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Santorum takes 15 per cent lead but watch out for a furious Romney negative ad campaign
Telegraph ^ | 2/11/12 | Mike Smithson

Posted on 02/11/2012 11:40:23 AM PST by jimbo123

There is a new national poll of Republican primary voters just out from Public Policy Polling which has some good news for Rick Santorum the ex-Pennsylvania senator who on Tuesday beat Mitt Romney in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

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The immediate worry for the Santorum campaign is that they are likely to be on the end of a furious negative advertising campaign ahead of the Arizona and Michigan primaries at the end of the month. That is how the Romney team dealt with others who threatened their position and what is likely to happen now.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloodythursday; gope; mattdrudge; mattrhoades; norinos; rinos4romney; scorchedearth
Countdown to the Drudge-Rhoades scorched-earth carpetbomb campaign targeting Santorum...
1 posted on 02/11/2012 11:40:28 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Romeny, the conservative, is playing Whack-a-mole. Whack Newt, Santorum surges. Whack Rick, Gingrich surges. Romeny stays severely where he is...


2 posted on 02/11/2012 11:42:48 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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3 posted on 02/11/2012 11:43:09 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: C210N

The real question is whether Romney has the honor to refrain from unleashing the hounds on Karen Santorum. If he goes there, we will know exactly what kind of hypocritical opportunist we are dealing with.


4 posted on 02/11/2012 11:45:39 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: jimbo123

Countdown to the Drudge-Rhoades scorched-earth carpetbomb campaign targeting Santorum...

Big difference though. Santorum has already been through the paces and has heard every nasty thing thrown at him. He will not allow this to even stop him for a minute. See when you have to run for state election, you already have heard all the garbage that is why Santorum won’t even blink an eye with all the commercials. He is so principled. It is so refreshing.


5 posted on 02/11/2012 11:46:27 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: jimbo123

and newt is gonna be sweet to the guy?

newt has to get him out of the way before he can go after mitt..or just sit and let mitt hack away but i doubt he has time to do that plus it would make him kind of a hypocrite but hey it is politics we are talking bout..if not for hypocrites there would be none


6 posted on 02/11/2012 11:47:05 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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... Not to worry... Wait that my boys start working him over... Just ask Newt! ja ja ja...


7 posted on 02/11/2012 11:48:11 AM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: newheart

Karen? Hell she’s already in Willards crosshairs. The real question is whether he will go after Bella...

(yes I’m being sarcastic..but not much)


8 posted on 02/11/2012 11:53:43 AM PST by bigbob
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To: jimbo123

At this point it seems like every Republican candidate has experienced a surge which lasts for a month or so - Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Romney and now Santorum. The surges don’t last - GOP primary voters don’t seem to like any of these guys that much. This should be a no-brainer march to the White House against an unpopular president whose economic polices are destroying the US and so far the GOP hasn’t even been able to excite it’s base with it’s candidates, let alone the general electorate.


9 posted on 02/11/2012 11:55:23 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: newheart

I would guess no, Romney has to go with what he knows. Most people have already figured out who/whet Romney is.


10 posted on 02/11/2012 11:55:36 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: jimbo123

Has any candidate actually surpassed Romney nationally yet? I dont remember Cain, or Newt or Perry ever going ahead of him just a close second.... 15 points. Holy cow!


11 posted on 02/11/2012 11:57:00 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: jimbo123

Currently in Ignoring-Anything-Romney-has-to-say mode


12 posted on 02/11/2012 12:04:19 PM PST by madison10
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To: C210N

What goes around comes around.
Keep up the dirty campaigning, Mittens.

The voters will see you for what you are: a dirty fighter with no moral compass to guide you.


13 posted on 02/11/2012 12:04:32 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: Mountain Mary

This is why he won’t win if he becomes the nominee. I have been totally turned off by his filthy tactics.


14 posted on 02/11/2012 12:10:00 PM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: GoCards

“Has any candidate actually surpassed Romney nationally yet? I dont remember Cain, or Newt or Perry ever going ahead of him just a close second.... 15 points. Holy cow!”

I think they all did...for a short time. But I agree, 15 points is on the high side, and I don’t ever remember Romney being in 3rd place.


15 posted on 02/11/2012 12:14:50 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: jimbo123

Mitt Romney hates puppy dogs.

Shame on Mitt Romney.


16 posted on 02/11/2012 12:16:47 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: Matt Hatter

“This is why he won’t win if he becomes the nominee. I have been totally turned off by his filth”

Someone had a brilliant line on Rush’s show yesterday. He asked “Why would independents get excited about a RINO when conservatives don’s even get excited?” Pretty much explains 2008, and will again explain 2012, unless Romney is stopped.


17 posted on 02/11/2012 12:20:10 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“Mitt Romney hates puppy dogs. Shame on Mitt Romney.”

Give me 10 million and I could have the entire state of Michigan convinced that was the case. And what can Romney do, show a picture of a puppy licking him - that would be pandering.

If only I had the money...Romney would be toast, just on this issue.


18 posted on 02/11/2012 12:22:15 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: Mountain Mary
I prefer Newt, but will vote for Santorum in the general election.

I will not vote for Romney or Obama under any circumstances.

Romney and his Gay Brigades are responsible for Obama winning in 2008. For that alone, Romney needs to be reduced to dumpster-diving and sleeping under a bridge.

19 posted on 02/11/2012 12:24:31 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: jimbo123

I believe Santorum is going to do just fine in the Mitt onslaught. Santorum is steady and consistent and will shrug this all off water from a duck.

15% ! Go Rick Go!


20 posted on 02/11/2012 12:30:28 PM PST by GulfBreeze
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The heads at the RNC and Romney’s campaign are already scheming up nonstop attacks on Santorum.


21 posted on 02/11/2012 12:34:21 PM PST by pallis
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22 posted on 02/11/2012 12:50:19 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

The problem isn’t the candidates. It’s the conservative electorate and the moderates registered as Republicans. They aren’t analyzing the candidates in any way at all, which is why their convictions change with each passing wind, and they fall for whoever happens to be getting the most positive news, and dissipate when the weather turns bad.

Ask a conservative the difference between Santorum and Newt, and not very many are going to mention their actual platforms. Don’t blame the candidates for the weakness of the voters to look deeply into anything.


23 posted on 02/11/2012 1:39:38 PM PST by Apollo5600
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I'd send Rick some money, but every time I send a candidate some money that take a broadside from state-controlled media and are never heard from again.

Maybe I'll send some money to Myth and Ubama.

24 posted on 02/11/2012 2:45:07 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: jimbo123

Santorum/Gingrich sounds pretty good about now.


25 posted on 02/11/2012 2:56:12 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
At this point it seems like every Republican candidate has experienced a surge which lasts for a month or so - Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Romney and now Santorum. The surges don’t last - GOP primary voters don’t seem to like any of these guys that much. This should be a no-brainer march to the White House against an unpopular president whose economic polices are destroying the US and so far the GOP hasn’t even been able to excite it’s base with it’s candidates, let alone the general electorate.

Perry self destructed.
Cain self destructed.
Gingrich and Santorum are being buried under an avalance of Mitt-money.

Santorum was written off too early by many (including me). IMO, Santorum has less baggage and may begin to unite the conservatives.

26 posted on 02/11/2012 3:00:19 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: pallis

The Willard slime machine is going to start spewing by Monday and in a week or so you will see Santorum’s numbers slip just like Newt.


27 posted on 02/11/2012 7:48:11 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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