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Conservative Iowa leader: Bachmann, Perry should drop out, help Santorum
The Hill ^ | 1-03-12 | By Niall Stanage

Posted on 01/03/2012 9:08:29 PM PST by Mozilla

Influential Iowa conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats called this evening for Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry to drop their bids for the Republican presidential nomination in order to maximize Rick Santorum's chances of defeating Mitt Romney in a one-on-one matchup.

"The last thing Mitt Romney wants is to go one-on-one with Rick Santorum," said Vander Plaats, who endorsed Santorum in December. "He wants to have a multiple-candidate field. So I think some of these candidates need to reassess where they're at tonight."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; perry2016; perry2020; primary; ricksantorum

1 posted on 01/03/2012 9:08:37 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Bachmann yes, Perry should stay in.


2 posted on 01/03/2012 9:09:28 PM PST by MattinNJ
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To: Mozilla

Totally agreed. At this point, Bachmann and Perry do nothing but siphon votes away from the anti-Romneys. A vote for Bachmann/Perry is a vote for Romney.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 9:09:28 PM PST by PAConservative1
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To: Mozilla

As should RuPaul. But he won’t.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 9:10:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Mozilla

It almost sounds like Perry just stepped out. Hope not, but he said he’s going back to TX to “reassess” or something.


5 posted on 01/03/2012 9:13:30 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Mozilla

I agree.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 9:14:00 PM PST by GWConservative ( No PACs electstephens.org)
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To: Mozilla

I agree. It sounds like Perry at least will drop out tomorrow. He is going home to “assess”. Anytime you hear those words it means they are leaning towards dropping out. President Santorum is AWESOME.


7 posted on 01/03/2012 9:14:29 PM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: Mozilla

the newties think the votes would go to them...um ya


8 posted on 01/03/2012 9:16:44 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: napscoordinator
But Ricardo kicked butt!! /s


9 posted on 01/03/2012 9:18:15 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: napscoordinator
It's the right thing for Perry to do.

As Bachmann will also likely be dropping out tomorrow, this is a huge boost to both Santorum and Gingrich.

To all who have posted that Iowa isn't important, the results tonight have changed the playing field and have given we Conservatives a real chance at winning the nomination.

10 posted on 01/03/2012 9:18:45 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: MattinNJ

I’m not sure about Perry’s chances one way or the other either.

What I am, relatively, sure about is that candidates need to get out sooner than they did last time or we will vote - split our way to Romney as the nominee.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 9:19:25 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: PAConservative1
Welcome to Free Republic. Smells like horse droppings or troll to me.

Considering that Iowa, in the great scheme of things isn't that important, lets see how things play out. At this point, I'm likely to vote for Perry or Gingrich, if they get the nod.

But this crap of a vote for x is a vote for y is way beyond stupid. People should vote who they feel best represents them, and let the chips fall where they may.

/johnny

12 posted on 01/03/2012 9:19:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Mozilla
Given the percentage gap, the bottom four need to walk. And Willard would be defeated. And we could get on to kicking the obummers ass.
13 posted on 01/03/2012 9:22:29 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Paul should just do the honorable thing, quit politics and turn himself in at the nearest nuthouse.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/03/2012 9:22:46 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: org.whodat

Huntsman is not dropping out. He’s betting his whole enchilada on New Hampshire. Last poll I saw there had him just ahead of Newt.

This was before Iowa and before whomever is dropping out drops. Be interesting to see what the poll result is in a few days.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 9:25:39 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Mozilla

BVP is right as usual.

Perry and Michele should endorse a fellow conservative.

Newt or Santorum. I don’t care which one as long as it hurts Willard.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 9:26:20 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: PAConservative1

Bachmann and Perry drop out it helps Newt.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 9:36:52 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: MattinNJ

Yes.


18 posted on 01/03/2012 9:40:52 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ron Paul should have run for the libertarian party like his buddy Gary Johnson.


19 posted on 01/03/2012 9:41:01 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Mark Levin is right on this issue. It's time we stop letting the establishment and the elites pick our leaders. Iowa ain't S*** in the scheme of things and has been consistently wrong.

20 posted on 01/03/2012 9:41:56 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: skaterboy
the newties think the votes would go to them...um ya

How old are you? 12?


21 posted on 01/03/2012 9:44:19 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: South40

It appears Bachmann got zero. If true, that’s not good for her considering she (I think) was born there.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 9:46:12 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Mozilla
Agree. Santorum would get most of those votes. When Paul quits, who knows where his votes will go? I suspect Obama will get a lot of them in the general.

Wow... President Santorum... That's a conservative's dream.

23 posted on 01/03/2012 9:52:48 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
When Paul quits, who knows where his votes will go?

Gary Johnson.

24 posted on 01/03/2012 9:54:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mozilla

Nobody should consider dropping out till after New Hampshire or start hitting the big states.


25 posted on 01/03/2012 10:02:53 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: Clock King

I agree with Mark. I want Perry to stay in.


26 posted on 01/03/2012 10:06:17 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: Mozilla

Bachmann should for sure drop out. I would like Perry to stay in... but I am afraid he is going to drop out after his reassessment.

Either way people dropping out is good, because that’s just fewer people dividing up the not-romney vote, making it all the easier to bury Romney in South Carolina and Florida.


27 posted on 01/03/2012 10:13:23 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: LibWhacker
"When Paul quits, who knows where his votes will go?"

Fred Karger?

28 posted on 01/03/2012 10:28:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Bachman will not drop out until after South Carolina, I suspect. She wants to participate in the next 2 debates that come up shortly, one next weekend. Bachman likes to debate. Her ego likes it. She will not quit until after a couple more debates that she will want to participate in. Then she will drop out. Unless she wants to end her presidential run in Florida in order to cash in on the warm weather and treat it like a winter vacation down south. Sure beats Minnesota in the winter. So maybe she will end her campaign in Florida in order to end it all in a warm clime.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 10:33:26 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: South40
What's lost on Newt's fan club here is that even though Perry's been polling single digits for months and treated as a national joke, he still managed to win 2 counties, which is 2 more than “front runner” Newt Gingrich won in Iowa. Yet Newt's fans would have us believe that the conservative guy who won 62 counties (Rick Santorum) should “drop out” and endorse their guy (who won ZERO counties) so he can “stop Romney”.
30 posted on 01/03/2012 10:40:34 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: flaglady47

Bachmann came in dead last in her home state, it’s unthinkable that she wouldn’t drop out.


31 posted on 01/03/2012 10:50:01 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: napscoordinator

If Perry has dropped out, then my respect for him increases. A man who knows when to bow out is worthy of respect


32 posted on 01/03/2012 11:26:31 PM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Mozilla

Goodness Bob buy a cup of STFU already.


33 posted on 01/03/2012 11:36:20 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - No Prisoners. No Mercy.)
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