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Gingrich Won on Electability: Exit Polls
online.wsj.com ^ | JANUARY 22, 2012 | ANDREW GROSSMAN

Posted on 01/22/2012 2:14:48 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

Two of the key arguments of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy—that he knows best how to handle the economy and stands the best chance of beating President Barack Obama—were dismissed by conservative South Carolina voters in the Republican primary Saturday, according to exit poll data from the state.

That finding shows why former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won a solid victory, and also suggests the Romney camp may seek new ways to drive home its core message in the contests that lie ahead.

In all three nominating contests so far, at least a plurality of voters have said the economy and electability were important factors. In Iowa and New Hampshire, such voters backed Mr. Romney. But in South Carolina, they backed Mr. Gingrich.

Indeed, South Carolinians placed an even higher priority on beating President Obama than did their counterparts in Iowa and New Hampshire. About one-third of voters in each of the other two early states told pollsters that the ability to defeat Mr. Obama was the most important candidate quality. In South Carolina, 45% said that was their highest priority, according to exit poll data released by CNN. Half of them voted for Mr. Gingrich, while fewer than four in 10 voted for Mr. Romney.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: dismissed; gingrich; jawjutsu; newt; newtgingrich; romney; sc2012
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1 posted on 01/22/2012 2:14:53 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Goes to show you that Iowa and NH should be dead last in 2016.


2 posted on 01/22/2012 2:19:03 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Berlin_Freeper
GO NEWT!

ELECTABLE, YOU BETCHA!

3 posted on 01/22/2012 2:19:56 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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South Carolina's Republican voters set a new primary turnout record Saturday when more than 600,000 of them went to the polls, shattering the previous mark set in 2000.
4 posted on 01/22/2012 2:22:26 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: VanDeKoik

I’ll say! Start the primaries in the Southern States.

Lord knows the South has been saving the union from the democrats for decades.

Solid red Republican and TEA Party patriot.


5 posted on 01/22/2012 2:22:39 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So much for another elite GOP meme being peddled these last 24 hours or so...


6 posted on 01/22/2012 2:25:03 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yep...and in spite of this historic turn-out, Mittens still can’t manage to get above the 20’s. Time for Mitten’s to bow out!


7 posted on 01/22/2012 2:30:10 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is there anybody who doesn’t want to watch Newt and Obama in three debates...?

...Besides Obama?


8 posted on 01/22/2012 2:32:05 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: onyx

Would have liked to see Santorum come in second in SC. WOnder why Romney did...

But glad Newt got it there. It IS his backyard after all.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 2:37:32 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: proudpapa

Newt laid the challenge of 7 three hour Lincoln-Douglas style, and Obama can bring along the prompters. I would assume that Obama would not agree to any debates, no matter the format.


10 posted on 01/22/2012 2:37:52 PM PST by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Just like that, the Republican presidential race feels changed. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t just win in South Carolina, he won everywhere across the state.

Looking at the results through Patchwork Nation’s demographic/geographic breakdown, Mr. Gingrich could not have done much better.

11 posted on 01/22/2012 2:40:05 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: VanDeKoik

After Daniel Boone, Newt is the greatest American (although not as good as Davey Crockett)


12 posted on 01/22/2012 2:44:25 PM PST by Krankor (We found a nurse without a face. Know anything about it?)
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To: Jane Long

And the fact that Romney has been running since 2008 (well, 2006, which was when he started his failed 2008 run). He has used his huge personal fortune to buy about 25% of the voters- but they have gone neither up nor down, while his main rival who started only months ago has almost literally gone from zero to 60.

Mitt should go bye-bye.


13 posted on 01/22/2012 2:47:15 PM PST by livius
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Gingrich Won on Electability: Exit Polls

NO NO NO NO...these facts do not fit the MSM and Republican Olde Guard Narrative about Newt. He is NOT electable, so all these people they polled must be WRONG! Don't you know? Only Mittens is "electable".

14 posted on 01/22/2012 2:52:17 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: onyx
ELECTABILITY: Hell Yeah!
15 posted on 01/22/2012 2:55:08 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Newt Gingrich has his political deficits but he also has a ‘fire in the belly’ attitude of wanting to take on and beat Obama then get our country back on track. S.C. primary voters saw that - and liked it. Romney comes across as no more passionate than he has to be. His CEO look and mannerisms don’t impress voters. Newt is not my absolute favorite candidate but because Sarah Palin isn’t running, Cain and Bachmann have dropped out and Santorum can’t get traction, I’ll take Newt over Romney, any day.


16 posted on 01/22/2012 2:55:20 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Berlin_Freeper

WSJ must not have gotten the memo from the GOP elites that Romney is the ONLY Republican that is electable, no matter what the voters say!!!!

Romney’s house of cards is collapsing faster than MF Global.


17 posted on 01/22/2012 3:03:03 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"About one-third of voters in each of the other two early states told pollsters that the ability to defeat Mr. Obama was the most important candidate quality."

You have to be willing to fight, to win!

18 posted on 01/22/2012 3:05:14 PM PST by mlo
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19 posted on 01/22/2012 3:07:35 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NVDave
So much for another elite GOP meme being peddled these last 24 hours or so...

This about the only thing that makes me feel good, such is my disdain for the GOP elite. As much as I love to listen to Gingrich speak, he is the one candidate still in the race who is more liberal than Romney. A year ago, he was persona non grata here for his liberal ways, but now people are cheering for him.

Conservatives are suffering from BNS: Battered Newt Syndrome. He writes a book and lets a wacko environmentalist professor write a chapter, and we are outraged. He attacks the media, and we love him again. He sits on the couch with Pelosi, and we say we're through with him for good. He apologizes, and we take him back. He supports Romneycare, and we curse him, but after a good debate, we love him. He tours with Al Sharpton promoting socialist education policies, and our jaws drop. A few conservative words, and he's back in our good graces.

We seriously need to form a support group to help all you people remember why we left him a hundred times! Sometimes I could use this group myself as I've found myself forgiving him. I realize why conservatives oppose Romney, but but for sins far less than Gingrich's. Romney just can't figure out how to say anything inspiring, so conservatives love to hate him. I don't want Romney either, but with Gingrich as the alternative, it's Romney.

Still I wouldn't vote for either of them in a primary.

20 posted on 01/22/2012 3:10:22 PM PST by ElectronVolt
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To: NFHale

Would have liked to see Santorum come in second in SC. WOnder why Romney did...

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Romney has always been #1/#2. It’s all the RINOs, plus all the libs who vote in “open primaries” who shove him/McCain on us.


21 posted on 01/22/2012 3:12:52 PM PST by ROTB (Christian sin breeds enemies for the USA. If you're a Christian, stop sinning, and spread the Word..)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Just saw on FOX News a few minutes ago: Governor Chris Christie is “clearly disappointed” over Newt Gingrich’s win in SC yesterday.

Awwwwwww..........


22 posted on 01/22/2012 3:12:52 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: ElectronVolt
As much as I love to listen to Gingrich speak, he is the one candidate still in the race who is more liberal than Romney.

Are you insane?
23 posted on 01/22/2012 3:14:46 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

As perceived by SC Republicans.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 3:15:37 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Electability? Ann Coulter said he won because of his snotty comments.


25 posted on 01/22/2012 3:16:32 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: onyx

TAKE THAT you media nitwits!

All that mittwit comments “only Romney can beat obama” junk didn’t go over and will NOT go over with the voters.


26 posted on 01/22/2012 3:20:07 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: ElectronVolt; Jim Robinson

Please run that by Jim, get his opinion! I am sure you will convince him! ;)


27 posted on 01/22/2012 3:29:01 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: ConfidentConservative

IBTZ


28 posted on 01/22/2012 3:30:51 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Romney has at least 3 taxpayer-funded “Solyndra’s” in his MA Governor closet:

Politico
Ben Smith
Romney’s Energy-Project Past

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith//1011/Romneys_energyproject_past.html?showall

“...And so while Romney has criticized Solyndra on the campaign trail as a major failure of the Obama administration, his Green Energy Fund invested in several companies that have failed or not lived up to expectations...”


29 posted on 01/22/2012 3:39:17 PM PST by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I just hope someone sticks this up Bill O’Reilly’s azz, after he scoffed at the possibility of a double digit victory by Newt. “It’s gonna be close”, bloviated, the pinhead BOR...

Dick Morris and Rove (that magnificent a-hole) will have some egg on their faces too.

Newt’s best chance is to stand up for freedom, conservative principles, and make war on the elites of the media and ruling class (regardless of party).


30 posted on 01/22/2012 3:40:41 PM PST by bigbob
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To: ConfidentConservative

Nice setup FRiend ;-) standing by....


31 posted on 01/22/2012 3:42:31 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
As Romney was re-polishing the Crown the RINO establishment and media gave him after Iowa, he rubbed too hard and found it was only FOOLS GOLD.

But he still clings to it.

32 posted on 01/22/2012 3:44:10 PM PST by annieokie
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To: onyx
THANK YOU, SOUTH CAROLINA,
For dispatching the Crony Communist Romney;
against the insistence of the snarky media propaganda;
against the establishment commie RINO pukes;
against the insistence of many traitorous Republican politicians and pundits --
SC conservatives, you have shown the whole nation how "We The People" can and must save the USA.

33 posted on 01/22/2012 4:00:25 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Interesting that the minority central areas also went for Newt, even though he’s been accused of racist messages.
I didn’t see any thing which gave the definition of the term minority central though.


34 posted on 01/22/2012 4:01:36 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: ElectronVolt
As much as I love to listen to Gingrich speak, he is the one candidate still in the race who is more liberal than Romney.

So, a man's positions while out of office, mean more than his actual ACCOMPLISHMENTS while in office?

Even after he's confessed that he erred in taking those positions, and has since adopted strongly opposing views?

35 posted on 01/22/2012 4:15:45 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ElectronVolt
he is the one candidate still in the race who is more liberal than Romney

You a GM Volt, I presume?

36 posted on 01/22/2012 4:17:58 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: proudpapa
Is there anybody who doesn’t want to watch Newt and Obama in three debates...?

Yes, the following RINOS:
Christie, Coulter, Rove, Hume, Krauthamer, Sununno, Romney, Bushes, Lowery, Barbour, Huntsman, Graham, Portman, Will, Brooks, Beck, Drudge, etc., etc.

37 posted on 01/22/2012 4:18:53 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The majority of Santorum voters would vote for Gingrich over Romney so the victory would have been more lopsided if Santorum wasn’t there.


38 posted on 01/22/2012 4:22:08 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: yup2394871293

They sure got it right, Romney just isn’t good as a candidate, or even as an elected official as we saw in his single term, which is why he loses in politics rather than winning.


39 posted on 01/22/2012 4:23:58 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Jim Scott

Bingo! The fire in the belly is what I’ve been looking for from our candidate. Yes, Newt has his warts, but, I’m willing to give him a chance, so, I will be voting for him. Santorum is a decent guy, but, isn’t the fighter we need. As far as Romney - no way! I don’t trust him


40 posted on 01/22/2012 5:15:50 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: bigbob

he’s gone..


41 posted on 01/22/2012 6:37:56 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: ElectronVolt; darkwing104; 50mm; Old Sarge

Come over here, we needs lightning kitties!!!


42 posted on 01/22/2012 7:25:57 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Beerlin..I read those stats earlier...isn’t it just grand! Thanks for posting that so all can see.


43 posted on 01/22/2012 7:29:12 PM PST by caww
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To: ElectronVolt; 50mm; darkwing104; Arrowhead1952; Darksheare; onyx; TheOldLady; Lady Jag; Allegra; ...
MittBot ZOT!


44 posted on 01/22/2012 8:14:55 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He’s not electable. His hair’s white. Even Ronald Reagan had enough sense to dye his hair. How can you trust a man who’s dumb enough to show his true age?


45 posted on 01/22/2012 11:37:43 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5
He’s not electable. His hair’s white. Even Ronald Reagan had enough sense to dye his hair. How can you trust a man who’s dumb enough to show his true age?

What sheer stupidity.

46 posted on 01/22/2012 11:44:24 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Of course, he only has white hair because he’s racist, and can’t stand the idea of something black being on top of his head. That’s why he’s really running for President. It’s not the power. It’s not the perks. It’s not a conservative agenda. He just wants to take out that black man, standing over him like so much hair.


47 posted on 01/22/2012 11:46:53 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Just mythoughts

Not knowing a parody when you read one unless it says “sarc” next to it?


48 posted on 01/22/2012 11:48:53 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5
Not knowing a parody when you read one unless it says “sarc” next to it?

Sorry, yes, I really needed to see that s/.

49 posted on 01/22/2012 11:53:11 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: VanDeKoik
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Florida Republicans and Conservatives … Let’s defeat “Barack Hussein Obama” in November 2012 and reclaim America for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton (et al) !



Newt Gingrich is a conservative revolutionary, with the COURAGE to stand-against President Bush (41) when Bush foolishly broke his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" promise.

Future President Newt Gingrich includes these promises in his "21st Century Contract with America":



1) Abolish the EPA
2) FIRE Federal Reserve Banker Bernanke
3) Actively protect America against Islamic Jihad


4) Prayer in the Public Schools -- RETURNED
5) Liberal (Activist) Federal Judges REMOVED


6) Business Corporate Tax Rate LOWERED to 12-percent
7) Individuals to have FLAT-TAX option at 15-percent


8) Promote U.S. Energy Independence -- DOMESTICALLY


9) Build EFFECTIVE U.S. Border Protection by 2015
10) Illegal Immigrants (especially violent gangs) DEPORTED


11) "English" established as the ONLY official language of the U.S. Government


12) U.S. Military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ... RE-INSTATED
13) U.S. Military weapon design-procurement cycle reformed


14) Democratic "Dodd-Frank" Legislation REPEALED
15) Democratic "Sarbanes-Oxley" Legislation REPEALED




====== GREAT INTERNET LINKS to NEWT GINGRICH'S 2012 CAMPAIGN SPEECHES ======




Why is Newt Gingrich So Angry ?


Newt Gingrich : South Carolina Victory Speech (2012-01-21)


Newt Gingrich : Christmas Day in 1776 George Washington's "Victory or Death"




Newt Stoutly Defends the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms)


Newt Gingrich – Constitutional Removal of Radial-Liberal Federal Judges




Newt Slams an "Increasingly Radical" EPA




Newt Defends Israel and Shows how the Palestinians are an "Invented" people !


Newt Warns against the Proposed 9-11 NYC Islamic Mosque and Islamic Sharia Law


Gingrich Compares Radical-Isalmics Muslims To Nazis


Newt Gingrich On The Threat Of Radical Islam


Newt Gingrich – America’s Defense of Judea-Christian Ideals and Defense against Islamic Fascism


Gingrich: Aggressive Prosecution of Radical-Militant U.S. Muslim Groups




Newt Gingrich: Response to CNN’s John King “Divorce Question”


Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Americans Want Paychecks, Not Food Stamps


Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his "Gotcha" Questions at Iowa Debate




Newt Destroys Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis Killing Osama bin Laden




Gingrich: My Credential Is 4.2% Unemployment


Newt Slams Obama's Stupidity on the Keystone Pipeline


Gingrich attacks Federal Reserve (Bernanke and Geitner) Deception and Corruption


Newt Discusses Job Creation and Dismantling Federal (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)




Newt: No American President Should Bow to a Saudi King


Newt Gingrich: Super PAC Committee Is Washington's Dumbest Idea




Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again


Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again




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Free Republic member since 1996

Florida Resident




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50 posted on 01/23/2012 3:57:52 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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