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Gingrich Floats Possibility of ‘Open Convention’
Nhttp://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Minnesota-Colorado-caucuses-Missouri/2012/02/07/id/428751ewsmax ^ | 1-7-12 | Schcitano

Posted on 02/07/2012 9:13:11 PM PST by VinL

Declaring that he is in the race for the long haul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich floated the possibility Tuesday night that Republicans may have the first “open convention” since 1940.

“I’m certainly in it all the way to the convention. We’ll see what happens,” Gingrich told CNN. “At the rate we’re going, you could have the first open convention since 1940 which would give you something to cover that you would just love.”

In the 1940 Republican National Convention — the first televised contest — Wendell Willkie of Indiana was nominated for president on the sixth ballot in Philadelphia, according to various reference sources...

Gingrich predicted that Romney will not do as well as he did in 2008 in those states. Missouri has no delegates at stake in its primary.

“I think the big story coming out tonight is it’s very hard for the elite media to portray Gov. Romney as the inevitable nominee after tonight’s over...,”

Gingrich said that he has been focusing on winning the battleground state of Ohio during the March 6 Super Tuesday battle, when voters in 10 states head to the polls.

“We, I think, have a very real chance of winning Ohio so it’s very exciting to be here,” said Gingrich, who is also focusing on Arizona and Michigan on Feb. 28 and Tennessee and Georgia on Super Tuesday.

“I think we’re going to do very well on Super Tuesday. We’re going to compete very intensely in Arizona and Michigan,” he said, noting that he spoke with Texas Gov. Rick Perry earlier today.

“We have a very strong operation in Texas. We have a very strong operation in Georgia. Our goal is through Super Tuesday; we then go to Alabama and Mississippi and then we go to Texas... (snip)

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Congrats to Rick. Always sweet to see RomneyDoleMcCAinMcConnelBushRoveKristolCoulteretal get their comeuppance.
1 posted on 02/07/2012 9:13:12 PM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

Bring back a rested and healed Rick Perry.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 9:16:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: VinL
Sounds like a sign of desperation.
3 posted on 02/07/2012 9:18:54 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

Sounds like a Santorumbot.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 9:20:07 PM PST by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: lightman

Does it? Huh.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 9:20:23 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Hypothetically speaking, if it did go to an open convention would the choices still be basically between who is left, or could delegates vote for someone else that’s not currently in the race?


6 posted on 02/07/2012 9:22:33 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: VinL
I have come to the conclusion that the only way to prevent Romney from getting the nomination is for both Newt and Rick to stay in the race till the convention. If its an open convention Mitt is toast.

It seems apparent to me that having both in the race taking away votes from Romney is the way to go. I think both Newt and Rick need to hunker down for the long haul.

The GOP elites are going to soon figure out their guy cant beat Newt and Rick if they are both in the race and they are going to be screaming for one or the other to drop out.

7 posted on 02/07/2012 9:24:18 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Domandred

It would be between the remaining candidates.
I am uncertain if Cain or Perry could reenter and become nominee, but they could certainly influence the process.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 9:27:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Domandred

could delegates vote for someone else that’s not currently in the race?
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Actually, don’t know what the current RNC rules are. Some delegates are bound for a certain number of votes. But thereafter, he could be anyone.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 9:29:01 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
ROMNEY HANDOUTS, HANDOUTS
10 posted on 02/07/2012 9:30:17 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: mylife

Rick Perry will NOT help Newt in Texas. After his “embarrassing”, and short, run for Prez this year, his popularity is at an all-time load. Newt will want to distance himself from Perry when he comes down here to Texas.


11 posted on 02/07/2012 9:30:26 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: VinL; writer33; null and void; KantianBurke

Looks like Santorum could take all 3 tonight. even with no delegates awarded, this is very big news.

43% reporting in Colorado, the AP says he has 42.1% with 28.2% for Romney and 16.4% for Newt

Missouri -99% reporting

Santorum 55.2%
Mittens around 25%

Minnesota (79% reporting)

Santorum - 44.9%
Paul - 27.3%
Mittens - 17%
Newt - 10%


12 posted on 02/07/2012 9:32:02 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: VinL

Gingrich ex wife said he wanted an open marriage, no surprise he wants an open convention.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 9:32:16 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: VinL

newt better quit talking and win something..soon.....

we had such a chance to win...but our field....well..the 62 mets have company now


14 posted on 02/07/2012 9:32:29 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: VinL

Draft you-know-who!


15 posted on 02/07/2012 9:33:09 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: no dems

So why did Newt just associate himself with Perry? Again?


16 posted on 02/07/2012 9:33:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Domandred

Most delegates will be bound during the first ballot, and there may be some rules that apply to some delegates further through the process, but if there is no one with the needed majority, delegates will eventually be free to vote for additional candidates, either individually or by states.
There will be a lot of deal making before the convention, and I’d assume there will be strong signals given by interested individuals who would accept the nomination. It would be an interesting time, with a good chance that none of the current candidates would be the nominee. But boy would there be deals floated and positions up for grabs, such as the VP slot or cabinet positions.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 9:33:51 PM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: VinL

You forgot Hewitt/Medved in that pile.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 9:34:13 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: VinL; Domandred

could delegates vote for someone else that’s not currently in the race?
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Of course. After the first ballot, if no one has the number needed for the nomination, it becomes an open (brokered) Convention and the Delegates are then released to vote for whomever they want. They could vote for Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan......whomever. WOULDN’T THAT BE EXCITING


19 posted on 02/07/2012 9:34:41 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: GeronL

so newt went from 20 up in minnesota to 10 percent of the vote....no wonder he wants to talk so much...its seems to be all he has left


20 posted on 02/07/2012 9:34:51 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: VinL

As far as I’ve seen Kristol isn’t backing Romney. He’s pretty much said he wants a brokered convention and wants someone other than the current crop to be the nominee.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 9:34:56 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: no dems

I can tell you this.
When Santorum gets the heat applied to him, he is going to wilt like a petunia in the Tx heat.

He has had NO vetting.


22 posted on 02/07/2012 9:35:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: GeronL; All

In ‘08, Romney won CO with 61 percent of the vote. If he loses CO tonight, Katie bar the door.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 9:36:24 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: JediJones
As far as I’ve seen Kristol isn’t backing Romney. He’s pretty much said he wants a brokered convention and wants someone other than the current crop to be the nominee.

Time for Jeb Bush to ride to the rescue! (/sarc)
24 posted on 02/07/2012 9:39:20 PM PST by Tailback
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To: no dems

yes. I hope he implodes after this.


25 posted on 02/07/2012 9:39:49 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Could happen. But, you know, Jeb, mitch and christie would also be in the mix. Guy like DeMint might be acceptable to both cons. and GOPe.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 9:39:56 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: mylife

Newt does not know how unpopular Rick Perry is in Texas now; after embarrassing this State the way he did with his pathetic run in the Primaries.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 9:40:44 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: no dems

Sure he will. He has organization and money backers-


28 posted on 02/07/2012 9:41:18 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I know who!


29 posted on 02/07/2012 9:41:47 PM PST by bigbob
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To: VinL

How did Mitt get the nickname Mittens? It sounds appropriately derogatory.


30 posted on 02/07/2012 9:41:52 PM PST by RushingWater (Let's have a brokered convention and page Sarah Palin)
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To: VinL

Well, an open convention would be fun, anyway.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 9:43:17 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: no dems

He’s unpopular with you and a bunch of folks that cant keep their eye on the prize.

I see him working hard to get these new voting districts settled as quickly as possible.

I’m not saying Perry will reenter the race, I’m saying he will help shape it.


32 posted on 02/07/2012 9:44:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: skaterboy

Please address your provocations to some one else— it’s not my style. Thanks.


33 posted on 02/07/2012 9:45:10 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: no dems; WILLIALAL

There’s only one non-candidate with a national support network.

I’m interested in how the CPAC keynote goes this weekend.


34 posted on 02/07/2012 9:45:30 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: mylife

Governor Perry - i love him - is going to be campaigning for Newt steadily till Super Tuesday, and so are Fred Thompson and Herman Cain. They’ve already started.


35 posted on 02/07/2012 9:45:32 PM PST by true believer forever (Vote for Newt - Save the Irish Setters!)
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To: VinL

Ahhhhh 1940 and Wendell Wilkie. My grandfather was good friends with Mr. Wilkie. The 1940 convention was one for the ages. Talk about smoke filled back rooms.


36 posted on 02/07/2012 9:46:33 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: One Name

“There’s only one non-candidate with a national support network.”

Are you referring to Palin?


37 posted on 02/07/2012 9:47:23 PM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: true believer forever

Yup.
And Newt is the ONLY one close to Romney for delegates.
Santorum need to GTFO.


38 posted on 02/07/2012 9:48:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cornfedcowboy

The old conventions were exciting. Now, with these polls, and calls after 1% voting and exit polls— they take the enjoyment out of game.


39 posted on 02/07/2012 9:51:46 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

“The old conventions were exciting”

How true.


40 posted on 02/07/2012 9:54:15 PM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: WILLIALAL

Yes, I am a notorious advocate of her vision for America and economic recovery plan.

It’s an outside shot, I know, but I’m incurable.


41 posted on 02/07/2012 9:54:33 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: no dems
"his popularity is at an all-time load"

All-time load? is that one of things the Freud guy called a slip? Or is Perry just loaded-up with popularity in Texas?

Perry is just fine in Texas, but more than that, he is a true patriot... he will help Newt immensely, but with God endorsing Sanctimonium and calling him to run, you are right, Perry can only help Newt so much...

42 posted on 02/07/2012 9:54:48 PM PST by true believer forever (Vote for Newt - Save the Irish Setters!)
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To: One Name

“Yes, I am a notorious advocate of her vision for America and economic recovery plan.”

I think it would be someone who is not encumbered by too much political baggage. I would expect a fresher face.


43 posted on 02/07/2012 9:57:16 PM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: true believer forever

Sanctimoniums got nothing over Perry for morals other than Sanctimonium.


44 posted on 02/07/2012 9:57:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

It would be between the remaining candidates.
I am uncertain if Cain or Perry could reenter and become nominee, but they could certainly influence the process.

Palin would be about 100 times more of an influence at the convention than this two fellas.


45 posted on 02/07/2012 9:58:27 PM PST by toddausauras (The)
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To: mylife

He’s unpopular with you and a bunch of folks that cant keep their eye on the prize
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PULEEZE !!!! Can’t keep our eye on the Prize???? And you’re supporting a guy who couldn’t keep his mind on which Federal Departments he would close and wanted to force little girls to take gardasil? How long have you lived in Texas. I was born here. I’ve put up with Rick Perry being on the State dole for 25 years. Thank God, Texas has a “weak” Governorship. Guv-dude is dumb as a coal bucket.


46 posted on 02/07/2012 9:58:54 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: toddausauras

Light the cigars, because this current primary aint working.


47 posted on 02/07/2012 9:59:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Both need to stay in if either Newt or Rick is to win. The realities of proportional delegate assignments are in the minds of Rick’s and Newt’s team - this is why they “talked” a few days ago. If you want Newt to win then you NEED Rick to stay in.


48 posted on 02/07/2012 10:00:41 PM PST by impimp
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To: VinL

Newt better float something, or he’s going to stand out in the punch bowl....


49 posted on 02/07/2012 10:02:17 PM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: no dems

Perry’s so “unpopular” in Texas that he got two standing ovations last night in his first public appearance since leaving the Presidential race !


50 posted on 02/07/2012 10:02:17 PM PST by baysider
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