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Bennett: GOP needs 'national view' candidate (ousted RINO attacks Tea Partiers, conservatives)
Politico ^ | 2011-02-26 | Jedd Rosche

Posted on 02/26/2011 3:03:06 PM PST by rabscuttle385

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett urged Republicans to nominate a presidential candidate with a "national view," and not focus on the ideological purity found in the early caucuses and primaries.

"If you're going to nominate a national candidate, don't make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and early primaries speak for the nation as a whole," he said, speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on Friday. Bennett referred to 2010 midterm Senate races as a "cautionary tale" to Republicans whose candidates fail to attract moderate voters, in particular Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in reelection win over tea party favorite Joe Miller. He said the tea party candidates cost the Republicans a majority in the Senate.

"If you're going to nominate a national candidate you better have a national view, and we've always done that. The Republican nominee has almost always been closer to the center than the center of gravity of the Republican party," Bennett said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; backstabbers4romney; bennett; gop; rino; rinos4romney; rinos4romneycare; romney; saboteurs4romney; stenchofromney; teaparty; utah
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1 posted on 02/26/2011 3:03:13 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: fieldmarshaldj; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; indylindy; Kimberly GG; AuntB; Liz
"If you're going to nominate a national candidate you better have a national view, and we've always done that. The Republican nominee has almost always been closer to the center than the center of gravity of the Republican party," Bennett said.

Want to bet that Bennett is pimping for Romney?

2 posted on 02/26/2011 3:05:15 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

heck we should just nominate McCain again! It worked out so well last time!

ROFL!

These RINO’s need to STFU


3 posted on 02/26/2011 3:05:55 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Carter 2.0 The Epic Fail Edition)
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To: rabscuttle385

If we cared what he thought, he would have been re-elected.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 3:06:02 PM PST by marstegreg
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To: rabscuttle385

...he said, standing out on the sidewalk where he was thrown.


5 posted on 02/26/2011 3:07:24 PM PST by lurk
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To: rabscuttle385
GOP needs 'national view' candidate

Maybe he wants a National Socialist-lite view?

6 posted on 02/26/2011 3:07:36 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: rabscuttle385

7 posted on 02/26/2011 3:09:00 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: rabscuttle385

Politico needs writers who actually took something hard in college.


8 posted on 02/26/2011 3:09:03 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: rabscuttle385

Bob Bennett is correct about ‘national view’, but he doesn’t understand what that means: upholding the U.S.Constitution and applying the Rule of Law.

Sorry, Bob, but you don’t get to choose which rights in the Constitution are nullified by legislation, or which laws will not be enforced.

The Tea Party cuts across political parties, all races and ethnic groups, and is wildly supported by rich and poor alike.

The reason you’re no longer a Senator, Bob, is because you forgot you governed by consent of the people who paid your salary.


9 posted on 02/26/2011 3:11:41 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009; All
"These RINO’s need to STFU"

I agree!!


10 posted on 02/26/2011 3:11:54 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: rabscuttle385

FUBB!


11 posted on 02/26/2011 3:12:59 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Da Coyote

Oh, they all took something hard .... oh, you mean during classtime?


12 posted on 02/26/2011 3:14:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (All gave some, some gave all.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Yeah, Bennett like many elitist, stalwart, know all, visionary disciples of all that's good, blames it on the stupidity of the voter as to why he was evicted from his representative position.

His constituents just lost track of his conviction is all.

13 posted on 02/26/2011 3:15:53 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: rabscuttle385

You betcha! Bennett’s “candidate” is Mitt Romney!


14 posted on 02/26/2011 3:16:08 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: rabscuttle385
Bennett was never a Democrat and wasn't brought in to run in an area where a regular Republican couldn't win.

He represents a time (LBJ's) and place (we need cheap field hands) that has passed on ~ besides he's SENILE and doesn't function well anymore. Did somebody check his eyesight lately?

What we need to do is weed the old codgers from the ranks of the political professionals and make the Republican party LOOK YOUNG (even if we are hankering after the good old days).

Wish you guys would quit wasting RINO on people who weren't and aren't. We'll never get anybody to run for us in Rhode Island again if you keep doing that.

15 posted on 02/26/2011 3:17:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: rabscuttle385

He’s totally wrong. The reason the “tea party” candidates lost in some races was due to personality rather than ideology. You run someone just as conservative as Sharron Angle who has a more organized campaign and isn’t prone to gaffes such as walking into a group of hispanics and saying “You all look Asian to me” and they would have easily defeated Reid. Other candidates made similar errors.


16 posted on 02/26/2011 3:18:31 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: rabscuttle385

Was November 2nd, 2010 “National” enough for you?


17 posted on 02/26/2011 3:18:54 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: marstegreg
If we cared what he thought, he would have been re-elected.

He's picking up the crumbs of those who are now pertinent.

18 posted on 02/26/2011 3:18:54 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: rabscuttle385

Hey, Loser Bob! Do mean "moderate" like this guy?

19 posted on 02/26/2011 3:20:32 PM PST by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: rabscuttle385

We need to be a “big tent”.

We need “broad appeal” to get the vote of the moderates.

We need to “tone down” the rhetoric.

Of course we did all the above and got Obamacare......


20 posted on 02/26/2011 3:21:10 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Want to bet that Bennett is pimping for Romney?

Interesting...the pimping of a pimp.

21 posted on 02/26/2011 3:21:35 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Republican Wildcat
But Angle, O'Donnell, Miller, Fiorina, and other Senate candidates served their purpose though. They prevented the more liberal Republican from winning.

That's what the main goal of running Tea Party candidates were. Get the RINOs out, and if the Rat wins, so be it, but at least people can see the difference.

Also Bennett completely ignores the Governorships, state legislatures, and House candidates that Tea Party candidates were victorious in. Typical clueless establishment Republican who just doesn't get it.

22 posted on 02/26/2011 3:22:22 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Green Bay Packers: 13-time NFL Champions including 4 Super Bowls)
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To: rabscuttle385
Idiocy. We call a Republican with a 86 ACU rating a RINO?

Please, no more Sharon Angles or Christine O’Donnells.

We all to often forget that to govern, one must first win the General Election, and some tea party candidates were idiots.

23 posted on 02/26/2011 3:23:49 PM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
That's what the main goal of running Tea Party candidates were. Get the RINOs out, and if the Rat wins, so be it, but at least people can see the difference.

Idiocy.

They lost. Period! In politics, victory is everything. "Losing well", or losing in any way at all, is total defeat.

By that logic, let's elect all Democrats, so the people will see how bad they are.

24 posted on 02/26/2011 3:27:45 PM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: rabscuttle385; Fiddlstix
Just watching that slimy old Bennett last night creeped me out.

He looks like the evil doctor in the grainy old silent horror film "Nosferatu".

He got das boot from the voters and now his bony fingers won't let loose of his past 13 minutes of fame.

Get out the garlic, the crucifix and the wolfbane next time you see him on your screen.

Leni

25 posted on 02/26/2011 3:28:36 PM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BO'R...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally equate to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

PS, had those and other losers npt run, we could have had a majority in the Senate.... and Harry Reid would have been old news.


26 posted on 02/26/2011 3:29:41 PM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: rabscuttle385

>not focus on the ideological purity

Yes. That works so well to elect a GOP candidate.

>you better have a national view, and we’ve always done that.

And you have always lost.
Even GB was not presented as a “national” candidate.


27 posted on 02/26/2011 3:32:55 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yep, that’s just how he looked giving the interview. As soon as I figured out he was still all sour grapes and living in denial, I had to turn it off. Good grief. This man needs to get off the sauce.


28 posted on 02/26/2011 3:40:05 PM PST by MotherRedDog
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To: rabscuttle385
After 18 years in the Senate, the Great Bob Bennett was defeated by the Tea Party. He still can't believe it. He'll never get over it. He was shown the door, vamoosed, told to hit the road.

Now, he'll slam the Tea Party every chance he gets. The Tea Party has not heard the last from Bob Bennett. He is now on a mission of destruction.

29 posted on 02/26/2011 3:48:57 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Excellent point. Every revolution produces its share of principled but inexperienced revolutionaries. If Sharron Angle ran again, ideally at lower level, she’d be more experienced, more organized, and less prone to gaffes. She’d presumably be better at sticking to a script and a schedule. She’d be a winner.


30 posted on 02/26/2011 3:49:26 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: rabscuttle385

I just saw Bob Bennett on FOX News a couple of hours ago being interviewed by Greta. He came across as understanding nothing about American politics and he had no idea why he lost in November. The guy seemed nothing more than a bad joke. Good riddance.


31 posted on 02/26/2011 4:09:07 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: rabscuttle385

Bennett ought to run for President. He isn’t a Tea Partier. He must have broad appeal.


32 posted on 02/26/2011 4:17:39 PM PST by stevem
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To: rabscuttle385
Bitter old man. Just needs to fade away quit embarrassing himself.
33 posted on 02/26/2011 4:17:39 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 the year of ME.)
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To: SatinDoll
#9

Outstanding post!!

34 posted on 02/26/2011 4:20:27 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 the year of ME.)
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To: MindBender26
"Idiocy. We call a Republican with a 86 ACU rating a RINO?"

Idiot. You can get a 80% ACU rating for 20$, cash, to David Keene and a having a pulse.

That 86% is compared to......other Senators, including liberals. That is like saying Khrushchev was a free market Sectary General of the Soviet Union compared to Stalin. It is all about were you start.

Further, as I have posted many times, both parties game together the ratings. You vote on 9 post offices named after conservatives and one three trillion budget and you get 90% ACU ratings. All votes are not equal. These RINO's, fake conservatives manufacture many trivial votes to fluff up their supposed conservative creditials.

35 posted on 02/26/2011 4:31:16 PM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: MindBender26
“Please, no more Sharon Angles or Christine O’Donnells.”

You would have preferred Mike Castle? I'm waiting for your reply that the most liberal member of the House wasn't a RINO/

36 posted on 02/26/2011 4:35:30 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: MindBender26

Dreamer


37 posted on 02/26/2011 4:41:47 PM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: rabscuttle385

I respectfully disagree with former senator Bennett.

IMHO what we need is a Constitutional view candidate!


38 posted on 02/26/2011 4:46:11 PM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: rabscuttle385
Has Bob found a job peddling his influence yet?
39 posted on 02/26/2011 4:47:59 PM 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: rabscuttle385

This guy was a loser in Washington, and has gone down hill since then.


40 posted on 02/26/2011 4:48:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: rabscuttle385

Um. Bob. Do you really think the idea that government in general, and the federal government in particular, takes too much money and power from the people...do you think that idea doesn’t have traction nationally? Do you really think an attractive, intelligent presidential candidate running with that idea couldn’t do quite well in 2012?


41 posted on 02/26/2011 4:55:08 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: MindBender26

I’m sorry this sounds petty; but, you must use proper punctuation and spelling for me to take you seriously. Check your preview before posting. The smartest people choose Palin.


42 posted on 02/26/2011 4:57:00 PM PST by gatorhead
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To: rabscuttle385
How long did Bennett serve in The Senate? About 150 years?

If he's so damn smart about what sort of Republican it takes to be a successful Presidential candidate, how come he never ran?

43 posted on 02/26/2011 5:03:31 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rabscuttle385

I couldn’t watch the whole interview.

What a pompous as*.


44 posted on 02/26/2011 5:20:39 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: MindBender26
one must first win the General Election, and some tea party candidates were idiots.

Tell me, does the inside of a RINOS A$$hole smell as bad as one might think? You might want to take your head out of it.

45 posted on 02/26/2011 5:29:51 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; MindBender26
Well said and worth repeating, I totally agree:

Get the RINOs out, and if the Rat wins, so be it, but at least people can see the difference.


46 posted on 02/26/2011 5:32:14 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MindBender26
had those and other losers npt run, we could have had a majority in the Senate.... and Harry Reid would have been old news.

I will voter for the democrat if I have a choice between a RINO and a Democrat. Ha Ha. I have voted for my last RINO, Mc SH1tStain.

47 posted on 02/26/2011 5:34:28 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Does this old fool think anyone cares what he may sputter about anything? Really! Go to a nursing home and drool on your self, bennett, you RINO loser.


48 posted on 02/26/2011 5:42:27 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: hal ogen

If the Republicans run a RINO for President in ‘12 I will activity support Obama. Might as well go down the crapper in a quick way, hit bottom sooner.


49 posted on 02/26/2011 5:45:04 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: muawiyah

He attacked us, it is legitimate to retaliate. If he wants peace, let him cease making war.


50 posted on 02/26/2011 5:53:15 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (No Better Friend, No worse Enemy!)
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