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Mitt Romney effectively rules out Rick Santorum as running mate
Yahoo! News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Chris Moody

Posted on 03/13/2012 11:03:55 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

If Mitt Romney wins the Republican presidential nomination, he'll have many options for a running mate. His current rival Rick Santorum probably won't be one of them.

Romney said as much Tuesday when Neil Cavuto asked him on Fox Business if he would choose a candidate to his right in order to win the election.

"Well that would preclude, of course, Rick Santorum," Romney said. "Because I mean look at his record. I find it interesting that he continues to describe himself as the real conservative.

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KEYWORDS: backstabbersantorum; getoutnewt; newtgetout; newtsplittingthevote; santorum4romney; santorum4romneycare; santorum4unions
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1 posted on 03/13/2012 11:04:00 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sorry, Rick. All those tactics for nuthin’.


2 posted on 03/13/2012 11:08:31 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought Mitt had already cut a deal with Ron Paul get Rand for a VP.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 11:09:42 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: VinL

He’s savin’ the spot for the one helping him the most, and that isn’t Santorum or Paul.


4 posted on 03/13/2012 11:10:53 AM PDT by Ingtar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’d be interesting if you could count on Romney to mean what he says, but, you can’t.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 11:11:07 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why would Romney choose Santorum, he already decided on one of the Pauls.


6 posted on 03/13/2012 11:12:28 AM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: tbpiper

>>>I thought Mitt had already cut a deal with Ron Paul get Rand for a VP.

I’d consider holding my nose to vote for Mitt and a suitable VP... but if he goes the Rand route, I’ll leave the President portion of my ballot un-voted.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 11:13:16 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The first smart move mittens has made....

romney dunce, Remedial Conservatism
8 posted on 03/13/2012 11:14:51 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Then Cavuto asked Fox colleague Sarah Palin for a reaction to Willard's statement ....


9 posted on 03/13/2012 11:15:19 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a coincidence....Romney’s already ruled out my vote for him.


10 posted on 03/13/2012 11:17:07 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hilarious. Looks like Milt is a bit upset that Santorum is effectively challenging him on Romneycare. Having this dope run around telling people he is more Conservative that Rick is a joke after looking at his record as Gov of Mass.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 11:18:56 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: VinL

This may explain why I now read that Rick is mad at FOX, calling them out as in the tank for Romney. (Who doesn’t already know this about FAUX, anyway?) What a boring trip down nowhere street to hear Rick complaining of the obvious.

LOL! As I just said on another thread, Rick is going to be a whiner isn’t he? He whines about givens for crying out loud, as a time filler for having nothing exact to say about anything.

That leaves Santorum borrowing from other candidates to say anything practical on policy or theory.

He will be in a permanent snit from now, and seen in shrill mode, doing his best Bachmann in her most unfortunate moments, I’m afraid.


12 posted on 03/13/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm saying I'm a conservative, I give him credit for being a conservative, but not a fiscal conservative. His record does not suggest he's got the fiscal conservative chops that I have." (Romney)

Fiscal conservative 'chops' .... to go along with those 'grits' he's liking more and more these days.

13 posted on 03/13/2012 11:20:16 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Keith in Iowa

I hear ya, but I tried that approach in ‘08.

I’ve already decided that if Romney is the nominee, I will be voting third party, regardless of who his running mate is.


14 posted on 03/13/2012 11:20:27 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I guess Mitt get's to define who is and isn't a "conservative". I'm not a Rick fan, nor Mitt fan, so I guess that leaves me with Newt (but I'm not a Newt fan either). They all have their 'Dede' moments, in one way or another. All these three should go back in time an appear on ....


15 posted on 03/13/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: Servant of the Cross
A conservative, a moderate and a liberal walk into a bar.

The bartender says: Hi Mitt.

16 posted on 03/13/2012 11:20:52 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yep, make me dislike you even more Romney!~ Great strategery.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 11:22:57 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Rational Thought
I hear ya, but I tried that approach in ‘08.

That was the pre-obama years. Much more at stake now. One's a rino and one's a commie. If romney is the last man standing, I'll take my chances with him. At least he's a capitalist.

18 posted on 03/13/2012 11:25:07 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: RitaOK

Hey Rita, fingers-crossed for a good day.

1. See the gallup poll above, potentially explaining why Newt is so confident in moving forward

2. I have not gone neg on Rick— but have no respect for the fact that rigid Rick can’t see pragmatism- he should have backed off Ala and Miss to hurt Romney - for his own benefit!


19 posted on 03/13/2012 11:26:20 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Romney could not possible have another white male in the #2 spot. Has to be a woman and/or one of the big minorities. No choice really.


20 posted on 03/13/2012 11:26:31 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Santorum on ‘the Imaginary World of Mitt Romney’s Ideology’
By Jonathan Karl | ABC News
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rick Santorum lashed out at Mitt Romney as “sad,” “desperate” and living in an “imaginary world” for suggesting he is too liberal to be Romney’s running mate should the former Massachusetts governor become the Republican presidential nominee.

“I’m too liberal?” Santorum said in an interview with ABC News. “This is the imaginary world of Mitt Romney’s ideology. It’s just sad.”

Calling Romney “one of the most liberal records ever to run in the post-Reagan era for president,” Santorum said: “If I am too liberal to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, oh my goodness. That just tells you how desperate he is.”

Santorum was referring to an interview Romney did Monday with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. Cavuto asked Romney whether he would have to pick a running mate more conservative than he is to satisfy Republicans who think he is too moderate.

“That would preclude, of course, Rick Santorum,” Romney told Cavuto. “Rick Santorum is not a person who is an economic conservative to my right.”

Romney added: “I give him credit for being a conservative, but not a fiscal conservative. His record suggests that he does not have the fiscal conservative chops that I have.”

Romney also told Cavuto that a drawn-out nomination battle that went all the way to the Republican convention in August would doom the party’s chances of beating Barack Obama.

“If we go all the way to the convention, we would signal our doom in terms of replacing President Obama,” Romney said.

It would take a miracle for Santorum to win the nomination, Romney said.

“If he is able to pull off a miracle, so be it, he’ll be the nominee,” Romney said. “You’re going to see me getting the delegates I need to become the nominee and we sure as heck aren’t going to go to the convention all the way to the end of August to select a nominee.”

Asked about that, Santorum told ABC News: “You know, maybe he should start making the case for why he should be elected as opposed to playing all these math and convention games.”


21 posted on 03/13/2012 11:28:30 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Lazlo in PA

22 posted on 03/13/2012 11:33:09 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: jersey117
I can't say I even believe him to be that (a capitalist). If a capitalist is defined as one who runs a business, then we could define George Soros as such.

I don't know what he is, but I know what he isn't, a conservative.

23 posted on 03/13/2012 11:35:22 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: VinL

Thank you for redirecting. Really, I appreciate it.

I was sitting here stunned, once again, to Santorum’s extreme ordinary-NESS topped off by his noticeably thin skin, and simply could not resist RAILING.

I will try to do better. (Through tomorrow. tee hee.)


24 posted on 03/13/2012 11:40:40 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: RitaOK

Brit Hume, whom I once respected greatly, has been so in the bag for Mitt that I wonder if he’s getting paid off.


25 posted on 03/13/2012 11:42:30 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: DManA
Romney could not possible have another white male in the #2 spot. Has to be a woman and/or one of the big minorities. No choice really.

Well, according to the GOP-e consultants, in order to win the independents, his running mate will have to be a half-black, half-Native American, transgendered lesbian ACLU lawyer.

26 posted on 03/13/2012 11:48:58 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: COBOL2Java

That’s Romney’s management style - pay consultants huge salaries and then do exactly what they tell you.


27 posted on 03/13/2012 11:53:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: GOPsterinMA

It’s the crowd he runs with. I don’t think it’s exactly a conspiracy. I think it’s just group-think.


28 posted on 03/13/2012 11:55:10 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

nobody would have bought that anyway


29 posted on 03/13/2012 11:55:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DManA

Good point...however, it shows when push comes to shove, he’s a useful idiot for them.

Too bad actually.


30 posted on 03/13/2012 12:00:17 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is actually great news and so dumb on Romney’s part. Romney has just kicked the Tea Party, Santorum and by implication Gingrich followers all in the nuts by failing to consider Santorum for VP, rubbing salt by calling him not conservative. How is Romney electable after he has dissed the base?


31 posted on 03/13/2012 12:07:30 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Britt Hume. Astonishing misdirection by Britt Hume (of all people with brains) was such a shock for me.

Something strange is happening when perfectly sane, practical and savy conservative thinkers fall like this, to be trapped in the small picture.

The FAUX conservatives now see no evil, hear no evil and speak [of] no evil, no longer fighters first for the Constitution, nevermind the phenominal advancment of tyranny, by hook, crook and insidious manipulation of our freedom and liberty and institutions by even the un-elected.

Bet you’re sorry you brought it up. Ha! Rita


32 posted on 03/13/2012 12:09:40 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Dear Ricky, guess what...you’ve officially been PWNED!


33 posted on 03/13/2012 12:25:39 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: RitaOK

You most certainly have little Ricky pegged. I couldn’t agree more with what you describe.


34 posted on 03/13/2012 12:43:34 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

Don’t you think Rick is in the dumps but totally today?

Surely he sees that he is not after all in the league of extraordinary gentlemen to finish this thing.

There he sits; looking at the writing on the wall, the certainty that he has blown (with his own mouth) any chance to share the Romney ticket, and that if he doesn’t shut up and stop the squealing against every little thing he will soon be staring as a deer in headlights at the GOP-E machine coming down at him out, and publically now as in out-in-the-open.

Look for a few RINOs to come out and begin dropping little boomlits against Rick, certainly after Texas.

They want this over in June. Texas is May 29.

Just pray he stays in to convention. He is so moody, one can’t count on it.


35 posted on 03/13/2012 1:09:27 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Rational Thought

>>I’ve already decided that if Romney is the nominee, I will be voting third party, regardless of who his running mate is.<<

Yea, that’s a real “Rational Thought”. Apparently you don’t know how bad Obama is for the future of our country let alone him having a lasting legacy of getting to choose 2-3 Supreme Court judges.


36 posted on 03/13/2012 1:29:23 PM PDT by mmanager (NEWT - The Chruchill of our time!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If Romney is going to be our nominee.. then I would much rather he took another RINO down with him to the loser hall of fame.

maybe Romney/Graham?

or...

Romney/Christie?

I would just hate to see Romney take down one of our rising conservative stars with his sinking ship.


37 posted on 03/13/2012 1:39:12 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Ingtar
He’s savin’ the spot for the one helping him the most, and that isn’t Santorum or Paul.

Coulter?
38 posted on 03/13/2012 1:41:13 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: VinL

Santorum may be offered a position as the White House chaplain


39 posted on 03/13/2012 1:42:01 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And notice the same old bunch of Santorum-haters here continue to be completely preoccupied with bashing and smearing “little Ricky” while Romney now quietly appears to be within striking distance of pulling off an upset win in Mississippi and/or Alabama tonight. I’m beginning to suspect some of these folks would be more upset with Santorum as president than with Romney or even four more years of Obama in the Oval Office. It’s disgusting!


40 posted on 03/13/2012 1:44:23 PM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: DestroyLiberalism
I’m beginning to suspect some of these folks would be more upset with Santorum as president than with Romney

On balance, same, same.

41 posted on 03/13/2012 1:49:00 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Romney/Christie?

It's not worth giving Romney the nomination for, but I'd pay money to see Christie dissect Biden. It would be epic.

42 posted on 03/13/2012 1:54:58 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I’ll take either one. Both of them bother me for different reasons, but at this point it’s Anybody But Obama.

I wish we had other choices, but our young up-and-comers don’t want to touch this race with a ten foot pole. Can’t say I blame them.


43 posted on 03/13/2012 2:14:33 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: RitaOK

If he is upset with Fox today, give them a week to work him over.

He should be in the dumps... his fantasy is just about over and he will soon be back to living reality.

If my words sound gentle, it’s because I am listening to this while I type.

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

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


44 posted on 03/13/2012 2:16:58 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Romney didn’t answer the question—and thus rule anyone out—he simply challenged the premise to the question.


45 posted on 03/13/2012 3:08:33 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: TexasFreeper2009; Dr. Sivana; little jeremiah; wagglebee; RitaOK; katiedidit1; PSYCHO-FREEP; ...
I think it would be great for Romney to go trolling through some homeless shelter in NYC to find a running mate. Romney/Stumblebum in 2012.

This would balance the ticket in terms of socioeconomic background, improve the common touch of the GOP ticket, give Mittwit a shot at the explicitly socialist vote, teach those right wing nuts a lesson for not believing each or even any of Mittwit's encyclopedia of ideological and autobiographical lies, make the GOP ticket one that includes that liberal ideal of Massachusetts/New York City balance.

Oh Muffy! Oh Skipper! How about that for dissing those disgusting baby worshiping, sexually uncreative, gun clinging, low class, non-poloplaying types whose tastes in music do NOT include the Metropolitan Opera! The GOP will be OUR party again! None of those Reaganite troglodites any more!!!!

Alternatively, Mitt would probably be comfortable with a "fiscal conservative" like Dede Scozzafava or Olympia Snowe or maybe even Gloria Steinem to after the wind tunnel Demonrat vote. Each of them favor baby-killing, gay everything, gun-grabbing, bailouts of the big shots at the expense of the peons, and all the other things that Mitt and the GOP-E hold soooooo dear.

If he does choose Stumblebum, the least he can do by way of GOP-E gratitude is buy for Stumblebum's lifetime use in good behavior a modest hacienda in the Hamptons and provide an unbreakable trust fund to maintain it and pay the operating expenses and utilities and what not. I think they call it noblesse oblige or some other elitist Frenchy term.

Of course, the bright side of a Romney nomination is that he will promptly buy a mansion at Hyannisport and learn to compete at that July 4 regatta at Mahthuh's Vineyahd, rent a place on Chappaquiddick Island for a barbeque with the, ummm, campaign girls and polish off a pint or two of Chivas before driving the GOP over the one true bridge (or its replacement) without a life jacket for the GOP on the way to the ferry to Edgartown. Of course, that neighborhood might not be what it used to be and he might run into the Obozo clan at Mahthuh's Vineyahd if he does not time his vacation just right.

46 posted on 03/13/2012 3:57:11 PM PDT by BlackElk ( Dean of Discipline ,Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Burn 'em Bright!)
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To: RitaOK

FAUX Conservatives on FAUX News.

Yep...


47 posted on 03/13/2012 4:14:41 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
In the unlikely event this degenerate fraud and coward from PLANET KOLOB buys the nomination, it will be an interesting election season, what with communists and the right uniting to make sure this cultist POS gets nowhere near the WH.

The GOP will die a well deserved death if MYTH SLICK WILLARD ROMNEY is their standard bearer.

RNC country clubber bluebloods and their creepy pulled back wives beware.

48 posted on 03/13/2012 4:52:38 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: svcw
Romney could choose the fraud Santorum because he's true blue establishment, has a 'common touch' with blue collar and evangelicals.

That could be among the worst pairings imaginable. Santorum would leap on it and probably drag the ticket down.

49 posted on 03/13/2012 5:07:57 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: mmanager

Sorry for the delayed response.

I refuse to support a Liberal Republican.

I truly think that lowly of Romney. Any disagreement we might have is very likely a moot point since I cannot see anyway Romney can win the Electoral College.


50 posted on 03/13/2012 5:15:38 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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