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A big warning sign for Mitt Romney (many past supporters not in a rush to support him)
Politico ^ | Friday January 28, 2011 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 01/28/2011 7:49:37 AM PST by Bigtigermike

An array of Republican heavyweights who backed Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential bid are not yet committed to - and in some cases, downright skeptical of - the former Massachusetts governor’s all-but-certain 2012 campaign.

In each of the traditional early states, top Romney supporters from the last campaign tell POLITICO that they’re hesitant to get behind the nearest thing the GOP has to a frontrunner. His difficulties are particularly acute in Iowa and South Carolina, where his former enthusiasts say they have not heard from him, believe he may be intent on downplaying the states in his second White House run and are openly flirting with his potential rivals.

But those two states – where Romney had difficulties with their socially conservative electorate in 2008 – aren’t the only ones where the former governor is losing support.

Former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the top elected official in the Granite State whose endorsement of Romney in 2008 was seen as a pivotal moment, said in an interview that he’s firmly undecided about who he’ll back in next year’s primary.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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Let's hope it's more than a warning sign
1 posted on 01/28/2011 7:49:40 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

McRomney=Designated MSM Loser


2 posted on 01/28/2011 7:50:29 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Bigtigermike

Romney the RINO


3 posted on 01/28/2011 7:51:49 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Bigtigermike

4 posted on 01/28/2011 7:52:00 AM PST by paulycy (Liberals suck all the joy out of America. Let's make them stop.)
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To: Bigtigermike

I just wish that Romney and Chukleberry would go away . . . they’ll get slaughtered just like McLame and Dole. Can’t the Repubs get it together and dump these turkeys??????


5 posted on 01/28/2011 7:53:41 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Bigtigermike

BHORom


6 posted on 01/28/2011 7:53:52 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: paulycy

Romney-care:
The big, fat, ugly, stinking, rotted albatross hanging around his neck. Now more relevant than ever. It will be fun to watch how ‘splains it if he does run.


7 posted on 01/28/2011 7:54:43 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: Bigtigermike
President Palin is ineluctable.
8 posted on 01/28/2011 7:56:31 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Bigtigermike

Count me among the past supporters not in a rush....

I know he is not liked here on FR, but I think he is a decent man. What has kept me from supporting him this time around is his apparent continued support for a MANDATE on healthcare...and I think he would have learned from what happened in Massachusetts.

Right now, if there were a primary, I’d support Herman Cain. Herman has what I thought was good about Romney: private sector experience and success—something John McCain and the current occupant NEVER really had.

We need someone who understands AMERICA in that White House.


9 posted on 01/28/2011 7:57:19 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Bigtigermike

Count me among the past supporters not in a rush....

I know he is not liked here on FR, but I think he is a decent man. What has kept me from supporting him this time around is his apparent continued support for a MANDATE on healthcare...and I think he would have learned from what happened in Massachusetts.

Right now, if there were a primary, I’d support Herman Cain. Herman has what I thought was good about Romney: private sector experience and success—something John McCain and the current occupant NEVER really had.

We need someone who understands AMERICA in that White House.


10 posted on 01/28/2011 7:57:35 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Bigtigermike

Running a RINO against Obama in 2012 is a sure fired way to LOSE... AGAIN. Hasn’t the GOP learned ANYTHING from Clinton vs. Dole and Obama vs McLame?


11 posted on 01/28/2011 7:59:01 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Bigtigermike



12 posted on 01/28/2011 7:59:06 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Bigtigermike
I view Mitt Romney as the next Bob Dole, an albatross, if nominated tied around the Republican party.
13 posted on 01/28/2011 7:59:23 AM PST by 2001convSVT (That Beck guy was right about gold, too.)
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To: Bigtigermike

I see Mittster as the key to an Obama win.

With Mitt on the ballot, I’m sure the Tea Party will be nominating a conservative candidate, allowing Baraq to potentially pull of a Clintonian plurality win.

In open primary states, look for the libs to pull a reverse operation chaos for Mitt.


14 posted on 01/28/2011 7:59:29 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Bigtigermike

Agreed. We don’t need the same old same old.


15 posted on 01/28/2011 8:00:56 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Last time around, Romney had the wind at his back. A weak field, no incumbent, weak competition, scads of money.

He managed to get support he didn’t earn from the likes of Ann Coulter and Jim DeMint. Rush Limbaugh made it clear that he would have been preferred over either McCain or Huckabee.

This time around, the field will be stronger. Others will be able to raise more money. Palin can raise it instantly, and even Huckabee should do better than last time in fund-raising. As of now, establishment types may turn to Thune or Daniels at least in part.

New Hampshire, Nevada and Utah will not be enough to win the convention.


16 posted on 01/28/2011 8:01:04 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Bigtigermike

In 2008, Romney spelled his name N-O-T M-C-C-A-I-N, which is the only reason he got most of the support he did.


17 posted on 01/28/2011 8:03:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (We conservatives will always lose elections as long as we allow the MSM to choose our candidates.)
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To: laweeks

Can’t the Repubs get it together and dump these turkeys??????

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The real problem is that the GOP rules for next year allow dems and others to vote in the primaries and influence the nomination process, and with no likely primary challenge on the Democrat side, it isn’t so simple to get behind a single candidate at this point in time.

The key is to change the rules so this kind of mischief won’t have a chance to prevail.


18 posted on 01/28/2011 8:07:53 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: SoFloFreeper
many past supporters not in a rush to support him

I'm sure it's just because he hasn't yet firmed up what his strongly held life long beliefs will be for this election cycle.

19 posted on 01/28/2011 8:07:53 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Bigtigermike

Romney represents the Obama wing of the Republican Party.


20 posted on 01/28/2011 8:11:04 AM PST by samtheman
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To: laweeks
Though they'd love either, I think the media would more rather have Huck as the nominee - he just looks like the liberals' stereotypical conservative and, as soon as he's not in a position to make wisecracks about any of the primary contenders who really are conservative, the media will quickly dismember him.

It annoys me to no end that he's been hanging around with the obvious intent of running again, as if he's going to do anything other than destroy GOP attempts to regain the white house.

21 posted on 01/28/2011 8:11:26 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Blood of Tyrants; laweeks
Hasn’t the GOP learned ANYTHING from Clinton vs. Dole and Obama vs McLame?

I don't understand FReepers who blame the party for the nominee. The party cannot really stop anybody from running.

The nominee is selected by the members of the party, not by its leaders. The only obstacle are the open primary states where independents and liberals are allowed to vote in OUR primary!

THAT is what the party leaders need to work on!

22 posted on 01/28/2011 8:11:54 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Like Huckabee, Romney was perceived by many as simply the lesser of several evils. With the Tea Party providing the headwind, the conservatives (and the establishment Republicans, reluctantly) will rally around some candidate who won't be Romney or Huckabee. Personally, I think it might well be someone that we really aren't taking seriously yet.

I'm in the Palin camp but I'm not convinced that she necessarily wants to run. I think she would be fine stepping aside for some right thinking individual.

Since it seems inevitable that Myth will run, it is time to break out my 2012 primary tagline.

23 posted on 01/28/2011 8:15:57 AM PST by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: Bigtigermike

I honestly don’t get Romney. He’s a smart man who has seasoned advisers. They have to know that there is no path to victory with Romneycare hung around his neck.

Why waste more money?


24 posted on 01/28/2011 8:15:57 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Erik Latranyi

“The only obstacle are the open primary states where independents and liberals are allowed to vote in OUR primary!”

Having these things settled in the present manner is ridiculous. Why we let the communists in the dummycrat party pick our candidates is insane.


25 posted on 01/28/2011 8:17:01 AM PST by laweeks
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To: nhwingut

Because it is not about ‘winning’.
Team Romney are spoilers and backstabbers, even of children.

They are trying to destroy America for their pet RINO.


26 posted on 01/28/2011 8:24:47 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: CommerceComet

CC:

Believe it Palin is going to run. She has been getting her ducks in a row for the last 18 months. Why she is so savvy is that she does it under the radar, without fanfare and very methodically. Quite the opposite of how the MSM tries to portray her.


27 posted on 01/28/2011 8:27:30 AM PST by techno
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To: Erik Latranyi

The party CAN determine who can run with the Republican label. But the party is run by RINOs who agree more with Rats than conservatives.


28 posted on 01/28/2011 8:27:34 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: techno
Believe it Palin is going to run. She has been getting her ducks in a row for the last 18 months. Why she is so savvy is that she does it under the radar, without fanfare and very methodically. Quite the opposite of how the MSM tries to portray her.

I hope you're right because Sarah would be the first Presidential candidate since Reagan for whom I was really excited to vote.

As long as the country is moving in the right direction, I don't think that Sarah Palin cares whether she is President or not. This lack of personal ambition is what could cause her to let someone else be the conservative flagbearer. IMO it is this lack of personal political ambition which confuses the MSM. They don't know what makes Sarah tick.

29 posted on 01/28/2011 8:41:16 AM PST by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: Bigtigermike

Poor mittcare...the consequences of his destructive socialist butt-kissing and his scorched-earth commie healthcare travesty is catching up to him...


30 posted on 01/28/2011 8:41:27 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Bigtigermike

Good!

Why would anyone jump so soon anyway? He hasnt even announced let alone made a case for himself 2012. Nor has anyone else.


31 posted on 01/28/2011 8:41:42 AM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: techno

I’m am saying a prayer that you’re posting “SEE-TOLD YA SO...” sooner than later on this.


32 posted on 01/28/2011 8:42:57 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Bigtigermike

I am NOT voting for another empty suit appointed by the Good Old Boys caucus of the GOP as my President. McCain and Dole were pathetic and uninspiring and, God love him, George H. W. Bush only got in the first time because he was riding on some outstanding coat tails. W. got elected because, frankly, Gore was an even worse pick for the Democrats in 2000.

Now we need someone to unseat Obama and another lukewarm empty suit isn’t going to do the trick. Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, maybe even Jan Brewer...those are the kinds of people who are going to be able to unseat Obama.

Really, it was an exciting Bill Clinto who ran an outstanding campaign who unseated George H. W. Bush in 1992 and with Romney we’re proposing to run a Bush against the Democrats Clinton. Yeah, that’ll turn out just great.


33 posted on 01/28/2011 8:51:51 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So, you think that without Romneycare, an anti-gun, pro-abortion, pro-queer agenda, RINO will get conservative votes in a november election?

Nominate that dumb bastard and the RATS will get 70% of the vote in 2012!


34 posted on 01/28/2011 8:54:12 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Bigtigermike

Between Romneycare, being pro-abortion, and the fact he lost to MCCAIN, he should be automatically disqualified.


35 posted on 01/28/2011 9:19:50 AM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Right now, if there were a primary, I’d support Herman Cain. Herman has what I thought was good about Romney

Cain supported Romney in 2008.

Tell us some good things about Romney. His hair doesn't count.

36 posted on 01/28/2011 9:53:55 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: Bigtigermike

Mitt gives me a fit. I wouldn’t say hello to him if I passed him in the street much less vote for that idiot.


37 posted on 01/28/2011 10:13:54 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: Graybeard58

The reason I supported Romney in the 2008 primaries was three fold: he had public, private, and non-profit sector experience...he was able to win in a Democrat state, he was able to find success in the private arena, and he took over a messed up Olympic program and turned those into a winner.

Though Cain, AFAIK, doesn’t have the public executive experience Rom had, I think his ability to be voted as a leader of his peers (IIRC he was Pres of the National Restaurant Association) and his work as an entrepreneur make him an ideal candidate—someone who knows what it is like to build a business, run one, and be in charge of a large organization.

Thanks for asking.


38 posted on 01/31/2011 6:39:12 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
The reason I supported Romney in the 2008 primaries was three fold: he had public, private, and non-profit sector experience...he was able to win in a Democrat state, he was able to find success in the private arena, and he took over a messed up Olympic program and turned those into a winner.

The reason Romney was able to win in Mass. was because he was liberal through and through, rabidly pro abort, pro homo, pro illegals, pro everything that was liberal. When it became politically necessary for him he did a complete flip flop on every issue.

I personally don't care who you supported in '08. that was then and I hope you are not or will not support him in '12. You like Cain, I do too but he had questionable judgment in '08 concerning Romney and in my opinion you did too but you're not running for president.

Right now I'm loving the thought of Palin's candidacy but there are other good people out there whom I could support. I'm by no means ready to say, "Palin or nobody'.

I want to see Obama or whoever the dem candidate is, go down in flames but not at the cost of electing Romney. In that regard I'm like so many others here, I will never vote for Romney, no matter what.

39 posted on 01/31/2011 7:30:47 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Just posted:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2666118/posts


40 posted on 01/31/2011 7:33:47 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: Graybeard58

I see. Though you never really addressed the totality of my reasons for supporting Romney, I understand your point. I’ve heard so many reasons for NOT voting for Romney—and frankly, none of the vitriol on this board worked to convince me to move away from him. What has convinced me to move away are his own words of APPARENTLY backing an individual mandate even NOW, after it is so apparent it is not popular or Constitutional.


41 posted on 01/31/2011 7:58:16 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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