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After Florida win, Romney stumbles in comments on poor
Public Broadcasting ^ | February 1, 2012 | Steve Holland

Posted on 02/01/2012 9:33:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

TAMPA, Florida - Mitt Romney regained the lead in the Republican presidential nomination race with a big win in Florida, but drew criticism on Wednesday in what should have been his victory lap with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America's poor.

Romney rolled to an impressive triumph in Florida, capturing 46 percent of the vote to Newt Gingrich's 32 percent after pounding his nearest rival with negative advertisements.

The victory restored him to front-runner status in the state-by-state battle for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.

But the wealthy ex-governor and former private equity executive, who lost the South Carolina primary on January 21 after opponents painted him as a heartless capitalist, gave a reminder of the challenges he will face winning over voters struggling with the economic downturn and high unemployment.

In an interview on CNN, Romney said he was not concerned about the poorest Americans, but that his primary focus was on the middle class.

"I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there," he said, adding, "If it needs repair, I'll fix it."

Romney also said he would leave concern for the poor to the Democratic party.

"We will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor," Romney said. "And there's no question it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle Americans.

"You can choose where to focus, you can focus on the rich, that's not my focus. You can focus on the very poor, that's not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can't find work."

TOUGH PATH AHEAD

Opponents seized on his remarks. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse emailed them to journalists, with the introduction, "I'm glad he cleared that up."

U.S. voters have said the sputtering economy is their main concern for the 2012 elections.

Romney has touted his business experience while harshly criticizing Obama and his Republican opponents for their lack of private sector experience.

Romney, who has a personal fortune estimated at some $270 million, came under fire earlier in the campaign for saying that he liked to fire people, although those comments were taken out of context. continued


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Mitt Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor." "Fresh off his big win in Florida Tuesday night, Mitt Romney made the most stunningly stupid remark of his campaign."....


1 posted on 02/01/2012 9:33:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Damn. That was an incredibly stupid statement. There’s something really creepy about Mr. Romney.


2 posted on 02/01/2012 9:36:16 AM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: GVnana

If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.

I bet he would. Yikes!


3 posted on 02/01/2012 9:38:17 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: GVnana

That's -- I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals. [video clip] -- Mitt Romney, GOP presidential debate - October 18, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV

4 posted on 02/01/2012 9:42:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Instead of saying he’s deeply concerned about the poor, and therefore will focus on economic/job growth, he lays an egg like this. Anyone want to be that this will be one of Obama’s most devasting commercials in the fall? I think Mittens electability is vastly overstated.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 9:43:10 AM PST by kevao
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Whoever is in the lead will be deflated by the media asap. Do we remember what happened to Palin, Perry, Cain, Newt?

I know Newt is now supported here. (Meaning after Cain, etc). I’d just like to see less attack on the GOP candidates, all of them. And especially when it’s a liberal sounding attack.

I’m not against the poor but I’m also not for any new programs, other than jobs and the economy, which will lift the poor as well. Do we really want Newt or anyone to focus on the poor and not on the middle class and business?

Just asking.


6 posted on 02/01/2012 9:45:08 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: GVnana

FOX, DRUDGE etc will be all over this ARF

Romney is what the left calls republicans, the rich, self centered, out of touch, establishment republican.

The left are going to have a field day with all that money he has and comments like these will now be shown on obama’s billion AD blitz

Well done establishment, you fought like mad to take our candidates down, you paid people off, you promised them positions like Bondi.

Coulter, Drudge, Hannity etc all sit there but have no clue how many of us are not rich, how may have to look at food tore brands and choose only a bit of food and that is why they love their elitist pro homo, cross dressing cocktail parties while we try and scrape by.

Romney will never get my vote after the way he and the establishment ran their lying crap here in FL


7 posted on 02/01/2012 9:46:13 AM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: NormsRevenge
If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.

“Everywhere my dad has gone, he's fixed things,” Tagg Romney said.

8 posted on 02/01/2012 9:48:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kevao

I have always viewed Romney vs Obama as a 2000 map race plus Romney getting MI and going from there. This guy scares me to death now.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 9:49:23 AM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rush is talking about what the GOP’s Wall Street Poster Boy said twic right now 2/1/2012 11:30 am.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 9:49:35 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: kevao

Romney has no clue how we scrape by, how we work hard and try to put food on the table.

He and his elitist pals have shown yet again how out of touch they all are and the left have now put this on an AD I guarantee.

The establishment should have stayed out of this and let us choose who we want but yet again they put a RINO up there a man who ran to the left of Kennedy and thinks we’ll all get behind him come Nov

Well he pissed on us the base here in FL and I, my family, and others here have said we will never vote for him as there is not pone issue which is different to obama’s and when the homosexuals have no problem with Romney then we know for sure how liberal he is


11 posted on 02/01/2012 9:50:12 AM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Williams
...I’m not against the poor but I’m also not for any new programs, other than jobs and the economy, which will lift the poor as well. Do we really want Newt or anyone to focus on the poor and not on the middle class and business?.....

Are you purposely working this hard to miss the point?

12 posted on 02/01/2012 9:50:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: manc
Romney is what the left calls republicans, the rich, self centered, out of touch, establishment republican.

In other words, he's the Left's ideal opponent. He really, miraculously, manages to look more fake than Barak, and that's not easily done.

13 posted on 02/01/2012 9:51:59 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: NormsRevenge

When you land in a safety net, you eventually need to get off of it and stand on your own two feet so someone ELSE can get a soft landing.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 9:52:48 AM PST by a fool in paradise (When is President Obama going to cut Warren Buffett's secretary's tax rate? She gets $200-500k/yr)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
""I'm not concerned about the very poor..."

The Obama people are cutting the TV commercial as I type this.

I know two people that are going to be very happy this fall - John McCain and Bob Dole.

The same way that Jimmy Carter was happy once our current fool for a president took office.

15 posted on 02/01/2012 9:53:27 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, there is an upside here. He just gave Newt some new material for ads.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 9:53:53 AM PST by KJC1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“I like firing people...

...and I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

What an A________.


17 posted on 02/01/2012 9:55:11 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work.”
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What an ignorant piece of white trash...

“retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work.” are the poor, stupid...


18 posted on 02/01/2012 9:57:30 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (I promise you that, if I become your president, I pledge to you my life, my fortune, my sacred honor)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I've been a conservative just about all my life, but I've always been concerned for the poor, and no one with half a brain or a sense of decency would not be concerned for them. It's just that my concern manifests itself in a belief that the way to help the poor is not through government largesse, but through policies that expand the private sector and keep government from destroying the values by which alone the poor can advance. Romney might have said something like that ... but then again, I don't think in his heart he believes it.
19 posted on 02/01/2012 10:00:27 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: GVnana

That statement is probaqbly why he now has secret service

theyre not there ro keep him safe

theyre thre for our sakes

as keepers to protect the people from this wild out-of=control-mouth

if anyone needed a collar and chain and a few keepers its this creature..

LOOK OUT !!!

Keep your ears away from the cage

Dangerous Vocali Cordus


20 posted on 02/01/2012 10:04:51 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (I promise you that, if I become your president, I pledge to you my life, my fortune, my sacred honor)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney is only a sacrificial lamb for the GOP-E. Their main goal is to rid themselves of “Tea Party Disease” in the House and Senate, and they are willing to cede the White House, the House, and Senate to the Democrats to do so. They will then try again in 2014 and 2016 (with Jeb Bush). This explains why Romney is acting the way he is.


21 posted on 02/01/2012 10:04:51 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“”I’m not concerned about the very poor....”

Jes’ wonderin’ outloud, but...

What would Ayn Rand have said about this very subject?

Having written that, Mr. Gingrich ought to plaster the airwaves with the above comments juxtaposed against his response to Juan Williams in the South Carolina debates...


22 posted on 02/01/2012 10:05:08 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: Thunder90

This explains why Romney is acting the way he is.
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NAH

it comes natural for him...


23 posted on 02/01/2012 10:06:52 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (I promise you that, if I become your president, I pledge to you my life, my fortune, my sacred honor)
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To: Road Glide
What would Ayn Rand have said

I'd bet Ayn Rand was human.

24 posted on 02/01/2012 10:10:05 AM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: Williams

***Do we really want Newt or anyone to focus on the poor and not on the middle class and business?***

Newt has presented his philosphy for the ‘poor’ that they leave the Democrat plantation of dependency; the WORK ethic to attain the American dream, by lessening the restrictions on ‘child labor laws’.

Sweat shop factories are a far different cry from paper routes, cleaning school lunchrooms, baby sitting, mowing lawns and other part-time, paying jobs. Every successful individual understands that to eat one must work and not take from those who do.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 10:13:14 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: GVnana

Mitt Romney is a very rich but brain dead.

Did the $10,000.00 bet he tried to make with Perry not give anyone a clue?

He also tried to tell us that the $350,000.00 + he made (in speaker fees?) was chicken feed. This is not the man we need to lead our country in these times of economic distress.

He will not win the General Election against obama. The obama “family are clapping their hands with glee at the stupidity of the voting public. Romney’s win in Florida just went to show that $$$$$$$$$ will win an election. obama HAS MONEY behind him, much more than Mitt Romney.


26 posted on 02/01/2012 10:17:58 AM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Newt’s welfare reform plan from Contract with America actually helped the poor by getting them to work and off entitlements. Newt’s unemployment insurance plan is also tied to work training. But if you don’t have a job then Mitt isn’t for you.


27 posted on 02/01/2012 10:18:27 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Tennessee Nana

The article states: “Romney also said he would leave concern for the poor to the Democratic party.”

Actually, he never said that. Even more distortion from Public Broadcasting. Still, it seem that Romney has as much chance of becoming President as McCain did.


28 posted on 02/01/2012 10:21:08 AM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This incredibly stupid statement shows exactly how Romney really is as much about BIG-GOVERNMENT as Obama!

Sure they have a safety-net: IT IS ALL OF US WORKING STIFFS - YOU JACK-WAGON!

To think that you only need to help or worry about the middle-class without thinking about helping the very poor RISE OUT OF BEING VERY POOR is totally ASS-ININE! It means that you are fine with the very poor being there, so long as we have enough middle-class serfs to keep providing them their safety net!

I said it before and I will say it again - I will NOT vote for this Obama-lite, moderate, DEMOCRAT!
29 posted on 02/01/2012 10:21:14 AM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: manc

“Romney has no clue how we scrape by, how we work hard and try to put food on the table.”

He just thinks you’re buying Gucci bags and flat screen TV’s with welfare money.


30 posted on 02/01/2012 10:21:31 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That one should buff right out...

(rolls eyes)

If Obama didn't believe in Santa Claus before, he has got to be a believer today.

Mr. niteowl77

31 posted on 02/01/2012 10:21:39 AM PST by niteowl77 (Mitt Romney: the horse the GOP intends to ride into the abyss. Or is it the other way around?)
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To: manc

Isn’t it amazing (and horrifying) that so many Republican voters don’t see this? Romney is the left’s dream candidate.
How can they be so dim-witted?


32 posted on 02/01/2012 10:23:07 AM PST by Lady Lucky (I like to fire people. I don't care about the poor.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

“but through policies that expand the private sector and keep government from destroying the values by which alone the poor can advance. Romney might have said something like that ... but then again, I don’t think in his heart he believes it.”

He doesn’t which is why his tax plan is so weak. Great the middle class will get a tax cut but that won’t create many jobs.


33 posted on 02/01/2012 10:24:09 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

[who lost the South Carolina primary on January 21 after opponents painted him as a heartless capitalist]

huh? This is not why Newt won SC!


34 posted on 02/01/2012 10:25:23 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: niteowl77

Thanks. :)

I needed that.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 10:28:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, Romney seems to be saying that he would expand the welfare state to help the poor. Does he not understand the welfare state hurts poor?! He doesn’t grasp the most basic of conservative concepts!

Of course, what else would one expect from the Mr. Obamneycare!


36 posted on 02/01/2012 10:29:54 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Lady Lucky

They don’t know their history. It used to be that the Republicans were country clubber corporatists. FDR ran against those kinds of Republicans. Reagan appealed to the common man.


37 posted on 02/01/2012 10:30:22 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: RedStateNotShirt

Say what you will about McCain (I’d probably agree with it), but he actually served our nation, the hard way. Suffered lengthy torture when he could have gone home first class, express — just by opening his mouth and betraying his principles and his country.

Romney would never get the votes McCain got.


38 posted on 02/01/2012 10:33:07 AM PST by Lady Lucky (I like to fire people. I don't care about the poor.)
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To: Williams

Romney did not say what you said! Romney says he would fill hole in the welfare state! In other words, expand it! Sounds just like Obama to me!


39 posted on 02/01/2012 10:33:16 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: niteowl77

Right now the Easter Bunny is hopping down Penn Ave...


40 posted on 02/01/2012 10:33:52 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Married With Children: The TV Show about Romney's Conservative Family)
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To: SamAdams76
"I'm not concerned about the very poor..."

Let them drink dirty, filthy water... no, let them drink piss.

We want dirty, filthy, extremely polluted air, no, for the very poor, let them breath smog and soot and acidic polluted air so that they only live for six minutes {it will save on health care costs}.

41 posted on 02/01/2012 10:34:28 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Williams

I’d just like to see less attack on the GOP candidates, all of them. And especially when it’s a liberal sounding attack.
_________________________________________

Yeah we wouldnt want to sound like Romney...


42 posted on 02/01/2012 10:35:21 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Married With Children: The TV Show about Romney's Conservative Family)
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To: GVnana

“My focus is not on the very poor”

Well, allrighty then.


43 posted on 02/01/2012 10:37:35 AM 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: ari-freedom

> They don’t know their history. It used to be that the Republicans were country clubber corporatists. FDR ran against those kinds of Republicans. Reagan appealed to the common man.

You nailed it.

Reagan, in addition to being a gifted communicator, grew up from middle class beginnings and really understood the American Way of working hard and building up success against daunting odds.

Willard (named after his father’s best friend, hotel magnate Willard Marriott) grew up rich and became richer. Which is all very fine and dandy for a private citizen, but he just doesn’t viscerally understand where most folks in the country are coming from. Add to this a tin ear and phony veneer, and you have a guy who simply cannot speak about economic issues at all without sounding like a complete and utter tool, even if what he says is true.

God Almighty, I sure do miss Reagan. This country needs him now more than ever.


44 posted on 02/01/2012 10:53:45 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Williams

We do if we want to be like the lefties.


45 posted on 02/01/2012 10:57:35 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And not one word about it on Drudge.

(ok. shoot me.. I had to check)


46 posted on 02/01/2012 11:21:02 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Williams
Do we really want Newt or anyone to focus on the poor and not on the middle class and business?

Newt's focus is on all people.

Romney's statement was divisive and downright stupid. He might have just as well said, "Let them eat cake."

Oh, and you can also bet the poor are not donating to his campaign. Should he win, you can bet he will be concerned with the rich that donated.

Can you imagine the attack ads Romney would be buying with his millions, if Newt said it. Rich, poor, or middle-class, this statement was downright stupid. If Newt's campaign doesn't ream him with it, you can bet the dems will.

47 posted on 02/01/2012 11:22:54 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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And not one word about it on Drudge. (ok. shoot me.. I had to check)

LoL.....now you know. You would have fallen over if there had been.

48 posted on 02/01/2012 11:24:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He just alienated a huge voting block. Did he not?


49 posted on 02/01/2012 11:26:31 AM PST by FishinTX (Annoy liberals, VOTE NEWT.)
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To: sodpoodle

I agree totally that Newt made a sincere outreach to help the poor. In return the liberals attacked him for “insulting” the poor by wanting to help them get jobs.

I agree that America desprerately needs to change the dynamic with the dependent poor.

Every time I defend Romney’s current conservative positions, I am flamed. It’s not so simple. I loved Newt’s comments on the poor and supported Newt.

Rush Limbaugh just explained he is staying neutral so he can support the ultimate nominee. Works for me except for my part I actively supported every conservative front runner because, as Rush said, the focus is Obama.


50 posted on 02/01/2012 11:32:38 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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