Skip to comments.Tied up in Michigan (Santorum slipping)
Posted on 02/22/2012 8:07:25 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
Tied up in Michigan: New NBC/Marist poll -- Romney 37%, Santorum 35%, Paul 13%, Gingrich 8%... But NBC/Marist also has Romney with a sizable lead in Arizona Romney 43%, Santorum 27%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 11%...
Organization is helping Romney in both states (see his early-voting/absentee advantage), but ideology is hurting him (Tea Party supporters and conservatives breaking toward Santorum) General-election numbers: Obama leads in Michigan, but trails in Arizona Three questions heading into tonights GOP debate in Arizona Its the 20th of the cycle, and it begins at 8:00 pm ET And Obamas corporate-tax plan.
Less than a week before Tuesdays crucial GOP presidential primary in Michigan -- and before tonights debate in Arizona -- a new NBC/Marist poll finds Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum locked in a statistical tie in Michigan, while a separate NBC/Marist survey shows Romney comfortably leading in Arizona.
The Michigan numbers among likely Republican primary voters: Romney 37%, Santorum 35%, Paul 13%, and Gingrich 8%. The Arizona figures: Romney 43%, Santorum 27%, Gingrich 16%, and Paul 11%. Michigan is neck and neck, says pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted both surveys (Feb. 19-20).
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■FACT: Santorum was a prolific supporter of earmarks, having requested billions of dollars for pork projects in Pennsylvania while he was in Congress. (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Rick Santorum)
■FACT: The announcements flowed out of Rick Santorums Senate office: a $3.5 million federal grant to Piasecki Aircraft to help it test a new helicopter propeller technology; another $3.5 million to JLG Industries to bolster its bid to build all-terrain forklifts for the military; $1.4 million to Medico Industries to upgrade equipment for its munitions work. But an examination of Mr. Santorums earmark record sheds light on another aspect of his political personality, one that is at odds with the reformer image he has tried to convey on the trail: his prowess as a Washington insider. A review of some of his earmarks, viewed alongside his political donations, suggests that the river of federal money Mr. Santorum helped direct to Pennsylvania paid off handsomely in the form of campaign cash. (Michael Luo and Mike McIntire, The New York Times, 1/15/12)
■FACT: Santorum voted for the 2005 highway bill, which included hundreds of earmarks, including the bridge to nowhere, a teapot museum. (H.R. 3, Roll Call Vote #220, 7/29/05)
■FACT: Santorum supported the Bridge to Nowhere twice. Santorum voted for the 2005 highway bill that included thousands of wasteful earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, in a separate vote, Santorum had the audacity to vote to continue funding the Bridge to Nowhere rather than send the money to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Rick Santorum)
■FACT: Santorum admitted he voted for bridge, and defended vote: People say that I voted for The Bridge to Nowhere. I did. I went with the federalist argument, which is, Who am I in Pennsylvania to tell Alaska what their highway priorities should be? (William Petroski, Des Moines Register, 12/29/11) In a single session, Rick Santorum co-sponsored 51 bills to increase spending And zero to cut spending.
■FACT: In the 2003-2004 session of Congress, Santorum sponsored or cosponsored 51 bills to increase spending, and failed to sponsor or co-sponsor even one spending cut proposal. (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Former Senator Rick Santorum) Rick Santorum even voted to raise his own pay.
■FACT: Santorum also supported raising congressional pay at least three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2003. (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Former Senator Rick Santorum)
■FACT: Santorum voted three times in 2001, 2002 and 2003 to preserve Congressional pay increases. (Roll Call Vote #360, 12/7/01; Roll Call Vote #242, 11/13/02; Roll Call Vote #406, 10/23/03) Rick Santorum joined Hillary Clinton to let convicted felons vote.
■FACT: In 2002, Santorum voted to secure the Federal voting rights of certain qualified persons who have served their sentences. Santorum was one of only three Republican senators to vote with Sen. Hillary Clinton for the measure, which failed in the Senate. (S. 565, Roll Call Vote #31, 2/14/02)
■FACT: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who sponsored the measure, on the purpose of his amendment: Basically what this amendment does is ensure that ex-felons, people who have fully served their sentences, have completed their probation, have completed their parole, should not be denied their right to vote. (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks on the Senate Floor, 2/14/02)
Why? They wouldn't vote for Obama in the general under ANY circumstances.
Early voting is an abomination. Probably even the work of.....Satan
LOL! Well yes! To ward off such EEeevilll, just put on your blessed Sweater Vest, wave your finger in judgment, and remind everybody that they all living their lives wrongly and that you are the definition of all things pure and HOLY!
I’m loyal to conservatism and to liberty, not to any politician.
Romney’s negative ad campaign has only effected a 4% dip. Not bad.
The debate tonight will be decisive. Rick can reintroduce himself.
Rick will also have to hit Romney hard. He should go after Romneycare and his abortion flip-flops.
Ahhh, what the hell. I can dream.
I agree with you, but you used that word in post#26:)
The debate could very well be Rick’s night to shine.
Anyone but Romney.
In 2004, when Romney was shilling for Planned Parenthood, their political arm made an Internet cartoon featuring Choice Chick, Kerry and Edwards against Bush, Cheney, robot judges and Rick Santorum! Could anyone dig that one up?
It was discussed here at the time. But it was a Flash movie and not a YouTube video, and the links to the original site don’t work anymore.
Oh, give it up psycho. Santorum has been rated one of the more consistently conservative legislators by organizations that make it their business to determine who’s conservative and who is not. And he stayed conservative even when it hurt his re-election chances, badly, by maintaining his support for President Bush and the Iraq war in a Democrat-leaning state, when even most establishment Republicans were dumping on Bush. But you don’t think Santorum is a legitimate conservative. Could it be he’s just not your preferred conservative?
Keep putting your laundry list together...no one is bothering to read it anyway.
I stand by my comments.
More like millions of dollars of sleazy ads by the Romney attack machine vs. momentum.