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Final results of the Free Republic 1/9/2012 non-Romney Conservative Straw Poll (see post 548)
Jim Robinson

Posted on 01/09/2012 11:15:29 AM PST by Jim Robinson

Edited on 01/10/2012 3:33:58 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

If you are looking for a conservative alternative to Romney and had to choose today between Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry or Rick Santorum, which one would you choose?

Final results of the Free Republic 1/9/2012 non-Romney Conservative Straw Poll (see post 548)

Newt 225 59.7%
Perry 77 20.4%
Santorum 75 19.9%


TOPICS: Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: elections; frstrawpoll; gingrich; newhampshire; perry; poll; santorum
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, while he’s had his flaws was the only visionary who imagined that Republicans could actually win Congress. The rest of those sad sacks were willing to play lackeys to the Democrats forever. He believed, made others believe, had a plan, executed it and was a great success. After that I don’t remember seeing any public figure be so excoriated. He’s had a trial by fire. I think he could pull it together as President.

Sontorum is ok, he really, really, really had a chance to prove his conservative bonafides but blew it by endorsing Arlen Specter. If he had any thoughts of ever running for President he should have known this would be a problem. Even if he never planned on being President he should have never went with Specter.

Perry, just a non-starter for me.

So those are my rankings. I’m not doing cartwheels over any of them but Newt I think has the best chance of the bunch to be successful because of his experience. Hopefully he learned his lessons that no matter how much you try to play nice the Democrats and the media will still hate you, so stay conservative, take the slings and arrows and do the right thing.

I will not vote for Romney or Paul.

I was against voting for McCain last go round but got excoriated by the majority here. I did realize how horrid Obama would be so I got onboard and stubbornly voted for McCain instead of my original plan to write in Reagan to send a message to the establishment GOP who every time wants a mushy Republican to represent the party.

If it’s Romney I WILL write in Reagan, and I hope others do too and Reagan gets enough votes to foil Romney. We can win the House and Senate and neutralize an Obama second term, he’ll just play golf and vacation.

We’ve been getting Romney thrown down our throats since the day Obama took office. That used car salesman will never get my vote. I’d rather “throw it away” on Reagan.


201 posted on 01/09/2012 12:01:58 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs6qZd_xP1w)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt. He’s the only one of the 3 that can and is willing to take the Kenyan Marxist down. Win or lose, Barry is going to get beat up badly and I think that is who he fears debating the most.


202 posted on 01/09/2012 12:02:45 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Jim Robinson
Newt Gingrich!




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203 posted on 01/09/2012 12:02:50 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Perry feels like Fred Thompson to me. Looks great on paper, has all the promise in the world, and then blows it when he hits the spotlight. Been better in the last two weeks, but you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

Santorum is an unknown to most people. Those who knew him before his surge all agree his number one problem is himself; he is just bland and unexciting. Yeah, so was Calvin Coolidge, but it isn’t policy wonks who vote, but people wanting to find a reason to be inspired.

Gingrich is Gingrich. He has more baggage than a rented mule and a bigger foot in mouth problem than Biden. Sure he was a firebrand leader back in the 90’s, but he has made some serious missteps over the last 16 years or so. Scozzafava being the biggest one.

With all of those being said, I would have to support Gingrich at this point. He has the best record of actually pushing a Conservative agenda, he has been in proven leadership positions, he will do what is needed even if it is unpopular, and we know all of his baggage. Not having anything that can be used as a late game surprise is a plus for a candidate in my opinion.


204 posted on 01/09/2012 12:02:59 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Jim Robinson
Rick Perry

However, I can very enthusiastically support Newt (if Perry is not an option) for all the reasons you've previously outlined regarding his record. Newt is my second choice because he doesn't have the executive experience that I believe is critical.
205 posted on 01/09/2012 12:03:02 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Vendome

They’re crazy, not stupid.


206 posted on 01/09/2012 12:03:13 PM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Santorum


207 posted on 01/09/2012 12:03:23 PM PST by Faith
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt Gingrich. I think he has the best ideas and he could actually get them done.


208 posted on 01/09/2012 12:04:29 PM PST by livius
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To: Jim Robinson

Rick Perry


209 posted on 01/09/2012 12:04:45 PM PST by sockmonkey (He's not perfect, but Perry is no wussy boy!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, Sir.


210 posted on 01/09/2012 12:05:02 PM PST by Chainmail
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To: Jim Robinson
Santorum

I might add that some of us are for Santorum because we respect his positions, his values, and his character--not becuase he is simply the last "not-Romney" standing, as some have said. This week I looked through some of my old files on my computer, and I found the following that I wrote (on another site) on September 1, 2010. (That's 2010, not 2011.)

I don't think that he has much of a chance of being elected President, but, of those who seemed to have unofficially tossed their hats into the ring for 2012, he is my favorite at this point. There are a few others whose hats haven't been tossed in yet that I might like more, but I would enthusiastically support Santorum for President if he is our nominee. Enthusiastically.

After some of my other favorites decided not to run, such as Coburn, DeMint, and finally Mike Pence, I hopped aboard the Santorum bus and have been there ever since. I haven't had to hold my nose this campaign cycle. I haven't had any regrets.
211 posted on 01/09/2012 12:05:10 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, Sir.


212 posted on 01/09/2012 12:05:19 PM PST by Chainmail
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To: don-o

MrEdd was a talking horse... but this Edd is the South end of a horse headed North.


213 posted on 01/09/2012 12:05:25 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: patlin

So, if none of the 3, then that leaves Ron Paul, Romney, Hunstman or Barry the Marxist, which is it?


214 posted on 01/09/2012 12:05:39 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Jim Robinson

Perry. Because integrity really does matter and he’s a good shot.


215 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:04 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: dynachrome

Poll ping


216 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:17 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Gotta go with Perry as my first choice, but I’d support Newt.


217 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:40 PM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: proudpapa; All

you post: “Newt-West 2012!”

My dream ticket. It would set the county on fire and the RATS/Media/Establishment purchasing hari kari swords.

‘O’Bumbles and Plugs debating these two? (I would take out stocks in popcorn and then retire)

Newt has telegraphed that he’d like Col. West for his VP. West is open to it.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newt-Gingrich-Allen-West-2012/316988298315312

Newt has said he’d like Bolton for SOS - Bolton is open to it.

When the media, a week or so ago, tried to trick Newt into saying he’d pick Sarah for VP - he politely didn’t say he wouldn’t, but mentioned she’d be great to deal with the energy issue. Of course. Perfect.She has the expertise and track record.

Newt has said he will not keep ONE holdover from the current regime - a practice that has always assured gov’t as usual. He would put in non-Establishment people, in positions they are experienced in and ready to hit the ground running on.

And not just the RATS but the Establishment would be swept into the dust bin of history - and would not rise to any level of power again in our lifetimes.

Newt now, or consign your children, grandchildren and the rest of YOUR life to live under Socialism.

It really is that clear, that simple and that crucial.

It’s disconcerting to see that even so many Freepers do not realize that Newt has more aligned against him than any candidate in our lifetime - the RATs, the Media AND the party faithfuls. We defend Newt or lose our freedoms.


218 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:40 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, then Santorum.


219 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:52 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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So here is what we have to choose from:

1. Romney ( Liberal Democrat )
2. Newt ( Liberal Republican )
3. Santorum ( Republican Republican )
4. Paul ( Conservative Libertarian)
5. Perry ( Conservative Doofus)
6. Huntsman (who’s that guy?)

From this bunch I’m going to vote anyone but Obama this November. Could someone please explain to my why Sarah Palin is sitting this one out?


220 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:52 PM PST by RC51
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Vote?


221 posted on 01/09/2012 12:07:10 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt - All the WAY


222 posted on 01/09/2012 12:07:21 PM PST by wwcj
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To: TitansAFC

Rick Santorum by a mile.


223 posted on 01/09/2012 12:07:28 PM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt.


224 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:03 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I said he was best on political philosophy. But I have doubts about his ability to handle himself in a debate with Obama.


225 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:03 PM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: Eye of Unk

“Perry is the bloodhound that sits on the porch and won’t hunt.”

Right, lots of farmers USAF pilots are like that./sarc.


226 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:22 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Eye of Unk

In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Poll: Newt, Perry or Santorum, Eye of Unk wrote:

In a way an old junk yard dog description of Newt is fitting. Romney is the hyper little toy dog that wants to hump your leg. Perry is the bloodhound that sits on the porch and won’t hunt. Santorum, well I kinda liked the guy so I’ll call him a collie, funny thing is, I have never in my whole life ever saw an attack guard dog collie.

HA HA HA - Yes, the dog analogies are fitting. Another poster said, “Newt, because you don’t pick a neutered dog as Pack Leader.” LOL!

Go git ‘im, Newt!


227 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:58 PM PST by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: Jim Robinson

Santorum


228 posted on 01/09/2012 12:09:38 PM PST by colorcountry (Comforting lies are not your friends. Painful truths are not your enemies.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, Thanks for asking: I with Newt!


229 posted on 01/09/2012 12:10:53 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Beagle8U

good reply...

Perry, as Newt can talk the game but his ego can’t be trusted.
Make Santorum AG and clean house in Voting Rights ...

ymmv


230 posted on 01/09/2012 12:11:02 PM PST by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt


231 posted on 01/09/2012 12:11:02 PM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: TitansAFC

I did, but if I can vote again, NEWT again.


232 posted on 01/09/2012 12:11:37 PM PST by LuvFreeRepublic ( (I am angry and that is why I am #withNewt))
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To: Jim Robinson

Perry or Newt.


233 posted on 01/09/2012 12:12:48 PM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I love my governor, Rick Perry and have supported him..
but I’m wondering if it will take a Newt Gingrich to bring down the Marxist/Muslim in debate.
I’m torn. Gingrich/Perry?


234 posted on 01/09/2012 12:12:56 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: humblegunner; Jim Robinson

.... my answer is the same as humblegunner’s....

I am really not certain what I think about this.

May God guide our course.
Tatt
;)


235 posted on 01/09/2012 12:13:34 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: TitansAFC

Newt. For practical reasons. Also, Newt seems to be the only candidate who admits to making mistakes over the years. I guess I have a soft spot for repentant sinners.


236 posted on 01/09/2012 12:14:12 PM PST by TheConservativeBanker
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To: Jim Robinson
Newt.


237 posted on 01/09/2012 12:15:47 PM PST by pookie18 (...plan B: Cain/Gingrich '12! What?! OK, plan C: Newt or either Rick...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Santorum — the most conservative of the lot.


238 posted on 01/09/2012 12:16:17 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Jim Robinson
NEWT by a country mile!
239 posted on 01/09/2012 12:16:52 PM PST by ExSoldier (FMR Infantry Captain; 25 yrs an NRA Instructor; Master of KLIK-PAO!)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

Democrat alert! :)


240 posted on 01/09/2012 12:17:07 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Definitely Newt


241 posted on 01/09/2012 12:17:23 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt. Warts and all.


242 posted on 01/09/2012 12:17:30 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: Jim Robinson

Santorum.
to quote him - if you like me, but think I can’t win, vote for me and I can win.


243 posted on 01/09/2012 12:18:03 PM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Jim Robinson

Rick Santorum. This is just a PRIMARY.


244 posted on 01/09/2012 12:18:03 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, but not an easy choice.


245 posted on 01/09/2012 12:19:29 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt, but not an easy choice.


246 posted on 01/09/2012 12:19:37 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Jim Robinson

Newton


247 posted on 01/09/2012 12:19:44 PM PST by aquila48
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To: Jim Robinson
Gingrich.

For once, before the light of liberty is extinguished, the world needs to hear the ideas of liberty of Jefferson and Madison debated and defended against the counterfeit ideas advocated by the current President.

Only a scholar who has the founding ideas on instant recall will be able to expose, rebuke and repudiate the siren song of "redistribution" and "helping" that Obama's foundations in "other" ideas have provided him.

Jefferson's intellect enabled him to be the one the geniuses of America's founding generation called upon to argue on their behalf against King George III.

Much has been made about the so-called "intellect" of Obama. A debate with a historian who has studied civilization's history of liberty versus tyranny, especially America's noble history, may be just the spark needed to relight the flame of passion for liberty in America's youth.

Surely, if exposed, they will not choose dependency and mediocrity.

248 posted on 01/09/2012 12:19:59 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Jim Robinson

Rick Santorum. But I’ll take Newt Gingrich

Rick Perry is an Al Gore-worshipping confederate. States have rights to protect them from the federal government, but individuals have rights to protect them from the state. Rick doesn’t think so.


249 posted on 01/09/2012 12:20:23 PM PST by dangus
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To: Jim Robinson

Rick Santorum. But I’ll take Newt Gingrich

Rick Perry is an Al Gore-worshipping confederate. States have rights to protect them from the federal government, but individuals have rights to protect them from the state. Rick doesn’t think so.


250 posted on 01/09/2012 12:20:23 PM PST by dangus
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