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Gingrich wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll
Hot Air ^ | 12/19/2011 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 12/19/2011 12:46:39 PM PST by TBBT

Newt Gingrich might have dropped to third in Iowa — and he and Romney might be neck-and-neck in the latest CNN poll, but, among thousands of Tea Party activists from across the country, Gingrich retains a clear lead.

Tea Party Patriots — the nation’s largest Tea Party organization — last night hosted a Presidential Tele Forum with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. (The other candidates were invited to participate, but declined because of scheduling conflicts, said Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.) Each candidate had 10 minutes to respond to questions from local Tea Party coordinators. After the question-and-answer portion, the call organizers asked listeners to vote for one candidate as their preferred nominee.

About 23,000 Tea Party activists joined the call and a significant portion of them voted in the straw poll, according to a news release. Of those who voted, 31 percent selected Newt Gingrich as their No. 1, 28 percent selected Michele Bachmann, 20 percent selected Mitt Romney and 16 percent selected Rick Santorum. The three non-participating candidates polled very poorly: Ron Paul garnered 3 percent of the vote, Rick Perry 2 percent and Jon Huntsman 0.3 percent.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia; US: Iowa; US: Massachusetts; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: iowa; michelebachmann; mittromney; newtgingrich; nextpres; nopaul; noromney; ricksantorum; strawpoll; tea4gingrich; teapartypatriots
The importance?
1 posted on 12/19/2011 12:46:41 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

“The importance?”

Hopefully a solid base of support for Newt in order to stop the RINOs and Mitt. For what ever reason Rick and Michelle can’t even lead in their own states. I haven not seen anything on how Rick Perry is doing in Texas.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 12:50:39 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TBBT

IMO, the importance is that he clearly demonstrates a good way to damage a grass roots movement.

If the Tea Party is going to do the RNC’s work for them, it’s a real problem.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 12:51:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: TBBT

You people Tea Partyers, why do you rank Santorum below Romney and Gingrich?


4 posted on 12/19/2011 12:52:54 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Probably because Tea Party activists do not see whining as a leadership trait.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 12:57:58 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: Steelfish
You people Tea Partyers, why do you rank Santorum below Romney and Gingrich?

Pragmatism. Vote for the most viable conservative you get elected. Santorum may be conservative, but he's not viable nationally.
6 posted on 12/19/2011 1:02:48 PM PST by TBBT
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To: Steelfish

Because Santorum is worthless, annoying and is not going anywhere. Though a solid conservative, he supported his senate buddy Specter, the most odious man in the senate at the time (at least on the republican side). I find myself fast forwarding past him to somebody else, somebody worth listening to.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 1:03:06 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: TBBT

Everyone is acting like Newt is out of it now. He’s not out of it. Polls are easy because it’s not your actual VOTE. When it comes time to actually cast it, no turning back, we’ll see if some of these “paul” supporters really give him their vote.


8 posted on 12/19/2011 1:07:10 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: cotton1706; Steelfish

Yestedays Santorum campaign video thread had four replies...FOUR.


9 posted on 12/19/2011 1:09:06 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: MNJohnnie; TBBT

So Romney is pragmatic and does not whine on his flip-flops to allow him to vault over Santorum. He canvassed for Specter only after getting his assurance that he’d push conservative judges as Chair of the Senate Judicary Committee. More importantly if Santorum gets the favorite son vote in PA and carries the state, it’s curtains for Obama. Oh, and then there’s that small thing called the Catholic vote. The Tea Partyers don’t seem to get the message: “Its The Culture Stupid”!


10 posted on 12/19/2011 1:10:12 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: TBBT

The establishment “country club” republicans are doing their best to sabotage Gingrich to make him seem unpalatable to the true conservatives (particularly fiscal conservatives). This tells me more than anything else that I want to support him even more than I did before.


11 posted on 12/19/2011 1:10:49 PM PST by spinestein (The answer is 42.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks TBBT.


12 posted on 12/19/2011 1:11:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: TBBT

The Republican establishment appears to be making inroads into various Tea Party groups.

Remember, politicians can be VERY slick.


13 posted on 12/19/2011 1:14:46 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: TBBT

They never asked me for my opinion.
I have been Tea Party since 1976.


14 posted on 12/19/2011 1:15:36 PM PST by Bibman (Congress! Throw ALL THE BUMS OUT and start all over again.)
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To: TBBT

I would not trust Newt as far as I could throw my 40 ton bulldozer.


15 posted on 12/19/2011 1:17:09 PM PST by Bibman (Tea Party since 1976)
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To: TitansAFC; Gator113; katiedidit1; Marcella; PSYCHO-FREEP

GO GINGRICH!

The serious candidate who doesn’t have to say he’s the serious canidate for Commander-in-Chief!


16 posted on 12/19/2011 1:18:05 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Steelfish
There are NO representatives of the real TEA Party movement... and anyone claiming that they speak for the movement is a liar. They only speak for themselves and those they surround themselves with.

LLS

17 posted on 12/19/2011 1:18:11 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: TitansAFC; Gator113; katiedidit1; Marcella; PSYCHO-FREEP

GO GINGRICH!

The serious candidate who doesn’t have to say he’s the serious candidate for Commander-in-Chief!


18 posted on 12/19/2011 1:18:23 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: TBBT
Now on Fox, Phillip Dennis of Tea Party patriots, members: Anybody but Mitt.
19 posted on 12/19/2011 1:20:27 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Newt Ping!


20 posted on 12/19/2011 1:20:32 PM PST by TitansAFC (I will never, EVER, under any circumstance, EVER support Ron Paul over ANYBODY.)
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To: MaxMax

Phillip Dennis of Tea Party patriots: Straw poll not endorsement


21 posted on 12/19/2011 1:21:54 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: TBBT

I think an old fat gray haired man with little money is a terrible idea to put up against “Obama & The Media Machine.”


22 posted on 12/19/2011 1:27:16 PM PST by CalTexan
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To: Steelfish

“You people Tea Partyers, why do you rank Santorum below Romney and Gingrich?”

In my mind, it’s the unshakable image I have of him of being bounced off of the lockers in the hallway wearing mom jeans and a neat checkered shirt and his hair wetted down with liquid soap from the boys room after sneaking out of gym without taking a shower.


23 posted on 12/19/2011 1:28:26 PM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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To: Steelfish

Wake up and smell the coffee Einstein, they, like I know he can’t win.


24 posted on 12/19/2011 1:35:00 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: MNJohnnie

Hahahaha...!!


25 posted on 12/19/2011 1:37:20 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: onyx
The serious candidate who doesn’t have to say he’s the serious canidate for Commander-in-Chief!


26 posted on 12/19/2011 1:37:30 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“About 23,000 Tea Party activists joined the call...”

jus’ saying


27 posted on 12/19/2011 1:40:08 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: TBBT

We lose Newt, we lose America. None of the rest have the overall courage and knowledge to attack what is so corrupt in Government.


28 posted on 12/19/2011 1:44:42 PM PST by Logical me
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To: CalTexan

And you think the open socialist would give him a thrashing even though he’s been unable to attract anyone but wishy-washy “moderates” who would probably consider voting for Obama?

Like it or not, Newt’s our man until someone else steps up to the plate.

My personal candidate hierarchy goes something like this:

Rick Santorum
Ricardo Perry
Newt RINO
Bloodthirsty (for everyone but Mitt) Bachmann
Wrong Paul
Wrong Party
Socialist R

Not exactly an inspiring slate of candidates. If it comes down to Socialist R versus Socialist D, it’s curtains for the republic. America will have been lost before a single vote is cast.


29 posted on 12/19/2011 1:50:44 PM PST by Cato in PA (ABR: Anybody But Romney)
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To: maine-iac7
First of all the original movement is called the TEA Party... TEA standing for TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. If you want to try to say that 25k represents the millions that align themselves with the movement then I guess that is fine... but they are NOT the TEA Party.

LLS

30 posted on 12/19/2011 1:54:48 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: CalTexan
I think an old fat gray haired man with little money is a terrible idea to put up against “Obama & The Media Machine.”

And I think America has grown up since 2008 and realized young 'clean and articulate' hasn't been what it was cracked to be...(and that 'articulate' turns out to be ONLY when on teleprompter.)

America is scared as is hasn't been in many decades. They are looking for experience, a verifiable conservative record and I think 'old fat gray haired man' gives a feeling of protection, stability.

We did 'personality', ignored lack of experience last time. Didn't work out to well...

Obama has served a good purpose - been great for gun, ammo and storage food outfits - and serves as a prime example of what we DON"T NEED.

31 posted on 12/19/2011 1:59:00 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: traderrob6

Many “Einsteins” think Gingrich would be in a worse boat? Try Mark Steyn for one.


32 posted on 12/19/2011 2:20:03 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Parley Baer
That has to be one of the most absurd things I have read today. Newt is a RINO too - among his many other issues. Is Newt "better" than Romney... maybe so, but then again, it would be hard to find someone NOT better than Romney. But it blows my mind that people calling themselves "Conservative" would support someone as distasteful as Newt when there are more conservative candidates out there.

As far as Bachmann an Santorum not even leading in their home states - maybe their home states have already bought the MSM's assertions that the race is a two-way race between Newt and Mitt.

But the foundational truth is this - if Conservatives want a Conservative candidate, then we have to support the most Conservative candidate(s) we can, not cave to the MSM and Soros' choice.

33 posted on 12/19/2011 2:44:50 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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