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Iowa Rep. Steve King: Gingrich Better Candidate Than Romney
newsmax.com ^ | 12/28/2011 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter

Posted on 12/28/2011 2:04:17 PM PST by TBBT

Although Iowa Rep. Steve King is holding back his coveted political endorsement with only days to go before his state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, he tells Newsmax that he almost certainly would choose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

However, it is becoming less likely he will make a formal endorsement of any GOP presidential candidates before Tuesday’s caucuses, the conservative Republican told Newsmax in an exclusive interview today.

“We’re closing in fast on the Iowa caucuses, so it’s less likely today than it was yesterday, but I am meeting with candidates, talking with them, talking with their staff and my staff is too,” he said. “I’m still hopeful that there will be a way that I can come to a conviction but it must be a conviction. It is not good enough to pull a name out of a hat or just make an endorsement that is not one that is grounded in the brain and in the gut.”

Describing Gingrich as a “brilliant man, who generates all kinds of ideas,” King said pundits will be talking about Gingrich’s debate performances in future elections.

“I think a lot of Speaker Gingrich, and there would have to be some discipline on the myriad of ideas that he brings to the table. But that’s what Congress is for,” King said.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: king; newt
Hasn't endorsed yet... Holding out for the highest bidder?
1 posted on 12/28/2011 2:04:25 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Steve King is good friends with Michele Bachmann. It may be awkward for him to endorse anyone else.


2 posted on 12/28/2011 2:07:42 PM PST by iowamark
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“Iowa Rep. Steve King: Gingrich Better Candidate Than Romney”

Nooooooooooooo! Really!?


3 posted on 12/28/2011 2:08:08 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: TBBT

Rep King is one of the better GOP reps. He is just playing it smart for the election.

He may be holding out for a Friday or Saturday endorsement...as the holiday season winds down. More media impact for his endorsed candidate

And, judging by King’s record, he will definitely not endorse a RINO, for sure


4 posted on 12/28/2011 2:09:03 PM PST by RealImmigrant (National Security begins at the Border)
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Newt’s failure is that he was not the “Establishment’s” choice.

Newt is a history professor. Speaks well, excellent debater, and likes to ‘think’ big things.

But...Newt is not a ‘people’s candidate’. He’s not an ‘organizer’. He has no grass roots following. Consequently, he has NO ground organization. At least no real committed troops that will go all out for him and watch his back.

His only chance would have been to be propped up by an existing organization (the “Establishment”). To that end, it will not happen.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 2:09:54 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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How does King fit Gingrich’s demand for amnesty for illegal aliens (oh - only for 25 year ones - right, sure, uh-huh) with his own stand against illegal immigration?


6 posted on 12/28/2011 2:12:38 PM PST by oldbill
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The only hope for America is the strength of Gingrich. His plan is the best offered and being a former insider as well as an recent outsider will benefit us since he can be a mover. The rest would spend many years learning how to be a President and by then we will be finished.
7 posted on 12/28/2011 2:17:17 PM PST by Logical me
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I suspect he’s simply intellectually mature enough to understand what is important and what is a side issue.


8 posted on 12/28/2011 2:40:21 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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>>>Hasn’t endorsed yet... Holding out for the highest bidder?

No... If you go back to the article, and read what he said, he explains it, if you’re mind is open enough to comprehend...


9 posted on 12/28/2011 2:43:58 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (No Mit Sherlock. No Mit, not now, not ever. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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This guy makes Santorum spend 1/2 the day hunting with him - then no endorsement. Then King says something kinda nice about Gingrich - but no endorsement. Yet he loves all these visits from candidates. Prima donna.


10 posted on 12/28/2011 2:47:09 PM PST by BCrago66
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If you think illegal immigration is a side issue then I can see why Obama is in the White House.

Better learn Spanish hombre - when they become the majority in 2040 they won’t have any “press 1 for English” on their phones.


11 posted on 12/28/2011 8:31:23 PM PST by oldbill
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If you don't believe that the single most important issue is ridding ourselves of this Clown Prince Narcissist in Chief, then you lack perspective.

Every other issue is of secondary importance. Most other issues, including immigration, require the willful consent of Congress to be addressed, which means that the President's view is of secondary importance.
12 posted on 12/29/2011 6:26:24 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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