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Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]
Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

Posted on 02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST by Steelfish

Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests

By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner.

Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008.

With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr. Romney carried Colorado with 60% of the vote.

Mr. Santorum's twin victories in the Midwest will give his campaign a much-needed burst of momentum and may stir doubt about Mr. Romney's abilities to woo conservatives to his side in important electoral states such as Missouri. So far, Mr. Romney has won in states where he has devoted significant campaign time and advertising dollars.

Mr. Santorum won 55% of the Missouri vote, while Mr. Romney followed with 25%. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was trailing with 12%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn't on the Missouri ballot.

Mr. Santorum's Missouri victory margin of almost 75,000 votes over Mr. Romney was nearly 29,000 more than Mr. Romney's combined Iowa and Nevada total.

While the Tuesday results didn't directly award any of the delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination, they showed voters rejecting Mr. Romney even in states where he had performed well four years ago.

Mr. Romney had carried Minnesota in 2008 but placed third there on Tuesday. With 85% of precincts in, Mr. Santorum had 45% of the vote, while Mr. Paul had 27%. Mr. Romney had 17% of the vote and Mr. Gingrich claimed 11%.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: aldo; caucusprimaries; colorado; geeksweatervest; minnesota; missouri; newt; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; santorum4romney; santorumwins
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To: Downinthedixie
I am not at all shocked that Obumbles is poling better than any of our candidates. It is the idea of incumbency. Reagan was behind by double digits in September of 1980 and was swept into office in a landslide with an economy that was not nearly as bad as this one or as bad for as long.

Santorum is to be congratulated. He won where Gingrich didn't contest and if one of them could take it all from Romney, we should be eternally grateful.

Either would be better than Romney and Romney would be a damn sifghjt better thanobumbles. hat being said, I think Either Gingrich or Santorum would be a damn sight better candidate and would handily beat the Obummer. where as Romney would barely win, if at all.

51 posted on 02/07/2012 11:39:01 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Absolutely! POTUS tramples all over the Constitution and the free exercise clause in the 1st Amendment. The fact that he forbade Catholic chaplains in the United States Military from reading the letter from the Council of Bishops, that was read at mass in every Catholic church in America is unprecedented. Dictating to a church what it can and cannot preach in a sermon. Bone-chilling with most evil historical precedents... 1930’s Germany.

Bad timing, Barry.


52 posted on 02/07/2012 11:40:44 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Downinthedixie
Santorum is not a great choice against 0.

Yeah, you're right. I guess we should fall in line behind your girl Ann Coulter. Mittens all the way, right?

Welcome aboard FR.

53 posted on 02/07/2012 11:41:22 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Downinthedixie
This seems to support the idea of a brokered convention.

At least you are consistent. Welcome to FR and learn how to ride the lightening.
54 posted on 02/07/2012 11:44:05 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Yes, this morning the talking heads had been saying that Romney would win CO, but if he didn’t, he’d be in trouble!

Trouble never looked so good!

We might not get stuck with The Rominee!


55 posted on 02/07/2012 11:44:53 PM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: newzjunkey
...his aggressive work for lobbyists in office and lobbying career after his massive reelection defeat...

Honest to God, how can you look yourself in the mirror after posting this, knowing that Newt represented agencies in Washington, D. C. as well? Folks, you don't have to be honest with me, but at least be honest with yourselves.

BTW: Who made more money at it, Newt or Santorum? I'll bet you know the answer too.

56 posted on 02/07/2012 11:46:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: jwalsh07

I toldja Santorum would rise to the occasion. With his confidence tonight, he is looking stron and ready for both fights ahead.


57 posted on 02/07/2012 11:48:15 PM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: Cincinna
Bad timing, Barry.

But...great timing for America.

58 posted on 02/07/2012 11:49:17 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: newzjunkey
Santorum was the lowest ACU rated of the three.

And which of the three was the only one elected in a BLUE state? A 84% ACU and reelected too.

59 posted on 02/07/2012 11:52:39 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Also at the convention, delegates only have to vote for the one that got the most in the first ballot...after that they can vote for who ever they want on the 2nd or 3rd ballot..I think Kennedy didn’t win until the 2nd or 3rd ballot...lots of back room stuff goes on then....it can be a real sit on the edge of your seat convention...


60 posted on 02/07/2012 11:57:56 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Downinthedixie

most of the polls over poll democrats, some by 20 or more than republicans..Ignore them


61 posted on 02/08/2012 12:04:23 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Steelfish

Newt needs to drop out and endorse. Shoot for the VP slot.


62 posted on 02/08/2012 12:09:58 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Downinthedixie
“Per the latest Rasmussen poll, Obama has somehow managed to get back into positive approval - 51% approval vs. 48% disapproval.”

The reason is obvious. The media and the ignorant lemmings follow the unemployment number as if it were a decree from God.

That 8.3% number means nothing. We have lost tons of workers who do not even show up in the Labor Dept’s numbers. But do you think most Americans know this? Hell no they don’t!

Which is why we’re screwed unless we can somehow relay this fact to the masses. Eff the media and doubleEFF Obama.


This is why Romney is the worse pick. The only thing he has is making money (some think that much money makes you out of touch) if the economy is better Obama wins against Romney. that is all romney has.

If Rick can change this race to the freedoms Obama is stealing ( Rick has been talking about this everywhere he goes) we win.

Rick can still talk about the economy but show how Obama messing with our businesses is hurting the economy. then he can say this is important but look at our personal freedoms we are losing and how he is changing our society to look like hollywood. he can talk about o czars and how much power they have and the mandates...and the epa hurting farmers with crazy rules...and parents rights to teach their children there values not
about sex in kindergartner that czar push...our kids need to stay innocent as long as possible all while having his family standing behind him.

NO ONE HAS INFORMED THE PUBLIC OF THE CRAZIES,CZARS, AND THERE IDEAS. IF RICK COULD TELL WHAT IS GOING ON PEOPLE WILL (BAD BAD WORD) HOW ABOUT THE GUY WHO THINKS ITS OK TO SEND GAYS INTO SCHOOLS TO TEACH KIDS DIFERENT WAYS TO HAVE SEX....WE'RE TALKING GRADE SCHOOL KIDS.

I think he could wake a sleeping giant.

63 posted on 02/08/2012 12:11:47 AM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: All

Congrats to Rick Sweeptorum!


64 posted on 02/08/2012 12:12:17 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Huck 2012 with Cain, Palin, Bachmann, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Steelfish

Santorum bump.


65 posted on 02/08/2012 12:19:52 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Steelfish
I think we're seeing the early sign that we're headed toward a brokered convention.

If we see a rebound by Gingrich in States like Ohio, Georgia and Tenn on Super Tuesday I'd say an exciting open convention in Tampa is imminent.

America hasn't seen such an event since 1940 and it might be just the type of event that America needs to restore itself.

66 posted on 02/08/2012 12:20:28 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: DoughtyOne

“BTW: Who made more money at it, Newt or Santorum? I’ll bet you know the answer too.”

I don’t care who made more money at it.

I want a conservative, and both qualify, IMO.

At this point, I’m not that picky...


67 posted on 02/08/2012 12:26:10 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: newzjunkey

Everything you said.

Silver lining at least, tonight puts another dent in the “inevitable Romney” narrative.


68 posted on 02/08/2012 12:29:36 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Kit cat

“Minnesota you have just redeemed yourselves from electing Jesse Ventura.”

What penance do we have to pay for putting (albeit, fraudulently) Al France in the Senate, then?


69 posted on 02/08/2012 12:53:13 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Kit cat

“Minnesota you have just redeemed yourselves from electing Jesse Ventura.”

What penance do we have to pay for putting (albeit, fraudulently) Al Franken in the Senate, then?


70 posted on 02/08/2012 12:53:51 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Utmost Certainty

Everything you and DixieChick said.
I’m so happy to see big bad Mitt the RINO dog abuser taken down a few, and a his overboard self-righteous balloon deflated.
Let the process work itself through; let the people speak.


71 posted on 02/08/2012 1:12:49 AM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: All

what is all this theater covering up, what are they hiding that is going on right now?


72 posted on 02/08/2012 1:28:37 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Downinthedixie

None of the four are “great” choices against 0. But with Gingrich and Romney fading in polls vs Obama, what`s left? Paul? No thanks.


73 posted on 02/08/2012 2:45:10 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: MNGal

Going against 0bama in November (albeit very unlikely) would be a start.


74 posted on 02/08/2012 3:00:53 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: roughman
"Maybe we are finally opening our hearts to God and seeing Rick, though flawed, speaks to his values. Just a thought."

He also lives his values. Our friend worked for him when he was our Senator. When she encountered a health crisis and the health insurer was denying her some of the care she needed, he personally interceded. Not only was her (very expensive) care secured, so was her job. He held her position open for her during months of incapacity until she was ready to come back. I always had a lot of respect for him for living his values and being a fundamentally decent human being.

75 posted on 02/08/2012 3:26:05 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
I still gotta believe that being the religious candidate at the time that the Marxist-Alinsky radicals (spoiled brats actually) opened fire on Christians helped attract a lot of votes for Santorum -- and those attacks on Christians are going get a lot of people out to vote in November.

Stop the calls, we have a winner.

76 posted on 02/08/2012 3:36:47 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Steelfish


77 posted on 02/08/2012 3:38:50 AM PST by Evil Slayer
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To: Steelfish

He is not a good choice to go against Obama but it is going to be great watching Fox news this morning (which I haven’t watched in some time) trying to say how these caucuses/primaries probably don’t mean that much! lol Squirm Fox Squirm!!


78 posted on 02/08/2012 3:39:21 AM PST by lahargis (Every day is independence day)
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To: Steelfish

SENATORS DO NOT GOOD PRESIDENTS MAKE !!! (i.e., Obama)

Remember that.


79 posted on 02/08/2012 3:42:46 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Steelfish
EMPTY VEST !!!
80 posted on 02/08/2012 3:43:49 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: bigbob

He is NOT a solid fiscal, small-government conservative.

Yes, he is socially conservative and would like to do away with contraceptives.

He is one of those compasionate conservatives. Remember George Bush?


81 posted on 02/08/2012 3:51:43 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Steelfish

Congrats to Rick Santorum for a HUGE (I’m series) night against the enemy, SnippyMcMittCare!


82 posted on 02/08/2012 3:53:04 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

And which of the three was the only one elected in a BLUE state? A 84% ACU and reelected too.

59 posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 2:52:39 AM by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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And Newt accomplished enormous and stunning legislative conservative victories with a Dem President and senate. Still maintained his conservative and ACU values.


83 posted on 02/08/2012 3:56:57 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Obama has somehow managed to get back into positive approval - 51% approval vs. 48% disapproval. That’s why it will be difficult no matter who our nominee is.

Yes, it is a grave concern for the future of our nation.

Still, I believe as many of us do that "reality" is winding up for a b@tchslap of epic proportions regarding the economy and national security that will hit any time in the next 9 months.

And no matter what the regime does, they won't be able to contain the reality that impacts each and every American citizen.

Gas prices, food prices, the lack of jobs and prosperity is a specter that haunts all Americans and cannot be concealed. Iran is preparing for a "first strike" against us and Israel, and beyond a scraped knee, obozo is way out of his league.

Obozo should take a moment and look around the occupied office. He'll be unemplioiyed this time next year and the cleaning crew will still be working on removing the commie stench.

84 posted on 02/08/2012 4:00:40 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Steelfish

Mitt only wins lib states.


85 posted on 02/08/2012 4:03:09 AM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: RightLady

In Colorado, there was a grand total of one poll in the last two months by one organization, PPP.


86 posted on 02/08/2012 4:04:25 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: bigbob
Santorum has not stunned me with his charisma, granted, but he’s a solid conservative, and is immune to Obama’s class warfare attack strategy (just mentally compare his vulnerability vs. Romney or even Newt...) Staunchly pro-life and family values will play big in flyover country where guys with a past like Newts are snickered about and guys like Romney are spotted as phonies a mile away.

I sure like what I’ve heard from Santorum lately. For sure he would be a contrast against Obama, not just “Obama-lite”.

My sentiments exactly!

87 posted on 02/08/2012 4:06:09 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454
Staunchly pro-life and family values will play big in flyover country where guys with a past like Newts are snickered about and guys like Romney are spotted as phonies a mile away.

People forget that New York and California have Republican primaries with a crapload of delegates.

The South and "Flyover country" are outnumbered.

88 posted on 02/08/2012 4:07:59 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Downinthedixie

And who can newt or myth? LOL!!!!


89 posted on 02/08/2012 4:08:49 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Downinthedixie
Funny. At the very beginning of this process, the media was saying "anyone can beat Obama". Cain, Bachman, etc. included. Now they push just Mitt & Newt as being the only ones to beat Obama.
The voters aren't stupid, and they're now seeing beyond the money and lies by voting real conservatism.
90 posted on 02/08/2012 4:11:20 AM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: true believer forever
Not to rain on your parade, but if Newt had been on the ballot in MO, have you done the math?

But Newt wasn't, which makes your assertion moot. Can't win elections when you're not on the ballot.

91 posted on 02/08/2012 4:12:04 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Steelfish; All

And now, we will witness the circular firing squad aiming at yet another conservative.....

Waits for the “he’s not conservative enough” mantra.....


92 posted on 02/08/2012 4:15:54 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: jwalsh07
Doesn’t matter the damage is done. At mass last Sunday the parish priest made that very clear. Obama has lost even the liberal Bishops in my Church, no mean feat. And he lost union money and feet with the pipeline. Santorum is exactly positioned to benefit from both of those gaffes from the worlds smartest marxist.

Let's hope you're right. If those liberal Catholics who voted for Obama would wake up, it will doom his reelection hopes. Obama's anti-Christian bent (not "anti-religious" as he has made numerous moves to promote Islam) is incredibly reckless and will bring about an authoritarian state unless decisively checked.

93 posted on 02/08/2012 4:17:40 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Steelfish

Can someone explain to me why Santorum didn’t get any delegates with these three wins? Will he get the delegates in the future? I’m at a loss to explain it. thanks.


94 posted on 02/08/2012 4:24:21 AM PST by ducttape45
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To: neverbluffer
I think that is exactly what happened. The Catholics showed up... The Bishops who read those letters in Church on Sunday had a big impact..

Judging from Axelrod's backpedaling yesterday it seems clear that Obama realizes he overreached. Too late: it has exposed a breathtaking arrogance on his part and an alarming frontal attack on freedom of religion.

95 posted on 02/08/2012 4:25:12 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Steelfish

Chihuahua Romney - the Magic but ineligible, backstabbing RINO:
"Me. Me. Me.
I am entitled. Me. Me.
I chose. I decide. Me. Me. Me.
BAIN, Marriott, and I already destroyed every single
other potential conservative candidate, and
BAIN and I already PAID everyone in the media
FOR MY nomination.
So, it is MINE. MINE. MINE. "

96 posted on 02/08/2012 4:27:25 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: All
With what appears to be very little in resources it was an impressive night for Santorum.

Lets see how he holds up to Mittens goon squads and their attack.

Caucuses seem to be definitely his strength.

97 posted on 02/08/2012 4:27:46 AM PST by Bailee ( Pray for your salvation and a miracle, Prepare for the end of the USA.)
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To: Reagan69
He is one of those compasionate conservatives. Remember George Bush?

Conservatives are naturally compassionate. It is part of what makes us who we are. We try to live by our values, many of which derive from our Christian beliefs. However, unlike Dubya, Santorum doesn't use the word "compassionate" as a qualifier. He also recognizes that true compassion frequently involves tough love.

Bush never understood conservatism, seeing it as hard line and somewhat extremist, and therefore tried to soften it. Bush spoke in euphemisms, for example coining the term "war on terror" not being willing to describe an existential enemy for what it was. Santorum simply calls it radical Islam.

Do your homework and understand the difference.

98 posted on 02/08/2012 4:28:26 AM PST by Huber (And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. - John 1:5)
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To: Steelfish; Jeff Head; Impy; TigersEye; floriduh voter; snippy_about_it; ovrtaxt; syriacus; ...

What an amazing primary!


99 posted on 02/08/2012 4:33:18 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: Downinthedixie
Santorum is not a great choice against 0.

Exactly. They aren't looking at his record - just listening to his lies about Newt to make himself appear as a better candidate. The media/barry know his record and his own supporters don't.

100 posted on 02/08/2012 4:37:14 AM PST by presently no screen name
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