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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: Red Steel

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_delegate_count.html

Newt does have the best chance in the comparison you gave.

I see a brokered convention, if this keeps up. GO NEWT!


51 posted on 03/07/2012 12:33:29 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: onyx

Best news that I have heard today!

LLS


52 posted on 03/07/2012 12:33:56 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: VinL
“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.”


Newt is not going anywhere. :-)

53 posted on 03/07/2012 12:35:07 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: SnakeDoctor
Actually, Newt has better organization and planning than does Santorum. Newt IS on the ballot in those 4 states. While Santorum was busy dancing and singing across Iowa, Newt (The old tortoise) was busy getting the foundation built for his future campaign.

Newt actually has a better chance between the two.

54 posted on 03/07/2012 12:37:19 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: onyx

Wouldn’t live anywhere else! :-)

LLS


55 posted on 03/07/2012 12:41:01 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Thanks! I don’t mean to be nosy, just curious. :)

How does it look for Newt where you are?


56 posted on 03/07/2012 12:42:51 PM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: VinL
Newt continues to try to draw to an inside straight.

He wins there or he's done.

57 posted on 03/07/2012 12:44:28 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: napscoordinator

Rick, should challenge Newt to a one-on-one debate based on his ideas and visions for the conservative movement.

I completely agree!


58 posted on 03/07/2012 12:48:48 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: VinL

His only point now is to nominate Romney. He’s a smart man, and he knows that it’s OVER for him. This ostensible “strategy” is preposterous, and it’s clear now that he’s all about himself, and his position in the Romney campaign. Just like Ron Paul. Screw him! Bob


59 posted on 03/07/2012 12:59:46 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

A brokered convention will only happen if Newt departs, and lets Santorum face the Liberal Liar Romney one-on-one. Mitt is praying for Newt to stay in, or maybe *paying* him. Bob


60 posted on 03/07/2012 1:03:11 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: onyx

OHHhh you MUST ping the list! I want to hear all about it!!!


61 posted on 03/07/2012 1:10:36 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

“All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum,”

I agree with this statement.


62 posted on 03/07/2012 1:12:10 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: alstewartfan

Understood. But, on the other end, he’ll know in a week. He will either win Ala and Miss- or he won’t. Senseless, at this point, after a year’s campaigning, to not give it one more week- especially where these are arguably his best states.
You can see his view, right?


63 posted on 03/07/2012 1:15:57 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: napscoordinator

I agree, I don’t think Newt’s campaign has been well managed at all.


64 posted on 03/07/2012 1:17:58 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

I am trying to figure out a different system for these primaries and thought using the elector college would be way better then the system they have now. I would require all 50 states mandatory must vote for the candidates and nobody is named nominee until after the 50th states. However, using this system does not work either because the numbers are awful.

Using the electoral college:

Romney gets 133
Santorum gets 58
Newt gets 23


65 posted on 03/07/2012 1:32:05 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

Interesting. I don’t like “winner take all contests”, or attempts to shorten the primary season. I think both favor big money, and favor establishment candidates.


66 posted on 03/07/2012 1:34:58 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: napscoordinator

Irrespective of whether Santorum or Gingrich win MS and AL, having both of them running will guarantee that neither will get 50%+1 of the vote, and thus the states’ delegates will be allocated proportionally instead of winner-takes-all, allowing Romney to win delegates in both states. If Gingrich drops out, Santorum would get over 50% of the vote in each state and Romney would get 0 delegates.


67 posted on 03/07/2012 1:43:19 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

Santo can drop out and Gingrich gets 50% of the vote.


68 posted on 03/07/2012 1:45:31 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: AuH2ORepublican

That would be great, if one wants Santorum as president.


69 posted on 03/07/2012 1:46:36 PM PST by Toespi
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To: onyx

We’ll be out of town or we would go see him in Desoto county. GO NEWT!


70 posted on 03/07/2012 1:47:34 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: Toespi

It goes both ways. Santo drops out and Gingrich becomes president.


71 posted on 03/07/2012 1:48:35 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Toespi
What bugs me is the casual assumption on the part of so many Santorum supporters that Santorum is an acceptable alternative for Newt's supporters. For some of us, that is definitely not the case.
72 posted on 03/07/2012 1:51:18 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Your theory is all wet.


73 posted on 03/07/2012 1:52:40 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Yaelle
Santorum loves to shine, too. His speech last night was mostly about him and broad generalities. I kept saying where are your ideas, Rick? They were very few. Yes, and he was boring where as Newt is concise and smart.
74 posted on 03/07/2012 1:54:06 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

I would venture to say, that would count for MOST of us.


75 posted on 03/07/2012 1:54:42 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: 22cal

76 posted on 03/07/2012 1:57:10 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: VinL

No, it’s only a matter of personal pride to him right now. We have a country to save. Even IF he is able to snatch victories from Rick, Newt will have 4 states, and that will be the end of the line. Thanks much, Newt! Bob


77 posted on 03/07/2012 1:58:02 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: 22cal

Read his website. I thought that his speech was great, and full of reasons to vote for him, and against Romney and the Punk. Bob


78 posted on 03/07/2012 1:59:48 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: VinL
Might as well turn this thing into a regional thing and kick off the next Civil War.

Newt should run to be the second President of the CSA.

79 posted on 03/07/2012 2:05:20 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I think you're right. It's odd that Santorum supporters seem to just irnogre what we actually think in favor of what they'd like us to think.

Not sure about you, but for me, it was his blatant hostility towards the "liberatarian" element in the party that got me. Heck, I posted a Reagan speech where he said that (small "l") "libertarianism", in contrast to the more extreme positions of the Libertarian Party, is really the heart of conservatism. Yet Santorum openly despises even that small "l" libertarianism.

I'll vote for him if he's the nominee, but that's it. And my vote there won't matter anyway because he'd get crushed.

80 posted on 03/07/2012 2:08:39 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Absolutely true. I am terrified of the possibility that Rick Santorum could be POTUS. He has absolutely no leadership experience, he is a follower not a leader. His thought process is elementary and lacks any originality. He seems intimidated when interviewed. He would buckle in a crisis. I know I will be bruised, but since he and Romney both have issues of “selling out,” I will take Romney because of his business experience and leadership. Keep in mind, I am Newt all the way, I am from Ohio, already voted. But if my choice was Romney or Santorum........sorry.


81 posted on 03/07/2012 2:08:50 PM PST by Toespi
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To: alstewartfan

Well, can’t say that I don’t empathize with you- I felt the same way after rick lost big in NH,SC, Fla and Nev- and refused to honorably drop out in favor of the conservative frontrunner.


82 posted on 03/07/2012 2:21:45 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: 22cal
"...he was boring where as Newt is concise and smart"

Santo absolutely puts me to sleep - VERY BORING! I know he effects MANY of the GOP activists (that I know) in CA the same way.

83 posted on 03/07/2012 2:30:33 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: napscoordinator

Reaction against Haley Barbour could tilt MS to Santorum, but I don’t know. I believe one of the Barbours is for Romney.


84 posted on 03/07/2012 2:48:50 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: central_va

Newt could campaign in AL and MS on how he convinced Reagan to sign King Day into law. He could leave out the part about being for Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1968.


85 posted on 03/07/2012 2:52:07 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: onyx
I hope the one issue voters don’t ruin it for Newt Gingrich, but it’s a possibility.

Yeah, I'm a single issue voter, my issue is "anyone but the socialist Mittens" in the primary!

The damage has been done to the GOP already and Mittens as the party choice this time around would be the final nail in the coffin of the "conservative" party.

86 posted on 03/07/2012 3:16:39 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I disagree. They’ll split the vote and allow Romney to take some of the winner take all states, which will make Romney a lock. They need to meet privately and decide who remains as the Presidential candidate and who will be the VP. Both sides are making good points but as long as this Mexican stand-off continues, the only winner will be Romney.


87 posted on 03/07/2012 3:17:13 PM PST by littleharbour
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To: katiedidit1

Chuck Norris came with Huckabee to TN and Huckabee won here...


88 posted on 03/07/2012 3:24:58 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: napscoordinator

Newt should have been in TN early BEFORE early voting started on Feb 15...

I didnt even get a yard sign till last week..

When early was almost over...

Of the early voting in my county...4500+ voted way down from 2008

about 2500 went to Rick, 1500 went to Romney, 941 for Newt a few for Ron Paul...

of course Romney started his ugly phone calls early too..

but he was dissing Rick and not Newt...

Opening the campaign offices here earlier than last week would have helped lot too...


89 posted on 03/07/2012 3:34:44 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: VinL

It was WAY too early then, as future races have borne out. NOW, remaining in the race makes Newt seem small. The die has been cast, and deep down Newt knows it. It’s over, and I want to see ONE fearless candidate put pressure on Mitt right through August. Mitt can’t be trusted.
Aside from Ga, Newt had a HORRIBLE Super Tuesday.


90 posted on 03/07/2012 3:35:46 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
"If the good people of Alabama and Mississippi look beyond the past personal lives of the candidates and vote their economic interests they will overwhemingly support former Speaker Gingrich."

I care 0.000 about the candidates personal lives. I will start worrying about that when Liberals start worrying about the personal lives of people like Bill BJ Clinton and Barney Frank. What does bother me is the liberal lite records of Romney and Santorum.

Also it bothers me that one of the candidates follows a man made cult religion that tells him that he is a god. Our current WH occupant already thinks he is a god. Do we want more of this? I think not.

So I am disregarding all personal baggage and focusing on who can lead. I have no first hand knowledge of Romney or Santorum leading anything. I do have first hand knowledge of what Newt Gingrich accomplished as Speaker of the House and it is damned impressive. I firmly believe that Newt is the the man that this nation needs to lead us back to our full potential. He gets my vote.

91 posted on 03/07/2012 3:42:24 PM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Not a problem. I'd say he is doing well and is running a very good ad on local TV. 3 anti romney ads are running. romney will not get the vote here. I think newt may win but I have seen no polling.

LLS

92 posted on 03/07/2012 3:43:33 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: alstewartfan

Then, your guy should have no trouble defeating him.


93 posted on 03/07/2012 3:45:50 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

There’s no way that Santorum can beat BO in the debates.

Go Newt.


94 posted on 03/07/2012 3:46:05 PM PST by IWONDR
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To: lwoodham

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.


95 posted on 03/07/2012 3:46:23 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: IWONDR

Rick is tough and fearless one on one, and he would scare the crap out of the Communist in a debate, and make a fool and liar out of him.
My prediction: There will either be NO debates, or ONE short one. Bob


96 posted on 03/07/2012 3:48:30 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: alstewartfan

You are obviously in love. <B


97 posted on 03/07/2012 3:49:50 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: VinL

Newt’s 15-20% of the votes in most states would put Rick in the victory column. Many Newt voters still don’t get the big picture, and that picture glaringly shows that Newt is toast. Everyone here knows it. Bob


98 posted on 03/07/2012 3:52:08 PM PST by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: alstewartfan
You may be right about Obama refusing a debate, especially a meaningful one.

I for one am not anti-Rick. I am Pro-Newt.

99 posted on 03/07/2012 3:53:00 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: alstewartfan

With Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and California to go? Get back to me, please, after that.


100 posted on 03/07/2012 3:55:36 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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