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Romney, Thompson criticize Confederate flag
CNN ^ | 11-28-2007 | CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Posted on 11/28/2007 8:28:48 PM PST by Eddie01

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee criticized the Confederate flag, which happens to be hoisted on the Statehouse grounds in the early primary state of South Carolina.

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Both candidates are front-runners in South Carolina. Both may have to answer questions about those comments next time they hit the state.

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(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: cbf; confederateflag; crossofsaintandrew; debate; dixie; gopdebates; saintandrewscross
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With such a rapid review (pre-written?) and clear mischaracterization in the descriptive "criticize", it appears the question was *designed* to hurt Mitt and Fred in the south. CNN will be sure to followup on the issue, they created.
1 posted on 11/28/2007 8:28:49 PM PST by Eddie01
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To: Eddie01

bah...what a waste of a topic. Who cares!?

The flag means many things to many people,...leave it at that.


2 posted on 11/28/2007 8:31:05 PM PST by Rick_Michael (The Anti-Federalists failed....so will the Anti-Frederalists)
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To: Eddie01

By the way, I’m not insulting you, I’m just saying this isn’t a big issue...


3 posted on 11/28/2007 8:31:39 PM PST by Rick_Michael (The Anti-Federalists failed....so will the Anti-Frederalists)
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To: All

“What does the dixie flag mean to you?”

To me it means cheap-labor, open-borders, free-traitors.


4 posted on 11/28/2007 8:32:52 PM PST by Hunterite
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To: Rick_Michael

It is a big issue to the people of Tennessee!!


5 posted on 11/28/2007 8:33:04 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Eddie01

I thought they were running for President. What a State’s flag looks like is State business, and not the Federal Gobberments concern.


6 posted on 11/28/2007 8:33:13 PM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Eddie01
Boy this thread has ALL SORTS of potential!

It can be hijacked as a Mitt Thread.

It can be hijacked as a Fred Thread.

It can be hijacked as a Ron Paul Thread.

It can be hijacked as a South-Shall-Rise-Again Thread.

I can't WAIT to see which one comes up!

7 posted on 11/28/2007 8:33:41 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Eddie01

How did Fred criticize the American Flag?

His answer was rational and spot on.


8 posted on 11/28/2007 8:33:42 PM PST by RatsDawg (Hsu out the Democrats in 2008!, Go Hsu-less vote GOP)
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To: Rick_Michael
A more accurate statement may be that the flag shouldn't be a big issue. You are completely correct when you say that the flag means different things to different people. Unfortunately for the candidates, many of those people will be voting. I like both Mr. Romney and Mr. Thompson. I prefer Mr. Romney as a presidential candidate, but he will sustain the greater damage from his answer. His tone was just a bit too sanctimonious when he answered the question, and that tone will be taken as an insult. If he didn't already have problems in the South because he's from the North and supports the "assault weapons" ban, he might not have hurt himself. As it is, a few people who might have been on the fence will swing towards Mr. Thompson or Mr. Huckabee or may even swing to Mr. Giuliani.

The original poster's point is good. The whole question seems to have the flavor of a setup by CNN to cause trouble for the Republican Party.

Bill

9 posted on 11/28/2007 8:37:44 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: GregoTX

The question had no business in a presidential debate. It had a purpose.


10 posted on 11/28/2007 8:37:58 PM PST by Eddie01
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To: Coldwater Creek
It is a big issue to the people of Tennessee!!

Wrong

11 posted on 11/28/2007 8:39:02 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Eddie01
What else can you expect from CNN?

Now it's time for CNN to ask the rest of the candidates (of both parties) about the Confederte flag.

12 posted on 11/28/2007 8:39:14 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: Hunterite
To me it means cheap-labor, open-borders, free-traitors.

Would you mind explaining that?

13 posted on 11/28/2007 8:41:03 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: RatsDawg
His answer was rational and spot on.

True, the flag was moved from the top of capitol build a while back. He was just stating a fact.

14 posted on 11/28/2007 8:41:34 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Eddie01

Number one, they didn’t criticize the Confederate flag, they praised the American flag. The question was a CNN ploy to get a headline.

Number two, if someone does or doesn’t vote for President based on what that person said or didn’t say about the Confederate Flag...well that’s impossible for me to fathom.

Number three, the guy who asked the question was one of Paul’s supporters (somebody looked him up on youtube, the link is on the debate thread.)

And finally, people that are making a big deal of this should probably “save their Confederate dollars cause the South’s gonna rise again.”


15 posted on 11/28/2007 8:41:43 PM PST by dawn53
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To: stand watie; billbears; stainlessbanner; shuckmaster
Lookee here, fresh meat!! Buncha DAMNyankee FOOLS and SCALAWAGS!! They're out to destroy your confederate hertiage. You gotta defend your SOUTHRON honor!

Sic 'em, boys!! Sic Fred! Sic Mitt!

(Sits back and watches the Mittwitts and Fredheads destroy each other)

16 posted on 11/28/2007 8:42:33 PM PST by BillyBoy (Fred Thompson isn't the second coming of Reagan, he's the second coming of Stephen A. Douglas!)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
Now it's time for CNN to ask the rest of the candidates (of both parties) about the Confederte flag.

Unfortunately, they can't. It would be unethical. As the DNC's marketing firm, CNN has an obligation to their client to put them in the best light possible. ...which limits their debate questions to "Diamonds or Pearls?"

17 posted on 11/28/2007 8:43:55 PM PST by Eddie01
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To: dawn53

It was a cheap shot from CNN. The Conferderate battle flag has it’s place in history. That is where it should be.


18 posted on 11/28/2007 8:44:57 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

Conferderate = Something like that


19 posted on 11/28/2007 8:46:58 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

Good way to put it.


20 posted on 11/28/2007 8:48:16 PM PST by dawn53
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