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Rick Santorumís camp hits Mitt Romney on Bain tenure
The Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | By Felicia Sonmez

Posted on 03/19/2012 10:32:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s campaign is taking aim at rival Mitt Romney’s tenure at the helm of Bain Capital.....

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Back in January, when Perry and Gingrich were hitting the former Massachusetts governor hard on his Bain tenure, Santorum had told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “I hate to sit here and be a defender of Mitt Romney, but to me this is federal capitalism, and I have to say that this is an attack probably not warranted.”

“Bain Capital, at least from the record I looked at, had a lot of success,” Santorum said at the time. “I mean they weren’t a company that has a long track of record basically destroying the companies and selling off the pieces. They had some situations where they had failures but every company does.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anticapitalist; anticapitalistrick; bain; cronycapitalism; economy; jobs; newtgingrich; pseudoconservative; romney2012; santorum; santorum2012
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To: The Citizen Soldier; FrankR
Your assignment Mr. Phelps... (aka FrankR)

And a 2nd dummy (with the likeness of Mitt), needs to be sitting on Newt's other knee!

Did Mitt Romney borrow his Wright brother's line from Newt Gingrich?

51 posted on 03/19/2012 12:13:01 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: katiedidit1

Joe Scarborough was mentioning how McLame was saying that these are the nastiest primaries races ever.

Rick shot back that it wasn’t Rick and it wasn’t Newt Gingrich that made it nasty. That is was Romney that spends his fortune tearing down all his opponents 24/7. So John needs to complain to the guy he supports this time who has made it so nasty.


52 posted on 03/19/2012 12:14:01 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The voters think differently. As Rush often says elections are about winning. Gingrich’s campaign is now up in smoke and he probally realizes it as well (he was strolling around DC this past weekend instead of campaigning in IL). So as to following Newt on the issues, I don’t see Santorum supporting permanent moon-based colones within eight years or the chicken-in-every-pot promise of gasoline at $2.50/gallon regardless of world energy markets or geopolitical conditions, and yes Santorun is not for amnesty. So much for big ideas! As described in the Wall St.J, Gingrich is a “Hindenderg waiting to explode.” Well, that just occurred after he lost TN, AL, AK, MO, AL, and MS. Time for him to pack it it instead of these stale and continuous anti-Santorum threads we keep encountering here.


53 posted on 03/19/2012 12:14:01 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

ok, so Newt withdraws. And we nominate Rick Santorum. I will work for him and support him if that happens. Does it make me happy? No. Do I believe he can win? Never. but if it makes some of you happy, we then that’s something isn’t it.


54 posted on 03/19/2012 12:17:05 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: jveritas

The only thing I think I ever heard Rachel Maddow say that was absolutely correct was the following. She surmised that the fact that Romney and his supporters were SO insistent that it was OFF LIMITS to attack him for what he did at Bain Capital was because they all knew it was a huge glass jaw for him. They couldn’t let the attacks continue because they knew it would sink him, just as it did in South Carolina, one of Romney’s biggest, broadest and most embarrassing losses in this primary. Romney’s bain tenure shows, if nothing else, his absolute coldhearted, unethical win-at-all-costs-and-no-matter-who-you-have-to-crush-in-the-process attitude. It is totally consistent with the horrendously mean-spirited, heartless and dishonest way he’s behaved in this primary. And this sort of amoral attitude and behavior make him decidedly unqualified to be president, if not outright dangerous in the office.


55 posted on 03/19/2012 12:22:42 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Steelfish

The primary voters in the states who have voted, yes. Or in causcus states the really politically motivated, yes. I will vote for Rick. He is not our best chance, nor will he make the best President. But if he is all we got, so be it. I will not support Mr. Romney, period. And when we lose, I will sit back and listen to you and others explain it away.


56 posted on 03/19/2012 12:22:42 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dforest; kidd; All
"Ricky, the Fallen One, the bad boy hypocrite.....


57 posted on 03/19/2012 12:22:44 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

Now that my friend is a real politician and sleaze ball. Anyone who endorsed both Alen Spector and Mitt Romney is no friend of mine. I will vote for him, but I am holding my nose. I will not vote for Mitt Romney. This guy stinks big time.


58 posted on 03/19/2012 12:26:04 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: Steelfish; katiedidit1

LAUGH OUT LOUD! What are you going to use for material when you can no longer play flim flam for Rick by blaming Newt?

With Newt and Ron Paul together handing over all they have, Rick couldn’t keep half of them, and as it is he can’t perform now in what is all but a virtually cleared field.

I said days ago that Rick will step on his tongue before he ever even sees JUNE, but for what he steals from Newt’s own lips. The rest is making him oatmeal for the press, before Romney even has to spend a dime.

You guys asked for a clear field. How’s that workin’ out for you?

Soon you won’t


59 posted on 03/19/2012 12:26:04 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Mariner

Why don’t we make Santorum answer a purity test questionnaire to see if he’s engaged in any sexual practices you find immoral? Because it is so vitally important to know this information. Everyone should be required to fill one out before applying for any job.


60 posted on 03/19/2012 12:29:40 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: dt57
Two people you never trust in a business deal, a preacher or a cop!
61 posted on 03/19/2012 12:30:03 PM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: Steelfish; RitaOK

OOps.

Soon you won’t have anyone to blame and Rick enters the history books as but one more “Also ran...”.


62 posted on 03/19/2012 12:30:26 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: RitaOK

I am not laughing with you, I am crying. There is none so blind as those who can not see. Every day the opposition bleathes a breath of relieve that it appears they will not have to face Newt. Rick will not be Mitt, much less Obama. I keep saying I will vote for Rick if I have to. That is unless something more important comes up, like a fishing trip, or a visit to see the grandkids. Or if someone invites me to play golf. If I am not too busy in November I might stand in line. Sorry guys that is how many many will feel if Rick S. is the nominee. On top of that he will find a way to motivate everyone on the other side to stand in the rain or cold just to keep him out. Yeah, Rick Santorum, our savior. NOT.


63 posted on 03/19/2012 12:32:47 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: RitaOK

Where are all the “Newt is attacking capitalism” people. It seems Santorum is doing the same thing, but nobody is saying anything.


64 posted on 03/19/2012 12:37:06 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: JediJones
That is absolutely correct. Remember the absolute panic in the Romney camp when Bain Capital was brought by Gingrich and Perry few months ago… They wanted to absolutely take this subject out of discussion because they know that it is a very bad thing for him in the primaries let alone in the general where Obama is going to destroy him with this issue. As I said before a majority of conservatives are not in favor of the ugly business that companies like Bain Capital do and companies like that give Capitalism a bad reputation and in fact they are not the real Capitalism that a majority of voters including a majority of conservatives believe in. Bain Capital never lost money in any company they bought whether this company succeeded or went bankrupt with thousands of people losing their jobs… That is an absolute political killer….

Romney can defeat Obama only if the gas prices would remain high by elections day but anyone would be able to defeat Obama in this case. Other than that Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney with Bain Capital, it is going to very ugly for Romney if he is the nominee, it is going to be Bain Capital 24/7…. I am shocked how the so called “establishment” Republicans and many on our side cannot see this very obvious fact…

65 posted on 03/19/2012 12:38:24 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: dt57; RitaOK

Newt did enough damage by depriving Santorum of a win in the key state of MI where Romney won by 3% over Santorum and Gingrich siphoned off 7% of the vote. And we know from exit polling data by PPP (the poll you guys like to cite, like the one that appeared several times which showed Newt leading the pack in AL and MS) showed that 57% of Gingrich votes would go to Santorum if he withdrew. And then of course don’t forget the crucial battleground state of OH where despite a thunderstorm of negative ads by Romney and being outspent by over 6 to 1. Romney squeaked by less than 1% over Santorum with Gingrich pulling in 13% of the vote. Now you folks would like to sit back and relish the notion of a Santorum defeat in IL and use negative WaPO article to hammer Santorum. Sure, Santorum doesn’t want the type of Goldman Sachs financiers to run the nation. Look what they have already done.


66 posted on 03/19/2012 12:44:22 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: dt57

” ...he will find a way to motivate everyone on the other side to stand in the rain or cold just to keep him out.”

Isn’t that the truth, but then again that is probably true for every Republican nominee. That said, however, Newt as the nominee would let cats out of bags and expose the Left like no other candidate is capable of doing.

Rick nor Romney have no intention of exposing anything. They intend as president to lobby for business as usual, managing the collapse of America ensconced in a safe and cushioned perch at state dinners, issuing soundbites to the masses fraught through and through with blandness.


67 posted on 03/19/2012 12:45:52 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m not hearing Santorum promise to create a whole new Federal environmental agency like Newt.

Rick’s committed to keeping the old ones.


68 posted on 03/19/2012 12:50:02 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: jveritas

Yeah, Romney and company walking off with buckets full of cash while they sent thousands of people to the unemployment lines doesn’t make for good political optics. Especially when you find out Bain borrowed money on those companies, drove them into debt and transferred it to themselves before they went bankrupt. They created the Obama crony capitalist stimulus model even before Obama did. Romney and Bain kicked the American workers and entrepreneurs out of the airplane to reduce the “dead weight,” even while they kept the golden parachutes neatly packed in the storage compartment all for themselves.

Whether or not Republican voters agree with the message of the attacks or not, they clearly worked as showing Mitt’s baggage, and how he would be impacted negatively in the general election campaign. The exit polls in South Carolina showed that people thought Newt was more electable than Romney.


69 posted on 03/19/2012 12:50:40 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Steelfish

Now, about your running out of material....

Hammering Newt is just no longer cover for your candidate’s self-implosion.

I see you are down to now whining about the past already, having to accuse Newt of siphoning off MI.

Trust me, it’s going to get worse for ya’.

Got Newt now?


70 posted on 03/19/2012 12:51:41 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Steelfish

Why is it that whenever you mention Michigan or Ohio you fail to mention that Rick had big leads in both and collapsed?


71 posted on 03/19/2012 12:52:58 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: musicman

Tell me, do you think Sarah Palin should be held accountable for what McCain has done in the past or for what mcCain has done since just because she supported him?
Would you have posted her picture with words she said on the campaign trail in 2010 about McCain?

Probably not.

It really is the same thing you know. McCain sucked before she ever became a VP candidate.

Many people supported Romney in 2008 because the choices were pretty bad. McCain had the charisma and demeanor of a rotten potato and the other choice was Huck who was doing some silly stuff. Is Jim DeMint bad because he supported Romney in 2008?

Times change for many reasons. I have promised today I would start backing off flaming Newt.

Don’t tempt me.


72 posted on 03/19/2012 12:57:18 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Steelfish

So just what do you think would have happened if Rick would have left the race back when he ‘should have’, after South Carolina. What would be the state of the race today. I know, you don’t know and I don’t either. And you sure don’t know what would have happened in those states either. This is silly. Newt leaves, and Mitt wins. Of course it is my opinion.


73 posted on 03/19/2012 12:58:20 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dforest

There’s a BIG difference between a simple endorsement and the Lil’Ricky Mitt endorsement equivalent of a political “Lewinsky”.


74 posted on 03/19/2012 1:01:20 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; P-Marlowe
“Do you really believe this country wants to elect a Wall Street financier as the president of the United States? Do you think that’s the experience that we need? Someone who’s going to take and look after as he did his friends on Wall Street and bail them out at the expense of Main Street America.”

Santorum did not attack capitalism.

He attacked those who participated in and agreed to the Wall Street bailout. He went after those who ran businesses by those practices and principles that caused them not to blink about asking for a government bailout.

Santorum is right in this. He should be rejecting crony corporatism.

75 posted on 03/19/2012 1:03:08 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: RitaOK

Rita I think I am in love, but it looks like you are in Oklahoma and I am in Texas. I know it won’t work, but I can dream. LOL. You are one smart lady. Don’t pay attention to this Saint Rick fans. If they were honest most would admit that up to a couple of months ago, he was just another name to them. Now he is all that, just because they have no where else to turn. They build him up, because they want him to be special. He is a good man, I am sure. But the truth is he is a second tier type candidate in most any year except this one. It is sad.


76 posted on 03/19/2012 1:03:30 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: Steelfish

You are a great advocate for Senator Santorum. I have often seen your posts stating that if Newt had just told his voters to support Santorum in (fill-in-the-blank) state, Santorum would have won.

May I offer you a different opinion? This is the PRIMARY. I’ll bet a lot of primary voters have their favorites. Once that favorite drops out, many voters will say, “Oh, what the heck” and not bother voting IN THE PRIMARY. This does not mean they will sit at home in November. I am a big Newt supporter. When my state primary comes around, if Newt isn’t in it, I’m not sure what I’ll do. And I’ll bet you anything there’s lots of Perry, Cain and Bachmann supporters that didn’t bother voting in Michigan or Ohio. Why aren’t you scolding them?


77 posted on 03/19/2012 1:05:52 PM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: dforest

some support Rick because the choices are pretty bad too. He is one of them. I am not flaming because I care about the what happens, that is all. I really don’t think he can win in November. I like to gamble, and I would be all in on that bet, along with almost everyone who places bets on Intrade.


78 posted on 03/19/2012 1:07:58 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: xzins

Of course not, Rick is a pure as the driven snow. He would never ever do that. I happen to agree with him on this, and I also agreed with Newt when he did it. Same thing, period.


79 posted on 03/19/2012 1:09:42 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: musicman

Actively campaigning for him and doing robo calls is not a simple endorsement and you know it.

So cut it out. Many have made bad endorsements *ahem*, that they know were a mistake now. *ahem* There was bad endorsement up in NY in 2010. It happens.

This is one of the many reasons people shy away from formal endorsements anymore.


80 posted on 03/19/2012 1:11:09 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dt57

I am more positive than you. I think any one of all three could beat Obama.

I hope I am right.


81 posted on 03/19/2012 1:12:56 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

I happen to hope you are right as well. Even though I think that potentially a President Romney could be worse than we have. I am ok with being wrong, it is just have not been wrong many times over the last 50 years. I don’t think I am now. Rick is at best a second tier type candidat in most years. This one is different, and it is sad.


82 posted on 03/19/2012 1:16:22 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dt57; P-Marlowe

It is possible to reject crony corporatism and still support capitalism since crony corporatism is not capitalism.

I agreed with Newt and Perry on this, and now I agree with Santorum.

Santorum is cutting it a bit close, though, since he supported Romney’s closing plants and jobs supposedly in order to revive a company.

It is not capitalism to practice destructive rebuilding merely as a means of obfuscating the value of a company so that company can be leveraged for huge borrowing never intended to be repaid.


83 posted on 03/19/2012 1:19:32 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: dt57

Slogan: Mitt sucks quite a bit, but not as much as the Kenyan twit.

Obama was a second tier type, and we are playing hell ejecting him.

Keep your chin up. We will deal with what we have to. No other choice really.

I hope we could get some other choice. But I doubt that will happen. Just a passing thought.


84 posted on 03/19/2012 1:22:26 PM PDT by dforest
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To: xzins

No problem here, we agree compeletly.


85 posted on 03/19/2012 1:24:25 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dforest

Not sure I can get behind a slogan: Vote Mitt, he sucks less. And I am not for sure that is true anyway.

My chin is not down, I have a good sense of providence in these matters, I just know we have some responsibility in all this as well.

I will vote for Rick if I have to. That is about as good as I can do.


86 posted on 03/19/2012 1:26:54 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dt57

Great minds......LOL


87 posted on 03/19/2012 1:28:42 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: dt57

I will do the same if it is Newt. Not much else we can do.

I am always one of those people who will joke themselves out of feeling depressed. May be crazy, but it works.

Take care.


88 posted on 03/19/2012 1:31:29 PM PDT by dforest
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To: xzins

of course.


89 posted on 03/19/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dforest

Fair enough.


90 posted on 03/19/2012 1:38:39 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: dt57

;^)


91 posted on 03/19/2012 1:42:16 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dt57

Few of us get through life without making really bad mistakes, at least once and sometimes twice.

Good advice, but I have to take issue with calling a six year adulterous relationship a mistake. A mistake is when you think you are doing the right thing but aren’t. No one ever thinks that adultery is right.


92 posted on 03/19/2012 3:11:43 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

ok, you win. Few of us get through life without committing serious sin, usually more than once. That better?


93 posted on 03/19/2012 3:34:16 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: cripplecreek

Romney has 100 things that he can be criticized for. I don’t think going after Bain is the right way to go. You end up playing into Obama’s “class warfare socialism”

Especially when Wall Street has had enough of Obama.


94 posted on 03/19/2012 4:01:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: dt57

You bet. I’m afraid I’m way past the usually more than once mark.


95 posted on 03/19/2012 4:02:23 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

I take it you also don’t approve of Rick’s wife shacking up with an abortion doctor for 7 years?

Of course, Rick lived the life of an altar boy when he was a lawyer for World Wrestling./sarc

I really don’t care about the Santorum’s pasts, but I wish people would lay off Newt’s past, as well. Newt’s first wife should have gone to jail for seducing her 16 year old student (Newt), who married her when he was just 18. Newt was separated from his second wife for 4 years, tried a reconciliation , which failed. That might have something to do with his wife being under investigation by the FBI for illegal arms trading.

We can’t know what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes. That’s why God said to leave the judging up to Him.


96 posted on 03/19/2012 5:37:35 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: JediJones
"Why don’t we make Santorum answer a purity test questionnaire to see if he’s engaged in any sexual practices you find immoral? Because it is so vitally important to know this information. Everyone should be required to fill one out before applying for any job."

Because 90% of us simply DON'T CARE. The other 10% vote, in every election...nearly as a bloc.

Hell, they'd probably make a purity test mandatory for employment if they could.

97 posted on 03/19/2012 7:27:53 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

“Hell, they’d probably make a purity test mandatory for employment if they could.”

Have you ever:

[] had a beer before noon
[] gambled
[] had premarital sex
[] watched porn
[] danced to rock n roll music


98 posted on 03/19/2012 7:34:42 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Mariner
Today Rick said he "doesn't care about the unemployemnt rate." And all the blind mice ran out in front of the farmer's wife defending him. Insane.

But that's what happens when you secretly want to see America punished for her sins.

99 posted on 03/19/2012 8:20:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cripplecreek
I’m not hearing Santorum promise to create a whole new Federal environmental agency

Course not..he' s happy with the old ones growing and metastasizing like cancer.

100 posted on 03/19/2012 8:24:17 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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