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Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes
Yahoo! News ^ | 01/27/2012 | PHILIP ELLIOTT

Posted on 01/27/2012 6:38:22 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Rick Santorum is tired, almost broke — and going home.

The former Pennsylvania senator is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss.

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Rick should endorse Newt before Tuesday.

It's the right thing to do.

1 posted on 01/27/2012 6:38:25 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

The arrogant little puss will refuse to do that.


2 posted on 01/27/2012 6:39:17 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Much as I like Rick Santorum, it’s time he step aside and call it a day.

He far exceeded expectations, especially with the win in Iowa, but he’s not going to win the nomination.

You had a good run, Rick, but it’s time to take one for what’s left of the “team.”


3 posted on 01/27/2012 6:42:15 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.Oh, let me gues)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Santorum needs to put the conservative movement before himself and leave the race and endorse Newt.

I am glad he did real damage to Romney at last nights debate though, and at least he will be able to leave the race on a high note.


4 posted on 01/27/2012 6:42:25 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

At least you’ll be able to say you won Iowa and had the adventure of a lifetime but we do have a country at stake.


5 posted on 01/27/2012 6:43:17 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

This prickly, one issue loser should drop out and endorse the winnable conservative in this race (Newt).


6 posted on 01/27/2012 6:43:31 AM PST by nwrep
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To: TexasFreeper2009

even thought Newt didn’t have his greatest night last night, at least Rick did get a few good shots at Mittens.


7 posted on 01/27/2012 6:44:02 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

After the way he bashed Newt for telling him (truthfully, it seems) that he had no money or capability to continue, he blew his chance for a Gingrich/Santorum ticket, which would have been great.

Unless -!- he maks a VERY GRACIOUS exit and tosses his endorsement to Newt, hopefully before the vote in Florida.


8 posted on 01/27/2012 6:45:17 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

WRONG!

Santorum was the only real human being at the debate. I think he deserves all our respect and admiration.

Endorse Newt, my eye. Ridiculous. Newt stands for what exactly?


9 posted on 01/27/2012 6:46:08 AM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Qwackertoo
Was it just me, or was Blitzer's main job last night setting up softballs for Mittens to swing at.

The crap about "anti-immigrant" was pathetic. Mittens tried to milk it for far too long.

Me thinks the Mittens protesteth too much!

10 posted on 01/27/2012 6:46:41 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

SECOND consecutive loss. He won Iowa.


11 posted on 01/27/2012 6:46:51 AM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: nwrep

“This prickly, one issue loser should drop out and endorse the winnable conservative in this race (Newt).”

It’s not that he’s one issue. After all, he’s the one who knocked Romney last night. It’s just that he’s out of his league.

Imagine if I was running. haha everyone here would probably love what I’d have to say but I wouldn’t know what I was doing and my candidacy would hurt us more than help.


12 posted on 01/27/2012 6:47:47 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel
People! Look at the source: Yahoo News

I heard Santorum on FoxNews this morning say that he was going home for a day or two to gather up his tax forms so they can be released to the public and that he would be RIGHT BACK in Florida as soon as he could after that... that he'd only be gone a day or two.

I know if someone wanted my tax return I'd have to open the safe to get it out so I don't find it unusual or a sign of a bankrupt campaign that he is going home to get his tax documents.

Of course the article COULD be accurate, but considering the source I'm VERY skeptical that it is.

13 posted on 01/27/2012 6:48:39 AM PST by KenD
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

As much as I like Rick and think he would be a better man for the job, Its time for him to pull out.
Maybe a Newt/Rick ticket is in order. Both are the smartest the party has and could be a Obama beater.


14 posted on 01/27/2012 6:49:07 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Santorum was good last night — the only adult on stage, basically. He’s my favorite. But since he has no chance, maybe he can cut a deal with Newt - endorse Newt in exchange for VP position. That would give him OJT for 4-8 years to be a very viable candidate later.

I hate Newt. I hate Romney. I laugh at Paul. Still, all are better than Hussein, whom I DESPISE!!


15 posted on 01/27/2012 6:49:21 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: ari-freedom

Out of his league, and remarkably unimpressive....


16 posted on 01/27/2012 6:50:32 AM PST by nwrep
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To: Qwackertoo

It’s like Mitt and Newt were having a sword battle and just as Mitt was getting the upper hand, Santorum with his last dying breath reached out and sliced Mitt’s achilles heal.


17 posted on 01/27/2012 6:52:39 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: KenD

Rick, you will be our hero if you drop out now. If you don’t then drop out after the primary and let these two debate the issues one to one.

Newt is a visionary. We need you, too in a big way, but country needs Newt. NOW.

Please help by considering all things and dropping out now. Use the money and the endorsements to run again for the Senate.


18 posted on 01/27/2012 6:52:48 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

He can be a hero to the Conservative movement or a selfish villain. This will tell what he is made of.

Pray for America


19 posted on 01/27/2012 6:53:00 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Geesh, it has only been 12 hours since Rick said “I’ll stay and campaign in Florida through Monday.” I wonder what changed his mind overnight? Did a major donor pull out?


20 posted on 01/27/2012 6:53:00 AM PST by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

If Santorum drops out, I doubt he will make an endorsement.

I also wouldn’t be all that sure his 12% would go to Newt.

So why press him about dropping out?

Problem we have is that the two frontrunners share some of the same flaws. When they go after each other it only magnifies what those flaws are.

What a mess.


21 posted on 01/27/2012 6:53:33 AM PST by dforest
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To: Joe the Pimpernel
I just watched the first hour of the CNN debate last evening, but I thought Santorum had an excellent debate. He didn't sound so squeaky as in previous debates. If I had to select today [my state primary isn't until late May, so it is probably moot], I would lean toward Santorum. Romney is too much of slickster and Gingrich is too erratic and 'grandiose'. Paul has some good domestic policies, but his foreign policy is completely unrealistic.

I don't see Romney or Gingrich or Paul or even Santorum being able to defeat the MSM/Dem/Obama machine. They still have several months to make Obama look good. [I haven't seen any polls to see whether Obama got a bump after the SOTU. But, his popularity is still in the mid-40s, so he is within the 'win' range after polishing and manipulating things like job numbers and the economy.]
22 posted on 01/27/2012 6:53:44 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: KenD
I know if someone wanted my tax return I'd have to open the safe to get it out so I don't find it unusual or a sign of a bankrupt campaign that he is going home to get his tax documents.

You might need to do it. I would ask my wife to go get it. Somebody like Santorum would just need to phone his accountant and ask him to FedEx the returns. Don't buy it, lame excuse for why he's leaving.

23 posted on 01/27/2012 6:55:41 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: yldstrk

I’ll tell you what Newt stands for.. the only chance in hell of Romney not being the nominee.. Santorum’s record is never challenged in debates because he is a threat to nobody including Ron Paul who will beat him in Florida

you can’t do worse than coming in 4th out of 4


24 posted on 01/27/2012 6:56:02 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Why would any conservative ever want this guy on the ticket?

Why would any Republican want this guy?

Rick Santorum lost his home state in a landslide. This guy would not even be able to deliver Pennsylvania in 2012. Rick Santorum is not only a loser, he is a BIG loser. He lost re-election in Pennsylvania by 20 points! If a 20 point loser is your best hope, then you are in trouble.


25 posted on 01/27/2012 6:56:49 AM PST by CGalen
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To: yldstrk

On a cost per vote received, Santorum blows them all out of the water. Romney spent $132 per vote in Iowa versus Santorum’s $15 per voter, and Santorum still won. Gingrich spent $29 per vote in Iowa.


26 posted on 01/27/2012 6:58:17 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: dforest
I also wouldn’t be all that sure his 12% would go to Newt.

More would go to Newt than would go to Romney, which would be a net gain for Newt.

27 posted on 01/27/2012 6:58:19 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel
I agree!

Get out now, Rick. Have the courage that Perry has and put your country before yourself!

28 posted on 01/27/2012 6:58:30 AM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: TomGuy
But, his popularity is still in the mid-40s, so he is within the 'win' range after polishing and manipulating things like job numbers and the economy.

I wish it were so. I saw a poll the other night that had Obammy's job approval at 50+%, "personal approval" at 70+%. This is ridiculous. This bum has spent the country into bankruptcy yet a majority, perhaps a sizable one, of our idiot fellow citizens still like the guy. After the media finishes its suck-up job, my guess is Obama will be in the 60+% job approval range. No one is going to beat him then. We're so very, very screwed...

29 posted on 01/27/2012 6:58:53 AM PST by chimera
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

It’s not going to happen.

“He pledged to continue his campaign regardless of the Florida outcome.”

Santorum is in this for himself, his sweater vests, and referring to himself as “we.”


30 posted on 01/27/2012 6:58:58 AM PST by Cato in PA (Alas, poor Mittens! We knew him too well.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Actually, Rick Santorum won the crucial debate last night, making both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney look small and petty for their continuing childish bickering against each other!!! I could care less about what Newt or Mitt did in the past!!! It means nothing!!! Why should Santorum withdraw??? Both Gingrich & Romney are making fools and butt heads out of themselves, while allowing “America Hater/Destroyer” Obama to lie, without serious challenge, unfettered!!! Our country is at stake, as is the future of our children and grandchildren!!! I want “our” candidate for POTUS that does nothing but beating the living daylight out of “Destroy America” Obama and his “dirt bag” Democrat Party!!! So...IMHO, Santorum should hang in there, at least until the other two “Idiots” come to their senses and get inot the real world!!!

This advice for Florida Republican Primarty voters. Please.....turnout and vote on Primary Day next Tuesday in Florida. Who you cast your ballots for, matters not a hoot to me, be it, Gingrich, Romney, Santroum or Paul. Believe me, it is your voting that counts!!! In 2008, you turned out to vote to the tune of 1.9 million voters. Please make that number this year between at least 2.5-3.0 millions votes, if not more (Four Million Eligible Primary Voters)!!! THANKS!!!


31 posted on 01/27/2012 6:59:43 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: CGalen

well, PA isn’t exactly Texas, you know.


32 posted on 01/27/2012 7:00:53 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Redleg Duke

I wish I would have kept a scorecard of how many times he went to Mr. Romney / Governor FIRST. It was way too many times.


33 posted on 01/27/2012 7:02:49 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: KenD
I know if someone wanted my tax return I'd have to open the safe to get it out so I don't find it unusual or a sign of a bankrupt campaign that he is going home to get his tax documents

Your wife couldn't do that for you? You wouldn't trust her with the combination to that safe?

If you're a serious candidate, you don't stop campaigning in the state where the primary is just days away unless there's no point in staying.

34 posted on 01/27/2012 7:03:44 AM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

What a BS “news” article! It sounds like it was written by a member of GOProud. It claims he is broke in the title then says almost broke. It claims he is heading home but then admits he is coming right back. It claims he lost 3 states in a row when he actually won Iowa. It claims he is way back in the polls in Florida but does not mention the latest NBC poll out this morning showing him pulling ahead of Paul and only 10 points behind Romney. Poll also shows he does better head to head against Obama in Florida than Newt does.

I have a feeling this “reporter” is the type who throws glitter on conservatives and licks their doorknobs to try and get them sick.


35 posted on 01/27/2012 7:03:49 AM PST by icwhatudo (iF)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

tired and broke from doing what?

handing all the psuedoconservatives in the party a strawman victory and likely helping reelect Obama?

Were the roles reversed I would be urging Newt to drop out

We must stop Romney


36 posted on 01/27/2012 7:03:57 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Ultimately Newt has to save himself. If Romney wins it won’t just be because Santorum split the vote but because Newt allowed such an opportunity to open up.


37 posted on 01/27/2012 7:04:28 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: King Moonracer

but he practically moved there for the past year to do it.


38 posted on 01/27/2012 7:04:37 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: CAluvdubya

I did. She had me open the safe last week because she’s “lost it”.


39 posted on 01/27/2012 7:06:07 AM PST by KenD
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

LOL. Santorum wins the debate, and so the media trashes him with “tired and broke” the next morning. He sure didn’t look tired last night.


40 posted on 01/27/2012 7:06:20 AM PST by montag813
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To: dforest

believe it or not polling data shows an overwhelming majority of his folks would never go Mitt and would opt for Newt

which may explain why Newt has been soft on him


41 posted on 01/27/2012 7:06:20 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: CGalen
Rick Santorum lost his home state in a landslide.

People forget WHY he lost. He lost because, after gaining office by giving the impression that he was a "principled conservative", Santorum endorsed RINO, pro-abortion Arlen Specter in the 2004 PA primary against conservative pro-life challenger Pat Toomey. Spector won narrowly, and Santorum's endorsement probably made the difference. Spector later stabbed the Republican Party in the back by switching to Democrat.

Don't anybody tell me that Santorum is a principled conservative. He's a fake, and puts up whatever persona he thinks may be useful.

42 posted on 01/27/2012 7:06:48 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

As much as I agree with Rick’s message more so than the other 3, he just isn’t fiery enough to attract voters. I actually wanted Perry to do better than he did. He has his warts too, but, at least he was interesting and a veteran.

I’m just afraid that Rick S. is too Mr. Rogers for this country to elect. Sad, but, voters want flash!


43 posted on 01/27/2012 7:07:19 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: KenD

LOL! point: KenD


44 posted on 01/27/2012 7:09:32 AM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Rick should pull out because he is helping nominate Mitt Romney. Period. Anyone who has followed politics knows that. If he continues he will not be viewed in a good light. It is best for Rick to pull out and endorse. If he endorses Romney it is over, if he endorses Newt it is still a fight. But it is time, he has no money and no chance.


45 posted on 01/27/2012 7:10:19 AM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: PapaBear3625

>> More would go to Newt than would go to Romney, which would be a net gain for Newt.

There was a poll to that effect posted here not too long ago. If I remember correctly, Santorum’s supporters split 60:40 in favor of Gingrich over Romney.

I’ll try to find the link.


46 posted on 01/27/2012 7:12:38 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: PapaBear3625

Santorum there was doing the “Party thing” — remember GWB endorsed Arlen too. (FR, IIRC, was bitterly disappointed in both.) Plus Santorum was running against Casey, whose father was extraordinarily popular, and Casey made promises he had no intention of keeping.


47 posted on 01/27/2012 7:12:46 AM PST by maryz
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I think you are all missing the point. Wolf did it on purpose by having Newt and Romney go at each without talking about the issues and ignoring Rick and Paul in the beginning. See how easily sway you all are? It played right into the hands of the media.


48 posted on 01/27/2012 7:13:36 AM PST by Tamatoa (Fight for our America, Fight for our Country I fought to defend!!!)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rick get a small boost in the polls after last night.

Although it would be meaningless in the greater scheme, it would be enough to pump his ego and keep him hanging on through the Florida primary and perhaps another state or two.


49 posted on 01/27/2012 7:15:26 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: yldstrk
Endorse Newt, my eye. Ridiculous. Newt stands for what exactly?

Amnesty for 11 million "grandmothers"; Citizen review boards to decide which illegals get to stay (meaning even more sanctuary cities and towns thumbing their noses at the rule of law); New "Temporary" labor permits for illegals without them getting citizenship - who will never leave (until they become "grandmothers" and qualify for Newt's "humane" amnesty) while their children automatically become U.S. citizens.

Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, Moon colonies. Perhaps we can send some of the 11 million "grandmothers" there.

Oh yeah, one more thing: Capital gains income is not legitimate income.

50 posted on 01/27/2012 7:15:33 AM PST by montag813
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