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Gingrich Turns Fire on Santorum
thehill.com ^ | 01/06/12 | staff

Posted on 01/06/2012 12:10:52 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion

Just days after praising his rival GOP presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich took aim at Rick Santorum’s congressional record and said he would be considered the “junior partner” in a match-up between the two Republican hopefuls.

“If you think of us as partners, he would clearly in historical experience have been the junior partner,” Gingrich said Thursday on the campaign trail. “He’s not a bad person, I want to be clear about this, but I don’t know that he has any track record of being able to organize a large-scale campaign.”

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1 posted on 01/06/2012 12:10:56 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Newt’s right.


2 posted on 01/06/2012 12:13:34 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Well, Well, Well.
Gingrich must think Santorum is a bigger threat than Romney.
Game on!


3 posted on 01/06/2012 12:15:08 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The headline is misleading.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 12:15:43 PM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Utmost Certainty

Mid 90s version of Newt is right. Post bimbo eruption version of Newt, I’m not so sure. At least Santorum can control his schlong.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 12:16:21 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
I want to be clear about this, but I don’t know that he has any track record of being able to organize a large-scale campaign.

Well, Obama didn't either, and he won. Maybe someone should tell Gingrich voters were trying to pick a conservative, not an administrator.

6 posted on 01/06/2012 12:20:55 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Vigilanteman

Santorum, a “Junior Partner” seems to be attracting a lot of attention from the “Senior Partner”. And Santorum hasn’t attacked the ‘Senior Partner”

The “Senior Partner” must not like the internal polls he’s seeing.

Go Rick!


7 posted on 01/06/2012 12:22:09 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Newt’s ego is massive


8 posted on 01/06/2012 12:22:13 PM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Wow, these comments betray a lot of insecurity by Gingrich. “Junior partner.” How desperate.


9 posted on 01/06/2012 12:23:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: GoCards

Newt would be wise to let others unveil the thinly cloak resume of this guy. He is no more qualified to be president of the United States than the milk man. Of course, even the milk man is more qualified than Obama...


10 posted on 01/06/2012 12:24:09 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Vigilanteman
If Santorum was slippery enough to take a Penn Hill School District (PA.)money for home schooling while he and his family was living in Va. what would he do with access to large pots of money? Penn Hill sued and recovered the funds.
11 posted on 01/06/2012 12:25:05 PM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Vigilanteman
Mid 90s version of Newt is right. Post bimbo eruption version of Newt, I’m not so sure. At least Santorum can control his schlong.

That made me LOL.

12 posted on 01/06/2012 12:25:05 PM PST by exist
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Eh? A bit misleading.

Seems really like a very complimentary, timid answer as to why Rick is good but Newt’s better.

Hardly a knock at Rick. Dumb headline.


13 posted on 01/06/2012 12:25:24 PM PST by TitansAFC (Mitt Romney gets less bang for the buck than John-Freaking-Huntsman.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Stupid move on Newt’s part.

Stick to the real enemy Newt!


14 posted on 01/06/2012 12:25:38 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Erik Latranyi

Its misleading and old news. I saw the same story two days ago. Looks like the MSM is trying to wring blood from a turnip to keep the circular fire squad going.


15 posted on 01/06/2012 12:27:34 PM PST by skeeter
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To: BarnacleCenturion
I call Newt "The Man with the PLAN"

I believe this link was originally posted by FR in a fund raising related graphic.

Powerful stuff. Worth watching.

Whether you support Newt Gingrich or not, he certainly makes some accurate and excellent points.

Why is Newt so Angry?

YouTube Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLweKX3BkNM
 

16 posted on 01/06/2012 12:28:38 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Erik Latranyi
The headline is misleading.

Agreed. That wasn't "fire"; he pointed out the truth, and quite gently.
17 posted on 01/06/2012 12:29:13 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Vigilanteman
At least Santorum can control his schlong.

Don't care.

Would rather have a former philanderer who can roll back the US government and get us restored on a Constitutional footing, than a meddling 'compassionate conservative' with impeccable fidelity who begets us 4 more years of business as usual.

Newt's asked for forgiveness of his personal transgressions and demonstrated that he's become a better man as he's embraced faith, and what not. All you're doing is displaying irrational, fixated stubbornness that belies a lack of intelligent character judgment and a brittle moral fortitude.
18 posted on 01/06/2012 12:29:42 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Erik Latranyi

You’re right.

Others are trying to coax conservatives into piling onto Republican candidates.

And we fall for it. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


19 posted on 01/06/2012 12:30:27 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: skeeter

... and I see some Freepers are obliging them.


20 posted on 01/06/2012 12:30:54 PM PST by skeeter
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Gaffe. Newt may or may not be right that Santorum somehow is a lesser guy, but just damn: You don’t CALL HIM “junior partner.” If the MSM tries to trick you into such a statement, just chuckle and say, “Well, I’m running for the top spot, not the undercard, and Rick is too. I’ll leave it at that.”


21 posted on 01/06/2012 12:31:20 PM PST by pogo101
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Newt, puffing yourself up to look real big barely works for the kitten and the pufferfish. It’s tautological that you are the more senior. But you are not trustworthy, and it’s not just about sex. You will do what you believe benefits you most. You don’t seem to be able to delay gratification. Let’s put it this way: I’d rather be in a stuck elevator with Santorum than you.


22 posted on 01/06/2012 12:32:00 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The human hand grenade about to pop off.


23 posted on 01/06/2012 12:32:37 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: VideoDoctor

I watched the video. I did not see the “Junior Partner” attacking the “Senior Partner”. Did I miss something?


24 posted on 01/06/2012 12:33:40 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Erik Latranyi

Agreed..... Newt in no way shape or form threw down a gauntlet of any kind against santorum. This is just the msm trying to splinter the conservatives (again) and it is surprising how many bite... if you are taking flak, then you must be over the target. Look at who the libs are throwing mud at, and you will know who they fear the most


25 posted on 01/06/2012 12:33:56 PM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

While Newt and Rick work it out amongst themselves regarding who’s on top of our ticket, I know who the junior junior partner is of our three remaining pretty good true conservative candidates.

From the new SC poll just in from American Research Group

Gingrich 24% !!!
Paul 9%
PERRY 2% ..Yikes! Perry may be out of the discussion.
Willard 31%
Santorum 24% !!!


26 posted on 01/06/2012 12:34:33 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Noot has no plan to roll back anything, his plan is to grown the debt at a slower rate than the rats. Same old glide path to a balanced budget, but then we will only be in debt 25 trillion.
27 posted on 01/06/2012 12:36:24 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: pogo101

On Greta he clarified saying they were friends, had worked together for 20 years, were mavericks and that He, Santorum was the junior to him when they were in office together.

I fail to see how anyone can construe that he “Turned Fire” on Santorum.


28 posted on 01/06/2012 12:37:02 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Classic MSM FALSE headline designed to incite division. Newt saying that ‘based on historical experience, he would be senior to Rick’ is anything but ‘Turning Fire’. Good grief. MSM FAIL.


29 posted on 01/06/2012 12:37:35 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tennmountainman

You aren’t this gullible in real life are you?


30 posted on 01/06/2012 12:38:37 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: CainConservative

Perry should drop out. Ru Paul should drop out.

Wow... Santorum has surged in SC!


31 posted on 01/06/2012 12:38:39 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: CainConservative
Fox news just said Rick was polling number two to willard nationwide. With dingbat Paul number three and guess who is way down number four, the downward slide continues.
32 posted on 01/06/2012 12:40:08 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: WellyP
What utter BS! Rick Santorum was paying property tax on real estate which he owned in Penn Hills. These are the same taxes which subsidize the cyber schooling his children were using.

He had just as much right to do it as someone living in Section 8 housing in the school district and paying zero property tax.

Penn Hills sued because their is an ultra-partisan Democrat b*tch with influence on their board who wanted to make political points with it. The son of this same b*tch was recently convicted of being part of a home burglary ring.

The Penn Hills School District recovered the money because Santorum voluntarily paid it back. Not because he had to, but because he simply didn't care to make a political issue of it.

I know what the h*ll I'm talking about because I actually live in the area and are familiar with the case. Not because I'm reciting Bob Casey Jr's. campaign talking points.

33 posted on 01/06/2012 12:41:52 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Hey it’s still early, Newt still has some time to attack
the Junior Partner in a meaningful way. After all Newt is sitting on a huge war chest. Give him a little time. He’s
easing into his attacks of the Junior Partner.


34 posted on 01/06/2012 12:42:32 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: BarnacleCenturion

And the infighting continues while Romney doesn’t lift a finger.


35 posted on 01/06/2012 12:43:45 PM PST by makomako
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To: BarnacleCenturion
he has any track record of being able to organize a large-scale campaign.

Well, lets go to the actual record. Newt Gingrich last ran for elected office in 1998. His district was the most heavily republican in Georgia. The total votes case in that election were about 200,000. Not that Gingrich had to campaign at all, he won 70% of the vote.

Santorum's last election, 2006. There were 4 MILLION votes case. That is 20 times as many people, 20 times the size of the electorate that Gingrich had to campaign for.

It is clear that, comparing the two men on how big a campaign they have had to endure, Gingrich is the one with the piddling record, the "junior partner", and Santorum is the heavy-hitter who has run a large campaign.

36 posted on 01/06/2012 12:46:09 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: nikos1121

I certainly agree that the headline is “ginned up.” (I still wouldn’t have referred to a two-term former Senator and rival GOP presidential candidate as a “junior partner,” even if I were the former Speaker of the House who indeed WAS senior when the other guy first arrived in Washington. It just sounds condescending even if it isn’t meant that way.)

Look for more MSM headlines exaggerating GOP fractiousness in the months ahead. (Some will be true, esp. if Romney is nominated ...!)


37 posted on 01/06/2012 12:47:12 PM PST by pogo101
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To: org.whodat

I believe they’re about even when you average today’s polls.

Go Newt! Go Rick #1! Get Our Rick #2!

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Gallup Tracking

Romney 27, Gingrich 19, Santorum 15, Paul 12, Perry 6


38 posted on 01/06/2012 12:48:07 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: tennmountainman

Governor Perry will. Uncle Nutjob Paul will never.


39 posted on 01/06/2012 12:50:13 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Newt talks a good game. But I'm not the only one questioning just how sincere he is. It has only been a few months since he called Paul Ryan's plan rightwing social engineering.

Paul Ryan is what Newt Gingrich once was. I will still vote for Newt if he is the eventual nominee, but not with anywhere near the same enthusiasm which I would vote for Rick Santorum.

FWIW, I still like young Santorum who had fire in the belly like Paul Ryan when he first went to congress better than the current version. But his deterioration has been nowhere near as far or as fast as that of Newt Gingrich. He appears to have learned more in his five years out of congress than Gingrich has in more than a decade out.

40 posted on 01/06/2012 12:51:20 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Also, condescension is rarely an admirable trait, but it is deadly when one of your major flaws is a penchant for acting like you are so much smarter than everybody else that you believe others should feel blessed by your mere presence.


41 posted on 01/06/2012 12:51:45 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Vigilanteman

Thanks for putting out the truth about the issue

ME thinks WellyP either knows the truth ( which makes his/her integrity as a poster here suspect )

OR

If he/she doesn’t then he/she should thank you for making him/her aware of it


42 posted on 01/06/2012 12:54:15 PM PST by uncbob
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Hit piece, chop job article by the divide and conquer Hill.

Fall for it your own bias, everyone.


43 posted on 01/06/2012 12:54:39 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: WellyP

well which is it?
you posted this in an earlier article
“Rick took $100,000 from a struggling Pennsylvania public school district to pay for his children’s “cyber” education program”

I don’t have a dog in this fight but truth is truth and isn’t there another side of this story?
Where is the man supposed to live while he is serving in DC? I know of many people that move to the area and rent their house out during their term.

Your HATE is obvious!


44 posted on 01/06/2012 12:55:09 PM PST by conservativesister
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To: CainConservative

Wrong, the trend is what is important. Like the surge.


45 posted on 01/06/2012 12:55:26 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The headline is misleading. Newt is saying, as he did yesterday, that if the two of them join up and work together, he wants to be the senior partner, and Rick can be V.P.

On the other hand, I would agree that it’s pretty silly and condescending to speak that way. You don’t get to pick your V.P. until you’ve been nominated as POTUS. And if you want an informal agreement earlier, this ain’t the way to do it.


46 posted on 01/06/2012 12:56:09 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: CainConservative

If both did, it would make it a lot easier to determine who the Anti-Romney candidate will be. The sooner, the better.
Romney benefits the longer the conservative vote is divided.


47 posted on 01/06/2012 12:56:19 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Vigilanteman
It has only been a few months since he called Paul Ryan's plan rightwing social engineering.

Which is by far one of the most taken out-of-context statements of this entire campaign. What Newt said, was that IMPOSING right-wing social engineering is no better in principle than imposing left-wing social engineering—this is a position that conservatives should absolutely be lauding him for.
48 posted on 01/06/2012 12:58:08 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

How the hell is that turning up the fire

Seems like he was just pointing the difference in experience in congress especially at the leadership level


49 posted on 01/06/2012 12:58:44 PM PST by uncbob
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To: BarnacleCenturion
abc interviewed newt this morning and as is usual with newt... he backed off and spun what “he really meant”. He actually had high praise for Santorum.

LLS

50 posted on 01/06/2012 12:59:19 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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