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Romney, Santorum struggle to arouse consistent passion in their own voters, exit polls show
Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 19, 2012 | ALAN FRAM

Posted on 03/19/2012 3:38:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney may lead in delegates and Rick Santorum might have momentum, but neither of the two leading Republican presidential candidates is having an easy time exciting even his own voters.

Out of a dozen states where voters in the GOP contest have been polled, most Romney voters have said they strongly favor him in just five of them. A majority of Santorum voters felt that committed to him only four times out of 11 states where he was on the ballot and voters were surveyed.

Each man is struggling to consistently spark the intensity that could separate him from the pack.

Consider that Arizona is the only state where Romney had a higher proportion of voters expressing strong feelings about him than his rivals did. And Santorum hasn't had that edge in any state yet, despite an animated campaign style and passion for hot-button social issues like contraception that have contrasted with Romney's stiffer, more analytic manner.

On average, 50 percent of Romney voters and 49 percent of Santorum's say they strongly favor their candidate, with the rest expressing reservations about their man or a greater dislike for his rivals, according to entrance and exit polls of voters in 12 states.

When it comes to winning fervent devotion from his own supporters, both men trail former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Those two GOP presidential campaigns are lagging but 58 percent of Gingrich's backers and 53 percent of Paul's, on average, say they strongly favor their candidate. Analysts say higher percentages of devoted supporters are common with candidates whose lesser backing leaves them with only the most committed followers...........

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; gingrich2012; gopprimary
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt and Rick echo Newt each and every time the president goes after Newt, for taking it to him. Their handlers are able to follow the conservative bread crumbs Newt is dropping each and every day.

Not an original thought or idea of substance from either of Newt Gingrich's rivals. Only variations of Newt's ideas and solutions that neither can articulate.

It's pitiful and pathetic.

GO NEWT!

51 posted on 03/19/2012 7:03:18 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Yosemitest

52 posted on 03/19/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Since when did you stop backing Loser Mitt?
I'm glad you see the light.
53 posted on 03/19/2012 7:07:58 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Obomney
54 posted on 03/19/2012 7:08:29 AM PDT by Mozilla (Defeat Romney first then defeat Obama)
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To: onyx

I think it’s more than 58%.
From what I see and read, Gingrich’s supporters stand with him at about 80%


55 posted on 03/19/2012 7:23:31 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; annieokie; ...

“Newt is the best of the three... I could vote for Santorum but he is a weak sister. romney is as bad as obama and worse if you give him a cooperative and progressive republican Senate.”

Let’s confront the truth, guys.
The FACT is that the primaries have been kidnapped by democrats, who are playing the GOP like a fiddle.

Newt was deprived of victory in both Alabama and Mississippi. He had been consistently leading in the opinion polls ...
As the exit election polls indicated, 8 to 10% of the voters were democrats, WHO pushed Santorum forward, even though he was lagging in the opinion polls.

Imagine the situation of the race today if Newt won those states ...

Obama wants a weak republican candidate. Rick/Mitt are perfect for him.

The ONLY one he truly fears is NEWT.


56 posted on 03/19/2012 7:33:32 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

I will be happy to agree with your 80%.


57 posted on 03/19/2012 7:36:40 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Yosemitest; Cincinatus' Wife

Cincinatus’ Wife has NEVER supported Romney.


58 posted on 03/19/2012 7:38:02 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Well who did she support, liar Perry?


59 posted on 03/19/2012 7:41:54 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Marguerite; LibLieSlayer; Cincinatus' Wife; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; ...

Newt Gingrich had to be deprived of those two wins in the South “at all costs.”

Local news channel 12 in Jackson, Mississippi had the last minute polling at Gingrich 34, Romney 31 and Santorum 27.

It’s history now.

We gave it our best shot here, (honestly), but the GOP-E is to blame with open primaries and on site decisions that permit voters to declare which ballot they want: Republican or democrat.


60 posted on 03/19/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Marguerite

****Let’s confront the truth, guys.
The FACT is that the primaries have been kidnapped by democrats, who are playing the GOP like a fiddle.***

And their cohorts in the MSM.


61 posted on 03/19/2012 7:50:01 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: Yosemitest; Cincinatus' Wife

Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Why are you calling him a liar?


62 posted on 03/19/2012 7:51:43 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: toddausauras
"Newt is the only one I’ve stood and cheered for this round. Romney is awful and Santorum is boring. I HAVE been excited when Santo has won because it skunked Mitt but I was never able to get through a whole Santo speech."

Same here. I can't count the times I've stood up and cheered Newt. His message and his vision are so far above the rest, it practically makes them non-existent.

63 posted on 03/19/2012 8:19:09 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Amen CW... and THAT is what I am all about today.

LLS


64 posted on 03/19/2012 8:24:57 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Yosemitest
"Well who did she support, liar Perry?"

CW supported GOVERNOR Perry---not Romney; get your accusations straight instead of flailing around blindly. And I supported the governor as well. He's a fine Christian man with solid conservative principles.

65 posted on 03/19/2012 8:30:20 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We need to support Santorum only to get this thing to convention. There, we can nominate Newt.


66 posted on 03/19/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: Marguerite
Amen... and here is some more truth... the reince priebus and the gop/e set things up to allow dims to control our party's nomination. They are dim light after all.

LLS

67 posted on 03/19/2012 8:52:51 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: onyx

IT IS NOW THE GOP/EE... THE “EE” STANDS FOR “ELITE ENEMIES”.

LLS


68 posted on 03/19/2012 8:56:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Newt is the firewall keeping the Establishment from rolling over us before the convention. And the GOP-e knows it. Time to fan the rise of Gingrich and a conservative uprising.

That's an understatement....even Santorum knows if it weren't for Newt taking the heat he'd be done in by all the forces which have gone after Newt.

Santorum's not going to withstand what's coming at him ahead should Newt even consider stepping out, (and that's not going to happen), he's already losing in Illinois with the Romney and Establishments campaign ads going full bore against him...and I don't see him winning there by any means.....there are too many wanting Romney at the lead and they are willing to do whatever is necessary to put down Santorum there, and they have the means to do so.

Further the state is Blue.....so I won't be surprised if Romney get's it there.....even without the ads...he's just not taking any chances Rick will pull ahead. Romney wants this decided now and so does the establishment.

On to CONVENTION!!! And Go Newt GO!!!!!!!!!

69 posted on 03/19/2012 8:57:25 AM PDT by caww
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To: onyx
Liar Perry called himself a conservative,
yet refused to build a fence for the Border, catered to ILLEGALS, and didn't believe in freedom for parents to choose medicines for their own children.
What a disgusting RINO Perry was.
70 posted on 03/19/2012 9:04:35 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I believe many of the Romney / Santorum voters are un-enthusiastic because they were turned off Newt by the Negative ads, compleate with lies and distirtions, and by the media and pundits that continue to say only Romney can beat obama. Newt can beat obama. Without a candidate who can generate enthusiasm, obama will be re-elected.


71 posted on 03/19/2012 9:14:14 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: darrellmaurina
I'm very surprised by that. Either lots of Paulbots are having second thoughts (good!) or Newt Gingrich has managed to generate more enthusiasm among his people than Ron Paul, which is wonderful if true.

My GUESS is that the true Paulbots got surprised and disappointed to find out that Paul and Romney are close (and their wives as well). They know what Romney's record is and it is NOT consistent with what RP seems to stand for.

I'd love to see Paul in charge of all financial matters and nothing else and I had been convinced that he was one of very few genuine politicians even though I disagree with half of his policy (or more).

I couldn't figure out why he never attacked Romney and when I heard the story that he had cut a deal with Romney for Rand to be VP, I found the accusation to be believable.

I despise Romney and will never trust or support anyone who cuts a deal with him. Maybe the Paulbots now feel that way too. I hope so and I hope they figure the one person who has a record of cutting DC power and the slime bags running it from the shadows way back is Newt.

72 posted on 03/19/2012 9:15:38 AM PDT by Sal (BHO is serving America--SERVING US RIGHT UP ON A PLATTER!!!)
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To: sodpoodle; onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; annieokie; ...

In Tennessee, they tried a different underhanded tactic and succeeded… Hours before the election, Santorum met with several state delegates declared on the ballot for Gingrich, one even the Co-Chair of the Gingrich campaign, convincing them to switch to Santorum delegates even though the state ballots declared them all for Gingrich.

It amounted to election fraud, as millions of Tennessee Gingrich supporters cast vote after vote for Gingrich delegates that had quietly switched to Santorum hours before the election. The old backroom switcheroo had worked and Santorum won Tennessee, snatching the number two spot in the GOP race from Gingrich for the first time.

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2012/03/09/gop-defeating-itself-again/


73 posted on 03/19/2012 9:27:17 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: LibLieSlayer

^5

GOP-EE it is!

74 posted on 03/19/2012 9:30:19 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Newt Gingrich explains why he is cheerful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO2SvU4MDmo&feature=player_embedded


75 posted on 03/19/2012 9:30:34 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: caww

Hear! Hear!
Newt all the way to Tampa!

It’s a crime that Romney ruined this primary with his attack ads in Iowa and Florida.

Newt Gingrich had this primary in the bag and America would have been the winner. Now we need a brokered convention for any hope.

GO NEWT!


76 posted on 03/19/2012 9:34:49 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Sal

“I despise Romney and will never trust or support anyone who cuts a deal with him.”

Romney is the least capable of uniting the voters for the national elections. He will fail, as the polls indicate 18% of republicans will stay home in case of Mitt’s nomination and the GOPers will lose heavily in the Congress as well.


77 posted on 03/19/2012 9:40:33 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Yosemitest

Texas Governor Perry is not a liar. You can take issue with him, as you have, but he is out of the race, so slamming him really doesn’t serve any useful purpose. Our former governor Haley Barbour was heralded as a conservative, and look at the way he departed his office! For that matter, Governor Bryant was just given a TEA Party award, and he endorsed Romney for crying out loud!


78 posted on 03/19/2012 9:41:38 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: duffee

Yep.

Newt Gingrich can run a national campaign and beat obama with his own Alinsky tactics.

Newt Gingrich is 100 times smarter than obama and I’m being conservative stating 100 times smarter.


79 posted on 03/19/2012 9:45:12 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Yosemitest; onyx

Yikes! Yosemitest - I was complimenting you on the effort you made composing the poem in Post #47.

And thank you onyx.


80 posted on 03/19/2012 9:45:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Sal
My GUESS is that the true Paulbots got surprised and disappointed to find out that Paul and Romney are close (and their wives as well). They know what Romney's record is and it is NOT consistent with what RP seems to stand for.

Yep and I agree with the rest of your comments as well.

GO NEWT!

81 posted on 03/19/2012 9:52:08 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Yosemitest
Liar Perry called himself a conservative, yet refused to build a fence for the Border, catered to ILLEGALS, and didn't believe in freedom for parents to choose medicines for their own children. What a disgusting RINO Perry was.

Go have a cup of tea. You're on some sort of tear that is ugly and a lie. Perry believes in fencing in populated areas where they work, a sealed border and NO amnesty. The parents could more easily pay for the cervical cancer shot with the governor's executive order for vaccines (as the legislature placed that duty with the governor's office) and to opt out of all vaccines. No one received that shot under the EO as it was rescinded without objection.

82 posted on 03/19/2012 9:52:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: duffee
.....they were turned off Newt by the Negative ads, compleate with lies and distirtions.....

Romney's a real piece of dirt for how he's attacked his opponents. Have you seen what Drudge is running at the top of his page?

83 posted on 03/19/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Yosemitest
No good deed goes unpunished.

Never mind that Santorum whole heartily endorsed Romney in ‘08, so who's the liar now?

84 posted on 03/19/2012 9:56:36 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx
No good deed goes unpunished.

True enough.

85 posted on 03/19/2012 10:09:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: dforest

Hello POT, meet KETTLE!

Waaaah, waaaah, waaaah... poor Rick. It’s just not right that people on FR are saying bad things about him/ sarc

My gosh man (or woman, I am not sure) HAVE YOU READ THE FALSE, HYPOCRITICAL, REVISIONIST-HISTORY, CONSPIRACY-THEORY, JUDGMENTAL ATTACKS ON GINGRICH THAT GET HURLED AT HIM AND HIS SUPPORTERS EVERYDAY?!!

I believe that YOU have actually engaged in a number of them. And now you are whining about people on FR attacking and ridiculing Santorum while saying NOTHING about the attacks on Gingrich.

If you go back and check ALL of my posts the only negative things that I have every said about Santorum is that I believe he has cast too many pro-union votes, that he has been a “team player” too many times and that I believe with all of my heart and soul that HE CAN’T BEAT OBAMA.


86 posted on 03/19/2012 10:29:36 AM PDT by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: onyx; Cincinatus' Wife; Marguerite; sodpoodle; Gator113; b9
Newt already helped Santorum win one election. When Newt was Speaker..Santorum was swept into office during the gop revoloution.

Santorum..Newt is RIGHT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl5FrefT66A

IF Romney spent as much money blasting Rick Santorum with smear attacks as he did Newt...Rick would be polling in single digits..the man has slithered through the first half of this election with little vetting

87 posted on 03/19/2012 10:35:51 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Your whole post is a primal scream and not attached to any reality. What would you ever do if your caps lock busted?

Which it will if you don’t quit smacking it with such angst.

All in all, common sense is nowhere in your vocabulary.

Just hate and rage.

By the way, I don’t see anyone attacking poor Newt lately. They have no need to.

I would say have a nice day. But most likely you won’t. LOL


88 posted on 03/19/2012 10:37:26 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl5FrefT66A
Santorum praising Newt!


89 posted on 03/19/2012 10:37:53 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
This from a comment section on another site I thought makes a statement or two concerning Newt.

The reason Newt's former colleagues won't endorse him is because if he is elected, their cushy DC insider 'elite' lifestyle... is over.

He shook up DC before crossing the aisle to work with Clinton for the good of the country and stepped on a lot of ego's in order to do the people's business.

I challenge ANYONE who after taking an unbiased look at Newt's current detailed plan for America's Recovery AND his resume for SUCCESS and getting things done in DC, to instead choose an empty suit with NO plan or a social right wing extremist who has ALREADY divided rather than united the general electorate.

Currently Gingrich is the ONLY GOP inside Obama's head having forced Chairman Bow to engage vis a vis his FAILED American Energy Policy.

Obama WANTS Romney or Santorum. Obama FEARS Newt Gingrich..... Think Sun Tzu The Art of War..... America can't afford another 2008 McCain disaster..... WAKE UP AMERICA.

"You have enemies? Good, then at some point in your life you've stood up for something." AND "If you let the past sit in judgement of the present, the future is lost" -- Sir Winston Churchill

90 posted on 03/19/2012 10:39:06 AM PDT by caww
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To: katiedidit1; Toespi; Cincinatus' Wife; SatinDoll; onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; ...

Please FReep this poll on Hannity Website

Vote Newt Gingrich

http://www.hannity.com/


91 posted on 03/19/2012 10:42:19 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: caww
Well said! priceless quote from Sir Winston Churchill too.

caww, I read his bio and his childhood was not an easy one. Newt is a self made man and his record as Speaker is historical..did wonders for the conservative movement in this country. Read a comment about a young Rick Santorum going to a game at Three Rivers Stadium with a friend. Santorum popped a cassette in and the friend said, "who is that?" Santorum replied.."that is Newt Gingrich! you have to listen to this man" Surely you have seen the more recent video of Santorum praising Newt? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl5FrefT66A

92 posted on 03/19/2012 10:53:36 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
Newt's been coaching Santorum in this Primary as well. But people are blinded to that fact because they want Santorum to simply win. God bless Newt for stepping back and letting Santorum ride the wave he had....Newt's all about keeping Romney out and making certain Obama is defeated. ....and he will do this even at peril of his own run.

I will never for the life of me understand why people would favor Santorum over Newt...except they are for the most part religious minded and that's good enough for them Santorum represents them in the social affairs of men.....but it is not good enough for those who see further than those issues and see a nation which needs a packaged deal brought to the table...and Newt has the entire package and the correct approach when it comes to the social affairs of men.

Santorum plays to the emotions of the religious...Newt plays to 'our Nation Under God' according to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence....which then is acceptable even to the nonreligious. Rick lacks that entirely in how he's going about the social issues.

I don't think it's our system of how we elect which is the greater problem as much as the population we have today.....,who most are no longer assimilating as Americans as was done in years prior, but attempting to use and change our laws to accommodate their ideas of what the face of this nation should be...and it's not the America I have known by any means. Santorum has already shown he will not be able to defeat Obama....Newt can and I remain loyal to his run and do not underestimate the outcome when all the cards are played.

93 posted on 03/19/2012 10:54:00 AM PDT by caww
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To: katiedidit1

I borrowed that video!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2861008/posts#7


94 posted on 03/19/2012 10:54:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: katiedidit1

Thats good. Now, Newt should praise Rick. Then they would be even.


95 posted on 03/19/2012 10:55:33 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks and great:) I found it on a conservatives for Newt blog...they are such strong Newt supporters they won’t vote for Romney or Santorum.
Would you post it? deserves a thread of its own:)


96 posted on 03/19/2012 10:57:13 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: dforest

Sorry if my “primal”ness scared you! LOL!!

Part of the reason why I reacted to your post with such “angst” is that I had just been reading some of those “attacks” on a couple of other threads. So yeah, I was riled up.

I am not crazy about Santorum, never have been. But I could vote for him. And I do agree with you about FReepers not attacking Rick OR Newt (sorry, I used the all caps again, see it is not busted :))) But it really isn’t just Rick that is getting attacked. Both of them are getting it, and getting it good. It just goes to show you have passionate we ALL are, how personal getting rid of Obama is to ALL of us.
Peace to you, my fellow FReeper!


97 posted on 03/19/2012 10:58:11 AM PDT by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: katiedidit1
No Newt's childhood was not easy but look what he has done in overcoming that! Amazing example of overcoming and fighting your way thru life.

As for Santorum...as I've said before he bares all the "earmarks" of the mindset in the town he grew up in. You're either very ridgid or anything goes. Ricks very staunch. I frankly just don't like the man's personality as it does reflect those of his hometown.... Arrogance when there's nothing to be arrogant about....and at the same time clumsey in how they present themselves....and then expecting others to "lift" them up so they can run life's race.... And that is Santorum.

Heck he wouldn't be this far without Newt towing his line thru this Primary. I just wish he'd let Santorum go and focus entirely on his own run...but then I suspect this too is part of Newt's plan.

98 posted on 03/19/2012 11:02:36 AM PDT by caww
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To: Marguerite; kalee; TitansAFC; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; ...

Please FReep this poll on Hannity Website

Vote Newt Gingrich

http://www.hannity.com/


99 posted on 03/19/2012 11:06:32 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: caww

Santorum is not even in Newt’s league. He is a pious little fraud.
You know his nickname in highschool was “Rooster” they said because he got riled up easily..I would think it fits because he crows about the wrong issues


100 posted on 03/19/2012 11:07:40 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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