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Jon Huntsman: McCain on Wheels
Town Hall ^ | 6/22/2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 06/22/2011 6:12:15 AM PDT by IbJensen

Jon Huntsman wants you to know he rides a dirt bike. On real dirt! He's Salt of the Earth. Grease of the Garage. Dragster on the Dunes. Huntsman's runnin' and gunnin' for president. But underneath the Steve McQueen costumery, this made-for-cable-TV Moderate Speed Racer is a creaky old John McCain on Wheels.

The former Utah Republican governor and Obama ambassador to China is the answer to an election-year problem that doesn't exist. The quadrennial "problem," in the minds of Beltway GOP strategists and liberal media chin-pullers, is that the Republican Party isn't moderate, civil, self-critical or inclusive enough.

Huntsman is the latest no-labels flavor of the month, a straw man of the same people who have spent the past year smearing entitlement reformers as senior citizen-killers, budget hawks as Hitler's spawn, border-security activists as racists, and leading GOP women as sluts, nuts and bimbos.

Just like the failed 2008 GOP contender whose consultants are now fueling the Huntsman bid, McCain 2.0 is a big-spending accommodationist more in tune with the Democratic elite than with the conservative rank-and-file. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday, Huntsman assailed the current economic crisis overseen by the Obama administration as "totally unacceptable" and "totally un-American." Yet, Huntsman retains nothing but "respect" for his former boss in the White House and laments the loss of "civility" wrought by "corrosive" political debates.

This is all you need to know about the manufacturing of the Huntsman candidacy: Swooning reporters far outnumbered supporters at the kickoff in Liberty Park and at a follow-up rally in New Hampshire. CNN's enamored anchor Wolf Blitzer gushed: "Here's what I especially liked about Jon Huntsman's presidential announcement in front of the Statue of Liberty. He called for some civility in the race for the White House. Unlike several of the other Republican candidates, he did not open with a blistering assault on President Obama."

Yeah. Who do all those uncivil Republicans running against Obama think they are -- opposing the opposition with oppositional rhetoric? Heaven forfend.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: huntsman; huntsman2012; malkin; woosie
Huntsman likes Obama.
1 posted on 06/22/2011 6:12:16 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

He fails the MSM test. They like him.


2 posted on 06/22/2011 6:13:12 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: All

Former McCain mastermind John Weaver, now a key Huntsman strategist, said this week the campaign will be “mellow.” More like “marshmallow.” Instead of trashing enemies by name, they’ll keep it vague and mushy. Huntsman has been buoyed by months of glowing coverage from left-leaning, dead-tree media, whose reporters have lapped up his trashing of the GOP as “devoid of ideas” and “a very narrow party of angry people.” See? No names. No nasty. Embrace the civility!

While politely paying lip service to principles of tea party fiscal restraint, Huntsman hopes no one remembers how 2,000 Utah tea party activists booed him in April 2009 so corrosively it could have stripped the paint off a fleet of Harleys.

Utah conservatives raised their voices at the seminal tea party rally against Huntsman for championing $1.6 billion in Obama stimulus funds (Huntsman wanted even more money than that) — and against GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch and then-GOP Sen. Bob Bennett for backing the Bush-Obama TARP bailout. The grassroots message: “Send them home!” A year later, voters ousted Bennett from the GOP primary after four profligate terms in office. And Hatch is in for the fight of his entrenched incumbent life.

While state governments across the country are rejecting or repealing onerous cap-and-trade environmental regulations, Huntsman is a climate-change Republican who backed radical emissions limits and green job fantasies. Just like McCain 1.0 did.

While state governments across the country follow Arizona’s immigration enforcement model and Washington repeatedly rejects mass amnesty programs in the face of 9 percent unemployment, Huntsman supports the costly DREAM Act, an illegal alien bailout with a wider “path to citizenship.” Just like McCain 1.0 did.

While state governments rein in middle-class entitlement spending and Washington turns to means-testing, Huntsman turned the SCHIP government-funded health plan for low-income children into a universal health insurance mandate. McCain 1.0 was for SCHIP before he was against it.

McCain’s Straight Talk Express ran out of gas when his former media paramours inevitably turned against him — and his gambit to out-big government the Democrats blew up in his two faces. So it will be with McHuntsman and his campaign wheels to nowhere.


3 posted on 06/22/2011 6:13:29 AM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wont attract cockroaches.)
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To: IbJensen
[excerpt] ......On the campaign trail, Huntsman often dwells on how America is viewed from abroad. “From 10,000 miles away, folks, let me just tell you that we lack humanity, we lack civility, we lack basic respect for which this country should be known,” Huntsman told one crowd.

He also sells himself as a listener and consensus seeker: “The most under-utilized part of the human anatomy for most politicians is the ear.”..... [end excerpt] Source

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He sounds like Hillary Clinton on her "listening tour" campaign against Obama.

4 posted on 06/22/2011 6:15:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: IbJensen

This idiot will be out by Jan 2012, followed by Mittens after Super Tuesday. The nominee will be Palin, Bachman, Perry or Cain. I feel pretty good about our chances for a Conservative in 2012. Then its onto to trench warfare, by convincing the convincible and suppressing the vote of the drones.


5 posted on 06/22/2011 6:16:15 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman is a joke. He is so dry and boring he will make people go to sleep in a debate.

His logo is even boring, trite and uninspiring. His speech is as dry as a court reporter reading testimony back from the record.

There is just no there there.


6 posted on 06/22/2011 6:17:03 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert

I have to agree 100%....a real yawner.


7 posted on 06/22/2011 6:18:05 AM PDT by tioga (2012 - the year Obama gets slapped down....coming soon.)
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To: bert

This is just a rich man’s “vanity” campaign. Huntsman is only a slightly more serious candidate than Trump, and has less appeal than Trump (which is saying a lot).


8 posted on 06/22/2011 6:19:40 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman is the RAT stalking horse.


9 posted on 06/22/2011 6:20:52 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: screaminsunshine
About the only time I hear anyone mention Huntsman is when I listen to NPR. They adore him. Talk about him constantly. They act like he's a major player.

It's downright weird.

10 posted on 06/22/2011 6:21:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: IbJensen

This reeks of a setup on steroids. The Capricorn One of candidates.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 6:21:38 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman is the answer to a question that none of us is asking: “Can we please have another RINO nominee?”

Michelle M. nails this one. He’s the darling of the left-wing media and a perfect tool for them to help set up the “Republicans are radical, incivil, hateful, etc.” meme.

Ship this loser back to Utah. Next!


12 posted on 06/22/2011 6:21:38 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: ClearCase_guy

They need a Liberal GOP guy in order to paint our regular conservatives as extreme in comparison.


13 posted on 06/22/2011 6:22:55 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman works for Obama.


14 posted on 06/22/2011 6:24:58 AM PDT by Tribune7 (We're flat broke, but he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us.)
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To: IbJensen
Two questions for Huntsman.
1) If Obama’s policies are so bad, then why did you work for him?
2) If Obama is, as you say, a great leader, then why are you running against him?

Sorry, pal; you worked for Othuggo, so you are a non-starter for me.

15 posted on 06/22/2011 6:25:16 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman’s invoking Reagan’s name and announcement location was comical and served more to point out just what a loser he is.

Reagan would have excoriated Obama unmercifully. Huntsman preaches “civility” and “respect” for Obama.

This guy makes my skin crawl.


16 posted on 06/22/2011 6:28:01 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: IbJensen

I would very much like to know who is pushing Huntsman to run. I still only have a vague idea of what the guy looks like, and I think people are going to get him and Romney confused. The whole thing seems rather indulgent on his part.


17 posted on 06/22/2011 6:28:05 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Jonah is my patron saint.)
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To: IbJensen

I’m a Huntsman skeptic prone to dismiss him; however, I just saw him on Fox & Friends give all the “right” answers to tough questions. He definitely merits watching more closely.


18 posted on 06/22/2011 6:29:49 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: IbJensen
Huntsman likes Obama.

Yup, I heard his annoucenment and he said he would have a "civil" campaign.

That worked so well for McPain in 2008. < /sarc>

19 posted on 06/22/2011 6:30:08 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: IbJensen
Huntsman likes Obama.

Yup, I heard his announcement and he said he would have a "civil" campaign.

That worked so well for McPain in 2008. < /sarc>

20 posted on 06/22/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
I would very much like to know who is pushing Huntsman to run.

He's a stalking horse for Palin to split the goodhair Mormon RINO vote.

(ducking)

21 posted on 06/22/2011 6:30:41 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: IbJensen
HUNTSMANSHORSE
22 posted on 06/22/2011 6:32:56 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: screaminsunshine

The idea is that if Obama loses to Huntsman, Obama’s handlers still win.


23 posted on 06/22/2011 6:32:56 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: IbJensen

I think McCain is significantly to the right of Huntsman, actually....


24 posted on 06/22/2011 6:33:41 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: IbJensen

Huntsman’s wikipedia entry sports a professional looking layout with flattering wholesome photos, is locked out from outside editing or corrections, and makes him out to be the bestist, coolist, most patriotic “Merican to have ever served in elected office.


25 posted on 06/22/2011 6:34:29 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: IbJensen

On Obama’s team and endorsed by Harry Reid.
You don’t get more solid conservative credentials than that.


26 posted on 06/22/2011 6:37:45 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: achilles2000

Speaking of rich, what Huntsman and McCain have in common is that neither had anything to do with their wealth. Huntsman inherited, McCain married it.

Two clueless self righteous smug ba$tard$.


27 posted on 06/22/2011 6:40:06 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: IbJensen

McCain tells voters: We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House (2008 FLASHBACK)
The Daily Mail ^ | 2008-10-13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1076999/McCain-appears-concede-lose-telling-voters-We-fear-Barack-Obama-White-House.html
Posted on Sunday, December 05, 2010 7:14:04 PM by rabscuttle385
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2637891/posts

John McCain is in more hot water after appearing to concede he could lose the US presidential election by telling voters they have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House.

The extraordinary gaffe comes just three weeks before Election Day with the Republican candidate trailing badly in the polls.

Now Republican aides fear he may have further damaged his chances by accepting the possibility that he could be defeated.

(snip)

Mr. McCain made his remark while appealing for calm on the campaign trail amid fears that angry outbursts from supporters were raging out of control.

After a particularly fired-up rally in Minnesota, Mr McCain was booed when he tried to soothe the crowd, defending Mr. Obama as “a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States.”


28 posted on 06/22/2011 6:44:26 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (In the latter times the man [or woman] of virtue appears vile. --Tao Te Ching)
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To: IbJensen

Theoretically, Huntsman and Romney should sink each other, but then there are uninformed Republican primary voters who may fall for anything.


29 posted on 06/22/2011 6:56:08 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Redleg Duke

“Huntsman is the RAT stalking horse.”

I would change that to the RINORAT stalking horse. He’s a combo of George, John and Ringo. What more do I need to know.


30 posted on 06/22/2011 6:57:45 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS or RINO's.)
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To: IbJensen

I don’t watch news but my grandson had it on some channel showing him and then his family.

My first thought...Its the Barbie family!

My second thought...This seems kind of sinister, the powers that be out there are pushing him on the people to compete against Sarah.

They’ve been desperately searching for a wholesome looking candidate who they can control because they know Obama can’t win again and they are know Sarah Palin will not dance to their tune.


31 posted on 06/22/2011 6:58:22 AM PDT by tiki
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To: achilles2000

——This is just a rich man’s “vanity” campaign.-——

The question is who is the rich man and who is expressing vanity.

I would suggest it is his father. There is just so much room for executives in the business and Peter has the lock. Jon was shunted off to politics

The new Governor of Tennessee is just such a son as well


32 posted on 06/22/2011 6:58:28 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: pburgh01

Well, one thing you are forgetting is our little Republican primary voters; some are grossly uninformed.


33 posted on 06/22/2011 6:59:23 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh great another consensus seeker. We need a Road Warrior not a consensus seeker. I draw the line at Huntsman.


34 posted on 06/22/2011 7:01:01 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: IbJensen

Ouch.

I’ve been in data collection mode so far as far as trying to learn and understand what Huntsman is all about.

Sorry JH, if you lost Malkin that’s not a good start.

Not good. I’ll not blindly decide he’s such and such just because Malkin says so, but that’s a pretty big strike.


35 posted on 06/22/2011 7:03:15 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: IbJensen
Establishment RINOs such as Jon Huntsman are no different than a socialist Democrat.
36 posted on 06/22/2011 7:11:03 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: IbJensen
Time and time again, the so-called "independents" have shown when presented with a choice of democRAT or democRAT-lite, they will go with the true democRAT.

How many times must the RINO lose before we learn it's a fail?

37 posted on 06/22/2011 7:15:55 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: IbJensen

Big opportunity number one for Huntsman:

Get together with Malkin. For real.

Explain your positions to her. All of them. If you win over Malkin, you’re gonna get half the tea party in one fell swoop.

Talk with Malkin, Huntsman. Get away from the beltway for a week. Get off the networks for a week. Talk with tea party people and just be honest.

Lots of people out here want something to listen to.

Just imho...


38 posted on 06/22/2011 7:16:32 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: IbJensen

Did you catch him on Hinnity the other day?
He said Obama is a ‘good, family man’- just like McLame!
http://www.examiner.com/political-transcripts-in-national/frank-luntz-to-hannity-jon-huntsman-will-rub-conservatives-the-wrong-way

Who does this idiot think is going to vote for him?


39 posted on 06/22/2011 7:19:10 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

Hinnity= Hannity


40 posted on 06/22/2011 7:19:50 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: JoeGar
So did I, BUT

If you watched closely, you could see a “phony”.

He is VERY good on TV. He has perfect hair. Just the right amount of gray. Coiffed but not over coiffed. He's handsome, yet slightly rugged looking. He is soft spoken, yet has a bit of a commanding presence. He is the perfect caricature of a president. A Stepford president if you will. No wonder that the Hollywood loving liberals love this guy. Start chiseling his face into Mount Rushmore right now!

He reminds me of John Edwards. Things are not always as they seem.

Wrapping himself in the Reagan heritage, I found disgusting. I knew Ronald Reagan, Reagan is a hero of mine, and Huntsman is no Ronald Reagan.

Wishy Washy is fine for a Chinese laundry, NOT for a president. This guy's nomination is DOA.

CONSERVATIVES RULE! Accept no “moderates”. We have the power, NOW WIELD IT, DARN IT!

41 posted on 06/22/2011 7:23:09 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Pan_Yan

:D


42 posted on 06/22/2011 7:26:34 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (It's not federal, it has no reserves)
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To: Carl LaFong

Mormoons apparently stick together.


43 posted on 06/22/2011 7:33:18 AM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wont attract cockroaches.)
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To: IbJensen

There is something about Huntsman that scares me, and I can’t put my finger on it. I think that there is something very evil hiding behind his Mormon facade.


44 posted on 06/22/2011 7:35:15 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: IbJensen
The only reason the media is propping up Huntsman is because they want another RINO waiting in the wings in case Romney flames out. They know the only way the messiah can win in 2012 is if the Republicans nominate some spineless RINO that will suppress the conservative / tea party vote.
45 posted on 06/22/2011 7:41:39 AM PDT by apillar
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To: IbJensen; All
"Huntsman retains nothing but "respect" for his former boss in the White House and laments the loss of "civility" wrought by "corrosive" political debates."

Huntsman's staging of his announcement at the Statue of Liberty - trying to evoke Reagan's classic speech beginning his campaign against Jimmie Carter - and then calling for "civility" and "respect" for Obama, only exposed him as a phony and pretender.

Here's two videos of REAGAN'S 1980 speech there - for anyone to make the comparison:(This is where Rush found the Reagan sound bites he featured on his show yesterday. There are 2 parts.):

President Ronald Reagan - Liberty State Park 1980[Pt. 1]

President Ronald Reagan - Liberty State Park 1980[Pt. 2]

Below are but a few quotes (from it) were Reagan directly and harshly confronted, challenged and ridiculed Carter. But Reagan was motivated by a consuming drive to win and save his beloved country and not to be "civil" and "respectful" to the man he saw destroying it:

"The lady, standing there in the harbor, has never betrayed us once, but this administration, in Washington has betrayed the working men and women of this country."

"His {Carter's} answer to all this misery: he tries to tell us that we're only in a reccession not a deppression. As if definitions, words relieve our sufferring. Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmie Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it's a definition he wants, I'll give him one. A reccession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmie Carter loses his."

"I have talked with unemployed workers all across this country. I've heard their views on what Jimmie Carter has done to them and their families. They aren't interested in semantic quibbles. They're out of work and they know who put them out of work... Let him go to the unemployment lines and lecture those workers, who have been betrayed, on what is the proper definition for their widespread economic misery."

"Now, call this human tragedy whatever you want. Whatever it is, it's Jimmie Carter's. He caused it. He tolerates it and he's going to answer to the American people for it."

There are many more along the same lines. The entire speech is well worth a view to see how a patriot wins the Presidency from one who is wrecking the country he/she loves!
46 posted on 06/22/2011 7:48:45 AM PDT by drpix
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To: faucetman
He has perfect hair. Just the right amount of gray. Coiffed but not over coiffed. He's handsome, yet slightly rugged looking ...

Who cares how he looks? He was peppered with questions about his political positions and he hit a home run with all of his answers. He makes guys like Paul, Gingrich, Santorum, Pawlenty, and Cain look small. They ought to fold their tents now and leave the field to Romney, Huntsman, and Perry. Bachman can be someone's VP pick.

47 posted on 06/22/2011 8:21:34 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: IbJensen

When he said yesterday that he respected obama and wouldn’t attack him..... that was enough for me.


48 posted on 06/22/2011 8:22:56 AM PDT by jersey117
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