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Newt Gingrich intensifies Deep South strategy, shifting resources to Alabama, Mississippi
WashPo ^ | 3-7-12 | Thompson

Posted on 03/07/2012 10:33:59 AM PST by VinL

Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week to shore up support in the Deep South. The former House speaker plans to pour his time and resources into Alabama and Mississippi.

“Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich,” said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

The candidate’s bus, his rallies and campaign events will be trained on a southern strategy...

Campaign aides also brushed off suggestions by supporters of Rick Santorum that Gingrich drop out...

“All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum,” Hammond said. “We’ll argue, Santorum is splitting Mitt Romney’s moderate vote.”

The GOP primary will go on for many more months, Hammond said. “We’ll stick in the race.”

In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Gingrich himself made clear that he has no plans to get out of the Republican primary, allowing Santorum to face Romney in a head-to-head match up.

“If I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out. I don’t,” Gingrich said on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show Wednesday. “I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses and that this is a very healthy vetting process.”

Gingrich described himself as a “tortoise” moving slowly but steadily toward the nomination as he hailed his victory in Georgia on Super Tuesday.

Gingrich was greeted in Montgomery by an enthusiastic crowd in the downtown Renaissance Hotel, where a banner hung reading “Promise of a Newt Day.” ...

Gingrich looks at the Republican strongholds of Alabama and Mississippi as “Gingrich country” — places “where you can sniff out what a conservative is,” Hammond said.

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


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To: alstewartfan

Yeah, I understand. That’s politics.


101 posted on 03/07/2012 3:57:44 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

This is funny in more ways than one. Why is he standing at a 12.5 degree angle from the vertical?


102 posted on 03/07/2012 3:58:36 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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"We have to frankly break the back of the secular-socialist machine, elect people committed to representing the American people, and then methodically rip the system apart."

~Newt Gingrich


103 posted on 03/07/2012 3:58:52 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: VinL
"Instead, of begging Newt to drop, challenge Newt one on one to a debate on ideas and the course of America—"

Vin, we've been through this before. He did. Gingrich declined.

104 posted on 03/07/2012 4:02:24 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: alstewartfan

Paying Newt to be beat up by millions in lying negative ads? Come on now...use your brain.


105 posted on 03/07/2012 4:02:41 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: VinL

Newt likely still has the big Mo after Super Tuesday. Santo was lucky that Gingrich didn’t have another week in campaigning before March 6 as Newt would have flipped Oklahoma and made Santo sweat in Tennessee.


106 posted on 03/07/2012 4:11:00 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: alstewartfan
"It is downright silly to call Rick “liberal lite”. Point to ONE liberal who endorses Santorum based upon his record in Congress. NO ONE on this site can name a single one. People are too easily BS’d by Romney’s millions of negative ads, including scores of folks here."

Ok, I will put it another way. I look at Gingrich and Santorum, and I see a man and a boy. One, who has accomplished great things for this country, a proven leader. In the other I see an aspiring politician who maybe can lead but is unproven.

I look at Gingrich and Romney and I see one who is a proven leader,and American historian and patriot. The other I see as Obama lite and a used car salesman.

I'm just saying this is no time for guess work. It's no time to have noobs in training. I am going with Gingrich who has proven that he can lead.

107 posted on 03/07/2012 4:15:19 PM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: napscoordinator

Do you think Bob Dole will come out in person Saturday for Romney? A lot of KS people are establishment Republicans and have been for generations going back to Alf Landon.


108 posted on 03/07/2012 4:20:18 PM PST by Theodore R. (Santorum has one election day left, and I question whether the American people will respond.)
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To: IWONDR

Newt is a better debater than Rick. Rick is a better man than Newt.

SnakeDoc


109 posted on 03/07/2012 4:23:44 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: VinL

I’m with Newt. If he were to drop out before my state goes, I’m skipping the primary because I don’t like the libertarian or the two RINOs. Will vote for whomever the GOP puts against Obama in the general election.


110 posted on 03/07/2012 4:24:16 PM PST by order66.exe
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To: Joe 6-pack

I have a vague recollection of some discussion in that regard, but if memory serves, I requested evidence of Newt’s refusal to debate- none was forthcoming. If you have that evidence, I would be pleased if you would present.

There’s public record that Rick ran from the ga debate- and, public record that he’s uncertain if he has the courage to to face Newt in the Oregon debate. I understand- he’s not a great debater- and his last debate in Arizona was difficult for him. I don’t blame him for avoiding them- smart politics.

Anyway, if you have a source that demonstrates that Newt declined to debate Rick- I’d love to see it. Thanks.


111 posted on 03/07/2012 4:28:57 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
"Anyway, if you have a source that demonstrates that Newt declined to debate Rick- I’d love to see it. Thanks."

Always happy to share the love...

"Santorum recently challenged Gingrich to another debate in Iowa. But, Gingrich's camp is declining the invite because "they have already debated."

112 posted on 03/07/2012 4:37:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Theodore R.

Do you think Bob Dole will come out in person Saturday for Romney? A lot of KS people are establishment Republicans and have been for generations going back to Alf Landon.

That is an awful thought. Of course all the other RINOs supported Romney so why not him. Actually I don’t know if he was a RINO or not but if he endorses Romney I will think he is.


113 posted on 03/07/2012 4:44:14 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Pretty sly, Joe. You say Newt declined the Lincoln Douglas Debate, but you failed to mention the fact that Newt had already “carried” Rick in a “one on one” debate.

Obviously Newt declined so as not to embarrass junior again.

Look, there’s not a person on the Board who doesn’t know that rickie doesn’t want to debate Newt— let’s just accept the facts and leave it there, my friend.

-:)


114 posted on 03/07/2012 5:09:11 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
"...but you failed to mention the fact that Newt had already “carried” Rick in a “one on one” debate."

"Carried"?!?!? Have you watched the so-called debate on You-Tube? Not the case at all, but since I've had to explain it so many times already, one more is not an issue.

Newt and Rick had a sit-down round table in NH back in early November. At the time, neither was doing well in the polls, and both were trying to get any notice they could with Cain getting all the attention at the time. While it was called a "debate," it was really little more than a polite, general discussion of the issues.

As November moved on, Cain started taking hits and falling in the polls. At the same time, Newt started making his debate prowess the centerpiece of his campaign, and he started touting how he would follow Obama around the country from campaign stop to campaign stop. Newt challenged Romney trying to get some more traction, but Romney turned him down. Newt agreed to a one-on-one with Huntsman, which was not a sit-down roundtable, but a formal debate. Rick challenged Newt to the same type venue, and Newt declined.

There's no way to spin that.

115 posted on 03/07/2012 5:21:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

While it was called a “debate,” it was really little more than a polite, general discussion of the issues.
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Forget it joe— I saw the Newt/Cain and Newt/ Huntsman “debates”, and they were as above described— as would any 1 on 1 against Rick.

Anyway, on a thread I just posted, ricky just backed off asking Newt to withdraw. Joe, doesn’t he ever stand his ground? -:)


116 posted on 03/07/2012 5:34:39 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL
So let me get this right...

Newt declines debate with Santorum "because they already had one" = OK

Santorum declines debate with Newt "because they already had one"(and Rick asked for a second) = Rick running away

That's Kucinich logic.

117 posted on 03/07/2012 5:41:08 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 22cal

That will be too late, and everyone knows it. Romney will be fitted for his crown by the Ca. primary if Newt remains a stalking horse credible only to the unsophisticated.


118 posted on 03/07/2012 5:51:24 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s right. As you state, the “debate” Rick asked for was- by your own words a “love fest”— no cowards in a love fest.

We all know that Rick is backing down because debates at this stage are wars— as ricky saw in Ar.


119 posted on 03/07/2012 5:51:49 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: lwoodham

Go to a Santorum town meeting, and you will feel foolish. Rick is tough as nails, and is a lone wolf fighting for our freedom and individual sovereignty. Bob


120 posted on 03/07/2012 5:54:15 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: alstewartfan

Tough as nails? Well, trying to get through one of his speeches is as tough as listening to nails on a chalkboard, all right.


121 posted on 03/07/2012 5:58:04 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: 22cal

I don’t think he’s being paid. I retract that remark. But I do think that pride is getting in the way of Newt’s common sense now. He WILL take enough votes away from Rick to guarantee Lying Liberal Romney an easy road.


122 posted on 03/07/2012 5:59:23 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: JediJones

If you noticed, Newt’s speech last night was not his finest. Fatigue has led both Rick and Mitt to stammer sometimes, but I think that Rick’s speech last night was quite moving. Mitt’s was boilerplate. Talk about a dull message.


123 posted on 03/07/2012 6:03:09 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: VinL
Oh please. Rick publicly challenged Newt to a Lincoln-Douglas debate. Newt declined.

The only conclusion to draw is that those who now accuse Rick of being a "chicken" for declining Newt's latest challenge are themselves, the ones guilty of intellectual cowardice, afraid to confront the reality that Newt had his chance when Rick challenged him, and he turned it down.

124 posted on 03/07/2012 6:04:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

No worries- Joe- if that’s want you believe- that’s fine.


125 posted on 03/07/2012 6:10:14 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: alstewartfan

It wasn’t Newt’s best, but it had a lot of nice moments and was a nice historical recap of Newt’s primary adventure so far. Rick’s was the definition of boilerplate and was just plain dull. It’s also just a waste of time and pandering to constantly have Rick line up his whole family as props on the stage and talk about them. I’ve never been asked in a job interview about my family and I care as much about hearing about Rick’s family as my job interviewers cared about mine. The presidency is the toughest job in the world and wasting time on his family just makes Rick look smaller and less qualified to me.


126 posted on 03/07/2012 6:19:37 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: VinL
Looks like Newt and Santorum together, even if they were to combine forces, are still way behind RomneyCare. It's hard to image that the best opponent the "right" could prop up against Obama is Romney. Even harder to believe is probably the worst POTUS in U.S. history, clearly a Socialist, may get elected to a second term!?

Somewhere along the line the space-time continuum was disrupted and we're now in a alternate universe.

127 posted on 03/07/2012 6:20:01 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: alstewartfan
"Go to a Santorum town meeting, and you will feel foolish. Rick is tough as nails, and is a lone wolf fighting for our freedom and individual sovereignty. Bob"

I agree that Santorum is tough and a fighter, but what I don't know is if he can lead and accomplish what needs to be done when confronted with the liberal resistance that awaits in Washington. Newt has had that confrontation already and he succeeded greatly. I will go with what I know. It's not a time to break in newbies.

128 posted on 03/07/2012 6:53:23 PM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: VinL
Thomas Sowell on the Liven show tonight thought our republic would be lost depending on this election. BTW, he is a Newt supporter.
129 posted on 03/07/2012 6:54:59 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: alstewartfan
You are in a pickle. Your candidate cannot win on his own. He must insist that others drop out to help him win.

But actually I watched Rick on Greta tonight. And to his credit he did not say when asked that Newt should drop out.

130 posted on 03/07/2012 7:41:47 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: SnakeDoctor
"We’d be better off if he devoted resources to endorsing Rick. "

Gingrich would be far more likely to endorse Romney than Santorum.

I believe if Gingrich drops, Santorum will never see another delegate.

131 posted on 03/07/2012 8:15:43 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: onyx

>> I’m in Mississippi and I’m all in for Newt Gingrich and going to see him tomorrow!

Lucky you! It’s an imperative that he gets the nomination.

Go Newt!!!


132 posted on 03/07/2012 8:26:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: SnakeDoctor

He’s trailing by one delegate. Be real.


133 posted on 03/07/2012 10:03:06 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: Bailee

Newt has taught military strategy at War Colleges.

He no doubt realizes where he can win big and where he cannot easily bring in delegates.

That would be my guess.


134 posted on 03/07/2012 10:22:22 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: VinL

Yesterday was so painful. Our primary finally arrived, and I couldn’t vote for Newt. Maybe, God willing, I can in November.


135 posted on 03/07/2012 10:24:54 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Joe 6-pack; VinL

The discussion you two are having is a prime example why I never married. Sheesh!


136 posted on 03/07/2012 10:32:38 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: Mariner

Hmm...I don’t think Gingrich believes Romney is the best candidate, nor will he endorse him before the end of the convention in Tampa.

What Gingrich HAS said, is that any of the four Republican candidates is preferable to BHO2.


137 posted on 03/07/2012 10:36:06 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: onyx

I’m with you Onyx, I’m from MS also and support Newt.


138 posted on 03/08/2012 12:02:55 AM PST by Hotmetal (Courage is being scared to death..............and saddling up anyway.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

[Newt is a better debater than Rick. Rick is a better man than Newt.]

Oh come now. There are many lesser men who have stood in the breach and made a difference when it counted. I think Gingrich is standing pretty tall right now.


139 posted on 03/08/2012 7:08:30 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Texas is Newt Country!


140 posted on 03/08/2012 7:09:25 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Gingrich is standing fine right now. So is Rick. I’d vote for either ... but we’d be better off with one or the other. Not both. One of them needs to get out of the way. Gingrich is the logical choice to move over and endorse. He can’t win.

I still don’t have a good answer to the question “If his own wife(s) can’t trust him, why should I?”

SnakeDoc


141 posted on 03/08/2012 8:37:12 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: dfwgator

The last polls I saw had Rick Santorum leading in Texas. I think that was in late February, though.

SnakeDoc


142 posted on 03/08/2012 8:42:25 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: 22cal

If Newt had won seven states and Rick two while performing poorly in virtually all others, then NEWT would be my candidate right now. The system has been rigged (look at VA), so we need a one-on-one bout right now to focus people’s attention on the conservative v. liberal message. Mitt’s millions are saturating tight states, and side issues such as the fight for second need to end. Bob


143 posted on 03/08/2012 9:26:17 AM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: dfwgator

Good to hear!

LLS


144 posted on 03/08/2012 10:21:13 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: VinL

Romney has little chance in the deep south, a region of traditional values.


145 posted on 03/08/2012 12:34:28 PM PST by raulgomez05
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To: VinL
But, Rick is leading because (1) he went negative on Newt;

I thought Romney that did that by spending $17 million on negative ads against him in Florida.

146 posted on 03/08/2012 1:52:07 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: alstewartfan

You are entitled to your opinion.


147 posted on 03/08/2012 2:03:39 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: 22cal

There is little doubt that democrats are fueling Rick especially in places like Michigan and Ohio. It was a fact if you look at their blogs. The democrats really relish either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. They fear Newt Gingrich. Is fairly plain for anyone who has followed politics for half a century like I have. The democrats have been setting up Romney for over a year. In the last couple of months they have pivoted to Rick Santorum to hedge their bets. Either one and it is a easy walk for Obama. Newt would kick butt, and they know it.


148 posted on 03/08/2012 2:11:38 PM PST by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: Kazan

Jan. 31, 12

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“Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign announced a new television ad that will begin airing Tuesday in Colorado and Nevada.

The ad attacks Newt Gingrich as being too liberal for the GOP nomination by arguing that he shares many policy positions with President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “All three supported radical cap and trade legislation that would destroy American jobs and drive up energy costs. All three supported giving illegal aliens some form of amnesty. All three sported the government health mandates which take away our freedom and is the core of ObamaCare. And all three of these politician’s supported the Wall Street bailouts that was a slap in the face to the Tea Party,” the narrator says.

It goes on to refer to the trio as “cap and trade loving, bailout supporting, soft on immigration, big-government mandating politicians.” The commercial is a sharp indictment of Gingrich, with whom Santorum has split more conservative voters in early primary contests.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2840754/posts


149 posted on 03/08/2012 2:59:59 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: dt57
Compare and Contrast: Just listen to this one short video where they are both asked the same question about reducing the government to its constitutional limits. Santorum and Newt
150 posted on 03/08/2012 3:02:34 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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