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Newt Gingrich intensifies Deep South strategy, shifting resources to Alabama, Mississippi
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Posted on 03/07/2012 10:33:59 AM PST by VinL

Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week to shore up support in the Deep South. The former House speaker plans to pour his time and resources into Alabama and Mississippi.

“Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich,” said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

The candidate’s bus, his rallies and campaign events will be trained on a southern strategy...

Campaign aides also brushed off suggestions by supporters of Rick Santorum that Gingrich drop out...

“All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum,” Hammond said. “We’ll argue, Santorum is splitting Mitt Romney’s moderate vote.”

The GOP primary will go on for many more months, Hammond said. “We’ll stick in the race.”

In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Gingrich himself made clear that he has no plans to get out of the Republican primary, allowing Santorum to face Romney in a head-to-head match up.

“If I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out. I don’t,” Gingrich said on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show Wednesday. “I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses and that this is a very healthy vetting process.”

Gingrich described himself as a “tortoise” moving slowly but steadily toward the nomination as he hailed his victory in Georgia on Super Tuesday.

Gingrich was greeted in Montgomery by an enthusiastic crowd in the downtown Renaissance Hotel, where a banner hung reading “Promise of a Newt Day.” ...

Gingrich looks at the Republican strongholds of Alabama and Mississippi as “Gingrich country” — places “where you can sniff out what a conservative is,” Hammond said.

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


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Newt continues to try to draw to an inside straight. Not good odds- but for myself, as long as he decides not to fold, and as long as there's a card left in the deck-- I'm with him.
1 posted on 03/07/2012 10:34:08 AM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

We’d be better off if he devoted resources to endorsing Rick. I like both, and I was prepared to support either. I was prepared to suggest whichever one was trailing after Super Tuesday drop out.

Unfortunately for Newt, he’s the guy. Its time to get out of the way.

SnakeDoc


2 posted on 03/07/2012 10:37:45 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: VinL

Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week

He knows Kansas is Ricks and figures why waste resources. Alabama will go for Newt, but Mississippi is something I am wondering about. I think Rick may take Mississippi. Anyone else have an opinion?


3 posted on 03/07/2012 10:40:17 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: VinL

I WILL BE VOTING FOR NEWT!

LLS


4 posted on 03/07/2012 10:41:38 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: VinL
Exactly why it is imperative Newt remain IN the race. Newt has 105 bound delegates to Santorum's 78. On the popular vote Santorum is only 2% above Newt.

This race can change and after Romney starts going after RS BIG time as he has Newt..Newt's numbers will go up. Heard Rick Perry say that he is looking towards Texas. Perry is working hard for Newt there as is Chuck Norris. I am amazed at the people on various sites I have written to that are totally unaward of Santorum's voting record..unbelievable! Hang tough NEWT!

5 posted on 03/07/2012 10:43:12 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: napscoordinator

If the good people of Alabama and Mississippi look beyond the past personal lives of the candidates and vote their economic interests they will overwhemingly support former Speaker Gingrich.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 10:43:44 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: napscoordinator
Everyone that I talk with here wants Newt to kick the crap out of obama. I do not know who will win but it will NOT be romney. The dims may vote for him but Conservatives will not.

LLS

7 posted on 03/07/2012 10:43:54 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: VinL

Well, if Newt wins Mississippi and Alabama then Romney will have to concede. lol.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 10:44:34 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Excuse me..but Gingrich has 105 bound delegates to Santorum’s 78. Santorum only has 2% more of the popular vote..no way in HELL should Newt get out!


9 posted on 03/07/2012 10:44:43 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: SnakeDoctor

None of them are going to get out because they have data that tells them not to... and the truth is... it is not over.

LLS


10 posted on 03/07/2012 10:45:18 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: SnakeDoctor

None of them are going to get out because they have data that tells them not to... and the truth is... it is not over.

LLS


11 posted on 03/07/2012 10:45:29 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Where is “here?”


12 posted on 03/07/2012 10:46:58 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: SnakeDoctor

If Rick could beat Newt in the arena of conservative ideas- I would agree-

But, Rick is leading because (1) he went negative on Newt; (2) he personally lobbied Newt’s co-chair in tenn to abandon Newt; and (3) his lead over Newt is predicated on the circumstance that Newt got divorced—

To me, that does not a President make.

Rick wants my vote? Easy. Instead, of begging Newt to drop, challenge Newt one on one to a debate on ideas and the course of America— if Rick wins, I’ll switch my vote.

Until then, Rick can fry ice.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 10:47:32 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Newt will very likely take Bama and Ole Miss should follow suit.

As you may recall, Newt was leading in an Alabama poll about 3 weeks ago during his low point in the aftermath of Romney’s $20+ million BS Florida ad blitz.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 10:49:34 AM PST by Red Steel
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15 posted on 03/07/2012 10:49:44 AM 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: SnakeDoctor

Baloney!

I’m in Mississippi and I’m all in for Newt Gingrich and going to see him tomorrow!


16 posted on 03/07/2012 10:50:55 AM 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: onyx

Now THAT is THE team to save the Constitution!!!!

see my new tagline....


17 posted on 03/07/2012 10:51:17 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: VinL
The FR Golden Gate Plan! => Post 55 "GOP Brokered Primary Now!" thread
18 posted on 03/07/2012 10:52:19 AM PST by Golden Gate
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To: VinL

Vin,
Happy Tuesday. Beautiful weather here in Annapolis today. Hope it is beautiful in your area. I agree with you post except for lobbying for Newt’s co-chair in Tennessee. That might have been a great idea since it helped him there. The bigger question is why would the co-chair leave Newt just because Santorum was asking.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 10:52:47 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

Hiya naps!

I’m going to go see Newt tomorrow so I’ll report back on his crowd and my coveration.

I hope the one issue voters don’t ruin it for Newt Gingrich, but it’s a possibility.

Very hard economic times here, and that should have meant an easy victory for Newt Gingrich, but now with the Evangelical vote, it’s up for grabs.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 10:54:13 AM 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: LibLieSlayer

Two of my dreary neighbors like Romney, but guess what?

They’re not motivated to vote! Too much trouble, because they work in Jackson and like to eat out on the way home.

WOO-HOO!


21 posted on 03/07/2012 10:58:23 AM 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: SnakeDoctor

You’ll also notice below on this dedicated election website that they too have Newt ahead of Santo for the hard delegates.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/

“Hard” Delegates

Need to Nominate 1,144
(available)1,762
W Romney 302
N Gingrich 96
R Santorum 79
Uncommitted 29
R Paul 16
J Huntsman 2
Total 2,286


22 posted on 03/07/2012 10:58:58 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: GeronL

Well, if Newt wins Mississippi and Alabama then Romney will have to concede. lol.
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No, he won’t concede. But, if your assumptions are true, then Newt l;ikely takes La- And then, it’s 155 Texas delegates- where Newt has Rick Perry’s organization, and maybe, Sarah Palin’s support.

Potentially, a whole new ballgame.


23 posted on 03/07/2012 11:00:17 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto; LibLieSlayer

LLS’s “here” is my “here” = Mississippi.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 11:00:44 AM 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: onyx

I wish I could have run Newt’s campaign from the beginning. He is a great supporter of small government. I would NEVER have allowed him to skip those mid-west states. I would have had him go up there and work to grab those states from Santorum. I would not have allowed him to skip any states from there on either. I would not have had him spend so much time in Georgia. I think Newt cut himself short thinking he didn’t have Georgia in the bag. He did. He should have gone to Oklahoma, Tennessee, and I would have had him run up to Alaska to speak with them too. I know it is easy to be a Monday quarterback, but I am so upset with Newt’s team. He had complete control of this primary and could have gotten the nomination. My mother in Pennsylvania is all Newt....she is pissed that I support him but want Santorum more.....man what a disappointing son. lol. The good news now is that Newt will collect many many delegates and at the convention with his persuasive ability to sell himself, he could get the nomination. I think Palin going to Mississippi, Alabama AND Kansas for Newt would be helpful. Again, Newt giving up on another state (Kansas) is not a good decision IMHO.


25 posted on 03/07/2012 11:02:42 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: newfreep

Yes, and she is for Newt Gingrich, which is very difficult for some to accept.

I like you tagline.

I can’t stop my eyes from watering every time I think about Andrew.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 11:03:51 AM 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: VinL

It will be interesting to see.


27 posted on 03/07/2012 11:06:02 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: onyx

Asked about Rick Santorum’s contention that Gingrich is dividing the conservative, anti-Romney vote, Palin dismissed the complaint. “Oh, boo-hoo,” she said.


Best political quote of the race. LOL


28 posted on 03/07/2012 11:07:18 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: onyx

You went an made this big guys eyes wet.

With that, our country could survive and become prosperous again.


29 posted on 03/07/2012 11:10:35 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: napscoordinator
He should have gone to Oklahoma, Tennessee, and I would have had him run up to Alaska to speak with them too.

Maybe an extra day or two in Okie land would have flipped the state to him.

Here is some 'good news' for Rick that his Oklahoma delegate count went up to 14. ;-)

http://graphics.latimes.com/2012-election-gop-results-map-oklahoma/







But Myth's delegates are now at 13 for Oklahoma

And so did Newt's reach 13 too.

;-)

30 posted on 03/07/2012 11:13:30 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: napscoordinator

Hey Naps, thanks for the post. I’m in Ct, and just got back from my jog— The weather is great- for this time of year. _;)

As for the Tenn defection, my only point is, that Newt hasn’t tried to subterfuge Rick by tactics- Newt hasn’t gone to Rick’s insiders and lobbied them to turn on Rick. On thge other hand, your guy has clearly done so.

Now, I agree wt you, if you’re talking tactical politics- that might have been a winner for Rick.

But, for myself, I don’t vote on subterfuge and Machiavellian tactics, I vote on ideas and beliefs.

Rick, should challenge Newt to a one-on-one debate based on his ideas and visions for the conservative movement— and if Rick’s visions and ideas are better- than I will concede that Rick is the right candidate.

But Naps, honestly, I don’t think Rick has the guts to face Newt one-on-one. Accordingly, on principle, I’ll stay with the candidate who is the champion of conservatism.

Always good to hear from you, Napster.


31 posted on 03/07/2012 11:13:39 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: napscoordinator

I will detest Romney till my last breath and never vote for him for many reasons, but also for ruining this primary for all of and particularly for Newt Gingrich when he was running away with this election on a purely positive campaign, touting real solutions and new, bold ideas.

I think Newt Gingrich is short of money and likely can’t compete in Kansas, -— never mind the SuperPAC money which is separate. Big money Romney makes me almost deathly ill and I can’t stand to watch him or read much about him. He’s bought and cheated his way throughout. I don’t believe that any of the other candidates would have stooped anywhere near his level. He’s the one who needs to be forced out.

Sarah Palin has said that she is afraid her endorsements hurt as much as they help, but I hope she campaigns for him with Governor Perry in Texas. By saying she voted for him last night and her previous statements before South Carolina, people know she is for Newt Gingrich. On site campaigning would really help, (I think).

GOOD ON YOUR MOM! God bless her, she is a beautiful, very smart lady!!! You’re a brat of a son! LOL. Just kidding!


32 posted on 03/07/2012 11:17:12 AM 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: Gator113

ROTFL.

That’s our Sarah!


33 posted on 03/07/2012 11:19:06 AM 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: Gator113

I know. The two of them together.......


34 posted on 03/07/2012 11:20:43 AM 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: onyx

I agree with everything and Mom would 100 percent agree with me being a brat. lol. You two would get along great! It makes me ill too when I see Romney buying the primary. It makes me even MORE ill to see that Romney is winning areas that Obama will win. If Romney is the nominee, we will lose by the biggest margin in History. The Ronald Reagan win will look small in comparison. If Romney cannot even win in areas that President Bush won than what is he thinking? So frustrating! Go Newt - beat Romney in Texas, California, Alabama, Mississippi, and the rest. I suppose Romney can win DC. lol. I still think that if Newt and Rick would sit down and make it a Newt-Santorum ticket (which I firmly believe Santorum would accept). It would put us in a strong position to hold the White House for 16 years. Why are they not talking like this? I think Newt would have to bring it up. Santorum would not bring it up because I think Newt intimidates Rick sometimes but they do get along well.


35 posted on 03/07/2012 11:27:35 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: VinL

Also, Rick was courting the unionista vote in MI and OH in the UAW and Steelworkers Union. He didn’t have the money to compete w/ Romney so he tried to buy the unions with the 0% manufacturing tax rate. This isn’t all that surprising given his track record against “right to work” in PA and, also, going after FedEx on the behalf of unionized UPS - equivalent to a “Brown Bailout”. These are (D) tactics and something that I really disdain.

Rick said he would support “right to work” as a Pres, but didn’t say a word to this effect up in those states.


36 posted on 03/07/2012 11:33:58 AM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: VinL

Rick, should challenge Newt to a one-on-one debate based on his ideas and visions for the conservative movement— and if Rick’s visions and ideas are better- than I will concede that Rick is the right candidate.

I agree they should do a Lincoln Douglas Debate. I loved the one with Cain. Apparently he and Huntsman did one too, but I missed that one. I am sure that was a good one too. Again, it won’t be Rick to request it. It would have to be Newt calling Rick and asking him to do it. I think Rick would do it if asked. But asking on TV probably won’t get Rick to do it. I just wonder how much those two talk to each other. Apparently they are friendly but with all the back and forth stuff that I believe the media makes up, I don’t know how much they are talking to each other right now.

I am glad that you are enjoying this great weather. Apparently tomorrow is even going to be better. I hope you have a great rest of the day! I savor the day when we get rid of the crap that is in the White House. Listening to Newt’s speech last night really makes me think that I don’t care who wins, Newt or Santorum. He does have a way of getting me psyched with his ideas.

I was a little upset with his 2.50 price per gallon gas but then someone said he is being conservative and it will go even lower with his policies. But would you rather him say 1.00 a gallon and it goes down to 1.50 or for him say 2.50 a gallon and it goes down to 1.50. I think that was a brilliant explanation for Newt’s thinking and now I love it......lol.


37 posted on 03/07/2012 11:38:54 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

Santorum should debate Gingrich. Rick can get some fresh talking points from Newt. His speech in Ohio last night, pretty much mimicked what Newt says but of course, without the passion. That was only a small portion, the bulk of it was about his family, his roots and some mumbling about freedom and beating Obama.


38 posted on 03/07/2012 11:48:17 AM PST by Toespi
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To: napscoordinator

All we can do is keep praying. I would love to meet your cherished mom!

I really can’t vote for Romney as much as I detest obama. We will be so screwed if he’s the nominee. There’s a lot of times when I just can’t think about it.


39 posted on 03/07/2012 11:50:29 AM 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: VinL

“Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas”

Withdrawing for a State. Now I am starting to have major issues.


40 posted on 03/07/2012 11:52:22 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: VinL

“Rick wants my vote? Easy. Instead, of begging Newt to drop, challenge Newt one on one to a debate on ideas and the course of America— if Rick wins, I’ll switch my vote.”

Exactly...


41 posted on 03/07/2012 11:56:15 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: onyx

All we can do is keep praying. I would love to meet your cherished mom!

She would love that too. Heck I would love to meet you. That will happen one day even if I have to drive down to Mississippi to a FR event. I will even haul the family. It would be a great vacation. I was stationed in Meridian for awhile. What a beautiful state. I love it.


42 posted on 03/07/2012 11:57:38 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: onyx

Is the bus real or photoshopped.

You can never tell these days.


43 posted on 03/07/2012 12:02:17 PM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: VinL

“All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum,” Hammond said. “We’ll argue, Santorum is splitting Mitt Romney’s moderate vote.”


Santorum is far more conservative. At this time, and it’s getting late in the game to stop Romney, both moderates and conservative voters prefer Santorum over Newt. Nothing we can do about that.

If we want to stop Romney, we have to give up supporting Newt.

Voting for Newt now means dying on Newt Hill and getting Romney.


44 posted on 03/07/2012 12:02:17 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: napscoordinator

Since Santorum has debated Gingrich many times, it won’t do anything. Newt will of course win the debate because he is the best debater. Of course Newt wants another 1.5 hours shining. He LOVES to shine.

But it won’t change the votes, so Romney can spend that evening in the tanning bed, and still win the nom.

People know Newt wins debates. It doesn’t matter. He still can’t get the votes.


45 posted on 03/07/2012 12:05:16 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: VinL

GO NEWT! There is a good reason to stay in, and Sarah Palin just pointed out why.


46 posted on 03/07/2012 12:07:20 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: SnakeDoctor
The problem is, you are unaware that Santorum is completely off the ballot in 4 of the states that have yet to vote. And the deadline is past.

Even if Newt drops out today, there is no way for Santorum to win. It is just not possible with the remaining states and the nature of how they award delegates. Besides you are still assuming that if Newt does drop out, 100% of his votes will to to Santorum. That is simply not true. Over half would likely go to Romney and Paul also.

This is a long forgotten fact that Santorum supporters refused to understand, when they were told about it months ago. But they jumped in with both feet in spite of it.

47 posted on 03/07/2012 12:18:11 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I’m not unaware.

Santorum has a better chance of winning than Newt. I don’t see any way Newt can win. I doubt many Gingrich supporters will rush to Romney’s side. Paul should drop out, too.

SnakeDoc


48 posted on 03/07/2012 12:23:07 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: SnakeDoctor
The facts are already written, Neither candidate has much of a chance to win. (Outside of a miracle.)

But they can both have more power and effect to cause a brokered convention, if they both stay in. Sarah Palin has a plan if this happens, and Newt is part of it. So Newt will do as he said he would, stay in all the way to the convention. Even Ron Paul is helping keep Romney down and will do the same.

49 posted on 03/07/2012 12:29:02 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Mississippi.

LLS


50 posted on 03/07/2012 12:32:23 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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