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Tea Party members get behind Gingrich
boston.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Tracy Jan

Posted on 12/08/2011 7:14:36 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

He has surged to the top of the polls, having been crowned the latest Tea Party favorite by the movement’s rank and file. Newt Gingrich’sappeal is not universal among Tea Party conservatives, but for now he is their anointed warrior, boosted by his string of fiery debate performances filled with irreverent quips.

As Gingrich courts the group that will be so crucial to his success in Iowa and beyond, Gallup’s latest poll of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents has him winning 47 percent of voters nationally who say they support the Tea Party movement. (More than half of Republicans consider themselves Tea Party supporters.) A month ago, Gingrich garnered 18 percent of Tea Party support, behind Herman Cain and Mitt Romney.

“Obviously, he’s really kind of taken over among that group,’’ said Jeff Jones, the Gallup Poll’s managing editor. “They’ve been casting about, looking for someone who is a better fit for them than Romney is. It looks like everyone’s had their chance and basically squandered it, so that leaves Gingrich.’’

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To: dragonblustar

“Maybe that’s the plan. The GOP elite hate the Tea Party.”

And, Newt betrayed the TP in 2009. My hunch is he’ll do it again.


51 posted on 12/08/2011 8:22:19 AM PST by maggief
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To: Bigtigermike

Bookmarked! Thanks!


52 posted on 12/08/2011 8:22:27 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: babygene
And of course he has admitted his past mistakes and ask for forgiveness...

I am willing to forgive those transgressions, but do we really need another one-worlder, even if he is a free one-worlder as opposed to a progressive one-worlder?

The next POTUS has to be concerned with the good of The United States of America FIRST, regardless of the needs/wants of the rest of the world!

53 posted on 12/08/2011 8:23:05 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: TexasCajun

You may be right. But Palin has all been but invisible. As for Tea Partiers backing Newty—that’s pure hogwash. If anything Tea Partiers are wondering how this whole travesty of a Pubbie Rino/Conservative primary plays out.

I don’t think any rational Tea Party Conservative is under any illusions about Newty. One thing he’s not these days is a conservative. I don’t see the RINO-led, demrat-controlled GOP allowing a real conservative to run on its ticket.


54 posted on 12/08/2011 8:23:13 AM PST by dools0007world
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Tea Party members get behind Gingrich

At first I was like  - "Huh???"
 
This I saw this.
 
Read more at boston.com ...
 
 
 
Explains the reason for this BS
 


55 posted on 12/08/2011 8:23:48 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: JohnBrownUSA

Maybe you haven’t seen the debates but Santorum is a big gov’t guy in the mold of W.


56 posted on 12/08/2011 8:25:52 AM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: Bigtigermike

But Newt has very little to do Tea Party ideals other than his early years and Balance Budget measure.....he is a Washington insider

Newt was the primary motivator in developing the Contract with America for the 1994 election. He made a legitimate effor to enact each portion of that contract. Yes, due to the lack of Senate commitment and veto's by Clinton, much of the contract was not passed or negotiated down. But, the segment of government that he led, the house, was tried and true committed to execution of that contract.

Dust off that contract and post it on the wall. Doesn't it accurately represent what the Tea Party is all about?

57 posted on 12/08/2011 8:26:36 AM PST by CMAC51
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To: SailormanCGA72

I would have to hold my nose to vote for Newt, much like I did when I voted for McCain.


Me too, but I would do it. But if Romney is the candidate? No I can’t do that. I would probably be left with a third party or write-in vote for Palin.

Why you might ask? As far as I am concerned Romney is just Obama light or maybe even exactly the same. They both have voted for the same things. At least Obama is consistent in his destructive ways. Romney flip-flops faster than an oscillator


58 posted on 12/08/2011 8:27:14 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Responsibility2nd

This item is based on polling data - you would be better off to aim your emotional meltdown at the poll.


59 posted on 12/08/2011 8:27:14 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Not a big Newt fan....we seem to have a dearth of electable candidates.

Geees I wish Palin was running (she should have retained her governorship...it would have helped her now)

come April when NY has its primaries...some one or another has usually been picked already and my vote is useless...

I could live with Newt more than Romney or Huntsman or Paul.....

I do not see Bachmann or Santorum coming close....though it is early

but nobody out there is A-#1 in my book.

60 posted on 12/08/2011 8:29:07 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
The Tea Party support moved to Newt after Cain left ... These folks are new to politics and they know nothing about Newt’s past.

Wow. "These folks" huh?! Really now? It sounds like you're NOT one of "these folks". IMHO, every FReeper considers themselves a standing member of the Tea Party Movement (it's not a party). And I dare say we aren't new to politics.

Who did you say you are for again?

61 posted on 12/08/2011 8:30:02 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: cripplecreek
No kidding. Newt is a complete repudiation of everything the tea party stands for.

Newt was the primary architect of the Contract with America. Is there anything that better represents what the Tea Party is looking for than that document.

62 posted on 12/08/2011 8:30:19 AM PST by CMAC51
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To: Bigtigermike

Newt was the featured speaker at NYC’s first Tea Party rally on 4/15/09. There were 15k people on the south side of Cit Hall park who heard him.


63 posted on 12/08/2011 8:33:03 AM PST by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!')
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To: TomGuy
If he is so great, why didn't he jump to the front when he first announced his candidacy in May?


Good point. In fact I would ask many of his current supporters what they were saying about him then. If it has changed, why?

Good ethical government begins with us and if we don't hold firm to our principles, we'd be idiots to think our government will.
64 posted on 12/08/2011 8:33:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: maggief

Newt is no Tea Partier.

Remember when Doug Hoffman ran for NY-23. That was a couple years before the Tea Party cranked up. It could be said that Hoffman was really the first unofficial Tea Party Candidate.

The GOP establishment, including the Grinch, abandoned Hoffman, after he beat Dede in the Primary. Neither party wants to see the rise of citizen/congressmen.

The Grinch is no Tea partier. Some Tea Party folks may support him. But the Grinch is not Tea a Partier. He’s a DC Hack


65 posted on 12/08/2011 8:33:27 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“After Iowa there won’t be anyone left but Gingrich and Romney.”

Many states changed the rules and will award delegates proportionally. All the candidates will have an incentive to stay on collecting delegates so they can be players at the convention. It won’t be anything like 4 years ago.


66 posted on 12/08/2011 8:33:27 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless & Inhumane)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If Newt is the best candidate we can come up with we deserve to be stuck with Obama for another 8.


67 posted on 12/08/2011 8:34:34 AM PST by The Brush
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To: newzjunkey

Since when do conservatives get behind the candidate that will finish them off just because he is in the lead ? Can’t they see that Gingrich is uniting the Tea Party and establishment wings of the Republican Party ?

I’m a Huntsman supporter but have lost more respect for this movement in the last few days than I ever believed possible.


68 posted on 12/08/2011 8:35:08 AM PST by erlayman
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Whatever. BS is BS.
 
A month ago, Gingrich garnered 18 percent of Tea Party support, behind Herman Cain and Mitt Romney.
 
Polls were wrong then. They are wrong now. Yet that doesn't stop the liberal press from manipulating them. 


69 posted on 12/08/2011 8:35:24 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Money (or more importantly the lack of it) drives them out.

Bachmann and Santorum in particular are already in debt up to their eyeballs.


70 posted on 12/08/2011 8:36:07 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: maggief
And, Newt betrayed the TP in 2009. My hunch is he’ll do it again.

Newt has never been known to be "faithful"

71 posted on 12/08/2011 8:37:38 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“It sounds like you’re NOT one of these folks”.

I was referring to the tea party folks who support Newt.

Palin summed it up well. Newt is part of the problem


72 posted on 12/08/2011 8:39:40 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless & Inhumane)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mitt Romney wins much coveted Jimmy Carter endorsement


73 posted on 12/08/2011 8:40:21 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

She will endorse whoever leads against Romney and do it cheerfully. If Newt sustains, she will happily endorse Newt. It is we who will determine who leads and she will follow our lead, not visa versa.


74 posted on 12/08/2011 8:40:29 AM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

She will endorse whoever leads against Romney and do it cheerfully. If Newt sustains, she will happily endorse Newt. It is we who will determine who leads and she will follow our lead, not visa versa.


75 posted on 12/08/2011 8:41:27 AM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: CMAC51

Just a few days ago Newt said he wants to eliminate the EPA....and replace it with another agency.

Nothing but a big government hack who talks a good game.


76 posted on 12/08/2011 8:41:51 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It is truly amazing just how stupid people are.

People just don’t have a clue on who Gingrich really is.

Gingrich is a socialist HARD-CORE.

His lobbying firm on K-Street handled more than 100 million in lobbying money to get Obamacare approved!!!

He says he is a Roosevelt Republican...the very man who started the Progressive party in our country and a GOP president who didn’t think Americans should own property!!!

Once again the GOP is doing it again...with our nomination you get to choose from Progressive A or Progressive B.

This is our last chance. Make a stand!!!


77 posted on 12/08/2011 8:43:01 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Palin summed it up well. Newt is part of the problem

She's also complimented Newt. IF Sarah Palin endorses Newt at some future point, would you support his candidacy then?

78 posted on 12/08/2011 8:43:34 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

If they are not spending any, they don’t need any. And Bachmann is not in debt. She just had a fundraising event in south Florida with a huge turnout.


79 posted on 12/08/2011 8:43:34 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless & Inhumane)
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To: TexasCajun
The Tea Party over here has drunk the Newt Kool-Aid, which is a bit disappointing.
81 posted on 12/08/2011 8:45:23 AM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: erlayman
have lost more respect for this movement in the last few days

Agreed. I'm lucky enough to have a friendly relationship with my congressman and have talked about this with him. He says the tea party drove him to victory then went back to sleep. Meanwhile the left was waiting for it to happen.

The occupy wall street clowns are dead wrong but at least they have the courage of their convictions.
82 posted on 12/08/2011 8:47:28 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: All
If Tea Party is about fiscal discipline, Newt's not a bad choice. He's worked to balance the federal budget unlike anyone else running, his tax plan is deliberately not revenue neutral to ensure the beast can't be fed at the rate it demands even now, he has proposal for hundreds of billions in reform, restructure and replacement, he describes himself as a "cheap" hawk and has proposals to shift more responsibility back to the states and localities. He has a keen understanding of the nation's history, including its founding.

Since there's no formal Tea Party, and the movement has been twisted to mean all things to all users of the phrase, it may just be another sham populist uprising that will wither and self-defeat like Perot's Reform Party.

Instead of it being focused on fiscal sanity and limited constitutional federal gov't, it's hijacked into all kinds of other areas like social policy which dilutes and distracts from its focus.

My question about Newt is whether he'll be a focused and disciplined president. If he can achieve his potential, he could be pretty great. If he falls short, we could be mired and listless. No matter if it's a GOP president or four more of Obama (as is my belief) the critical election will be the Congress.

83 posted on 12/08/2011 8:48:44 AM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: dynachrome

Why? You’ll be seeing gushing articles from the MSM, nonstop from now until the nomination is over.

I predicted this before, and so far everything you are seeing is correct.


84 posted on 12/08/2011 8:50:40 AM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Servant of the Cross

No, because if I wanted to support Newt, I would have done so before...

I’m angry that Newt disrespected the Catholic church.


85 posted on 12/08/2011 8:52:26 AM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The author is just repeating yesterday's bullsh!t from jonah goldberg. He may get the vote of many TEA Party activists... but he is in no way TEA Party material.

LLS

86 posted on 12/08/2011 8:52:47 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: newzjunkey
"Instead of it being focused on fiscal sanity and limited constitutional federal gov't, it's hijacked into all kinds of other areas like social policy which dilutes and distracts from its focus."

Well put, the Tea Party hijackers dilute the message and the press jumps all over it like Bill Clinton on a pole stripper.

87 posted on 12/08/2011 8:54:43 AM PST by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
>>>>>>With some people running their jaw a little long against Gingrich...

We conservatives have a right to debate the pros and cons of the current field of candidates. Especially of a front-runner like Newt with a record of recent flip-flops on several high profile issues that can be legitimately called progressive tendencies.

I've been watching some FReepers defend and support Newt in the last week or so. All I can say is, when did you guys contract amnesia?

Newt went from being a hardcore back-bench bomb thrower for the GOP in the 80's, to a revolutionary in the 90's, to telling us that the Era of Reagan is over. If the Era of Reagan is over, the era of conservatism is over. I don't buy it. I don't buy what Newt is selling either.

Newt may be a great rhetorician, but he's also the ultimate WashDC/beltway insider. Not to mention a highly undisciplined and unprincipled individual. Newt has moderated his politics over the last decade morphing into what some call a situational conservative, what others call a cafeteria conservative, and on many issues he promotes expediency over principle.

In the end, Newt might be the last man standing choice for many conservatives. Fine. Lets not turn Gingrich into some type of conservative icon. Which he is not, never has been and never will be.

88 posted on 12/08/2011 8:57:44 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: MadelineZapeezda

Everything that you hear from any media outlet is meant to shape your opinion... not report the truth. Filter everything.

LLS


89 posted on 12/08/2011 9:05:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: Bigtigermike
... show us what you have done to fight that [corruption], so that we can through relentless and sudden reform that is needed with a new President,

"Somebody set up us the bomb."

90 posted on 12/08/2011 9:06:03 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: SailormanCGA72
I would have to hold my nose to vote for Newt, much like I did when I voted for McCain.

I did too! But I realized that the garbage King Obama was selling was the same method snake salesmen in the old west would give from the back of wagons. He was fake as hell and smelt like a glamorous dead fish. McCain would not have sold out America as our King has.

91 posted on 12/08/2011 9:09:10 AM PST by Logical me
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To: cripplecreek
Just a few days ago Newt said he wants to eliminate the EPA....and replace it with another agency. Nothing but a big government hack who talks a good game.

I will readily confess to not being knowledgable of what Newt said in this particular instance. So I would be quite happy for you to inform me on the particulars of this new agency Newt described.

The EPA has lost its way and become politically agenda driven. That does not mean that there is no legitimate role for the federal government to insure clean air and water. Being a conservative does not mean voting for dirty air and water. An agency dedicated to enforcing laws passed by congress based on the pricinpals embodied by the Contract with America would not be a bad thing and is not in and of itself an endorsement of big government.

92 posted on 12/08/2011 9:13:14 AM PST by CMAC51
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Seems like projecting to me. In my view, Newt has not sealed the deal. Once the inevitable tearing down of Newt occurs over the next month, I wonder what we’ll be left with. Mittens and.....?

As both my first and second choice are no longer in the picture for the nomination, I’m willing to consider other conservatives. I think it’s going to boil down to: which one of the remaining candidates when the Virginia primary comes up is the closest to reflecting my own political views. And to hades with trying to handicap the horserace.

If Newt happens to survive and become the nominee, I would plan to vote for him in the general. But we’re nowhere near that point yet. And I probably won’t vote for him in the primary in any case; there are other candidates that I agree with more.


93 posted on 12/08/2011 9:14:58 AM PST by RKBA Democrat
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To: katiedidit1
newt may win... but you are insane if you think that any of these candidates will create any excitement... most of us would not give any of them a second look if we had any other choices. I despise sis-boom-bah for someone that does not deserve it... and newt does NOT deserve it.

LLS

94 posted on 12/08/2011 9:15:19 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: BenKenobi
No, because if I wanted to support Newt, I would have done so before...

Originally, me too. However, after this process of elimination, we may be left with the choice: Newt or Mitt?

95 posted on 12/08/2011 9:15:33 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: CMAC51

I’m not even going to bother wasting my time with someone who has their mind made up. If you really wanted to know, you would have simply gone looking for info on your own.

A good search term would be “Environmental Solutions Agency”

Being a little bit progressive is like being a little bit pregnant.


96 posted on 12/08/2011 9:18:58 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Bigtigermike
That is a most interesting vid.

21 minute long interview.

I would challange anyone to actually listen to the entire dialogue, then present here what exactly, in context, that they disagree upon, that she said.

97 posted on 12/08/2011 9:20:18 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Servant of the Cross

That process hasn’t arrived yet.

I wasn’t one of the folks who thought Palin would run, btw. I have been in the Cain camp since May.

From what I’m hearing the chicago thug mafia was giving death threats to his grandbabies, and because he’s a good man, decided that protecting them was more important than being president of the united states.

If you want the thug mafia to win a round by choosing our candidates for us, then fine, vote for Newt. But I know where I stand.


98 posted on 12/08/2011 9:21:36 AM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: CMAC51
newt promised to abolish 95 Federal Agencies in 1994... 95 of those still exist and 95 have seen their funding increase every year since 1994. Good intentions mean nothing... unless you are a dim.

LLS

99 posted on 12/08/2011 9:25:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: JohnBrownUSA

The Lincoln-Douglas style debate (Huntsman/Gingrich) will take place Dec 12th (time TBD) @ N.H. Institute of Politics, Manchester. The focus will be on foreign policy and national security. Broadcast - Bloomberg ??

Bachmann, Santorum and Perry will be out after Iowa. Let the race begin in earnest already !


100 posted on 12/08/2011 9:45:12 AM PST by erlayman
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