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Gingrich questions Santorum’s electability, blasts Romney’s 'mickey mouse' Medicare proposal
Fox ^ | 2-27-12 | Lyn

Posted on 02/27/2012 3:32:22 PM PST by VinL

Nashville, Tenn. -- Newt Gingrich said there are "profound reasons" why Rick Santorum lost his re-election bid in 2006, painting a picture of a two-term senator who took positions that would make it "hard for him to carry that all the way to the general."

"He voted for the unions over FedEx," Gingrich told a luncheon of supporters. "I suspect most folks in this state don't know that. But in fact, he was a big labor Republican in Pennsylvania and I suspect when you get to Memphis and you say this is a guy who wanted to guarantee that FedEx gave into the unions, Santorum won't be as popular the following morning."

Recent polling indicates Gingrich is in fourth place here in Tennessee, which is one of the Southern states the candidate is relying on to restore momentum in his campaign. Gingrich said he believes he can do better in this state than the polls indicate, and predicted that after the results in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday, the contest for the Republican nomination will "redefine itself once again."

"We have now outlasted Pawlenty, Bachmann, Trump, Perry, Cain twice," Gingrich told the crowd - emphasizing the ability of his candidacy to outlast the others. He said Santorum is currently enjoying the "national news media momentum" because he "went to three states nobody else was in."

"Santorum was fourth place for three consecutive states. He did something very intelligent. He took all of his resources, he skipped South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada, he went to three states nobody else was in, won the three states, one of which was a disaster for Romney because he dropped from 60 to 35 in Colorado. So Santorum now has got all the national news media momentum." (more)

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KEYWORDS: electability; gingrich; gingrich2012; newt2012; santorum
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To: dandiegirl

Brit Hume has unresolved issues with his son that committed suicide.

Brit Hume needs major THERAPY. THERAPY would be a viable solution to Hume’s Newt hate. Hume has issues.

Hume knows he has issues, and Fox treats Hume with kid gloves.

Enough already Hume. Seek therapy and MOVE ON ALREADY.


51 posted on 02/27/2012 5:29:35 PM PST by show
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To: dforest

You mean that Gingrich created history, he earned his place in the American history books as an effective conservative. Maybe you don’t know about the 1990s and the legislative branch of the Reagan Revolution.


52 posted on 02/27/2012 5:41:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: VinL

I sure hope he does. We need him badly at this stage of melt down.


53 posted on 02/27/2012 5:43:13 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: dforest

Newt is considered wise enough that he won the endorsement of Freerepublic.


54 posted on 02/27/2012 5:43:26 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

Oh, okay.


55 posted on 02/27/2012 5:45:44 PM PST by dforest
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To: show
I have read that he blames Gingrich partly for his son's suicide. If this is the case, he has no business trying to be an objective analyst on FOX News. I quit watching FOX. I wonder if their ratings have gone down.
56 posted on 02/27/2012 5:48:58 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: VinL
Santorum voted unions over FedEx.

That should resonate in Nashville, by Newt the Astute!

57 posted on 02/27/2012 5:50:01 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: VinL
Santorum voted unions over FedEx.

That should resonate in Nashville, by Newt the Astute!

58 posted on 02/27/2012 5:50:39 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: ansel12

I remember it. I also keep in mind Newt’s behavior over the years. It isn’t all rosey.

You need to keep in mind that there are many more voters out there than just here on FR. What they think is how the vote will turnout.

Just the way it is. You may not agree or like it, but it really won’t matter.


59 posted on 02/27/2012 5:51:52 PM PST by dforest
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To: mimaw; dforest

Have any of you paid any attention to the things Newt said prior to and leading up to the primary season. He was with the global warming crew, he attacked the Paul Ryan plan as right wing social engineering. He supported cap and trade and who can possibly forget him sitting of the love seat with Pelosi. He also was for the individual mandate and gov. run healthcare. Please his claim to being a historical adviser to Fannie and Freddy is hard to swallow. Santorum at least has some core values he believes in and doesn’t seem ready to sell them out.

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I’ve heard the arguments against Newt. I’ve rejected them.

The man has a documented history of governance— I have heard nothing, or know of nothing, that indicates that he was anything but conservative during his tenure as Speaker-

2013 America, requires a person who will undo socialism-— Newt, unarguably, did that in 1994. That’s the record. All else is merely political argument— the factual history is what it is.

I’ll take counsel in the actual deeds— not the argument.


60 posted on 02/27/2012 5:55:46 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: onyx

Newt bump!


61 posted on 02/27/2012 5:57:03 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: mimaw

The reason you have a credibility rating of zero is that you tell demonstrable falsehoods, and then double down and lie again. Can you name a single person outside your immediate family who you have ever convinced of anything?


62 posted on 02/27/2012 5:57:20 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: dforest
You need to keep in mind that there are many more voters out there than just here on FR.

You mean more liberal than the Gingrich supporters here at freerepublic like JR? Sure there is, like the Catholics and females who overwhelmingly voted to kick Santorum out of his Senate seat, in a massive, landslide rejection.

63 posted on 02/27/2012 5:58:49 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: BCrago66

What did I lie about?


64 posted on 02/27/2012 6:09:20 PM PST by mimaw
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To: Vigilanteman

Print off the first two chapters of CAN MITT ROMNEY SERVE TWO MASTERS? from Amazon and I’ll bet your wife and all her friends will NOT vote for Romney.


65 posted on 02/27/2012 6:11:12 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: TheOldLady

NEW NEWT BUMP


66 posted on 02/27/2012 6:18:37 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: VinL
I'm not sure how else you would count it:
Results for South Carolina Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary) 
Jan 21, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting) 

Newt Gingrich 243,172 40.4%  
Mitt Romney 167,297 27.8%  
Rick Santorum 102,061 17%  
Ron Paul 78,000 13%  
Other 10,685 1.8%  
In what way would that NOT be a 3rd-place finish?
67 posted on 02/27/2012 6:20:18 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Unless, I’m misreading your original post, you indicate that Gingrich placed 3rd in SC.


68 posted on 02/27/2012 6:23:16 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: ansel12

I think you’d find Santorum is still not very popular with Catholics. He seems to be most popular with Evangelicals, although that’s perhaps too broad a definition. But he’s definitely not a winner among Catholics, even though he is a Catholic.


69 posted on 02/27/2012 6:36:01 PM PST by livius
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To: All; Vigilanteman
Newt has big time electability problems of his own considering his high negatives among women. Women make up over 50% of the electorate.

Santorum has his own problem with women.

In 2000, with an easy re-election to his second senate term, he still lost the women's vote in Pennsylvania. He was only saved by a huge margin with men of 57%. As it happens, W also won big with men (53%) no doubt helping Santorum down the ballot.

In 2006, with his infamous 18-point loss, Santorum lost 61% of women voters. Democrats know how to defeat him among women.

How did Santorum get elected to the Senate in 1994? Men and a higher than usual GOP turnout in Gingrich's Republican Revolution.

The above links are historical data and analysis, far removed from the 2012 campaign.

Santorum's election will depend on strong turn out of male voters and a GOP surge just as his two successful senate elections did.

Santorum would have to more than mirror with male voters Obama's appeal with women voters. Anything less and he's toast.

When he was "on his own" in 2006, he lost by a nearly historic margin.

Oddly enough we have a different presidential candidate who helped created just such a surge, one which swept Santorum into the Senate if only by a thin margin.

70 posted on 02/27/2012 6:37:45 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: katiedidit1

The media has pretty much left Santorum alone, even though with his stupid, blundering statements, he should be a target-rich environment. I think Obama would be happy with Santorum as the candidate, because he’d be even easier to wipe out than Romney. Just stand back and let him say a few more things like “$4.00 a gallon gas was responsible for the mortgage melt-down,” for example. Or ask him if he ever finished “doing his taxes”...


71 posted on 02/27/2012 6:39:48 PM PST by livius
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To: silly.kerry.trix.are.for.kids

This one too!


72 posted on 02/27/2012 6:43:51 PM PST by chrisnj
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To: livius

Yeah, looking at his devastating ejection from his Senate seat, it was the usual break down, white Evangelicals for him at 71%, white Protestants 55%, all Protestants including blacks 49%, and white Catholics at 42%.

He got 39% of the female vote.


73 posted on 02/27/2012 6:43:57 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: onyx
He has my vote in Tennessee, onyx!!!!
74 posted on 02/27/2012 6:43:57 PM PST by jaycee ((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.")))
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To: jaycee

God bless you, dearest jaycee!

He has my vote in Mississippi!

I hope and pray you’re doing all right?


75 posted on 02/27/2012 6:55:01 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Doing better. Had the bone scan done today which takes up a lot of waiting time! Will wait for results. I have a compression fracture in my spine as the first x-ray showed. There is a procedure to fix that that I researched on the internet (after my doctor told me.) If the procedure goes as supposed to, it kills the pain immediately! We will look into that in future days or weeks.

I may vote tomorrow!!!


76 posted on 02/27/2012 7:00:09 PM PST by jaycee ((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.")))
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To: VinL

Ah, thanks. That was a copygraphical error. That was his 1st-place finish.


77 posted on 02/27/2012 7:27:25 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I know. subliminal Newt disorder— -:)


78 posted on 02/27/2012 7:50:33 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: varmintman
Newt's daughters clear up some stories on the View.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V5T3KW1eJU&feature=relmfu

79 posted on 02/28/2012 7:58:05 PM PST by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: VinL
The biggest threat to Romney is Newt.

Santorum is Huckabee two.

80 posted on 02/29/2012 2:47:09 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: cameraeye

which state are you in that is “voting on TUES”? Not Connecticut. 4/26.


81 posted on 03/04/2012 1:07:21 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (and I am going to VT and western MA to campaign against MITT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I stand corrected in my haste to get to vote. n/s


82 posted on 03/05/2012 2:13:25 PM PST by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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