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Gingrich: Ryan endorsement 'a great achievement' for Romney ("I think he will probably get 1,144" )
TheHill ^ | 3-30-12 | Strauss

Posted on 03/30/2012 8:37:02 AM PDT by VinL

Newt Gingrich called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) endorsement of Mitt Romney a big win for the former Massachusetts governor.

"It's a great achievement for Mitt Romney," Gingrich said Friday on Charlie Sykes's radio show. "Paul Ryan is one of the rising stars in the Republican Party."

Gingrich said both the endorsement from Ryan and from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) earlier in the week were big gets for Romney. Absent from the entire interview was any criticism by Gingrich toward Romney or Rick Santorum, both of whom have maintained much stronger leads over the former House Speaker in recent polls.

The lack of any criticism is part of Gingrich's revamped campaign strategy: a spokesman for Gingrich recently announced that he would refrain from criticizing his primary opponents and instead focus on making it to the Republican National Convention.

Additionally, Gingrich said in the interview that although Romney isn't the inevitable 2012 Republican presidential nominee, if he does get the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, he and the rest of the Republican presidential field would rally around Romney.

"I have no doubt that once he gets 1,144 delegates we will all unify and support him," Gingrich added. "I think Mitt Romney is clearly the frontrunner. I think he will probably get 1,144 but I think he has to earn it."

Gingrich's comments came a few days after he and Romney had a private meeting ahead of the Louisiana primary on Saturday...Gingrich said he had also recently met with Santorum and that all three candidates "talk regularly" about defeating President Obama.

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"I think Mitt Romney is clearly the frontrunner. I think he will probably get 1,144 but I think he has to earn it."

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Well, doesn't that ruin the day.

Still- I'm in, til Newt's out.

1 posted on 03/30/2012 8:37:05 AM PDT by VinL
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To: VinL

“Paul Ryan is one of the rising stars in the Republican Party.”

Well that explains it. I am sure he was made aware that the Republican Party expected certain things of their rising stars.


2 posted on 03/30/2012 8:40:39 AM PDT by BeckB
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To: VinL

*** “I have no doubt that once he gets 1,144 delegates we will all unify and support him,” Gingrich added. ***

Son of a *$#!&

Now Newt is a RINO! The list is getting long.

Coulter
Limbaugh
Rubio
Demint
Ryan

It’s going to be a long 4 years during Obama’s 2nd term.


3 posted on 03/30/2012 8:42:27 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: VinL

The ineligible poser Milt:
"Oh my Me! I will rule
you as I want. As I have before."


4 posted on 03/30/2012 8:42:45 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: VinL

Looks as if Newt is in the new administration. So, I guess better that than nothing.

Gawd, to think these slime ball establishment bastards have managed to pull off another theft.

I puke when I see the present man child president on yapping his lying mouth in front of the cameras. I will gag and wretch when Romney gets in front doing the exact same thing.

So, the only thing to do is load the administration up with insiders to do mischief.


5 posted on 03/30/2012 8:46:51 AM PDT by crz
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To: VinL

How very, very sad for what’s left of the Republican Party.

We’ll have another Dole/Bush/McLame candidate who is:

Pro-Abortion
Pro-High Taxes
Pro-Homosexual Lifestyle
Pro-Mandatory Health Care shoved down our throats.
Pro-Appeasement at all liberal shenanigans

It’s sad that people like Newt, Palin, Bachmann (my favorite), Bolton, and Santorum are not anywhere in the race and, therefore, we’re stuck . . . again . . . with a certified liberal. I am so fed up!

The liberals must be laughing like hell at us . . . the perfect chance to get this illegal alien out of our White House, and we have a DO-NOTHING-CONGRESS and a highly liberal, willing-to-tell-you-anything democrat at the head of our ticket.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 8:50:22 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: VinL

I guess Romney Inc. finally met Newt’s asking price. Pathetic.


7 posted on 03/30/2012 8:53:08 AM PDT by Antoninus (Romney Inc. -- Now attempting a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.)
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To: brownsfan

I have insisted I will not vote for Romney, but I got a wake up call this morning with a WSJ op-ed about the fact that four Supreme Court justices are 78 and older - Scalia being one of them. Gov. Romney does not have a history of appointing conservative justices, but when Pres. Bush tried to give us a so-so justice, Congress did put pressure on him to step up to the plate and we got jewels. I am now considering voting for Romney over Obama if he is the candidate.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 8:54:59 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: VinL

Newt may not be perfect, but then nobody is. However Newt is certainly the smartest, most fiscal & defense conservative of all who ran in 2012.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 8:55:20 AM PDT by entropy12 (Every tax payer now owes $150,000 towards the national debt. We are worse than broke.)
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To: All

Well how about that. Newt meets secretly with ROmney. Adelson (Newt’s main source of funding) indicates he’ll support Romney. And now, Newt is playing nice with Romney. mmmm mmm mmmm


10 posted on 03/30/2012 8:56:03 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Antoninus

Huh? How? Gingrich was just acknowledging the obvious. He didn’t say he wanted it to happen or was leaving himself. Heck, Santorum has already said he’s willing to be Romney’s VP.

I am really disgusted with all these people - Coulter, Limbaugh, Ryan, Rubio, etc. Romney is nothing but a statist in Mormon underwear, and I have no idea why these people have suddenly annointed him.


11 posted on 03/30/2012 8:56:57 AM PDT by livius
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To: Girlene

The meeting was before LA, and it involved all three of the candidates (everybody except Paul). They wanted Gingrich to drop out, and he refused.


12 posted on 03/30/2012 8:58:46 AM PDT by livius
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To: VinL

Why didn’t he drop out for Santorum?


13 posted on 03/30/2012 8:59:17 AM PDT by Politics4US
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To: VinL
Et tu Newt.....pathetic
14 posted on 03/30/2012 8:59:48 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: VinL
Et tu Newt.....pathetic
15 posted on 03/30/2012 8:59:48 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: VinL
Et tu Newt.....pathetic
16 posted on 03/30/2012 8:59:48 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: VinL

Newt is not saying anything different than he ever has. He would support Romney over Obama if push comes to shove. He feels with Ryan endorsing Romney before Wisconsin, it helps Romney over Santorum and Rubio also is a huge influence. But Newt will continue as he has always said. The establishment is circling the wagons and trying to shut things down quickly. Newt still plans to go to the convention.


17 posted on 03/30/2012 9:00:43 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: livius
I am really disgusted with all these people - Coulter, Limbaugh, Ryan, Rubio, etc. Romney is nothing but a statist in Mormon underwear, and I have no idea why these people have suddenly annointed him.

One reason:

$$

Every one of them was bought and paid for.
18 posted on 03/30/2012 9:00:52 AM PDT by Antoninus (Romney Inc. -- Now attempting a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.)
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To: VinL

I’m in with Vin.

Make the bastuhd earn it and then I still won’t support him.

Doesn’t matter. The sycophantic California GOP does and they don’t need me anyway.

Eff em...


19 posted on 03/30/2012 9:01:14 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: VinL

The probabilities are that Romney will get the nomination. If by some miracle he then wins the election, those supposed conservatives who endorsed him must be held responsible for keeping him on the reservation. Rubio, Ryan, et. al., will own it when Romney does his inevitable lurch to the left.


20 posted on 03/30/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: VinL

To be fair, if Gingrich hadn’t called Ryan’s budget ‘right-wing social engineering’, perhaps he might have had a shot at an endorsement.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 9:03:08 AM PDT by aynrandfreak (Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry)
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To: VinL

To those suggesting that Newt is selling out- I genuinely don’t believe that’s true. If that were the case, the smartest thing to do would be to withdraw and endorse Romney- and that would end the race.

Newt’s only hope is to be the consensus candidate at the convention. One can’t be a “consensus” candidate by tearing down Rick and Romney.

With the left/right media and establishments now in full court press for Romney (for their own selfish reasons), Newt is trying to get to the convention and remain viable by flying under the radar.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 9:03:27 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
Ryan and Rubio are the hope for the revival of free market economics.

Newt has some of the best policies, but Romney is the supply-side candidate and the vanguard of Reaganomics.

23 posted on 03/30/2012 9:07:05 AM PDT by SupplySider
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To: brownsfan

It’s going to be a long 4 years during Obama’s 2nd term.
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America will deserve what she gets.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 9:08:49 AM PDT by no dems (I've always been crazy but that's the only thing that's kept me from going insane.)
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To: greatvikingone
I am now considering voting for Romney over Obama if he is the candidate.

??? That is a NO BRAINER.

OBAMA = total destruction of our COUNTRY within 6 months of the 2nd term.

ROMNEY = although any conservative with a brain will need to hold their nose and vote, it will bide us time and will be one small small notch above Obama. We will at least have a second chance of voting if Romney gets elected.

With Obama it will be CURTAINS! OVER!

I'm still hoping that Santorum or even Newt at a Brokered Convention will pull this out.

25 posted on 03/30/2012 9:09:25 AM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: crz; All

Gawd, to think these slime ball establishment bastards have managed to pull off another theft.
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It’s our fault. The Conservatives run 5 candidates to every one Moderate and the Conservatives split the vote and the Moderate wins. Simple.


26 posted on 03/30/2012 9:11:54 AM PDT by no dems (I've always been crazy but that's the only thing that's kept me from going insane.)
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To: VinL

This is not news, but realitly politics.

Politics is the only track this competition runs on, in the absence of more Novembers, like the results we had last year in the mid-terms.

Without more Tea Party mid-term wins, what can be expected of Newt?

We are not going to get any short cuts. We can not escape building a movement any more than the Marxists could escape building theirs. They just started earlier, while we were at the beach with our feet kicked up.

I say it starts with our plans for primary night. Will we give a large enough damn to show up at our precinct meetings and become delegates, or not?

Whining is no longer going to cut it, patriots, and its time to start looking around locally for leaders in our own communities who are articulate and persuasive enough to get a strategy in place, increase our numbers and our morale and rebuild the schools, churches and institutions that matter.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 9:13:17 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: VinL

Rush L just said that rumors are floating that Gingrich wants to be SoS if Romney gets elected.


28 posted on 03/30/2012 9:13:25 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: sheikdetailfeather; Vendome

Newt is not saying anything different than he ever has
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The only thing “different” and somewhat disheartening, is that he said Romney will probably get the 1144- whereas, up til this point, he’s been saying that Romney would not.

I think this change is likely because Rick is losing steam- and might lose both Wis and Pa-—

Otherwise, I agree with you- Newt’s statement is consistent with everything he has said prior to today.


29 posted on 03/30/2012 9:13:42 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: pollywog

Amen. Anyone who listens to that craphole obama plotting with the Russians and then takes pride in sitting at home or voting for a Fantasy Party candidate on election day is a selfish or naive Onanistic moron


30 posted on 03/30/2012 9:15:12 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: SupplySider

Romney is the supply-side candidate and the vanguard of Reaganomics.
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With due respect, my friend- that may or may not be so. That’s the point. Because he has no core, no one knows what Romney will do.


31 posted on 03/30/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: livius
The meeting was before LA, and it involved all three of the candidates (everybody except Paul). They wanted Gingrich to drop out, and he refused.

Haven't seen that reported. Got a link?
32 posted on 03/30/2012 9:18:42 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: VinL
The best we can hope for now is, that Newt gets the VP or a very high cabinet position. At least having his strong intellect and Satesman’s ability involved, it would keep Romney strictly honest towards Conservative ideology.

AND, best of all, could you imagine Newt going against Biden in a debate?!........The result would be PRICELESS!

33 posted on 03/30/2012 9:21:02 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: TomGuy

Respectfully Tom, I don’t consider Rush a credible source on this primary-— he’s always been for Romney.

Now, please don’t flame- only because I’ve made this argument over a series of threads— and don’t want this thread to end up about limbaugh. It’s merely my opinion. Thanks.


34 posted on 03/30/2012 9:22:41 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
We will always believe that Newt is a genius. What ever he does is probably what is best. If you really believe in him, don't ever doubt that his motives are what's best. We have followed him since the 90’s and feel pretty sure that he always puts country first.
35 posted on 03/30/2012 9:24:47 AM PDT by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
We both know that Newt said this, but Newt's campaign is over a Million dollars in debt and his big donor will likely pull the plug soon.

The moment that happens, (and probably soon) Newt will drop out and probably join Romney in order to beat Obama. Romney would be smart to pick Newt as a running mate. That kind of conservative voice on his side, would greatly ease the pain at the polls for most voters.

36 posted on 03/30/2012 9:27:09 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: RitaOK

Agree with you. In the winter 2008, exasperated, I wrote Gov. Palin, and suggested that she announce that she would not seek re-election as Governor- but instead, start an enterprise instructing ground level constituencies on how to reform local government. She could have done this by CD, tele-communications, and video.

Probably didn’t make it through the millions of other suggestions— or was summarily rejected. -:)

But, did honestly believe she would have been the perfect person to organize the grassroots- which is, as you argue, has to be done.


37 posted on 03/30/2012 9:32:35 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
Respectfully Tom, I don’t consider Rush a credible source on this primary-— he’s always been for Romney.

That's really absurd. The only one where there have been hints of bias towards has been Santorum and a considerable amount of bias against Romney pouring over his past flip flops and how problematic his health care record has been in providing a contrast to Obama, etc. He's always been "for" Romney by always pointing out negative information about him throughout the process?

38 posted on 03/30/2012 9:32:46 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: laweeks

“e’ll have another Dole/Bush/McLame candidate who is:

Pro-Abortion
Pro-High Taxes
Pro-Homosexual Lifestyle
Pro-Mandatory Health Care shoved down our throats.
Pro-Appeasement at all liberal shenanigans

It’s sad that people like Newt, Palin, Bachmann (my favorite), Bolton, and Santorum are not anywhere in the race and, therefore, we’re stuck . . . again . . . with a certified liberal. I am so fed up!”

And we will get the Dream Act or some form of republican amnesty. White Newt was talking to Romney. Rubio, Hutchinson and Kyl were discussing it. You add Gingrich’s ideas as he discussed in the debates and something will be crafted. Comprehensive reform.

God save us.


39 posted on 03/30/2012 9:34:46 AM PDT by Mozilla (If Romney wins, I'm not in. Voting 3rd party.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The best we can hope for now is, that Newt gets the VP
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Actually Psych, the only way I would wish that Newt became VP- would be if Romney had diagnosed existing dementia- and had to be replaced immediately under the 25th Amend. because he couldn’t remember how to get to the White House.

On a serious note, Newt would be a bad choice for any administrative position, imo— he leads, he doesn’t follow.


40 posted on 03/30/2012 9:40:26 AM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

“... honestly believe she would have been the perfect person to organize the grassroots- which is, as you argue, has to be done.”

This begins at the precinct level, or not at all.

We will be at our precinct meetings, or we will not.

We will be delegates, or someone else will.

If not us, whom?

If not now, when?


41 posted on 03/30/2012 9:42:59 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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Well here’s a warning. I’ll still be bashing Romney when and if he wins the nomination. I don’t care. The Obama-Romney ticket is two sides of the same coin.


42 posted on 03/30/2012 9:44:31 AM PDT by Mozilla (If Romney wins, I'm not in. Voting 3rd party.)
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To: VinL

Newt would do very well as Moon-Colony-Czar and Chief of Braggadocio in a Robmey administration.


43 posted on 03/30/2012 9:47:25 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: VinL
Well darn. Paul Ryan has been the hero around here ever since he was elected. Now instantly he's just another corrupt rino. My oh My. We sure have a lot of real wizards here.
44 posted on 03/30/2012 9:57:18 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Girlene; livius
Romney received the blessing of powerful Republicans past — former President George H.W. Bush — and present - popular Florida Senator Marco Rubio — in a 24-hour span, further signaling that the GOP establishment wants the grueling primary process to end.



Romney even met with opponent Newt Gingrich over the weekend in New Orleans to ask for his support, but no deal was brokered, advisors to both men told NBC News.

Gingrich has vowed to stay in the race until the GOP convention in Tampa, but money woes have forced him to trim his staff and travel plans.

Even Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has largely bankrolled the ex-Speaker’s Super PAC, said Gingrich has reached “the end of his line.”

45 posted on 03/30/2012 10:04:56 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: greatvikingone
The SCOTUS appointments in the next four/eight years will constitute the most lasting action of the next president. If Obama gets to make them then we seriously, no exaggeration, are finished as the Nation we have known. Just imagine what the Usurper ratbastard will do to us with a secure five or six member majority of Leftwing flunkies like Sotomayor and Kagan on the court backing him up.

Even if Romney were to appoint normal liberals, which I don't think is necessarily going to happen, it would be better than the radical leftist alternative.

The answer of course is to focus on strengthening the conservative presence in the Senate, as well as the House.

46 posted on 03/30/2012 10:05:44 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Antoninus

ROTFLMYromenyOFF.

You’re pathetic.

Newt Gingrich is stating the hopelessness of this horrid primary.


47 posted on 03/30/2012 10:08:58 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Guenevere

Your guy is open to being Romney’s VP = Pathetic!

That job is Rubio’s for the taking!


48 posted on 03/30/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: crz
to think these slime ball establishment bastards have managed to pull off another theft
Pardon me, but I beg to differ.

All they did is hang tight with their 35% while we proceeded to slaughter each other with our 65%.

We did it to ourselves, by failing to unify early.

We did it.

It's our fault.

You can wa, wa, wa, wa wambulance all you want but the fact is that conservatives outnumber Romney voters and we never figured out how to use that.

So yes, they are laughing and we are crying, or cursing, or mumbling in our beer, or whatever.

But. We. Did. It. To. Our. Selves.

Period.

49 posted on 03/30/2012 10:19:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Newt is not saying anything different than he ever has. He would support Romney over Obama if push comes to shove.

Exactly right, and I feel the same. Rick is still my guy but I haven't taken my eyes off the prize: DEFEATING OBAMA. I have no doubt Republicans will rally around whomever the eventual nominee is.

50 posted on 03/30/2012 10:23:45 AM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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