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McCain: Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November
newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 12:55 PM | Martin Gould

Posted on 02/29/2012 1:35:00 PM PST by Red Steel

Mitt Romney could be too wounded from the drawn-out and increasingly bitter Republican primary battle to be an effective candidate against President Barack Obama, leading supporter Sen. John McCain suggests.

And the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate called on all four candidates left in the race to tone down the intra-party attacks and concentrate on policies.

“This is like watching a Greek tragedy,” McCain told the Boston Herald, saying that negative campaigning and increasingly personal attacks “should have stopped long ago.”

“Any utility from the debates has been exhausted, and now it’s just exchanging cheap shots and personal shots followed by super PAC attacks,” said the senior senator from Arizona, one of two states with primaries today.

McCain endorsed Romney in early January and says he remains convinced that his man will win the nomination. “I know he’s going to be the nominee, but I also worry about how much damage has been done,” McCain said. “Once we get this over, the more we’ll be focused on Obama’s failures.”

McCain said the current campaign is far worse than the bitter 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton. “That was nothing compared to this,” he said. “The worst you got then was, ‘What are you going to do if you get that phone call at 3 in morning? Compare that to ‘Massachusetts liberal’ and “Romneycare’ . . . These people are not respectful.”

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Aaaaw, it's just toooo bad McCain that your candidate is toooooo liberal and has been called on it. Poor Johnny - Waaaah....
1 posted on 02/29/2012 1:35:06 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Great, John. Will you endorse Newt then??


2 posted on 02/29/2012 1:37:34 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Red Steel

Who are ‘these people’? Voters????? Criticizing Romneycare is disrespectful?

Poor McCain - he is beyond help.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 1:42:08 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Red Steel

McCain, a loser picking his loser successor.


4 posted on 02/29/2012 1:42:20 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Red Steel

live by the sword, die by the sword.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 1:42:20 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Red Steel

John, even a “wounded” Mittens is more viable than you were, you dried-up old dog turd.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 1:42:51 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Red Steel

Translation, if we lose its those evil conservative’s fault, not us RINO’s.

I love it, just love it. Another RINO nominee will join the ranks of Ford, Dole, Bush Sr., and McCain as a loser. Yet, the establishment will continue to rationalize away the fact that their chosen candidates lack the ability to win. Oh no, its not that these country clubber, ruling class morons sucked. It is the fact that somehow it was the fault of those evil conservatives. Insert some RINO gabalteegook about Goldwater here. Yep, we had one conservative candidate lose in a landslide to their soon to be 5 losers. Oh, and just pretend Reagan away and/or revise history by calling him a moderate.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 1:43:01 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Red Steel
"Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November"

That's is like saying hitting someone with a pillow will make them too weak to go up against someone armed with a knife and a baseball bat. If Romney is too wounded from the questioning he is getting now, wait until he gets slammed by the MSM/Democrat attack machine.

Romney has simply been asked to explain his record and his positions. McCain thinks that leaves him “wounded”. The people who have been viciously attacked by the MSM are Bachmann, Newt and Santorum. Except for a few unfair allegations, Romney has for the most part been left alone.

Or maybe McCain wanted the Republicans to lose all along. And he is just trying to help Obama.

8 posted on 02/29/2012 1:44:26 PM PST by detective
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To: Red Steel

Just switch parties, Ace.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 1:44:26 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Red Steel

Wow. What a stab in the back. Wasn’t McCain praising him just last night.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 1:46:40 PM PST by McGruff (The south shall rise again.)
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To: Red Steel

Well it was McCain’s boy that started it/continued it/and will undoubtedly finish it. Romney has destroyed the entire process with his vicious tactics and we may have to find someone new just to survive.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 1:47:09 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Red Steel; cotton1706

Very strange. McCain has made a number of almost conservative statements in the last week or so. Maybe he’s getting ready to mend his ways in his old age?

That said, this may be an indication that GOP central has finally acknowledged that Romney is simply not a likeable or winning candidate. McCain was actually a little more likeable (or at least one felt sorry for him), although I never felt he could win because he simply didn’t have the ideas or the feeling of future that a candidate needs in order to win.

The only candidate, in my opinion, who has a sense of future is Gingrich. While Obama has a totally detestable vision of our future, the thing that allowed him to win was this vague “hope and change” slogan, which made people think he had a vision of the future.

Palin had one, McCain didn’t. But maybe he’s suddenly realizing that this was what was lacking.


12 posted on 02/29/2012 1:47:39 PM PST by livius
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To: Red Steel

Just McCain trying to pitch his Campaign Finance Reform ideas again


13 posted on 02/29/2012 1:47:52 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Steel
Mitt Romney could be too wounded from the drawn-out and increasingly bitter Republican primary battle to be an effective candidate against President Barack Obama, leading supporter Sen. John McCain suggests.

Too wounded my ass!!

0bama is the better socialist liberal is the reason.

These RINO hacks are as sickening as the liberal hacks in their political ways.

14 posted on 02/29/2012 1:48:06 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Red Steel

Too late now McCain: Romney drew blood first-and now he’s going to lOSE just like you, ya loser!~


15 posted on 02/29/2012 1:51:32 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: Red Steel

So Romney is too wounded to win in November? Is that because Obambi is strong? Or is it because so little effort shall be put into carrying the fight to him, that Obambi wins not because he is the better candidate for the job, but because nobody else cares enough?

You puttin’ me on, John. A LOT of people care, and care in ways that have not yet been acknowledged. Obamai is not merely incompetent, he is openly hostile and malovent toward America. He insists on applying a command economy to America, a business model that rarely works anywhere, and certainly is not working here. When the Chinese Communists are cautioning Obambi to steer away from his present course, then that should be more than enough warning that merely wrenching from ditch to opposite ditch along some wretched little goat-path is no way to navigate the highway of life.

First you have to get back to the main road.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 1:53:59 PM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: livius
McCain's remarks aim for two objectives. One being to justify Romney's refusal to participate in any more debates, the other being to justify Romney's loss to Obama in the general.

McCain is not going to "mend his ways," and he is not going to intentionally undermine Romney.

17 posted on 02/29/2012 1:55:13 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: FlipWilson

Make no mistake, moderates and RINOs are lying manipulative scum. When a conservative candidate wins a primary in “their” party they will will happily toss an election to the democrats just to say “we told you so”.


18 posted on 02/29/2012 1:59:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cboldt

That’s probably true.

The only person who benefits from the cancellation of all debates is Romney (well, Santorum, who is also foot-in-mouth challenged, also benefits).

What all of the GOP establishment is desperate to prevent is a debate on ideas.


19 posted on 02/29/2012 1:59:20 PM PST by livius
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To: Red Steel

John McCain was the worst possible pick by GOP in 100 years.

He was old, he is short, he was fat, he was bald, he was ugly. Worst of all he is a maverick who craves attention by the MSM. I can’t think of a worst possible pick against a tall, lean, youthful, smooth talking community organizer capable of creating tingle up the legs of many in media.


20 posted on 02/29/2012 1:59:33 PM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Most tolerant religion? The oldest one.)
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To: red; trisham; Christie at the beach; hoosiermama

Damn you John McCain!

Where were you when Romney first used his vicious attacks on Newt Gingrich?

You know, the same type of vicious, smearing attacks ads that he used on you?

I’ll tell you where you were!

You were endorsing and campaigning with the vicious pro-abortion, anti-gun, lying lawyer, liberal!


21 posted on 02/29/2012 2:00:51 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Red Steel; SevenofNine; onyx
McCain: "Compare that to ‘Massachusetts liberal’ and “Romneycare’ . . . These people are not respectful.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/02/28/toughen-up-mitt-ercup/

22 posted on 02/29/2012 2:02:42 PM PST by monkapotamus
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To: Red Steel

McCain: Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November

Romnay was NEVER going to win in November. That he could have was just the spin driven by the media to help Obama..


23 posted on 02/29/2012 2:02:46 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New the media American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Cboldt

Pretty much agree - there’s a method to this madness. McCain IMHO has been sent out to deliver a message, lowering expectation and reserving the possibility that Jeb Bush or someone might have to be brought in at a brokered convention. I think he’s just been told to intentionally leak some of the strategery of the Wizards of Smart who will determine who the candidate will be ;-)

Garand-damn-teed they are not thinking it would ever be “You-know-who”, least of all McLame.


24 posted on 02/29/2012 2:02:51 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Buckeye McFrog

bingo.


25 posted on 02/29/2012 2:03:18 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Red Steel

But always remember that we don’t have to be afraid of Obama. Still pimping for Hussein, huh, McRino?


26 posted on 02/29/2012 2:06:17 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: onyx

“Moderates” only become interested in the tone of a campaign when they’re in trouble.


27 posted on 02/29/2012 2:07:57 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: cotton1706
Great, John. Will you endorse Newt then??

Newt has his problems but why would you wish that on him?

28 posted on 02/29/2012 2:08:16 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: monkapotamus; Red Steel
ROTFLOLOLOLOLOL




"Buck Up or get back in the truck, Senator!"

29 posted on 02/29/2012 2:08:45 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Exactly so!!!!


30 posted on 02/29/2012 2:10:13 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Red Steel

Please. Someone, somewhere, sew this moron’s mouth shut.


31 posted on 02/29/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: onyx

I am fed up with McCain. He’s despicable.


32 posted on 02/29/2012 2:12:45 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek
When a conservative candidate wins a primary in “their” party they will will happily toss an election to the democrats just to say “we told you so”.

Does that not say that this nation is center left?

33 posted on 02/29/2012 2:12:45 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: Red Steel
translation... now that my guy is in the lead, lets all just stop these damaging attacks.
34 posted on 02/29/2012 2:13:49 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Red Steel

Reason number 9,062 why RINOs are absolutely useless.


35 posted on 02/29/2012 2:14:34 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Red Steel

I have an idea. Let’s take electoral advice from a washed up old loser who hates conservatives and never misses an opportunity to trash us.


36 posted on 02/29/2012 2:16:05 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Red Steel

Romney is just too moderate to wi - just like you, Juan.


37 posted on 02/29/2012 2:16:42 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: trisham

Endorsing Romney after the way Romney treated him was a huge act in and of utter stupidity.

Now he’s worried and whining to a reporter?

ROTFLMYMcCainOFF.

I’m thrilled Romney is “severely” damaged goods, because he sure made sure that he damaged Newt Gingrich when he was running away with the election ON ALL POSITIVE AND ENLIGHTENING, SOLID SOLUTIONS!


38 posted on 02/29/2012 2:17:09 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Red Steel

Can’t stand McCain, but couldn’t agree more. Well, it isn’t that Romney is wounded, it’s that he is a TERRIBLE candidate and will get his clock cleaned come November.

Santorum 2012


39 posted on 02/29/2012 2:17:26 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Red Steel

Then Mitt should leave the contest in favor of...


40 posted on 02/29/2012 2:17:58 PM PST by steve8714 (Yoda's speech to Luke; copied from Jack Webb in "The D.I.")
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To: Red Steel

I agree, John- now would you please endorse Little Ricky?


41 posted on 02/29/2012 2:18:44 PM PST by matthew fuller (Elevators smell different to midgets.)
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To: Red Steel
No, John, 2008 was a Greek tragedy, especially as you made sure America could take it up the rear these past three years. As Basil Fawlty once said, "Well after all, they invented it, didn't they?"
42 posted on 02/29/2012 2:19:17 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Red Steel

Neither Romney nor Saintorum will effective candidates against Barack Obama.

As for McCain.... I am loving this. McCain has always been a worthless backstabber, but on this occasion it is just hilarious.

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


43 posted on 02/29/2012 2:20:01 PM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Red Steel

The RINOs are already starting to blame the tea party for their RINO nominee losing next November.


44 posted on 02/29/2012 2:20:45 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: monkapotamus

Nobody’s giving Romney the finger.


45 posted on 02/29/2012 2:20:55 PM PST by steve8714 (Yoda's speech to Luke; copied from Jack Webb in "The D.I.")
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To: Digger
Does that not say that this nation is center left?

It says that our party leadership is center left but the people not so much.


46 posted on 02/29/2012 2:21:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Red Steel

I don’t agree with McCain that the bitter campaign will hurt the GOP nominee in November. But I do believe it is horrifying that the likely nominee has already “given over” the SIGNATURE issue vs. Obama, namely ObamaCare. Romney can still win, due to the crumbling economy, but he will do it without the support of many strong conservatives.


47 posted on 02/29/2012 2:21:47 PM PST by pogo101
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To: Red Steel

Juan must not have been getting enough MSM attention lately. Had to say something to get a little ink and airtime.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 2:24:18 PM PST by Will88
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To: Red Steel
Thank somebody we have a proven loser (McDumbassMcCain) to explain to us what we need to be doing.

I sure won't.


This guy needs to resign and get as far as he can away from any seat of governance.

49 posted on 02/29/2012 2:27:34 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Michigan was ceded to Obama last night when he won in Obama’s stronghold Detroit and Santorum won everywhere else.

I saw Ed Rollins on the news this morning saying that its unlikely that Romney will even compete here. We were just his drunken prom date. He got what he wanted and he’s done with us now


50 posted on 02/29/2012 2:28:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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