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Santorum Campaign Takes New Tack on Gingrich
The Caucus ^ | 3-20-12 | Seelye

Posted on 03/20/2012 8:54:14 PM PDT by VinL

The Santorum campaign appears to be taking a slightly new tack on Newt Gingrich’s continued presence in the race.

Instead of calling on Mr. Gingrich to drop out of the race, they called for Mr. Gingrich’s supporters to come to their side.

“It’s time for Gingrich supporters to get behind us if they truly want to have a conservative candidate; it’s up to Newt Gingrich to decide what his future is,” John Brabender, Mr. Santorum’s top strategist, told reporters after Mr. Santorum and a crowd of about 200 people had left the hotel ballroom here where Mr. Santorum had conceded the Illinois primary.

The Santorum campaign has been saying for weeks that Mr. Gingrich was siphoning votes from Mr. Santorum and has all but called for Mr. Gingrich to drop out.

Mr. Brabender said that Mr. Gingrich’s support was eroding and that some of his voters had already moved to Mr. Santorum, but he took a more welcoming approach than he had in the past.

“We need not only Gingrich supporters,” he said. “We would love to have Newt Gingrich be an important voice for our campaign, quite frankly. We would like to have people who are working for Gingrich to be working for us. We would like some of his fund-raising people to be working for us.”

He said those Gingrich supporters had to ask themselves if their goal was to have a conservative nominee, in which case, “it’s time to unify.”

With the Illinois loss hanging heavily in the air, Mr. Brabender stressed that the race was now an incremental one for delegates.

“People are getting too focused on winning states, and that’s not the contest anymore,” he said. “The contest is winning your share of stuff.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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Hey, listen to this. The Turk wants to talk. You believe the nerve on this son of a b---- hey? He craps out last night and now he wants to have a meetin' today.

Tom Hagen: What did he say?

Sonny Corleone: What did he say, badda-beep, badda-boop, badda-boop, badda-beep.....

1 posted on 03/20/2012 8:54:18 PM PDT by VinL
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To: VinL
When you consider that Obama's attacks are against Newt (he totally ignores anything said from the others), Santorum's been gunning for Newt and Romney's gunning for Newt, Gingrich is doing pretty good.

Just imagine where Santorum would be if Newt dropped out and all the gunning was aimed at Santorum. He'd drop out tomorrow and endorse Mitt Romney as the "real conservative" I suppose.

No thanks

2 posted on 03/20/2012 8:59:16 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Don't blame me. I voted for Newt.)
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To: VinL

That’s way they call it brokered.


3 posted on 03/20/2012 8:59:33 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: VinL
Some news shows have reported that Newt wanted to make a deal with Santorum months ago and Santorum was not interested. Boy, oh boy...
4 posted on 03/20/2012 9:01:06 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: VinL

I’m sure plenty of Gingrich supporters would come over to Santorum’s side. I am just as sure that plenty of them will go to Mitt Romney.


5 posted on 03/20/2012 9:02:22 PM PDT by RC one (may the strongest man win.)
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To: tsowellfan

Heard Newt speaking tonight about Obama’s attention being focused on him. Newt rattles their cages.
No way would I support a big govt spender like Santorum.


6 posted on 03/20/2012 9:02:22 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: katiedidit1

Since Newt is by far and away more intelligent than either Romney or Santorum, he probably has the election end game all figured out by now.


7 posted on 03/20/2012 9:03:41 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: katiedidit1

“No way would I support a big govt spender like Santorum.”

But he’s very pure.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 9:05:54 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: RC one

I’m sure plenty of Gingrich supporters would come over to Santorum’s side

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Only the really holy ones— Sinners and constitutionalists hang with Newt skywalker.

-:) Vin


9 posted on 03/20/2012 9:06:17 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

I’m with Newt all the way! :)


10 posted on 03/20/2012 9:11:25 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: tsowellfan

Don’t forget Ron Paul is against Newt too. His ads in Iowa were even worse than Romneys. I heard on Fox tonight that Santorum is 1 mil in debt. Remember the guy who is finding Newt said he would switch the money to Romney if Newt can’t perform because he wants to get someone he feels can beat Obama. Newt does not want that to happen for sure. I am just rambling on incoherently about these things but I feel maybe they are all very relevant in regard to how Newt and Rick proceed.


11 posted on 03/20/2012 9:12:24 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Woops s/b funding..not finding


12 posted on 03/20/2012 9:14:02 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: katiedidit1; All
Newt rattles their cages.

He also pushes their buttons and triggers their worst nightmares... :)

If you have any free time this coming week, please make phone calls for Newt into Louisiana. there was a tremendous outreach of calls made in SC, and Newt cited them as one of the important reasons for his SC success.

I believe Newt supporters on FR can be very effective, and that their passion for Newt will be obvious over the phone. The people in SC were very happy to hear a "human" voice on the other end of the phone, and were very impressed to hear from people across the country.

If you are shy, don't be. Just give it a try. After the first several calls, you will start to enjoy it. Promise! It takes about an hour to make 10 calls, and if you can do just 1 hour per day, and urge others to do likewise, it will make a huge difference!

Just go to Newt's Network, and click on Make the Call:

http://www.newtsnetwork.com

13 posted on 03/20/2012 9:15:44 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
“I heard on Fox tonight that Santorum is 1 mil in debt.”

That make both Santorum and Newt Campaign in Debt.

They better be working on an alliance. They can settle who take P/VP in Tampa.

14 posted on 03/20/2012 9:21:53 PM PDT by Bailee
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To: VinL

Isn’t Santorum at least smart enough to know that he is probably going to alienate and anger Newt’s supporters with this kind of talk...


15 posted on 03/20/2012 9:25:00 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: VinL

It’s not a new approach. It’s what they’ve been doing. IT’s what they said a week ago, and two weeks ago. Santorum said he wasn’t going to ask Gingrich to quit.


16 posted on 03/20/2012 9:29:19 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: true believer forever

Isn’t Santorum at least smart enough to know that he is probably going to alienate and anger Newt’s supporters with this kind of talk...
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Nope. -:)

(TBF, right now, he’s desperate. Tonight, it finally hit him- he’s going no where. He even ran himself out of Romney’s good graces. His only chance is to go back to his mentor, apologize, seek his counsel- and see if something yet can be salvaged out of the mess rick created.)


17 posted on 03/20/2012 9:32:11 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Now there, you are absolutely correct.

The only difference I sense is in tone- the spokesman’s meanderings sounded desperate, imo.


18 posted on 03/20/2012 9:39:18 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

I imagine it is. Things are not going well for the conservative front against Romney. Santorum/Gingrich together didn’t beat Romney in Illinois.

They will likely beat Romney, maybe even put him 3rd, in Loiusiana. But even if we beat Romney in every Republican state, it won’t be enough. He has to lose in democratic states, and while Santorum got close, the combined attacks by the other three candidates have shown him to be a flawed candidate.

Gingrich has never come close to beating Romney in a democratic state, and shows no sign of every getting close — the race has shown him to be a flawed candidate.

Romney is a flawed candidate, but somehow manages to keep winning a majority of the delegates, and now he’s getting close to winning a majority of the raw vote totals.

We need some game-changer to turn things around. But what would that be?


19 posted on 03/20/2012 9:54:44 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: true believer forever

Thanks I will do that and will also remind the voters in LA that Santorum voted AGAINST diverting funds from the bridge to nowhere to aid the Katrina victims.


20 posted on 03/20/2012 10:03:09 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: VinL

LOL!


21 posted on 03/20/2012 10:08:21 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: katiedidit1
Thanks I will do that and will also remind the voters in LA that Santorum voted AGAINST diverting funds from the bridge to nowhere to aid the Katrina victims.

Excellent! I am going to send that reminder tomorrow to everybody I know working the phones and in La. Freepers always make the best phone calls for Newt, they always do!

Thanks!!

22 posted on 03/20/2012 10:14:00 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

We need some game-changer to turn things around. But what would that be?
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I think you’re analysis is correct—

I think Newt’s strategy has been the same from day one— and it didn’t make for a good campaign.

In the 1st 16 debates (+/-), a poll showed that 50% who watched, considered him the clear winner- no one a close second.

That’s been his strategy— if he could just present himself- unfiltered- people would come to understand that he was the proper choice to lead the country in 2013. Rightly or wrongly, that’s what he believed.

So, his campaign having imploded in Fla- knowing right then and there- that no one could compete with Romney’s limitless funds— he sought to change the rules of engagement.

Since Romney would win through the primaries- the only alternative for Newt was to stop him from attaining the requisite majority- and create for himself another window ( in this case June through the convention) to set up an alternative national debate - where again he cold outclass his opponents, safe from Romney’s negative advertising.

Your captioned question- what will be the game changer- is just what Newt is hoping for (his only hope). Iran closing the straits, unrest in the ME, $6.00 gas over the summer— anything that would get the focus on the need for a leader and drive national interest to that potential debate.

Anyway, that’s what I think his play is.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 10:16:02 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
...anything that would get the focus on the need for a leader and drive national interest to that potential debate.

you are right. Newt is counting on events intervening, his grassroots becoming more and more dedicated and effective, and finding a way to get his message out over the media, which is pretty much shutting him out now. It also helps when the Obama White House responds to him as though he were their equal... people are noticing that... I am helping them to notice that... :)

24 posted on 03/20/2012 10:35:19 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever

. I am helping them to notice that... :)
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For sure, you are.


25 posted on 03/20/2012 10:41:34 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: RC one

Well no time to waste. Let’s get on with it and find out for CERTAIN.


26 posted on 03/21/2012 1:03:19 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: katiedidit1

Thanks for the advance warning, so a counter narrative giving the full story can be developed ASAP to Santorum callers and to the Santorum campaign, if and when such an issue came up in Lousiana.


27 posted on 03/21/2012 1:12:59 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

ping


28 posted on 03/21/2012 1:14:20 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

It should have been broadcasted all over the airwaves. Vesty really wanted the bridge to nowhere.


29 posted on 03/21/2012 3:15:22 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Like I said, thanks for the advance “G-2”, to counter, if necessary.


30 posted on 03/21/2012 4:49:11 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

With all of them flawed, Romney has the money and the ground crew which gives him the upper hand.

While we talk about flaws, have you seen any flaws in that Obama guy?

LOL


31 posted on 03/21/2012 4:52:38 AM PDT by dforest
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To: VinL
The article mentions 200 plus in the small room when Santorum gave his speech last night....

..but I watched it LIVE....and there were over 1000 people patiently waiting outside ... Rick thanked them .....

..this is Gettysburg!--

Rick has set his fact like flint.....he is a warrior for Freedom, and he will press on !

32 posted on 03/21/2012 4:55:47 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: VinL

Craps out last night? Please he lost a blue state. Big Deal. He will win Louisiana on Saturday. He is winning the states that count. You think Romney is going to win Illinois in November?????? No way.


33 posted on 03/21/2012 7:59:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: katiedidit1
Vesty really wanted the bridge to nowhere.

You know who else was a huge supporter of the Bridge when she ran for Gov? Sarah Palin. She actually mocked the fact that the bridge went "Nowhere".

Would she be disqualified as a Presidential candidate for her support of this spending?

34 posted on 03/21/2012 10:11:15 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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