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Santorum to Newt: Stop Telling Me to Drop Out
Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 01/31/2012 12:46:02 PM PST by Maceman

As I reported this morning, Newt Gingrich is pleading with Florida voters not to "waste" their votes on Rick Santorum, asserting that he alone is the only conservative alternative to Mitt Romney with a chance to win. Given the state's polling picture, that's not an entirely unreasonable argument to advance, but Newt has taken his rhetoric a step further by calling on Santorum and Ron Paul to drop out of the race and unite behind him. Newt floated the same suggestion in South Carolina, which went over about as well as his latest attempt to clear the field:

Rick Santorum on Tuesday morning pushed back against calls to drop out of the GOP presidential race in order to unite the conservative vote. Santorum told Fox News that people like fellow GOP candidate Newt Gingrich shouldn't tell other candidates to "get out of my way." Gingrich, earlier in the morning, called for conservatives to unite behind one candidate. In the past, he has suggested other GOP candidates drop out of the race in order to avoid splitting the vote. "My message is everybody should run," Santorum told Fox News. "I don't think people should be telling other folks to get out of the race and get out of my way. If you want to run a race, run a race. You don't ask someone to quit just because you think you're the better candidate. I think I'm the better candidate but Newt has every right to run."

If Santorum had really wanted to twist the knife a bit, he could have mentioned the latest data from Gallup, which shows that Gingrich is the Republican nominee worst suited to compete with President Obama in crucial swing states. According to the survey, Mitt Romney narrowly leads Obama among registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Santorum and Ron Paul each poll within single-digits of the incumbent in these states. What about Newt?

But Obama leads Gingrich, 54%-40%. The president's standing against him has risen nine points since early December; Gingrich has fallen by eight. Gingrich fares less well than Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who trails Obama by seven points, 50%-43%, and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who also trails by seven points, 51%-44%.

Based on this snapshot, Santorum could make the case that if conservatives want to defeat both Romney and Obama, Newt should be the one getting out and backing him -- although the former Senator's quote suggests that he'll do no such thing. Also mentioned in my piece this morning was the indignant carping from Gingrich and his surrogates about "profoundly false" attacks and "gutter politics" emanating from Camp Romney. How would Newt characterize this robocoll from his own campaign, targeting elderly and Jewish voters in Florida?


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KEYWORDS: fl2012; followthemoney; rick4romney; santorum4romney; spoiler
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1 posted on 01/31/2012 12:46:06 PM PST by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Get OUT Santorum. Go home to your child and family. We want NEWT!
Before you jump on the Santorum bandwagon there are several issues you should be aware of..

Senators Propose Redundant Media Research Study

(Washington, D.C.) - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today criticized Senators Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for reintroducing the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA), which will set up a $90 million program to research what countless other studies have already documented the effects of television viewing and other media on children. CAGW named Sen. Lieberman Porker of the Month when he introduced the same legislation in August, 2004.
“This proposal is just one expensive rerun,” CAGW President Tom Schatz said. “For decades this issue has been studied to death, always yielding the same results. Calling for yet another taxpayer-funded study belittles the ability of parents to use common sense in deciding what shows are appropriate for their children.”

1. Santorum joined Sen Hillary Clinton, Sen Lieberman, Sam Brownback in introducing the CHILDREN AND MEDIA REASEARCH ADVANCEMENT ACT which allocated a 90 MILLION dollar program to research the effects that watching tv has on children. This was a call for ANOTHER taxpayer funded study the thinks the govt knows better than parents on what is appropriate for their children to view.

http://www.cagw.org/newsroom/releases/2005/senators-propose-redundant.html

2. Santorum voted to raise the minimum wage and to have the govt be allowed to set wage regulations.

3. Santorum spent more than 1 billion on earmarks including..., Pennsylvania in 2005 received $483 million in earmarks for 872 projects, including $5.4 million for an igloo upgrade for an Army Depot and $5 million for a new visitor center at Gettysburg.

Read more on Newsmax.com: Santorum Pro-Labor Votes, Earmarks Ripe for Attacks

4. Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling 8 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 01/31/2012 12:48:58 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: Maceman

Rick. Love you man, but GET OUT.


3 posted on 01/31/2012 12:50:26 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Maceman

Santorum has no chance to beat Romney, that’s just the way it is.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 12:50:31 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Maceman

Santorum’s in it for a while. He’s in Colorado and visiting other states today preparing for their caucuses and primaries.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 12:51:33 PM PST by tsowellfan (If its between Obama and Romney, there isnt all that much difference - George Soros)
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To: Maceman

Santorum is vile. He has some reason to be “outraged” by this, but frankly he finds a way to be outraged by anything the other candidates say. He’s a bottom feeder who traffics in slime. He needs to drop.


6 posted on 01/31/2012 12:52:01 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: katiedidit1

Yes, Santorum is a big government conservative.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 12:52:20 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: big'ol_freeper

I was watching FOX news one Sunday, about a month ago. The show was basically a pep rally for Ron Paul, but Chris Wallace made an interesting statement. He said that there is an obscure rule in the Republican party, that if one guy comes out on top (or near the top) in all the caucus states, he can force a brokered convention.

Now, I don’t know if that is true, but....


8 posted on 01/31/2012 12:53:41 PM PST by Eva
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To: Maceman

I have to say I agree with Rick. It’s just not good form to tell another candidate to drop out. Much better to focus on beating out the others with your own policies.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 12:53:57 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Maceman

If Santorum doesn’t like it when an opponent calls for him to drop out, he’s really going to hate his conference calls with his big money donors tomorrow...


10 posted on 01/31/2012 12:54:44 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Maceman

There’s just something about Santorum that I can’t stand.....


11 posted on 01/31/2012 12:55:32 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: bgill

A vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney! the ONLY reason he did well in Iowa is NOONE attacked him. He has been given a free pass. His baggage is heavy. GET OUT RICK!


12 posted on 01/31/2012 12:55:40 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: Maceman

I like Rick, he has many positives. But the way he closed out Florida tells me he is NOT ready to mount a serious campaign. So, even though I do not like for candidates to asks others to drop out, Newt has a point. Unless Rick shows more drive, demonstrates sacrifice and raises money to beat Romney, he will just be a spoiler.


13 posted on 01/31/2012 12:56:16 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Rick. Love you man, but GET OUT. DITTOS. It is becoming a judgment thing. If Rick doe not want to be associated with the pro-Romney "establishment" he must go AND ENDORSE NEWT!
14 posted on 01/31/2012 12:56:31 PM PST by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: bgill

Ok, Rick then as a former supporter of yours I say, GET OUT! Do I have the right to say it? Hope so.


15 posted on 01/31/2012 12:57:09 PM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: Maceman
Wow, the Santorum Derangement Syndrome is in full force today. Is he the perfect candidate? No. Is Newt? No. Is Santorum pulling votes from Romney or Newt? Who knows?

If he is an establishment candidate, as many FReepers are saying, that would mean he is pulling votes from Mittens. If he is a real conservative, then he is pulling votes from Newt. If he is an alternative to Mitt or Newt, then he may be pulling votes from Paul. In any instance, he has done better than expected, and has the right to continue if he chooses.

16 posted on 01/31/2012 12:57:47 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Apollo5600

There are several things I dislike about Santorum and I prefer Newt, but saying Santorum is vile does nothing for the cause and is ridiculous.

Santorum is not vile and he has a right to run if he has the time, money and thinks he has a chance.

I’ve been bitter about candidates being told to drop out ever since Perry dropped out. I wish we had him now and probably so do a lot of other people.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 12:58:03 PM PST by altura
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To: Maceman
What it will take to give Romney the nomination:
1. MSM
2. Romney PAC money
3. Romney's own money
4. GOP-E support
5. A bogus candidate with no chance pealing off conservative voters from Newt, the only man with a chance.

This looks like a designed plan to me.

18 posted on 01/31/2012 12:58:25 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: dragonblustar

He reminds me of an annoying punk. He couldnt even win his own state of PA. He is in it to destroy Newt.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 12:58:42 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: Maceman

Ok Rick - then just keep staying in - just keep getting 15% of the vote - just keep taking votes away from Newt - just keep handing Mitt the victories. The Gallup poll nationally shows it’s between Newt and Mitt. Too bad Rick just doesn’t see the writing on the wall.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 1:00:50 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: Maceman

NR is really hopped up about the Gingrich robocalls.

Apparently, since Mass. was going broke under Romney, they had budget problems. To save money, the Medicare folks said it would be better to shut down Kosher kitchens, and instead order Kosher meals from outside sources. The seniors still get Kosher, just not from a local kitchen.

THe legislature passed a law funding the full kitchens, and Romney vetoed it because they had no money. THe legislature overrode his veto, and the kitchens remained. So in the end, nothing happened.

Some are upset that Gingrich has a robocall that says “Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher.”

It’s got several good hot-buttons — Holocaust victims, Grandparents, “$5 meals”. On the other hand, it’s not true, and it’s another attack from the left.

Hopefully, just a campaign tactic, and if Gingrich is President, he won’t fail to veto legislation because it cuts expensive public programs in favor of cheaper private alternatives.


21 posted on 01/31/2012 1:02:11 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: larryleo
The Gallup poll nationally shows it’s between Newt and Mitt. Too bad Rick just doesn’t see the writing on the wall.

You mean the same Gallup poll that shows Newt getting his posterior handed to him by 0?

22 posted on 01/31/2012 1:02:48 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: katiedidit1

Unless you have a picture of Santorum sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, I don’t think you should talk.

I would prefer Newt drop out and endorse Santorum. Newt has less of a chance of being elected president.


23 posted on 01/31/2012 1:02:58 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: larryleo

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2840673/posts


24 posted on 01/31/2012 1:04:44 PM PST by KansasGirl (Romney to Santorum: Obamneycare "nothing to get angry about".)
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To: Maceman
Rick you sold out your credibility when you backed Spector.... NOT even your own state would elect you. But carry on I expect no less.
25 posted on 01/31/2012 1:04:49 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Maceman

Santorum, drop out.


26 posted on 01/31/2012 1:04:54 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (#withNewt)
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To: katiedidit1

The only reason he did well in Iowa was because he campaigned in all 99 counties and put everything he had into that state. He can’t do that in any other state and he’s just going to keep siphoning 10-15% of the vote away from Newt. Then you wonder why we can never get a conservative nominee and forget the electibility argument. The head to head polls with Obama mean nothing right now. Look how the polls change in a week and they’re trying to tell us they know who can win in November. Give me a break!


27 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:01 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

There may be a picture of Santorum in bed with Mitt. NO Santorum..he is BIG govt and a earmark KING. CAGW doesnt make allegations against porkers like Santorum without doing their homework. He wont win jack outside of his free pass in Iowa.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:22 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

At this point, that’s the only conclusion I can come to.


29 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:30 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: Maceman

Get OUT Rick, and save some of your dignity to stay in the conservative field as a spokesman and defender

Spend more time with Bella, we read she hasnt got much longer by the odds

PS: This is not Newt speaking


30 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:36 PM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: Retired Greyhound

There may be a picture of Santorum in bed with Mitt. NO Santorum..he is BIG govt and a earmark KING. CAGW doesnt make allegations against porkers like Santorum without doing their homework. He wont win jack outside of his free pass in Iowa.


31 posted on 01/31/2012 1:06:00 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: Eva

Good. Santorum can fight with the Paulies then, and I hope they destroy him.


32 posted on 01/31/2012 1:06:57 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: The Cajun
CORRECTION!

5. A bogus candidate with no chance to peal off conservative voters from Newt, the only man with a chance.

33 posted on 01/31/2012 1:07:07 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: kosciusko51

The same people that told me Newt can’t beat Obama are the same people who told me Mitt would win SC and wrap it up.


34 posted on 01/31/2012 1:07:20 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: larryleo

I was watching fox n foes this morning. First they had Gingrich on, during the interview, he was asked twice what he thought Santorum should do, both times he responded with Rick will have to do what Rick has to do, then elaborated, but neither time did he call for him to step down. Then right before Santorum came on, their lead in was that Gingrich had called fr him to drop out, they said not once, but twice. They flat out lied.


35 posted on 01/31/2012 1:07:49 PM PST by Toespi
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To: All
Ricky "SOPA" Santorum is a collectivist big government statist:
"This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone." [source]

"What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply ‘cheap liberals.’ My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission." –Rick Santorum, p. IX It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)

"I suspect some will dismiss my ideas as just an extended version of ‘compassionate conservatism.’ Some will reject what I have said as a kind of ‘Big Government Conservatism.’ Some will say that what I’ve tried to argue isn’t conservatism at all. But I believe what I’ve been presenting is the genuine conservatism our Founders envisioned. One that fosters the opportunity for all Americans to live as we are called to live, in selfless families that contribute to the general welfare, the common good." –Rick Santorum, p. 421 It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)

"If you're a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you're a Republican, if you're a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now and that's Mitt Romney." –Rick Santorum, 02/1/2008 [source]
Check out his brochure, 50 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum.

Also see his disturbing voting record.
36 posted on 01/31/2012 1:08:15 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Put the bong down retired greyhound, and take a deep breath. Now go back to enjoying life, and forget political anaylsis. You could not possibly be more wrong. I too am a retired grandpa. Seen this more times than I can count. Rick Santorum, that dog can’t hunt. He needs to go home and take care of that baby girl. Nothing else to say.


37 posted on 01/31/2012 1:08:29 PM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: larryleo
The same people that told me Newt can’t beat Obama are the same people who told me Mitt would win SC and wrap it up.

But you are sure that when those same people tell you Rick can't win, it is gospel?

38 posted on 01/31/2012 1:09:26 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Maceman

Rush’s scenario:

Santorum+Newt=more votes than Mittens but Newt is still short.
If so, THANKS ALOT RICK! YOU MAKE ME SICK.


39 posted on 01/31/2012 1:10:13 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Maceman

Immigration
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.
No thanks Rick..go HOME


40 posted on 01/31/2012 1:11:27 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: Retired Greyhound

Santorum’s chance of becoming President is equivalent to my being able to teach a pig to sing.


41 posted on 01/31/2012 1:12:08 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Maceman

Raebie to Rick: If you would do the right thing and drop out, he would stop telling you to.


42 posted on 01/31/2012 1:12:38 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Toespi

Of course they lied. They want Romney. Newt is totlaly up against it. Between Romney’s money and the media distortion, it’s a wonder Newt is still in the thick of it. Most would be destroyed by now. That tells you something about Newt.


43 posted on 01/31/2012 1:13:43 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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44 posted on 01/31/2012 1:14:09 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: dragonblustar

Too lawyerlike. Too self-absorbed. Too holier than thou. Perhaps comes off as too judgemental of others maybe?

And the family ...nice and all, but not ALL of us have seven kids and can homeschool, and live that wonderfully blessed existence.

I just think Rick would come in my house and perhaps give my life the white glove test. Yikes.

Newt — well, you could have him for dinner — nah, we’d go OUT to dinner — to somewhere elegant — (because he could care less about what’s in my house), and the conversation would be absolutely fascinating, whereas Santorum would just talk about himself a lot.


45 posted on 01/31/2012 1:17:51 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: kosciusko51

I like Rick too but look at the national poll. Newt is the one tied with Romney and it’s been that way for a while. He already has more support for the long haul. He also has the resources to compete for the long haul. If Rick would drop out, I’m sure Newt would have a job waiting for him. Sooner or later, you have to look at the big picture.


46 posted on 01/31/2012 1:18:08 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: Maceman

The “not Romney” vote totals are very telling.
But Newt needs to pull votes from the others, not be donated votes to lose.


47 posted on 01/31/2012 1:19:20 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Maceman

Okay. To be fair if this article is using this morning’s FOX interview with Newt, he didn’t really call for Santorum to drop out.

After Gretchen was done with Newt, they brought on Rick, and Gretchen said “what do you think about Newt calling for you to drop out?”

See how that works? She kept asking Newt if he was calling for Rick to drop out. Newt said something to the effect that “I think Rick should do what he wants to do, but that we are splitting the vote to give Romney the win”.

Of course Rick could also ask Newt to drop out! Fair is fair. LOL


48 posted on 01/31/2012 1:19:30 PM PST by dforest
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To: Maceman

La Enchiladita to Newt: “I find it despicable that you would imperiously demand another candidate to drop out of the primary race, as though you are a dictator and can deprive the voters of their choice. You are not only a delusional out-of-touch egotist, you are anti-democracy.”

Leave it up to the voters to decide who should stay in and who should get out. Btw, did Newt also demand that Wrong Paul drop out?


49 posted on 01/31/2012 1:21:13 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Governor Jan Brewer, My Hero!! You Rock!!)
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To: Maceman

I like Santorum on a personal level, but I’ve never cared for his candidacy. He always seems to come across as the child that doesn’t get enough attention.

Might’ve been his attacks on Perry in the debates that first turned me off, but him staying in the race taking votes away from Newt isn’t helping change my opinion.


50 posted on 01/31/2012 1:23:59 PM PST by AskNotReceiveNot
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