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Newt Gingrich: Race is "Wide Open"
CBN ^ | 2-13-12 | Brody

Posted on 02/13/2012 11:38:16 AM PST by VinL

The Brody File sat down with Newt Gingrich for a one-on-one interview at CPAC in Washington last week. We discussed the state of the race, from his perspective. Here's what he had to say. Transcription follows the video below.

David Brody: “Hey, you know, I like to call you the Yoda of this presidential race, so Yoda, if you will, give me your impression of where we’re at.”

Newt Gingrich: “Is this a comment on the fact that I’m a grandfather or what?”

David: “It could be partially that. Give me your sense of where we’re at in the race, where are you at?”

Newt Gingrich: “Look, I think it’s temporarily a wide open race. I think what’s happened is with each passing wave of negative ads, Romney has marginalized himself, and that finally came crashing down on him starting in Nevada where he really dramatically underperformed, and then Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado where he basically collapsed. And I think now he’s got a real challenge, there’s a new poll out in Georgia, he’s running third, I am now first, Santorum is second, things are in turmoil. Santorum’s gotten a nice bump, and should have, he earned it. He made the right strategic gamble. And now, we’re going to sort out who is really prepared to have bold changes, who is prepared to do the things we need to get back on the right track as a country, and that will be a good debate. I think people will look at it with new interest now.”

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Newt will rise again! If these primary polls had any staying power, we'd be looking at nominee Perry, or Cain, or Gingrich or Romney. But, they don't.

The good news for Newt is- in his most down period- his numbers remain at 17-20% base-- in a race where the leaders have 30-35%--

One misstep by the frontrunners, and the polls will reset again. And that misstep will surely come- because now Romney and Rick have to make major, game-changing decisions as they go head to head--- and Newt can sit back- out of the fray-- and pick up the pieces.

1 posted on 02/13/2012 11:38:19 AM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

Typical Newt precision. Exactly right.

We need this guy to unravel the rats nest in dee-cee.

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2 posted on 02/13/2012 11:41:45 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: VinL

I think Santorum’s surge is one that will stick because the more people look at him and how he’s lived his life the more they will like him. Newt’s of course welcome to stay in the race as long as he likes, but I just don’t see him making another surge. It’s going to be Romney or Santorum IMO. Yesterday I would have bet on Romney getting the nod, today I’m thinking Santorum will actually pull it out.


3 posted on 02/13/2012 11:45:08 AM PST by TroutGuy
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To: VinL

Even with both his self-created baggage, coupled with the media-created baggage, I still believe that Newt is the only candidate that can beat obama.

I believe that the obama machine will chew up the others and spit them out.

Romney can’t think on his feet and when challenged he stammers and stutters like obama without a teleprompter.

Santorum gets in a snit when he is challenged, and I don’t think “richie cunningham” has the wherewithall to win over “uber cool” fonziebama.

And Ron Paul...well, he’s Ron Paul.

On the other hand, Gingrich can spout the facts, history and unconstiutionality of obama faster than obama’s research team can look them up.

Obama will never out-debate Newt, even on a good day. Also, having been in Congress and speaker, Newt knows the rules ten times better than obama and knows the precedents that will nullify obama’s line of bullSh!+.

I don’t care if Newt has had 5 wives, and about any of the circumstances surrounding his divorces; the big deal about him leaving the Speakership is bogus, as he was found innocent of all charges. Clinton and his demobuddies wanted Gingrich out for the same reason we need him in...to impede and block the democrats at their own game.

Then they say that Newt is “mean”, or has a temper...well, after three years of chronicling obama I can say I’ve never been a more tempermental and petulent @$$h0!3 in my life.

Insofar as being “mean”...obama has nearly ruined America, taken our jobs, homes, and life’s savings, indebted our children for decades to come and imperiled our safety and soverignty as a nation...can someone tell us why that isn’t much, much meaner than anything Newt has ever done or said?

obama has 100 more baggage and a doubious past that has been hidden from the public and guarded by the media jackboots. He is the only person to OCCUPY the presidency that has held the level of contempt and hatred for this country.

I can’t believe that there are loads of people who are willing to let obama just walk us to a dictatorship and an internal takeover of this country - and that is exactly what will happen if obama gets four more years as a lame duck. If obama wins, this will be the last free election we will ever have in America. And we’re going to let that happen because Newt’s attention-starved, narcisstic ex wife suddenly comes out of nowhere with tales from the twilight zone?

At this point in America we don’t need Richie Cunningham (BTW, Ron Howard AND Henry Winkler are devout obama supporters)OR Thurston Howell III, or even a Perot-job...we need a take-no-prisoners warrior like Newt.

But it appears again that the fickled GOP is going to allow the mainstream media to pick our candidate - just like with McCain...and we all know what a disaster that was.

Folks, we’re fighting a domesticated enemy who is trying to destroy us from within, and it would be better to send a warrior than a Richie Rich, a geek, or a fanatic into battle with the obama machine.

Conservatives are not “groupies” by nature, but as independent as we all are, we need to come together behind the one weapon that we have that can throw a monkey wrench into the obama machine, and I believe that the person to do is, is Newt Gingrich.


4 posted on 02/13/2012 11:45:46 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: VinL

hey im ahead in georgia!!!


5 posted on 02/13/2012 11:46:23 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: skaterboy

If they don’t poll in Tennessee soon, they may be in for a March surprise.


6 posted on 02/13/2012 11:50:07 AM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: TroutGuy

its gonna come down to romney and an anti romney...right now ricky s is the anti romney...and newt has to win something sooner or later..and georgia aint gonna do it,newt..esp not if ricky’s surge takes it over even there as the polls look likely


7 posted on 02/13/2012 11:50:38 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: TroutGuy

I think Santorum’s surge is one that will stick because the more people look at him and how he’s lived his life the more they will like him
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Trout, if he’s your guy, I wish him luck- and mean him absolutely no ill.

But, for discussion purposes only, imo, his surge will not stick. I base that on the history of this primary process-GOP voters are nauseatingly malleable and feckless— one wrong statement in the next debate-— and the numbers will change.

Heck, in Sc, with one 30 second answer-— Newt rose 30% in the polls over-night.


8 posted on 02/13/2012 11:53:03 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

I think Newt can grab Santorum’s non-committed delegates. He’s got a lot of them and they could easily go over to Newt.


9 posted on 02/13/2012 11:53:28 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: VinL

Newt is VERY gracious toward Santorum in this interview. Will Santorum’s supporters return the favor?


10 posted on 02/13/2012 11:57:14 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Will Santorum’s supporters return the favor?

I've not seen much grace in either direction lately. I've been guilty myself in the past, but have recanted. Right now, I want them both to stay in, or I suspect Romney will sew things up before the reconciliation can occur.

11 posted on 02/13/2012 12:03:17 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: lonevoice

Newt IS the only candidate who can make the sweeping changes needed in the Federal Government to save our country. He did it before and he will do it again. Newt is the real deal. I just sent his campaign more money and I hope all of you who support Newt will do the same.


12 posted on 02/13/2012 12:05:23 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: VinL

“I base that on the history of this primary process-GOP voters are nauseatingly malleable and feckless— one wrong statement in the next debate-— and the numbers will change.”

We can definitely agree on that- I’ve never seen numbers shift so wildly based on seemingly minor events. Santorum is my favorite of the current candidates, but even I can admit he has had no spurt of brilliance in the last week or so to justify his numbers skyrocketing like they have. Weird stuff- but weird in a good way in this particular case. :)


13 posted on 02/13/2012 12:06:42 PM PST by TroutGuy
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

There are supporters on Newt’s and Rick’s sides that misbehave ...and some who troll both types of threads just trying to stir things up. Hard to blame either Newt or Rick for the misadventures of some of their more vocal supporters ...who are probably more interested in getting attention than anything else.

As long as Newt and Rick are respectful of each other I will let the escapades of the zealots slide. We will need to get together at some point in the future; so, pointless to stoke the fires of angry zealots.


14 posted on 02/13/2012 12:08:18 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I believe Newt and Rick also believe they need each other at this time. Because of the lag in moving from one to the other, if either dropped out, Romney would be coronated before people could adjust.


15 posted on 02/13/2012 12:11:21 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: VinL
Yoda is right!

GINGRICH: Now, I am going to give you a series of solutions that are big enough to get America back on the right track. And I think this has been the greatest challenge of this campaign.

We have lots of bickering; we have lots of arguments about this and that. We have virtually no discussion of what does it really take to take the most complicated society in the world, the largest economy in the world, and move it back to being the most successful, most prosperous, safest and freest country in the world.

So I am going to try this afternoon to set the stage for that.

And we have tons of details at Newt.org — any of you want, to just go to my first name dot org. You will see an immense amount of material.

But the standard here is that solutions big enough to get America working again — and the principle is to unleash the American people to rebuild the America we love.

Let me start with jobs: If I am the nominee, with your help, I will ask the entire Republican ticket to campaign with me on the pledge that when the Congress comes in on January 3, it will stay in session, and by January 20, when I am sworn in, it will have repealed Obamacare.

GINGRICH: It will have repealed Dodd-Frank.

GINGRICH: It will have repealed Sarbanes-Oxley.

GINGRICH: All three of those are job killing bills, which centralized bureaucracy in Washington DC and increased the corruption of the political system. All three should be repealed and held at the desk until I am sworn in. That afternoon, on the very first day, we should sign the repeal of all three. That's a reasonable start.

GINGRICH: Two hours after the Inaugural Address — that was just the hors d’oeurve. We haven't got around to serious work, yet.

After the Inaugural Address, I will spend it signing executive orders and presidential findings. All of them will have been published by October 1. The country will know precisely what this campaign is about.

The very first executive order will abolish all of the White House czars, as of that moment.

GINGRICH: We will sign, that day, an executive order, which as of that moment, approves of the Canadian pipeline to Houston, period.

GINGRICH: My message to Prime Minister Harper and the Canadian government is simple: You do not need a partnership with the Chinese. Give the American people a few months. When we beat Obama on election night, you can start buying equipment because we will approve it on January 20th.

GINGRICH: There will be an executive order to move the State Department, to put the embassy in Jerusalem as of that day, period.

GINGRICH: We will, that day, reinstate Ronald Reagan's “Mexico City Policy” — No money for abortion overseas, period.

GINGRICH: And we will have an executive order to repeal every act of religious bigotry by the Obama administration period.

My goal, with your help, is that by the time President Obama lands in Chicago, we will have repudiated at least 40 percent of his government on the opening-day.

16 posted on 02/13/2012 12:12:06 PM PST by McGruff (Think in bold colors not pale pastels.)
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To: TroutGuy

[the more people look at him and how he’s lived his life the more they will like him. ]

I see the opposite, someone I could never sit and have a beer with. I don’t drink with saints. Too brittle when hell breaks loose.


17 posted on 02/13/2012 12:16:06 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FrankR

If people start to seriously look at Santorum’s record, they will find he supported Bush’s compassionate conservative agenda. That’s a big sticking point for me, but there’s no doubt Santorum is better than Obama or Romney. I appreciate the fact that Santorum is good on social conservative issues, but he was not a fiscally responsible senator. I don’t see much difference between spending tax money for AIDS in Africa, a compassionate act, and handing out EBT cards to the poor. That said, I’ll definitely support Santorum in the general election, but I think Newt is the only one with a track record of shaking things up in DC. That’s what we need, real change toward smaller government.


18 posted on 02/13/2012 12:23:28 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: TroutGuy

“I think Santorum’s surge is one that will stick because the more people look at him and how he’s lived his life the more they will like him.”

This is exactly why he is not the leader we need right now. Obama was elected for superficial reasons. The same goes for Santorum. There’s no meat here. We finally have a candidate in Newt that represents a cross section of the electorate, and can articulate where we’ve been a nation and where we should go. Santorum’s time will come, but not now.

Newt is confident still. That’s good. That makes me feel better. He knows that in time he will prevail. All it will take for something to happen from within or from without.

I predict that something major will happen in the world that affects our country, similar to the Iranian hostage crisis during Carter, but worse. Only Newt will articulate what we should do.

Only Newt will appear the true leader.


19 posted on 02/13/2012 12:32:03 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: VinL

Bump!


20 posted on 02/13/2012 12:34:36 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: VinL
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"Patience, use the Force, think."

21 posted on 02/13/2012 12:37:12 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: FastCoyote
Too brittle when hell breaks loose.

Bull.
22 posted on 02/13/2012 12:38:14 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Newt is VERY gracious toward Santorum in this interview

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Newt’s always been very gracious to him.


23 posted on 02/13/2012 12:43:10 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL; kalee; TitansAFC; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...
Newt Gingrich for President Ping List!

24 posted on 02/13/2012 12:46:13 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: TroutGuy

Well, good luck, sincerely. Least we’ll have fun watching it play out.


25 posted on 02/13/2012 12:46:34 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: nikos1121

Time will tell, however, I do feel that Santorum is the flavor of the month. I watched his speech at CPAC. I did not hear one specific. Remember, Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008. To me, that was all I needed to know about him. If Rick were to get out now, he would probably support Romney, for the possibility of a VP slot. I am sorry, but this guy is just too “look at me” to be a realistic candidate. I looked, I researched, he is just another go along to get along candidate. Rick did too many deals with the democRATS when he was in the Senate. Rick backed too many liberal notions, unions, and especially minimum wage legislation.

It wouldn’t surprise me that he has already made a deal with Romney for that VP slot as soon as he can force Mr. Newt out. I am very leery of this guy. Sorry.


26 posted on 02/13/2012 12:48:26 PM PST by Bobbisox (All American Conservative Mama Grizzly (MR. NEWT - 2012)(MS. SARAH - 2020))
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To: TLI
Typical Newt precision. Exactly right.

I think Newt knows the projectory of candidates long before they arrive there....he simply lets it play out while he determines when, how and exactly the point he will come into the fray....he designs his moves and then catches the wave he sets in motion.

27 posted on 02/13/2012 12:52:19 PM PST by caww
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To: Bobbisox

Do you actually think that Santorum would offer Romney the VP slot after railing against him and Romneycare so much?


28 posted on 02/13/2012 12:52:39 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

No. They never have... they won’t start now.


29 posted on 02/13/2012 12:58:51 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--itÂ’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: FrankR

Great post!

Thank you.


30 posted on 02/13/2012 1:00:22 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Ingtar

If Santorum gets the nomination, he would be signing his death warrant as a winning presidential candidate if he chooses Romney as his VP. He or Newt better be really careful who they pick for their running mate.


31 posted on 02/13/2012 1:04:14 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Ingtar

I think Santorum (Sanctimonium, as somebody called him here) and Gingrich probably are like oil and water, and Gingrich is much more conservative. Santorum attacked Gingrich first and then rode in on Romney’s coattails after the Romney attack machine sallied forth to do the real dirty work.

So I suspect there’s no love lost there.

I think if Santorum dropped out, most of his voters would go to Romney (several surveys have already said this). To my knowledge, however, they haven’t surveyed what would happen if Paul dropped out. Laugh if you like, but he’s gotten a respectable number of voters in some states, and he would have some delegates to give. And I suspect most of his voters would probably go to Gingrich. So there’s another factor in the equation.

Finally, I think we’re all freaked out because so many states moved their primaries so early that now we think the whole contest is decided. Heck, why not just cancel the convention altogether?


32 posted on 02/13/2012 1:14:06 PM PST by livius
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To: Bobbisox

I’ve said this many times. He’s in cahoots with Romney. The good news he has no committed delegates. Once he has them maybe he can work out that the go to Romney after the first ballot.

No, it makes no sense for this guy to be in the race unless it’s to in the end go with Romney.

Rush is usually a pretty smart guy, so is Levin and Michelle Malcolm. What they see in Santorum, I don’t know.

LET ME ASK YOU, (ACTULLY YOU ALREADY ANSWERED THE QUESTION) LET ME ASK THE SANTORUM SUPPORTERS. LIST ONE THING...THAT WAS AN ORIGINAL THOUGHT FROM THE SANTORUM CAMP.
JUST ONE.

Don’t waste you time, there isn’t any. He’s in the race for some hidden agenda. I’m told he’s not on the ballot in TN, IL etc.


33 posted on 02/13/2012 1:18:11 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Ingtar
Your point seems quite reasonable to me. Just before Rick had his 3-state sweep in the Midwest there was a rumor that both Newt and he had agreed that everyone should stay in the race as long as possible. Sarah has been echoing that sentiment for several weeks; so, that's good enough for me.

Take care,

-Geoff

34 posted on 02/13/2012 1:27:02 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Bobbisox

I’ve said this many times. He’s in cahoots with Romney. The good news he has no committed delegates. Once he has them maybe he can work out that the go to Romney after the first ballot.

No, it makes no sense for this guy to be in the race unless it’s to in the end go with Romney.

Rush is usually a pretty smart guy, so is Levin and Michelle Malcolm. What they see in Santorum, I don’t know.

LET ME ASK YOU, (ACTULLY YOU ALREADY ANSWERED THE QUESTION) LET ME ASK THE SANTORUM SUPPORTERS. LIST ONE THING...THAT WAS AN ORIGINAL THOUGHT FROM THE SANTORUM CAMP.
JUST ONE.

Don’t waste you time, there isn’t any. He’s in the race for some hidden agenda. I’m told he’s not on the ballot in TN, IL etc.


35 posted on 02/13/2012 1:27:09 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: VinL

The jv team thinks they have a shot at the game because the varsity captain got sucker punched. Santorum better hope Romney has promised him a spot on his cabinet because I have to guess Newt has filed Rick’s application in the dustbin.


36 posted on 02/13/2012 1:28:56 PM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: VinL

I suspect Newt has a hard time working up any interest in attacking fellow Republicans, even the average RINO. Newt is a guy who spent decades trying to build up and strengthen the Republican party so I don’t think he has any taste for intra-party fighting. Romney is just such an extreme liberal and a liar to boot that he finds it easier to make an exception in his case. Not to mention, Rick was someone who was mentored by Newt and was a reliable junior partner on Newt’s legislation in the ‘90s. Romney was the guy who refused to sign the Contract with America in 1994.


37 posted on 02/13/2012 1:34:26 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: Ingtar
“Do you actually think that Santorum would offer Romney the VP slot after railing against him and Romneycare so much?”

I would hope not; however, I do know that Rick's main financial backer (Freiss [sp?]) was interviewed on Gretta last week and said HE would like to see Romney in the VeeP slot if Rick wins the nomination. He was much less enthusiastic about Newt and made no statements indicating Newt would be someone he wanted to see in Santorum’s administration.

38 posted on 02/13/2012 1:35:27 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I believe that agreement was likely “unless one of them pulls ahead of Romney for x number of days.” With one of them now beating Romney, it could prove interesting to see how things play out.


39 posted on 02/13/2012 1:36:06 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: douginthearmy

Well, we’ll fine out, right?

Romney can’t lose Migh-— So, do we see him come out with guns blazing against Rick, as he did with Newt in Fla?

If yes, everything’s on the up and up. If not, it’s fair to postulate that there’s been a Mitt/Rick partnership that has now potentially gone awry.


40 posted on 02/13/2012 1:36:06 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Ingtar

Not much of an “agreement” if that’s all there is to it; but, I have learned not to expect honor amongst politicians ...so you’re probably right! (smile)


41 posted on 02/13/2012 1:39:22 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: murron; Bobbisox; Ingtar

I think she was saying that Rick might have made a deal to be Romney’s V.P. I wouldn’t put it past him at all. Rick does seem more willing to set principle aside when it’s convenient. But I believe that Rick has been more clearly kinder to Newt than Romney and there is a suspicion that they may have made a deal (just as Romney and Paul seem to have made a deal). I still see it as more likely Newt and Rick team up at the convention to combine their delegates and if Rick did become the winner in the primary, I think it’s likely he would pick Newt as his V.P. (as the Cheney-like wise conservative elder figure).

I don’t really agree with the attacks on Rick. I think he’s Newt-lite, which is better than most of our other alternatives, but clearly not as good as Newt. Unfortunately, even though Rick’s likable, has more values I agree with, and seems tough enough to defend those values, his proposals pale in comparison to Newt’s and it would be a stretch to even call them “reform.”


42 posted on 02/13/2012 1:39:51 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: VinL

Another pair of possibilities in that case. Romney does not take Santorum as seriously. Another is that the financial backing behind Romney might finally be getting tired of so much money spent to so little return.


43 posted on 02/13/2012 1:39:51 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: livius
To my knowledge, however, they haven’t surveyed what would happen if Paul dropped out. Laugh if you like, but he’s gotten a respectable number of voters in some states, and he would have some delegates to give. And I suspect most of his voters would probably go to Gingrich.

Livius, I've researched this and we discussed it in a thread earlier today. The online sentiment among Paul loyalists is that Romney is by far their second choice among this field. For who they'd actually vote for in the Fall, it's either stay home and protest, write in Paul, the Libertarian Gary Johnson, or Obama. Going to Newt might seem plausible if you thought economics was their main agenda, but their main agendas are libertarian social policy and anti-war/anti-Israel sentiment.

44 posted on 02/13/2012 2:07:20 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: TroutGuy

“I’m thinking Santorum will actually pull it out.”

Well unless they look real hard at Rick’s voting record in the Senate. Not exactly a tea party conservative.

*Was the prince of earmarks while in the Senate
*Voted to raise the debt ceiling 5 times
*Voted for CAFTA which ran almost all the textile mills out of the South.
*Votd for Sarbanes Oxley
*Voted agains’t the 1995 Right Work Act
*Voted for taxes on the internet
*Voted Greenspan to a fouth four year term
*Voted to increase the minimum wage
*Voted for the 1997 Lautenberg gun ban which stripped someone of their rights for spanking their kids
*1999 voted for a bill that included a provision fot require background checks at gun shows
*Voted for Medicare Part D drug prescription program
*Voted for the gun lock requirement ammendment in 2005 with Barbara Boxer
*Voted for the Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill then flip flopped and voted agains’t it in S 1805 Firearms Manufacturer’s Protection Bill
*Voted for No Child Left Behind
*Worked to increase big government programs like Headstart
*Voted for taxpayer money to go Pennsylvania families for their heating bills
*Sponsored legislation to force companies to pay laid off workers benefits
*Vote for HR 796- the protection of abortion clinics
*Introduced and co-sponsored big govt health-care bills

Santorum oppoed the tea party and its reforms in the Republican Party and conservative movement just a couple of years ago saying “I have some real concerns about this movement within the the Republican party...to sort of refashion conservtism. And I will vocally and publicly oppose it.”


45 posted on 02/13/2012 2:18:53 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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To: JediJones
Newt might seem plausible if you thought economics was their main agenda, but their main agendas are libertarian social policy and anti-war/anti-Israel sentiment.

That's probably true. I live in a town where there are a lot of older Paul supporters who are also members of the local (self-proclaimed) Tea Party. If Paul dropped out, I think they'd vote for Gingrich on economic issues.

None of the GOP candidates agree with them on their libertarian and anti-war/anti-Israel stands, so they couldn't vote on that basis. However, Romney is the most liberal and thus the closest to their Paulista life-style and economic issues. So who knows?

I do think Paul, as usual, has been the true spoiler in this race, since he shouldn't even be running as a Republican.

46 posted on 02/13/2012 2:35:48 PM PST by livius
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To: FrankR
Conservatives are not “groupies” by nature

That was my belief at the start of this primary season. Now I'm not at all sure it is valid.

47 posted on 02/13/2012 3:30:37 PM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: JediJones
Rick might have made a deal to be Romney’s V.P. I wouldn’t put it past him at all.

I agree completely. But if he racks up any more delegates, bound or no, I wouldn't put it past him to renege on the deal.

48 posted on 02/13/2012 3:38:49 PM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Newt is VERY gracious toward Santorum in this interview. Will Santorum’s supporters return the favor?

No, Rick's going to allow Willard to pound Newt. There's a thread here somewhere saying that Willard's running negative ads against Newt .... not Rick, but Newt.

I'm trying hard not to believe there isn't a pact between Willard and Santorum. They're both afraid of Newt.

Time will tell.

49 posted on 02/13/2012 6:06:43 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: TroutGuy
I think Santorum’s surge is one that will stick because the more people look at him and how he’s lived his life the more they will like him.

Really? Americans no long want experience, depth, vision in a candidate?

If likability is the yardstick what's to stop Obama's victory? Fifty percent of Americans support him and even more think he's a "nice guy".

50 posted on 02/13/2012 6:12:42 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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