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Rick Santorum could be a thorn in Ted Cruz’s side in 2016. Here’s why.(WaPo dropping acid?)
The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 28, 2013 | Sean Sullivan

Posted on 10/29/2013 7:33:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Was the end result of Ted Cruz’s effort to derail Obamacare in the recently concluded budget debate a good one? Rick Santorum doesn’t think so.

“I would say that in the end, he did more harm,” Santorum said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” adding that while Cruz’s aim was worthy, his follow through wasn’t effective.

Does it matter what Santorum, a failed 2012 White House contender, thinks of Cruz, a freshman Texas senator and rising conservative star? Yes. Because of Iowa.

Cruz made his third swing through the first-in-the-nation caucus state over the weekend, building more bridges with conservative activists and stoking more chatter that he will run for president in 2016. If he does, Cruz will be spending an awful lot more time in the Hawkeye State, because the nominating caucus there, dominated by GOP activists, is his natural political base.

There’s little reason to doubt that Cruz could compete for Iowa in the GOP presidential sweepstakes. But he’s not a shoo-in. And one factor that could well determine how far he goes is what Santorum decides to do.

The eventual winner of 2012 Iowa caucuses, Santorum hasn’t ruled out another run....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Iowa; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: cruz; iowa; pennsylvania; ricksantorum; santorum; santorumtruthfile; tedcruz
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1 posted on 10/29/2013 7:33:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rick Santorum wouldn’t make a pimple on Ted Cruz’s butt ,much less a thorn in his side.


2 posted on 10/29/2013 7:34:39 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Venturer

It would be nice to get more news from this planet


3 posted on 10/29/2013 7:35:49 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum crticizing Cruz makes Santorum look like an ObamaCare supporter. Santorium needs to hang it up


4 posted on 10/29/2013 7:35:52 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum is irrelevant.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 7:36:24 PM PDT by Ray76
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To: Venturer
Just compare their undergraduate, law school and legal careers. The notion is laughable. No knock on Senator Santorum, but they're not in the same league, at all. It's NFL versus community college, if that.
6 posted on 10/29/2013 7:37:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: GeronL

Amen!


7 posted on 10/29/2013 7:39:32 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Santorum just come out and say conservatives are evil?


8 posted on 10/29/2013 7:39:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum, a graduate of the Arlen Specter political school of f*** your party.


9 posted on 10/29/2013 7:40:29 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum was one in a lineup of many subpar candidates, which is why he won Iowa (not by a lot). If a behemoth like Cruz entered the fray, Rick would be getting Huntsman numbers. Sorry for being blunt.


10 posted on 10/29/2013 7:40:56 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I supported Santorum in the primaries but he’s dead to me now.

I expected better from Santorum.


11 posted on 10/29/2013 7:41:17 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah right, because Iowa is stupid and won’t know the difference between a failed candidate and a fighter that is standing up for America. Sheesh!


12 posted on 10/29/2013 7:41:49 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Viennacon

I worry that Huntsman or something like him is the natural follow-on to John McCain and Willard Romney.


13 posted on 10/29/2013 7:42:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Ray76
Santorum is irrelevant.

Ricky is just another power-lusting politician.

Reagan ran and won - he believed in the people and in limited government.

If Cruz decides to run, he will do so because he believes in the people and in limited government.

If Ricky boy runs again it will because of his obsession with becoming President in order to feed his arrogant ego...

It's sad how Ricky boy thinks he is so wise and knowledgable on every subject..

14 posted on 10/29/2013 7:44:40 PM PDT by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lets the gop nominate him and Ted forms the new second party..


15 posted on 10/29/2013 7:44:43 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: RginTN

reminder to self, call Santorum’s office tomorrow.Tell him I am supporting Ted Cruz for President and he had better wake up and see what he is saying is only harming himself.


16 posted on 10/29/2013 7:45:21 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It amuses me how the communist DemocRATS are scared to death right now that the GOP is going to dry up and blow away. Communism needs an “evil villain” for it to work. The commie ‘RATS need a boogey man to scare the hell out of their low to no information voters. Right now, the communists in the state controlled “media” have the GOP and TEA Party to fill that purpose. Without the GOP and the TEA Party, the commie ‘RATS are finished.


17 posted on 10/29/2013 7:46:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Have you had your ObamaCare Marketplace shopping experience today?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He will be unless we really mobilize this time. They’re already pushing Krispy Kreme!


18 posted on 10/29/2013 7:47:57 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
I think Krispy Kreme is a place holder. No nation in the television age is going to elect a 450lb. president. Just as I think Hillary is in danger from fauxcahontas for appearance’s sake.
19 posted on 10/29/2013 7:50:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: pollywog

How does one call Rick Santorum?


20 posted on 10/29/2013 7:51:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sanitorium is a "Go along to get along" republican. He would give the
RATs everything they want and more. McCain lite.
21 posted on 10/29/2013 7:53:04 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

If we could coalesce behind one candidate early and REFUSE to lend any support whatsoever to the designated RINO, that cohesion behind one candidate would snowball. Cruz has provided the spark. It’s up to conservatives to fan the flame.


22 posted on 10/29/2013 7:58:33 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rick’s plan was better, I’m certain. What was it again?

Do nothing and roll over?


23 posted on 10/29/2013 7:59:44 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: sand88
You pretty well nailed ol’ Rick....lol..He wants to give us something!!
24 posted on 10/29/2013 8:03:51 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The little sweater wearing twerp should crawl back under his rock and stay there.
25 posted on 10/29/2013 8:05:41 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The way I look at 2016, assuming we’ll be allowed to vote, is that the minute the GOP nominates their designated RINO, the election is lost. Conservatives will either stay home or write in “D. B. Cooper.” We’ve simply had enough with all the GOPe lies and backstabbing.


26 posted on 10/29/2013 8:05:43 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists.)
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To: M-cubed

These “get along go along” types make me ill. Santorum is a mediocre candidate for any office.


27 posted on 10/29/2013 8:08:11 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Poppycock. They’re grasping - and that makes me smile!


28 posted on 10/29/2013 8:09:33 PM PDT by CelesteChristi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s losing weight.


29 posted on 10/29/2013 8:11:27 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I voted and donated to Rick in the 2008 campaign.

Rick, You speak in paragraphs and nobody hears your message.

Ted is clear, focused, and on message.

Rick, Get off of Ted’s back. Maybe he’ll invite you to join his Cabinet.


30 posted on 10/29/2013 8:12:44 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: MaxMax
"Hiddily Ho!"


31 posted on 10/29/2013 8:14:21 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum was driven out of politics when he was kicked out of his Senate seat by a bigger margin than Christine O’Donnell lost her effort to win one by, close to an 18 point loss.

The career politician has been looking for a niche to fill ever since, he supported Arlen Specter not only in 2004 but also for the 2010 election, and he was a Romney man in 2008.

Santorum is looking for a place to land, and a desperate rino is dangerous indeed, not as a winner, but as a spoiler, or stalking horse, which I still think was his original role in early 2012.


32 posted on 10/29/2013 8:15:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: Girlene

We all say that.

33 posted on 10/29/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...while Cruz’s aim was worthy, his follow through wasn’t effective

I felt somewhat the same way. Cruz started out strong with the one day delay and his speeches, and then he sort of petered out with the rest of the GOP and watched the GOP Leftists give in. There seemed to be no real fight after the filibuster.

34 posted on 10/29/2013 8:25:07 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gack! Santorum causes me to have an eye tic and annoys me something awful.


35 posted on 10/29/2013 8:28:37 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SeminoleCounty
I believe Cruz will come out of this Obamacare nightmare looking like the smartest guy in DC. He will be remembered as the only politician who tried to save us from this disaster.
36 posted on 10/29/2013 8:33:49 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz is standing tall right now. I’m proud of him. I did everything I knew how to do to support him, including writing repeatedly to my own feckless Congresscritter. I’m all in with Ted. Captain, my captain.


37 posted on 10/29/2013 8:34:18 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Venturer
Santorum was less than a mosquito on Romney's butt. What will he be to Cruz? A bacterium?

Really, serious people must consign this quixotic idiosyncrete to the elephant's graveyard.

38 posted on 10/29/2013 8:59:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NO RETREADS!


39 posted on 10/29/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I worry that Huntsman or something like him is the natural follow-on to John McCain and Willard Romney.

Your worry is justified by history. IDK who it will be but the GOP wing of the ruling clique will certainly not go down without a fight. They will attack Cruz, or whoever runs in his place, tooth and nail-- and gladly see a 'Rat victory before allowing a conservative American victory.

We live in extraordinary times.

40 posted on 10/29/2013 9:06:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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Does Rick get paid to screw things up?


41 posted on 10/29/2013 9:10:25 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nonsense.


42 posted on 10/29/2013 9:11:29 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("Old admirals who feel the wind Are never put to sea." Al Stewart)
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To: Toespi

Santorum was pushing amnesty as early as January.


43 posted on 10/29/2013 9:16:44 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He sure looks like he’s losing weight. I saw a clip of him this am and then a clip from a year ago...there is a marked difference in his face.


44 posted on 10/29/2013 9:35:36 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum doesn’t look old enough to shave.

And in debates, for all his talk about his “courage,” around the eyes, he looks terrified.

He simply cannot lead.

And he supported Sphincter. Unforgivable.


45 posted on 10/29/2013 10:35:13 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Venturer
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====== RICK SANTORUM'S Incredible CONSERVATIVE Voting Record ======

(Source: Free Republic's Psycho-Freep, 2012-03-05)



NEA

Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.




Bankruptcy

Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.




Defense and Foreign Policy

Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.

Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.

Voted for the START II Treaty

Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.

Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines

Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.

Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.

Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.

Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.

Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.

Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea

Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.

Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.

Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program




Nominations

Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)

Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge

Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN

Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge

Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit

Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge

Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge

Voted for James Brady to be District Judge




Union Labor

Voted against National Right to Work Act

Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages

Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor

Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding

Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Voted for Job Corps funding

Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization

Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.

Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.

Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.

Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.




Guns

Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.

Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device

Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.

Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.

Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.




Reform

Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.

Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.

Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.

Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.

Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.

Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.




Immigration

Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators

Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens

Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.

Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.

Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.




Taxes

Voted against a flat tax.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.

Voted twice for internet taxes.

Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.

Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.

Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.

Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.

Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.

Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.

Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.




Welfare

Voted against food stamp reform

Voted against Medicaid reform

Voted against TANF reform

Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion

Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.

Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.




Government Waste

Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million

Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)

Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion

Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.

Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million

Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)

Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry

Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation

Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.

Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%

Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.

Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.

Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.

Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.




Spending and Entitlements

Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement.

Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.

Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.

Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.




Health Care

Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.

Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.

Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.




Education

Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing

Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.

Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.




Energy

Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.

Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.



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====== NEWT GINGRICH'S GREAT 2012 CAMPAIGN SPEECHES ======




CPAC 2012 Speech -- Newt Gingrich, U.S. President Elect


CPAC 2012 Speech -- Sarah Palin, U.S. Vice President Elect




Nancy Reagan (1995) : Ronnie turned that Torch over to Newt



NRA Second Amendent Speech -- Newt Gingrich



U.S. Energy Independence in 2012 -- Speech


U.S. Energy Independence in 2012 -- Newt Gingrich



"America's Space Renaissance" in Florida !


Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again




Why is Newt Gingrich So Angry ?


Newt Gingrich : South Carolina Victory Speech (2012-01-21)


Newt Gingrich : Christmas Day in 1776 George Washington's "Victory or Death"




Newt Stoutly Defends the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms)


Newt Gingrich – Constitutional Removal of Radial-Liberal Federal Judges




Newt Slams an "Increasingly Radical" EPA




Newt Defends Israel and Shows how the Palestinians are an "Invented" people !


Newt Warns against the Proposed 9-11 NYC Islamic Mosque and Islamic Sharia Law


Gingrich Compares Radical-Isalmics Muslims To Nazis


Newt Gingrich On The Threat Of Radical Islam


Newt Gingrich – America’s Defense of Judea-Christian Ideals and Defense against Islamic Fascism


Gingrich: Aggressive Prosecution of Radical-Militant U.S. Muslim Groups




Newt Gingrich: Response to CNN’s John King “Divorce Question”


Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Americans Want Paychecks, Not Food Stamps


Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his "Gotcha" Questions at Iowa Debate




Newt Destroys Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis Killing Osama bin Laden




Gingrich: My Credential Is 4.2% Unemployment


Newt Slams Obama's Stupidity on the Keystone Pipeline


Gingrich attacks Federal Reserve (Bernanke and Geitner) Deception and Corruption


Newt Discusses Job Creation and Dismantling Federal (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)




Newt: No American President Should Bow to a Saudi King


Newt Gingrich: Super PAC Committee Is Washington's Dumbest Idea





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46 posted on 10/30/2013 4:28:43 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum has no personality and will never make it past the primaries.


47 posted on 10/30/2013 7:36:58 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: SeminoleCounty
Santorum needs to hang it up

He already did. Most people who supported him in the primaries did so because they hoped he could be the solid, conservative alternative to the RINO manipulations. Then he started talking about the need to compromise to get things done. That when we were all sick of RINOs compromising on every single principle we have.

He's a RINO. And he's dumb. Why would anyone prefer him over Cruz? The ones that might already prefer Christie or Jeb Bush.

48 posted on 10/30/2013 7:41:14 AM PDT by grania
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Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"
I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it's a conundrum. Here's the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can't give the president a blank check. We just can't keep raising the debt ceiling without conditions. So unconditionally raising the debt ceiling, nobody at home wants me to vote for that and I can't vote for that. But the conundrum is if I don't we do approach these deadlines. So there is an impasse. In 2011, though, we had this impasse and the president did negotiate. We got the sequester. If we were to extend the sequester from discretionary spending to all the entitlements we would actually fix our problem within a few years.
[Posted on 11/19/2013 12:16:51 PM by Third Person]

49 posted on 09/27/2014 8:24:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Santorum on Cruz: ‘In the End, He Did More Harm’ (Video at link)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3084577/posts


50 posted on 09/27/2014 8:25:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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