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Perry stays in presidential race, says it ‘wasn’t a hard decision’
Austin American Statesman ^

Posted on 01/04/2012 10:50:05 AM PST by wk4bush2004

Gov. Rick Perry said today he will continue his presidential campaign despite a fifth-place showing in the Tuesday Iowa caucuses and serious questions about whether he can continue. “I re-assessed,” Perry said as he left his West Des Moines hotel at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. “We’re headed to New Hampshire and South Carolina.” Perry surprised the political world - and many of his advisers - when he Tweeted this morning that he would stay in the race. His Tweet included a photo from his morning jog.

“I was out on the trail when it kind of came to me,” Perry said.

Perry has scrapped campaign events over the next couple of days in South Carolina but will take part in two weekend debates in New Hampshire. He is unlikely to do well in New Hampshire’s primary next week, so he will instead focus on South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary.

“It’s clearly there,” Perry said. “South Carolina is a place where I feel very comfortable that the values and the people and the time that we spent there. We’re going to give the people of South Carolina, New Hampshire and America a choice in this election.”

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


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This is so exciting! Call me crazy, but I really believe that Governor Perry is about to make a major comeback!
1 posted on 01/04/2012 10:50:09 AM PST by wk4bush2004
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To: wk4bush2004

This only helps Romney.


2 posted on 01/04/2012 10:52:35 AM PST by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: wk4bush2004

I don’t think you’re crazy, just very, very unrealistic.

My guess is that GHWB & Son made calls to Perry and asked him to stay in the race to siphon votes and $$ from Santorum.


3 posted on 01/04/2012 10:54:20 AM PST by rbg81
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To: wk4bush2004

How is “indirectly helping Mitt Romney by splitting all of the conservative votes among all of the non-Mitt Romney candidates for ‘12 GOP POTUS” a very good thing for Rick Perry?


4 posted on 01/04/2012 10:56:11 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: wk4bush2004

The first “Bush’s third term” ad and the election is over.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 10:56:35 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: wk4bush2004

The nomination was Perry’s to lose and he did so in record time!


6 posted on 01/04/2012 10:57:08 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: rbg81

“My guess is that GHWB & Son made calls to Perry and asked him to stay in the race to siphon votes and $$ from Santorum.”

I disagree, considering the fact that it is a known fact that the Bushes and Perry do NOT get along and I think that it is highly unlikely that GHWB would have done such a thing, considering that fact.


7 posted on 01/04/2012 10:57:13 AM PST by wk4bush2004 ("FREEDOM, PROSPERITY, RESPONSIBILITY: RICK PERRY 2012!")
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To: wk4bush2004
"This is so exciting! Call me crazy, but I really believe that Governor Perry is about to make a major comeback!"

Not crazy at all.

A lot of Cowboy fans said that the other night when they played the Giants.

8 posted on 01/04/2012 10:58:28 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: wk4bush2004

Perry surprises staff, stays in race
By: Jonathan Martin
January 4, 2012 12:33 PM EST

Surprising some members of his own staff, Rick Perry announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that he will stay in the GOP presidential race despite a disappointing finish in Iowa.

“And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State … Here we come South Carolina!!!” Perry tweeted just after 11 a.m. EST from his personal account, linking to a picture of him in Texas A&M jogging shorts giving a thumbs-up.

Perry campaign manager Joe Allbaugh confirmed to POLITICO that the governor is going forward.

“Staying,” Allbaugh wrote in an email when asked whether Perry is remaining in the race.

A source close to Perry said the Texas governor decided to make a stand in South Carolina because “he is not a quitter and really is the only true conservative in the race.”

“Records matter; start comparing,” the source said.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said Perry would stay in Texas until Friday, at which point he’ll head to New Hampshire and participate in the two debates there this weekend. The candidate will then go to South Carolina.

Perry’s decision to campaign in South Carolina is a major blow to Rick Santorum’s hopes of consolidating conservatives behind his candidacy. If Perry and Newt Gingrich are still in the GOP race when it heads south on Jan. 21, the base will likely be divided among conservatives.

Perry’s decision to stay in initially caught some of his own staff off-guard. His long-serving press secretary, Mark Miner, said he didn’t know what the plan was and said only that he was “checking on it” when asked about Perry’s tweet. Miner confirmed that Perry handles his own Twitter account.

In a subsequent conversation, Miner declined to say when the governor decided to go forward or when he notified staff.

“He had some conversations and made the decision,” said Miner, noting that Perry only said he was going to reasses and “never left the race.”

The Dallas Morning News quoted Perry’s son, Griffin, as saying that his father had made up his mind during a morning jog.

“Dad had a run today and cleared his head. He and mom talked, and we’re in and onto South Carolina,” Griffin Perry told the newspaper.

“I was out on the trail when it kind of came to me,” Perry told the Austin American-Statesman.

After taking just 10 percent of the vote and finishing a distant fifth in Iowa yesterday, Perry told supporters that he would return to Texas to reassess whether there was “a path forward.”

Some of his campaign advisers made clear that they wanted him to drop out last night and, after his speech, thought that his reassessment language was merely a prelude to a formal withdrawal.

“It seemed like everything was going to wind down and life was gonna be good, and now there’s an explosion and I don’t know what’s going on,” said one of the strategists, who added that some of Perry’s Texas backers were urging him to go forward.

Another adviser confirmed that the decision had been closely held, and that members of the team were caught by surprise.

As for Perry’s announcement via Twitter, one strategist said: “Welcome to Campaign 2012.”


9 posted on 01/04/2012 11:00:15 AM PST by varina davis (We grow too soon old and too late smart -- Pennsylvania Dutch adage)
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To: VicVega
A lot of Cowboy fans said that the other night when they played the Giants.

Only the delusional ones.

10 posted on 01/04/2012 11:00:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: wk4bush2004
Perry has the resources to continue the fight and 10% of the vote is not the same as 3% of the vote. "Jobs, jobs, jobs" wasn't going to sell in Iowa with it's 5% unemployment like it will in South Carolina or Florida.

Politically, it was the correct move. Whether he is able to sell himself better and get back in the race is now up to him. But it was too early to pull out on the basis of one rather flaky state.

11 posted on 01/04/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Patrick1

I wonder if he thinks he’s going to get DeMint’s endorsement given that DeMint can’t endorse Romney since he did that as an anti-McCain move last time?

If Santorum becomes this cycle’s Huckster (and I like him BTW), then Perry’s campaign really gets started in SC and moves South and West.

Just speculating......


12 posted on 01/04/2012 11:02:30 AM PST by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: wk4bush2004

this only helps Mitt Romney,continues to divide the conservative vote.
He must have gotten a phone call offering a job if he stays in.


13 posted on 01/04/2012 11:02:50 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: wk4bush2004
Call me crazy

You're crazy.

14 posted on 01/04/2012 11:03:40 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: dfwgator

LOL. I was really trying to be nice.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 11:04:29 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: wk4bush2004
Not my intention to insult you as none of us know the future. But, odds are that Perry fired his big shot in Iowa, and the result was a 5th place finish. I can't see how his staying in the race will benefit any Conservative causes, rather benefiting Romney.

Perry had money, organization and strong supporters from Texas. The media didn't hurt the Perry campaign, Perry hurt the Perry campaign. I don't see anything going to change this. But hey, it's his campaign and he can do with it as he wishes. As for me, I only envision his campaign possibly accomplishing the role of a spoiler, and I hope that doesn't come to fruition

16 posted on 01/04/2012 11:05:07 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: wk4bush2004

17 posted on 01/04/2012 11:05:49 AM PST by montyspython ((Romney-Perry-Obama ... No Way))
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To: wk4bush2004
I gave to Perry when he announced and was dismayed by his mistakes, especially, the debates.

Iowa is over and NH is up next, however, SC/FL are real primaries and I will take the measure of support after these two play out.

I want an alternative to Mitt and if Perry can get and stay on message he is the one I back. I like Newt but fear his baggage will make him a “target rich environment” especially since the MSM is in Obama’s pocket. The others I think are flash in a pan and cannot go the distance.

Call me crazy but I just gave more money to Rick Perry and in my whole life I have never given money to any candidate for any office.

We have to get rid of Obama, but, we need to get someone in who will reverse the rot of the Federal government. Mitt is not fit for that task so I put my chips on Rick.

18 posted on 01/04/2012 11:07:31 AM PST by lowbuck (The Blue Card (US Passport) Don't leave home without it.)
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To: Rational Thought

As today’s Gallop poll showed, Santorum does not poll well anywhere but in the Iowa caucauses.


19 posted on 01/04/2012 11:07:31 AM PST by varina davis (We grow too soon old and too late smart -- Pennsylvania Dutch adage)
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To: montyspython

Love your visual...LMAO!

“It seemed like everything was going to wind down and life was gonna be good, and now there’s an explosion and I don’t know what’s going on,” said one of the strategists, who added that some of Perry’s Texas backers were urging him to go forward.
YEP..paging Gov. Perry...cheap labor lobby on line 1


20 posted on 01/04/2012 11:10:19 AM PST by magna carta
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To: varina davis
2008 proved once again that the National polls are mostly irrelevant in our primary system. Simply look back at 2008 when Clinton held huge leads in polls over Obama. Iowa changed all that.
21 posted on 01/04/2012 11:10:40 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: VicVega

“I was out on the trail when it kind of came to me,” Perry said.

Ever noticed that when the University of Texas plays, they’ve got dozens/hundreds of people in the stands dressed just like Roy Rogers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcYsO890YJY


22 posted on 01/04/2012 11:11:29 AM PST by tumblindice (Day ain't over yet)
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To: lowbuck

“Call me crazy but I just gave more money to Rick Perry and in my whole life I have never given money to any candidate for any office.”

You are perfectly sane, he’s a contender. I don’t want to see him drop out unless he continues in 4th/5th through NH, SC, and FL.

Until then, let’s see.


23 posted on 01/04/2012 11:13:14 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: wk4bush2004

Rick Perry will play very well in South Carolina and Florida, home to millions of active and retired military families. He is the only veteran in the race (can’t count R. Paul since he will be out before then).


24 posted on 01/04/2012 11:16:28 AM PST by varina davis (We grow too soon old and too late smart -- Pennsylvania Dutch adage)
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To: tumblindice
yeah, pretty funny. Some one called him and requested he stay in the race. Maybe give him a position in the cabinet.

Hopefully not one Rick wanted to eliminate.

Not being on Va., ballot and possibly excluded from the SC debate will be a burden on him.

He knew that, but that possible phone call is keeping him in.

25 posted on 01/04/2012 11:19:58 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: lowbuck
Why shouldn't Perry continue on? He should do better in SC than Iowa and why should we be calling this nomination process over after the first caucus?

We're just getting started, this is not the end.

With Perry's ability to raise funds, he may be able to starve out either Newt or Santorum. Who knows?

26 posted on 01/04/2012 11:19:58 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: varina davis

Polls showed both Cain and Gingrich with 3-6% support for good chunks of the cycle. Looking at a poll now and trying to predict future performance just never works. There’s no reason not to believe the Christian conservative voters, which were previously hesitant to commit, will now swing to Santorum.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 11:20:44 AM PST by COgamer
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To: wk4bush2004

Good going, Perry. You just ensured that the conservative vote will be split in South Carolina, thereby handing the state to Mittens. Thanks a lot, pal.


28 posted on 01/04/2012 11:23:07 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: wk4bush2004
If you're going to announce going on to S. Carolina the next morning, you DON'T make yours campaign appear weak by announcing the night before that you are going home to 'access' your candidacy.

Another in a long list of mis-steps by Perry that pretty much insure that he will not be making major comeback.

29 posted on 01/04/2012 11:24:01 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: wk4bush2004

Even Rush Limbaugh sounded baffled about this decision.

If I had to bet, I would say Romney made contact and an under-the-table-deal...

Perry keeps the Conservative vote divided as much as possible while attacking Santorum and Gingrich but not attacking Romney.

Then Perry gets the VP nod from Romney, or perhaps Secretary of State or CIA.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 11:24:34 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: wk4bush2004

Like Rush, I am happy he is staying in. Lots yet to come, folks.


31 posted on 01/04/2012 11:25:10 AM PST by bigbob
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To: varina davis

Ron Paul usually does better in Iowa than anywhere else also.


32 posted on 01/04/2012 11:26:26 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Even Rush Limbaugh sounded baffled about this decision.

Really? I have been listening to him and did not catch that.

33 posted on 01/04/2012 11:30:51 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
If you're going to announce going on to S. Carolina the next morning, you DON'T make yours campaign appear weak by announcing the night before that you are going home to 'access' your candidacy.

Another in a long list of mis-steps by Perry that pretty much insure that he will not be making major comeback.

...bbut..., there's still gas in the bus and comeback stickers to pass out...

34 posted on 01/04/2012 11:36:52 AM PST by TADSLOS (It's time for Rick Perry to go home to Paint Creek.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Absolutely.

I don’t know what Rush you are listening to.

Rush talked about how when a candidate retires to assess his options - that always meant dropping out, but not with Perry. Rush also said Perry seemed willing to accept campaign debt while Bachmann was not.

Rush did say he was happy Perry was staying in. That was a single sentence. Rush spent more time sounding baffled as to how or why.


35 posted on 01/04/2012 11:41:01 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Why shouldn’t Perry continue on? He should do better in SC than Iowa and why should we be calling this nomination process over after the first caucus?

We’re just getting started, this is not the end.

With Perry’s ability to raise funds, he may be able to starve out either Newt or Santorum. Who knows?


With Perry’s ability to raise funds, and, in my fairly experienced eyes at least, one of the better teams making political ads in the business, he has a good chance of totally demolishing Romney’s credibility.

I am betting there were phone calls last night - between Gingrich, Santorum and Perry.

Very pleased he decided to stay in and not quit.


36 posted on 01/04/2012 11:41:49 AM PST by EnglishCon
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To: varina davis

R Paul will not leave this race no matter how low he is polling. He’s in it to intentionally agitate.


37 posted on 01/04/2012 11:48:00 AM PST by MachIV
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To: EnglishCon

There is plenty of time for quitting. Bachmann dropped out today. Who knows what may happen after SC?


38 posted on 01/04/2012 11:57:11 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: TADSLOS
Perry staying in only helps Romney. Than again, he's probably proud of and has been encouraged by his stellar 5th place finish.


39 posted on 01/04/2012 12:02:30 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
IMHO, Perry's plan is simple--to go forward and win.
40 posted on 01/04/2012 12:11:33 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: South40

41 posted on 01/04/2012 12:15:02 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: tumblindice
Didn't Roy and Dale have their horse stuffed?

Or was it the other way around??
42 posted on 01/04/2012 12:17:59 PM PST by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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To: edge10

Perry “re-assesses” and decides to drop out after SC.

What a doofus.


43 posted on 01/04/2012 12:20:31 PM PST by teddyballgame1
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To: World'sGoneInsane
Pro-ILLEGAL alien - check

Pro-nanny-state medicine -- check

Weak as they come as a presidential candidate -- check

Seen as aloof and out of touch -- check.

Unable to construct a three word sentence w/o making a complete fool of himself, -- check.

Staying in the race is only helping the liberal Mitt Romney -- check.

Rick Perry will never be POTUS.

44 posted on 01/04/2012 12:22:37 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: wk4bush2004
Perry is just waiting for Romney to turn the full attention of the Mitt-Stream Media on Santorum to scatter his supporters like Newt's were. Then Perry will be there to scoop them up on their a second lap around the Not-Mitt track.
45 posted on 01/04/2012 12:43:04 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: South40

LOL! Only in Perryworld is 5th place a win.


46 posted on 01/04/2012 12:51:51 PM PST by TADSLOS (It's time for Rick Perry to go home to Paint Creek.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Why shouldn't Perry continue on? He should do better in SC than Iowa and why should we be calling this nomination process over after the first caucus?

Except that the polls say he's not doing better in SC. He might get a slight bump from Bachmann leaving, and I have a feeling that Bachmann leaving helped him to decided whether or not to say in the race today, but even if he got all of Bachmann's folks, that still only puts him ahead of Ron Paul. It doesn't address the definite surge Santorum will get, and Perry won't get all of Bachmann's backers. In fact, Bachmann's supporters could easily push Santorum past Perry and into 4th or 3rd place.

And let we forget, there were FReepers and others saying that Perry was doing a lot better in Iowa than the 8% - 12% polling that we were hearing, and that he had an amazing ground game and was spending millions on advertising.

He finished with 10%. That is not doing better than the polling indicated. In fact, it's worse than some of the polls indicated, but it's uncanny how Perry was within a percentage point of the last two weeks of polling.
47 posted on 01/04/2012 1:00:59 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

So,what does it matter? We’re just starting and already amazing things have happened and they continue to happen.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 1:07:59 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Actually I think anybody who still has money and has 5% or more should stay in it. That's why I was so surprised last night when Perry indicated he wasn't sure whether to continue or not - normally he can be decisive, but it sure sounded like he was throwing in the towel.

It's also why I'm surprised that Bachmann threw in the towel. I think she needed to go though - her attacks against other Republicans were just plain ridiculous and sleazy. Perry hurt himself with his mistakes and views, but Bachmann on the other hand hurt herself by her attacks on others, and that was a travesty.
49 posted on 01/04/2012 1:24:19 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: teddyballgame1

“Perry “re-assesses” and decides to drop out after SC.

What a doofus.”

So who do you support? I saw you on another thread, upset that Gingrich didn’t congratulate Romney on his “victory.”


50 posted on 01/04/2012 1:25:53 PM PST by CatherineofAragon
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