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Campfield dumps Gingrich for Santorum
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 3, 2012 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 03/03/2012 12:20:39 PM PST by Elvina

State Sen. Stacey Campfield, co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Tennessee, announced today he is quitting that position to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race.

The Knoxville Republican made his announcement in a post on his blog. In an interview, Campfield said he believes that conservatives need to unite behind a single candidate and that Santorum is best positioned to defeat “establishment Republican” candidate Mitt Romney.

Campfield’s decision comes after a conversation with Santorum earlier this week.

In his blog post, Campfield said he was “twisted inside because of my loyalty to Newt, my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy.

(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: campfield; elections; gingrich; newt; prolife; santorum; whatanidiot; whatasnob
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Santorum is our best chance.
1 posted on 03/03/2012 12:20:42 PM PST by Elvina
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To: Elvina

Rick Santorum’s Voting Record
As you decide which candidate is worthy of your vote in the primary, Liberty Counsel Action encourages you to review the positions of all of the candidates on controversial issues. Here is Rick Santorum’s voting record on some key issues. Each vote linked to senate.gov roll call record.

NEA
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.

Bankruptcy
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Defense and Foreign Policy
Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
Voted for the START II Treaty
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program

Nominations
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge

Labor
Voted against National Right to Work Act
Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.

Guns
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.

Reform
Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.

Immigration
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

Taxes
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

Welfare
Voted against food stamp reform
Voted against Medicaid reform
Voted against TANF reform
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.

Waste
Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%
Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.

Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.

Health Care
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.

Education
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.

Energy
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.


2 posted on 03/03/2012 12:22:39 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Elvina

Naw, NOT a chance!


3 posted on 03/03/2012 12:23:29 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Elvina

Santorum is our best chance....to lose to Mr. Obama.


4 posted on 03/03/2012 12:25:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Elvina

That’s nice. He can lose with Santorum and he will have gained nothing and he will probably be more twisted inside. Oh well.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 12:25:31 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Elvina

Sanitorium. Our best chance?

GMAFB.

He’s a big gov’t gop-e.


6 posted on 03/03/2012 12:27:12 PM PST by Principled
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

They don’t care about a senate voting record even though it is stuffed with pork. Because Santorum is one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. They will care if he becomes president, and starts his “politics is a team sport crap.”


7 posted on 03/03/2012 12:28:39 PM PST by Toespi
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Hmm. That’s quite a list. I presume you are saying that somehow the state co-chair of the Gingrich campaign was unaware of that list, and so made this decision in ignorance? That would seem rather hard to believe.

Why do YOU think that a guy who was on the Gingrich team, and was co-chair of a state campaign, would abandon Gingrich when Santorum is dropping in the polls, and GIngrich is rising? Does he just hate backing a winner?

Participate in the actual conversation. DOn’t just keep spamming threads.


8 posted on 03/03/2012 12:30:35 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Toespi

6 posts bashing Santorum? Wow.

Says it all.


9 posted on 03/03/2012 12:31:12 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: CharlesWayneCT

DOn’t just keep spamming threads.

***********

Glad to hear you say that, Charles. Couldn’t agree more.


10 posted on 03/03/2012 12:34:13 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Elvina
Might as well dress Santorum in a ballerina unifrom when he debates Obama so he can dance more appropriately around him as not to step on his toes. Newt is the churchill we need to chew him up and spit him out
11 posted on 03/03/2012 12:34:31 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V us)
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To: Elvina
Tough times, tough decisions, by Senator Stacey Campfield


As the presidential primary draws near in Tennessee, some hard decisions face us. Newt Gingrich to me is the top candidate. Smart, experienced and a great debater with the history of solid results to get it done.

In his time as speaker he stood up to the media, balanced budgets, cut unemployment to half what it is now and did a wealth of other great things like reforming our welfare system.

He would make an outstanding president.

Unfortunately, politics is a cruel mistress. Things shift and momentum turns. After South Carolina 2 mediocre debates and some missteps (such as pushing moon colonies) in Florida, he left the door open to Rick Santorum. Rick took his opportunities and made the most of them by winning 3 states in a row. Dropping Newt to a distant third in almost all polling.

I was hoping Newt could re surge with a strong debate before Michigan. While he showed well, it was not to be. In Michigan and Arizona he stayed down at the bottom With Santorum and Romney battling it out up top. After the Santorum second place in Michigan and Arizona I know Newt was hoping for a momentum shift but that has not really happened either.

Now the moderate wing is trying to close it down saying the divided primary is hurting the party and we all need to get behind Romney and just hang it up. Romney keeps "winning" without gaining plurality and is racking up the delegates.

Nothing would make moderates happier then a continued split field to keep Romney in front until everyone just coalesce behind him. I have seen it too many times in the past here in Tennessee. Multiple conservatives divide the field and the moderate wins without ever getting over 50%. Polling shows Obama is nearly unelectable because of his unpopularity in key swing states. The only question is, who will win the primary. While I could support a moderate (Romney) over a liberal (Obama), I would much prefer a conservative over a moderate and a clear difference in policy will keep that split wide.

Here is where it gets hard. After super Tuesday without a coalition of the conservatives, voter fatigue and the moderate screams of "Just give it to Romney. He is inevitable!" will be overpowering. With no slew of debates to propel Newt back up to the top and too many states and not enough money to buy the media needed for a drastic sea change before super Tuesday it will stay close to where it is now. Divided, with one monied moderate and several conservatives ripping each other to pieces for second place.

Something has to change.

Now.

While I would personally prefer Newt and think he would make a great president, it is clearly getting too late for him to come back. As much as it pains me to say it, the conservative with the momentum and ability to still make it happen is Rick Santorum. Not that Rick is bad.

(The rest of the weasel's words are at the link).
12 posted on 03/03/2012 12:35:18 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: ronnie raygun

Wow, I had heard you guys were rabidly anti-Santorum here, and I guess I heard right! I check back periodically...


13 posted on 03/03/2012 12:36:42 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Elvina
Aww, let's see..when it becomes tough to get Nwet's message above the media's lies, one has to cave, like Mike DeWine. I am so tired of people sticking their friends in the back.
14 posted on 03/03/2012 12:37:04 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

I don’t see six posts bashing Santorum. I see posts that disagree that Santorum is a winning bet. So what, the article is about a Campfield not thinking Gingrich is a winning bet.

It is simply a difference of opinion, not bashing. I would say that is healthy.


15 posted on 03/03/2012 12:37:16 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Elvina

That should be “I *will* check back periodically.” I guess I am spending too muh time with my toddlers!


16 posted on 03/03/2012 12:38:12 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

Did someone ask for the peanut gallery to chime in? After we’re done, we’ll come over to the kid’s table and let you all go outside to play, but right now the grown-ups are talking.


17 posted on 03/03/2012 12:38:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Elvina

Drama much?


18 posted on 03/03/2012 12:39:33 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Elvina; All

I read through all the comments and I realize why Rino Romney dominates. Internal fighting.

We’re such a weak group of voters....can’t even keep it together for a few years. Sad really.


19 posted on 03/03/2012 12:39:37 PM PST by Rick_Michael ( 'REAL' Conservatives who witch hunt their own, are no better than Obama.)
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

20 posted on 03/03/2012 12:44:52 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: onyx

“I....personally prefer Newt and think he would make a great president”

Best part of the blog. The rest is just mindless drivel.


21 posted on 03/03/2012 12:46:04 PM PST by Bizhvywt
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To: Elvina

Hmm, IIRC the only successful invasion of Georgia came from Tennessee. On the flip side some historically minded Georgians still seem to bear a grudge against anyone who’s surname starts with ‘S’ and ends with ‘m.’


22 posted on 03/03/2012 12:46:55 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Elvina

“Campfield dumps Gingrich for Santorum”

Wednesday’s headlines: The South Dumps Santorum for Gingrich

Thanks for coming out Rick.


23 posted on 03/03/2012 12:48:38 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I wonder what you think about this, Charles. Isn't it a little difficult to apply the adjective "principled" to someone who does something like this?

Pious 2



24 posted on 03/03/2012 12:49:20 PM PST by true believer forever (Save the Irish Setters - Vote Newt!)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

It’s the new norm for the Newt people.


25 posted on 03/03/2012 12:49:33 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
"Hmm. That’s quite a list. I presume you are saying that somehow the state co-chair of the Gingrich campaign was unaware of that list, and so made this decision in ignorance? That would seem rather hard to believe."

Some things are not explainable.. Is Mark Levin ignorant of these facts when he's backing Santorum?

Our BEST chance is GINGRICH/WEST!!!!

26 posted on 03/03/2012 12:50:23 PM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

If your joke was an allusion to General William Tecumseh Sherman, please note that his last name does not end in an m.


27 posted on 03/03/2012 12:54:22 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Awww, you ruined his insult.


28 posted on 03/03/2012 12:57:25 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Elvina

Ummmm...Campfield should have heard by now the latest in Tennessee after he stuck his finger in the wind. Newt is surging and Santo is bleeding - everywhere.


29 posted on 03/03/2012 1:01:32 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: LADY J

Gingrich West could not be stopped. It would be a rout.

Oh, if we could get that lucky.


30 posted on 03/03/2012 1:05:48 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Principled
He’s a big gov’t gop-e.

It's Santorum or Romney on Tuesday everywhere but Georgia. If you can't figure out Santorum's a far better choice, you have no right when if Romney or Obama ends up in the White House.

Gingrich's only chance in the race depends on Romney collapsing on Super Tuesday. And, Santorum winning in states like Ohio is going to be necessary for him to have that chance.

31 posted on 03/03/2012 1:06:36 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: ronnie raygun
Might as well dress Santorum in a ballerina unifrom when he debates Obama

If Santorum can hold his own with Gingrich, why wouldn't he be able to do the same with Obama?

The reality is that Santorum is closer to Obama than any other Republican in the most recent Rasmussen poll.

32 posted on 03/03/2012 1:08:33 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

Do you know this weasel?


33 posted on 03/03/2012 1:08:50 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: Bizhvywt

Yep, you’re right.


34 posted on 03/03/2012 1:10:24 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: Kazan
If you can't figure out Santorum's a far better choice..

Like Santorum, you know what's best for me, right?

Santorum is an amateur and is only a balsawood dolt. IMO

35 posted on 03/03/2012 1:10:39 PM PST by Principled
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To: Kazan
If Santorum can hold his own with Gingrich, ...

He can't. ..why wouldn't he be able to do the same with Obama?

See above, logician.

36 posted on 03/03/2012 1:11:42 PM PST by Principled
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy”


37 posted on 03/03/2012 1:12:09 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Principled
Like Santorum, you know what's best for me, right?

You'd prefer Romney over Santorum?

38 posted on 03/03/2012 1:14:04 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Principled
He can't

Given where Santorum is with less money, it is obvious he has more than held his own with Newt.

39 posted on 03/03/2012 1:15:32 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan
You'd prefer Romney over Santorum?

No. Would you?

I prefer Gingrich over them both by a lot.

40 posted on 03/03/2012 1:16:02 PM PST by Principled
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To: Kazan
Given where Santorum is with less money, it is obvious he has more than held his own with Newt.

No, it's not obvious. It's wrong.

41 posted on 03/03/2012 1:17:12 PM PST by Principled
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To: Kazan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2854053/posts?page=39#2

In case you weren’t aware. Ignorance reigns... especially with noobs who join to post crap.


42 posted on 03/03/2012 1:18:55 PM PST by Principled
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To: onyx

“Ditto” from the smart Newt “babe”!

(Oh, I’m laughing so hard, I need a hanky!)


43 posted on 03/03/2012 1:18:58 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Elvina

Oh, and Campfield whooo?


44 posted on 03/03/2012 1:19:37 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Kicking myself! I do should know better. Thanks for the correction.
45 posted on 03/03/2012 1:19:41 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Elvina
Only a few people here are rabidly anti-Santorum.....not the vast majority

It's just that the anti's post a lot. :)

Interesting post. Thanks.

46 posted on 03/03/2012 1:21:26 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: skeeter

[“my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative]

Which undoubtedly means, you support Newt Gingrich. (If you even try to imply Saint Ricky, prepare to become temperately challenged.)


47 posted on 03/03/2012 1:22:43 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I support Gingrich & Santorum, but will go with whomever has the best shot.

What I will NOT do is become so invested in one or the other, to the point I come across as a jilted schoolgirl when I read something like this, that I end up sabotaging our chances to beat Romney, like you are.

I don't see whats so hard to understand about that.

48 posted on 03/03/2012 1:26:35 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Elvina; Jim Robinson; CharlesWayneCT; Lazlo in PA; Antoninus; writer33; napscoordinator
13 posted on Saturday, March 03, 2012 2:36:42 PM by Elvina: “Wow, I had heard you guys were rabidly anti-Santorum here, and I guess I heard right! I check back periodically...”

That's not exactly accurate.

Some people on Free Republic are rabidly anti-Santorum.

Some people on Free Republic have intelligent and thoughtful posts explaining why they think Santorum is not the best candidate to defeat Romney and Obama, and think Gingrich is a better choice. I can respect that.

Some people on Free Republic support Santorum because they think he's got a better chance to defeat Romney and Obama. I'm in that group — I was a very late supporter of Santorum and am well aware of the problems with his candidacy, but I believe it is crucial to defeat Mitt Romney in the primary and believe Santorum has a better chance of doing that than Gingrich.

The site owner, Jim Robinson, has endorsed Newt Gingrich but says either Gingrich or Santorum are fine with him as candidates to defeat Romney.

Please don't assume most people on Free Republic are rabid about anything — except perhaps about the need to defeat Barack Obama.

49 posted on 03/03/2012 1:35:45 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Elvina
If it's Santorum OR Romney, my vote's for Fort Sumter.

Prolonging the inevitable won't negate it.

50 posted on 03/03/2012 1:37:37 PM PST by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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