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Obama on hot-mic moment: I wasn’t “hiding the ball” (on missile defense)
Hotair ^ | 03/27/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/27/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

After a day of spin from the White House didn’t tamp down outrage over Barack Obama’s sotto voce conversation with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, the President himself addressed the controversy. Earlier today, Obama insisted that nothing he told Medvedev was out of the ordinary, and that he wasn’t “hiding the ball” on missile defense:

A defensive President Obama said Tuesday he wasn’t guilty of “hiding the ball” when an open microphone caught him pleading with the president of Russia to delay missile shield talks until after this year’s elections.

“The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a nuclear security summit here. “This is not a matter of hiding the ball.” …

“I don’t think it’s any surprise that you can’t start that a few months before presidential and congressional elections in the United States, and at a time when they just completed elections in Russia, and they’re in the process of a presidential transition where a new president’s going to be coming in, in a little less than two months,” Mr. Obama said.

Er — riiight. Here is the transcript once again from the conversation:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

“After my election, I have more flexibility.” He’s not talking about Congressional elections. He’s trying to get “space” from Putin, through Medvedev, in order to get himself re-elected. And to get that space — in which Putin would presumably back off of his public comments on missile defense — Obama promised Russia “flexibility” on missile defense once he gets past “my last election,” and the last time voters can hold him accountable for his actions.

The White House continued to spin this as a demonstration of Obama’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and missile defense:

White House aides said the president was still “deeply invested” in the missile defense system.

Uh huh. Here was Obama’s “deep investment” in this 2008 video from his campaign, in which he promised to “end misguided defense policies,” and one of the first topics mentioned is … missile defense:

I will cut investments in unproven missile-defense systems.

So when was Obama “hiding the ball”? Then or now?

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hotmic; hotmicdamagecontrol; icbm; liarobama; medvedev; missiledefense; needsomespace; obama; obamalies; openmikenight; putin; russia; waronterror

1 posted on 03/27/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
RETREAT FROM THE RETREAT?

2 posted on 03/27/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
IMPEACH NOW!
3 posted on 03/27/2012 7:04:44 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (obamacare is an oxymoron.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“This is not a matter of hiding the ball.” …

Oh, ok... but the "ball" wasn't palatable enough to be discussed openly?

4 posted on 03/27/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: SeekAndFind

YOU LIE!


5 posted on 03/27/2012 7:06:37 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (There is nothing "public" about government union-controlled schools)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has more than successfully crossed over from “Socialist idiot” to “dangerous Socialist idiot”. He’s now playing games with our national defense, and this cannot be allowed. Period.


6 posted on 03/27/2012 7:06:46 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Nachum

Another one for your list.


7 posted on 03/27/2012 7:06:46 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

This opens up questions about his interactions with other real and potential enemy nations, i.e., what was promised to Iran, Pakistan, China, North Korea, etc.

C’mon, “Mr. Transparency,” let’s hear it!

Of course, I’m not expecting the majority of American voters to have any remote clue of what this is about.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 7:07:32 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: RightOnline

RE: He’s now playing games with our national defense, and this cannot be allowed. Period.

Yet, there are FReepers who claim that there is not one whit of a difference between Romney and this guy, and would rather let this guy cruise in November than vote against him.


9 posted on 03/27/2012 7:08:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama insisted that nothing he told Medvedev was out of the ordinary, and that he wasn’t “hiding the ball” on missile defense:

No sh*t, Sherlock. The cat is out of the bag now thanks to that hot mic.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 7:08:53 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
“The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations,”

What makes you think the "current environment" will be any better for you even in the unlikely event you are re-elected?

11 posted on 03/27/2012 7:11:28 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

He doesn’t have any balls
And he’s set to punch us in ours


12 posted on 03/27/2012 7:13:24 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: SeekAndFind

At least he wasn’t hiding the salami.


13 posted on 03/27/2012 7:14:11 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: ScottinVA

Still waiting for Romney to call him on it.

Crickets.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 7:19:11 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yet, there are FReepers who claim that there is not one whit of a difference between Romney and this guy
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Thats right theres not

Barry has no love or loyalty to America

and nor has Willard...


15 posted on 03/27/2012 7:19:31 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SeekAndFind

16 posted on 03/27/2012 7:20:50 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SeekAndFind; All
I'm really surprised.

ozero is being factual and honest here and everybody seems to want to produce some quip or other witty remark.

ozero is confident the election is his because he knows the black Americans for ozero is organized and, I believe, armed and willing to do damage.

ozero knows the media is his and he too could commit murder on the White House lawn and nothing would happen to him.

That guy with the nightstick in Philly was a piker compared to this election.

Look, we've been analyzing this zero for four plus years and we've come to some pretty hard and serious conclusions based on data and fact that indicate, if nothing else, ozero has no intention of leaving our Presidency.

We've heard the school chants, we've seen the boot camps, we've heard his words in speeches, we've seen the emboldenment muslims and blacks exhibit (again, imo) merely because a non-white is the president.


I've become fairly racist over the last few years, something belieing my Bostonian conditioning, and I'm grateful I'm an old fart .. I won't personally feel too much pain and inconvenience because of ozero and his rule ... at least I don't think I will.


Anyway, zero patted that dudes leg on stage and pretty much played golf with him.

Deals are made on the golf course and ozero is well versed in "the deal"

17 posted on 03/27/2012 7:26:56 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: SeekAndFind

You jinxed the USA as you did the tar heads.


18 posted on 03/27/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

RE: Barry has no love or loyalty to America

and nor has Willard...

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I am no Romney fan and won’t vote for him in the primaries. But I am not going to go that far. THERE *ARE* differences between Obama and Romney and the differences are apparent enough not to sit this one out and allow Obama a second term.


19 posted on 03/27/2012 7:30:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Zero was just pleading with his bosses for more time to get the treason completed.


20 posted on 03/27/2012 7:35:30 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: knarf

I’m with you, old fart. I, too, am happy it’s near the end for me.

I also wonder if by “last election” he means last election ever.


21 posted on 03/27/2012 7:36:26 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: SeekAndFind
the obozo’s treachery against the US is clear in his action and now reaffirmed in his open mic comment. Why hasn't congress issued articles to impeach obozo? Certainly there is enough on obozo for congress to at least issue impeachment articles thus some in congress have to be asking if their senior members are complicit in obozo’s nefarious plans? The fact that the fraud was never vetted, has sealed all of his past personal records, issued 2 fraudulent Certs of Live Birth and a fraudulent draft card and is still acting president says it all. It's time to clean out the whore house.
22 posted on 03/27/2012 7:38:56 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: SeekAndFind
Oh please.
Dude, you were talking to Medvedev like an effeminate guy talks to a pushy girlfriend. "I need space just until..."
He is such a LIAR.
23 posted on 03/27/2012 7:42:10 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

WHY IS THIS NOT TREASON?


24 posted on 03/27/2012 7:52:36 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But I am not going to go that far. THERE *ARE* differences between Obama and Romney
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Maybe you need to go at least as far as listing any differences you feel there might be..

Barry has no love for America or loyalty to America

and nor has Willard...


25 posted on 03/27/2012 8:00:54 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SeekAndFind
Total obfuscation.

This was Chicago politics. Nothing more. You give me space. IE: you leave me alone, don't raise a fuss, don't make me look bad, don't make me make any unpopular decisions , basically butter me up . . . help me get reelected, and AFTER I am reelected, i WILL take care of your wishes.

With Russia , no less.

26 posted on 03/27/2012 8:03:12 AM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Obama , more truthful to the motherland than the American people . The American people only tolerated until they reelect him. Had to return those Russian spies to the motherland, fast, before they ratted him out.


27 posted on 03/27/2012 8:11:09 AM PDT by molson209
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To: SeekAndFind; Tennessee Nana

Wow, agreed! I think it’s bizarre and “cut off your nose to spite your face” to declare that you won’t vote for the R candidate (or, the ABO candidate) if it’s Romney. I think he’s horrible but compared to 0, is infinitely more preferable.


28 posted on 03/27/2012 8:26:00 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Thanks Army Air Corps,

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


29 posted on 03/27/2012 8:42:24 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ScottinVA
This opens up questions about his interactions with other real and potential enemy nations, i.e., what was promised to Iran, Pakistan, China, North Korea, etc.

Good point! I wonder what he has said or promised to the leaders of our other enemies that was never picked up on an open mic?

30 posted on 03/27/2012 8:48:10 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SuzyQue

Newt is my favorite, but having only won 2 states, he would be a weak candidate. The majority of America is to the left of both me and Newt.
Santorum is our Obama. Hei pretty, gives an impassioned speech, but is light on accomplishments. Empty suit.
At least I know Mitt can make money. He is way left of me in most regards, but at least he likes America as opposed to our current occupant.


31 posted on 03/27/2012 9:13:55 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: SuzyQue

Newt is my favorite, but having only won 2 states, he would be a weak candidate. The majority of America is to the left of both me and Newt.
Santorum is our Obama. Hei pretty, gives an impassioned speech, but is light on accomplishments. Empty suit.
At least I know Mitt can make money. He is way left of me in most regards, but at least he likes America as opposed to our current occupant.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 9:14:01 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Wordkraft
Zero was just pleading with his bosses for more time to get the treason completed.

You know, this trminfd mr og rumors after he was elected that the USSR/Russians knew something about a young black communist who would become POTUS. I think the story was posted on FR.

33 posted on 03/27/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: When do we get liberated?

At least we agree that the Newster isn’t pretty! Dignified, but definitely not pretty.


34 posted on 03/27/2012 9:36:46 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: SeekAndFind

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE???


35 posted on 03/27/2012 10:06:17 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oh, believe me, he’s still playing hide the salami. Think his current feller is Kal Penn, unless Michelle ran him off again.

Poor Wookie. No wonder Barry is so skinny....can you imagine that thing chasing The Golden Child around the bed every night for a little action, when all he wants is men?

Might help to explain that scowl on her face all the time.


36 posted on 03/27/2012 10:34:53 AM PDT by Pigsley
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To: SeekAndFind
I agree with your sentiment about not being a Romney fan, but I also want to add another thought about Romney that I haven't seen on FR yet. If we elect Romney, and he does not govern far enough to the right, at least when the Tea Party raises their voices in protest they can't be called racist. Romney will have to listen to his conservative base because, unlike Obama, he has nothing but himself to hide behind.
37 posted on 03/27/2012 10:57:17 AM PDT by bayoung18
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To: bayoung18

Thanks for your sentiment.

Those who say there is not one whit of a difference between Romney and Obama will have to believe that Romney LIES 100% of the time. That for me is astonishing.

The main similarity between Romney and Obama is in his Romneycare.

As for the rest of Romney’s policy proposals, only those who are willfully blind or those who are so skeptical and cynical that they believe Romney is the spawn of the father of lies himself would believe that there is no difference at all. I am not THAT cynical yet.

Some differences:

Romney PROMISES to repeal Obamacare at the Federal level.

Romney PROMISES to sign an Executive Order granting ALL states waivers for Obamacare.

Romney promises to cut corporate taxes to 25% and cut taxes across the board by 20% for all levels.

Romney promises to abolish the death tax.

Romney promises to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Romney promises to work with Paul Ryan to implement his budget.

Now, if those are not major differences with Obama, then I don’t know what is. You can hate him, but these POLICIES are there for all to see.

Only those who believe that he is going to LIE about all of the above will sit this election out and let Obama cruise.

I might be more of a careful to-see-is-to-believe type of voter. But I sure as heck will not sit this one out. I am not going to vote FOR Romney (if he is the alternative), but AGAINST Obama.


38 posted on 03/27/2012 11:16:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SuzyQue

Romney. I think he’s horrible but compared to 0, is infinitely more preferable.
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How about spiting your own face ...

and tell us why ???


39 posted on 03/27/2012 12:26:28 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: bayoung18

Romney will have to listen to his conservative base because, unlike Obama, he has nothing but himself to hide behind.
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What Conservative base ???

Willard doesnt have a Conservative base...

and as for listening to us when he gets in the White house ???

he doesnt listen to us now...

Hide behind someone ???

Oh yes Willie Mitty will find someone to blame...

He always finds someone to blame...


40 posted on 03/27/2012 12:31:50 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Are you serious? Did you not hear the “off-mike” remarks 0 made to Medvedev the other day? Mittens may be a lot of things, but he’s probably not a hard-core-sell-us-out-at-every-opportunity and destroy-all-things-American kind of guy. He may not be good, but he’s a better alternative.


41 posted on 03/27/2012 12:38:52 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Tennessee Nana

We don’t have good choices this time around. We have bad and really, really bad.


42 posted on 03/27/2012 12:43:19 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: SeekAndFind

Some differences:

Romney PROMISES to repeal Obamacare at the Federal level.

Romney PROMISES to sign an Executive Order granting ALL states waivers for Obamacare.

Romney promises to cut corporate taxes to 25% and cut taxes across the board by 20% for all levels.

Romney promises to abolish the death tax.

Romney promises to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Romney promises to work with Paul Ryan to implement his budget.
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Oh so Willard Mitt Romney PROMISED...

Oh I guess thats different...

But the promises of the lying liberal Romney are not worth spit...

and have you read your cut N paste list ???

Wheres the promise that individual states can REFUSE RomneyObamaCare ???

Hmmm its NOT THERE...

Romney LOVES RomneyCare

hes not about to get rid of it...

Its bankrupting MASS as I type...

“Romney PROMISES to repeal Obamacare at the Federal level.”

AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL

BINGO theres the catch...

We Conservatives want RomneyObammaCare GONE for good..

Wheres the promise to do that ???

empty words from a unprincipled empty guy...

Taxes ???

Romney doesnt pay much taxes...

What does he care about regular working people and taxes ???

Hes never had a job...

Romney has never governed as a Conservative...

He promised to govern as a liberal in MASS...

But in that case he DID keep his promise...

Romney PROMISES to sign an Executive Order ...

Do you not understand that some of us dont trust that pen in the hands of Willard Mitt Romney ???

Redux Obama ...


43 posted on 03/27/2012 12:46:47 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those who say there is not one whit of a difference between Romney and Obama will have to believe that Romney LIES 100% of the time. That for me is astonishing.
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Yeah Im astonished too...

Im astonished that you would believe people could believe that...

Romney just like Obama sometimes does tell a truth...

accidently and begrudgingly of course..

but it does happen

If it will further the agenda Willard has..


44 posted on 03/27/2012 12:50:10 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SuzyQue

He may not be good, but he’s a better alternative.
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Willie Mitty isnt any good...

and as to being an alternative to Barry...

No hes not a “better” alternative...

Hes just an alternative...

same, same

If you want someone better why arent you talking about Newt ???


45 posted on 03/27/2012 12:59:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SuzyQue

We don’t have good choices this time around. We have bad and really, really bad.
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Bad...Rick and Ron Paul

Really really bad...Williard (and yet hes your better choice )

and then theres newt...

so dont say we dont have good choices ...

We only need one good choice...

NEWT


46 posted on 03/27/2012 1:03:02 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Because the original premise was “IF Romney is our candidate”. That was the only point I was speaking to.


47 posted on 03/27/2012 1:13:40 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Tennessee Nana

Yes, that is one opinion.


48 posted on 03/27/2012 1:14:48 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Tennessee Nana

RE: Do you not understand that some of us dont trust that pen in the hands of Willard Mitt Romney ???

Redux Obama ...

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Well, on the other hand you have a sure Obama, on the other hand you have someone who could possibly undo SOME or a lot of what Obama did and perhaps more. Between the sure thing and the possibility ( and these are the only two choices come November ), I have no choice but to take the later. To not vote is to take the sure thing. Not going to do that.


49 posted on 03/27/2012 1:45:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

This is weird language. This can be solved? What can be solved, the problem of gutting american missile defense? That seems to be the implication.

It is like the guy is reporting his progress (or lack thereof). It only reinforces my suspicion that his kgb contacts go back a long, long time.


50 posted on 03/28/2012 1:50:04 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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