Skip to comments.Final results of the Free Republic 1/9/2012 non-Romney Conservative Straw Poll (see post 548)
Posted on 01/09/2012 11:15:29 AM PST by Jim RobinsonEdited 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. He’ll git er done.
The most serious issue is the economic state of the union...all the rest, I'm afraid, is BS. Since 1980 there has not been one three month period in which GDP expanded faster than new debt did, except during the brief collapse itself. If you understand grade-school math and the law of exponents, you know we are heading towards a cliff. The whole system of progressive ideals is unsustainable. We need someone smart enough, and brave enough, to cut government in half. And even that may not be enough to save us.
Newt is the only one [of the three] who understands the intricacies of Congress and how to reduce its spending; he has already proven he can do it, because he already did it once.
We need Newt again; we need him badly.
If i had to choose today, it would be Santorum.
Reason: I would not be worried that he would do something we hate while president.
1st choice - None of the Above
2nd choice - Perry with Newt as VP
3rd Choice - Santorum with Newt as VP
4th Choice - Newt with Santorum as VP
5th Choice - Newt with Perry as VP
6th Choice - ABR (Anyone But Romney)
7th Choice - For General Election Only - ABO (Anyone But Obama)
Anyone got an updated, accurate tally?
Funny you should mention “gun to your head”...
IIRC, Newt went along with the AWB back in the day...
Thats one of the biggest hits I have on the Newt...
But, I’m not a one issue kinda guy, this is just one of those things that kinda sticks out there for most folks to forget, or ignore...
Perry has the resources and is conservative enough for me plus he can ride those Texas job numbers a long way. That’s my top choice.
Santorum I am right there with on most issues but I think he lacks the resources to give Romney a fight, much less Obama.
Gingrich scares me. The pre-1998 Newt would be worth getting behind but the post-1998 Newt has been too off-putting and prone to monumental gaffes like the Pelosi ad and the Scozzafava endorsement. I feel the media will be able to destroy him if he’s the nominee.
Let me ad too that many claim they just want a candidate who can bury Obama in the debates. I think most voters either tune out the debates or already have their minds made up. I watched J.D. Hayworth totally destroy John McCain in debates the last election cycle and it didn’t make a dent in the polls. We Republicans would love to debate policy but policy doesn’t win elections anymore. In this American Idol culture, the one who wins is the one who most looks like who the public wants to see in the role of president. Newt doesn’t fit the profile nearly as well as the more handsome and statured Perry and Santorum.
Bottom line, though, I’ll support any of them against Romney or Obama but, if you asked me who matches up best, I have to go with Perry.
But I could easily vote for the other two. Sadly, when the primary gets to Texas I fear only Rino Romney will be on the ballot.
So you’re a big government guy!
“You do know, of course, that this is just a gimmick to set himself apart?
He - and you should - know this wouldn’t have a snow-balls chance in hell”
Doesn’t matter. Cain pushed for a major change in the tax code. 9-9-9 was horrible, but it got the rest of the field to take a stand on real, positive changes to the tax code. No one talked about it before. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much talk about it since he left (except from Perry and, oddly enough, Huntsman).
Read Santorum’s website. It looks like he copied and pasted the GOP platform onto his website. We don’t need another “compassionate conservative.” We need someone who is going to do more than get rid of the “death tax” and change tax rates. We need a rewrite of the tax code.
Read Newt’s website. Same thing, only less. How anyone can think Romney changes for the audience and then supports Newt has to be schizophrenic. If Romney waffles, Newt is Waffle House.
Go to Perry’s website. Part-time Congress and flat tax. I don’t care if he had to promise it because he is behind in the polls, it’s out there for discussion and he’ll be held to that standard.
If we get 4 more years of Republican lite from Santorum (at least for fiscal issues) or whatever wacky positions Newt decides to go with at any particular moment, we won’t be able to dig out of the 0bama hole.
So I’ll vote for who I think is the best for this country, thank you very much, and you can take your “whatever compromise I need to make to get someone with an ‘R’” vote and throw it away on Romney.
I wish I had the time.
Gingrich by a landslide.
Just gotta ask...what are you smoking because I want some!
Newt for me!
I've been very disappointed that the republican house that we elected last year has not lived up to expectations. The reason for that is the establishment republicans ignoring us, as usual, and silencing the new members we put in office.
Since the republican establishment has come out in favor of Mitt and against Newt I don't think we will have to worry about Newt siding against the tea party and with the establishment anymore.
He might say he is one of us just to get our votes but he has his own reasons for seeing the establishment republicans lose their voices. I really don't care what the reason is. I just want them to sit down and shut up so that the people who care about this country can get to work.
we do agree our country must take action to address climate changeThat is not a half truth, it's what he said. If you want to call it a half truth then Newt flip flopped, so call it whatever you want. That's a huge issue for some of us intelligent Freepers.
Texas Rick rides in to save the day. Got a name?
The only one I think ‘might’ curtail the EPA, support our RKBA, and allow American business a chance to recover without another 20,000 new regulations being implemented in his first year.
I do not want to hear about single “New” law being introduced, I want to hear what “Law’s” and agencies are going to be repealed!
Whoever is the least establishment-bound...probably Santorum.
Just the order I would choose.
Gov. Rick Perry
Newt... The person who SHOULD be a candidate is not in the race :/
My mistake. After seeing the trailor for the pro-Gingrich superpacs new leftist, anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, propaganda film that fully embraces the viewpoint and rhetoric of the Marxist occupy movement and the Obama socialist regime, Michael Moore style, I will not be supporting Gingrich. Santorum moves up a slot.
Shame you can post 3 times but only vote once.
Jim, I accidentally posted my choice to humblegunner instead of you.
I’m for Rick Perry.
“The person who SHOULD be a candidate is not in the race :/”
I think a drab man with drab ideas from a drab political party made her an offer she could not refuse. Not one she wanted, and not to her benefit, but one she could not refuse.
I’m late to this thread, are you keeping totals?
If I could wave a magic wand and get one of those three to be the only candidate other than Romney, it would be Rick Perry. He’s the best of the three on limited government, on growth, on policy, and on executive experience.
He’s the only one who counters Romney’s perceived “strengths”. Perry is as much of an outsider as Romney. He has much more and better executive experience. The only thing he doesn’t have is private executive experience, but neither do the other two guys.
The problem with Perry, when compared to the other two, is that he isn’t polling as well as the other two. But that was what the magic wand was for, to make Perry the front-runner. If Perry was the front-runner, he’d BE the front-runner, as the flock would swarm back to him, and he’d beat Romney easily enough.
Perry is also the least likely to implode of these three. Gingrich is an implosion waiting to happen. (Not a “senior moment” implosion, I mean actual proposals that turn people off).
I presume that Gingrich and Santorum are going to get the nod here, Gingrich because he WAS the frontrunner, and Santorum because he won Iowa. That’s not really a good way to choose a candidate, but whatever.
If not Perry, I hope for Santorum, because while he and Newt are both big-government types, Santorum is more circumspectful and less likely to be so certain he is right when he isn’t. Both of them are rated poorly on growth, but Santorum is more likely to hire good advisors who will help him out, while Gingrich is unlikely to surround himself with people who would disagree with him.
You know I’ve been Newt all the way and I donate money to make that happen. Donate at newt.org after you donate here to keep Free Republic going.
But they all bring good stuff to the table, so any of them are acceptable.
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Newt is my first pick.
Newt. He’s the only one who sees the “whole picture” and knows how to deal with it. He is a genius. I would sleep better at night if he was at the helm. Besides, he is the one that the left is most afraid of, that should make him number one on our side.
She can accomplish more, ATT, under the radar, as a king maker, finding, encouraging new conservatives to get into the game country wide - like last time when we gained nearly 1,000 new seats in state legislatures - and new governors (Like in my state, after 40 years of RAT Rule = we took back all 3 houses. That had a lot to do with Sarah and the Tea Party.
These gains are VITAL.
Also, how many pounds of flesh is she - as you intimate - obligated to give of herself and her family?
She's still too toxic, as to the rabid media, and would bring too much distraction AND she would, ATT, be more valuable in a non-elective position such as in the energy dept...which is a crucial part of our security and independence and in which she has a proven record and expertize. She could hit the ground running, especially with a President Gingrich - The "Drill Here, Drill Now" guy and the "Drill, Baby, Drill" gal.
Sarah was never in it for personal gain. But where she could best help.
You did see that Todd just endorsed Newt? That's a telegraphed message, if ever there was one.
Last, but far from least, she doesn't, as so many seem to think, owe it to us to put herself and her family in that wringer again.