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Newt Gingrich welcomes Rick Santorum backers
Politico ^ | 4/10/12 | GINGER GIBSON

Posted on 04/11/2012 2:14:04 AM PDT by iowamark

Newt Gingrich pledged to stay in the race for the Republican presidential nod, even as Rick Santorum suspended his campaign on Tuesday.

“I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice,” Gingrich said in a statement released after Santorum’s announcement in Gettysburg, Pa.

Gingrich, whose campaign is carrying roughly $4.5 million in debt, immediately began trying to use Santorum’s exit as a fundraising vehicle, adding a banner to the front of his website declaring him the “last conservative standing.”

“I humbly ask Senator Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa,” Gingrich said in his statement. “We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.”

But in recent weeks, Gingrich was forced to dramatically scale back his campaign operations and slash much of his staff after winning just two primaries since the GOP race began — his former home state of Georgia and neighboring South Carolina.

Santorum, in contrast, won 11 primary states and was clearly seen as the leading conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, who has now all but officially clinched the GOP nod.

But Gingrich continues to doggedly pursue his long-shot campaign — he was in North Carolina on Tuesday while his wife, Callista, held events in New York — and has told reporters that he sees no reason to drop out while he can still push Romney to the right and influence the party’s platform at this summer’s convention.

It’s not even clear that the former House speaker will be eligible for nomination at the convention; GOP rules require winning five primaries. Gingrich has dismissed the rule as a technicality and an attempt by the establishment to ensure Romney’s nomination.

Even before Santorum’s exit, Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate and Gingrich supporter, signaled on Tuesday he was ready to fall in line behind Romney.

“I have always said I will support whoever the nominee is and it looks like Mitt Romney’s going to be that nominee, and we do need to get behind him,” Cain said Tuesday morning on Fox News. “I remind people all the time, … ‘Keep your eye on the mission.’ And the mission is to get control of the Senate, maintain control of the House and defeat Barack Obama. That means get behind the nominee so yes, I’m ready to get behind the nominee.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: fallingbehind; fallingbehindmitt; newt; newtgingrich; rickwasusedbygope; rickwasusedbymitt; santorum
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It is not over! Upcoming primaries:

April 24, 2012 Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,

May 8, 2012 Indiana , North Carolina, West Virginia

May 15, 2012 Nebraska, Oregon

May 22, 2012 Arkansas, Kentucky

May 29, 2012 Texas

June 5, 2012 California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

June 26, 2012 Utah

1 posted on 04/11/2012 2:14:10 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
It depends on how many Santorum supporters Newt can pick up. The conservative vote was well split between the two of them and as a result Romney now has quite a head of steam. These things are based on traction and impetus - already many conservatives are losing heart, seeing Romney's nomination as almost a certainty.

It isnt over yet, but it will be unless Conservatives rally round and ensure a couple of big wins for Gingrich. And soon.

2 posted on 04/11/2012 2:24:17 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: iowamark
Hard to do given how hateful many Newt supporters have been towards Santorum—but that's them not Newt so I'm all for anything but Romney even though the bastard is getting the nomination.

Besides, many of the Santorum haters were Mittbots from the beginning and the rest, well, being so mean-spirited is it's own punishment.

3 posted on 04/11/2012 2:24:26 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("ONE TERM MITT__SARAH 2016")
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To: iowamark

Anyone but Romney!


4 posted on 04/11/2012 2:42:33 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: iowamark

Well I’m going to Newt because there is not a chance in hell I’m supporting RINOmney. Besides him being a lib I’d rather cut off my left nut then ever support a politician from Assachussets or anything coming from Assachussets for tht matter. Every-single-problem we face today as a nation is a direct result of the products of that state. From their Harvard grads, to their politicians and the libs who elect them... Plus the guy hasn’t got a chance in hell of beating the foreign Marxist. All the foreign Marxist has to say in any debate is “But you did the same thing Gov. Romney” which would be true. Newt on the other and would obliterate the Kenyan, I just hope he don’t drop out.


5 posted on 04/11/2012 2:43:49 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: iowamark

“I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice”.

It would take a miracle to turn this mess around, but Good for Newt.


6 posted on 04/11/2012 2:44:59 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

We should be thankful he is staying in the race - but that’s Newt - ANYTHING FOR AMERICA! A Patriotic spirit!

Thank you Newt!!


7 posted on 04/11/2012 2:58:29 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Gator113

We should be thankful he is staying in the race - but that’s Newt - ANYTHING FOR AMERICA! A Patriotic spirit!

Thank you Newt!!


8 posted on 04/11/2012 3:00:13 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Go Newt.......


9 posted on 04/11/2012 3:00:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: iowamark

I voted for Santorum in IL, but he’s out. Newt’s in. Go Newt.


10 posted on 04/11/2012 3:37:52 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney have the mother of all Macaca moments)
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To: iowamark
Newt Gingrich is going after unpledged delegates - that haven't committed in primaries - including upcoming PA (72), and already completed MT (26) and (IL (69) delegates, since these delegates remain unpledged regardless of primary vote.

AND though there are going to be some “winner take all” primaries, the following contests are also on the schedule:

RI (16) proportional
NY (92) proportional
WVA (28) proportional -- elect delegates (who list their presidential pick on ballot)
NC (52) proportional
OR (25) proportional
AK (33) proportional
KY (42) proportional
TX (155) proportional
CA (169) proportional (by district)
NM (20) proportional
SD (25) proportional

The Green Papers

There there are the Contested delegates: …. “delegates have to be "uncontested" in order to count. The frontrunner's rivals argue some of the states that awarded Romney all of their delegates violated Republican National Committee rules when they moved their contests ahead of April 1 and therefore should distribute delegates proportionally. This dispute, if it continues, would not be ruled on until the August convention in Tampa.

"All the media counts right now give him all of Florida, which is against the rules, all of Arizona, which is against the rules, and all of Idaho," Gingrich said Monday. "Those are all three proportional states and they should only be counting his share. So he has to win 1,144 uncontested delegates."

FL: 50 delegates
ID: 32 delegates
AZ: 29 delegates

11 posted on 04/11/2012 3:45:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: iowamark
Cain said Tuesday morning on Fox News. “I remind people all the time, … ‘Keep your eye on the mission.’ And the mission is to get control of the Senate, maintain control of the House and defeat Barack Obama.

YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! That is the mission.
12 posted on 04/11/2012 4:10:58 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: iowamark; All

Just saw on the News (April 11, 2012.. 6:00 a.m. CDT) that Gov. Bobby Jindal, who initially endorsed Rick Perry, is now endorsing Mitt Romney. Guess everyone is throwing in the towel. Why are so many people reluctant to endorse Newt? I don’t understand.


13 posted on 04/11/2012 4:14:06 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: no dems

Politicians are getting intense financial pressure from the Romney gang to endorse him. That is no reason why the voters should follow suit.


14 posted on 04/11/2012 4:36:20 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Vanders9
It isnt over yet, but it will be unless Conservatives rally round...

There is no rational argument for Santorum's crowd to not support Newt.

Having said that, I'm sure there's someone amongst Conservatives who will try.

15 posted on 04/11/2012 4:36:35 AM PDT by Rudder
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To: iowamark

Politicians are getting intense financial pressure from the Romney gang to endorse him.
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What do you mean “financial pressure”?


16 posted on 04/11/2012 4:41:36 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: no dems

Perhaps they know they wont get away with the $hit they’re getting away with right now ??

Or perhaps they’re really RINO’s as well ?

Those are the two that I think are most likely.


17 posted on 04/11/2012 4:43:36 AM PDT by simplesimon (" God doesn't call the qualifed , He qualifes the CALLED! ".. FReeper TomasUSMC...)
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To: Rudder

-——There is no rational argument for Santorum’s crowd to not support Newt-——

The rational argument....
“By analyzing the data available and projecting it forward on a state by state basis, there is no chance Newt can win”

Having said that, I voted for Newt in the Tennessee Primary. I am not able to make the calculation because I don’t have the data required. I can though present the basis for a rational argument

After the skirmishes in the Republican primaries are over, the fight to the death will be with Obama. Best to keep powder dry and plenty of it for killing off Obama.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 5:03:04 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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19 posted on 04/11/2012 5:05:06 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: no dems

Politicians need cash to run. Moneyed interests say “Do this” if you want any money.


20 posted on 04/11/2012 5:05:15 AM PDT by iowamark
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