-out barbecuing of Obama and his policies than the MSM debates would ever allow to happen.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 9:51:30 PM PST by greene66
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To: annieokie

Trump loves himself and that’s it.


16 posted on 12/08/2011 9:53:33 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: napscoordinator
I disagree with you on jut about every point.

The media has played hardball in pretty much wiping out each and every candidate that stands in the way of a Romney win. Their narrative is Romney as the GOP candidate and media run debates have done nothing but write this in stone.

If you like "predictable", months-ago ordered debates run by the Dem machine media, then I can see why you are pleased with this.

I am not and am glad to see someone acting the shitster against them.

Two days after Christmas is great! A lot of people take the week off and some who have been oblivious to the machinations of the media debates, just might want to tune in.

If a GOP candidate can go into the mouth of the Dem machine in order to put on a debate, I see nothing wrong with going into a Trump inspired forum.

What are they afraid of?????.... I think they are a bunch of wusses who have obviously given up their power to FOXNBCCSABCCNN and don't dare tread off of the Dem Media plantation. Screw them.

17 posted on 12/08/2011 10:14:23 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
While some question whether Trump, once a presidential hopeful himself, could be expected to moderate without bias, the moderator is only part of the issue.

LOL! They are finally worried about a moderator being biased!!!!

18 posted on 12/08/2011 10:40:17 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great Merciful Zeus: Longtime Romney Supporters Abandoning Him in Chicago. Is His “Inevitable” Victory Now Impossible?
December 8, 2011 by Kevin DuJan
http://hillbuzz.org/great-merciful-zeus-longtime-romney-supporters-abandoning-him-in-chicago-is-his-inevitable-victory-now-impossible-70104

(NOTE: read the comments, too)

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Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball
12/08/2011

2012 Republican Race: The Field May Not Be Closed

Conventional wisdom is that the Republican presidential field is set, and that it is much too late for a new candidate to enter the race.

In years past, that would be absolutely correct. Over the last few decades, dozens of primaries and caucuses have been shoe-horned into the opening weeks of the election year, with the tendency on the Republican side for the front-running candidate to score a quick knockout.

But next year, the arrangement of the primary calendar is much different. It is less condensed at the front, much more loaded with events at the back, with the prospect of a viable, late-starting candidate quite real.

[snip] Continue reading here: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

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Could Sarah Palin Still Get in the Race?

“.....Feb. 14 is the last day that a late entrant could enter the race and reasonably be expected to do well in subsequent races.

The scenario looks something like this: http://voices.yahoo.com/could-sarah-palin-still-race-10634503.html?cat=9


19 posted on 12/08/2011 10:44:48 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Precisely.

Look, Trump has zero intention of running. EVER.

No way. Trump would never put himself out there to LOSE!

I don’t know why people even entertain the thought!!!!

Candidates should appear at the debate and those who don’t are declining for one reason:

they don’t think they’re going to get his endorsement.

Sheeesh.

If they show, they’re bound to get some donations!!


20 posted on 12/08/2011 10:56:47 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: The Mayor
They’ll go on these liberal hosted debates and be made to look like fools but run away from this? I am disappointed in them all.

Exactly so!

They're afraid they won't get his endorsement.

21 posted on 12/08/2011 10:59:25 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Do you EVER have anything positive to say on any subject?


22 posted on 12/08/2011 11:02:03 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: napscoordinator

I didn’t realize we had a “timeline” to keep on this battle for our country. I weep for people who think like this.


23 posted on 12/08/2011 11:11:28 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: annieokie

Bachmann seems to run interference for Romney on stage and off. This is no surprise that this decision aligns with his early pass on Trump.


24 posted on 12/08/2011 11:16:36 PM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: annieokie

[ Big mistake. ]

Agreed.. I am watching to see who does not attend..
Whoever don’t attend will NOT get my vote.. in the primarys..

Big Mistake..


25 posted on 12/08/2011 11:29:48 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe

Cain would have attended.


26 posted on 12/08/2011 11:38:48 PM PST by BagCamAddict (If we let them run Cain out of town, they will do it to EVERY GOP candidate from now on.)
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To: savagesusie

...”However, Sarah Palin had a different perspective. Advising candidates to focus on exposure, she suggested, “What is a bit appealing about this idea of Trump hosting a debate is, consider the diverse audience that perhaps he can attract.” Indeed, while Trump is not exactly looked at as the senior authority on being taken seriously, there is no doubt that his name is well-known, and he could attract audiences that might not otherwise watch”...

She is exactly right..I have not watched the other debates because I know who I support already..However, I would watch a debate run by Trump..It would be different and more interesting.


27 posted on 12/09/2011 2:42:57 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: RitaOK

We could also accuse Perry of running interference for Romney.

Perry turned this debate down prior to Bachmann.


28 posted on 12/09/2011 2:51:16 AM PST by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s wrong with a “debate” that is NOT run by a partisan Democrat working for Obama?


29 posted on 12/09/2011 3:58:13 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters. Let the dead rest in peace.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bad idea. I for one am more than tired of how much the Presidential race has been so trivialized by those who have their own personal self-interests in doing so and Trump is one of those that readily comes to mind, so blatantly. Restoring respect would be a beginning to regaining our nations sense of self-respect and esteem.

Expectations have been lowered so much for what we expect in a President just look who and what we have ended up with occupying the peoples house?!

30 posted on 12/09/2011 4:42:57 AM PST by Ron H. (Be ready and look to the heavens for He is surely coming back, soon!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Trump endorses Newt after this...


31 posted on 12/09/2011 4:46:59 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jon Huntsman called the idea "a joke," Ron Paul called it "wildly inappropriate"

Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul are both a wildly inappropriate joke of a presidential candidate. Ms. Palin is right. This debate will draw a large and eclectic audience that normally wouldn't watch a debate. Pretty stupid not to attend.
32 posted on 12/09/2011 5:03:15 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For those who loosely use the word ‘cowards’ referring to those who don’t accept the summons of The Donald, I would use this war analogy.

Who is the braver, a squad of volunteers who accept a known dangerous mission into the enemy’s territory or the people who prefer stay in the ‘green zone’ to play golf with the ‘General’ to garner his support for advancement in rank?


33 posted on 12/09/2011 6:24:48 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bachmann and Perry should BOTH reconsider, although the date set for the debate isn't the best. Nobody will miss Milt, Paul and Huntsman.

Michele...you go on Fallon, but dismiss Trump? Seriously...WTF? Sarah is right...it is all about reaching a new audience.

34 posted on 12/09/2011 6:32:48 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: indylindy

Perry once again snatches defeat, from the jaws of victory.

Perry of all the candidates, should stop playing defense.

Perry should go, and kick butt at Trump’s debate.

Big mistake for Perry to chicken out of this. Nobody will be impressed, and a lot will be disappointed.

I’ve wanted to like Perry since the beginning of this primary race, and he’s prevented that at every turn.

Does he imagine we’re out here, all hoping for the next George W Bush???


35 posted on 12/09/2011 6:38:03 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("FREE TRADERS": Self-loathing Americans)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

They would all probably enter this debate if Trump stated he is not going to run.

Or maybe they think he has already decided who he would endorse. They may think he will make that person look good.

Who knows?

I kind of liked this idea of a debate, but I sure wish Trump would quit threatening to run.


36 posted on 12/09/2011 6:42:51 AM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy

Indy, the day of, or the following day of the Romney decline, Michelle declined, Hotair reported. Perry is not showing independence either, by buying into the hype against Trump as moderator. Ridiculous miss for all of them. But, look where their poll numbers are. Newt/Santorum, 2012. Now there’s a ticket with fear of the establishment.


37 posted on 12/09/2011 7:39:24 AM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: bigbob

You forgot the sarcasm tag.


38 posted on 12/09/2011 7:41:50 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: annieokie
Trump is a powerful and smart businessman with a lot of common sense

One might as well attend a debate sponsored by Obama. Trump is threatening to run "third party", which will reelect Obama.

39 posted on 12/09/2011 7:44:19 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: onyx

Yep. The second tier candidates who need traction to stay alive should have jumped at this chance to get out in front of the American people and state their case. I’m not a Trump fan either. But the candidates could have really up’d their own cred by taking him on.


40 posted on 12/09/2011 7:49:18 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal.)
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To: Matchett-PI

I would love for that to happen! But, I’m not counting on it.


41 posted on 12/09/2011 7:51:34 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
One might as well attend a debate sponsored by Obama. Trump is threatening to run "third party", which will reelect Obama.

Again we have a situation where a lot of FReepers have allowed the wool to be pulled down over their eyes here. They're being had and don't seem to understand that nor care to it would seem. Trump is an accomplished snake oil salesman and he is cleaning up with the moderate and RINO Republicans around here. I sure do hope that conservatives are smarter than those folks.

Anyone who has been paying any attention know full damn well that Trump is a Demonrat and he has no intentions of helping those rooting for him with his dog-n-pony show, his so called debate. Republicans singing the praises of Trump are no more than a bunch of useful patsies and that they are being used.

42 posted on 12/09/2011 8:59:45 AM PST by Ron H. (Be ready and look to the heavens for He is surely coming back, soon!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Sarahcuda is right as usual.

Sarah should offer to cohost. A Trump/Palin sponsored debate would be a ratings bonanza!
43 posted on 12/09/2011 9:11:45 AM PST by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: indylindy
They would all probably enter this debate if Trump stated he is not going to run.

Honestly, what Trump ought to come back with is something like, "you know, I keep saying there is a chance that I might run as an independent if I think the wrong person gets the nomination. Here's your chance to convince to not run if you win the primaries."

44 posted on 12/09/2011 9:19:56 AM PST by kevkrom (Separation of Business and State)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want a Rush or Andrew Wilkow debate.


45 posted on 12/09/2011 9:23:37 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: kevkrom

I am not liking the idea of Trump thinking he gets to pick the candidate. If he would run, Obama wins. It is almost like he doesn’t care who primary voters pick. Donald ain’t happy with it? He runs, Obama wins. That stinks.

I like some of Donalds tough talk, but this crap is the reason he can’t be trusted.


46 posted on 12/09/2011 10:38:50 AM PST by dforest
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To: TauntedTiger; onyx
Sarah should offer to cohost. A Trump/Palin sponsored debate would be a ratings bonanza!

Excellent thought!!!

47 posted on 12/09/2011 11:16:35 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Has anyone else signed onto the debate?

I will be happy to watch only the two.


48 posted on 12/09/2011 2:20:42 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: onyx

I just heard on Hannity there’s a “rumor” Trump is calling the debate off.


49 posted on 12/09/2011 2:39:38 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Oh geeeeez.....that’s too bad.


50 posted on 12/09/2011 2:41:25 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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