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Gingrich Promises a 44-Stop Bus Tour to Fight Negative Ads
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | 12/19/2011 | TRIP GABRIEL

Posted on 12/19/2011 3:28:38 PM PST by TBBT

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Returning to Iowa where the latest polls show his campaign suddenly slipping, Newt Gingrich lamented what he called a barrage of negative ads aimed at him and promised a 44-stop “jobs and prosperity” tour before the voting on Jan. 3 to fight back.

Mr. Gingrich renewed a vow to stick to the high road and campaign positively, but he still aimed a stinging barb at unnamed Republican rivals for ads that have relentlessly gone after his record on Freddie Mac and other issues and seem to be raising doubts with voters.

“I’m candidly very disappointed that some of my friends who are running put out so much negative junk,” he said here Monday afternoon.

“The only person who profits when Republican ads attack other Republicans is Barack Obama,” he said, “and I think that’s pretty reprehensible behavior on the part of some of the candidates. ”

He promised to return to the state “again and again” to tell voters what he stands for, as well as to “answer any question that comes up based on the false and inaccurate advertising from some of my friends.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adulterer; gourmand; henrytheeighth; ia; newt
Ain't done yet.
1 posted on 12/19/2011 3:28:48 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

I heard Mittens is out spending him 35 to 1 in Iowa.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 3:34:48 PM PST by Track9
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To: TBBT
Newt-a shorter shelf life than Herman Cain.
3 posted on 12/19/2011 3:37:35 PM PST by not2worry
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To: TitansAFC; PSYCHO-FREEP; katiedidit1; Gator113; Marcella; trisham; TBBT
“I’m candidly very disappointed that some of my friends who are running put out so much negative junk,” he said here Monday afternoon.

“The only person who profits when Republican ads attack other Republicans is Barack Obama,” he said, “and I think that’s pretty reprehensible behavior on the part of some of the candidates. ”

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I am totally disgusted by "his friends"

and totally For NEWT GINGRICH!


4 posted on 12/19/2011 3:45:23 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: not2worry

Wrong.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 3:46:20 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
More Newt comments: Newt's 'jobs and prosperity tour' begins as numbers fall - Politico
6 posted on 12/19/2011 3:47:39 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Good news. Newt is going to take his message straight to the voters. That is one of his strengths. GO NEWT!


7 posted on 12/19/2011 3:54:40 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TBBT

I don’t think that this “let’s play nice” approach by Newt is working. He shot up in the polls because he demonstrated that he could fight when necessary. He needs (needed?) to strike a balance between being pleasant and tenacious.

I am sick of seeing Willard’s establishment toadies out there kneecapping Newt while Mitt pretends to be above the fray. Romney falls apart when he gets hit, and Newt should be firing a few more torpedoes in his direction.


8 posted on 12/19/2011 3:56:17 PM PST by CASchack
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To: TBBT

“Ain’t done yet. “

Well , if his bus in hot gas powered he save on fuel costs .


9 posted on 12/19/2011 3:58:08 PM PST by fantom (,)
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To: TBBT

“The only person who profits when Republican ads attack other Republicans is Barack Obama,”

That is a fact.


10 posted on 12/19/2011 4:00:06 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: TBBT
Mr. Gingrich renewed a vow to stick to the high road and campaign positively,

He needs to renew his vow every other sentence apparently, because in the next breath he "aimed a stinging barb" at his rivals.

Newt, the Victicrat.

11 posted on 12/19/2011 4:06:01 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: TBBT

That is good news. Sarah Palin said it is vital the candidates focus on the economy and jobs as well as character and values.


12 posted on 12/19/2011 4:08:43 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: onyx

Looks like they are waiting to attack Romney on Fannie/ Freddie in this article:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/13/1044906/-Not-just-Newt-Gingrich:-Mitt-Romney-profited-from-Freddie-Mac-too


13 posted on 12/19/2011 4:11:11 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: TBBT
Newt the one man the establsihment pundits said would never get above single digit polling numbers; the man who brings more intellect and spark to the debates than any other candidate; the man who followed Reagan's law; the man who stood up on the stage as other candidates bashed him, moderators questioned his faith and still remained cool. That is the man I want as president of my country. NO BACHMANN, NO MITT, NO PAUL, NO HUNTSMAN.
14 posted on 12/19/2011 4:11:20 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: not2worry
Cain never polled as high as Newt. Gingrich more of a man in defending Cain than vice versa
15 posted on 12/19/2011 4:13:35 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: TBBT

I am an Iowa Conservative and would like some input as to who to support in the 03Jan IA Caucus. I like Newt & Santorum and could be persauded to support Michelle in a pinch. Rick Perry could be in play as well but the clock is running down.

Please give me one PRO and one CON for your choice.

Thanks!!!!!

Note: Paul supporters need not apply.


16 posted on 12/19/2011 4:18:50 PM PST by IAGeezer912 (If government ownership of business is so great, why aren't the N. Koreans filthy rich?)
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To: TBBT
If Newt had some imagination he would turn the tables on his critics easily.

At each of his 44 stops Newt should exit the bus carrying a suitcase.

When he arrives at the stage, he should open the bag and announce that he's also brought his "famous" baggage with him.

And then remove the stuff, like the balanced budget, spending cap, Contract with America, a dozen or so of his best sellers, endorsements, Tea Party polls showing him the overwhelming choice all over the country, etc.

If I were Newt's Campaign Manager he would be back at the top in two weeks!!

17 posted on 12/19/2011 4:22:01 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: katiedidit1

Newt needs to blitz all of the voters with talk about jobs and how he will improve the economy as that is very wanting out here in the heartland and like Sarah Palin said, the candidates are not addressing it as much as they should.


18 posted on 12/19/2011 4:44:20 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: TBBT

The logical choice for me is Newt. This country is in such dour need for direction. In 94, Newt didn’t just help nationalise the Congressional election, when they came in, they actually had a plan. Bill Clinton to this day enjoys praise for his second term, simply because he was present when Gingrich led Congress.

All the crap that they are spewing on this guy today, just seems like bitterness and envy.


19 posted on 12/19/2011 4:45:25 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Romney/Brown 2012. Yeah, I know. Can we get real now?)
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To: TBBT

Newt happens to be one of those politicians who, when you hear him speak, you say, that man should be president, I’m voting for this guy. I’ll be he’ll draw crowds to hear him speak.

Romney’s playing the usual political game but it seems to work. I hope he gets buried.


20 posted on 12/19/2011 5:04:36 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Track9
I heard Mittens is out spending him 35 to 1 in Iowa.

And yet he still can't win.

21 posted on 12/19/2011 5:12:11 PM PST by Proudcongal
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To: IAGeezer912

Newt Gingrich is a historian, he loves this country and understands our Constitution, our system of government and the sacrifices made by patriots to create it, and the importance of maintaining it. He knows how government works and how it should work. He is intelligent, educated, and has common sense. Newt carries some baggage but the deeper we get into the campaign and the more we see and hear from the candidates, I Realize that Newt’s baggage is not nearly as heavy as I thought. He has gone to the church with his personal baggage, he has admitted to mistakes. He has been in the public eye for 35 years and has made public controversial decisions, he has cast over 7200 votes, made over 15,000 speeches, written 24 books. He has matured over these years. His original Contract with America led to CONSERVATIVE Republicans taking the US House. As Speaker they had 4 consecutive balanced budgets, welfare reform, strengthened our national defense and intelligence. The CBO had forecast a deficet in ten years of 2.5 trillion when he was elected speaker and 4 years later it was for a surplus of 2.5 for a turnaround of 5 Trillion $. They cut taxes and unemployment dropped to 4.2%. President Clinton talks of his administration having balanced budgets, surplus, and welfare reform, that’s true, but it was thrust upon him by Newt and the Republican Congress. Republicans should be apoligizing to Newt for squandering what he brought to the country instead of attacking him. I believe this can be Newt’s time, America is in trouble and we need an advocate, I believe that advocate is Newt Gingrich.


22 posted on 12/19/2011 5:18:01 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: TBBT

That is great news TBBT. He needs to have that focus now.


23 posted on 12/19/2011 5:19:49 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: duffee

Wow! Very well spoken! I think you need to be on the campaign trail with Newt!!


24 posted on 12/19/2011 5:23:01 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: onyx

DISGUST IS THE RIGHT WORD! Ann Coulter went on Redeye two nights ago and told them that the word “zany” means crazy and then said “You know Newt is crazy don’t you?” (Good thing Mark Levin warned us of this plan in advance but it still makes me sick.) Of course she also bashed the tea party saying all they care about is whether Obama is born in Kenya. She would vote for Ron Paul over Newt. Beck implied the tea party is racist if they vote for Newt and Romney or Ron Paul would be better. Bachmann said on Face the Nation that Newt is singling her out as a woman and being condescending to her by answering her attacks. (WHAT A TURNOFF! SOUNDED LIKE MEGYN MCCAIN!) I have had a lot of eye opening moments here and am still taking names.


25 posted on 12/19/2011 5:39:26 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

From Newt’s site on jobs and the economy. Excellent solutions. His organization in Iowa needs to print out flyers and pass them all over at every stop.
http://www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy


26 posted on 12/19/2011 5:46:29 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Kind of makes you proud. Does me!


27 posted on 12/19/2011 5:47:51 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: I_be_tc

Very proud of Gingrich. I am in a state of shock over Fox News and so many political analyists attacking him. It is almost a constant. There was a time I loved Fox and really believed they were an alternative to the liberal bias promoted by the other news channels. Now, Fox is just another leftwing source in my opinion. The difference between Gingrich and Obama is stark..the difference between Romney and Obama ...not so far apart. Most of all..I resent Mitt calling Newt “Zany” and Coulter calling him “crazy”


28 posted on 12/19/2011 5:56:26 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

I agree. Maybe would be best to send him a note suggesting that. I sent him one earlier advising him to focus on the economy and jobs and character like Sarah said and to answer any questions about Fannie/Freddie regarding what his stance was prior to the crash and what his advice was to them as a consultant. That is what people want to know.


29 posted on 12/19/2011 6:05:48 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: katiedidit1

I agree with you on Fox. Hard to believe how obvious they are. I did hear O’Reilly tell Romney tonight a lot of people do not believe he is a real conservative. LOL! Romney had that sick grin on his face at the time.


30 posted on 12/19/2011 6:11:32 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: CASchack

It’s gotten worse here in Iowa.

It’s not just Mitt. Paul and Perry are also running negative anti-Newt ads now.


31 posted on 12/19/2011 6:17:47 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: TBBT

Ain’t done yet?

Who is he slippin’ it to these days?

Seems like it’s about time to play switcheroo again.

After all, he ran around with Callista for seven years before he left Marianne.


32 posted on 12/19/2011 6:21:12 PM PST by Palladin (Santorum/Bachmann 2012.)
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To: katiedidit1

I agree about Fox News. Used to be the only station on my tv all day. I could watch reruns and still be entertained. Now I catch about a half hour of Fox and Friends and that ends it for the day for me. I would rather watch old Match Game shows than listen to Fox. Sad. But, of course, I freep extensively.

Hoping Newt knows that a lot of us don’t care if he “stumbles”. We are strong enough to pick him up.


33 posted on 12/19/2011 6:47:13 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: I_be_tc

Great opportunity for a good conservative news channel to pick up the slack. Americans crave the truth and we are no longer getting it from faux.
Fox is so pro Romney he should pay them for all the air time he gets.


34 posted on 12/19/2011 7:00:19 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: TBBT

he can try all he wants I will not vote for newt or mitt.


35 posted on 12/19/2011 7:13:35 PM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: Palladin; Jim Robinson

Wash your filthy mind and leave here.


36 posted on 12/19/2011 7:14:07 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: CASchack; All

sounds like many of you would be cheering on president newt when he accomplishes 90% of what Obama did,,thats ok he has an r by his name.


37 posted on 12/19/2011 7:15:37 PM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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I have heard this shuck and jive before...many of us warned you about about bush before his president, and when he was president you all closed ranks even when he doing liberal,big gov crap...and yet you guys want to go and repeat the mistake with newt or mitt.you guys wont fight a president newt or mitt like you fight obama. looks like we need another 4 years of obama why dont you guys wize up


38 posted on 12/19/2011 7:18:34 PM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: cotton1706
Newt happens to be one of those politicians who, when you hear him speak, you say, that man should be president, I’m voting for this guy.

Then, unfortunately, he keeps talking. And you remember why he shouldn't be.

39 posted on 12/19/2011 7:19:00 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: TBBT

The best way for Noot to get back on track is to disavow the “I’m a Wilsonian” stuff, address the individual mandate issue, and in short, re-establish his conservative bonafides. It’s sad that it has come to this with a guy who has his track record from the 1990s, but there’s serious doubt as to whether he’s still for real, and his supporters need to realize that.

If we’re gonna be stuck with this guy as the anti-Romney, I want to know the base’s needs come FIRST with him.


40 posted on 12/19/2011 7:19:12 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
The best way for Noot to get back on track is to disavow the “I’m a Wilsonian” stuff, address the individual mandate issue, and in short, re-establish his conservative bonafide

really, you would fall for that, ok i bet he does that, gains your confidence and others then he turns around and does the opposite

41 posted on 12/19/2011 7:23:02 PM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: M. Thatcher

Well, I don’t get that will Robottney, so I’m sticking with Newt.


42 posted on 12/19/2011 7:23:11 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: sheikdetailfeather

You have expressed a lot of my disgust! Thank you and keep taking names!


43 posted on 12/19/2011 9:27:51 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: onyx

You have expressed a lot of my disgust! Thank you and keep taking names!

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Second that. What I’ve learned is that as American people, we truly seem to have no one on our side. All of the so-called conservatives on Fox are in the tank, all these talking heads are in it ...i think we need to stop relying ont hem and just get out and support our candidates with our votes, with our groundwork, and just ignore the rest. Most of them are just establishment groupies. We can see it now very clearly.


44 posted on 12/20/2011 7:03:51 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: IAGeezer912

The big advantage Newt has over Santorum is that Newt has shown he can articulate the conservative message in a way that educates the public and perhaps persuades them. That is the one major thing we have been lacking in all our presidential candidates since Reagan. We need to change hearts and minds in this country. The media and educational system has driven people further left than arguably they have ever been. Even if Newt lost, we will have made gains in educating people about conservative thought.

His biggest con is the fact that his current marriage is to a woman who he apparently admitted was his mistress for several years during his previous marriage. I do feel that is the type of baggage that has the potential to turn off women voters. At some point Callista is going to face the media as a potential First Lady and the optics on this don’t look good. I’m also not sure if Newt’s previous wives have ever given interviews or if they might be brought out by the media to criticize Newt in the campaign. Since we’re most likely going to win on the issues, this other stuff is where the media is going to look for weaknesses.


45 posted on 12/20/2011 7:06:48 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: LibsRJerks

O’Reilly gave Romney a tough interview last night. He said he was trying to schedule a Newt interview for tonight. IMO, O’Reilly and Hannity have been fair to both of them. I think Hannity prefers Newt as a candidate overall. I think O’Reilly likes Newt best on substance, but is leaning to Romney on electability.

Today someone asked Bill Bennett if he would endorse a candidate. Bennett has been very outspoken in saying Newt is not electable. Today though he said his audience is definitely favoring Newt and he is torn between supporting the candidate he agrees with most of the time and supporting one he thinks is more electable.

I think people need to make a stronger case for Newt being electable. Read “Overestimating Romney” on the Weekly Standard site, which shows Romney has never demonstrated electability or popularity with voters. People are also putting all their eggs in the basket of the economy with Romney, but what if the Supreme Court overturns Obamacare in the Spring and businesses rejoice and start hiring? The economy could look much improved by November. Remember what happened with McCain? We nominated a national security conservative and when the issue switched to the economy he got slaughtered. We need a candidate who can switch gears and show credibility on any issue. Newt has the experience and gravitas to do that.


46 posted on 12/20/2011 7:24:15 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: duffee

Thank you!!!! You summarized my gut feeling very well. I agree 100% and WILL BE supporting Newt at the Iowa Caucuses.


47 posted on 12/23/2011 4:29:39 PM PST by IAGeezer912 (If government ownership of business is so great, why aren't the N. Koreans filthy rich?)
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To: JediJones

Thank you!!! I have gotten some excellant feedback on Newt and all things considered it helped comfirm my gut feeling; I just needed some input like yours. I WILL BE supportig Newt at the Iowa Caucuses.


48 posted on 12/23/2011 4:35:41 PM PST by IAGeezer912 (If government ownership of business is so great, why aren't the N. Koreans filthy rich?)
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To: IAGeezer912

Awesome! Then I guess I won’t have to drive down to Iowa from Pennsylvania and twist your arm after all!

I think we should all get fully informed on the candidates and then go with our gut. Most likely our gut is going to be similar to other people’s guts in the general election. We shouldn’t overthink things and get so strategic with our voting that we become like heartless calculating robots.


49 posted on 12/23/2011 4:47:17 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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