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Romney Races to Defend Michigan [Panic Time For Romney: Should Newt Endorse Santorum?]
Wall St. J ^ | February 14, 2012 | JOSEPH B. WHITE AND NEIL KING JR.

Posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:48 PM PST by Steelfish

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 Romney Races to Defend Michigan State Up for Grabs as Santorum Surges

BY JOSEPH B. WHITE AND NEIL KING JR.

[Subscriber Content Preview] DETROIT—Amid signs Rick Santorum could win an upset victory in Michigan, Mitt Romney escalated his campaign to win the state's Republican primary by taking on the powerful auto union and reigniting the debate over the federal bailouts of two Detroit auto makers.

Mr. Romney, writing in a Detroit News editorial-page column Tuesday, attacked as "crony capitalism on a grand scale" the Obama administration's $81 billion auto-industry bailout nearly three years ago.

The salvo comes as Mr. Santorum is surging in polls nationally as well as in Michigan. A Santorum win in Michigan's Feb. 28 primary, a week before the March ...

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


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1 posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:54 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Time for the media to go into overdrive and crank out hit pieces on Santorum.


2 posted on 02/14/2012 6:07:01 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: Steelfish

Why would Gingrich endorse Santorum, Gingrich is still in the race.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 6:09:36 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: bigdirty

It really is exciting. I’m glad the folks in Michigan are going to help us keep the RACE open until the last State votes.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 6:10:57 PM PST by rovenstinez
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5 posted on 02/14/2012 6:11:13 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Steelfish

I see absolutely no harm in Newt telling his supporters to back Rick In Migh— as long as Rick will tell his supporters to back Newt in Arizona.


6 posted on 02/14/2012 6:11:57 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: svcw

Gingrich is positioned for last place finish in MI.


7 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:24 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Why would Newt endorse Santorum?

Santorum needs Newt in the race and Newt needs Santorum.

If one of them drops out, it just makes it easier for Mitt with his dirty campaign tactics to take the remaining POTUS candidate out of the race.

Futhermore, Newt will naturally run strong in some states that Santorum won’t and vice versa.

They both need to stay in the race to keep Mitt from sewing up the nomination.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:46 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Steelfish

Meadow Mountain Romney:
"Destroy the conservatives. Attack them all.
Go after their children. For me. For me.
Do your duty. Destroy their reputations. FOR ME.
"
9 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:52 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: svcw

Gingrich will have the delegate lead soon after Super Tuesday. Why on earth would he drop out and endorse the guy with roughly three committed delegates?

Absurd.

Plus, Santorum voters ensured us that we MIST have two Conservative in the race in case one of them collapses, otherwise “we might have no option left.”

Follow Santorum backers’ advice, Newt! You MUST stay in for the good of us all!!


10 posted on 02/14/2012 6:13:05 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santorum is the suicide bomber of the 2012 Primary; he's going to take us all out with him.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.


11 posted on 02/14/2012 6:14:35 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: bigdirty

Pro-Life Daddy’s Boy Williard’s minions will play up Rick’s anti-abortion position and brand him an extremist that hates rape victims,etc.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 6:15:41 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell (It's Algebra, Uncle Fletcher.)
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To: VinL

Good luck with that.

If Santorum voter were here telling us they wouldn’t budge if it was Newt 27.04%, Mitt 27.04% and Rick 9.50% a couple of weeks ago, I doubt you’re going to get any strategic cooperation now.

Rick is the holiest guy in the race, you see............


13 posted on 02/14/2012 6:17:29 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santorum is the suicide bomber of the 2012 Primary; he's going to take us all out with him.)
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To: Steelfish
Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.

That really isn't the point, now is it?

Stopping Mitt is what is important.

As long as both are in the race, Mitt has to focus on both, he has no choice. He has to divide his resources and his attention.
14 posted on 02/14/2012 6:17:51 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Steelfish

The ONLY candidate who has negatives beyond repair
is the Saboteur Democrat Romney.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 6:18:12 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Steelfish
Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.

Furthermore, I think a lot of people lot his negatives were beyond repair before, and then he blew the doors off of Mitt's campaign in South Carolina.

This election has already proved multiple times over that things change quickly.

Both candidates need to stay in the race until the convention to ensure that Mitt chances of gaining the nomination are put to rest.
16 posted on 02/14/2012 6:19:56 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie
They both need to stay in the race to keep Mitt from sewing up the nomination.

I'm afraid just the opposite is true. If both stay in and semi-equal, the notMitt vote is split and Mitt wins.

I can go for either Rick or Newt, I'm hoping one or the other drops out soon enough to stop Romney.

17 posted on 02/14/2012 6:20:52 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Furthermore, I think a lot of people lot his negatives

Should have been:

Furthermore, I think a lot of people lot thought his negatives
18 posted on 02/14/2012 6:21:50 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Steelfish

Yeah, frankly Newt’s endorsement isn’t going to mean much if he were to give it...


19 posted on 02/14/2012 6:22:09 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Steelfish

Elect Santorum President, but let Newt lead the charge.

Decimate the Commie Bastards.


20 posted on 02/14/2012 6:22:27 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: D-fendr
I'm afraid just the opposite is true. If both stay in and semi-equal, the notMitt vote is split and Mitt wins.

I respectfully disagree.

If either drops out, Mitt will be able to handily destroy the remaining candidate by being able to solely focus on that one remaining candidate. He still has millions to throw into the campaign for dirty campaign tactics.
21 posted on 02/14/2012 6:24:33 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: TitansAFC

Hey Titan- yeh, I didn’t think they would go for it either. -:)

I tried to ping you on the WSJ report that Adelson was giving Newt money, but I had your name spelled incorrectly.


22 posted on 02/14/2012 6:30:05 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Steelfish

Should have changed that to “Why should Newt endorse Santorum?” Endorse? For pete’s sakes!


23 posted on 02/14/2012 6:33:34 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t think the math is in favor of that position.

Crazy primary this year.

thanks for your reply.


24 posted on 02/14/2012 6:33:45 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Steelfish

I found this one interesting. It is by a Gingrich team insider, entitled, “Evans: How Gingrich Wins the GOP Nomination”

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/evans-gingrich-wins-nomination/2012/02/13/id/429318


25 posted on 02/14/2012 6:34:44 PM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: SoConPubbie
As long as both are in the race, Mitt has to focus on both, he has no choice. He has to divide his resources and his attention.

Exactly. Moreover, Santorum and Gingrich are free to concentrate on those states where they each have the best chance of winning -- putting up token opposition in the states they are each likely to lose.

Gingrich's and Santorum's competitive problems are lessened, while Romney's are doubled.

By the same token, it's way too early for conservative voters to be committing to one or the other. We should all recognize that a.) we don't know yet whether Newt will implode and b.) we don't know yet whether Santorum can hold up over the long haul.

Why make tht decision until you have to?

Certainly, there is no need to make it before April 1 -- when some primaries become "winner take all".

26 posted on 02/14/2012 6:39:16 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: TEXOKIE

Newt could win once he realizes it’s not a good idea to attack RINO Romney from the left.


27 posted on 02/14/2012 6:41:09 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Steelfish

“................ Mr. Santorum is surging in polls nationally as well as in Michigan.”

This too shall pass.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Steelfish

“Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.”


You’re full of crap!

Santorum, although ideologically much better than Obama, would be in way over his head. We don’t need another man-child in the presidency.


29 posted on 02/14/2012 6:52:38 PM PST by Lucas McCain (The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.)
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To: Steelfish

Newt’s negatives are beyond repair.

He’s spent a lifetime building them up.


30 posted on 02/14/2012 6:53:13 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: SoConPubbie

As long as both are in the race, Mitt has to focus on both, he has no choice. He has to divide his resources and his attention.

As long as both are in the race he won’t lose decisively.


31 posted on 02/14/2012 6:54:30 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Texas Fossil
Elect Santorum President, but let Newt lead the charge.

Excellent example of why the GOP is headed for defeat, engineered not by "the establishment" but by conservatives.

If Newt is the man to lead the charge then he is the man to be president, not some weaselly Ashley Wilkes waiting in the wings for Newt to do all the heavy lifting and taking the flack.

32 posted on 02/14/2012 6:55:08 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SoConPubbie

If either drops out, Mitt will be able to handily destroy the remaining candidate by being able to solely focus on that one remaining candidate.

The only reason Mitt could destroy Newt is that conservatives had another candidate that they could turn to. If Newt dropped out, it wouldn’t matter what Romney did.


33 posted on 02/14/2012 6:57:11 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: okie01
we don't know yet whether Santorum can hold up over the long haul.

Yes. Even now the Leftwing enemy is probing Santorum's defenses, looking for weakness, vulnerable issues, potential checkmate gambits. I see the possibility of several, and assess Santorum's chances of winning the White House at 5% or less.

34 posted on 02/14/2012 7:01:41 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

Some have suggested that if Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum were to drop out of the presidential race, their supporters would combine to provide the votes needed defeat Mitt Romney. Polling suggests this is not necessarily the case.

A recent poll in South Carolina suggests that a significant number of Gingrich supporters would back Romney if Gingrich left the race, or if Santorum left the race a significant number of his supporters would also back Romney.


35 posted on 02/14/2012 7:02:41 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: freedomfiter2; Linda Frances
The only reason Mitt could destroy Newt is that conservatives had another candidate that they could turn to. If Newt dropped out, it wouldn’t matter what Romney did.

See post #35.
36 posted on 02/14/2012 7:13:47 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: freedomfiter2; Linda Frances
As long as both are in the race he won’t lose decisively.

Once again, see post #35.
37 posted on 02/14/2012 7:15:14 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: svcw

Why would Gingrich endorse Santorum, Gingrich is still in the race.

I think they mean for Michigan only since Gingrich is not running there. Kinda what Santorum did for Newt in Florida since Santorum was not running in Florida.


38 posted on 02/14/2012 7:16:41 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

I missed Santorum endorsing Gingrich in Florida.


39 posted on 02/14/2012 7:19:43 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: napscoordinator
"Kinda what Santorum did for Newt in Florida since Santorum was not running in Florida."

I must have missed that, because what I saw was santorum stand almost unnoticed on the sidelines. Only coming out of the shadows long enough to launch unprovoked attackes and then slinking back into the shadows. It seemed very opportunistic and sleazy to me.
40 posted on 02/14/2012 7:24:31 PM PST by JoSixChip (Top 10% of wage earners pay 70% of total income taxes collected. Bottom 50% pay less then 3%, fair?)
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To: Lucas McCain

No need to act like the proverbial three monkeys.

Check this out: (Nearly 20% different in favorability ratings between Santorum and Gingrich: Gingrich is finishing last in MI. He’s toast)

This is an excerpt from Public Policy Polling. “Rick Santorum has all the momentum in Michigan right now,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a press release. “But it’s important to note that more than 50 percent of voters say they could change their minds in the next two weeks. There’s a lot of room for this race to shift back toward Romney in the coming days.”

“Voters were more likely to have a favorable opinion of Santorum (67 percent) than Romney (49 percent) in the PPP poll.”

“If Gingrich dropped out of the GOP presidential nomination race, his support is more likely to flow to Santorum than Romney, the poll indicates. If just Romney, Santorum and Paul were in the race, Santorum would get 48 percent (up from 39 percent if Gingrich were in) and Romney 27 (up from 24 percent).”


41 posted on 02/14/2012 7:37:11 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Voting for santorum is like voting to give Bush a third term. I for one have had enough of compassionate conservatism and I have no desire to elect richy cuningham to position of POTUS. Newt is the only candidate with a record of conservative legislative accomplishments. That is just a fact.


42 posted on 02/14/2012 7:47:17 PM PST by JoSixChip (Top 10% of wage earners pay 70% of total income taxes collected. Bottom 50% pay less then 3%, fair?)
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To: Steelfish
romney desparate, romney desparate
43 posted on 02/14/2012 8:48:14 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Steelfish

I understood Gingrich wasn’t actively campaigning in Michigan, so Santorum should have a clear field to attack Romney (with Romney of course attacking back).

I would be surprised if Gingrich or his SuperPac tried to tear Santorum down in Michigan just to give Romney a victory. Remember, Gingrich said after Iowa that his number one goal was to stop Romney any way he could, even if he had to sacrifice himself.

If he started attacking Santorum in states where Gingrich couldn’t win, that would be the opposite of what he said he would do.


44 posted on 02/14/2012 8:57:30 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: VinL

Wasn’t that the story where Adelson said he might give $10 million to attack Rick Santorum, because if Newt couldn’t win, he wanted Romney to win because he thought Santorum was unelectable?


45 posted on 02/14/2012 9:12:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Gator113

Hopefully not before he beats Romney in Michigan. If Romney wins Michigan, the news media will be non-stop “Romney has overcome his downturn and is back on the inevitable path to victory”.

I know it won’t be true, and yes, we could still possible stop him, but beating him in Michigan seems doable now, and it would be to Gingrich’s advantage as well as all conservatives to have Romney lose that state.


46 posted on 02/14/2012 9:14:39 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: JoSixChip

Santorum did not endorse Gingrich in Florida, nor would I expect Gingrich to do so in Michigan. But Santorum didn’t run any ads in Florida, and his SuperPac didn’t run any ads either. He certainly didn’t run ads attacking Gingrich in Florida. He wasn’t even IN florida for several days, he went home, and then went out to try to slow Romney in Nevada.

That’s all I would expect from Gingrich — not to run ads attacking Santorum in Michigan, and for his SuperPac not to attack Santorum in Michigan. Gingrich can’t win Michigan, he’s not competing there, so if they were to attack Santorum there, it would only for one purpose — to give Romney the win in Michigan.


47 posted on 02/14/2012 9:19:52 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Hey Charles Wayne- that was the story- and what a fiction it was. I’m hoping Adelson gives the money to Newt- because I believe Newt would make the best President out of the bunch.

But, that Adelson is giving money to Newt so that he can split the conservative vote— that’s nonsense. If Romney wanted Newt in the race for that purpose, Romney wouldn’t still be spending millions running the negative ads in Migh— where Newt isn’t even campaigning. Or- having his mouthpieces in the media, calling on Newt to step down.

If Adelson gives Newt money— it’s for Newt to win.


48 posted on 02/14/2012 9:28:20 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Agreed.


49 posted on 02/14/2012 9:53:32 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Steelfish

We want Newt to win and never drop out because he has a ruthless brilliance the rest don’t have. He would be the best president ever.


50 posted on 02/14/2012 10:32:04 PM PST by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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