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Bachmann not ready, says GOP veteran [Tom] Ridge: President needs experience
Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2011 | Ben Birmbaum

Posted on 07/13/2011 3:14:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said Tuesday that fellow Republican Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who has been surging in the 2012 GOP presidential sweepstakes in recent weeks, was unelectable and unqualified to be commander in chief.

The former Pennsylvania governor, who also served in the U.S. House, gave the stinging assessment in an interview with The Washington Times on the sidelines of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition conference in Washington.

“We have a pretty inexperienced president right now,” Mr. Ridge said. “You see the range of issues in the 21st-century world. We are interconnected, we are integrated. Our ability to connect for both security and prosperity reasons now and forever more, I think, requires a set of experiences that she just doesn’t have in her portfolio.”

....Mr. Ridge, who said he was “very partial to the governors that are in the race,” leavened his criticism of the three-term House lawmaker with praise, calling her a “very articulate” and “very formidable” candidate with “a level of sophistication” and “a hell of a personal story.”

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“We have to say to ourselves as a party: Consistent with principles that we have, do we want to win or are we into Pyrrhic victories?” he said. “Do we want to appoint Supreme Court justices? Do we want to appoint a Cabinet? Do we want to set a domestic and foreign policy agenda? ......

“Now, of course,” he added, “if we’re into Pyrrhic victories if we like to win battles and lose wars who knows who we’ll nominate?”

Asked whether he thought Mrs. Bachmann had been unfairly compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also thought to be considering the 2012 race, Mr. Ridge chuckled. “I think she compares quite well,” he said.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; gopprimary; nationalsecurity
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1 posted on 07/13/2011 3:15:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks Tom, but I will decide and I will send you a can of STFU.


2 posted on 07/13/2011 3:22:16 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And Mr. Obama was so infinitely qualified? Gotta love these blowhard has-been politicians, they just can’t stand to be upstaged.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 3:23:45 AM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liberals want the government to run everything. That’s what makes the Obama administration so laughable. They want an emperor, not a president, but they settled for a community organizer. Now that’s funny!

Conservatives want a leader, not a manager or an emperor. We don’t expect presidents to fix the economy, tell us what to do, or micromanage a country of 300 million souls.

As for electability, that’s for We the American people to decide, not Mr. Ridge or any of the other GOP hacks who in no small part created the mess we’re currently in.


4 posted on 07/13/2011 3:29:10 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Coming soon...DADT for Christians!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So how does the RINO Perry fit in to this attack?
and your post of it?


5 posted on 07/13/2011 3:31:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The last time Tom Ridge was in an election, he got beat by a dead man.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 3:32:07 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: South Dakota

Look at all the experienced failures we’ve had.


7 posted on 07/13/2011 3:32:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for your opinion Tom.....now get the F out of the way and watch what happens. GO Bachmann!


8 posted on 07/13/2011 3:34:13 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for your opinion Tom.....now get the F out of the way and watch what happens. GO Bachmann!


9 posted on 07/13/2011 3:34:46 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

PLEASE, enough of the RINOS telling us how to primary VOTE!


10 posted on 07/13/2011 3:35:39 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The marxist punk in the office of the presidency barely voted while a senator.
experience? yeah as a “community organizer” or some such horse crap.


11 posted on 07/13/2011 3:35:42 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Tom Ridge didn’t do such a hot job here as governor in Pa. I recall him blowing a deal because f his arrogance with Maersk in Philadelphia that would a lot of people to work at the Navy Yard and along the waterfront.

And we all know how well Homeland Security worked out..


12 posted on 07/13/2011 3:42:37 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Another third-string GOP mediocrity trotted out to spread the gospel of shiny-pants Republicanism. One thing you can say for the country club wing of the Stupid Party is that their back-back-back bench is deep.

Mr. niteowl77

13 posted on 07/13/2011 3:45:28 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Born in a well? Let me see that birth certificate again!")
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To: SueRae

Jimmy Carter had experience.


14 posted on 07/13/2011 3:46:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

From a veteran RINO. Yea, I’ll remember that.


15 posted on 07/13/2011 3:49:09 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Sounds like the good old boy club is getting a little testy about a woman in the race.They seeem only to want someone who will play ball with them.


16 posted on 07/13/2011 3:53:40 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: NoExpectations; Cincinatus' Wife

>>> And Mr. Obama was so infinitely qualified?

No, he wasn’t, and look what that got us. That’s precisely the point Ridge makes.


17 posted on 07/13/2011 4:04:45 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Mr tom must be a member of the rove firing squad. What a butt wipe.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 4:06:32 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Michele Marie Bachmann

born April 6, 1956 in Waterloo, IA (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
David John Amble, born in MN
Jean Johnson, born in IA

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of her birth (Meets the Jus sanguinis Requirement)

Michele Bachmann is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!

19 posted on 07/13/2011 4:08:30 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

...and the RINOs begin the Pailinization of Bachmann! I am no longer a member of the GOP, buy the Tea Party Patriots. I will not work for the campaign of a Party Hack like McCain or Romney although I might be forced to vote for a hack... but they hear us now!

If you voted for Obama to prove you are not a racist, then you must not vote for him in 2012 or prove yourself an idiot


20 posted on 07/13/2011 4:11:29 AM PDT by Tuketu (Socialize the Legal System. Then we are all equal before the law.)
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To: ASA Vet; All
Getting a regular and repeated update on citizenship status: Yet another answer to the question:

What is the value of Free Republic?

21 posted on 07/13/2011 4:12:51 AM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Don’cha just LOVE it when these RINOs go affter all Conservatives?


22 posted on 07/13/2011 4:23:13 AM PDT by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters--let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In case you haven't seen it, here in Minnesota the local FAUX station is running breathless news stories about the fact that Mr. Bachmann tells clients in his clinic that God can help them recover from homosexuality.

They treat this as some sort of horrible sin like lynching blacks. The website got shut down after the story and they act as if that were some attempt to hide from guilt.

No girls for President, I guess - especially Christian girls.

23 posted on 07/13/2011 4:27:14 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Excuse me - gotta go drain the Obama...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well that’s it, when Tom Ridge speaks, GWB and the Republican Party listen, but no one knows why.


24 posted on 07/13/2011 4:27:36 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Re this Ridge idiot in an article posted last night:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2747599/posts?page=1e

Perhaps the type of “experience” Mr. Ridge is looking for is like that of a former Texas governor who pushed the unfunded MediPill program, a massive LBJ-type big government program, No Child Left Standing (federal government meddling in state education), endless pushes for amnesty, and a convenient misplacing of his veto pen while the RINO congress in his first term spent more than in the Clinton years.

That kind of “executive experience” I can do without, Mr. Ridge.

I want a consistent conservative this time, and Michele Bachmann fits that bill more closely than any other candidate who has been willing to specifically stake out his or her positions.


25 posted on 07/13/2011 4:28:36 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Flintlock

The problem is that so many Republican primary voters believe such RINOs. Our own little voters can barely think for themselves. They need “help” from the leadership.


26 posted on 07/13/2011 4:29:00 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Dixie Yooper

Aren’t you thinking of John Ashcroft?


27 posted on 07/13/2011 4:37:19 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: tlb

Why is it that we never hear the RINO’s talk about to total lack of experience that put Obozo into office. The guy never ran a lemonade stand. His biggest accomplishment was handing ouit “anti” something brochures on the street corners of the South Side of Chicago. Now Ridge wants to talk about inexperience, he can talk all day about Obozo.


28 posted on 07/13/2011 4:40:07 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Missy the Cat (my pride and joy) is infinitely more qualified to run the country than BHO.


29 posted on 07/13/2011 4:41:29 AM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
tom ridge, rino from my state of PA and one of Bush's bitches.

When was he President and other than the fact that he is critical of Michelle, what makes tiny tommy an expert on Presidential qualifications.

I read the US Constitution, and Michelle is qualified.

Piss off the edge of a ridge.

30 posted on 07/13/2011 4:41:43 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Flintlock; All

July 13, 2011 | 6:29 AM |”Quinnipiac Poll: Bachmann “Surging” Into Second Place”

“Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has supplanted other hopefuls as the strongest opponent to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Wednesday.

Romney leads Bachmann, 25 percent to 14 percent. They are followed by two potential candidates who have not yet declared whether they will run: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (12 percent) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (10 percent).

Romney’s share of the vote is exactly identical to the previous Quinnipiac poll, in early June. But Bachmann has jumped eight points — from six percent — to take over second place.

“Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether ... Palin or Perry get into the race,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”

Palin has slipped slightly, down from 15 percent in June. Perry was not previously tested.

Rounding out the GOP field are businessman Herman Cain (6 percent); former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (5 percent); Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex. (5 percent); former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (3 percent); former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., (1 percent), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (1 percent); and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-MIch., (less than 1 percent).............”

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/07/quinnipiac-poll-3.php


31 posted on 07/13/2011 4:54:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Awesome, the circular firing squad begins forming.....


32 posted on 07/13/2011 4:58:29 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Brett66
Awesome, the circular firing squad begins forming.....

No, the horse race is starting in earnest.

33 posted on 07/13/2011 5:00:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: USS Alaska

A few years back a FReeper posted a great description of the inside the beltway GOP.

Every 4 years the GOP establishment floods out of the big tent to pat conservatives on the back and shake hands as they remind us that the big tent can fit everyone inside.

They then begin herding conservatives inside and lure us to the voting booths near the rear flap of the tent with big promises.

As soon as we vote we’re jerked out of the booth and shoved out into the rain and mud where we spend the next 4 years as someone occasionally steps outside to chuck a brick at our heads.


34 posted on 07/13/2011 5:18:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There are really two parties: The Pro-Aborts and Everyone Else. Pro-Abort “Republicans” will stab any pro-lifer in the back anytime in order to help a Pro-Abort Democrat.

When Ridge took over in Pennsylvania, all inspections of abortion clinics ceased. Ridge is directly responsible for the horrors, the filth, and the murders of the born-alive aborted babies in Philadelphia.


35 posted on 07/13/2011 5:20:21 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was taught as a child that ANYONE (qualified under the Constitution) could grow up and become President. That’s what supposedly made this country great. There was never anything about “experience” and I think our current occupant has established that precedent anyway. Why do these guys act as if membership in an elite class is the qualifier?


36 posted on 07/13/2011 5:32:00 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder if he thought Obama was “ready”. (Shovel ready is all!)


37 posted on 07/13/2011 5:35:25 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

He’s probably of the school of thought that criticizing 0bama is inherently racist.

Yeah, I can’t wait until some lefty says our candidate is “unqualified” or “inexperienced”.

After Barky? Ya gotta be kiddin’ me.


38 posted on 07/13/2011 5:38:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: USS Alaska
I read the US Constitution, and Michelle is qualified.

________________________________________

Really? Don't you mean eligible? Because by your standard the idiot behind the counter at the DMV is qualified as long as she is 35, and born here legally of parents who were born here.

39 posted on 07/13/2011 5:39:29 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: mikey_hates_everything

Qualified to run is not the same as qualified to actually do the job. Millions and millions are qualified to run.


40 posted on 07/13/2011 5:44:36 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is sad.


41 posted on 07/13/2011 5:49:00 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: wtc911

And who defines “qualified to do the job”? Seems quite subjective to me.


42 posted on 07/13/2011 6:13:12 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Can we keep our attacks focused on the real enemy: Obama)
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To: Dan Nunn

You’re right. Sorry Mr. Ridge.


43 posted on 07/13/2011 6:15:25 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Er, Tom, I think the voters can decide for themselves what mattters to them when deciding a presidential candidate.


44 posted on 07/13/2011 6:15:49 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Can we keep our attacks focused on the real enemy: Obama)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My guess is that Tom is pulling for Mitt. Cut from the same cloth.


45 posted on 07/13/2011 6:18:26 AM PDT by jdsteel (I like the way the words "Palin for President" make progressives apoplectic.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I compare this clown to our current Republican Governor, Tom Corbett, and am greatly encouraged by our progress.


46 posted on 07/13/2011 6:32:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ejdrapes

We all define qualified to do the job when we vote. We are not always right though. And, imo, neither MB nor SP is qualified to do the job. Either would get my vote in the general but neither will in any primary.


47 posted on 07/13/2011 6:32:22 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

William F Buckley once said, “I would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the Boston Telephone book than the faculty at Harvard.”

Bachman, Palin, Cain, I will vote for any of those.


48 posted on 07/13/2011 7:55:23 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast: THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR.)
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To: wtc911
We all define qualified to do the job when we vote. We are not always right though. And, imo, neither MB nor SP is qualified to do the job. Either would get my vote in the general but neither will in any primary.

So you are voting for obama then, eh??? A vote for a Rino is a vote for obama...And outside of Sarah, Michelle and Herman, Rino's are all that's left...

And there won't be another Rino President...

49 posted on 07/13/2011 8:00:58 AM PDT by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s a very accurate description of the situation.


50 posted on 07/13/2011 8:46:33 AM PDT by NVDave
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