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Reuters: Obama’s campaign team wants to face Perry (easier to beat than the more moderate Romney)
Hotair ^ | 08/18/2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 08/18/2011 6:30:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

When you’ve got a record of economic achievement as solid as The One’s, why care who your opponent is?

The Texas governor, a social and fiscal conservative, is seen by Obama’s top election campaigners and fundraisers as easier to beat than the more moderate Mitt Romney in the presidential election.

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

While Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago will not talk on the record about possible election rivals, fundraisers, senior activists and influential Chicagoans close to the president say Perry’s more polarizing views make him a bigger target for the Democrat in a general election…

Michele Bachmann, a senior Tea Party figure, is the Republican contender the Obama campaigners would most like to take on in 2012, although she seems unlikely to win the nomination, according to several sources close to the Obama campaign.

Reverse psychology! But wait — they really would prefer to face Bachmann, no? And not just because she’s the furthest to the right of the big three in the field. She has no executive experience, her campaign isn’t as focused on jobs as Romney’s and Perry’s are, and colorful oppo-research material about her keeps popping up. Yesterday it was her security staffers being oddly aggressive with the press; today it’s the claim that she used to refer to herself as “Dr. Michele Bachmann.” None of that matters in isolation, but the point of oppo is to create a total picture, piece by piece, of a candidate being too risky for the presidency. So they’re using regular psychology in saying they want to face Bachmann — but reverse psychology in saying they want to face Perry so that Republicans won’t nominate him? Or are they using reverse-reverse psychology, knowing that Republicans will assume they’re using reverse psychology and will therefore want to nominate Perry, who really is the candidate the White House secretly wants to face? It is odd that they’d go public with this knowing how conservatives will react unless they’re deliberately trying to elevate Perry. Easily the best primary endorsement he’s gotten by far.

The Cold War generation had Kremlinology, we have this. Exit question: What’s it all about, Alfie?


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1 posted on 08/18/2011 6:30:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Reuters’ wishful thinking.....knowing that Perry would bitchslap the AnointedIdiot all day long.....=.=


2 posted on 08/18/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT by cranked
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To: SeekAndFind

I
Pray
He
Faces
Neither
Non-conservative!


3 posted on 08/18/2011 6:33:12 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: SeekAndFind
"It was a dark and stormy night....."

Leni

4 posted on 08/18/2011 6:33:28 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: SeekAndFind

They have no damn clue who best to run against.


5 posted on 08/18/2011 6:33:28 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: SeekAndFind

You bet!

Rick Perry believes exactly the same thing about open borders and illegal aliens as Obama. And Perry has done great things to help Muslims in Texas.

Obama can skin Perry like a catfish with those two issues.


6 posted on 08/18/2011 6:34:15 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Jagdgewehr

It is not their choice!


7 posted on 08/18/2011 6:34:52 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: cranked

“Pleeez, don’t thow me in dat der briar patch....!


8 posted on 08/18/2011 6:34:52 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: SeekAndFind

Right. McCain was quite a challenge.


9 posted on 08/18/2011 6:35:24 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Red_Devil 232

True.


10 posted on 08/18/2011 6:36:28 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hehehehe, just wait until Sarah joins the race.


11 posted on 08/18/2011 6:37:21 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

;-)

Perry: The Troops Prefer A President Who’s Worn The Uniform
Obama: Watch Your Mouth, But I’ll Cut You Some Slack
Perry: You’re Killing Jobs


12 posted on 08/18/2011 6:38:35 PM PDT by cranked
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To: SatinDoll

RE: Obama can skin Perry like a catfish with those two issues

And Obama is better than Perry on those issues?

Obama’s Justice Department sued Arizona for trying to enforce immigration laws.

And of course, never mind that Obama has always been suspected of being soft on Muslims to a point where he snubs Israel.. and let’s not forget that (fair or unfair) many suspect that he’s secretly a Muslim himself.


13 posted on 08/18/2011 6:39:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SatinDoll
Rick Perry believes exactly the same thing about open borders and illegal aliens as Obama. And Perry has done great things to help Muslims in Texas. Obama can skin Perry like a catfish with those two issues.

If they both believe the same about illegal immigration and muslims how would Obama "skin" Perry? If they both have the same views on a topic (hypothetically speaking) then that topic is essentially taken off the table. It's comparative analysis 101.

14 posted on 08/18/2011 6:40:15 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: NoGrayZone

RE: Hehehehe, just wait until Sarah joins the race.

November 2011 is the cut off date by which I’ll hold up some hope that she will announce. After that, I’ll just wait for her next reality show.


15 posted on 08/18/2011 6:41:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even Donald D. Duck with modest financial backing could beat the Fabulous Zero. I heard Rush say that their strategy is to run against Romney, so look for them to try to take out Perry now.


16 posted on 08/18/2011 6:41:38 PM PDT by Quicksilver (Defeat Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind
Perhaps its like this:

Obama knows he's going to lose in 2012. His objective now is to raise plenty of money, and spend it with people who will kick back a large percentage to O's offshore accounts. He loses, but has plenty of money to ride into the sunset with.

In order to accomplish this, he needs an evangelical Christian to run against, in order to get large sums of money from anti-Christians who fly into a rage at the mere thought that a serious Christian would be in the White House.

What do you think?

17 posted on 08/18/2011 6:42:44 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just like they ‘feared’ McCain last time. riiiiight.


18 posted on 08/18/2011 6:43:10 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind
1. The "Dr." claim is complete nonsense from her opposition (Romney/Obama/MSM), and anyone educated would know it. Her words were "postdoctoral degree", which no one says. Ever. She clearly meant "postgraduate degree", which is true, although her JD is in fact a doctoral degree, which is in the general category that people think of when presented with her exact words. Pretending this reflects on anything relevant is like centering an anti-Obama campaign on his "my Muslim faith" slip, or an anti-Palin campaign on her single North/South Korea slip.

2. My reading is that Obama would most like to face Romney. First, it won't matter who wins, since both will continue ObamaCare and big government. Second, Romney doesn't have a lot of support from conservatives, and he's not going to take liberal votes away from the community organizer, so Romney would give Obama a better chance than anyone with values and beliefs. Finally, Romney has a huge amount of baggage that is sitting around not being aired, so it will be "news" if Mitt gets the nomination and the media decide to release the dirt.

19 posted on 08/18/2011 6:43:19 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Quicksilver

Carter was thrilled when Reagan got the GOP nomination in 1980. He wanted to run against the extremist. How’d that turn out, Jimmah?


20 posted on 08/18/2011 6:44:56 PM PDT by razorbak
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry has played Obama like a drum this week. He even managed to get the rino’s in a dither. (Rove/Perino)


21 posted on 08/18/2011 6:45:02 PM PDT by Kahuna
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To: SatinDoll
Rick Perry believes exactly the same thing about open borders and illegal aliens as Obama.

First, Perry has been trying to secure the border in Texas. So, your first statement is not true. Gov Perry has been very verbal against Obama's lack of interest in sending more guards down to the border. That's fact.

Secondly, when it comes to illegals and what is done to them. The REAL question is which one of the two will try to by-pass Congress and ignore the Constitution and legalise the illegals on their own. Well, judging by history and the pattern we know which one would do that. And it AIN'T Perry.

22 posted on 08/18/2011 6:45:12 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: SeekAndFind

23 posted on 08/18/2011 6:45:32 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Jagdgewehr
Obama's peeps actually believe that cr*p about politics in this country being on a left to right continuum with a peak in between made up of truly dedicated but otherwise noncommital independents and moderates.

That's because they have to believe it ~ they don't know any better but they read the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times for many years and that's the way both those failed institutions looked at it.

In reality American political thought is arrayed in coalitions that together sop up about 99% of all political interest ~ there are only 2 coalitions ~ Republicans and Democrats.

Everybody not inside the coalitions is part of a very thin fringe.

In short, there are no moderates, no independents ~ even if the people think they are, they're not ~ they've made a choice long ago.

A winning Republican has to do two tricks. One is to hold the Republicam base (the greater part of the Republican coalition) AND attract voters who are actually part of an interest that is part of the Democrat coalition.

Going for "the moderates" will lose the Republican base and not really attract Democrats ~ after all, they are NOT moderates at all and have their own interests. The successful Republican candidate next year will keep all the Republican votes and attract people like Maxine Waters on the jobs issue ~ since it will still be around, and may be even worse!

A successful Democrat candidate next year is already out of business ~ the coalition is fractured ~ the public employee unions are going one way and the African-Americans have shifted to JOBS JOBS JOBS, and right they are. With 50% unemployment rates in Detroit, and nearly as high rates in other major cities with a large African American vote, their issue is JOBS. All that other stuff they wanted ain't happening!

But let's say there is a Democrat who could hold the Democrat coalition voters together ~ what would he sell the Republicans on?

Anyone who's looked at the polls knows that NOTHING on the Democrat side is attracting anyone from the Republican base. No Democrat can win election for President without some Republican voters coming over.

24 posted on 08/18/2011 6:46:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

lol

Carter wanted to face Reagan too!


25 posted on 08/18/2011 6:48:30 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry will grab a large percentage of the hispanic vote and Zero will be done........they pray that it isn’t Perry.


26 posted on 08/18/2011 6:48:52 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: SeekAndFind; plain talk

Those two issues, illegal aliens and Muslim infiltration, are hot-button issues with the majority of conservative Republicans.

All Obama has to do is mock Perry for supporting the very things Obama encourages; there is not a lick of difference between either man on those issues.

Those two issues were also the problem many Republicans had with G.W.Bush, or don’t you two remember? I want a candidate who will uphold our laws and protect Americans from assault within, and I do not believe Rick Perry is that candidate. He plays politics to Power in Texas while he should be governor to all Texans.


27 posted on 08/18/2011 6:49:48 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where are my boots .? The Reuter’s BS is getting deep.


28 posted on 08/18/2011 6:50:33 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama’s campaign team wants to face Perry (easier to beat than the more moderate Romney)

Yeah! RIGHT!

Can you believe the crap the left wing media will try to sell these days?

29 posted on 08/18/2011 6:51:54 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: tsowellfan
"Well, judging by history and the pattern we know which one would do that. And it AIN'T Perry. "

One word - Gardasil

30 posted on 08/18/2011 6:52:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: muawiyah

Very well said, Mooie.


31 posted on 08/18/2011 6:52:21 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Hogblog

You could be right. That might explain the announcement, today, that the Obama administration was going to halt deportations and apply the dream act selectively on an individual basis.

Obama wants to make it a campaign issue for Perry.


32 posted on 08/18/2011 6:52:31 PM PDT by Eva
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To: SatinDoll
I assume that you support either Herman Cain or Michelle Bachmann since they got the best grade on Immigration by NumbersUSA:

Michelle Bachmann B-

Herman Cain ......C-

Sarah Palin ......D

Mitt Romney ......D-

Rick Perry ...... D-

Ron Paul..........F

Barack Obama......F-

2012 Presidential Hopefuls' Immigration Stances

33 posted on 08/18/2011 6:56:40 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: SeekAndFind

Allahpundit is really pimping big-time for Rick Perry at Hot Air. That says a lot about Perry NOT being a dependable conservative.


34 posted on 08/18/2011 7:00:25 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Eva; Hogblog; SatinDoll
Concerning the Hispanic vote, the interest groups defining that part of the Democrat coalition may well not be attracted to the campaigner who promises "open borders".

The Hispanic unemployment rate is second only to that of the African American community, and this problem isn't getting better. We are now into our third year of recent high school graduates AND college graduates stepping out into some serious long term unemployment, and virtually 100% "underemployment" for those who do manage to get jobs.

Today we heard Obama is off having a vacation and when he gets back he'll tell us about his jobs program ~ he knows NO ONE CARES about his "plan".

35 posted on 08/18/2011 7:03:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SatinDoll
If they are in total agreement, why has Obama steadfastly refused to meet with Perry regarding border security?

I have some concerns with Perry, but I see him as infinitely better than Obammy on virtually every issue.

36 posted on 08/18/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Obama’s Justice Department sued Arizona for trying to enforce immigration laws.”

Perry is on record opposing Arizona's SB1070.

37 posted on 08/18/2011 7:10:57 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: tsowellfan

Where do I start?

“First, Perry has been trying to secure the border in Texas...Perry has been very verbal against Obama’s lack of interest...”

Talk is cheap. Actions speak much louder than words.

Perry attacked Arizona from actually passing legislation that would help that state. That legislation DID NOT deport anyone, just handed them over to ICE, which as we’ve seen today has been ordered by Obama NOT to deport.

I don’t believe for a moment Perry would deport illegal aliens even if he were President. Here’s why: he has rich and powerful interests who want the virtual slave labor illegals provide.

Construction and farm interests primarily, and those are jobs Americans should be doing - not people being exploited by the wealthy and not being paid a living wage.

Perry is an open borders kind of politician and has bought into the North American Federation concept. Yep, the New World Order. And then there is his friendship with the Aga Khan....

The following is from Jihadwatch.com:

“...on Aug. 26, 2008, the Aga Khan Development Network made a proud announcement: “The Syrian Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) yesterday signed three landmark agreements designed to strengthen collaboration in the areas of microfinance, healthcare, and cultural tourism.” Syria’s Prime Minister, Mohamed Naji Al-Otri, and the Aga Khan signed the agreements. The agreements involved recognition of the First Microfinance Institution, or FMFI, part of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, “as the first microfinance institution to operate in the country.” Between 2003 and 2008, it spent $40 million to develop business in Syria.”

“Investigative reporter Mark Mitchell observes that “the Aga Khan Foundation’s membership and supporters also include top military officers in Syria, such as General Moustapha Sharba, who had a hand in the early stages of the covert nuclear weapons program that Syria was developing with help from North Korea (and probably Iran).” Sharba is in this photo with Ismaili leaders; the full identification of the people pictured is on this page under “82001971.””

“The Aga Khan Development Network is doing all this in partnership with the Syrian government that is now firing on its citizens, and for years has allowed the jihad terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah to operate with impunity out of Damascus. Sure, the Ismailis are peaceful. But why shouldn’t there be questions about a candidate’s friendship with the owner of a bank accused of funding al-Qaida (and never exonerated), a man who also does business with the terror-supporting government of Syria?”

This doesn’t sound good to me; does it sound good to you?

I’m fed up with the lesser of two evils, got it? I want a candidate with principles.

Gov. Rick Perry falls short in that category, in my estimation.


38 posted on 08/18/2011 7:12:44 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: bwc2221

That’s what I said, if both are just as bad on the issue, where’s the Obama advantage on immigration?


39 posted on 08/18/2011 7:19:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: comebacknewt

Yes, I understand how you would feel that way, I truly do.

There are many things a governor can do to turn off the flow of illegal aliens, and one of them is being done in New Mexico. All drivers holding licenses in New Mexico must report to a DMV office and prove they are a legal resident of the state.

Another hindrance to illegal aliens is shutting off the flow of tax-based goodies that keep them here: food stamps, free medical care and tuition support, for example. Cut off welfare to illegal aliens and they will self-deport.

Now I understand that the Feds may step in and take up the slack resulting from state actions, but Perry helped pass Texas’s Dream legislation for illegals. That sucks.

You see Perry as infinitely better than Obama; OK. But think about this - if this is what Perry has done as governor, what worse things might he do, in defiance of American public expectations, if elected President?

I voted for George W. Bush and came to regret it after eight years. Frankly, that isn’t where I want to be in 2016.


40 posted on 08/18/2011 7:21:54 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only advantage Obama has is in turning Republican voters away from Rick Perry.

Do you understand now?


41 posted on 08/18/2011 7:23:08 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is pure BS.
They are scared spitless.


42 posted on 08/18/2011 7:29:40 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: SeekAndFind
Reuters is really pushing the two most liberal candidates in the Republican Primary.
Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann is the way to go.
To hell with Reuters.
43 posted on 08/18/2011 7:30:22 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Reuters is really pushing the two most liberal candidates in the Republican Primary.
Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann is the way to go.
To hell with Reuters.
44 posted on 08/18/2011 7:30:22 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: muawiyah

A very good friend of mine was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is a naturalized U.S.citizen. We served together in the Navy. Another friend’s ancestor came to California with the first RC Bishop back in the 18th century. They are no more likely to vote alike than any other American ethnic group.

There is no megalithic block of Hispanic voters, I know that. It isn’t the U.S. citizens of Hispanic ancestry that I worry about; it is voter fraud by illegal aliens perpetrated by Democratic Party operatives in blue states.

Law and order issues combined with jobs, jobs, jobs, is where I hope to see the next election arguments predominate.


45 posted on 08/18/2011 7:32:09 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: plain talk

If you recall, immigration was never mentioned in the mcCain Obama debates


46 posted on 08/18/2011 7:33:15 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: Yosemitest

RE: Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann is the way to go.

You gotta be in the game to play, Sarah.


47 posted on 08/18/2011 7:36:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SatinDoll
I don’t believe for a moment Perry would deport illegal aliens even if he were President.

Neither do I. Obama just gave them amnesty on his own today. And which candidate on our side said they would deport illegal aliens? You speak of Perry like he's the only one below a B on Illegals.

So, who WILL deport illegals on our side?

48 posted on 08/18/2011 7:38:20 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: tsowellfan

If I was Obama , I would like my chances right now against Romney and Perry. With Perry , he gets to run against George Bush again. With Romney , Obamacare is eliminated as an issue.


49 posted on 08/18/2011 7:41:09 PM PDT by RED SOUTH (If you liked George W. Bush, you will LOVE Rick Perry! Follow me on twitter @redsouth72)
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To: tsowellfan

That is where first principles come in. Where is the person who will enforce the law, even if he/she may not agree with it personally?

It is principles I’m now looking at in candidates, and not necessarily their words, but their actions while in office.


50 posted on 08/18/2011 7:42:27 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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