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Five reasons why Mitt Romney’s Michigan and Arizona wins are a big deal
SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/28/12 | Richard Dunham, Hearst Washington Bureau

Posted on 02/28/2012 9:31:06 PM PST by SmithL

We’ve been reading for weeks about Mitt Romney’s demise as a presidential candidate.

For a candidate who’s been declared dead more often than Mark Twain, he’s showing surprising life.

In his victory speech in suburban Detroit, the Michigan native called his twin victories “a giant step toward a brighter future.”

Here are five reasons why the former Massachusetts governor’s wins in Michigan and Arizona are significant:

1. Considering how many mistakes Romney has made, he still won.

It was a rough week with a bushel of bad press. Remember the trees being the right size. And the multiple Cadillacs in the family garage. He still won.

2. He is resilient.

Romney dug himself a hole in Michigan. He was trailing in the polls. And he came from behind. If he’s going to beat President Obama, he’ll need to follow that same path.

3. His negative ads have been effective.

He outspent rival Rick Santorum and buried him with a barrage of negative ads. Santorum damaged himself with a weak debate performance in Arizona and a couple of campaign-trail gaffes. But Romney proved — once again — that he can shape public images of his rivals through skillful attack ads. Barack Obama: beware.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: election2012; romney
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The media is gonna love him, right until he gets the nomination.
1 posted on 02/28/2012 9:31:09 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

He will never go after Obama like he has the Republican candidates. I bet he calls him a decent man and shares a beer with him.


2 posted on 02/28/2012 9:34:27 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Ron Paul and Romney in alliance to take out the conservatives in this election)
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To: SmithL

Michigan Republican Delegate count Santorum 13 - Romney 15 - 2 available - http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MI-R


3 posted on 02/28/2012 9:35:35 PM PST by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: SmithL

I didn’t read 4 and 5 was either one that he gives a good speech? Because he does. Santorum sadly does not. Newt is pretty good but he comes and goes. Ron Paul speaks with the conviction of a zealot but ....


4 posted on 02/28/2012 9:36:25 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: SmithL
It's 2008 all over again.

Again, the msm has picked our candidate - John McCain II - in the form of mitt romney.

It is pathetic.
5 posted on 02/28/2012 9:36:57 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: SmithL

Romney will become a scared dog against Obama. The tactics he is using will not work against someone who has 5x the money and a sleze machine that makes Romney’s look like amateur hour.


6 posted on 02/28/2012 9:37:33 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Thunder90

Yep, we lose again...there’s not much difference between the two.............sigh


7 posted on 02/28/2012 9:39:57 PM PST by PeachyKeen
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To: SmithL

Mark Twain was only declared dead once, IIRC.


8 posted on 02/28/2012 9:40:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: FrankR

Mitt is not my fav, but McCain was a horrible candidate. He looked terribly old in 2000: At least Mitt is telegenic.


9 posted on 02/28/2012 9:44:40 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Williams
I didn’t read 4 and 5 was either one that he gives a good speech? Because he does. Santorum sadly does not. Newt is pretty good but he comes and goes. Ron Paul speaks with the conviction of a zealot but ....

Still pimpin' that Progressive Liberal Romney, I see.
10 posted on 02/28/2012 9:49:33 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SmithL

Yep, they’ll destroy him as a cult polygamist incarcerator and for his record of saying things about Corporations being people, when they are the hallmark of image of conformity business.


11 posted on 02/28/2012 10:02:12 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
At least Mitt is telegenic.

And, unlike McCain, when Mitt insults the base, it's not intentional; it's by accident.

12 posted on 02/28/2012 10:04:53 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

well, I guess there’s nothing like having a “pretty president”...huh?


13 posted on 02/28/2012 10:06:28 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Thunder90

Thanks for mentioning Obama’s money. The linked article praises Mitt’s allegedly skillful ads but all he did (to Gingrich and now to Santorum) was bury them under a money advantage.

If he’s the nominee he’ll find out what being buried feels like.


14 posted on 02/28/2012 10:07:22 PM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: SmithL
(Article)
....he can shape public images of his rivals through skillful attack ads. Barack Obama: beware.

Oh, yeah, Barky and the LSM are just shaking in their boots, lol.

This is like watching people shoot kittens in a barrel.

15 posted on 02/28/2012 10:07:30 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: okie01

And he smiles so sweetly when he insults...we just misunderstand.


16 posted on 02/28/2012 10:08:36 PM PST by berdie
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To: FrankR
It's 2008 all over again.

It's worse.

17 posted on 02/28/2012 10:10:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

“He will never go after Obama like he has the Republican candidates. I bet he calls him a decent man and shares a beer with him.”

You betcha - Juan McCain all over again. And Santorum won’t have the cajones (or the poise) to pull it off either. This is just sickening.

Newt is the ONLY one who can face off utterly, fearlessly and effectively against the SOB in Chief. It kills me how smug (and WRONG!) all the GOP elites and “conservative” pundits are about Romney and his supposed electability. When he loses to BHO, they’ll be clueless but have all kinds of excuses why.


18 posted on 02/28/2012 10:13:48 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: SmithL

For all those that so intently contributed to the Circular Firing Squad here you are now free to have your own circle jerk, you should take deep pride in you roll in helpking kill the Republic, you get to live in it.

Me, I am old, to old to care anymore.


19 posted on 02/28/2012 10:18:20 PM PST by itsahoot (Much easier to tear down a building, than to build one. Bigger mess though.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“He looked terribly old in 2000: At least Mitt is telegenic.”

And it’s that kind of deep thinking that reflects all the voters who’re saddling us with BHO Lite - Mittens Obomney.


20 posted on 02/28/2012 10:24:02 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: SmithL
I am supporting Newt. Romney can win without my help.

Too darn bad, people were not angry enough to want bold

changes of how our corrupt government works. (Go Newt)

21 posted on 02/28/2012 10:25:14 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Williams
I didn't read 4 or 5 either. Perhaps one of them is that the Dems voting in the GOP primary were (apparently) breaking for Santorum, and I have yet to hear a convincing reason why this is. (And, I write this as a Santorum supporter, however one who has lost considerable energy after Santorum's odd and foolish appeal to Dem voters.)

I'll vote for whomever gets the nod at the GOP convention...

NO THIRD PARTY SPOILERS!

.

22 posted on 02/28/2012 10:25:53 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: SmithL

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120228/NEWS15/120228049/Many-Democrats-voting-Santorum-Paul-deny-Romney-Michigan-win&odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE

Santorum probably wasn’t really that close, either.

It was probably more like a 9 point win for Romney without the open primary.


23 posted on 02/28/2012 10:28:03 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: SmithL
He outspent rival Rick Santorum and buried him with a barrage of negative ads.

This is the only part of the piece that had any real truth. A one trick pony. This is all Milt has because he has no issues and after all that money and destruction, he could only get a 3% advantage on Rick. This stooge is going to be a disaster in the General if he makes it unscathed next Tuesday.

24 posted on 02/28/2012 10:28:39 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Christie at the beach

“Too darn bad, people were not angry enough to want bold
changes of how our corrupt government works. (Go Newt)”

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Human beings can be very short-sighted.

Although we are already in the toilet socially and morally, in order for real Americans to be spurred into action, PALPABLE economic conditions will have to get much worse.

They will.


25 posted on 02/28/2012 10:31:18 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: ltc8k6

Dem crossovers were no different this year than in other years in MI. There is no way to tell anyone that Milt actually got 9% there.


26 posted on 02/28/2012 10:32:11 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SmithL; All
"The media is gonna love him, right until he gets the nomination."


27 posted on 02/28/2012 10:35:30 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SmithL

This article is such B.S. Mitt is the “underdog” or “comeback kid” now? He won his home state and another southwest state with a heavily Mormon population. BFD!!

The reality is he should have had MI sown up weeks ago. The fact that he had to fight like hell just to squeak out a 3 point victory in his HOME STATE speaks volumes about how weak a candidate he is.

So it is a big deal that he won tonight, ONLY because losing would have meant a possible campaign implosion. And for that reason, I see it as a missed opportunity for those of us fighting to preserve the integrity of the conservative movement.


28 posted on 02/28/2012 10:35:49 PM PST by lquist1
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To: Lazlo in PA
As Limbaugh reminded today, the Occupy Movement was invented to defeat Romney.

Obama is already campaigning as "the only candidate for the middle class." (Barf, yes. But the class warfare has only just begun.)

Gingrich could beat Obama just by hoisting him on his own petard. Romney can't do that. I don't see it in him. So what does Romney have? "I'm a good man and a good business man." I don't see that one captivating the nation.

29 posted on 02/28/2012 10:37:22 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: musicman

EXACTLY


30 posted on 02/28/2012 10:39:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Yes, Mitt will be a much better candidate than grumpy McCain was, even tho’ that is damning with faint praise. For one, the 2012 candidates can actually articulate sound arguments for what they believe in. It’s been a long time since we nominated a Republican like that.


31 posted on 02/28/2012 10:46:43 PM PST by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“This despite the fact that, according to exit polls, around 10% of the voters in the GOP primary are Democrats. In an echo of Rush Limbaugh’s 2008 “Operation Chaos,” Democrats and union officials have urged their followers to vote for Santorum so as to promote a weak Republican nominee. Michael Moore advised his fans to vote for Santorum, which probably produced six or seven ballots. Still, if 10% of the voters in the primary were Democrats, and if 80% of them voted for Santorum–a conservative estimate–it added 6% to his total. If my arithmetic is correct, that means that if Romney wins by, say, five points, he actually won by 11 points among Republicans. Right? No doubt a reader will correct my math, but that should be in the ballpark.”


I think it’s likely a fair estimate, unfortunately...

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/02/a-big-night-for-mitt-romney.php


32 posted on 02/28/2012 10:50:56 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: EyeGuy

What will it take to get people to wake up? This is very frustrating. If we could unite, we could have a person to bring real changes. Has to be a real desire for a battle to have a change.


33 posted on 02/28/2012 11:13:30 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Seaplaner
I am with you. I think they are hoping disillusioned Republicans will go for a Third party and dilute the vote in favor of Obama. AmericansElect.org is in the process of getting a place on the Presidential Ballot in all 50 states where they will drop in the name of the yet to be determined winner of the Americans Elect primary which I think is in June and they already have a space reserved in several states. How the heck can your party be on the ballot already without a candidate named? Sounds pretty fishy to me like a big set up to get Obama elected at all costs. No 3rd party for me!
34 posted on 02/28/2012 11:19:08 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: funfan

From what I saw on TV, Doug Schoen was saying he wanted “centrists” and “moderates” on the Americans Elect ticket. I know he name-dropped a few but I can’t recall who. They sounded like they were leaning more to the liberal side though, as “moderates” as defined by the media tend to. Schoen and Pat Cadell were the ones who wrote this editorial saying Obama should step down and let Hillary take over this year:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203611404577041950781477944.html

They may act just as much as a spoiler against Obama as against the Republican. In fact, Hillary is probably their dream candidate. They may really have this dream that a “moderate” can win the election. But at this point I think it’s just as likely they pick someone who takes away votes from Obama as much as from the Republican.


35 posted on 02/28/2012 11:52:57 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: Williams

Mitt gives an OK speech if you consider reminding the world that your wife drives a couple of Cadillacs is OK. Obama is going to have a field day with his melanin deficient twin.


36 posted on 02/28/2012 11:53:00 PM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, dangerous homosexualist and lying socialist)
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To: SmithL
THe article states:
Well, they'd better think about it ... because WILLARD's UNELECTABLE!!!


For more on Santorum's success, read:
Let me add this article:



The only way we, the conservatives, will lose to the Kenyan Turd is IF the "Establishment Republicans" REFUSE to support the Republican Nominee.
Now the "Republican Establishment's" hatred for conservatives is well known.
Jon Bershad wrote about Rush's analysis of their PANIC.


How many times has the "Republican Establishment" treated us to one lecture after the other on the need for “compromise” and “patience.”?
After we elect and RE-elect the "Republican Establishment", they conduct themselves with none of the confidence and enthusiasm with which they expressed themselves on the campaign trail.
It may be worth it for the GOP to lose some elections - if it means that conservatives—and the country—will ultimately win.

If we didn’t know it before, WE ... the Tea Partiers, now knows that accepting short-term loss in exchange for long-term gain is the essence of compromise, the essence of politics.

Ironically, we can thank the "Republican Establishment" for impressing this so indelibly upon us!!!
I'm fresh out of "patience", and I'm not in the mood for "compromise".
"COMPROMISE" to me is a dirty word.
Let the RINO's compromise their values, with the conservatives, for a change.

My dislike for the Democratic Party is second to none.
But my ... LOATHING ... for the "Establishment Republicans" ... is even stronger!
The "Establishment Republicans" can go to hell!
37 posted on 02/28/2012 11:53:54 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: SmithL

“The media is gonna love him, right until he gets the nomination.”

Yep. McCain without a service record or pro-life credentials. McCain crashed and burned. Bishop Willard will not even get off the runway.


38 posted on 02/28/2012 11:59:24 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“At least Mitt is telegenic.”

In a rigid, mortician kind of way.


39 posted on 02/29/2012 12:00:54 AM PST by Psalm 144
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To: EyeGuy

Your calculus is in accord with mine. Crash, burn, clear the rubbish, build anew.


40 posted on 02/29/2012 12:03:43 AM PST by Psalm 144
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To: JediJones
On the AmericanElect ticket the winning primary candidate
has to choose a running mate from the opposite party I think
so they can work together in a partisan fashion so they say.
This whole thing is weird if this was such a great idea why didn't they call for this when Obama was running the first time? Obama could have chosen Palin as his running mate instead of Biden. Also Obama is a candidate on the Americans Elect site so is Ron Paul I think that is weird. I gotta go and find my tin foil hat and finish watching the X Files-things are just not adding up
41 posted on 02/29/2012 12:07:37 AM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: JediJones
On the AmericanElect ticket the winning primary candidate
has to choose a running mate from the opposite party I think
so they can work together in a partisan fashion so they say.
This whole thing is weird if this was such a great idea why didn't they call for this when Obama was running the first time? Obama could have chosen Palin as his running mate instead of Biden. Also Obama is a candidate on the Americans Elect site so is Ron Paul I think that is weird. I gotta go and find my tin foil hat and finish watching the X Files-things are just not adding up
42 posted on 02/29/2012 12:10:18 AM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: SmithL

The republican party is not worth a hill of beans anymore. It is looking more and more like it needs to die out.


43 posted on 02/29/2012 12:32:38 AM PST by Mozilla (Defeat Romney first then defeat Obama)
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To: JudgemAll

I dunno, I think this whole contraception and religious liberty blow up will act as a prophylactic against media criticism of his Mormon background. As much as I personally think Mormonism is a cult, Mitt will likely not have to suffer too much media ridicule, though Mormonism will be put under the microscope.


44 posted on 02/29/2012 2:16:35 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Psalm 144
“At least Mitt is telegenic.”

In a rigid, mortician kind of way.

LOL. You nailed it!

45 posted on 02/29/2012 4:24:14 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SmithL

Inclusive in all of those posted—is the fact that Romney divides the GOP as much as Obama has divided America. If I want Obama I will vote for Obama not the paler shade of Obama.


46 posted on 02/29/2012 5:08:02 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Mozilla
The republican party is not worth a hill of beans anymore. It is looking more and more like it needs to die out.

The way I see it, I'm done voting for somebody with an (R) next to their name just because they have an (R) next to their name. In the future, if they want my vote, they better act conservative, or watch as I vote for a conservative third party candidate.

I'm done bending over and spreading for the RINOs who are running this party.
47 posted on 02/29/2012 6:43:45 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m not pimping anyone Romney is the better speech maker of the group hands down. It’s a little thing called reality.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 9:12:43 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: itsahoot
For all those that so intently contributed to the Circular Firing Squad here you are now free to have your own circle jerk, you should take deep pride in you roll in helping kill the Republic, you get to live in it.

Bears repeating

49 posted on 02/29/2012 9:15:03 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: Williams

Some people have a hard time acepting reality. We’ve been through many candidates and this is what we’re left with. Newt’s numbers just aren’t there and Santorum will never win the general. Newt and Rick are going to split the votes in the south. Who is that going to help? I’m guessing people didn’t even listen to Romney’s speech last night. He took it to obama pretty darn good. When you consider that he’s taken incoming from the left and the right and in spite of splitting the vote four ways is still surviving. At what point do we stop dismissing the actual voters who are keeping him in? He even took a nice chunk of the senior vote. At this point I’m going with a reality.


50 posted on 02/29/2012 9:20:55 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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