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Santorum camp asking conservatives to pressure Gingrich to drop out
MSNBC ^ | March 6, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty

Posted on 03/06/2012 9:18:04 PM PST by LonelyCon

Rick Santorum's campaign is calling on conservatives to pressure Newt Gingrich to abandon his bid for the White House, a senior adviser told reporters tonight.

Senior campaign strategist John Brabender said the key for the campaign going forward will be creating an opportunity to challenge Mitt Romney one-on-one, though Brabender maintained the Santorum campaign would not directly call on Gingrich to drop out of the race.

"We're never going to call on anybody to get out, but what we are calling is on Tea Party supporters and conservatives is to rally behind the only candidate that has demonstrated over and over again that he's the one who can compete against Mitt Romney," Brabender said.

"The real key right now is, can we get an opportunity to get a one-on-one shot with Mitt Romney," he said.

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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Paul votes are Obama votes as much as anyone’s, likely no votes at all among the rest.


101 posted on 03/06/2012 10:20:54 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: RitaOK

Rickster is only 46 delegates up on Newt!

Is that before or after the establishment takes back all the uncommitted delegates from Rick?


102 posted on 03/06/2012 10:20:59 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

It’s a real shame about Ohio. Newt is the spoiler at this point. He’ll never win the nomination himself, and the GOP-e would never give it to him in a brokered convention. He’s just going to hand this whole thing to Romney.


103 posted on 03/06/2012 10:21:49 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: American Constitutionalist; Jim Robinson; 50mm
Yes, it's time for Newt to wake up and realize reality. The stubbornness and pride of Newt and his supporters will ensure us a Romney GOP nomination.
#60 of this thread


Newt and Romney are Bilderberg puppets
#71 of this thread


I DO believe you are on the wrong website... (ruh-roh)
104 posted on 03/06/2012 10:27:27 PM PST by Bikkuri
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To: LonelyCon

How about Santorum crawl ion a hole and disapear!!!

Mitt, go jump off a cliff!


105 posted on 03/06/2012 10:29:53 PM PST by dalereed
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To: newzjunkey

Why are you watching FOX? They get their news from CNN every single election night and are an hour behind. CNN has had the delegate count up all night long. Romney@359; Sant@139,Gingrich@93;Paul@60.

CNN has on sight people at state tabulation centers, and CNN knows it before the state releases it to the press as an update.


106 posted on 03/06/2012 10:30:08 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: LonelyCon

Why? Romney is highly unlikely to win Alabama or Mississippi so why not let Rick and Newt battle it out and see who comes out on top?


107 posted on 03/06/2012 10:32:59 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: LeopoldvonRanke
“Newt, after tonight - cannot force a brokered convention. Romney and Santorum won too many delegates.”

Guarnteeing obama a second term!

108 posted on 03/06/2012 10:33:22 PM PST by dalereed
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To: TBP

Gingrich lost to Romney in the South. Absent Santorum - Romney would have won, not Gingrich.

Gingrich cannot beat Romney in the head to head.


109 posted on 03/06/2012 10:34:09 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Newt only won his home state. That’s it.

Where else is he going to win?

He isn’t going to beat Romney in the NE.

He isnt’ going to beat Romney out west.

Santorum beats him in the midwest, and now with Tennessee, the south.


110 posted on 03/06/2012 10:37:14 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: TBP

One-on-one is a dead ender to the conservative movement. All coalesce to Romney the socialist who goes on to loses (like Dole) to Obama.

One on one means - Game Over

If not for all 3 in, Myth would already be the nominee. Pray for convention.


111 posted on 03/06/2012 10:38:26 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Bobbisox

Nope. It’s not going to happen.


112 posted on 03/06/2012 10:40:08 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: fieldmarshaldj

And one of them was his home state.

Newt folks were calling for Santorum to leave when Newt won in South Carolina, despite the fact that Santorum has always had more states than Newt.

If Newt can win over the voters - why does he keep finishing third and fourth accross the nation? He’s won two states - South Carolina and Georgia. He finished second in Florida. That’s it. One runner up and two wins.

Santorum’s either finished first or second in all but a few states.


113 posted on 03/06/2012 10:41:04 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

Newt won in South Carolina too.

He could easily win Alabama, Mississipi, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, TEXAS.

Calling for anyone to drop out at this point is silly. This baby is going all the way to convention. Should be fun.


114 posted on 03/06/2012 10:41:35 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: American Constitutionalist

Say that again! Say that to Jim Robinson’s face. Say it again and I’ll ping him for you. Jerk.

PuhLEEZE, say it again.

IBTZ


115 posted on 03/06/2012 10:43:40 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke
Yes, Newt needs to go.

I think Romney should go.

116 posted on 03/06/2012 10:44:15 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: RitaOK

I’m not sure, seems his followers are all over the map, either keyed on the fiscal message or out in crazy land with their anti-semite tripe.

Just threw it out there as I never hear anyone call for him to just stop already.

In a perfect world, mittens would buy a clue and drop ihis life long fantasy -


117 posted on 03/06/2012 10:45:18 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: RitaOK

“I bet the Santorum camp is calling for a coronation as the anti-Romney! But hell’s bell’s, Rickster is only 46 delegates up on Newt! And TEXAS wants to vote!”

Santorum earned it tonight. If Newt wanted to be the anti-romney he had to be competitive outside of GA.

He was not. We’re not talking about the midwestern states where Santorum won. We’re not talking about the purple states where Santorum and Romney battled to a draw.

We’re talking OK and TN - two very conservative states, one in the south, and one in the midwest. Newt wasn’t even a close second, he was a distant third.

I’m saying, if Newt had won these - he would have earned it, but he did not, this is why Santorum should be the anti-Romney and Newt needs to do the right thing, to avoid splitting more states and precious delegates to Romney.


118 posted on 03/06/2012 10:47:10 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: WeatherGuy
Calling for anyone to drop out at this point is silly. This baby is going all the way to convention. Should be fun.

Yup, it could be just that. Myth doesn't get the required delegates to win the nomination out right.

119 posted on 03/06/2012 10:47:19 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: trappedincanuckistan

LOL! That be BEFORE they take out Santorum’s UNPLEDGED delegates. Rick rooters have factored out the delegate rules as they riot oblivious to reality. ;)


120 posted on 03/06/2012 10:49:55 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

Santorum can’t beat Romney, and definitely can’t beat Obama.

I’m for Newt. The man with a vision.

Period.


121 posted on 03/06/2012 10:50:47 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Deo volente
Good question. WE got here because for some, it's Romney's turn. Now, the left thinks he's the easy target to beat and may have 'helped' in some elections (open types).

Perry, Cain, and Bachmann were focused on "fixes" to problems in Wash. DC and had to go. Much of it was self-induced but noticed how now, Gingrich is being escorted to the exits- by whom? The original 'Contract with America' guy?

After O'barfa declared us "the enemy" while recruiting Mexican votes, I realized what we were up against and how nasty things would be. McCain had no idea what he faced (and probably still doesn't) because prior to O'commie we'd never had a muslim marxist run for President before. This guy doesn't plan on handing over the keys to the White House any time soon.

Romney's two hurdles include Romneycare (mandated healthcare) and driving around with a dog on the car roof. Oh, and maybe his Mormanism. Oh, and maybe his two Cadillacs.

Santorum has only to defend his voting record, endorsements of Spector and Romney, taking a dead baby home, and wanting to outlaw the vibrator.

And Newt has baggage.

Obama's communist cadre will have their work cut out for them. This election will be different because we 'know' who he is now and we'll rub his face in his dismal failure as President at every turn- or at least we should.

His approval is at 50% today- but that's before we as Citizens United begin to turn the big guns on this skinny, lying, Alynski punk. When we turn "the spotlight on James Brown, now. Yeah,yeah" his numbers will drop to his bedrock 30%. "Ain't no sunshine when" his numbers are gone.

Personally, I can't wait. Sending this lovely couple back to Chicago (America's commie ovum) would give great pleasure. As a parting gift, may I recommend a couple of solar panels?

122 posted on 03/06/2012 10:54:39 PM PST by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: All; LonelyCon; Jim Robinson
The FR Golden Gate Plan! is the "GOP Brokered Primary Now!"

Our good conservative candidates do NOT need to "drop out". We need to work together!

Brokered Primary Now! = Secure Conservative Nomination for the GOP Convention

Then use the next 5 months of campaigning to determine the best Conservative Nominee.

=>>> More @ Post #55 ... on the "Brokered Primary Now!" thread.

123 posted on 03/06/2012 10:56:24 PM PST by Golden Gate
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To: WeatherGuy

“He could easily win Alabama, Mississipi, Louisiana”

How different are these states from Tennessee? Right now, Santorum has the advantage here.

“Kansas”

Oklahoma is closer to Kansas than Georgia is to Kansas. Rick is stronger in Kansas than Newt is in Kansas.

“Kentucky”

Newt lost in Tennessee, which is closer to Georgia than Kentucky is to Georgia. Kentucky is more likely to go to Rick than to Newt.

“Indiana”

Rick had 2.5x his support in Ohio. Newt is not competitive in Indiana.

“North Carolina:

See Tennessee - Santorum has lead in North Carolina for quite some time now.

“TEXAS”

University of Texas shows Santorum to be up by 27 points.

“Calling for anyone to drop out at this point is silly.”

Not when it’s throwing delegates to Romney as has happened in Michigan, Ohio and Washington. Romney has a substantial delegate lead and that lead continues to grow.

“This baby is going all the way to convention”

What will you say when Romney walks away with the Republican nomination with 50 percent + 1? Right now, that’s the course we are on - no brokered convention, no nothing. Straight up Romney win.


124 posted on 03/06/2012 10:57:07 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

You are long on name and short on facts. This is delegate chasing, baby, not caucus state wins! Rick’s delegates are half, even mostly NON-COMMITED. Newt’s fine and looking south all the way to TEXAS.

One on one is GAME OVER for the conservative voice this primary.


125 posted on 03/06/2012 10:58:11 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Why can’t Santorum beat Romney? He’s done so seven times already. He can win the nomination, he’s competitive in states where Gingrich is an afterthought.


126 posted on 03/06/2012 10:59:09 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: RitaOK

Where is Newt going to get the delegates from? Mississippi? Alabama?

What happens if Santorum beats him in Alabama like he just did in Tennessee?

How is Newt going to compile sufficient delegates to take on Romney, now that GA, by far his largest source of delegates, is gone.


127 posted on 03/06/2012 11:02:27 PM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

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128 posted on 03/06/2012 11:12:53 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: All

I continue to think that Newt Gingrich is the only one of these four contenders who can beat Obama. That may sound crazy if he can’t beat the other three, but it seems like he’s in some sort of weird historical black hole, unable to get his rather obvious message (adult supervision) out into the primaries. I guess the moon base business didn’t help, and he falls behind on the life-partner question too, but what the hell, when did America ever elect a first lady? Come on ... these are dangerous times, we need the best possible leadership for America, and since I’m an alien, it has to be Newt. Oh wait a minute, being an alien is okay? well then ... O’Donnell for president !!!


129 posted on 03/06/2012 11:38:26 PM PST by Peter ODonnell
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To: Peter ODonnell

Just kidding on that last part, I know butkus about economics, and I would bomb Iran just for the hell of it ... who wouldn’t? Besides, I’m talking to myself here.


130 posted on 03/06/2012 11:40:24 PM PST by Peter ODonnell
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To: presently no screen name

He only campaigned for Mitt in ‘08 because it was essentially down to Mitt and McCain and Santorum understandably can’t stand McCain.


131 posted on 03/06/2012 11:45:13 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: JimWayne

Do you even know what it means to be a socialist? If he’s a socialist, then that means 80-90% of your fellow Americans are also socialists.


132 posted on 03/06/2012 11:47:54 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: LonelyCon

You Newtsters are delusional and will be giving us Romney. Thanks in advance. /s


133 posted on 03/06/2012 11:49:41 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorums 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

I appreciate your logical and thoughtful posts on this thread. Personally, I think Gingrich would make a better President than Santorum, but I voted for Santorum because I can see the writing on the wall. Anyone who thinks Gingrich has any remote chance at this point is either delusional or stupid and telling me otherwise just further proves my point. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Santorum has much of a chance either.


134 posted on 03/06/2012 11:57:49 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: newzjunkey

Newt didn’t campaign for Ohio and Santorum couldn’t beat Romney one-on-one.


135 posted on 03/07/2012 12:02:56 AM PST by caww
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To: Peter ODonnell

Sheesh, what is going on here at FR?? Newt is 3rd everywhere but his home state, pretty much. He has less delegates. He doesn’t look good for the next few contests.

So we can wait til next week if you want, but seriously. It is time for Newt to consider. It’s time for newt’s supporters to consider. One guy upthread honestly said he hates Santorum so much he’d rather have Romney. Well, that is honest, and that is the true choice. Santorum or Romney.

If newt were ahead, I’d say santo drop out. It’s not February any more. It’s super Tuesday. There isn’t time to have us keep voting our favorite like American idol. This is about supreme court nominations. This is about a conservative in the White House. It will be Mitt Romney unless we quickly gather behind the leading conservative. Ask anyone in the news, even the libs. The person closest to beating Romney is Santorum.

Wake up, Freepers. I’d say we have one week left.


136 posted on 03/07/2012 12:06:29 AM PST by Yaelle (Santorums 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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The arrogance of Team Santorum is getting really, #ing tedious.


137 posted on 03/07/2012 12:07:54 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: LonelyCon

Is Rick Santorum the Léon Degrelle of the 21st Century?


138 posted on 03/07/2012 12:09:23 AM 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: Yaelle

>> If newt were ahead, I’d say santo drop out.

Doubtful.


139 posted on 03/07/2012 12:09:40 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: LonelyCon

If either Rick or Newt, throw support to one or the other, watch how quickly O-Undocumented is “finally” found to be in office illegally, or forced out of office.


140 posted on 03/07/2012 12:24:44 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Peter ODonnell
and I would bomb Iran just for the hell of it ... who wouldn’t?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv13ZnkpWos

This past afternoon, I voted for Gingrich in Massachusetts, hoping to push him past the 15% threshold for proportional delegate allocation. Turns out he got 4.7% (Mittens got 72% and all the delegates). Voting for Dr. Paul would have been a better bet!

141 posted on 03/07/2012 12:25:13 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: LonelyCon

It’s “Super Tuesday,” only Romney and Gingrich can emerge to challenge Obama


142 posted on 03/07/2012 2:00:10 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Bobbisox; onyx; Jim Robinson

Whichever candidate we might prefer, Santorum is right. In most states yesterday, Romney lost 60+ percent of the voters, but ended up winning the evening.

Gingrich and Santorum are killing each other.

All they are doing now, and all they have done to this point, is assure the nomination of Romney who can barely get a third of republicans behind him.

Republican conservatives have a death wish.


143 posted on 03/07/2012 3:15:46 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: LonelyCon

The Santorum camp doesn’t want a conservative solution to the economic problem.


144 posted on 03/07/2012 3:17:55 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: LonelyCon

rather have Santorum than Romney...and Santorum is whupin’ Newt..

Newt needs to leave...

if he does not we get Romney and ergo we get zer0bama back for 4 more years....


145 posted on 03/07/2012 3:25:13 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: LonelyCon

That’s ridiculous. The assumption is that they would then vote for Santorum? No way.

I don’t think Santorum’s any better than Romney, frankly, and would be an equally weak or weaker candidate against Obama. He’s not conservative in anything except his social positions (where he will have no appeal outside of the small group of social conservatives), he’s a big government, GOP-E person, and frankly I think he’s dishonest and unlikeable.

I think the stunt where he lied about his residence to “home school” his kids and then let the state of PA pay the $50,000 fine for him his typical of his morality. He thinks he’s special, and he feels the government should support his specialness.


146 posted on 03/07/2012 3:48:01 AM PST by livius
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To: conservativebuckeye

So that says Santorum’s hate - his ego - is more important to him than being pro life and being for traditional marriage.

That’s the real Santorum - his actions show - these issues he is running on are BOGUS!! He’ll sell out just to make ‘himself’ feel better right down to basic issues he’s running on today.

And you consider that conservative? That’s a liar, that’s someone who is run on his baby ass feelings FIRST and foremost! That’s the mindset of liberal and a child.

And the furthest from a conservative and Patriot.

Slick Rick is a whiny phoney - not fit for the highest office in the land. And he’s duped his voters and America.


147 posted on 03/07/2012 3:56:51 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: LonelyCon

Santorum should have taken one for the team and dropped out. Newt would have crushed Romney with his 37%.


148 posted on 03/07/2012 4:02:23 AM PST by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: Bobbisox
It would make it easier for Rick to beat Mitt if Newt dropped out but last night proved Santorum capable of doing it on his own.

Let Newt stay in--it won't matter anyway.

149 posted on 03/07/2012 4:05:52 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: livius
He’s not conservative in anything except his social positions

And those positions really mean nothing to him and NOT strong on - He campaigned and voted for PRO ABORTION and ANTI-traditional Mitt in '08 because of a candidate he didn't like - his 'feelings' reign with him. He's all about Rick and runs things according to feelings and not what is right.

He'll sell out on a dime and HE PROVED IT. A liar is a liar and he wears that label by his own actions.

150 posted on 03/07/2012 4:07:22 AM PST by presently no screen name
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