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Romney's new offensive blames Gingrich, Santorum for GOP failings
The Ogden Standard-Examiner / The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 9, 2012 | Michael Finnegan

Posted on 02/09/2012 8:18:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

ATLANTA -- A day after his defeats in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota, Mitt Romney pounded Republican presidential rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich on Wednesday as big-spending Washington insiders whose careers show scant evidence of fiscal restraint.

The Republican Party, he said, "lost its way" by borrowing and spending too much, particularly on the pet projects "earmarked" by members of Congress, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum and former House Speaker Gingrich deserve some of the blame.

"Under Newt Gingrich, earmarks doubled," Romney told reporters here on an airport tarmac. "Rick Santorum was a major earmarker and continues to defend earmarks."

By Romney's count, Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling five times -- $3.5 trillion, all told - and government spending rose by 80 percent when he served in the House and Senate.

"Republicans spent too much money, borrowed too much money, earmarked too much, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have to be held accountable," said Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts.

Romney's rhetorical blast was part of a familiar pattern. He has repeatedly tried to ignore his GOP opponents and focus instead on President Barack Obama, only to be reminded by a rude defeat that other viable contenders could still block his path to his party's White House nomination. On Tuesday, he was set back again by Santorum's decisive victories in the Missouri primary and Colorado and Minnesota caucuses....

(Excerpt) Read more at standard.net ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bigdigs4u; bishopromney2ruleu; deathpanels4u; gingrich; newt; romney; romneycare4u; santorum
I guess RomneyCare and RomneyMarriage came in under Deval Patrick. BTW, as I understand it, Senator Santorum didn't gain ANY delegates in his three wins. Anyone know if that is correct?
1 posted on 02/09/2012 8:18:22 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How much earmarked federal money did you spend on the Big Dig, Mitt?


2 posted on 02/09/2012 8:21:05 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (The thing that counts is not what we could do, but what we actually do. -- Leo Spears)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He has repeatedly tried to ignore his GOP opponents and focus instead on President Barack Obama,

Bull poop!

3 posted on 02/09/2012 8:22:47 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Romney is a cult leader, Obama our drug president... they use these wound tactics... it can be used against them and is all we need while we stay where we are at. This is why NOT attacking them is not the solution, the drugs is for the pain. Non lethal solutions as used against sand gnats of Afghanistan is all the treatment these losers need. It’s how their handlers handle them, and it’s who we will be then.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 8:24:12 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aha. The McCain strategery. Attack “earmarks”. That’s bound to work.


5 posted on 02/09/2012 8:25:15 AM PST by ngat
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To: Choose Ye This Day

As for the Big Dig, this is an excellent lead. It’s like the Titanic. THey think they can handle anything. Give them a big engineering project they will fail and sink with. The Big Dig is just the Titanic of Romney’s.


6 posted on 02/09/2012 8:25:41 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My understanding is no formal commitment of delegates. It was just a momentum boost, but take what you can get. If this is the best Romney has, he doesn't have much. He better get someone to plant child porn on Rick's laptop, because this is a weak line.
7 posted on 02/09/2012 8:25:57 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wall st journal delegate tracker.

http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/delegates/

They’re projecting delegates but considering the spread in Missouri I think its a pretty fair indicator of where the official count will go.


8 posted on 02/09/2012 8:26:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is correct. Nada.


9 posted on 02/09/2012 8:28:09 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Earmarks" are a legitimate budgetary tool that ensures funds are spent in accordance with the wishes of Congress and allows the public a clearer view of where dollars are spent. The better question becomes, is the earmark a necessary expenditure and consistent with the proper role of government? A completely different question. In and of themselves they are not bad.

Blasting "earmarks" is just shallow and reflective of the fact that Romney cannot run on his own merits.

10 posted on 02/09/2012 8:28:32 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

scant evidence of fiscal restraint.

OK
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From the Congressional Record:

Senator McCain on the GAO Report
On Sept. 19, 2000, Sen. McCain, speaking in opposition to the Conference Report on the 2001 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill advised the Senate of details from the GAO’s report. As recorded in the Congressional Record, Sen. McCain stated,

“The GAO now determines that $1.3 billion—and some of those I will read: $974,000 for the Utah State Olympic Public Safety Command; $5 million for the Utah Communications Agency Network; $3 million to Olympic Regional Development Authority, upgrades at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex; $2.5 million, Salt Lake City Olympics bus facilities; $2.5 million, Salt Lake City Olympics regional park-and-ride lots; $500,000, Salt Lake City Olympics transit bus loan, and on and on; $925,000 to allow the Utah State Olympic Public Safety Command to continue to develop and support a public safety program for the 2002 Winter Olympics; $1 million for the 2002 Winter Olympics security training; $2.2 million for the Charleston Water Conservancy District, UT, to meet sewer infrastructure needs associated with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. What the Olympic games supposedly hosted and funded by Salt Lake City, which began in corruption and bribery, has now turned into is an incredible pork-barrel project for Salt Lake City and its environs.” — Sen. John McCain in the United States Senate, Sept. 19, 2000 - [Page S8731-S8748 - Congressional Record.]


11 posted on 02/09/2012 8:28:32 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Santorum’s recent “win” were all caucus states. The delegates were not awarded then and are supposed to go to the actual nominee later during and after the convention. (My understanding, correct me if I am wrong)

Romney seems to be doing blanket attacks on both Newt and Santorum, since they have flip-flopped so much.

12 posted on 02/09/2012 8:29:11 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Classic case of projection.

Santorum & Gingrich need to start calling attention to Romney's scorched earth tactics and how they are damaging the GOPs chances against BO. Because its clear that defeating the farce in the WH is by far the main reason people are going to the polls this Nov.

They won't much like the fact that its Romney's personal ambition that is making Obama's re-election more likely.

13 posted on 02/09/2012 8:29:11 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Classic case of projection.

Santorum & Gingrich need to start calling attention to Romney's scorched earth tactics and how they are damaging the GOPs chances against BO. Because its clear that defeating the farce in the WH is by far the main reason people are going to the polls this Nov.

They won't much like the fact that its Romney's personal ambition that is making Obama's re-election more likely.

14 posted on 02/09/2012 8:29:58 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I strongly dislike earmarks, but they make up a miniscule portion of the budget. Romney has bigger spending demons with Romneycare and his weak reaction to entitlement reform.


15 posted on 02/09/2012 8:31:24 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“He has repeatedly tried to ignore his GOP opponents and focus instead on President Barack Obama,”

There are two explanations for that comment:
1. An incredibly uninformed person.
2. A blatant lie.

16 posted on 02/09/2012 8:34:35 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/02/08/146589543/counting-the-gop-delegates-but-not-before-theyre-official?ft=1&f=1003


17 posted on 02/09/2012 8:34:50 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep spending money Romney. You’re just turning people off and soon it will be a Gingrich vs. Santorum race.

Look for the blowup next debate.


18 posted on 02/09/2012 8:34:50 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
See #17. Apparently, the total is not "official" until the convention.
19 posted on 02/09/2012 8:39:13 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I cannot abide Romney, but in all fairness, he was not an elected official from Utah during the Olympics, nor has he been at any other time. Blame all the Olympic pork barrel spending (and there was plenty) on Hatch and Bennett and our Congressmen. Did Romney send lobbyists? Undoubtedly. It was his job as head of the Olympics to try and get funds wherever he could. But, they could have said “no” and didn’t. That’s their failure. One of the reasons I can’t wait to help dump Hatch out of office like we did Bennett and Cannon.

As for him touting the Olympics as some huge financial success for Salt Lake City. It was for those who were invested in certain industries and areas. For the average joe on the streets, it was just a pain in the behind. We certainly didn’t see our taxes and services change positively because of it. And they’re still patting themselves on the back. Yesterday, they had a 10 year anniversary “let’s light the torch one more time” ceremony.


20 posted on 02/09/2012 8:40:43 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mittens dirty attack mode is played out. Voters are not buying this stuff anymore. The fact remains that he has yet to break 50% in any election this Primary. Milt is too stupid to know that is problem is not his opponents, but that he is phoney.


21 posted on 02/09/2012 8:41:51 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Hoffer Rand

he was not an elected official from Utah during the Olympics, nor has he been at any other time.
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Why dont you tell that to Willie Mitty ???

Hes been running on that record for years...

He thinks hes entitled to now run the country...

Hatch and Bennett are fellow Mormons...

They get their marching orders from the same place Willie mitty does...SLC..


22 posted on 02/09/2012 8:46:59 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“...Senator Santorum didn't gain ANY delegates in his three wins.”

Correct. Press played it as a ‘beauty contest'. Also the lowest 3 state turnout for the caucus.

23 posted on 02/09/2012 8:58:30 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: Tennessee Nana
They get their marching orders from the same place Willie mitty does...SLC..

Know that. I've got ringside seats. The joke is the separation of church and state in Utah is the four blocks between Temple Square and the Capitol Building. You know what they say about many a true word being spoken in jest. That's the case here. That whole line about "the Church doesn't get involved in politics" is just so much PR. Nothing moves without the blessing of the Borg Cube. It's why Huntsman didn't get any traction. He wasn't the annointed one.

24 posted on 02/09/2012 9:09:31 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Hoffer Rand

the Borg Cube
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Thats down raht cute..

:)


25 posted on 02/09/2012 9:51:04 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Thiz hearr Cracker aint gonna vote for Willie Boy)
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To: duckman

That’s nonsense. Only Missouri didn’t award delegates. The other states are just like Iowa. The official delegates are technically assigned later because of arcane GOP rules. But they are based on how this vote turned out. That’s the way it’s done in all caucus states.


26 posted on 02/09/2012 10:01:09 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
True. The delgate numbers are still the same as they were after Florida. Another example of the MSM and GOPEe being in the tank for Romney.

After NV
Delegate tally approximately
Romney 51 Newt 45
when FL vote divided per RNC rules!

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27 posted on 02/09/2012 10:13:42 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I'm just sayin...

28 posted on 02/09/2012 10:40:43 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney is a punk. He should be running as a ‘rat.


29 posted on 02/09/2012 1:33:55 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: skeeter

I can see how people take issue when Romney attacks how Newt left the house, but these seem like pretty basic and non-scorched earth attacks. What, in calling out their records, is scorched earth?


30 posted on 02/09/2012 4:04:58 PM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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To: sick1
Romney basically is attacking Gingrich and Santorum for being congressmen.

Its the one thing he CAN safely attack them for. In fact, he could attack ANY given member of congress for the same things - its bullsh*t and apparently is driving down voter participation in this primary, which of course is what Romney wants.

It eventually may get him nominated, but it sure as hell won't help get him elected, nor either of the others should they be nominated.

This is about getting Obama out and Romney's taking the primaries negative is NOT helping.

31 posted on 02/09/2012 5:11:11 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s it, Romney has convinced me that he is the only REAL conservative in the race! /sarc to the power of (1/0)


32 posted on 02/09/2012 7:28:56 PM PST by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: skeeter

Don’t agree with all that you said but all of it could be true and nothing that you stated makes those attacks scorched earth. Pro or anti on Romney - hyperbole is a sustainable method.


33 posted on 02/11/2012 7:11:06 PM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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To: sick1; skeeter; 2ndDivisionVet

The Club For Growth has what they term Presidential White Papers on each of the candidates.

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/whitepapers/

These are well worth reading.


34 posted on 02/12/2012 5:32:01 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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