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Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’ (Anonymous Coward)
ABC The Note ^ | Jonathan Karl

Posted on 02/18/2012 7:19:05 AM PST by Windy City Conservative

A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity. The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not. “We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win the state in which he grew up. “He’d be too damaged,” he said. “If he can’t even win in Michigan, where his family is from, where he grew up.” What about Rick Santorum? “He’d lose 35 states,” the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich. It would have to be somebody else, the senator said. Who? “Jeb Bush,” the former Florida governor.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Georgia; US: Massachusetts; US: Michigan; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: florida; georgia; gope; jebbush; massachusetts; michigan; mittromney; newtgingrich; pennsylvania; ricksantorum; unnamedsources
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To: conservativejoy

You can use it, if you meet those two ladies again:)

51 posted on 02/18/2012 12:02:03 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: conservativejoy

Great response! Most people think and speak in little slogans they have heard over and over again. Hope n change, hope n change. Newt is flawed, Newt is flawed. Romney is inevitable, Romney is inevitable. O baaaaa ma, O baaaaaaa ma.

It’s great that you challenged the chant with a complete thought. That was brave and merciful.

52 posted on 02/18/2012 12:12:39 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: conservativejoy
Very, VERY inspiring.

How many people would even bother to explain to those ladies?

I really think this is exactly what Newt means by
"Please don't vote for me, vote WITH me!"

53 posted on 02/18/2012 12:56:01 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: b9; conservativejoy
Actually, Newt says,
"Please don't vote for me, vote WITH me. I can't do it alone!"
54 posted on 02/18/2012 1:00:30 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: staytrue
33 posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:35:38 AM by staytrue: “Speaking of “anonymous cowards”, how about we all post under our real names and give our addresses out too ?”

Some of us do.

When people are anonymous, they can sound real tough behind a keyboard. Accountability is one reason why I use my real name. However, I understand why some people can't use real names due to potential political or personal retributions.

55 posted on 02/18/2012 3:00:09 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: conservativejoy

The singluar thing Romney has in his favor is percieved electability. I fail to see what good that does in the VP slot.

56 posted on 02/18/2012 10:07:41 PM PST by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: Marguerite; conservativejoy

Awesome posts by both of you! Thank you so much!

Personally, I’ve looked at the candidates, and how they governed while in office. Newt, by far, is the best and most conservative candidate we have now.

57 posted on 02/19/2012 12:42:58 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Timber Rattler

At this stage I am utterly convinced that the GOP-E would rather lose with Romney than win with any true Conservative.

In fact, I am actually pretty convinced they have written off the 2012 election and are going to be perfectly happy to stay in the minority, as long as they continue to hold the House.

The possibility of a genuine Conservative who would come in with an actual intention to clean out Washington is the last thing they want. Things are good — for them — and that’s all they care about.

58 posted on 02/19/2012 1:38:38 AM PST by Ronin (VOTE NEWT! He's Not Romney! Huh? He did?? Scratch that! GO SANTORUM!!!)
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To: Windy City Conservative
Since when does ABC hide the identity of a Republican who thumbs fellow Republicans in the eye?

Not that I doubt that there are any.

But I also don't doubt that ABC is not above making stuff up to rake the muck.

59 posted on 02/19/2012 1:54:53 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Personal Responsibility

A VP slot will not sit well with Romney, but given the political agenda of the Mormon church, he may be ordered to take it, to position him for another run at the Presidency.
I don’t think he would be Rick’s choice if the GOP E doesn’t strong arm a deal in the event neither has enough delegates to stand alone.

I can’t bring myself to vote for a ticket that has Romney on it, period. I hope we don’t reach a place where that happens. A lot can change in a short period of time, as we’ve seen, and we just have to keep working toward the best ticket we can get.

Thanks for your post.

60 posted on 02/19/2012 2:50:14 AM PST by conservativejoy
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To: Windy City Conservative

I would rather get killed with a candidate that I picked than one that was picked for me.

Senator ,take your pick and shove it.

61 posted on 02/19/2012 10:47:15 AM PST by Venturer
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To: presently no screen name; redgolum
Why is flawed used for Newt and not the other candidates?

Newt is flawed. Mitt is repugnant.

I'll vote for flawed. I won't vote for repugnant.

62 posted on 02/19/2012 1:06:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I agree. But can you imagine the amount of dirt on Newt? Most of it is known, but it will be paraded out all over again.

63 posted on 02/19/2012 6:17:38 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m voting for you !

64 posted on 02/19/2012 8:43:21 PM PST by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my light bulbs !)
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To: Windy City Conservative

“They think Newt or Santorum would lose 35 States?!”

Yes they do. latest head to head polls had Newt down 18 points vs Obama. He’s a better candidate than Dole was in 1996, but his negatives are sky high, and Obama will not have to work that hard to keep those negatives high, with the media helping him.

Doubtful Santorum would do that poorly, but the media hates him and is on a search and destroy mission. The media will not stop until every liberal loathes Santorum with a passion and they will go 24/7 to make the election about birth control and gays etc. instead of about job and economy.

“If so, then Conservatvism is dead, at least in the Republican Party. “
Not really. We just need an electable conservative, fierce, disciplined and without any skeletons in the closet.

65 posted on 02/20/2012 8:45:54 AM PST by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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——“They think Newt or Santorum would lose 35 States?!”
Yes they do.——

If Santorum loses, it will be completely over, because he would be our best candidate since Reagan (think of the others). Might as well go down with a true conservative.

But with the economy the way it is, I suspect a Reagan-sized landslide.

66 posted on 02/20/2012 8:57:11 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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