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GOP leaders less critical than Mitt Romney in response to Libya attack
Washington Post ^ | 9/12/12 | Ed O'Keefe

Posted on 09/12/2012 11:03:24 AM PDT by LonelyCon

But no Republican leader [other than Romney] criticized President Obama on Wednesday morning. They called instead for stronger security at U.S. diplomatic facilities, the swift capture and punishment of the perpetrators and a renewed commitment to pro-democracy efforts in the Arab world.

Now is “a time for healing,” Ryan (R-Wis.) told a crowd in De Pere, Wis., during a campaign stop. He made no criticism of Obama in his remarks.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement: “We mourn for the families of our countrymen in Benghazi, and condemn this horrific attack. Eleven years after September 11, this is a jolting reminder that freedom remains under siege by forces around the globe who relish violence over free expression, and terror over democracy — and that America and free people everywhere must remain vigilant in defense of our liberties.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) added in a separate statement that, “These attacks will not deter America from continuing to promote peace, democracy, individual and religious freedom and an unwavering respect for human life throughout the region and the world.”

In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) usually reserves his morning Senate floor remarks to sharply criticize Obama administration policy. But Wednesday he struck a more somber tone and expressed support for “employing every available tool at our disposal to ensure the safety of Americans overseas and to hunt down those responsible for these attacks.

Even Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — a troika that regularly critiques the Obama administration’s foreign policy — urged Obama to continue supporting democracy efforts in Libya and Egypt.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boehner; mcconnell; romney; ryan
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Why isn't anyone backing up Romney here? I'm disturbed. What's going on?
1 posted on 09/12/2012 11:03:36 AM PDT by LonelyCon
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To: LonelyCon

Well, McCain for one was calling for intervention in Libya. He asked for this.


2 posted on 09/12/2012 11:05:32 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: LonelyCon

Where’s John Boehner?


3 posted on 09/12/2012 11:05:55 AM PDT by tsowellfan ("Real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls")
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To: LonelyCon
GOP leaders........oxymoron alert
4 posted on 09/12/2012 11:05:58 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: LonelyCon

GOP RINO leaders too afraid to speak out against the Kenyan Marxist. Maybe now Romney will begin to understand what Sarah Palin had to deal with when she would say something about Obama and NO ONE in the GOP would back her up


5 posted on 09/12/2012 11:07:02 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: jersey117

Yeah, we don’t need to hear from McCain


6 posted on 09/12/2012 11:07:13 AM PDT by tsowellfan ("Real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls")
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To: LonelyCon

It is ok. The whole thing about leadership is leading. Let Romney attack Obama on this.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 11:07:53 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: LonelyCon

Same crap every time. Gutless GOP Congress critters run and hide.


8 posted on 09/12/2012 11:07:53 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: LonelyCon

gop=GIANT OBNOXIOUS PU$$IES


9 posted on 09/12/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: LonelyCon
A “time for healing”?

What kind of a pathetic mealy-mouthed statement is that?

10 posted on 09/12/2012 11:08:50 AM PDT by mojito
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To: LonelyCon

‘GOP leaders less critical than Mitt Romney in response to Libya attack’

No surprise there...they’re still trying to figure out in which direction their knickers should be twisted...and, it will really depend on which direction the wind is blowing.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 11:08:57 AM PDT by moovova (Hope-ium...Time to kick the habit.)
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To: tsowellfan

Boehner is useless.....he has to go.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 11:09:17 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: LonelyCon

IMO, the GOP leadership has no gonads and suffers from ED.


13 posted on 09/12/2012 11:10:30 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: LonelyCon

Isn’t he teh GOP “leader” at this point?

Or is he a potted plant?


14 posted on 09/12/2012 11:10:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: LonelyCon

I’m sure we’ll be seeing Newt Gingrich making the rounds on the networks but he really does not count as he is not an elected official.

Don’t get me wrong, he counts. But it’s not his job to have to go out and do what should be done by our elected “leaders”.


15 posted on 09/12/2012 11:10:45 AM PDT by tsowellfan ("Real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls")
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To: LonelyCon

Rush mentioned that one reporter (ONE!) asked Obama if this was a grounds for war. Obama put his arm around Hillary and walked out without answering, or even deflecting the question.

We are in deep doodoo when everybody is afraid of the magic negro. (racist!)


16 posted on 09/12/2012 11:10:49 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: LonelyCon
Now is “a time for healing,” Ryan (R-Wis.) told a crowd in De Pere, Wis.

No Mr. Ryan, now is a time for justice to be served, there will be time for healing later
17 posted on 09/12/2012 11:11:10 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: tsowellfan

“Where’s John Boehner?”

He is probably working on his tan before heading to the bar.


18 posted on 09/12/2012 11:11:38 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: LonelyCon
Let's give Romney credit for his vision and strength. He is leading and the GOP will follow. We should not nit pick the GOP now. This is a major incident and Obama blew it big time.
19 posted on 09/12/2012 11:12:07 AM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: LonelyCon

Nothing but a bunch of pu$$ies!

Why the hell aren’t they calling for retaliation? Why aren’t they screaming for Zero to do something? If they stayed on top of this, hour after hour after hour, constantly pounding on the puss-in-chief, Zero would end up in a corner of the oval office in the fetal position.

Palin is correct. The GOP is done. No balls, no brains, no spine, no men.

We were duped again!

RUN SARAH, RUN!


20 posted on 09/12/2012 11:13:14 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: LonelyCon

Romney was cool in the face of the Obama media’s gross bias.


21 posted on 09/12/2012 11:13:35 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: slumber1

“..GOP leaders........oxymoron alert..”

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These gutless bastards have been a big part of our problem for a long time. And we must blame the Repub voters for this since they keep reelecting the bought-and-paid-for RINOs in the Congress. Their taxpayer-funded pay checks and their golden “D.C. Golden” medical plans keep them kissing all the butt they can — to say nothing of the payoffs from the lobbyists that dwarf their pay checks.

Totally sucks.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 11:13:50 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: LonelyCon

Here’s what I said about the war (by any other name) in Libya last June:

“It’s an embarassment for NATO, for sure.

However, why is NATO even trying to kill Daffy? He stopped his WMD programmes, shortly after the Iraq invasion. He had been embraced (literally, even) by European and American leaders for several years since. Libya was considered benign — perhaps even a success story in the WOT.

It’s become very clear that the rebels were not the vanguard of a “popular uprising”.

The leftist notion of a “humanitarian war” is a dangerous concept. In the case of Libya, there wasn’t even an actual humanitarian crisis — just trumped-up charges of impending genocide.”

Quoted myself from here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2739870/posts


23 posted on 09/12/2012 11:14:35 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: hattend

Rush said Obama put his arm around part of Hillary. The part it would fit around, one assumes.


24 posted on 09/12/2012 11:15:45 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mark3681

“...Palin is correct. The GOP is done. No balls, no brains, no spine, no men....”

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What does it take to wake up the stupid, limp Repub electorate to replace the RINOs??? FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA and his Marxist destruction of America???


25 posted on 09/12/2012 11:16:35 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: LonelyCon

This is a coordinated media attack.
It’s BS btw, I heard the same line that Romney gave from a GOP congressman, Rep McCaul of Texas. I am sure there are others, but there will be a media blackout. The media has their narrative dammit and facts wont get in their way.

Romney has been 100% correct and on target, and the media cannot abide that, it will hurt precious Obama to be exposed as weak and feeble - it’s Obama’s CARTER MOMENT.

So they are going over-the-top attacking Romney, who after all said exactly the right thing and what needed to be said.


26 posted on 09/12/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: LonelyCon

THIS is the problem. It isn’t that Obama is President - though that isn’t good. The problem is that “our team” sucks so bad, has not convictions, and stands for little. The marketplace of ideas and passions will soon render them the minority party for another 40 years, if they do not change - and I don’t think they will. It is their nature.

The problem is that the GOPe has become a party of ball-less pansies, that bloom only to keep their power, that stand for little, that oppose not much of anything (unless it threatens to make their base not vote for them), and who live in that gray twilight that enjoys neither victory nor defeat.

They enjoy a milktoast existence. Instead of standing for what is right, instead of opposing the evil one, they are perpetually content with following two or three steps behind, fearful of offending anyone. This is one more example.

RINOmney issued a lame statement. Yes, it was a statement, but instead of throwing a beating on Zero’s mishandling of world affairs with a vengence, he labels it “disgraceful”. It is far, far more than disgraceful. TELL THE TRUTH RINOmney. Take it to Zero like a flaming fastball. Point out to the world how lame, inept, and evil he is.

That is the problem with Republicans and why they chose to support RINOmney in this election. He is one of theirs.


27 posted on 09/12/2012 11:17:28 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Sorry, gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: LonelyCon

Mittens is such a wuss...right!


28 posted on 09/12/2012 11:18:29 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: LonelyCon

You mean the same COWARDS and TRAITORS who threw Michele Bachmann and the others under the bus?


29 posted on 09/12/2012 11:19:30 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: LonelyCon

GOP leaders. Isn’t that an oxymoron?


30 posted on 09/12/2012 11:19:34 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: EagleUSA

“What does it take to wake up the stupid, limp Repub electorate to replace the RINOs??? FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA and his Marxist destruction of America???”

That is exactly what they are going to get. The “stupid, limp Repub electorate” will be expecting others to do the voting. Many will sit at home, watch their ball games, drink their beer, and then bitch about how bad things are.

I’ve been saying it for a long time now. Obama is damned near a shoe-in for another term. Then, it’s over.

Romney and Ryan better grow a pair, and fast, and start sticking to Zero like they mean it.


31 posted on 09/12/2012 11:20:56 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: LonelyCon

Bah!
It’s not something to hammer Obama over immediately.
Don’t step in the way when an opponent is hurting himself.
Have some hearings on the seurity failure.

Would have been a nice touch to mention it’s the first ambassasor killed since Dubs in the Carter presidency though...

The media has never mentioned that, just say “in 20 years...”.


32 posted on 09/12/2012 11:21:04 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: LonelyCon
“the swift capture and punishment of the perpetrators”
Any politician (dem or GOP), who tries to fold these atrocities into some sort of legal pursuit of justice should be removed from office. This was a coordinated attack by an enemy that has been enboldened by the current US POTUS’s feckless ability or ineptitude to address national security. This was an act of war not from a nation but from a whole ideological class of people(animals). The only response that will neutralize the situation is an overwhelming show of strength. We must hit all the centers of culture and power these people use to foment their abhorrent behaviors. As I stated in a previous post. NUKE LIBYA, EGYPT, AND IRAN! If these Ideologues persist, than take out Mecca and all major mosques and eliminate any human being that obstructs us. This is war!
33 posted on 09/12/2012 11:21:11 AM PDT by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: WOSG
This hateful SOB muslims are itching to eliminate Israel from the face of this earth and are testing the waters of our resolve. By our government's reply to Egypt only proves that we don't have the b@lls or the fortitude to come to Israels defense or our own folk. Pray for Israel cause our black muslim-in-chief will NOT help defend her. GOD’s curse upon Obama!
34 posted on 09/12/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: LonelyCon

They are all scum, I swear. I’m sending Romney money TODAY, money I can ill afford to part with , but money talks.

I’m actually on hold with the WH right now, to tell that group what a bunch of losers they all are.

Then I’m calling the RNC to tell them to grow some freaking spines.

Then I’m calling the Romney campaign to say “don’t back down and here’s some dough.”


35 posted on 09/12/2012 11:26:08 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: RoseofTexas

oops...meant THESE instead of This


36 posted on 09/12/2012 11:26:22 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: LonelyCon

how surprising that the GOP has no balls yet again.

Where were the marines, did they have no rounds for their guns, were they told to stand down and not shoot back , who gave the orders.?

I find it maazing that no protestors were killed if the marines were allowed to do their job which tells me someone told them not to shoot, not to defend American soil and Amercian lives.

This stinks of another massive cover up and the GOP will do nothing again and the media will cover for their messiah.

Makes me frigging puke this crap .

Romney today got idiots under the guise of journalism today spewing their questions like what makes you better for foreign policy but they did not ask that of teir messiah in 2008.

We will lose this election if we stand down yet again and not go after jug ears or call out the media, name names, use facts and comments by them .


37 posted on 09/12/2012 11:26:22 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: LonelyCon

Weenies.

They’re ALWAYS SPINELESS!


38 posted on 09/12/2012 11:29:06 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: luvbach1

You are correct. Hard to get your arm around Hillary


39 posted on 09/12/2012 11:29:27 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: LonelyCon

The Stupid Party Strikes Again.


40 posted on 09/12/2012 11:30:27 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: mark3681

GOP is done, spineless cowards who are hanging on tot heir elitist old guard ways.

Sarah ,Col Allen West etc please make the conservative party and to hel with the GOP , I;m done back in 2008 with it and I see the same mistakes again by them.

How can we not win even when jug ears has the media when the country is failing, all the numbers going in thw wring direction, his foriegn policy has been awful and a disaster , to make it worse half of the talk radio lot are not willing to mention conservative social issues or even mention the homostapo and their NAZI thuggery on people.

Hell Hannity always praises jug ears when it comes to Bin Laden as if saying get him took courage


41 posted on 09/12/2012 11:30:53 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: forgotten man

No doubt the tragedy got to him...or he just found out his appointment at the tanning salon got cancelled.

42 posted on 09/12/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: 7thOF7th

The issue here is not what Romney said or when he said it, both of which were absloutley appropriate. The issue is that our Secretary of State and our President were not able to condemn the murder of our diplomat without throwing in an attack on the right of Americans to speak as the wish. In so doing they implicitly justified the killing. There is no moral equivalence between murder and a movie. Had they even viewed the film before they conceded that it was insulting to the delicate sensibilities of Salafist Muslims? How about defending free speach instead of attacking it or regretting it for crying out loud!


43 posted on 09/12/2012 11:32:14 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: dfwgator
I am going to put this on my protest signs and on sides of my truck!

The press is the enemy of our Republic. And I read somewhere that nearly all the press people pay NO income taxes, or they are cheating on their income taxes. PRESS PEOPLE ===PAY YOUR TAXES ! You will be turned in!

44 posted on 09/12/2012 11:33:40 AM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: LonelyCon

Allen West joined Romney in criticizing the Cairo embassy craven apology.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/12/allen-west-apologizing-in-egypt-is-rewarding-bad-behavior/


45 posted on 09/12/2012 11:39:42 AM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: LonelyCon

This was better than the response of the GOP last time the animals went on a rampage against free speech over the koran burning protest of the NY victory mosque. No one is calling for surrender to Shira this time like Petraus and Graham did last time. They are calling for “justice” rather than submission. That’s an improvement.


46 posted on 09/12/2012 11:41:12 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Armaggedon

“”This is a major incident and Obama blew it big time.””

Sorry to disagree with you. I think Obama will get a huge bounce from this. People forget when the Iranians took over the embassy in 1979, Carter’s approval rating surged and remained high for 6 months. Failure of the GOP to back up Romney makes him look weak. Ryan’s statements certainly don’t help. People aren’t going to throw out Obama who has 4 years foreign policy experience for two guys who have none if the world blows up. Intrade has Obama surging above 62%. This event could be the die that seals obamas victory.

Comeuppance will come, but not this soon.


47 posted on 09/12/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT by Bobloblaw2012
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To: p. henry

“The issue here is not what Romney said or when he said it, both of which were absloutley appropriate. The issue is that our Secretary of State and our President were not able to condemn the murder of our diplomat without throwing in an attack on the right of Americans to speak as the wish. In so doing they implicitly justified the killing”

Correct.

And note to Freepers: BY ATTACKING OTHER REPUBLICANS, YOU ARE MAKING THE MEDIA COORDINATED DISTRACTION ATTACK WORK.

The media knows that Obama stepped in it and is deep doodoo, so they went into overdrive to attack Romney and isolate him. This article is pure agenda journalism.

Quit attacking Republicans. The people to condemn are:
a) the Islamic terrorists who killed a US ambassador, and
b) anyone who acts cravenly towards them (like the Cairo embassy in their statement)


48 posted on 09/12/2012 11:47:36 AM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: LonelyCon

And for lunch today we’ll be serving the sheeple GOP-e Gello!


49 posted on 09/12/2012 11:52:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: bigheadfred

“Let Romney attack Obama on this”.

...the only way to win this November is for ALL of the GOP to be on the attack for this. In 1979 ALL the GOP attacked Carter for his record, not just Reagan. America wants to see some leadership and some asses kicked, not “now is the time for healing” BS!


50 posted on 09/12/2012 12:00:59 PM PDT by albie
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