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On the robocall, Santorum endorsing ... Romney? (endorsed in 2008)
Right Scoop ^ | 022012 | Bob Campbell

Posted on 02/20/2012 7:26:23 PM PST by Fred

This is pretty low. Buzzfeed unearthed a 2008 interview of Santorum endorsing Romney for president and now either Romney or his SuperPAC is robo-calling citizens of Michigan with the same 2008 audio of Santorum’s endorsement. Via Detroit Free Press:

Some Michiganders — this reporter included — got what may have been a surprising call over the weekend: Romney’s chief rival Rick Santorum endorsing Mitt Romney.

The endorsement was in 2008, when Romney was running for president (and Santorum wasn’t). In an interview about the endorsement at the time, Santorum said he hesitated about who to endorse but decided on Romney as the best alternative to John McCain. The robocall was presumably paid for by either the campaign or the Super PAC supporting Romney.

After a short introduction in the automated call to Michigan voters, Santorum says: “If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

here is the audio that has been all over the place



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvm6pZNn-_M&feature=player_embedded

(Excerpt) Read more at therightscoop.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; romney; santorum; teaparty
An absolute NO BRAINER what did Santorum expect...I am sure we get an ear full at the next debate too.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 7:26:28 PM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

If I’m not mistaken, Romney was the favored candidate over McCain at the time. So I don’t consider this endorsement as a good reason to discredit Rick. On the other hand, the Specter endorsement was a catastrophic choice that arguably resulted in a lot of bad law.

Don’t be a statist — vote Newt 2012 !!!


2 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:50 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Fred

Jim Robinson and I endorsed Huckabee over Romney.

But I have since forgiven Santorum for 2008. He’s human.

Btw, when Rick was on Huckabee’s show last month, Huck raked him over the coals about it. “Romney, seriously???” Rick admitted he goofed up big time!!!


3 posted on 02/20/2012 7:37:20 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: Gene Eric

Who did Newt endorse in the 2008 primary? Just asking......


4 posted on 02/20/2012 7:38:52 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

This may have an opposite effect. Perhaps people will be turned off by Mitt’s desperation.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 7:40:18 PM PST by bushinohio
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To: Fred

Is it so difficult to understand that the context of that endorsement was a “choice” between McCain and Romney? If that’s the best/worst they can throw at Santorum it seems pretty lame. In hind sight, considering what a weak a** general election campaign Snarling John ran, Romney might have been the better choice in a year when anybody the Republicans put up would have had an uphill climb.


6 posted on 02/20/2012 7:41:21 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: bushinohio

Oh, for sure. It’s such a pathetic move for Willard. But hey, what’s new? Most of his moves are.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 7:46:09 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: katana

Willard the Massachusetts Liberal is never the better choice, imho. Ever!


8 posted on 02/20/2012 7:47:55 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

A truly cunning rejoinder you got there.


9 posted on 02/20/2012 7:48:07 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Fred

Rick Santorum Campaigns With Mitt Romney in 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu50Hb61jVQ

“If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.” - Rick Santorum, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvm6pZNn-_M


10 posted on 02/20/2012 7:56:12 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: katana

What is even worse is how Santorum did not want to support Juanito because he did not support DOMA. Romney, as gov., was a big supporter of same sex marriage, he even had the marriage licenses changed.

Zero cred on the endorsement.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 7:59:23 PM PST by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: CainConservative

September 29, 2007

Newt Gingrich told FOX News Saturday that he won’t run for president in 2008.

“For the moment, I’m just going to watch the race,” Gingrich told FOX News in an exclusive interview.

Gingrich would not endorse a specific candidate.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298597,00.html


12 posted on 02/20/2012 8:02:29 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: CainConservative

So far as I can tell, he was disengaged from that race — he apparently endorsed nobody at all.

At least, I’ve asked that question a bunch of times, and the only answer I get is to accuse me of trying to imply something.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 8:04:36 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: katana

You are correct and people know this. 2008 was a bad year of candidates and we all knew McCain was the weakest. If you go back to that time, most of us on this site were hoping that Romney would defeat McCain. In the four years since, we’ve come to realize that Romney was/is just as bad as Juan.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 8:16:21 PM PST by bushinohio
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To: katana

Everyone involved in politics makes an endorsement or two that he lives to regret; primarily because the person endorsed for one election changes considerably by the next election cycle.

I’ve spent political capital that I’ve later regreted...always because the one endorsed abandoned their ideals and principles.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 8:16:31 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Incorrect.


16 posted on 02/20/2012 8:20:01 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

We don’t know it’s Romney. It could be the Gingrich SuperPac, trying to discredit Romney like the Gingrich supporters here keep doing by harping on this endorsement.

Remember, the goal of the Superpac is no longer to stop Romney, but to stop Santorum. If they can help Romney win Michigan, they will have achieved their goal.

We should know who is doing this, because everybody is supposed to identify their sponsorship in these robocalls — but the article suggests the author didn’t hear that sponsorship, since the article guesses who is running the ad.

I certainly wouldn’t put it past Romney or the Romney superpac either. So many enemies to choose from.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 8:21:26 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Marguerite

Thanks.


18 posted on 02/20/2012 8:23:36 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I bet you $10K it’s Willard’s idea or one of his stooges. But he signed on DEFINITELY.


19 posted on 02/20/2012 8:26:01 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: All
The fact is is that Romney will lick all the septic tank caps in any state if that will win their vote. I am no Rick fan but Romney is the wierdest Republican candidate in my lifetime and his desperation to become President is frightening.
20 posted on 02/20/2012 8:31:42 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

The determination of the communists to keep their power and grow it is what frightens me.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 8:39:18 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: liberty or death

The determination of the communists to keep their power and grow it is what frightens me.


22 posted on 02/20/2012 8:39:39 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Fred
I got that call. People wanted to stop McCain. A lot of conservatives endorsed Romney for that reason. He was the best chance to stop McCain.

For the record, I protest voted for Ron Paul that time. I've voting Santorum this time.

23 posted on 02/20/2012 8:45:38 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I got the call. It was Romney.


24 posted on 02/20/2012 8:47:32 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: Darren McCarty

I’m pretty sure this same thing happened in South Carolina, only to Jim DeMint.

I would think it would be hard to get any endorsements once people see you pulling stuff like this.


25 posted on 02/20/2012 8:50:59 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Aria

Aria, it’s called Progressives...it just sounds so sweet.
100 years from now the “Progressives” will have killed 500 million people and need to pick a new name.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 8:52:58 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: CainConservative

This article says Newt at least said McCain would be an acceptable nominee at CPAC in 2008, however at the end of the article it says he was not giving his endorsement or supporting him. Newt also had some very wise and prescient warnings for Republicans which, like much of everything else Newt says, they should have listened to, because he was and still is the smartest politician in the room...

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/09/gingrich-gives-nod-to-mccain-presidential-run/

He said he had traveled to Idaho last weekend, when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama attracted a crowd of at least 16,000 in Boise, and that the ability of a Senate Democrat to attract a crowd of that size in that solidly-red state was “inconceivable.”

“On Super Tuesday, there were 14.6 million Democrats who thought the presidential nomination was worth voting for, and there were 8.3 million Republicans” who felt the same, he said. “That is a warning of a catastrophic election.”

He said there was “something happening” in the country that conservatives did not understand, and “I believe we need to change or expect defeat.”

Gingrich – who made a grand entrance Saturday to a recording of “Stars and Stripes Forever” – received a far different welcome from the conservative crowd. “We need you, Newt!” called one member of the audience.

The former Georgia congressman had weighed his own 2008 presidential run before abandoning the idea late last year. In the 2007 CPAC presidential straw poll, only Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani earned more first- and second-place votes.

He did not say Saturday whether he officially endorsed or would actively support McCain.


27 posted on 02/20/2012 9:05:00 PM PST by JediJones
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To: Fred

FDR supported Al Smith in 1924 and in 1928. In 1932, he took the nomination away from Smith.


28 posted on 02/20/2012 9:28:52 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Fred

FDR supported Al Smith in 1924 and in 1928. In 1932, he took the nomination away from Smith.


29 posted on 02/20/2012 9:29:19 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Fred

Mittens was a better choice than McCain in 08.


30 posted on 02/20/2012 9:45:04 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Fred

In 2008 the world was an entirely different place than it is today....if people don’t recognize that...and act accordingly, we are sunk.


31 posted on 02/20/2012 9:54:19 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: JediJones

Vote Skuzzy!


32 posted on 02/20/2012 10:13:41 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: CainConservative

“Who did Newt endorse in the 2008 primary? Just asking......”

I guess Newt didn’t endorse in 2008 while there was a contested primary, but he is certainly not clean and pure as the wind driven snow when it comes to bad endorsements. Dede in NY 23 in 2009 was as RINO as they come.


33 posted on 02/21/2012 3:21:19 AM PST by lquist1
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