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Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico
CNN ^ | 9/20/2012

Posted on 09/20/2012 1:18:30 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are moving three staffers out of Democratic-leaning New Mexico and shifting them to Colorado and Nevada, two states where the presidential race is more competitive.

The Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney's campaign will continue to maintain staff and victory offices in New Mexico, a spokesman for the RNC said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Nevada; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: 2012bluestates; 2012swingstates; colorado; nevada; newmexico; nm2012
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1 posted on 09/20/2012 1:18:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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But the moves are a clear sign that party officials see Colorado and Nevada as higher priorities on the electoral map.

“The GOP Victory team is bolstering our organizations in the key battlegrounds of Colorado and Nevada, two places where the President is hemorrhaging support thanks to his failed economic policies,” RNC Spokesman Tim Miller said when asked about the moves.

The “Victory Team” is the joint political operation and turnout effort run by the RNC and Romney campaign.

“Our team will continue advocating for Governor Romney and his plan to strengthen the middle class in each of these states where voters know that we can do better than the past four years,” Miller added.

President Obama has a tiny but statistically insignificant lead in both Colorado and Nevada, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Republicans are confident about their ground game in those two states and have made over 1 million voter contacts in both.

In New Mexico, though, the RCP polling average shows Obama with a roughly 10-point lead - and neither campaign is running television ads in the state.


2 posted on 09/20/2012 1:19:31 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

No surprise.


3 posted on 09/20/2012 1:20:59 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: My Favorite Headache

if they;re not running AD’s there then why do we not?

If they think they have it in the bag then let them fight for it and send money there.

Also Romney and Ryan needs to get in these swing statesd more and call out the bias in the media


4 posted on 09/20/2012 1:22:02 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I wish Romney would just concentrate on Virginia, Ohio and Florida. He does not need Nevada and Colorado if he wins those other very important states that quite frankly are easier to get. McCain spent so much time in Nevada for nothing...a total waste of time. Romney has a big chance to win in Virginia but not if he doesn’t work for it.


5 posted on 09/20/2012 1:22:36 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: My Favorite Headache
Probably a good move. Susan Martinez made some comments yesterday disparaging Romney's "47%" remark.

Don't think NM will go our way unless Romeny does a landslide which is still possible IMO.

6 posted on 09/20/2012 1:22:38 PM PDT by what's up
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To: napscoordinator
I wish Romney would just concentrate on Virginia, Ohio and Florida. He does not need Nevada and Colorado

Actually, thinking tactically and going by the latest polling, there's a much better case for abandoning Ohio and focusing on Nevada and Colorado (and Iowa and New Hamphshire) than the reverse; after another couple weeks of polling/the first debate, one could possibly make a case to abandon Virginia, though that is unlikely.

7 posted on 09/20/2012 1:26:56 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: My Favorite Headache

THIS is the e-GOP we know so well - the one that snatches defeat before they ever really create an opportunity for victory.

One of the biggest problems with the e-GOP is that they are too willing to let the left define them. They won’t stand up to the leftists and they won’t fight for America.

As long as they keep their cushy political position and aren’t late for Happy Hour at “the club”, they have met their needs.

OUR needs, however, can go stand in line . . . . . . . . . it’s Happy Hour, ya know.


8 posted on 09/20/2012 1:27:47 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: DustyMoment

Yeah, and they want to fluoridate the water to sap our vital bodily fluids, too.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 1:34:31 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

New Mexico not worth fighting for to convince that King Obama has ruined the Country. No way to reeducate some of the ignorant.


10 posted on 09/20/2012 1:37:29 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: My Favorite Headache

Unless the internals show it in the bag?


11 posted on 09/20/2012 1:38:04 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I wonder if Willard is having money problems? According to the NY Times (yes, I know...take w/ grain of salt)...Willard’s campaign had to borrow 20 million and has not yet paid all of it back.

The NY Times reporting implies that all the money Willard claimed to have raised...was actually monies to be divided up and was not just for Willard’s campaign.

If money IS an issue...I think Willard does need to concentrate on Ohio, Virgina and Florida. And we have to hope the Superpacs start running some ads...and fast.

Turd Blossum where are you spending your money?


12 posted on 09/20/2012 1:43:46 PM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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To: napscoordinator
Nevada and Colorado have significant Mormon minorities (7% and 3%, respectively). In a close election, strong LDS support for Romney may make a substantial difference. The two states represent 15 electoral votes, more than Virginia's 13. I expect Virginia and North Carolina will rejoin the Confederacy this time around, however. Not so sure about Florida, however.
13 posted on 09/20/2012 1:43:46 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: what's up
Reported in the ABQ Journal on page A5. At least it wasn't on the front page.

Gov. Defends Poor Voters

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday emphasized the value of the government support services in response to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks criticizing “47 percent” of voters as overly dependent on government.

Martinez, who was asked to speak on behalf of Romney at the Republican National Convention last month, added that low-income voters in New Mexico should not be written off by Romney’s campaign.

“We have a lot of people that are at the poverty level in New Mexico, but they count just as much as anybody else,” Martinez said. “There is a net that does allow them to be caught and taken care of, whether it be through medical services, whether it be food services, whether it be with funding for apartments, for housing.

“I think, certainly the fact that New Mexico provides that safety net is a good thing,” the Republican governor said.


14 posted on 09/20/2012 1:43:55 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: My Favorite Headache

We know that the polls the have been published in the MSM are all wrong just like they were in 2008.

Therefore, we can only take this as a sign that the Romeny polls are showing that he will win the New Mexican vote.


15 posted on 09/20/2012 1:48:03 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Wallace T.

To be honest, I forgot about the Mormons and how they could play this election. You made very good points. Thanks!


16 posted on 09/20/2012 1:48:16 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Strategerist
Actually, thinking tactically and going by the latest polling, there's a much better case for abandoning Ohio and focusing on Nevada and Colorado

I think the latest polling is BS. I see absolutely no enthusiasm for Obama here in NE Ohio. Nothing even close to 2008.

Ohio went for Bush twice and elected Kasich over Strickland for Governor. We are ripe for the picking.

As far as the polls go, I call "shenanigans".


17 posted on 09/20/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

he is not having money problems


18 posted on 09/20/2012 2:01:24 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: what's up

Well crap!
I thought I Martinez would deliver the state for Pubbies...
She was so great at the convention.
I guess another fair weather RINO in the making...
Too damn bad.


19 posted on 09/20/2012 2:09:17 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: CedarDave

“...added that low-income voters in New Mexico should not be written off by Romney’s campaign.”

She is right. Furthermore, with the unemployment levels in Albuquerque, I would have thought that at least some effort would have been made there.

I live in the SE corner of the state and were are firmly in the Romney camp. Too bad Repubs decided to write us all off with no effort to turn the tide. They did show up here to raise money and poof, that was it.


20 posted on 09/20/2012 2:16:38 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: Uncle Slayton

That’s gotta be sarcasm.


21 posted on 09/20/2012 2:18:26 PM PDT by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Republicans are moving three staffers out of Democratic-leaning New Mexico and shifting them to Colorado and Nevada, two states where the presidential race is more competitive.

Three staffers and CNN makes it look like the RNC is abandoning NM? Methinks 0bama's internal polling numbers don't look too good. Right, CNN?

5.56mm

22 posted on 09/20/2012 2:19:00 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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Its CNN, man. Remember only 10 days ago they said R&R were giving up on Ohio, FLA and other critical states.


23 posted on 09/20/2012 2:20:15 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: matginzac

“I guess another fair weather RINO in the making...”

Nope, she is one decent lady. The leftists in this state have attacked her relentlessly.

She understands our State very well and has tried to make a difference against radical environmentalist, California commies and a whole host of corrupt politicians. She came in following the biggest criminal politician in the USA...Bill Richardson. Quite a mess he left us in.

She is the first Hispanic Woman Governor and; if she had been a democrat, huge accolades would have been poured over her. As it is, she is ignored and barely noticed.

I have a lot of respect for her.


24 posted on 09/20/2012 2:25:53 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: matginzac

When the campaigning for a gig in the Admin didn’t pan out, its back to RINO for “martinez”.


25 posted on 09/20/2012 2:27:13 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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“..its back to RINO for “martinez”.”

She can’t go back to something she never was...she isn’t a RINO.


26 posted on 09/20/2012 2:29:55 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Looks like the disinformation crowd at CNN has struck again.


27 posted on 09/20/2012 2:31:50 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: Wallace T.

Absolutely correct! There’s no way to put a price tag on Romney’s LDS support, There is also a large LDS population in New Mexico. This isn’t just votes, it’s organization on the ground.


28 posted on 09/20/2012 2:37:57 PM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Note the source.

Usually the campaign enlists state Republicans to coordinate the campaign legs and office work and door to door contact. If three people determine the outcome, then it was lost anyway.

Moving three individuals from the Romney campaign shouldn’t mean all that much overall, but CNN will use anything including Governor Martinez’ remarks against Romney to lower morale and turn out prospects.


29 posted on 09/20/2012 2:39:48 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY!)
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To: what's up

Probably a good move. Susan Martinez made some comments yesterday disparaging Romney’s “47%” remark.
Don’t think NM will go our way unless Romeny does a landslide which is still possible IMO.
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Since the day before her remarks aired, NM turned up on a list as the POOREST state in the US, she almost had to.

A large portion of NM residents belong to the 47%.


30 posted on 09/20/2012 2:39:53 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: RitaOK

“Note the source.”

True, very true. Thanks for your comments.


31 posted on 09/20/2012 2:44:23 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: matginzac

Well crap!
I thought I Martinez would deliver the state for Pubbies...
She was so great at the convention.
I guess another fair weather RINO in the making...
Too damn bad.

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She’s been fighting very hard against the Democratically controlled NM state legislature and isn’t a RINO BUT with so many NM citizens on some form of government assistance there isn’t much she can do.

Romney is right, those people will continue to vote for Zero. NM just ranked as the poorest state in the US and I daresay that many of our residents here claim EBT, welfare, WIC, ADC etc. etc. Having lived their entire lives milking the system, long term government assistance receivers are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.


32 posted on 09/20/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: X-spurt

When the campaigning for a gig in the Admin didn’t pan out, its back to RINO for “martinez”.
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She isn’t a RINO, she’s a hard core conservative. She didn’t campaign for a gig in the future Romney administration either. She has very strong family reasons to stay in NM and has said repeatedly she would not leave the state for a job while those reasons exist.


33 posted on 09/20/2012 2:48:44 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Thanks for sticking up for her. She made a huge impression on me with her convention speech.


34 posted on 09/20/2012 2:53:54 PM PDT by des
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“Thanks for sticking up for her. She made a huge impression on me with her convention speech.”

The Susana Martinez you saw at the convention is the same person that you would meet any day of the week. She is consistent and unassuming.

I am glad she is our Governor and I trust her judgment.


35 posted on 09/20/2012 3:04:15 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I’d treat anything coming out of CNN the same way you treat anything coming from Hanoi Hannah or Tokyo Rose.


36 posted on 09/20/2012 3:12:25 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: My Favorite Headache; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

NM list PING!

I may not PING for all New Mexico articles. To see New Mexico articles by topic click here: New Mexico Topics

To see NM articles by keyword, click here: New Mexico Keywords

To see the NM Message Page, click here: New Mexico Messages

(The NM list is available on my FR homepage for anyone to use. Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)

37 posted on 09/20/2012 3:13:22 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: leapfrog0202

Yeah, but NM elected her!
So they speak. Conservative in some form of voting....
So I don’t get that NM is not in play....


38 posted on 09/20/2012 3:21:03 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: DustyMoment
THIS is the e-GOP we know so well - the one that snatches defeat before they ever really create an opportunity for victory.

Oh, come on; they did that when they anointed Romney, which happened before any of the primaries.
Nobody's really excited for him and, let's be honest, it's better/easier-to-win if you're voting for someone and not against someone.

39 posted on 09/20/2012 3:25:33 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

So do I and loved her speeech at the convention...
She went to the top of my “damn, I admire you” list along with Jinfal and Rubio..
So why is NM a struggle for Mitts?


40 posted on 09/20/2012 3:26:07 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: CedarDave

My read is that NM is close, but Johnson will pull a much-larger-than-normal vote in NM, so Obama will win.


41 posted on 09/20/2012 3:26:42 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: M Kehoe

“Three staffers and CNN makes it look like the RNC is abandoning NM? Methinks 0bama’s internal polling numbers don’t look too good. Right, CNN?”

I’m surprised that CNN didn’t promote moving three people as a sign that Romney’s campaign is in total disarray.


42 posted on 09/20/2012 3:52:54 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: matginzac

As someone else noted, Gary Johnson will likely pull votes from Romney here in NM.

Not everyone has heard of him, but he’s a former NM Gov. that left office just before we moved here, but he did a great job of turning NM around and left a good surplus when his term was over.

I hear people every day calling into the local talk radio show saying “I know he doesn’t stand much of a chance, but I’m voting for Gary Johnson anyway.” He’s got a fair number of loyal followers here.


43 posted on 09/20/2012 4:04:38 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Susana’s correct. There are retirees in ABQ and up and down the RG valley who live on low incomes but are conservative. Lots of retired military too. There are conservative northern NM Hispanics who don’t cater to Obama’s social programs that promote gay marriage and non-traditional relationships and many whose fathers and grandfathers had jobs in mining, ranching and lumbering. These are now off limits due to the enviros turning everything into an endangered species or a wilderness.

Speaking of which, there still needs to be PAC ads about Heinrich’s connections to eco-terrorists who spiked trees and plotted to blow up power lines.


44 posted on 09/20/2012 4:59:58 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: leapfrog0202
Since the day before her remarks aired, NM turned up on a list as the POOREST state in the US, she almost had to. A large portion of NM residents belong to the 47%.

Hadn't seen that. But down here in the oil patch there are jobs for anyone that's willing to work and can pass a drug test. My boss drove back from Midland the other night and counted 72 drilling rigs lit up and at work. The big problem is the lack of housing for those coming in. Help wanted signs are everywhere and the local 20 page paper has two to three pages of "help wanted" ads everyday. Hopefully some of the rewards down here can through royalties be spread to other areas of the state.

45 posted on 09/20/2012 5:17:53 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave

It’s great that people are working down in your area and that they need more people. It is tough when there’s not enough housing and other facilities but they’ll catch up I’d think.

Glad you’re working!

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.770kkob.com/page/NM_SINKS_TO_POOREST_STATE_STATUS/2435


46 posted on 09/20/2012 5:30:13 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: napscoordinator
I wish Romney would just concentrate on Virginia, Ohio and Florida.

My thoughts also!

47 posted on 09/20/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: CedarDave

I was at the state fair parade last weekend and when the obama float went by, there were no cheers or anybody taking their flyers... Take that for what you will.


48 posted on 09/20/2012 6:53:45 PM PDT by jackal7163 (If you are not willing to achieve victory at any cost, you are doomed to defeat!)
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To: manc
If they think they have it in the bag then let them fight for it and send money there.

That what you do when you have more money than your opponent.It's a situation a candidate never wants if he's behind his opponent in fundraising. I don't know if that's the case here.

49 posted on 09/20/2012 6:55:03 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty; leapfrog0202

If you say so......
Sure jumped on the dem “47%” talking point like a duck after a junebug, though......


50 posted on 09/20/2012 7:12:16 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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