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Meet the Press, Dissembling, and More (Levin Debunks Romney role in Iowa Rumor)
The Corner at National Review ^ | January 27, 2008 | Mark Levin

Posted on 01/27/2008 10:18:57 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT

The hard-driving Tim Russert blew it. He allowed McCain to slip away with his dishonest characterization of Romney's statement, i.e., Romney never said he favored a specific time for withdrawal. McCain read the first part of the quote but not the second part, where Romney would veto a congressional time table. By now, everyone who is carefully following this knows that McCain's allegation is flatly false.

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On another note, a rumor is making the rounds that Fred Thompson will endorse John McCain tomorrow.

I checked with somebody extremely close to the situation. Fred said the other day that he won't endorse for now, and he is not endorsing for now. I suspect this rumor is being leaked by the McCain camp, which was the source of the earlier rumor that Fred was planning on throwing his support behind McCain if he didn't score well in Iowa.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marklevin; rds; romney
We all know that McCain's accusation about Romney favoring a timetable for withdrawal has no basis in fact, so Mark Levin's re-covering that story isn't the most interesting part of this corner post.

Instead, it's Mark Levin's clear statement that the "Fred is dropping out" rumor came from McCain's camp, and that it seems reasonable to think the false "Fred will endorse McCain" rumor is also coming from the McCain camp.

1 posted on 01/27/2008 10:18:57 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT; jellybean

Bump and ping!


2 posted on 01/27/2008 10:20:08 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
"Instead, it's Mark Levin's clear statement that the "Fred is dropping out" rumor came from McCain's camp, and that it seems reasonable to think the false "Fred will endorse McCain" rumor is also coming from the McCain camp."


Coming from a supposed "friend", I bet Fred is spitting nails over this.

Then again, they were friends when Fred was in the Senate...quite a while ago.
Since Fred entered the race, competing against McCain, I bet things aren't good between the two of them, despite media reports.

3 posted on 01/27/2008 10:24:25 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

McCain and Huckabee have emerged as the Really Rottens in the GOP Laff-A-Lympics, lying and cheating any way they can.


4 posted on 01/27/2008 10:26:08 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

John McCain is a rotten liar.


5 posted on 01/27/2008 10:28:07 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: counterpunch
>>>>>McCain and Huckabee ...

McCain and Huckabee are no better and no worse than the liberals Giuliani and Romney. Not one of those four yahoos deserve to be the GOP nominee.

6 posted on 01/27/2008 10:30:31 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Reagan Man

Romney and Giuliani haven’t played the dirty tricks that Huckabee and McCain have.
Giuliani has actually run the cleanest campaign of them all.


7 posted on 01/27/2008 10:36:20 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Originally it was thought that the rumor that Fred would drop out and endorse McCain after Iowa was from the Romney camp. Mark sounds very credible now that he’s got the goods it all started with the McCain campaign. Hmmm.

I do hope Fred does NOT endorse McCain. Better not to endorse anyone than do that. It will not earn McCain ONE new vote but it would garner some lack of respect from many solid FredHeads, who are mostly already moving in the Romney direction at this point.


8 posted on 01/27/2008 10:40:47 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: counterpunch

LOL Romney and Giuliani have been lying about their political records since they announced. Truth is, Romney is a better liar than Giuliani and he’s got more money too. If nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.


9 posted on 01/27/2008 10:44:39 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Well, the rumors that Fred would throw his support to McCain have been flying around for a long time (even long before Fred withdrew from the campaign). It only makes sense that such rumors were coming from the McCain camp, as he is the only one who would benefit from making people believe he would endorse McCain.


10 posted on 01/27/2008 10:55:59 PM PST by AlternateEgo (Fred Thompson for the Supreme Court)
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To: Reagan Man
If nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.

Like Steve Forbes did? Or Bill Simon did in the California Governor's race a few years back? My point is that money alone won't do it. And I like candidates who use their their personal wealth to finance their campaigns. Better than having to sell yourself to sleazy opportunists.

11 posted on 01/27/2008 11:22:02 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: CharlesWayneCT
On another note, a rumor is making the rounds that Fred Thompson will endorse John McCain tomorrow.

I find this very hard to believe. McCain has stepped on a lot of toes in the Senate. If true, McCain has probably promised the VP spot to Thompson.
13 posted on 01/27/2008 11:44:03 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: Terpfen
Romney said he signed up for a life long membership “within the last year.”

Sorry, Mitt. It's called a Life membership and no, it's not retroactive.

As to the Fred-endorsing-McCain rumor, that's been around forever and Mark Levin has said recently that the rumor originated in the McCain camp. There's a current FR thread on that very subject.

14 posted on 01/27/2008 11:58:28 PM PST by Bob
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Sorry about that. I just posted on the wrong thread. This one is the thread regarding the Mark Levin report.
15 posted on 01/28/2008 12:01:07 AM PST by Bob
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To: JMack

It’s getting late - My earlier post was meant to go to you.


16 posted on 01/28/2008 12:03:27 AM PST by Bob
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To: Bob
Sorry, Mitt. It's called a Life membership and no, it's not retroactive.

I support gun rights, but don't have an NRA membership. What does that make me?

Mark Levin has said recently that the rumor originated in the McCain camp.

That explains why there are contradictory statements and rumors regarding Thompson. His legal advisors have gone to Romney's campaign, along with a lot of staff, so it would make little sense for Thompson to endorse McCain if all his supporters are of the mind to go for Romney.
17 posted on 01/28/2008 12:04:43 AM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: dixiechick2000
" Then again, they were friends when Fred was in the Senate...quite a while ago. Since Fred entered the race, competing against McCain, I bet things aren't good between the two of them, despite media reports. "

Wish Fred could get back in the race and kick the Snot out of McCain and win the nomination........
I guess we are realizing that, we don't realize what we have until it's gone.
18 posted on 01/28/2008 12:19:14 AM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Reagan Man
If nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.

All the money in the world can't buy a winner if you don't have the message, the integrity, and the personality to deliver that message.

Look at Steve Forbes.

Or the Rockefeller's failed attempts.

Or Teddy Kennedy.

Or even Ross Perot fell flat, although he swiped enough votes to defeat GHWB.

19 posted on 01/28/2008 12:27:16 AM PST by Edit35
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To: Terpfen
I support gun rights, but don't have an NRA membership. What does that make me?

An NRA non-member. :=) I am as well.

The difference that I see is that 1) Mitt didn't support gun rights earlier in his political career, 2) he recently and conveniently joined the NRA just in time for his campaign and 3) he uses the vague term life-long member incorrectly, implying that he's always been a member. Doing that slips right by anyone who's not paying close attention.

That explains why there are contradictory statements and rumors regarding Thompson. His legal advisors have gone to Romney's campaign, along with a lot of staff, so it would make little sense for Thompson to endorse McCain if all his supporters are of the mind to go for Romney.

I don't know that the moves that his staff have made are that good an indication of what Fred will do. Until he endorses someone, I'll take him at his word that he's not endorsing anybody, at least not yet. It would greatly surprise me if he were to endorse McCain though. The rumors of his endorsing McCain have been going on for quite some time, possibly before Iowa.

20 posted on 01/28/2008 12:29:50 AM PST by Bob
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
Wish Fred could get back in the race ...

I admire and love Fred also.

But it was obvious 12 months ago before he even got into the race that Fred was tired and not up to the task of running for President.

He had to be dragged into it for heaven's sake, and only did it finally in Sept. because friends kept badgering him.

Fred can still be a great conservative motivator, but he is past his prime.

21 posted on 01/28/2008 12:31:50 AM PST by Edit35
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Well duh, Russert loves McCain for the same reason he loves Obama. They all agree on the issues.


22 posted on 01/28/2008 1:24:25 AM PST by Def Conservative (Why vote for McCain when all of his legislation could be signed in an Obama White House anyway?)
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To: Def Conservative
RUSSERT - Mr. Potato Head!
23 posted on 01/28/2008 2:01:23 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Rock&RollRepublican

f nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.

All the money in the world can’t buy a winner if you don’t have the message, the integrity, and the personality to deliver that message.even Ross Perot fell flat, although he swiped enough votes to defeat GHWB.

YUP you are correct sir, and MITT, he doesn’t have to buy anything...he’s already got all the important

shakers and doers on board the MITT EXPRESS...

1. RUSH
2. ANNIE
3. LAURA
and now it looks like
4. MARK is aboard..also


24 posted on 01/28/2008 3:52:06 AM PST by flat
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To: Terpfen
I support gun rights, but don't have an NRA membership. What does that make me?

Either lazy, cheap or stupid. Take your pick.

Sounds like a demonRAT saying that they "support the troops".

If you don't support the NRA with your money, to say you "support" guns rights are just meaningless words.

BTW, guns don't have rights, people have the right to own guns.

Join the NRA, and then post that you "support" the right of people to own and carry guns.

25 posted on 01/28/2008 4:57:42 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Reagan Man

No so called Republican has done more to undercut the conservative agenda than John McCain. Though Chuck Hagel, McCain’s Mini-Me, has been comical.


26 posted on 01/28/2008 5:01:39 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (Number1FredHeadSwitch2Mitt)
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To: Bob; Terpfen
I can't find any quotes where Romney uses the words "life-long member". I found one reference in WND where they say he said he was a "life member", which is the correct term:
Last August, with a presidential bid clearly in focus, Romney joined the NRA, signing up not just as a supporter but a "life member."

27 posted on 01/28/2008 6:11:10 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I can't find any quotes where Romney uses the words "life-long member".

The direct quote is is this blog post: Blog quote

Stephanopoulos: When did you join the NRA?

Mitt Romney: Within the last year and I signed up for a lifelong membership. I think they’re doing good things and I believe in supporting the right to bear arms.

And is reported on in this Boston Globe article: Globe article
Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Romney said he signed up for a life long membership "within the last year."

28 posted on 01/28/2008 7:23:06 AM PST by Bob
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To: USS Alaska

Zzzzzzz.

Have better things to discuss than whether not one truly shares a belief in something by forking over money for a membership card.


29 posted on 01/28/2008 7:37:26 AM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: Zevonismymuse
>>>>>And I like candidates who use their their personal wealth to finance their campaigns.

Guess you love Bloomberg and Corzine. LOL

30 posted on 01/28/2008 7:56:13 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
>>>>>All the money in the world can't buy a winner if you don't have the message, the integrity, and the personality to deliver that message.

Mike Bloomberg and John Corzine prove you wrong.

And with the weak field of candidates this time around Romney could come out on top. Even though his meaasge is trumped up, his integrity is in the toilet and his personality is phony.

31 posted on 01/28/2008 7:59:52 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

McCains sudden rise was most likely dirty politics. Dirty coming from the “straight talkeR” whos has said he would never nominate an Alito for SCOTUS because Alito wears his conservatism on his sleeve.

JOHN MC CAIN DIRTBAG WELL KNOWN TURNCOAT.


32 posted on 01/28/2008 8:04:24 AM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: Bob

Thanks, I always thought that sounded funny.


33 posted on 01/28/2008 8:06:23 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Terpfen
Have better things to discuss than whether not one truly shares a belief in something by forking over money for a membership card.

Major difference between "sharing a belief" and supporting.

One is an idea, the other requires real, tangible action.

But, like the demonRATs, it's the purity of your intentions that count.

34 posted on 01/28/2008 8:55:06 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
"Wish Fred could get back in the race and kick the Snot out of McCain and win the nomination........"


I'd pay a lot of good money just to see Fred beat the snot outta him!
I'd give my first born to see him win the nomination.


"I guess we are realizing that, we don't realize what we have until it's gone."


Ain't it the truth...

35 posted on 01/28/2008 12:48:19 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Reagan Man
Guess you love Bloomberg and Corzine. LOL

I don't care for their politics but I do not hold it against them they hey are able to invest in their own campaigns. I think people should "put their money where their mouth is."

36 posted on 01/28/2008 2:23:14 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: Zevonismymuse

Its not a matter of holding it against them.

Its a matter of buying an election.

That is called, political elitism.


37 posted on 01/28/2008 2:28:56 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Reagan Man
Its a matter of buying an election.

I would rather someone spend their own money than to be indebted to special interests. And in the end, it always takes more than money. Ask Steve Forbes and Bill Simon.

38 posted on 01/28/2008 2:44:12 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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