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Mitt Romney won't commit to Florida GOP debate in Tampa
St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 21, 2012 | Aaron Sharockman

Posted on 01/21/2012 3:41:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

TAMPA — Mitt Romney on Friday wouldn't commit to Florida's first 2012 presidential primary debate, further upending a campaign that has swung from perfunctory to unsettled in a span of 48 hours.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said the campaign had "no announcements" on the Monday night debate, which is being hosted by the Tampa Bay Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100.

Romney probably will decide whether to participate and under what terms after today's primary in South Carolina. Polls there show he now trails Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich pounced on the indecisiveness while campaigning in Orangeburg, S.C., saying that if Romney didn't show, it would "become a running joke."

"Romney can't claim that he's prepared to debate (President Barack) Obama if he's not prepared to debate Newt Gingrich," the former House speaker said. "So I'm confident he'll be there Monday night."

NBC officials said planning for the 9 p.m. debate set on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida was continuing.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; coward; floridaprimary; gopdebates; gopprimary; loser
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To: Norm Lenhart

Pretty good!

Huck and Chuck did a couple of fun ones in IA, SC. and throughout the seven states Huck won.


51 posted on 01/21/2012 6:21:02 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dana Perino, a sad disappointment as are the Weekend Fox n Friends.


52 posted on 01/21/2012 6:22:38 AM PST by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: NautiNurse
Interesting tidbit--Last night 6PM NBC local Tampa news ran this story, adding that NBC had pulled the debate from the schedule and replaced it with Fear Factor and Rock Center. .........

Really? And they've been getting good ratings. I expect people were making plans to watch it too. So what gives?

53 posted on 01/21/2012 6:22:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JamesA
Dana Perino, a sad disappointment as are the Weekend Fox n Friends.

On Hannity's radio show, when given the opportunity to take a swing at the MSM, Romney said he really was okay with the media, that he understood they were biased -- wished more people knew that, but added he was grateful for Fox News. I said to the radio, No S#*t!

54 posted on 01/21/2012 6:29:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: NautiNurse; All

TAMPA — Although front-runner Mitt Romney has not committed to participating, Florida’s first presidential primary debate of 2012 is expected to take place as scheduled Monday night at the University of South Florida.

Reports on Friday that the debate would be canceled stemmed from confusion among local NBC affiliates after the network said it would keep standard program listings for Monday night in place. An NBC source said that decision was made “out of an abundance of caution,” but the program listings will update “with more timely information as it becomes known.”............................The Times reported Friday that Romney will likely decide whether to participate.. after today’s primary.”

http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2012/january/372301/No-commitment-from-Romney-yet-but-GOP-debate-at-USF-is-still-on


55 posted on 01/21/2012 6:34:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: CainConservative

They should use those things to full advantage. Joe Arpaio as well if he follows Perry over (did he yet?)

Just mock the hell out of Obama and use resources to the best of their strengths.


56 posted on 01/21/2012 6:57:08 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
MITTSKIPS, MITT WUSSES OUT
57 posted on 01/21/2012 7:19:21 AM PST by FrankR (When you vote based on race...race is all you get.)
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To: JamesA

LibeRATS creeping into FOX.
Five at 5 barf replacement for Glennnnn!
“Balance” them OUT!!!


58 posted on 01/21/2012 7:21:54 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: JamesA

LibeRATS creeping into FOX.
Five at 5 barf replacement for Glennnnn!
“Balance” them OUT!!!


59 posted on 01/21/2012 7:21:54 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: JamesA

LibeRATS creeping into FOX.
Five at 5 barf replacement for Glennnnn!
“Balance” them OUT!!!


60 posted on 01/21/2012 7:22:04 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Leo Carpathian

Ooooops!
Soooory, stuck key?


61 posted on 01/21/2012 7:24:16 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; P-Marlowe; wmfights

Florida voters will perceive Romney avoiding debates as serious weakness that goes to the heart of electability.

I certainly would.

If Romney’s afraid to get in the ring, then why would I want him to be my main contender against Obama?

Fear is fear, and Romney fear is still fear.


62 posted on 01/21/2012 9:28:30 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: mickie

Voters in South Carolina & Virginia need to not forget whom their governors supported either. The Tea Party was a major factor in both of these turncoats elections, and both of them have dumped on those supporters. The “GOP Establishment” problem won’t be solved until the party rank and file start holding people like Haley and McDonnell accountable!


63 posted on 01/21/2012 9:34:04 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Currently Romney has a double digit lead over Gingrich in FL. <<

Watch for Newt's “unexpected surge” as the vote gets closer....Bogus polls have to be close to right on voting day....

U heard it here 1st!

64 posted on 01/21/2012 9:54:53 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: xzins; Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; P-Marlowe
Florida voters will perceive Romney avoiding debates as serious weakness that goes to the heart of electability.

I think he might figure he can flood the state with advertising and without a debate Newt really doesn't have the resources to respond. It's probably a good strategy on Mitt's part. He's getting killed in the debates and Newt is looking like superman.

65 posted on 01/21/2012 9:57:06 AM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights

Romney said this morning he was doing both Florida debates next week.


66 posted on 01/21/2012 9:59:32 AM PST by gswilder
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To: wmfights; Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; P-Marlowe

I agree that the debates are lopsidedly in Newt’s favor, but NOT doing a debate does make Romney look afraid and it could undercut everything his advertising has hoped to accomplish.

Newt would have to run ads to get the point across, but there’s no doubt that Romney’s reason would be fear of debates.

How could a sane Republican want to vote for a guy to be the one to oust Obama when he’s afraid to get in the ring and debate?

Also, and this isn’t a small point, it would be a disrespecting of Florida, our 4th largest state, for Romney to say to them “You aren’t good enough to get the full package.”

I think a simple “Romney in Fear” ad would destroy him in Florida.


67 posted on 01/21/2012 10:03:42 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: gswilder

LOL, Mitt will go as far as manipulating NBC to cancel since he wanted out...

I think some upper echelon E boys gave him the call and advised him that he will do the debate.

That would have caused a major REVOLT.


68 posted on 01/21/2012 10:07:00 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: xzins
How could a sane Republican want to vote for a guy to be the one to oust Obama when he’s afraid to get in the ring and debate?

It would be interesting to see Talk Radio defend Romney's decision not to debate.

69 posted on 01/21/2012 10:08:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009
hm... interesting tactical move by Romney if he follows through.

If Newt takes SC and Romney refuses to debate, it will be a huge mistake, because Romney will look weak and scared.

Romney will be there. As much as I despise him, he's not that stupid. He has to project confidence in the wake of a Gingrich victory. His backers will force him to be there.
70 posted on 01/21/2012 10:53:36 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: gswilder

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpps/news/romney-commits-to-two-fla-debates-dpgonc-km-20120121_17260498

Mitt Romney said Saturday he will participate in two Florida debates next week after previously waffling about whether he would attend, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“Yeah, yeah, I’ll be doing the debate on Monday,” Romney said as he stopped by his campaign’s headquarters in Greenville, S.C.............


71 posted on 01/21/2012 11:47:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: NautiNurse

Hmmm.... very weird.


72 posted on 01/21/2012 5:40:13 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: 109ACS

“Osama will be shuckin’ and jivin’ and making all kinds of excuses why he can’t debate Newt.”

I’ve always believed that Hussein will NEVER agree to debate Newt. So I hope we’re not hanging all of our hopes on that particular showdown, because it’ll never happen. Debating is Newt’s strength, but if there won’t be one between him and Hussein, that’s going to be a problem. (This is all assuming that Newt wins the GOP primary.)


73 posted on 01/21/2012 5:50:19 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Currently Romney has a double digit lead over Gingrich in FL.
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Gingrich staff would hire someone in a chicken suit to follow Mitt and mock him if he doesn’t show up monday.


74 posted on 01/21/2012 10:12:19 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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