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Pro-Romney Group Buys $500,000 In Michigan TV Ads (Newt Targeted)
NY Times ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jeremy W. Peters

Posted on 02/13/2012 3:48:30 PM PST by red flanker

Mitt Romney is getting some heavy air support in Michigan — the state where he was born and raised — as the “super PAC” supporting him invests almost $500,000 on television ads there.

According to someone who tracks Republican media spending, Restore Our Future has committed just over $470,000 for commercials starting Tuesday and set to run through Feb. 20. That marks the group’s largest purchase yet in Michigan, where it will have spent more than $700,000 on ads by next week.

The group said Monday that it would continue for now to run an ad called “Risk” that targets Newt Gingrich using images and attacks that have by now become familiar advertising fodder. It cites the proliferation of earmarks during his tenure as House speaker and shows a shot of him sitting with Nancy Pelosi on a couch in front of the Capitol, a shot taken from a public service announcement on global warming.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; backstabbers4romney; gingrich; gopprimaries; mi2012; nastyromney; ne; newt; obamaromney; palin; rinoromney; romney; saboteurromney; santorum; santorum4romney; toast; tokyoromney
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To: Republican Wildcat

Mitt been preparing for this win full time since ‘08. Three years to get his plan together and rally those to help him. Who was outspoken for him in ‘08? Rick is one. Do you really think bishop romney entered this race solo and not have so called conservatives as his buffers - who are so power hungry and looking for political favors not to play the game with the GOP E? He’s been wooing them all along.

I find it hard that some are so politically naive.


151 posted on 02/13/2012 8:12:32 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Darren McCarty

Unfortunately she is not thinking that far ahead at this point.


152 posted on 02/13/2012 8:12:55 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: cookcounty

He won’t touch santorum until newt is out of the way and then rick’s mission is really accomplished.


153 posted on 02/13/2012 8:14:37 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: cripplecreek
I think there is the strong flavor of sour grapes in some peoples mouths. It's just weird. Why would anyone tied for 1st go through hell campaigning so the other guy can win? Particularly when you are winning! If anyone knows he won't win and is trying to help Mitt, it's Ron Paul! The same PAC is running anti-Rick ads. If the sole resason is to get rid of Mitt, why would they do that?
154 posted on 02/13/2012 8:15:08 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Mariner
"This is Romney betting that all of Newt's support will flow to him. He might be right."

Nope. Dead wrong. I don't know a single Newt supporter that has Romney as #2 choice. And I know a LOT of Newt supporters.

155 posted on 02/13/2012 8:17:24 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: presently no screen name

“I think the consensus is that he’d certainly be on the list, whether he’d want to or not,” Gingrich said. “He’s a very competent person. This is a very serious man. I would certainly support him if he became the Republican nominee.”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katehicks/2011/12/07/love_thy_enemy_newt_says_romney_a_possible_vp_pick


156 posted on 02/13/2012 8:17:50 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: RasterMaster
Yeah, he's converting us all to his team with charm and kindness and intelligent arguments...not...
157 posted on 02/13/2012 8:18:15 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: presently no screen name

You responded to me wherein it was proven that was not true, then repeat the same thing to another person a couple of posts down. You are acting as a propagandist.


158 posted on 02/13/2012 8:19:29 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: CASchack
"Why doesn’t [Romney] cut an ad which highlights his “severe” conservatism?

.....Because they don't sell commercial time by the nanosecond?

159 posted on 02/13/2012 8:21:18 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Hadn’t seen that. Wow...just awesome. No pale pastels here! Bold contrast!


160 posted on 02/13/2012 8:23:08 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: RasterMaster
Nothing like bowling them over with your “charm”, huh?

That's sanctimonious Rick's deal, not mine. I come from honesty. If the truth hurts, so be it. Some embrace truth, some embrace a con man who has something to gain on their backs. They are useful idiots.

161 posted on 02/13/2012 8:23:45 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
Romney et al are politically naive to think the most Conservative Website in the world, would ever give him a pass.

FreeRepublic.com is Pro-Newt and Anti-Romney.

Romeny was naive to think it didn't matter that the 24/7 bashing of romney on freerepublic wouldn't negatively impact his attempt to pose as a conservative. We no like Liberal Romney.

Free Republic is

Romney's team miscalculaed how hated Romney is by Conservatives. Ha Free Republic is Newt Country Romneybots... Deal with it

162 posted on 02/13/2012 8:27:42 PM PST by show
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To: RasterMaster

Just two short months ago. But something back in 2008 is more relevant don’t cha know! Sounded like a love fest! Newt hearts Mitt!!!


163 posted on 02/13/2012 8:31:56 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: RasterMaster

Newt doesn’t trash anyone. Mitt does and so does Rick - but that’s given a pass. I’ll leave you guys to figure it out - it appears it will take years though. Still trying to prove you see clearly but when the brick wall comes and it will, I still doubt you’ll get it.


164 posted on 02/13/2012 8:34:00 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: RasterMaster
I know all about Newt's idiotic AGW position. He is absolutely wrong on that matter. Since that 2007 quote, he has come out against carbon trading and the idea of cap-n-trade.

ALL the candidates have flaws and positions I find distressing. With that said, after studying all their positions, I easily concluded that only one candidate of the four has the will, the platform and the experience to turn our Republic towards Liberty. That person is Newt. Mitt and Paul are non-starters.

Rick is a laughable lightweight -- two unspectacular terms in the senate; a platform that until recently (2mo) was very light on specifics; and very little charisma. He was just one of 100 Senators -- whop-de-do. He's trained as a lawyer -- big negative in my book.

After two minutes of hearing him speak, you get a funny feeling that Rick is trying to impress everyone with his "purity" and his Conservative credentials. He doesn't have the focus on taking on D.C, Rick is more of "look what a great Conservative I am."

165 posted on 02/13/2012 8:36:29 PM PST by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: presently no screen name

Dang, with friends like you, people will be flying off of the Newt train. You are a charmer! Nothing like calling people idiots to convert them to your cause. You really should spit out those sour grapes. Your puckering is showing...lol


166 posted on 02/13/2012 8:36:56 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: FresnoRobert

They are upset because they were calling us all stupid for supporting Santorum and he had no chance of winning anything, etc. and now he’s the frontrunner and just swept 3 contests and handed Romney his lunch and is about to take him out on his home turf. Santorum winning in Michigan would be devastating to Romney’s campaign - yet we are to believe Romney actually wants Santorum to win it and that would be more helpful to him than winning it himself? They believe that and yet we are the ones that are ‘naive’.

It reads of talking points to me. A couple of weeks ago the common code word being repeated numerous people was “no charisma” in attacking Santorum. That just doesn’t make sense that so many would spontaneously start saying the exact same thing independently at the same time.


167 posted on 02/13/2012 8:43:41 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Yep, it seems to be a pattern. The only thing about thinking everyone is out to get you is....they just might!! I’m going to have to turn in before long. I’m sure this will go on for hours..;)


168 posted on 02/13/2012 8:44:49 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: show

That’s because WE ARE conservatives. We are the Patriots.

And right now Patriot NEWT is fighting for our country against attacks from ALL sides. Evil wants it so bad and is using deception of all kinds to keep it.

Go NEWT!


169 posted on 02/13/2012 8:45:24 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Republican Wildcat

You called it. Rick is kicking butt. What I don’t get is where the venom comes from. For me, I prefer Rick. Newt’s Global warming, TARP, Healthcare & desperate need for relavancy & approval keep him at #2. I just don’t think he can win. He’s pissed off more people than the guy with no screen name. Finally, I will hold my nose and vote for Mitt if he’s the nominee, but he brings a big zero in excitement. Just like McLame. The only thing that sparked interest last time for me was Sarah.


170 posted on 02/13/2012 8:54:44 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: sand88

Actually, I just attended a rally last week...he spoke for a little over an hour without need for notes or prepared remarks....strong, articulate, and BOLD!

There were well over 2,000 others in the room who would certainly have agreed with that sentiment and about 4,000 more later that day.

He will certainly mop the floor with O-Jackass and his merry band of teleprompters.


171 posted on 02/13/2012 8:55:01 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: wolfman23601
No, Romney wants to take Newt out before he turns his guns to Santorum. He doesn’t want to take out Santorum to have Newt rise again. He doesn’t want to play whack a mole anymore.

Bingo. I think you got it. I tell ya, what a mess this is. When Newt was in the lead, there was such unity among conservatives, especially here at FR. With Rick pulling ahead, it's just screwing everything up. There's no way he can win the primary or the general when he generates so little enthusiasm and actually causes such divisiveness among conservatives. IMO the msm is treading lightly on Rick because they know as the nominee he would get destroyed by Obama, plus they don't want to have to deal with Newt again. Why do conservatives keep allowing the liberal msm choose our candidate for us? WHY?????????

172 posted on 02/13/2012 8:57:35 PM PST by Proudcongal (NEWT 2012!)
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To: RasterMaster
I have see him speak at length off the cuff (via video). Knows his stuff and is not an empty suit. I love the video of him taking on Barbara Boxer over partial birth abortion. He cleaned her clock. The left despises Rick. I would love to see their heads explode if he wins.
173 posted on 02/13/2012 8:59:36 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: FresnoRobert
I guess we should all just just "relax and accept it" lest we pi$$ off the BIG TENT "moderates"....

If you cannot get RIGHT TO LIFE or THE MEANS TO DEFEND IT correct, how can you claim to be a conservative?

174 posted on 02/13/2012 9:10:59 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: napscoordinator

You are disgusting. You are a complete and utter piece of trash. I can’t wait for the day you are banned. How you could be so gross and nasty is beyond me. I pray they you do not have children. If you do, I feel for them. I have never seen a more revolting person than you.


Hold on Naps, I’m jealous! Last night I was the revolting one. I relinguished the title that easily? Could it be that you should just ease up on the judgement stuff? We’ve already got a guy for that job.


175 posted on 02/13/2012 9:48:22 PM PST by bramps (Cama, Cama, Cama Chameleon.)
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To: napscoordinator

I agree that it is hard for Romney to go after Santorum on the issues; how could he, all their positions are the same.

And he can’t go after Santorum for being a statist; after all, as far as Romney is concerned, what’s wrong with that?

And as far as I know, Santorum is a decent guy; he’s just indistinguishable from Romney on virtually everything I care most about.

Also, if Santorum is the nominee, we lose in a landslide in November as Tea Party types stay home; no Senate, and no more House either. Obama gets free reign for another four years, and three nominees to the Supreme Court.

I’m thinking about Australia as a viable alternative. We are staring into the mouth of disaster here, folks. And most of us are too intoxicated to see it.


176 posted on 02/13/2012 10:43:22 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: FresnoRobert

That’s your excuse?

Romney wasn’t an unknown quantity then. Endorsing him against McCain doesn’t make Mitt a conservative by default.


177 posted on 02/13/2012 10:55:22 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Republican Wildcat
Really? Maybe you weren't around then. I was too young, but I sure remember the 1976 convention and how Reagan lost out in a brokered convention to Gerald Ford.

There's this speech about "bold colors."

Ever heard of that?

I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

...is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
Ronald Reagan at CPAC 1975

178 posted on 02/13/2012 11:50:51 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: red flanker

That doesn’t make any sense since Santorum is ahead in Michigan.


179 posted on 02/14/2012 12:37:41 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: GVnana

I remember that! What a great speech given by the best president in my lifetime.

However, I am glad that he lost out in the brokered convention. I don’t think any Republican could be elected that year.

Watergate, Nixon pardon and all...

Had he been the nominee, we might have missed out on one GREAT president!


180 posted on 02/14/2012 12:44:45 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: FresnoRobert

What’s wrong with you? Where do you get I’m trying to convert anyone? But that’s the mentality of rick supporters - just looking to be ‘charmed’.


181 posted on 02/14/2012 1:28:50 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: cripplecreek; All
Frankly I think you're the one working for Romney.

Horse pucky!

If Santorum was a genuine threat, the ads would be targeting him.

Newt was never a consideration for the Michigan vote so where's the rationale in running a massive campaign against him there and not the surging Santorum?

The establishment have you all right where they want you.

Romney and Santorum are their guys.

Remember Santorum was the 3rd ranking Republican when fired by PA voters. Given a choice, he chose the later traitorous Spector over conservative Toomey in the PA Republican senate primary.

Learn from history! Vet this guy inside and out before you leap on his bandwagon.

Look into his vote for Sotomayor's Circuit Court confirmation (even McCain didn't do that!), his uncharitable charity that doled out only a third of donations before folding when he lost reelection, his leadership PAC that spent more than $4 of ever $5 on itself rather than candidates, his suspect half million dollar mortgage from a major donor's private bank, his toothless proposals, his personal hypocrisy on tort reform and healthcare, his building party ties to lobbyists and his own lobbying, proposed and voted for an extra $550m in Amtrack funds above the $900m budgeted, his immigration record, his abuse of PA education tax dollars for his kids living in VA, his love of earmarks and crony capitalism, the $100m federal loan for an energy plant that was never built, his Medicare Part D and ties to GlaxoSmithKline, his interventionist foreign policy, his attitude towards working women.

Rick Santorum is a target rich environment from the Right, the Left, and in between.

Constitutional Conservatives, Tea Party Patriots, and all others should heed Sarah Palin's CPAC call to vet all the candidates.

182 posted on 02/14/2012 1:43:41 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has baggage too. Demand an inspection!)
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To: newzjunkey

Good summary. I’m really puzzled as to why none of this is being addressed or even mentioned. There is a certain dishonesty about Santorum that I find very disturbing, and both he and his supporters act as if it is unfair to ask any questions about him and also as if he has a special exemption from being held to normal public ethics standards.

I even saw one poster who defended Santorum’s lying about his residence so that his kids could take advantage of the home-schooling program in a PA school district while his residence was in VA (and then letting the state of PA pay the $50,000 fine assessed by the district) by saying that as a “Senator he deserved this.” I think Santorum suffers from that strange entitlement attitude that only the self-righteous (and many elected officials) have that permits them to ignore certain ethical and even legal requirements as being “for the little people,” and if he is examined more objectively, a lot more of this is going to come out.


183 posted on 02/14/2012 3:19:38 AM PST by livius
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To: red flanker

This makes no sense. Spending money to go negative on a guy not even campaigning in Michigan who trails Romney by 15 points and leaving untouched the guy beating him in the polls by 15 points and nationally as well.His PAC should be spending money to convince folks he is “severely” conservative but then again there is not enough money in the world to make that case.


184 posted on 02/14/2012 3:58:48 AM PST by chuckee
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To: newzjunkey

You people are simply childish little cowards who don’t have the simple courage to admit that your pathetic little hero has fallen right back to where he started.


185 posted on 02/14/2012 4:23:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: livius

What ads?

The fact is that you pathetic cowards are throwing another tantrum about something that isn’t even happening and is a pure rumor.

You people are dumber than particularly stupid democrats.


186 posted on 02/14/2012 4:25:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dixiechick2000

Its not even real. If you look at the story they never quite get around to proving it. Their source is “someone who knows”


187 posted on 02/14/2012 4:28:09 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Are you sure? Isn’t there something subliminal in things like this put out by Santorum to indicate his main target is Newt?

LOL well some apparently think so. All those pictures of Romney must hide something about Gingrich.

And for those who have the stones to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3bYBkGgRCE&feature=relmfu
188 posted on 02/14/2012 4:37:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

That ad sure convinced me Santorum was working for Mitt. /sarc

Very good ad.


189 posted on 02/14/2012 4:59:27 AM PST by dforest
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To: Proudcongal

I cannot find Santorum’s record of leadership in any public or private entity.

He is a blank canvas for social conservatives with his pro-life positioning and an empty vessel for fiscal conservatives who disdain his ‘earmark’ history in Congress. A mixed bag to be sure.

Most importantly, what, when and where are his leadership credentials?


190 posted on 02/14/2012 5:08:36 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: sodpoodle

——Most importantly, what, when and where are his leadership credentials?———

He has stood firm in defense of human life and against sodomite “marriage.” Remember that sodomite “marriage results in sodomites legally adopting children.

If you’ve been involved in the pro-life movement, you know that you’re battling the devil himself. Rick has courageously fought the most important battle of our age, in season and out. He can be trusted because his fundamental beliefs and priorities are sound.

His fiscal record is less stellar, but I’m confident that he will sign whatever Congress proposes, even if he doesn’t lead on economic issues.


191 posted on 02/14/2012 5:26:31 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Santorum has written one book (mostly about himself). Piggy backed on Newt’s leadership in Congress. No military experience. No private sector job creation. He has not offered any bold ideas for correcting the current crises - just parroting what he has learned from Perry, Cain, Bachmann and Newt.

He talks and says what conservatives want to hear and he’s not Romney.


192 posted on 02/14/2012 5:34:52 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
His fiscal record is less stellar, but I’m confident that he will sign whatever Congress proposes, even if he doesn’t lead on economic issues.

Its up to us to make him a great president. This story is nothing more than another NY Times rumor anyway.
193 posted on 02/14/2012 6:37:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: red flanker

Neither Slick Willard, Rick the bleep (rhymes with Rick) or Obama will ever get my vote.

It’s either Newt or I sit this one out.


194 posted on 02/14/2012 7:22:22 AM PST by madmaximus (Anyone But Robamney.)
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To: madmaximus

FUMR!! FURS!! FUGOP!! FUBO!!

Enough said.


195 posted on 02/14/2012 7:24:36 AM PST by madmaximus (Anyone But Robamney.)
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To: parksstp

“This will force Santorum to get even tougher on Romney or be accused of being in the tank for Romney.”
____________________________

To the contrary, this does not force Santo to do anything. Santo needs to continue telling the people that freedom is on the line in this country and that That is THE issue of this election. Rick needs to keep talking about the real intrusion of govt. into people’s lives and don’t give a rat’s rear about what Mitt does or says.
Peace.


196 posted on 02/14/2012 7:27:47 AM PST by katieanna
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To: livius

It is dejavous again -
obama, empty suit whom no one vetts, anything you want can be placed in the vague ‘hope and change’ thing.
Now, St Rick, the pro-life can-do-no-wrong whom no one will allow any vetting, whom many are struggling to project what he/she wants onto this yet another empty suit...

It is indeed tragic that the herd mentality, the need to put someone with no substance on the pedestal rules the day!

Not having learned the lesson, the herd is trying to hold on to their own version of obama - the seemingly pure saint Rick - to replace the first black Messiah.


197 posted on 02/14/2012 7:43:45 AM PST by chrisnj
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To: cripplecreek

I totally agree and there also will never be a merger (or “marriage”) of Santorum and Romney. They are water and oil together. Then, too, whoever believes what is printed in the NY Times?


198 posted on 02/14/2012 8:56:47 AM PST by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: Gator113
"I will not vote for Romney or Santorum.
I will vote for Newt Gingrich... or I will not vote at all.
Good luck with another 4 years of Obama."

I want Newt, but still waiting for his post-SC surge. I will vote for Rick Santorum, with ease. I will NEVER vote for Romney, under any circumstance. Newt/Palin or Rick/Palin Team would be unstoppable, imo.

199 posted on 02/14/2012 9:07:44 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I’d add:

#3 - Romney (no matter if you buy it or not) is attacking Newt from the Right and it helps promote the idea of Romney as a conservative. As well, Newt won’t spend the time/$$ to hit back in Michigan so it will go unchallenged.

#4 - It’s too early to hit Santorum for the Michigan/Arizona combo. How many days did it take to pummel Newt for the FL vote? We’re two weeks out and and Santorum could fight back and have a strong counter cycle. As well the debate is on the 22nd. I’d look for a heavy anti-Santorum buy to hit from the 23rd to the 28th.


200 posted on 02/14/2012 9:13:11 AM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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