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Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’
Wall Street Journal ^ | 9-22-2011 | Danny Yadron

Posted on 09/22/2011 9:37:28 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’

Danny Yadron

September 22, 2011

Public opinion polls show most Republicans think otherwise, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he hopes Sarah Palin joins the 2012 presidential fray.

“I think it would be a good thing if she did,” Mr. Romney said in an interview with USA Today. “She would make the race that much more exciting, bring more people to watch the debates, and I hope she gets in.”

What Mr. Romney didn’t mention is that Ms. Palin’s entry into the race could siphon support from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Recent national public opinion polls that included the former Alaska governor often show her in third place behind Messrs. Perry and Romney. That would also give the contest another candidate who has attacked Mr. Perry on his 2007 executive order that required young girls to receive a vaccine against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

Some 72% of GOP primary voters said they do not want Ms. Palin to run in a McClatchy-Marist poll release this week.

In other Palin news, her political action committee has sent out a fund-raising letter that says the former governor is “on the verge of making her decision...

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservativepalin; nomorerinos; palin; patriotpalin; perrycare; rinoperry; rinoromney; romneycare
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1 posted on 09/22/2011 9:37:30 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

“Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’”

Well of course it. For Mitt. She would suck up all the votes from the lesser conservatives, take some from Perry and, voila! Mitt Romney is you G.O.P. nominee, leading to 4 more years of Obama.

OR; she might be smart enough to see through the thinly veiled strategy by the NE uber-Rino and stay out of the race.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 9:39:45 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: Grunthor

“OR; she might be smart enough to see through the thinly veiled strategy by the NE uber-Rino and stay out of the race.”

OR, she will look at the Perry polls and conclude we need a conservative that can win, and enter the race.


3 posted on 09/22/2011 9:42:38 AM PDT by OwatonnaNative
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To: Grunthor

romney is a serious candidate only in his own mind. as you rightly point out he’s a NE uber-RINO. those of us in flyover country will never vote for him. Gov Palin will have no problem brushing him aside when she announces.


4 posted on 09/22/2011 9:43:17 AM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: Grunthor

Or, your theory could total BS and she would walk away with the nomination and be the next POTUS. That’s my theory.


5 posted on 09/22/2011 9:43:59 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Grunthor
Sarah Palin would be THE single largest vote-gathering machine going.

Is Mitt hoping that she can be his "little lady"? He needs to disabuse himself of that delusion asap.

Mitt's bluffing, he's being the moron we all know that he must be.

6 posted on 09/22/2011 9:44:06 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: OwatonnaNative

I learned long ago to be VERY careful what I wish for!! Seems like Romney is not so smart after all.


7 posted on 09/22/2011 9:44:42 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Grunthor

You say, “She would suck up all the votes from the lesser conservatives, take some from Perry ...”

I agree. If the final 2 on the GOP side are Palin and Romney, I daresay it will Palin’s way.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 9:46:00 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - Rebut, refute, reFudiate!)
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To: Grunthor

Personally, I have severe reservations about both Romney and Perry. Perhaps one of rhe other candidates will outshine them all tonight.


9 posted on 09/22/2011 9:47:49 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOs!)
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To: smoothsailing
>>>>>Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’

Maybe a good thing for liberal Myth Romney. LOL

If nothing else, a Palin candidacy would have instant impact on the primary process. It would push out the second tier wannbees and make this a three person race.

I still don't think she is running. Keep your eyes on Palin's employer, Fox News.

10 posted on 09/22/2011 9:49:29 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: smoothsailing

Seriously, what the heck else is he going to say? This is a boilerplate candidate response to such a question — “the more the merrier, and we’ll let the voters decide”.


11 posted on 09/22/2011 9:50:29 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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Run Sarah, run!




12 posted on 09/22/2011 9:51:54 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: smoothsailing

Of course Romney wants Palin to join. Palin and Perry can fight over conservative voters, while Mittens gets to keep the RINO voters all to himself.


13 posted on 09/22/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by Carling (As of 9/12/11, FreeRepublic Is Now an Anti-Vaccine Community.)
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To: smoothsailing

If both Palin and Perry are in the race, Romney will get the nomination.


14 posted on 09/22/2011 9:55:14 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Palin or Perry, whoever is ahead in the delegate count on primary day)
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To: Paperdoll

Newt will probably do well as will Cain. I can’t see either winning any converts unless one of the front runners stumbles and they jump on him with both feet. Kind of a “there you go again” moment.


15 posted on 09/22/2011 9:55:44 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: JaguarXKE

How is it that John McCain became our nominee in 2008?


16 posted on 09/22/2011 9:57:08 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: Reagan Man

So long as Fox News keeps paying her, she ain’t running.


17 posted on 09/22/2011 9:58:32 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: smoothsailing

If Gov. Palin enter the race,
the RINOs are split between backstabber Romney
and openborder Perry.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 10:00:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: OwatonnaNative

oh please. Palin has a very loyal base, far more diverse than you could imagine and she will draw in independent voters Perry and Romney could never dream of attaining. She is going to kick both their butts and by 2013, you will be referring to her as “Madame President.”


19 posted on 09/22/2011 10:01:20 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege (Palin 2012)
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To: OwatonnaNative

oh please. Palin has a very loyal base, far more diverse than you could imagine and she will draw in independent voters Perry and Romney could never dream of attaining. She is going to kick both their butts and by 2013, you will be referring to her as “Madame President.”


20 posted on 09/22/2011 10:01:37 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege (Palin 2012)
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To: Grunthor

Or she might be smart enough to know that Crony Perry won’t play outside of the Texas and parts of the South once voters actually get to know him, that Crony Perry can’t take corruption to Obama any more than Mitt can take Obamacare to him, and that the race will whittle down to Romney vs. the better (truer) conservative option quickly enough.

IMO Palin’s entry lowers the chances of our getting stuck with Mitt, while increasing the chances we have a strong candidate to run against Obama.

(Don’t look now but the latest polls already show Palin more competitive than Perry against Obama and with Perry completely lost in NH.)


21 posted on 09/22/2011 10:05:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Grunthor

Apples - Oranges


22 posted on 09/22/2011 10:08:54 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Grunthor

Both Newt and Cain voters, if they have any sense and sense of civic responsibility, will pick from the viable candidates after the first couple of primaries.


23 posted on 09/22/2011 10:11:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Grunthor

or she might look at Perry and Romney and say we need a proper conservative who will secure the border, overturn don’t ask don’t use cop outs like it is states rights when it comes to the homo agenda and no Govt health care


24 posted on 09/22/2011 10:16:34 AM PDT by manc (Hannity admitted he's socially liberal on his show, another phony cashing in,marriage =1man +1 woman)
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To: smoothsailing
Well? It would be.

If you’ that worried about whether your guy can win if somebody else gets in...maybe that’s as big a problem for your guy as it is for the somebody else. If not more so.

25 posted on 09/22/2011 10:22:52 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Grunthor
Yeah, but the whole question serves zero purpose except as a springboard for platitudes -- would ANY current GOP candidate publicly declare he/she thought a Palin candidacy would be a bad thing? Let's say Perry did just that, arguing that Palin might split the take in Romney's favor. He'd come across to many as feeling threatened and whining about it. No, that Romney says a Palin candidacy would be a good thing is about as significant as Congress making a proclamation declaring June as "National Ice Cream Month."

As for not entering the race for fear of taking votes from Perry -- conventional wisdom (an oxymoron in politics) seems to be that Perry isn't as risky. There are TWO truths:

1. For all of Perry's good points, there remain valid, significant doubts about Perry's positions on immigration and "crony capitalism," not to mention the two very different approaches that, as governors, Palin and Perry took with regard to the Gardasil issue. Perry issued an Executive Order and mandated it with an opt-out, whereas Palin refused to mandate it and left it in the hands of the Feds. There are major weaknesses with regard to Perry that, as far as I can tell, are exlusive to him; Palin is in the clear on at least two, if not all three of those issues.

2. Perry presents a much, much higher risk of being victimized by an "October Surprise" kind of scandal, as he has never experienced a small fraction of the hostile vetting and scandal-digging that Palin has. Palin is 100 percent campaign-ready in that regard, whereas Perry is extremly risky and vulnerable in that regard.

I believe I have pretty good reason to question the "conventional wisdom" that Romney will only lose if Palin doesn't get in the race.

26 posted on 09/22/2011 10:23:21 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Grunthor
How is it that John McCain became our nominee in 2008?

Rudy had set up Super Tuesday to give him an advantage with winner-take-all primaries in NY and NJ. When Rudy stumbled in FL, McCain ran through that door instead.

NY and NJ are no longer on Super Tuesday and I believe they are no longer are winner-take-all.

27 posted on 09/22/2011 10:27:44 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Grunthor
>>>>>>So long as Fox News keeps paying her, she ain’t running.

Exactly!

28 posted on 09/22/2011 10:35:40 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: smoothsailing

I do believe the poor boy honestly thinks he could beat Palin! “That’s a joke, I say, that’s a joke, son.”

My personal belief is that it would end up a Palin/Perry race.


29 posted on 09/22/2011 10:47:11 AM PDT by ReaganBaby26 (Matthew 12:36)
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To: ReaganBaby26

I didn’t mean a joint ticket, I meant a race between Palin and Perry. Thought I’d better clarify my last statement.


30 posted on 09/22/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT by ReaganBaby26 (Matthew 12:36)
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To: manc
Perry wants to secure the border using high tech hardware, more BP agents, TNG troops if necessary and limited fencing around merto areas. He thinks a full border fence is unrealisitc. Perry also believes its the feds job to handle the immigration issue, like securing the borders. With sharing costs between state and federal govts.

Palin ran with John McCain in 2008. McCain is the biggest amnesty freak on the GOP side. Remember the McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform bill that included blanket amnesty? Eventually it was killed off.

Sarah Palin had a Q&A/interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos on Oct 26 2008:

Q: So you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

A: I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

31 posted on 09/22/2011 10:54:47 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: JaguarXKE

I’ll remind you that you said that if she gets in and all of a sudden Romney is the front-runner with both Perry and Palin between 15 and 20%.


32 posted on 09/22/2011 10:55:30 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: 9YearLurker

Agreed.


33 posted on 09/22/2011 10:56:16 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: dirtboy

So Huckabee and Romney didn’t split any votes at all leaving McCain the last RINO standing?


34 posted on 09/22/2011 10:58:32 AM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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To: Grunthor
Well of course it. For Mitt. She would suck up all the votes from the lesser conservatives,

A most worthy goal, to get the lesser conservatives out of the race. We don't need them. Let's have a serious debate between the Greater Conservative and the Mass. Moderate. My money is on Sarah Palin and American conservatism to win over New England liberalism.

35 posted on 09/22/2011 11:01:57 AM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: smoothsailing; rabscuttle385; stephenjohnbanker; mkjessup; calcowgirl; LMAO; indylindy; Gilbo_3; ...

Wow, Romney likes the idea. Her ears must be burning.

With friends like that...


36 posted on 09/22/2011 11:05:03 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Over-taxed means 'paying too much in taxes', not zero taxes)
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To: ReaganBaby26
I do believe the poor boy honestly thinks he could beat Palin! “That’s a joke, I say, that’s a joke, son.”


37 posted on 09/22/2011 11:05:31 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: smoothsailing

I bet Mittens would like him and Palin down to the wire. She has more luggage than an ocean liner on a two week voyage.


38 posted on 09/22/2011 11:11:01 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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RE :”I bet Mittens would like him and Palin down to the wire. She has more luggage than an ocean liner on a two week voyage.

Luggage ??? LOL

You know how (some) women cant decide what clothes to pack and end up paying the Airline for extra-baggage fees.

39 posted on 09/22/2011 11:17:52 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Over-taxed means 'paying too much in taxes', not zero taxes)
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To: Grunthor
I’ll remind you that you said that if she gets in and all of a sudden Romney is the front-runner with both Perry and Palin between 15 and 20%.

I said that? Where, when? Are you sure you're replying to the correct person?

40 posted on 09/22/2011 11:36:31 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Grunthor

I think McCain was in such a strong position after Super Tuesday that it sucked all the air out of the other campaigns. It wasn’t like Hillary versus Obama that slogged on well through the primary season.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 11:39:37 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: smoothsailing

It would be an historic election because 75% of the Republicans don’t want Palin to run, so if she does, then Obama would win with 80% of the vote, it would be historic I tell you, historic.


42 posted on 09/22/2011 11:40:21 AM PDT by itsahoot (The MSM will not pick my candidate--I will still vote for Sarah Palin, even if she doesn't run.--)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Grunthor
Sarah Palin would be THE single largest vote-gathering machine going.

Meanwhile, back on the Planet Earth, here is a dose of reality:

“The Undefeated” (the 1969 movie) grossed $8 million in theaters. (Equivalent to $47 million in 2010 dollars.)

This year's foreign language film, "Sarah's Key", grossed $6.38 million in theaters

.

By stark contrast, “The Undefeated” (the Sarah Palin movie) grossed $116,381 in theaters. FIFTY EIGHT TIMES LESS THAN "SARAH'S KEY".

"Sarah Palin would be THE single largest vote-gathering machine going."

"When it comes out, the Sarah Palin movie, 'The Undefeated', will rival 'Citizen Kane" and 'Casablanca'."

Both of those claims were actually posted on FR.

Sarah Palin represents 13% of the GOP vote. Romney cannot get those votes because he is too liberal. He therefore wants those votes to go to a candidate that is absolutely no threat to him so that those votes will not end up on a more conservative candidate's column.

It's as simple as that.

43 posted on 09/22/2011 11:41:59 AM PDT by Polybius (Defeating Obama is Priority Number One)
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To: sickoflibs

I am sick of libs too and the way we are going, we are going to end up with Romney and lose the election to the Marxist again.


44 posted on 09/22/2011 11:45:02 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: RichInOC
If you’ that worried about whether your guy can win if somebody else gets in...

Who's Worried?

Some 72% of GOP primary voters said they do not want Ms. Palin to run

45 posted on 09/22/2011 11:56:10 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: SaraJohnson
RE :”I am sick of libs too and the way we are going, we are going to end up with Romney and lose the election to the Marxist again

The way I phrased it yesterday was : “I have this feeling that we are going to get stuck with another crap sandwich and told to swallow it again, just like in 2008”

If Romney gets the nomination we would be better off with Obama again than him, as bad as that would be,

Romney is a termite, Obama the woodpecker, our country is the wooden house. At least you can see the woodpecker doing the damage.

46 posted on 09/22/2011 11:58:34 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Over-taxed means 'paying too much in taxes', not zero taxes)
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To: Grunthor
Right, I like Sarah but she would be going in way too late and would have the effect of drawing support from Perry, Bauchman and others.
The end result at THIS time would IMO give you a Romney Republican nomination.
Now without Sarah you have a good chance you get Perry.

All the candidates are going to have blemishes, but you get to pick your poison. Perry or Romney, if you want Perry you don't want Sarah in as I see it.

I think Sarah likes being out, being important like a kind maker and making boat loads of money while doing it all.
Why at this time would you run for President if you were her?

47 posted on 09/22/2011 12:00:18 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ReaganBaby26
I didn’t mean a joint ticket, I meant a race between Palin and Perry. Thought I’d better clarify my last statement.

I think a joint ticket would be unbeatable, Perry/Palin more so than Palin/Perry but I'd take either one. I just don't think Palin will run.

48 posted on 09/22/2011 12:12:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
In other Palin news, her political action committee has sent out a fund-raising letter that says the former governor is “on the verge of making her decision...

Interesting, since her PAC has nothing to do with a presidential run, and you'd think that if she was seriously considering running, she wouldn't be sucking up her donor money into a PAC that she can't use for that run.

On the other hand, if you assume Palin DIDN'T say this, but her PAC did, then it's just her PAC using the excitement of her possible entry to raise more money for themselves.

Romney may be salivating over the possibility of Palin getting into the race, but he should be careful what he hopes for. On the other hand, he's got the other conservative candidates doing his bidding pretty well, and he only had to pay off one of them so far.

49 posted on 09/22/2011 12:48:21 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: sickoflibs

The “conservatives” are doing a great job of tearing down one another and handing the nomination to Romney. It’s so stupid and it’s sickening. Most of them on this board are attacking Perry thinking a saving bimbo who can’t make up her mind, will enter the race. I am not crazy about Perry -but compared to Romney, he’s conservative.

Michelle, the only one who stood a chance to beat Romney, cut of her nose to spite her face by acting unpresidential in the last debate.

We are screwing ourselves good. We don’t need the Rinos to lift a finger.


50 posted on 09/22/2011 12:49:34 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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