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Santorum hits Romney hard: Are we going to nominate the worst possible candidate on health care?
Hotair ^ | 02/07/2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 02/07/2012 7:11:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Killer material in Minnesota on the eve of the big vote in the midwest. I tried to find longer clips online but these snippets from CNN are the best I can do. ABC:

“Gov. Romney is dead wrong on the issue of the day and he should not be the nominee of the party,” Santorum said in a hotel ballroom across the street from the hospital, adding the issue of health care is “central to our country, central to this race specifically why Gov. Romney is absolutely incapable of making the case against Obamacare successfully.”…

“The problem is, we have a candidate who is running and seen by the media as the prohibitive favorite, who is the worst possible person in the field to put up on this most fundamental issue in this campaign, and that is Gov. Romney,” Santorum said. “The plan he put together in Massachusetts is in fact ‘ObamaCare’ on the state level.”…

Santorum said the two plans have similar levels, using terms like “gold, silver, and bronze,” and in possibly his most aggressive attack he said they both use “government panels to dictate quality and cost containment,” and for the second day in a row brought up the controversial term “death panels.”

The candidate told the crowd the vulnerable could be at risk under the administration’s plan and are at risk under Romney’s plan because the government could “ultimately decide to ration care.”

Romney should win in Colorado tomorrow (he won big there four years ago), but Minnesota is anyone’s game and Missouri is a binary “Romney vs. Santorum” choice for non-Paul voters thanks to Newt’s failure to qualify for the ballot there. Even Gingrich conceded today that “I think that Santorum’s going to have a pretty good day tomorrow and he will have earned it,” and we already know how worried Romney is. Let me repeat a question Ed asked last night, because if Santorum wins MN and MO, you’ll hear it all day long on Wednesday. Is he the “Not Romney” in the race now after Newt’s Florida flameout? More importantly, how does he convince Gingrich of that before Super Tuesday? Newt’s going to point to his South Carolina win as proof that he’s the “southern candidate” and should stick around for primaries in that region, but if Santorum starts beating him everywhere else, then you have a true “Not Romney” nightmare — a conservative split in which both candidates have bases of support that guarantee they’ll carry the split forward for months. That problem could have been solved by South Carolinians had they united behind Santorum instead of Newt, but … alas:

This is why I keep returning to the idea that Gingrich’s post-Iowa resilience and temporary South Carolina revival ultimately made it easier, not harder, for Romney to coast to the nomination. Romney was always guaranteed a strong showing in the Northeast and the Mountain West, and his moderate baggage (and Mormonism) always ensured that he would be vulnerable in the old Confederacy. The question throughout has been whether any of the not-Romney alternatives could win outside the South, thus transforming a regional protest against the frontrunner into a national campaign. And once the not-Romney alternatives were winnowed to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, I think it became clear which of the two men stood a better chance of competing with Romney in states like Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Now Santorum has a chance to prove that point. But Silver’s scenario is the longest of long shots: Because the voters of South Carolina gave Gingrich the crucial first crack at Romney, Santorum’s moment is almost certainly coming round too late.

The only way to break the Gingrich/Santorum deadlock now, I think, is if Newt’s bitterness at Romney boils over to the point where he decides he’d rather sacrifice his own candidacy and quit simply to make Romney’s life harder. After watching that presser in Vegas on Saturday night, I wouldn’t put it past him. Problem is, the kamikaze scenario conflicts with Newt’s legendary sense of himself as a man of destiny who’s fated to change the world. Is he really going to drop that dream to help a guy to whom he once referred as a “junior partner” in the hope — but hardly the assurance — that it’ll sink his new archenemy? Hmmmm.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; mittscabinboy; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; santorum4romney

1 posted on 02/07/2012 7:11:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a slight disagreement with Santorum...

RINOmney is not only the worst possible candidate on health care.

He is the worst possible candidate on EVERYTHING!

He’ll sell your grandmother for the presidency.
He’ll sell his grandmother for the presidency.
He’ll sell anything for the presidency.

A shame, since spending just a few bucks on a real education instead of joke degrees in law in business from long past their due date colleges might have allowed him to have a coherent thought or two.

RINOmney is a vapid dork.

Period.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 7:22:55 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote
He is the worst possible candidate on EVERYTHING!

BTTT!!

3 posted on 02/07/2012 7:24:22 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: SeekAndFind; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...

The one that is really urking me now is Romney’s position on raising the Federal minimum wage. Doesn’t he know that states are free to set their minimum wage to what they want?

GWBush/Pelosi set the minimum wage to go up in Spring 2009 and look how well that helped low income workers !


4 posted on 02/07/2012 7:24:49 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: nicmarlo

Rabble rouser.......


5 posted on 02/07/2012 7:27:49 AM PST by Lakeshark (NbIttoalbl,cRwIdtaa)
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To: SeekAndFind

I LOVE how Rick has been, to some extent, lying in wait and picking his spot.

TEAR ‘EM UP RICK!!!!!!


6 posted on 02/07/2012 7:28:41 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
threedocs
OBAMAS TRASH, FOUND IN OBAMAS TRASH
7 posted on 02/07/2012 7:32:29 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I could vote for Rick. I could not (and will not) vote for Romney. IF Romney is our nominee, I’m writing in someone. I refuse to pull the lever for that liberal liar!


8 posted on 02/07/2012 7:37:33 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: SeekAndFind

I expect the Rick attack dogs any time now... wait for it.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 7:41:33 AM PST by myrabach
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes we are because Conservative GOP and TEA Party “leaders” are backing the Wilsonian Progressive Gingrich instead of the only true conservative running, Rick Santorum.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 7:44:17 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If Santorum can win Minnesota and Missouri, then he will have three out of eight, Romney will have four out of eight, and Newt will have one out of eight.

At that point, for the good of the country, Newt should throw in behind Santorum

But I am afraid Newt is too emotionally involved and too proud to do so.

Here's a file I have been keeping updated regarding the GOP PResidential race. It shows how it looks to date: (Notice how overall the conservative vote defeats Romney, and would have tied him in Florida, if not beat him):

2012 GOP Primaries Date Romney Gingrich Santorum Paul Huntsman Perry Bachman Cain Totals
Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes % Del's Votes Del's
Iowa 1/3/2012 29,805 24.58% 7 16,163 13.33% 4 29,839 24.61% 7 26,036 21.47% 7 739 0.61% 0 12,557 10.36% 0 6,046 4.99% 0 58 0.05% 0 121,243 25
New Hampshire 1/10/2012 97,601 39.81% 7 23,291 9.50% 0 23,362 9.53% 0 56,872 23.20% 3 41,783 17.04% 2 1,764 0.72% 0 350 0.14% 0 160 0.07% 0 245,183 12
South Carolina 1/21/2012 168,152 27.86% 2 244,133 40.44% 23 102,492 16.98% 0 78,362 12.98% 0 1,173 0.19% 0 2,534 0.42% 0 491 0.08% 0 6,326 1.05% 0 603,663 25
Florida 1/31/2012 776,059 46.44% 50 534,040 31.96% 0 223,208 13.36% 0 117,410 7.03% 0 6,199 0.37% 0 6,773 0.41% 0 3,967 0.24%   3,492 0.21% 0 1,671,148 50
Nevada 2/4/2012 16,486 50.12% 14 6,956 21.15% 6 3,277 9.96% 3 6,175 18.77% 5 0 0.00% 0 0 0.00% 0 0 0.00%   0 0.00% 0 32,894 28
Main                                                     24
Colorado 2/7/2012                                                   36
Minnesota                                                     40
Missouri                                                      
Airzona 2/28/2012                                                   29
Michigan                                                     30
Washington 3/3/2012                                                   43
Alaska 3/6/2012                                                   27
Georgia (Super Tues)                                                   76
Idaho                                                     32
Massachusetts                                                     41
North Dakota                                                      28
Ohio                                                     66
Oklahoma                                                     43
Tennessee                                                     58
Vermont                                                     17
Virginia                                                     49
Wyoming                                                     29
Kansas 3/10/2012                                                   40
Guam                                                     9
Virgin Islands                                                     9
Alabama 3/13/2012                                                   50
Am Somoa                                                     9
Hawaii                                                     20
Mississippi                                                     40
MIssouri 3/17/2012                                                   52
Puerto Rico 3/18/2024                                                   23
Illinois 3/20/2012                                                   69
Louisiana 3/24/2012                                                   46
DC 4/3/2012                                                   19
Maryland                                                     37
Wisconsin                                                     42
Texas                                                     155
                                                       
At large Del's       19     2     1     0     0     0     0         22
TOTALS   1,088,103 40.72% 99 824,583 30.86% 35 382,178 14.30% 11 284,855 10.66% 15 49,894 1.87% 2 23,628 0.88% 0 10,854 0.41% 0 10,036 0.38% 0 2,672,287 1450

11 posted on 02/07/2012 7:49:05 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: JaguarXKE

RE: IF Romney is our nominee, I’m writing in someone. I refuse to pull the lever for that liberal liar!

The same thing happened in 2008. Many conservatives either stayed home or wrote in someone else’s name instead of voting for McCain. The result, an Obama victory, Obamacare, and liberal judges in our courts, plus two liberal supremes.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 7:51:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
The same thing happened in 2008. Many conservatives either stayed home or wrote in someone else’s name instead of voting for McCain.

There is no evidence of this. Obama won with nearly universal support of his base and a large portion of independents. Evey single conservative voting for McCain would have made no difference.

13 posted on 02/07/2012 7:58:07 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Jeff Head

Will you keep updating and reposting this as results change? I hope so.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 7:59:16 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: IM2MAD

Yes. I will make a seperate thread about it and post it today, and then update it once the 100% results are in for each primary.

Note, the votes today do not produce any immediate delegates. In all three cases, those delegates will be allocated at later meeting in March and April.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 8:13:46 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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16 posted on 02/07/2012 8:19:59 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Jeff Head
Yes. I will make a separate thread about it and post it today, and then update it once the 100% results are in for each primary.

Thanks for the effort...its nice to have it all in one place.

17 posted on 02/07/2012 8:24:53 AM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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To: SeekAndFind

I really like Santorum, and I have contributed to his campaign. But I sincerely hope that he does not descend to the name calling contests we have seen out of the Romney-Gingrich battle.

Please, Rick, stay on message and just tell people about the merits of your plans.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 8:43:02 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care any more. I really don’t. The Dems and the GOP establishment - two sides of the same coin.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 9:20:58 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: SeekAndFind

“That problem could have been solved by South Carolinians had they united behind Santorum instead of Newt”

SC, or any other Southern state will not vote for a Northerner over Newt Gingrich. Aint gonna happen now or anytime in the future. I needed a good laugh this morning.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 10:12:51 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: NKP_Vet

In the states Willard the liberal has won the voting was down from 2008. In SC, where Willard got his ass handed to him by Newt Gingrich, voting was way up from 2008. So break it down. Willard the liberal can not get out the conservative base. Conservatives can’t stand him. Neither can Santorum, at least in the South he can’t. Newt Gingrich can and did. The only state to have a bigger turnout so far from 2008 was SC! This is never mentioned on the Willard the liberal drooling Faux News Channel. It is damn sure mentioned on CNN and the liberal channels and they are eating it up as proof Willard does not have a prayer in a general election and they are exactly right. If another RINO is crammed down the throats of the republican base, Obama is reelected. Newt or Santorum can beat Hussein. Obama-light can not.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 10:22:06 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: sickoflibs
Doesn’t [Romney] know that states are free to set their minimum wage to what they want?

Frankly, I don't think he does.

There seems to be a lot that Romney simply doesn't know.

22 posted on 02/07/2012 3:21:36 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Lakeshark

haaaaa. Shush, you !! Or else.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 4:48:09 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks sickoflibs.
24 posted on 02/07/2012 7:17:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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