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Romney to Woo Conservatives at NRA Event
Time ^ | April 13, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON

Posted on 04/13/2012 9:23:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

ST. LOUIS) — Mitt Romney's speech to the National Rifle Association is a high-profile chance for the Republican presidential candidate to woo conservatives who have viewed him warily for years.

The address on Friday in St. Louis also comes at a moment of heightened national concern about gun use because of the explosive Florida case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot an unarmed teenager. The NRA strongly backed Florida's "stand your ground" law, which is at the heart of the unfolding legal matter.

It won't be the first time Romney has had to walk a careful line between appealing to conservatives, who form his party's base, and trying not to alarm independents, who will be crucial in the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

Few conservative groups have a bigger name or broader network than the NRA. Thousands of members are filling St. Louis hotels and sidewalks this weekend for an annual convention that offers "over seven acres of guns, gear and outfitters."

The NRA is so vital to Republican politicians that Rick Santorum, who suspended his presidential candidacy Tuesday, is keeping his appointment to speak just after Romney on Friday. Others scheduled to speak at the "leadership forum" include presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Romney has an uneasy relationship with gun owners. "I don't line up with the NRA," he said when he tried to oust Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in Massachusetts in 1994.....

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; conservatism; gopprimary; guns
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To: Marguerite; Nefertiti; haffast; Ides of March; Kmavp6728; wolfpat; Cassanova Frankenstein; ...
Newt IS the only real Conservative in the race! And this Republican Primary race is not over!

I hope North Carolina Freepers will get to attend these events tomorrow if any are held near them.

April 14

Newt Gingrich to Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Saturday, April 14 - 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Boulevard
Charlotte, NC

Newt Gingrich to Speak at the 2012 ProsperiTEA Rally
Saturday, April 14 - 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET
301 W. Market Street (behind the Old County Courthouse)
Greensboro, NC

Newt Gingrich to Speak at the GOP Kickoff 2012
Saturday, April 14 - 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wilson County Fair Grounds
Wilson, NC

Newt Gingrich to Speak at the Triange Conservatives Unite Tax Day Tea Party Rally
Saturday, April 14 - 7:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Halifax Mall (behind the General Assembly)
16 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

51 posted on 04/13/2012 5:09:09 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
More like, “I’m Mitt Romney, and I’m reporting for duty!”

LOL, another goodie, forgot about that one.

52 posted on 04/13/2012 5:24:58 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: seekthetruth

“Newt IS the only real Conservative in the race! And this Republican Primary race is not over!”

When Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995, the congressional approval was about 20%. When he left the Speakership four years later, the approval was 60%. (Now it is 11%).

Newt Gingrich identified, recruited, campaigned for and helped organize the biggest minority opposition swing in US modern history getting 367 Congressional candidates to sign the Contract With America in 1994. This resulted in a NET GOP pickup of 52 seats in the House, 8 in the Senate and 11 Governorships. GOPAC founder Pete DuPont and Paul Weyrich both didn’t believe it could be done.

Mitt Romney opposed the two most successful conservative policy efforts of the last 30 years… the Reagan policies of the 1980`s and the Contract With America of the 1994. In fact, in his debate with Kennedy, Romney refused to endorse the “Contract With America,” which House Republicans had proudly presented as their campaign manifesto, and he balked when Kennedy tried to link him to the Reagan administration. “I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush,” Romney retorted.

WHO in his right mind can prefer Mitt over NEWT? Gingrich has the most exemplary conservative resume among ALL the actual or former Republican Congressmen alive!


53 posted on 04/13/2012 5:27:06 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: seekthetruth

I don’t know that Mr. Gingrich is actually what he claims to be, but its a nice thought.


54 posted on 04/13/2012 5:46:18 PM PDT by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Gator113

Yes, I heard him - a good man. I heard them all to the end. Am now a member of NRA. Don’t mess with me.


55 posted on 04/13/2012 6:17:38 PM PDT by Marcella (Vote Newt; Newt needs money)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wasn’t Kerry an NRA member? Wasn’t he in Vietnam? Didn’t he buy a huntin’ license in Ohio once?


56 posted on 04/13/2012 6:23:32 PM PDT by meyer (Fluke - the new "F" word)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Marguerite

>> “I am right on the verge of supporting Gingrich”

It wasn’t long ago we were both Herman Cain supporters.

Go Newt!!!


57 posted on 04/13/2012 6:34:58 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Marcella

LOL... I already knew not to mess with you, Texas lady.


58 posted on 04/13/2012 6:46:53 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for the heads-up.

Mrs BN & I have already absentee voted for Newt. We are in Belize, Central America at the moment.


59 posted on 04/13/2012 6:53:34 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Marguerite

Newt is done and he has noone to blame but himself.
You’re living in la la land if you think otherwise.

He’s been vacationing and partying with Callista. Why do you stay loyal to him when he’s not even seriously running anymore?

Newt has many talents and is very smart. He would make a great addition to any cabinet but from the looks of things, he has burned those bridges as well. Time will tell.

I’ll never forgive him for being a spoiler and ruining Santorum’s chances by gleaning off votes from him.


60 posted on 04/13/2012 9:00:10 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: gusty; DoughtyOne

Well, I was a) pissed off. And b) just thinking aloud. I would be more inclined to either vote for Santorum still on the ballot, or vote for Ron Paul out of disgust and protest.


61 posted on 04/14/2012 12:37:04 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Oh, well. SEE YOU IN THE CAMPS. (Hope your forearm tatoo doesnt hurt too much)....)
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To: gusty; DoughtyOne

Well, I was a) pissed off. And b) just thinking aloud. I would be more inclined to either vote for Santorum still on the ballot, or vote for Ron Paul out of disgust and protest.


62 posted on 04/14/2012 12:37:27 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Oh, well. SEE YOU IN THE CAMPS. (Hope your forearm tatoo doesnt hurt too much)....)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I hear ya. I share your disgust to the “x”.

I may write in Ronald Reagan just to really get their goat.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if something like that caught fire and he was re-elected. What a hoot...


63 posted on 04/14/2012 12:40:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: upchuck

“Mitt Romney’s speech to the National Rifle Association is a high-profile chance for the Republican presidential candidate to woo conservatives who have viewed him warily for years.”

“What utter rubbish. NRA members who know Myth’s real record will not be swayed by a mere speech. In fact, I doubt they could be swayed by anything the GOP-E sucking Myth might say.”

Contrary to Romney’s introduction on the podium at NRA meeting as “a life member of the NRA”, his membership dates only from 2007, when Romney made the first bid at the presidency. I don’t know WHY Chris Cox lied.
In 2002 gubernatorial election, the NRA gave Romney a B grade, but gave his Democratic opponent, Shannon O’Brien, a sterling A.

Romney’s flip-flops on Second Amendment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj8Nk3p1wyY


64 posted on 04/14/2012 7:33:59 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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