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Poll: Obama, Romney In Dead Heat [America Divided: Despite Poor Economy, 1/2 Want Obama Re-Elected!]
Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2012 | Jon Cohen and Dan Balz

Posted on 05/21/2012 9:54:23 PM PDT by Steelfish

Poll: Obama, Romney In Dead Heat

By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Monday, May 21

After months of aggressive campaigning on jobs and the economy, President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger, are locked in a dead heat over who could fix the problem foremost on voters’ minds, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The parity on economic issues foreshadows what probably will continue to be a tough and negative campaign. Overall, voters would be split 49 percent for Obama and 46 percent for Romney if the November election were held now. On handling the economy, they are tied at 47 percent.

Despite flare-ups over issues including contraception and same-sex marriage, more than half of all Americans cite the economy as the one concern that will decide their vote in the fall, relegating others — such as health care, taxes and the federal deficit — to single-digit status.

More than eight in 10 Americans still rate the national economy negatively, but there are strains of optimism as it continues to recover from the collapse of 2008. A majority of Americans — 54 percent — say they are more hopeful than anxious about the situation over the next few years, while 58 percent are bullish about their financial prospects.

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


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1 posted on 05/21/2012 9:54:33 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

When the Washington Post says it’s a dead heat for Obama, I automatically give Mitt at least five points, possibly more.

I can still remember every newscaster in America staring into the cameras on election night 1980 and saying with perfectly straight faces that the election was “too close to call”.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 9:58:28 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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3 posted on 05/21/2012 10:01:19 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Ronin

Right, these numbers in a Washington Post poll point to a Romney 53 to 47 victory.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 10:01:33 PM PDT by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: Steelfish

Which makes you wonder how far the average I.Q. in this country has fallen over the past few years. I’ll bet we’ve dropped of 10 or 20 points at least.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 10:02:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: Steelfish

This is what happens when the GOP-E puts up a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal like Romney against arguably the worst President we have ever had.

It’s like the GOP didn’t want to win this time.


6 posted on 05/21/2012 10:02:55 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Steelfish

What bs, that 49% would reelect Obama.


7 posted on 05/21/2012 10:04:25 PM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: SoConPubbie

What do you expect when the best candidate refuses to run (and I am not blaming her) and the Right cannot unify around one candidate? Why cry over split milk now?


8 posted on 05/21/2012 10:05:40 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: arrogantsob
What do you expect when the best candidate refuses to run (and I am not blaming her) and the Right cannot unify around one candidate? Why cry over split milk now?

What's your point?

He's not my candidate.

The stench from his record and his constant lying is too much for me to hold my nose and vote for him.
9 posted on 05/21/2012 10:07:20 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Can you explain why conservatives didn’t select someone else in the primaries?


10 posted on 05/21/2012 10:08:22 PM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: Steelfish

Very troubling news indeed.

And this is before the kneepad media gets into high gear for 0.

God help us.


11 posted on 05/21/2012 10:08:28 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Forget the GOP and build the Constitution Party, because the status quo is no longer the way to go.)
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To: SoConPubbie

FUBO!!!


12 posted on 05/21/2012 10:08:28 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Ronin

If we are realistic about the sad state of affairs in our nation we will acknowledge that almost half our fellow citizens are reliant on Uncle Sugar. In past decades there is little doubt that Obama would be toast based on his performance and the stagnant economy. However, we need to admit that roughly 50/50 is the new norm in politics. It will be very difficult to turn things around given that we will be looking at decades of “austerity” measures to dig ourselves out of the hole. Cut enough of the government bennies and the other side will be highly motivated - see Greece, France, and what the rats are attempting in Wisconsin.

I am not optimistic we could sustain any kind of long term austerity measures to pay down our debt while we allowed the free market to grow the economy. There are plenty of “conservatives” who will vote for themselves too when the cuts affect them. Sorry, that is just the way I see it. We are in a world of hurt and it will take generations to turn it around. Difficult to do when a nation is so evenly divided and the media/academia are firmly in the other sides camp.


13 posted on 05/21/2012 10:08:57 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
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To: Steelfish

Poll: Obama dead meat.

Pray for America


14 posted on 05/21/2012 10:10:28 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Williams
Can you explain why conservatives didn’t select someone else in the primaries?

Oh, you know the answers to this one, it was pretty obvious:

1. Overwhelmingly funding disadvantages on the conservatives part.
2. Character assassination by Romney, including lying about both candidates with add 24/7 using that funding disadvantage.
3. A conservative press that refused to vet the record of Romney.
15 posted on 05/21/2012 10:11:05 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is so true. Demographics is destiny. We are screwed. Ideas don’t matter anymore. We are a nation of tribes and Obama knows how to appeal to each of them: SEIU, NARAL, NEA, GLTB, NAACP, La Raza; Illegals, Single White Women, and the list goes on.


16 posted on 05/21/2012 10:11:58 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Ronin

Me too. I also remember in 2004 when they pretty much said Kerry won based on exit polls.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 10:12:06 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: unkus
FUBO!


18 posted on 05/21/2012 10:12:20 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Let’s put an end to Romney’s wonderful-sounding lies, and work to DUMP ROMNEY. Romney has been telling lies that con us into believing that “Change” is coming.

There will be little change. Romney will be Obamalite. For example, Romney says that he will “get rid of” Obama”care” by sending it in 50 pieces to our already bankrupt 50 States. That will just increase the financial, and regulation impact of Obama”care.”

My reasoning for the DUMP ROMNEY Campaign is as follows:

DUMP ROMNEY and replace him with a stellar Dark Horse Republican Presidential Nominee.

IF Romney is probably going to lose to Obama, THEN it is incumbent upon the RNC to intervene and declare an OPEN Convention, regardless of the Primary delegates that Romney has.

Continued accumulation of Primary delegates in the remaining State Primaries is the key to improving Paul’s chances of forcing the GOP-E to hold an OPEN Convention in Tampa.

Paul will then have completed his main task in this Primary: giving the delegates the freedom to DUMP ROMNEY!

My goal is to defeat the insanity of Keyensian Economics in “both” of our very sorry political parties THIS YEAR!

This can be accomplished by the Delegates choosing a stellar Dark Horse Nominee, such as R-Rep. Allen West of Florida, to slaughter Obama in a November Landslide.

It is not enough to beat Obama, he must be smashed in a huge landslide to repudiate his Marxist ideas for America!

Romney is not Warrior enough to do so.

The key is to FORCE the GOP-E to allow for an OPEN Convention in Tampa. Without an OPEN Convention the SOS of INSANE Federal Over-Spending will keep America on the same crowded track with Greece, and Kalifornia.

There are over 15, 000, 000, 000, 000 reasons why spending more money this year than was taken in during the previous year is an INSANE path to financial destruction.

Neither Obama or Romney have presented a plan to spend our Federal dollars in a non-insane manner.

For example, the GOP Elite have stood in line to endorse Romney, to endorse “The Ryan Budget,” and to compromise-away every opportunity to reduce Federal Spending.

I included the Ryan Budget, because Rep. Paul Ryan himself says that his “Budget” will balance in 30 YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, I added those exclamation points, because both you and I know that Ryan’s budget will NEVER balance, and thus will never be a fact. The exclamation points are just for volume emphasis.

______________________

The main point of my post is as follows: In order to DUMP ROMNEY there must be an OPEN, or “Bartered” Convention.

Ron Paul, Santorum and Newt are our best hopes to achieve an OPEN Convention because they have the most Delegates to force the Romney Delegates to approve of an OPEN Convention.

Since RP is the only active Candidate left standing, he has the best chance of forcing the RNC to have an OPEN Convention in Tampa.

With an OPEN Convention, NONE of the Primary Candidates stand a chance of becoming the Nominee, except Romney.

That possibility must be countered by a stellar Dark Horse, that is someone that has not run in this years Primary Campaign.

Otherwise Romney will follow the same stupid path as McCain and lose to Obama “much to the surprise of the GOP-E.”

Ron Paul, Santorum and Newt were rejected by Primary voters, and would be re-soundly rejected by the voters in the National Election. Thus, their main value is to force an OPEN Convention.

The Convention Delegates then would have a chance to choose a Nominee who could easily defeat Obama.

I had earlier supported R-Sc Sen. Jim DeMint, but he will not leave the Senate. Now I support R-Fla. Rep. Allen West. Rep. Allen West is a retired US Army Colonel, straight-talking Conservative, AND is the only non-welcome member of the Congressional Black Caucus, (the Libs hate him).

There are many other Republican non-RINO Dark Horses who would make excellent Dark Horse Nominees.

The DUMP ROMNEY Campaign requires an OPEN or “Bartered” Convention in Tampa.

Make your voice and vote count towards an OPEN Convention in Tampa, Florida!

BTW, Nominee Allen West WOULD be Florida’s favorite son in November - - - .


19 posted on 05/21/2012 10:13:45 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Patrick1

And we are 6 months out.
Romney isnt even the nominee officially.
Obamas in a heap of ****


20 posted on 05/21/2012 10:15:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SoConPubbie

You are free to act like a spoiled child who did not get his way.

Romney, at his worst, is not a commie crook and will be a breath of fresh air for you who are concerned with stench.

Mature voters understand that you can’t always get what you want.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 10:16:13 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Why couldn’t other candidates raise more money from conservatives, when there is such a huge tea party/ conservative movement?

All you’re saying is, the others lost. They didn’t raise enough money, the media didn’t help them, and Romney’s attacks worked on them.

It’s hardly a conspiracy or rocket science, they just lost.

In any event, I assume this was not a likely voters poll?


22 posted on 05/21/2012 10:16:28 PM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yep, FUBO!!!


23 posted on 05/21/2012 10:17:03 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Graewoulf

I pray your efforts to re-elect Obama fail.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 10:17:52 PM PDT by GRANGER
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To: Steelfish

LoL, this piece of propaganda polled “adults” for crying out loud. Add 10% to the Romney total.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 10:18:51 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: Williams

No.. I think honestly 49% do want him reelected. That is about the same percentage that is getting a hand out.

What we have to do is count on many of them staying home. Obama doesn’t have the following he did in O8.. People are likely not going to be all that trilled about going to the polls for him.


26 posted on 05/21/2012 10:20:34 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Graewoulf

Despite the beat of your drum the parade is going the other way.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 10:20:49 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Which makes you wonder how far the average I.Q. in this country has fallen over the past few years. I’ll bet we’ve dropped of 10 or 20 points at least.”
_________________________________________________

This has been my contention for quite some time.
As I look from outside, I see absolute IDIOTS, such as that stupid Obot teacher in NC.
I will say it over and over, the Marxist have taken over education and media in America.
I do not see how the country will recover.


28 posted on 05/21/2012 10:22:04 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Williams

“Adults” were polled so it is deliberately stupid.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 10:22:25 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: Williams

Collectively they did. Romney never got more than 50% in states where 2 or more other conservatives where on the ticket.

The problem was to many to chose from and no one really pulled the conservatives in. Kane started to then the bimbo eruption happened. I think, had he been able to handle that and stay in the race he could have been the one to beat Mittens.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 10:23:20 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: arrogantsob

Romney is on top of every major Lefty agenda item, from single payer system to Cap and Trade to raising taxes, albeit Romney will do it the way he did it in his home state.

Mitt Gimmick 2012, that’s who you’re supporting. If that is what “mature” voters want, it explains why this country has been in decline for so long and continues to collapse.


31 posted on 05/21/2012 10:23:41 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: SoConPubbie; Williams

Rass has Obama on top 47 - 45, with 5% preferring Third Party, and 5% Undecided. Romney has fallen like a rock in Rassmussen.

Who do you suppose these 10% are? Me, for sure, but who else? The jobless don’t seem to be going for Romney, and increasing economic activity isn’t bringing the Independents to Romney either.

May God be with us. May we be with God.


32 posted on 05/21/2012 10:23:58 PM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Steelfish

Not likely voters, not registered voters, but “adults”.

Stupid propaganda.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 10:24:17 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Williams
No Williams, all I am saying, is that the worst candidate possible, from a conservative perspective, appears to have gained the nomination of the GOP.

A candidate whose record declares him to be a lying, left-wing, progressive liberal.

A candidate who, because he had more money, and because he is unafraid to lie about his opponents on a continual basis, was able to outlast his opponents.

A candidate who could not garner a majority of votes in any southern state in any conservative stronghold, but was able to handily win those states that were either moderate or liberal. He didn't win those states he needs to win in November and he won in those states he can't win in November.
34 posted on 05/21/2012 10:30:50 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: rogue yam

Obviously, you missed Rassmussen polling out today. See #32.


35 posted on 05/21/2012 10:30:59 PM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Graewoulf

FUBO!!!


36 posted on 05/21/2012 10:33:05 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: SoConPubbie
Nice graphic, but what's your point?

In case you missed it, Newt dropped out weeks ago. He now endorses Romney. Doesn't make me happy to say that since I was a Newt guy, but reality is very sobering.

There are only two choices left. Pick one.

Before you answer remember this, Perot was a third choice and that didn't work out very well.

37 posted on 05/21/2012 10:35:18 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: GRANGER; All

If you have convinced yourself that there is ANY possibility that Romney will beat Obama, then I think that I understand your quote: “- - - I pray your efforts to re-elect Obama fail.”

I see NO possibility of Romney winning anything but the RINO Nomination to lose to Obama in November.

IF anybody but Romney can beat Obama, then let us Nominate him in Tampa.

BTW, Who could better win the key State of Florida: Obama, Romney or Allen West? As Florida goes, so goes the Nation - - - .


38 posted on 05/21/2012 10:37:35 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: cableguymn
“What we have to do is count on many of them staying home”

I'm probably not staying home but I'm not voting for either Romney or Obama. I'll vote for conservatives down the ticket.

Its clear the GOP will not nominate a conservative presidential candidate and will instead try to push a liberal down conservatives throats, so conservatives need to push their candidates from the bottom up...

39 posted on 05/21/2012 10:38:31 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: arrogantsob
You are free to act like a spoiled child who did not get his way.

Like I haven't heard that one before along with "You're from DU", "I guess you are voting for Obama.", "How does it feel to be working for the DNC", and a whole host of other immature prattle from those unwilling to debate Romney's record of lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberalism.

I can't vote for anyone Republican or Democrat, who:

1. Implemented Gay Marriage
2. Supported Abortion
3. Nominated 27 out of 36 extreme left-wing Progressive Liberal judges
4. Implemented an "Assualt" Weapons ban.
5. Implemented Socialized Medicine with a $50 Abortion
6. Raised taxes/fees by $700 million.
7. Implemented a Carbon Cap and Trade system
8. Supported Amnesty for Illegals via McCain-Kennedy.
9. Supported the Brady Bill
10. Supported and forced Gay Adoption
11. Supported Global Warming.

That's not the record of a Republican. It's the record of a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal.


40 posted on 05/21/2012 10:39:01 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: GRANGER; Graewoulf

I am flabbergasted how we eat our own and take our primary battles to the general despite Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, and Cain all willing to campaign for Obama. This now ABO before our nation goes off a cliff.


41 posted on 05/21/2012 10:41:33 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Kickass Conservative
There are only two choices left. Pick one.

Sorry, but the choices you declare are left are both disasters in the making.

There are other choices, they may not win, but at least I won't sacrifice my soul voting for a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal like Mitt Romney.

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton
42 posted on 05/21/2012 10:41:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie; arrogantsob

Enough of this nonsense. We all had our primary favorites. Romney won and by any measure he’s way better than the Marxist in the White House. One more SCOTUS appointment like Kagan or Sotomayor and we have placed our nation toward an irreversible path of ruination. We don’t take primary battles to the general. Let’s not do Obama’s work and instead work to defeat the scoundrel and media favorite who was elected by Hollywood and their enablers.


43 posted on 05/21/2012 10:47:58 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Which makes you wonder how far the average I.Q. in this country has fallen over the past few years

The problem is not the decrease in I.Q. .... it's the increase in the 'E.Q.' (Entitlement Quotient).

44 posted on 05/21/2012 10:47:58 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: SoConPubbie
My Mother always told me that by not making a choice, you are making a choice.

There are two choices left. That isn't an illusion, it is a reality. I don't like it, but it is what it is.

Do what you think is right my FRiend.

45 posted on 05/21/2012 10:49:54 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: AlexW
I will say it over and over, the Marxist have taken over education and media in America. I do not see how the country will recover.

Well, we just have to have the resolve to vow to get the media and education back. FR is media. So are other conservative sites. Soon, conservatives will get a conservative cable TV channel. Home schooling, private schools and getting involved in the public school system at the local level are good starts. It may take a generation but it must be done.

46 posted on 05/21/2012 10:50:59 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: SoConPubbie
My Mother always told me that by not making a choice, you are making a choice.

There are two choices left. That isn't an illusion, it is a reality. I don't like it, but it is what it is.

Do what you think is right my FRiend.

47 posted on 05/21/2012 10:52:44 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: arrogantsob
LoL, this piece of propaganda polled “adults” for crying out loud. Add 10% to the Romney total.

LOL...they sure did bury that little fact didn't they.

You had to go to the actual poll.

48 posted on 05/21/2012 10:57:12 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Ronin

There sample self identified as 22% GOP and 32% Dim.


49 posted on 05/21/2012 11:08:29 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: Steelfish

” - - - This now ABO before our nation goes off a cliff.”

America is broke.

After 60 % of each workday has expired or 1:48 PM, the US Federal government has to borrow money in order to complete the 8 hour work day.

Romney will continue to increase the amount of money that the US Federal Government will have to borrow from YOUR Grandchildren’s descendants.

It is all about the money, your grandchildren’s descendants money.

Since the smokescreen topics of “Jobs” and “The Economy” were the substitute topics for THE GIGANTIC NATIONAL DEBT, Romney never came up with a workable Federal Baseline, year to year, Spending Cut Plan.

We as a Nation of Responsible Adults can no longer afford to “get behind whoever the empty suit of the year is” and hope for the best. “By golly, it will be different THIS time! You just mark my words!” Is an insane way of trying to fail.

After a non-problem solving Primary, and >3 years of Obama’s incompetence and finantial disaster, the best the RINO Party can do is to continue to endorse, close ranks behind a Candidate who has not even won enough delagates by this late date in May to declare himself the Nominee. AND he is statistically tied with Obama in National Opinion Polls!

IF Romney is doing as poorly as I have described, THEN let us DUMP ROMNEY and choose a MUCH better Nominee. THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, if y’all doubt me then just read any thread on FR and count the number of FReeper voters who plan to sit on their hands instead of voting.

Blame, flame or shame all that you want to, but the fact remains Romney is a VERY weak Candidate for President, but would make a great Ambassador to the UN in President Allen West’s Administration.


50 posted on 05/21/2012 11:16:29 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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