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Republicans increasingly see Mitt Romney as the 'inevitable candidate'
Washington Post ^ | Oct 12, 2011 | Philip Rucker and Perry Bacon Jr

Posted on 10/13/2011 2:33:09 AM PDT by Clairity

Buoyed by a series of strong debate performances, Mitt Romney is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, some of whom had resisted his previous entreaties, as people across the GOP grow more accepting of the presidential contender as the party’s standard-bearer.

On Wednesday, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) became the latest in a string of current and former elected officials who have announced their support for Romney over the past week. Former Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, hedge fund manager Paul Singer and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone are among the major Republican fundraisers supporting the candidate.

"It's all coming together for him," said Cochran, who formally endorsed Romney on Wednesday. "People are beginning to be impressed with him and his thoughtful comments about the issues."

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


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KEYWORDS: cain; perry; romney
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To: Clairity

Yeah, we should all vote for someone who “can win” versus the candidate which best represents our interests.

If any RINO gets nominated, including PERRY, I’ll be writing-in Sarah Palin. You and the rest of the “vote for someone who can win” jackasses can KMA!


51 posted on 10/13/2011 4:30:34 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Clairity

The Washington Post boosting Romney . . . What’s next, the sun seen rising in the East?


52 posted on 10/13/2011 4:35:03 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: savedbygrace

Frankly, the WaPo folks I do not take serious, the paper is a JOKE.


53 posted on 10/13/2011 4:37:28 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
The Evangelical Christians will not accept Mitt, that is a given.

I'm not an Evangelical and I will not accept Mitt.

54 posted on 10/13/2011 4:42:06 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: savedbygrace
When Herman Cain wins the GOP nomination for President, and I staunchly support him over Obama(the worst thing that's ever happened to our GREAT NATION), does that still make my a RACIST?...Just wondering...

55 posted on 10/13/2011 4:44:34 AM PDT by az.b1bbomberfxr
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To: Clairity

Cain supporter here. Perry jumped the shark.


56 posted on 10/13/2011 4:45:11 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Clairity

We need to face facts - not all Pubbies are FReepers. With that in mind — our in-fighting on this forum is not necessarily applicable or reflected elsewhere.

There is the possibility - IF Romney is the GOP nominee - he could attract crossover/disillusioned/ DEM voters and defeat Obama. ergo: holding noses will not be necessary;)


57 posted on 10/13/2011 4:47:01 AM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you)
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To: Clairity

I could never support Romney and his Mormonism. Mormons are not Christians like they claim to be!


58 posted on 10/13/2011 4:53:35 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Insight about Romney in a post by Ann Barnhardt:

“Assuming, just for a moment, that we actually make it to Nov 2012 and there is a legally contested election, let me explain the Romney situation. Romney is a scumbag and is pretty much the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the political class. Romney is about as much a conservative as Barbra Streisand. Romney is just prettier. He has no integrity and will say ANYTHING in order to get elected. He is part of the despicable political class in this country that transcends the parties. They’re all in bed with each other, at the end of the day. The RNC is the same as the DNC, and the RNC decided in 2008 that Romney would be their boy in 2012. If you recall, Romney was winning the Republican primaries fairly handily - and then all of a sudden, for no real reason, everyone quit, and McCain was anointed. It was surreal. Do you remember that? In exchange for dropping out and handing the nomination to McCain in 2008, Romney was promised 2012 by the RNC. In other words, we’re all being played.”

Read the rest of her post at http://www.barnhardt.biz in the October 12, 2011 post. (There isn’t a direct link, she puts everything on the same page.)

The post is titled:
Salmagundi & Romney/Christie ticket from RINO Hell
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - October 12, AD 2011
http://www.barnhardt.biz


59 posted on 10/13/2011 4:59:11 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: ForAmerica

no obama lite for me....all aboard on the “Cain” train


60 posted on 10/13/2011 5:02:41 AM PDT by LYONS67 (KEEP THE FAITH, STAND UP AND FIGHT, NEVER QUIT!)
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To: Clairity

Cain IS the inevitable candidate.


61 posted on 10/13/2011 5:09:39 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: PastorBooks
Thank you! What I’ve been saying over and over on FR, just better said.

I pray that the people of this USA will fall on their knees, and plead for God to raise up a Godly leader. It is our only hope.

62 posted on 10/13/2011 5:16:29 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Clairity
You want to spoiler, who will help Romney be the nominee, support Cain.

The choice is yours...

Yes, the choice is ours, and it doesn't rely on your expert analysis, telling us how our support of Herman Cain will help romney.

Why don't all of you perrywinkles back Cain, and stop he'pin' romney?

63 posted on 10/13/2011 5:20:47 AM PDT by USS Alaska
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To: Essie
I have had it with the lying. Rick Perry is not for amnesty. Get your facts straight.

Why bother with amnesty, Ricky just gives the ILLEGAL ALIENS cash money and preferences over American citizens and they can stay safe and ILLEGAL at the University.

Facts straight enuff?

64 posted on 10/13/2011 5:28:34 AM PDT by USS Alaska
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To: catfish1957

I am with you. The only way republicans will learn is if their rinos keep loosing. They think they can steal dem votes, when all they are really doing making it impossible to vote republican.
Not more rinos.


65 posted on 10/13/2011 5:35:01 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: sklar
Hi Sklar, as a Palin supporter, I took what Sarah Palin said very seriously. When she said she wasn't going to run, it hurt, but I took that seriously, too.

She doesn't want this. Not now at least. We need to move on.

All the same, good luck. If you can get people to convince her I'll jump right back and support her.

Cheers...

66 posted on 10/13/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ForAmerica

Romney appears to be highly moral, as the Mormons I know are. Morality counts more than a profession of religion, I think.

I’m not voting for Romney because he is not a conservative.


67 posted on 10/13/2011 5:38:54 AM PDT by jch10 (I stand with Herman Cain)
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To: Clairity

How does this happen? I have not talked to one person who wants Mitt Romney so who is making this decision? There is one person on that stage that is capable, vastly intelligent, and immediately ready to lead this nation and he doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell.


68 posted on 10/13/2011 5:46:46 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Clairity
Let us look at what we can expect from a Romney Presidency.

When Romney ran for Governor of Massachusetts, he had the same position on every issue that he has today. He was squishily Pro-Life, though nobody believed him. He opposed a government takeover of health care, though he favored some form of government intervention). He favored lower taxes, but he had a laundry list of things he wanted to spend money on. And he claimed to be for regulatory reform.

Then once he was in office as Governor, he partnered with the Democrats and went back on these positions, every single one.

Now, history does not necessarily repeat itself, but it does rhyme... We can expect that by the time President Romney lifts his hand off the Bible on Inaugeration Day, he will already be thinking about ways to reach across the aisle to partner with Democrats to solve the nation's problems...

A Romney Presidency would be more damaging to the country than a second term for Barack Obama. Right now, Obama is marginalized. He is a national joke, and cannot get anything done. Since almost everything he would like to do is damaging to the country, the fact that the President can't get anything done is a good thing. He would be even more ineffective in his second term, as opposition in Congress solidifies.

But Rommey would be able to fracture Congressional opposition and accomplish many of the Democrat's goals. And don't think for a minute that he would not be eager to do so.

You may think I'm being overly dramatic, but if it came down to Romney vs. Obama in November 2012, I would probably march into the voting booth and pull the lever for Barack Obama, because he would be the least bad of the two options.

69 posted on 10/13/2011 6:04:46 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: Clairity

He well may be. If the Republican Party Establishment, the main stream media, and too many on this forum have any say in it, he will be. If so, so be it. I am not a Republican, but a Conservative who votes for Republican candidates. That being said, I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Rommy. If the Republican Party wants four more years of obama, nominate Rommy. And I also understand that my vote, in and of itself, does not mean that much in the big picture. But I know oodles of others who feel the same way. If you think that Conservtives stayed home in 2008, nominate Rommy in 2012...


70 posted on 10/13/2011 6:13:17 AM PDT by sport
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To: Meet the New Boss

I would vote for Cain, but under no circumstances will I vote for Rommy.


71 posted on 10/13/2011 6:16:08 AM PDT by sport
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To: Clairity

The title is totally distorted.

Ruling Class Republicans increasingly see Mitt Romney as the “inevitable candidate”.

The majority of Republicans, the ones who vote and are supposed to be represented by the Ruling Class increasingly support anyone but Romney, primarily Herman Cain.


72 posted on 10/13/2011 6:18:15 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: Biggirl

No one who opposes same sex”marriage”, abortion, gun control,obama care will accept Mitt.


73 posted on 10/13/2011 6:20:21 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

I am getting FED UP with this push to have Romney the front runner. All this mark my words WILL BACKFIRE in the establishment BIGTIME.


74 posted on 10/13/2011 6:29:25 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: sport

Correction: WILL BACKFIRE in the faces of the GOP establishment.


75 posted on 10/13/2011 6:31:16 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Glock, I have to agree with you. I will support the GOP nominee over Obama. I understand the sentiment of those who say they cannot vote for Romney (or Cain, or Palin, etc.) I cannot let the Best be the enemy of the Better than Obama. The truth is, the best person for the office of President is an unknown who would never consider running for office because of the kind of stuff we are seeing in the media and among GOP and conservatives today. I will vote for the person who most closely agrees with my positions, or who least offends the positions I take. I have my “druthers” but I will cast my vote for the GOP in order to unseat Obama.


76 posted on 10/13/2011 6:33:24 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Fiji Hill

HH also said yesterday that Perry got a total of 9 min of debate time. The moderators kept him on the bench, as they did Rick Santorum. HH said Rick S could be a real alternative to Romney.
HH made a point of saying the media focused on Romney because they want him to win the nomination and they effectively silenced all but Cain and Romney in that debate.
He also said why does the RNC allow these people to dictate to them the questions asked and to whom they are asked?
I don’t think HH was crowing at all-he was pretty steamed about this so called debate.


77 posted on 10/13/2011 6:34:15 AM PDT by pugmama
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To: catfish1957; sport; gridlock
I caught a lot of flack here in 2008, when I threatened to vote Libertarian, since their candidate was more conservative than McCain. Not this time. Two people who will not get my vote?...Barak Obama and Mitt Romney.

DON"T THROW AWAY YOUR VOTE!

If it comes down to Romney vs. Obama, vote for Obama!

If you have any Libertarian leanings at all, you have to pick Barack Obama in that contest, because Obama will not be able to advance the statist agenda in a second term. He has been gang-tackled, and they will not let him up off the turf for four long years.

If those are the choices, GRIDLOCK is your friend!

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, will be able to partner with the Democrats and peel off "centrist" Republicans to enact the Democrat agenda. He will repeal Obamacare to replace it with something just as bad, and there will be no unified opposition to stand in his way. He will be forced by circumstances beyond his control to raise taxes and save the planet from the scourge of Global Warming.

If that's the choice, give me an impotent Barack Obama, any day of the week.

78 posted on 10/13/2011 6:38:09 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: Clairity
You want a conservatives with a proven conservative record (which is unfrotunately being distorted by some), who is not a debater, but a strong executive, support Perry.

You mean, "I don't have any economic plan" Perry?
or

Do you mean, "I'm gonna make ya'll pay for funding illegals and college is just a start" Perry?

Hey Perry, when you make the same decision as extreme liberal "Moonbeam" Brown of CA, then you are no conservative.

79 posted on 10/13/2011 6:40:21 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Heartless4Cain.......)
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To: NCLaw441

These “More-Conservative-Than-Thou” types are sick bunch.

They would call Reagan, Ike, etc a RINO, as no one meets their standard.

They are like little babies. I dont care who wins the primary so long as they hav e a chance to beat Maobama.

We have to get this communist destroyer out of office at almost all costs.


80 posted on 10/13/2011 6:43:01 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Clairity

>>>You want to get a smooth, good debater, never mind that he is Obama-light, support Romney.
You want a conservatives with a proven conservative record (which is unfrotunately being distorted by some), who is not a debater, but a strong executive, support Perry.

You want to spoiler, who will help Romney be the nominee, support Cain.

The choice is yours<<<

Perry is the spoiler at this point. He has ZERO chance at the nomination. Calling all Americans who believe in national sovreignty and the rule of law “heartless” did him in.

At this point, Cain is the only one who can beat Romney and he will, unless Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry and their supporters stay in the race too long. Fortunately, I do believe that all of those four love America enough to get out in time to stop that pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-Socialized medicine, fraud from stealing the party.

The same goes for Cain. If he begins to fade for some reason, and one of the others becomes the clear choice to beat Romney, I believe he will get out of the way.


81 posted on 10/13/2011 6:43:49 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Haiku Guy
If those are the choices, GRIDLOCK is your friend!

Of course I am your friend... I'm everybody's friend!

(Especially if they're buying!)

82 posted on 10/13/2011 6:46:03 AM PDT by gridlock (Tea Party Haiku: If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be your slave)
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To: tbpiper

Not only is he the Cain that is ahead of Romney, he is the Cain that will pick up nearly all the votes from supporters of Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann, and Santorum, if and when they drop out.

The only thing inevitable about Romney is that he will NOT win the nomination, unless all the more conservative candidates stubbornly fight to the bitter end, rather than getting behind whomever is the strongest after the first few primaries. Right now that candidate seems to be Cain.


83 posted on 10/13/2011 6:50:24 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Clairity
You are further removed from reality, than those who think Cain can win.

And you are removed from reality if you think that Obama can win. I don't believe he can defeat ANY of the Republican candidates, and the polls would seem to bear that out.

So this is no time for us to give up on what George H.W. Bush called "the vision thing" and pick a nominee who does not have a strong conservative vision, just out of a preposterous fear that a real conservative cannot win the election.

And if you don't think Cain would cream Obama, I think you need a reality check.

84 posted on 10/13/2011 7:03:05 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Justa

Conservative America reminds me of the old Greek City States. Always warring amongst themselves, only occasionally uniting for common cause, mostly wasting great potential only to eventually be conquered and enslaved. Romney is a sure thing if this continues. Personally I think Newt is our best bet sans Sarah. Too bad Paul is a foreign policy throw back to a long gone era when the USA could get away with minding it’s own business. If not for that I could consider Paul. Sure hope Newt survives the early primaries and conservatives rally to him. He really is our best man.


85 posted on 10/13/2011 7:08:03 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: jpsb

“Conservative America reminds me of the old Greek City States. Always warring amongst themselves, only occasionally uniting for common cause, mostly wasting great potential only to eventually be conquered and enslaved.”

Umm, no. The same things were said 235 years ago yet the results were anything but slavery.

I vote for values, ideas and policies, not politicians. They serve me, not vice-versa.

When people forsake themselves to politicians that is when they become SLAVES.


86 posted on 10/13/2011 7:20:11 AM PDT by Justa
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To: sklar
"DRAFT SARAH"

Look.

You folks who want to keep the fantasy alive in your hearts, go start or join a "Draft Sarah!!" or "Sarah can still win!!" thread.

I absolutely promise -not- to show up on that thread to burst your bubble.

But keep your dream out of those threads where we are discussing candidates who are actually, you know, running.

87 posted on 10/13/2011 8:11:05 AM PDT by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: Clairity

Mittens will never be my choice as the candidate. Unfortunately, by the time the TX primary is held, the candidate has already been chosen for us.


88 posted on 10/13/2011 8:13:40 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: ForAmerica
I could never support Romney and his Mormonism. Mormons are not Christians like they claim to be!

That's as may be.

But do you want your candidate to attack Romney's religion in such a way that millions of Mormons perceive it as an attack on them personally, and so decide to sit out the election?

Perhaps you do. But if so, get ready for four more years of Zero.

The GOP can do fine without Romney, but not without the Mormon portion of the electorate.

89 posted on 10/13/2011 8:14:58 AM PDT by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: Meet the New Boss

We agree.....

The point that I was trying to make is that any....ANY....position other than strict enforcement of our immigration laws is back door amnesty for illegals.

My last line is telling.....

“When Perry stands on the border and says “NO Mas” and backs it up with strict enforcement, I’ll reconsider.”


90 posted on 10/13/2011 10:20:52 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Clairity

I would imagine that our little Republican primary voters know nothing else to do but what the party elders tell them. They just can’t find a good candidate; so it’s Romney’s “turn.”


91 posted on 10/13/2011 11:53:31 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Justa

If you live in TX, you can’t write in Palin or anyone else unless she or another declares herself or himself a formal write-in candidate.


92 posted on 10/13/2011 11:55:24 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: sklar

Stop it.


93 posted on 10/13/2011 12:01:01 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Clairity

What a worthless thread.


94 posted on 10/13/2011 12:03:31 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Notary Sojac
But do you want your candidate to attack Romney's religion in such a way that millions of Mormons perceive it as an attack on them personally, and so decide to sit out the election?

I don't -- religion (except Islam) should not be a matter of debate on the GOP candidacy and far less for it to be ripped as a method of politicking

95 posted on 10/19/2011 2:06:56 PM PDT by Cronos (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2787101/posts?page=58#58)
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To: Clairity

If Republicans increasingly see Mitt Rommney asthe “inevitable candidate”, they may as well finish the vision and see a second term for obams. Because that is what it will amont to.


96 posted on 10/19/2011 2:18:33 PM PDT by sport
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To: sklar
"DRAFT SARAH."

No. Get over it. She does not want to run or she would have. Almost 60% of republicans polled indicated they did not want her to run.

97 posted on 10/19/2011 2:23:10 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Clairity
"You are further removed from reality, than those who think Cain can win."

Insulting others is not going to win your candidate any votes. I'm really beginning to wonder if you are secretly in the Romney camp, because you are so obnoxious on every thread that you post for Perry, that you have to be driving votes away from him.

Seriously, if you truly support Perry, you had better change your tactics. You are not doing him any service with your attitude.

98 posted on 10/19/2011 2:26:43 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Clairity

Romney would lose to Obama because he’s weak and will run a campaign worse than McCain.


99 posted on 10/19/2011 2:44:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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