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Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2011 | Will Rahn

Posted on 11/17/2011 1:34:10 PM PST by Fred

Since leaving office in 1999, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has spent much of his time convincing conservatives to support government subsidies for large corporations, reports the Washington Examiner.

In addition to his work as a “strategic consultant” for government-sponsored mortgage lender Freddie Mac, the Examiner reports that tax filings show Gingrich received money from the ethanol lobby.

Green Energy, a lobbying group that works to secure and create government subsidies for the much-criticized ethanol industry, paid the Gingrich Group more than $300,000 as recently as 2009. Unlike most conservative experts on the industry, Gingrich is a staunch advocate of ethanol, an expensive corn-based alternative fuel opposed by many conservatives due to its price tag and incompatibility — at high concentrations — with some modern automobile engines.

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1 posted on 11/17/2011 1:34:12 PM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

NO! Don’t you understand! NO one is allowed to criticize St Newt. We must all just bow down an worship his “genius”./s


2 posted on 11/17/2011 1:35:41 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Fred

It looks more and more like we are stuck with Romney.


3 posted on 11/17/2011 1:36:47 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (DEFUND NPR, PBS, THE TSA AND THE U.N.)
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To: MNJohnnie

NO! Don’t you understand! NO one is allowed to criticize St Newt. We must all just bow down an worship his “genius”./s

And no one is allowed to spam the boards with crap but you...


4 posted on 11/17/2011 1:37:07 PM PST by jessduntno ("They say the world has become too complex for simple answers... they are wrong." - RR)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I’m not stuck with him.


5 posted on 11/17/2011 1:37:12 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Fred

Hey, libs LOOOVVVVE subsidies, so this is good, right?


6 posted on 11/17/2011 1:39:55 PM PST by bigbob
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To: jessduntno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o


7 posted on 11/17/2011 1:40:07 PM PST by jessduntno ("They say the world has become too complex for simple answers... they are wrong." - RR)
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To: Fred

Tiffanys is expensive.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 1:41:43 PM PST by Yaelle (Still helping the Cain train wheels go round.)
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To: Fred

Here comes the Bush/RINO wing of the GOP to smear Newt.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 1:42:17 PM PST by jpsb
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To: MNJohnnie

Name any former member of congress (I know there may be a few)who hasn’t done far worse. I am not a Newt supporter.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 1:43:13 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Fred

Looks like any plan to reduce the deficit should involve locking up Newt or at least banning him from DC.

Each of his “consulting” jobs seem to cost the taxpayers billions.


11 posted on 11/17/2011 1:44:53 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: jpsb

attack, attack attack....Newts on top


12 posted on 11/17/2011 1:46:50 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MNJohnnie

U STILL AT IT BARNEY?


13 posted on 11/17/2011 1:46:59 PM PST by swampfox101
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To: MNJohnnie

Newt’s really got u boys tored up huh?

GIVE’EM HELL NEWT.....THEY SMELL THE BUTT WHOPPIN COMING HA HA


14 posted on 11/17/2011 1:49:28 PM PST by swampfox101
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To: Fred
While some conservatives abandoned Herman Cain over specious, unsubstantiated sexual harassment allegations from the 1990's and/or his lack of 'government 'experience', others want to cling to Newt Gingrich despite his obvious lack of conviction on many conservative issues and values. This is frustrating to those of us who see Gingrich and all the other 'experienced' politicians that want the Republican presidential nomination as being 'part of the problem' that they now pledge to solve. I'm not buying it.

These recent revelations of how Newt Gingrich made big bucks by using his 'government experience' to help lobbying firms push congress for ethanol subsidies, among other interests, simply crystallizes the fact that Newt, for all his intelligence, is really just an establishment Republican who talks a good conservative game but likely wouldn't be the change agent we need to defeat Obama and start the road back from his deliberate trashing of Americas economy and it's place in the world. I remain a Herman Cain supporter. He doesn't pretend to have a glib answer to every question and he doesn't have that vaunted government 'experience'. You know, the kind that helped get us where we are now, some 15 trillion in debt.

15 posted on 11/17/2011 1:50:15 PM PST by Jim Scott (on the 'Cain Train')
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To: Fred

Why is this in breaking news?


16 posted on 11/17/2011 1:50:28 PM PST by mmanager
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To: Jim Scott

Nancy Gingrich.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 1:52:09 PM PST by exist
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Can End Freepathons!

**Click above to help FR**
Thank you, kind FReepers!

18 posted on 11/17/2011 1:52:09 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Fred

I don’t know if Cain can recover or not, and I wasn’t really certain about him in the first place.

But I WILL NOT support Newt. He talks like a conservative but he acts like a RINO. Always has, and still does.

And if a bunch of false stories about sexual harrassment can sink Cain, what will all those true stories about affairs and divorces do to Newt? They wouldn’t even have to make stuff up.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 1:53:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.2)
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To: STARWISE

Newt Pelosi


20 posted on 11/17/2011 1:55:07 PM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: Jim Scott

I think when people see that Newt keeps him promises as in say the Contract With America. When they see that he reduced government spending, balanced the Federal Budget and reformed welfare they just might conclude that Newt is the kind of insider they would like to see back in the inside. Just saying


21 posted on 11/17/2011 1:55:31 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Fred

Funny how the media’s long knives never seem to be quite long enough to reach Mittens. Only anyone who gets in his way.

This is getting comical.


22 posted on 11/17/2011 1:56:05 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Cicero

please see 21


23 posted on 11/17/2011 1:56:36 PM PST by jpsb
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

They’re waiting for Mitt to be the nominee before they bring out the knives for him.


24 posted on 11/17/2011 1:56:55 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Well now we can see how brilliant he is at handling this even though this isnt a debate question.


25 posted on 11/17/2011 1:57:33 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: MNJohnnie

How is this a criticism and not a hit piece?


26 posted on 11/17/2011 1:59:31 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: jpsb

” Just saying”

Facts mean nothing to liberals.


27 posted on 11/17/2011 2:00:19 PM PST by swampfox101
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To: Jim Scott

The problem with Herman is that he has less breadth and depth concerning world affairs than the average poster here at FR. And I might add that I like Herman and think you are absolutely correct about the debt run up by the best and brightest.


28 posted on 11/17/2011 2:00:39 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Cicero

I think the foreign policy stuff is hurting Cain much more than the sexual harassment stuff. His polls numbers held up and his donations skyrocketed after the allegations.

I haven’t heard a word about Herman’s fundraising since his Libya moment and his poll numbers have cratered since Saturday’s foreign policy debate.


29 posted on 11/17/2011 2:01:58 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Yes, always go where you’re led. Do no research. Do no thinking. Believe what you’re fed. The media will guide you.


30 posted on 11/17/2011 2:02:18 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Fred

So, he made a living doing what people in Washington do after they leave office?

how is this news?


31 posted on 11/17/2011 2:04:09 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: jpsb
Here comes the Bush/RINO wing of the GOP to smear Newt.

Newt is part of the Bush/RINO wing of the GOP.

32 posted on 11/17/2011 2:04:26 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: swampfox101
Contract with America? Just saying. Was that a Rino Contract?

Spending was cut

Economy Great

Deficits small

End of welfare as we know it

Compare it to today?

Ann Coulter is right about 1 thing, sorry we don't have Ronald Reagan on the Ballot.

33 posted on 11/17/2011 2:04:31 PM PST by scooby321
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To: Wisconsinlady
No we're not. Did we think there was a perfect candidate somewhere? It sure isn't Romney, or should I say 2012’s McCan’t. He was doa with his health care legislation. I love Cain, but someone broke into his hotel and drugged him over the past week. So Newt took money from the “Green” industry. Why not? His support of ethanol is wrong, but ethanol is the least of my concerns. If he truly listens to the people he will just be forced to go against it when President. Not one person can match his intelect and he has proven to be a cost cutter in the past, although all are misunderestimating the amount that must be cut to save this nation this time around.
34 posted on 11/17/2011 2:05:20 PM PST by carolinacrazy (Bow to your sensei.... BOW TO YOUR SENSEI...... www.jackassdemocrats.com)
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To: Fred

Congressman Gingrich’s strongly supports expanded drilling both onshore and offshore. In 2008, he started a movement for drilling in the US and wrote a book titled “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.” To aid in energy efficiency, Congressman Gingrich has proposed a series of prizes to be awarded to individuals or companies that develop new energy efficient automobiles and other items. He supports the removal of bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and natural gas development in the United States, offshore and on land. He also supports ending the ban on oil shale development in the American West. He has stated that to incentivize safe oil production, the federal government should create a federal royalty revenue sharing to give coastal states an incentive to allow offshore development.

In addition to immediate drilling, Congressman Gingrich supports a rapid expansion of nuclear energy, hydrogen energy, wind, and solar energy. He also supports tax incentives to retrofit coal energy facilities for new carbon sequestering technologies. He has stated that he supports the goal of obtaining 25% of US energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Although his views on energy are definitive, Congressman Gingrich’s views on the environment and it’s relation to energy are not. Congressman Gingrich testified in hearings (not as a Congressman) against the Waxman-Markley cap-and-trade program, and has asserted his strong opposition to the program numerous times. However, Congressman Gingrich has also advocated for programs that incentivize the reduction of carbon emission.

Congressman Gingrich’s views on global warming are also nebulous. In a 2007 debate with Senator Kerry, Congressman Gingrich stated that the evidence was sufficient that global warming existed and that action needed to be taken immediately. The obvious implication being that if action can address the issue, then it was man made. That same year, he introduced a “Contract with the Earth” and spoke about the concept of “Green Conservatism” as a method of winning the environmental debate against the left. In 2008, Congressman Gingrich made a public service announcement with House Speaker Pelosi noting the dangers of global warming and the need to take action to solve the problem. However, at a conference that same year, he stated that as a historian, it was impossible to known the extent of global warming and how much humans were contributing.

Congressman Gingrich has opposed EPA regulation of carbon emissions and has called for the EPA to be abolished.

http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/rep_bios.php?rep_id=72471931&category=views&id=51837611058726


35 posted on 11/17/2011 2:05:26 PM PST by kcvl
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To: dfwgator
You have the “Chicago Mafia” running your country and you discount someone who earned his living by being a consultant? You are throwing away the only politician that has the knowledge to make you great again? You deserve who you elect and what they do to you once they have the control.

Look at Greece and Italy soon Spain, Portugal and Ireland and you can gaze into your future America.

36 posted on 11/17/2011 2:05:46 PM PST by Jocko from Canada
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To: swampfox101
Newt did more for conservatives in 4 years as Speaker of the House then Bush did in 8 years as President. Far more.

If people really want a conservative President there is only one choice Newt. Sorry Sarah is not running, Perry is not ready and Cain is just trying to sell some books. Newt is a proven conservative. Proven to govern as a conservative. No one, and I mean NO ONE has done more for conservatives then Newt since Reagan.

37 posted on 11/17/2011 2:05:56 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Fred

Every green tax credit is a tax loophole
Q: The oil companies got government handouts in the form of tax breaks, tax exemptions, loopholes. Is that fair?
A: Every green tax credit is a loophole. Why did we get to breaks for ethanol, breaks for oil and gas, etc.? We have a simple choice. We can depend on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, or we can encourage development of oil and gas in the US. I’m for an energy-independent America, and that means I favor people who create energy.

Q: If you eliminate some of those loopholes, whether for ExxonMobil or some other companies, there are those who argue that is, in effect, a tax increase and it would violate a pledge that so many Republicans have made not to raise taxes.

A: Yes, a lot of people argue that. They’re technically right. Look, I’m cheerfully opposed to raising taxes. We have a problem of overspending. We don’t have a problem of undertaxing. I want to shrink government to fit income, not raise income to try to catch up with government.

Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL , Sep 12, 2011


38 posted on 11/17/2011 2:07:17 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Jim Scott

I don’t know of any conservatives who abandoned Herman Cain over the cheap shots and dirt thrown at him. But you won’t help him by doing the same thing to Newt.


39 posted on 11/17/2011 2:08:30 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Jim Scott

Truer words have never been spoken, Jim! I agree 100%.


40 posted on 11/17/2011 2:08:50 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: Fred

60% of republican voter don’t have a firm candidate.

This race is wide open!


41 posted on 11/17/2011 2:09:16 PM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Perry and Bachmann were run off all because of a person that didn’t even end up running.This ticks me off!


42 posted on 11/17/2011 2:09:31 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: boomop1

Apparently Congress has exempted themselves from insider trading laws. This is the most egregious thing since the check cashing scandal, and far more serious. Time to rein those critter in, big tingh~!


43 posted on 11/17/2011 2:10:12 PM PST by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

It’s now between Romney, Cain and Gingrich. Unless Cain polishes up his act, he’s done. Too many “deer in the headlights moments”, can’t afford any more.

Between Romney and Gingrich, I’ll choose the lesser of two evils.


44 posted on 11/17/2011 2:10:16 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Fred

Any one of the republican candidates would be far more better than Obama. None of them hate America. Like Mark Levin said, I’d vote for an orange juice can.

We’re stuck with this field, someone in this group will be our nominee. We can not let obama win re-election. All you sit it out folks, remember, it’s more dire than any time before in our history. Even re-electing Carter isn’t this bad.


45 posted on 11/17/2011 2:11:29 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Fred

Billion-dollar prize for first mass-produced hydrogen car

The America that works focuses on inventing a better future and knows that customers will rapidly switch to a better solution. The same will be true for a new energy strategy. We need very large prizes for fundamental breakthroughs.

There ought to be a billion-dollar tax-free prize for the first hydrogen car that can be mass-produced for a reasonable price. Hydrogen has to be the ultimate basis for a truly bold energy program because it has no environmental impact and it is universally available as a natural resource. Therefore it would have huge appeal to China and India if it were commercially competitive in price.

American technologies for hydrogen vehicles might be one of the biggest economic winners of the next generation.
There should be a substantial tax break for investing in both ethanol and hydrogen supply stations and hydrogen pipelines so the fuel can be delivered when the automobiles are available at a reasonable cost.

Source: Real Change, by Newt Gingrich, p.203 , Dec 18, 2007

Kyoto treaty is bad for the environment and bad for America

Kyoto is a bad treaty. It is bad for the environment and it is bad for America. It sets standards that will require massive investments by the US but virtually no investments by other countries. The Senate was right when it voted unanimously against the treaty. We should insist on revisiting the entire Kyoto process and resolutely reject efforts to force us into an anti-American, environmentally failed treaty.

The US should support substantial research into climate science, managing the response to climate change, & in developing new non-carbon energy systems. It is astounding to watch people blithely propose trillions of dollars in spending on a topic on which we have failed to spend modest amounts to better understand.

It is astounding to have people focus myopically on carbon as the sole source of climate change. The world’s climate has changed in the past with sudden speed and dramatic impact. Global warming may happen. On the other hand it is possible Europe will experience another ice age.

Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org , Dec 1, 2006

Focus on incentives for conservation & renewable resources

A sound American energy policy would focus on four areas: basic research to create a new energy system that has few environmental side effects, incentives for conservation, more renewable resources, and environmentally sound development of fossil fuels. The Bush administration has approached energy environmentalism the right way, including using public-private partnerships that balance economic costs and environmental gain.

Hydrogen has the potential to provide energy that has no environmental downside. Conservation is the second great opportunity in energy. A tax credit to subsidize energy efficient cars (including a tax credit for turning in old and heavily polluting cars) is another idea we should support. Renewable resources are gradually evolving to meet their potential: from wind generator farms to solar power to biomass conversion. Continued tax credits and other advantages for renewable resources are a must.

Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org , Dec 1, 2006

Stop scare tactics about drilling in Alaska

It is time for an honest debate about drilling and producing in places like Alaska, our national forests, and off the coast of scenic areas. The Left uses scare tactics from a different era to block environmentally sound production of raw materials. Three standards should break through this deadlock.

Scientists of impeccable background should help set the standards for sustaining the environment in sensitive areas, and any company entering the areas should be bonded to meet those standards.

The public should be informed about new methods of production that can meet the environmental standards, and any development should be only with those new methods.
A percentage of the revenues from resources generated in environmentally sensitive areas should be dedicated to environmental activities including biodiversity sustainment, land acquisition, and environmental cleanups in places where there are no private resources that can be used to clean up past problems.

Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org , Dec 1, 2006

http://www.issues2000.org/2012/Newt_Gingrich_Energy_+_Oil.htm


46 posted on 11/17/2011 2:12:21 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Jocko from Canada

Who are you referring to?


47 posted on 11/17/2011 2:12:36 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Fred
Gingrich may have also been paid to help secure the passage of the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003. Originally partial to idea of prescription drug subsidies only for the poor, Gingrich reportedly changed his tune after receiving funds from big drug companies who wanted all Medicare enrollees covered.

Sources involved with the companies’ lobbying efforts said Gingrich was on their payroll as a consultant at the time. Gingrich reportedly called Washington conservatives in order to sell the bill even though, the Examiner reported, it amounted to “a new federal entitlement.”

“[Gingrich] received a monthly retainer,” a former pharmaceutical company lobbyist said, adding that the former House Speaker’s price was “at the high end.” A spokesman for Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation declined to comment on specific contracts, but admitted they had clients that included “health care companies, hospitals and drug companies.”

WSJ: Gingrich Blasts House GOP's Medicare Plan; Presidential Candidate Calls It 'Right-Wing Social Engineering,' Agrees With Obama About Need for Insurance Mandate.

48 posted on 11/17/2011 2:12:47 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: jpsb
Here comes the Bush/RINO wing of the GOP to smear Newt.

Nobody has to work to "smear" Newt. He's shown over the years that he's perfectly capable of sullying his own public image.

He's never been much of anything besides a well-heeled prostitute. Evil always pays better than good, which is why Newt cannot be trusted to come down on the right side of anything when it really matters. Real leadership requires personal integrity. He hasn't got enough to be trusted with that kind of power.
49 posted on 11/17/2011 2:13:14 PM PST by CowboyJay (Generic Republican - 2012. He's the only 'electable' candidate.)
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To: scooby321

i agree with u bro.. I wished we had a reagan but since we don’t, i can vote for newt, cain, bachman, santorum, or ron.

i like the cfa and like newt’s new contract.


50 posted on 11/17/2011 2:13:55 PM PST by swampfox101
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