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Petraeus as GOP VP candidate?

Posted on 04/28/2012 5:07:24 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill

What does FR think about CIA Director David Petraeus as the GOP VP candidate?


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: petraeus; vanity; vicepresident
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Thoughts?
1 posted on 04/28/2012 5:07:28 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Pro-abort.


2 posted on 04/28/2012 5:08:18 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I googled this issue and could not find out much. How do you know he is pro-abortion?


3 posted on 04/28/2012 5:10:50 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

What are his politics?


4 posted on 04/28/2012 5:11:12 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I really hate the political version of American Idol.

Someone does something right and everyone starts screaming for them to be president without a further look.


5 posted on 04/28/2012 5:11:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2425426/posts

This has been kicked around before. IN this thread there are links to interviews where he describes himself as a northeastern/Rockefeller Republican.

I have found that generals in politics tend to be pragmatists, and big government types. That mindset is fine for the military where you are assigned a specific, limited objective (when it is done right), not so good for civilian government.


6 posted on 04/28/2012 5:12:01 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Doesn’t excite me. Not a bad guy; decent combat leader. Still....need a red-meat Conservative; really not sure he fits that bill.


7 posted on 04/28/2012 5:12:56 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

I’d need to more about him.


8 posted on 04/28/2012 5:13:05 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I do not know exactly. In 2008, he was mentioned often as McCain’s potential running mate, but he said he had no interest. Now that he has left the Army and is running the CIA, he may have changed his mind.


9 posted on 04/28/2012 5:13:20 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

He’s too moderate on too many issues. IMHO, Mitt will end up picking a RINO as his VP, and it could end up being Petraeus, or Chris Christie. Governor Suzanne Martinez would be a much better VP pick, overall, and ditto, Condi Rice.


10 posted on 04/28/2012 5:13:36 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

As my grandfather said of Eisenhower, Great general, mediocre president.


11 posted on 04/28/2012 5:14:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

I don’t like unknowns one heartbeat from the presidency. I’d support him for Joint Chief of Staff or for Sec of Defense.


12 posted on 04/28/2012 5:14:18 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
Aren't all those people you named pro-abortion activists?

What more can you think of doing that will guarantee that Romney can not win any Conservative votes?

13 posted on 04/28/2012 5:16:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
On paper, he sounds great. My only issue is that a number of years ago, there was another General that everyone was excited to be the GOP VP or Pres. Upon closer examination, he ended up being a very Liberal person who voted for Obama because he was black.

We will need to vet Petraeus thoroughly to make sure this doesn't happen again.

14 posted on 04/28/2012 5:21:27 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
Just a thought, how about a guy who knows where all the problems are. I don't know what party David Walker belongs to, but I would find a at least a cabinet place for him.

David Walker

15 posted on 04/28/2012 5:22:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

He isn’t a political conservative as far as I know.

Still, I believe war is coming like it or not. Even if Ron Paul is president, war is coming. It would probably be good to have someone in the administration who understood the military. So, while he isn’t my first choice, he would be a good man to have. Secretary of Defense or CIA Director might be better.


16 posted on 04/28/2012 5:22:03 PM PDT by marron
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

He’s a globalist. IOW, would fit in perfectly, either with Romney or Obama.


17 posted on 04/28/2012 5:26:04 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
...would you trust a soccer player ???? probably leaning left of center....

call me when a rugby scrummer signs up....

18 posted on 04/28/2012 5:26:27 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Condi Rice?

Being forced to vote for one RINO is bad enough, no less two of them!

Duncan Hunter (the senior) is who we need.


19 posted on 04/28/2012 5:27:11 PM PDT by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Martinez for VeePee!


20 posted on 04/28/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Good idea! VP has no control over abortion—lets not kick that can— A great idea to run a war hero! (McCain wasn’t a war hero—he was a war victim—but not a hero) This thought is Ok with me. Is he a conservative? Who ever Mitt picts must be conservative!


21 posted on 04/28/2012 5:35:14 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Obama has completely screwed the pouch with Iraq and Afghanistan, and so people don’t want to think about Iraq and Afghanistan - they just want them to go away.

Putting Petreus on the ticket just screams Iraq and Afghanistan - in my judgment, that will just turn people off, if not overtly, at least subliminally.


22 posted on 04/28/2012 5:37:48 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Preference: Allen West.


23 posted on 04/28/2012 5:38:01 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

So we get GW Romney and a conservative, still the socialists in the republican party will turn us more socialist/fascist while we yell hooray we a have a conservative VP, let me send them my money ..........

Damn it is true, just like Jefferson said, “A people get the leaders they deserve”, so if we change the people we will get better leaders, the system is so corrupt it isn’t funny. We have members on the court who don’t even belive in our contitution,


24 posted on 04/28/2012 5:38:59 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: marron

I agree—It just feels like war is on the horizon—its like 1936 or something. And I don’t mean a little war like we have going on but WW III—a war we could lose. We could all end up slaves to Chinese masters—talk about 1% people? No net, no food, no freedom. President’s appointed out of Peking—all children forced to learn Mao’s little red book and speak Chinese! Shootings each day of any who refuses to labor for pennies a day. Yes, it may well come to that. Maybe then a General might not be a bad idea.


25 posted on 04/28/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
Birds of a feather, this guy is the VP pick:
26 posted on 04/28/2012 5:42:28 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: cripplecreek

“As my grandfather said of Eisenhower, Great general, mediocre president.”

Don’t take it personal, but your grandfather was wrong on this one - or let’s say half wrong - about the medicore president part.

Ike will never rate as one of the greats but he deserves better than the medicore catagory. If for no other reason than creating the interstate highway system. I will agree that he wasn’t a high profile president who felt a need to be out front in the news every single day. But, you know what? I don’t need nor want this from my POTUS. I give you Mr. Obama as my best example....


27 posted on 04/28/2012 5:47:59 PM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

I believe he was against enhanced interrogation, choosing army field manual instead. Also, the one who advocated “winning hearts and minds” of the enemy.

No thanks. Condi’s no great conservative either.


28 posted on 04/28/2012 5:50:24 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Not interested in a globalist, internationalist, new world order, type.


29 posted on 04/28/2012 5:51:48 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

How about Dick Cheney, since he has a new heart?


30 posted on 04/28/2012 5:59:12 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: cripplecreek

Actually my Date of Rank goes back to Eisenhower and I still LIKE IKE..( I retired from the military in December of 2005.


31 posted on 04/28/2012 5:59:23 PM PDT by jesseam
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

The VP would matter to me IF we have a legitimate Conservative nominee if we end up with Romney the VP won’t matter to me, I didn’t vote for McCain because of Palin but I’m glad she was on the ticket.


32 posted on 04/28/2012 6:00:09 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: wolfman23601

Who is that?


33 posted on 04/28/2012 6:00:13 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Anyone but Condi Rice!


34 posted on 04/28/2012 6:01:27 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Stosh

>”Putting Petreus on the ticket just screams Iraq and Afghanistan - in my judgment, that will just turn people off, if not overtly, at least subliminally.”<

That was my first response. Besides there’s doubt that he’s really a conservative. As Dr. Sivana points out, many generals tend to be big government types. Authoritarianism in the military may be needed to win wars, but that’s not what we want for the country as a whole.


35 posted on 04/28/2012 6:03:34 PM PDT by GJones2 (Petreus as VP)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Despite the last name, IMO, Jeb Bush would be the best pick for VP.

1. More than any other candidate, he’s absolutely ready to take over should the Pres. be incapacitated.

2. He was an excellent Governor.

3. His wife’s Hispanic and he speaks Spanish. The GOP needs as much of the Hispanic vote as we can get.


36 posted on 04/28/2012 6:04:11 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

In his superior internationalism, he places shira law above the rights of Americans under constitution. He’s in Bam’s administration because he places Islam over Americans. No thanks. He’s withered under political correctness.


37 posted on 04/28/2012 6:07:58 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Signalman

The GOP needs to worry about winning the white vote overwhelmingly. I have no interest in pandering. They have already put the entire South at risk by nominating a liberal Massachuesettes mormon. They better damn well make sure they can still get enough white men to the polls to offset the black vote because you know they are showing up.


38 posted on 04/28/2012 6:10:56 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Pres...Maybe

Help for Romney...Not a chance!

Patraeus ain’t no Sarah Palin!


39 posted on 04/28/2012 6:16:46 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worst Rinos ever!)
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To: muawiyah

Like I said, I see Romney picking a RINO for VP, and then, I listed some RINO possibilities! I don’t see Romney picking a full fledged conservative as his VP, but I do hope that I’m wrong about this. It, probably, doesn’t really matter, because I don’t see Romney winning this November, despite all of Obama’s problems.


40 posted on 04/28/2012 6:33:11 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

McChrystal...
Rember Joe Bite Me?


41 posted on 04/28/2012 6:34:34 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Signalman

Jeb Bush is for amnesty for illegal immigrants! The U.S. is finished as a capitalistic country, when so many are praising “pro-amnesty for illegal immigrant” Republicans, such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie,...!


42 posted on 04/28/2012 6:39:10 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Petraeus is a servant of the Usurper. Put Col. Lakin in the VP spot and I might consider voting for mittens.


43 posted on 04/28/2012 6:45:18 PM PDT by Godebert (NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

search petraeus/admiral fallon/uss saratoga/mccain


44 posted on 04/28/2012 6:46:10 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

I don’t care if Luke Skywalker, Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne is picked. I REFUSE to hold my nose and vote again for a RINO.

Going over a cliff at 75 MPH is no different than going over a cliff at 100 MPH - you still wind up dead.


45 posted on 04/28/2012 7:01:41 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

I don’t care if Luke Skywalker, Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne is picked. I REFUSE to hold my nose and vote again for a RINO.

Going over a cliff at 75 MPH is no different than going over a cliff at 100 MPH - you still wind up dead.


46 posted on 04/28/2012 7:01:41 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

I don’t care if Luke Skywalker, Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne is picked. I REFUSE to hold my nose and vote again for a RINO.

Going over a cliff at 75 MPH is no different than going over a cliff at 100 MPH - you still wind up dead.


47 posted on 04/28/2012 7:01:53 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: snoringbear
Ike was dismissed at the time by professional historians (most of whom just happen to be liberal Democrats), but his reputation has been steadily rising.

He was probably the best President in the last 60 years apart from Reagan, with the possible exception of George W. Bush. (Too soon to evaluate Bush 43).

48 posted on 04/28/2012 7:18:04 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Dr. Sivana
Well, since Romney has described himself as "severely conservative," he needs someone from the more moderate wing of the party for balance./s

McCain's choice of Palin was brilliant, but he should have let her know two months earlier so she would have had time to prepare, and not to be thrown to the media piranhas without time to get ready for the national spotlight. There are several good conservatives who have been talked about who could help Romney. If he picks someone else it had better be a genuine conservative (pro-life, of course) and someone who can hit the ground running.

49 posted on 04/28/2012 7:23:36 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Romney should either take Susan Martinez or Marco Rubio and be done with it.

Although Allen West would really piss the libs off.


50 posted on 04/28/2012 8:06:27 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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