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Gingrich insists he'll run until Romney has 1,144 delegates (article and short video)
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Posted on 03/26/2012 3:45:42 PM PDT by VinL

Newt Gingrich insisted Monday that he would continue in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination until Mitt Romney secured the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination, saying 'a whole new conversation' would occur if the frontrunner was also unable to hit the necessary total.

"I think the morning that he gets 1,144 that are locked down, then I think he claim to be the nominee. But until then, he's not the nominee," Gingrich said on CNN. "Remember, I'm from Atlanta, where we were ahead by 10.5 games last year with only 28 games to go, and the Cardinals didn't quit. Everybody wanted them to, but they just kept coming and they ended up winning. I think this is not over until it's over. "

..."Look, I think the front-runner's clearly Mitt Romney. Out of 10 million votes cast so far, he's only gotten four million. So he's the weakest front-runner in modern times," Gingrich said.

Gingrich defended his candidacy from calls from Republican leaders—and some of his own supporters—to exit the race.

"I say to them the same thing that Hillary Clinton would have said in 2008 when she was taking on Barack Obama. That ran all the way to mid-June, and only when he had finally the votes did he have the votes. This is a contest. "

"Gov. Romney spent six years, $40 million of his own money. He has outspent the rest of us by huge margins, and he's gotten four million out of 10 million votes. There is no obligation to concede it to him. If he can win it, more power to him. If he doesn't win it, then June, July and August become very interesting months," Gingrich said.

Host Wolf Blitzer then pressed Gingrich to admit that rival Rick Santorum ...

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To: duffee

Newt can stay in but he won’t be winning anything. To think so is delusional.


51 posted on 03/26/2012 5:08:05 PM PDT by dforest
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Hey Trapped, shout out back. We’re in, until Newt’s out.


52 posted on 03/26/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: dforest

You make stuff up.


53 posted on 03/26/2012 5:13:15 PM PDT by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: steve8714

Can Newt win another state in the schedule? If so, Game on!
If not, he’s helping Mitt

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I don’t know if he wins another state- doesn’t matter really. Newt’s playing for a playoff— stop Romney, get into the open convention tournament.

Newt has to stay around— if not, Romney and the Gop-e will overwhelm team player Rick. It will be over in a flash-.

Right now, Newt helps Rick.


54 posted on 03/26/2012 5:15:21 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: dforest

Then we all lose. I don’t believe Santorum or Romney will or can beat obama. But as long as we actually have someone in the race capable of leading the country and making the difference of America being able to escape from the mire and muck we’re in or not, I’ll support him. To have a nominee that can’t win the big one is another very hollow victory.


55 posted on 03/26/2012 5:20:31 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Happy Rain
Don't you guys who stir it up for Newt, have anything better to do-for months and months, we hear the same ole line-how Rick is sent by God and the others who oppose him for his views are like some kind of second class person, who lives off of hate and takes that hate out on Rick.
Geez, you are becoming sooo foolish with these fights. People are showing good patience for you guys. Newt is not getting out -maybe if Rick divides the ocean, I bet Newt would then—so, until that happens, Newt is in until it is over. Ricky, on the other hand, if he had united after Florida, we would be almost done with Romney by now. So, go look in the Ricky mirror, and thank yourselves. While there, thank Newt for still remaining in, due to an event that Rick and Mitt do fail. We don't want Mitt and Ricky does not have the gravitas to be president which he proves (by his own doings Not by Newt) Have a nice evening.
56 posted on 03/26/2012 5:21:49 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Cindy of Nashville

If you are going to say I made something up, then at least point out what I made up.


57 posted on 03/26/2012 5:24:24 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Happy Rain; trappedincanuckistan

Here’s looking at you with my thumb and index finger over my forehead in the shape of an “L” ;)

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you’re sitting in your pajamas at a keyboard, with your “thumb and index finger over [your] forehead” ....and you’re saying that Friend Trapped is the Loser?????

-:)

Vin


58 posted on 03/26/2012 5:25:34 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: duffee

Newt cannot win the big one. He can’t even get Republicans and conservatives to vote for him.

What part of that is it you don’t understand?

He comes in behind Ron Paul in more than a few races.

Newt would be creamed in the general election.


59 posted on 03/26/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Christie at the beach
Coulda shoulda woulda—whatever, it's in the past—At least we are fighting for our candidate NOW and not for Mitt Romney like you guys are.

Oh and by the way--I think it's great that Rick Santorum is a devout Christian Conservative with a solid moral core.

60 posted on 03/26/2012 5:39:49 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: dforest

Santorum or Romney can’t win and they are both unacceptable to me. I wouldn’t have said that about Santorum a few months ago but he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. I’ll stand with the one who could actually lead the nation and make a good President.


61 posted on 03/26/2012 5:40:08 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Happy Rain

The accsation that if we’re not for your guy we’re for Romney, If your guy was also a FISCAL CONSERVATIVE and could keep his foot out of his mouth he could possibly attract some of us. WHY would a rational person make that choice between Romney and Santorum as long as Newt is in the race, as a Social Conservative I would think you would recognize that there are some things worth praying for and worth to much to give up on.


62 posted on 03/26/2012 5:48:34 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee

Wow,Mitt sure loved that one—and what good did it do Newt?

I rest my case.


63 posted on 03/26/2012 5:54:29 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: VinL
How did you hack into my monitor cam?!?!

Peace FRiend;)

64 posted on 03/26/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: Happy Rain
“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk. I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.” –Rick Santorum.-- You never did comment on this quote. I was never for Romney and you know that. I was never for Santorum and you know that. What has Santorum done or said lately that would give me any incentive to support him? Just that he's a Social Conservative and not Romney? Newt is still in the race and I support him and I'm not compelled to make any other choice now because you want me to even if you really do believe I'm for Romney because you think I'm hurting Santorum's chances. Santorum is hurting his own chances.
65 posted on 03/26/2012 6:02:07 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Happy Rain

Your case would be that Santorum could win, unless you yourself are either for Romney or obama, hard to figure out which, santorum would be easy pickings for obama and you’re working awfully hard to get Newt out of the race. If you’re really for Santorum you could talk to him about his foot in mouth disease and that many of us Social Conservatives are also Fiscal Conservatives. Can you explain his quote?


66 posted on 03/26/2012 6:17:30 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Happy Rain

Your case would be that Santorum could win, unless you yourself are either for Romney or obama, hard to figure out which, santorum would be easy pickings for obama and you’re working awfully hard to get Newt out of the race. If you’re really for Santorum you could talk to him about his foot in mouth disease and that many of us Social Conservatives are also Fiscal Conservatives. Can you explain his quote?


67 posted on 03/26/2012 6:17:51 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee

Well, maybe he will become president of Georgia.


68 posted on 03/26/2012 6:30:46 PM PDT by dforest
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To: VinL

Good for Newt!!!!!

June, July and August should be loads of fun.

This has got to be really pi$$ing Romney off... and I love it.

As for Saintorum, well, he has yet again documented his “true conservative” metal , as well as his commanding knowledge of the constitution and the rule of law. LMAO

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/25/santorum-zimmerman-has-a-very-sick-mind-motive-a-malicious-one/

Go Newt Go....

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


69 posted on 03/26/2012 6:48:58 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: dforest

“Well, maybe he will become president of Georgia.”

Well, maybe Saintorum will become president of Pennsylvania.... no wait, the voters had already tossed him once. LMAO


70 posted on 03/26/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: dforest

And you and Santorum working hard to re-elect obama. Have you figured out what Santorum is saying in that quote yet?


71 posted on 03/26/2012 6:56:20 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Cicero
Only one problem. If Newt continues to split the vote and come in third or fourth, it actually increases Romney’s chances of hitting 1,144 delegates.

Mathematically it doesn't work out that way. Polling across various states shows without Newt, Santorum gets no more than 57% of Newt's share. In some states, Mitt getting 4 or 5 out of 10 Newt voters lets him will top 50% total which can mean he captures all delegates from the state.

Newt's exit actually accelerates Romney's path to the nomination.

Examining polling data and six upcoming states, Santorum can only be advantaged with Newt leaving if he can get within 2% of Romney now on his own (with Newt still in) and he outperforms the two-man best polling with 6 out of 10 Newt voters every time.

73 posted on 03/26/2012 8:02:04 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: trappedincanuckistan
And in return Newt gave Santorum all his ideas....except for “the economy is getting better”, “unemployment doesn’t matter”, “might as well stick with what we got (Obama)”, pronouncing Zimmerman guilty without a trial, robocalling Democrats in Michigan, “taking one for the team”, denying a separation between church and state........

Boom goes the dynamite.

Shout out to warrior VinL!

It's not so much Newt has given Santorum his ideas, Santorum has more or less stolen them, and there are times when his speeches include more of Newt's ideas, quotes and policies than Santorum's speechwriters. It's really sad to see the so-called good Christian candidate act in such a blatant political, cynical way, especially when Santorum has said his ideas and principles are written on his heart... this is gagsville bigtime.

Bob Beckel on the Five said today that he and Newt had a long ride into the city on the train this morning, and a very long and interesting talk. And Beckel offered one tidbit that he seemed impressed by - that Newt told him that by him and Rick staying in through the convention Obama doesn't who to prepare for, and they are essentially keeping him tied up; whereas Rick's, Romney's and Newt's campaigns can start their fall strategy and ad-making right now, since they know who their opponent will be. According to Newt, we need to keep doing what we're doing until June 26th, circle that date on your calendars!

Major shout out to MAJOR Warriors Trapped and VinL. :)

74 posted on 03/26/2012 8:20:46 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Cicero
Only one problem. If Newt continues to split the vote and come in third or fourth, it actually increases Romney’s chances of hitting 1,144 delegates.

I’m not knocking Newt. It’s his choice. But it does seem odd that he doesn’t envision coming back at least into second place in the race, but still continues on.

I’d much rather see Ron Paul drop out. But there’s no chance that he will, judging from his past behavior.

You're not seeing this clearly. If there is a pool, outside of romney committeds, of conservative and quasiconservative voters, call them nonromneys, to some degree or the other. Some of them will go to santorum as the socon, and some will go to Newt as a strongly proven conservative.

Polling has shown that if Newt or Santorum weren't in, in other words, if one of the "conservatives" dropped out, not all of their votes go to the remaining "conservative" singularly - approximately 50% of that pool would go to the only conservative remaining, and the other 50% to romney. So by staying in, Newt is robbing Romney of 25% of the delegates he would have gotten if only one conservative was in the race. Don't know if I explained it well enough, but that is the quantitative picture of what is going on if Newt stays in or if there are two anti-romneys.

75 posted on 03/26/2012 8:31:32 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: dforest
Gee whiz, Sarah making calls in Louisiana for Newt was a bust. This is not something to crow about.

Actually, I think it illustrates Sarah's concerns that value voters are not really thinking clearly or big picture, and that they are choosing the wrong candidate to bring to the general. And the fact she did jump in for Newt means that she realizes that religious zeal, especially in the South, is the card Santorum is playing, and it won't pack much wallop elsewhere.

I think Sarah understands, like alot of Newt supporters everywhere, that it is very difficult, if not impossible to dissuade those captured by religious or ethnic zeal -- exactly like what happened in 2008 with the dems.

76 posted on 03/26/2012 8:37:08 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: PoloSec
Smart move...romney has so many skeletons falling out of his closet, one of them may just knock him out of the race. I'm sure Newt is is thinking he wants to be in there when that happens.

The above, and I think he knows a major push is going to come forth in the coming weeks from the republican establishment and some, if not all, of the conservative media. He doesn't know that Rick will withstand that all, especially if they promise him if he does right by romney, next time it will be his turn... he will take one for the team again.

Newt, the bastard, won't give in and can't be bought. he already knows most of the party hates him. This is a man on a mission...

Newt terminator

77 posted on 03/26/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Gator113
Good for Newt!!!!!

June, July and August should be loads of fun.

This has got to be really pi$$ing Romney off... and I love it.

As for Saintorum, well, he has yet again documented his “true conservative” metal , as well as his commanding knowledge of the constitution and the rule of law. LMAO

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/25/santorum-zimmerman-has-a-very-sick-mind-motive-a-malicious-one/

Go Newt Go....

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”

RE "This has got to be really pi$$ing Romney off..."

think beyond Romney, the Gop-e must be having hourly hissy fits... this was supposed to be all over and done by now. Their boy was supposed to be in, and all that was left was the coronation in Tampa. And then the rabble got roused, and their candidate isn't buying the election as easily as they thought he would... all in all, they are having many many really crummy days in a row...

78 posted on 03/26/2012 8:54:22 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Ingtar
Talk about some of Santorum’s statements. This one makes Newt sound not serious and positive that Romney is the nominee.

I'm not really sure what you're talking about, "not serious"... I thought Newt provided a lot of historical perspective, facts and figures, and a baseball analogy that was very apt.

Either way, he's headed for Tampa. Time the Establishment GOP realized they can't take the base for granted...

79 posted on 03/26/2012 8:57:48 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Happy Rain
Gingrich has become so insignificant he can do whatever he pleases now.

He came in with class—too bad he has decided not to go out the same way.

Now all he is doing is giving Mitt's people an excuse to bash Santorum while claiming to be his people.

You don't have to have a great imagination to visualize what romney would do to santorum to finally get him out of the way. He would simply decide to assassinate him as he did Newt in Florida.

What I have heard, maybe you have also, is that romney's vaunted campaign staff is flummoxed right now - they thought newt was dead and gone, and they are not sure who they should eliminate immediately, and who they should have a last stand with... of course, they believe they have but to decide and can accomplish their goal, when it's really more like pressing on a soft balloon...

Oh, and just to disagree with you a little, I really can't fathom any political circumstance where Newton Leroy is insignificant...

80 posted on 03/26/2012 9:19:42 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
I caught Newt on Cavuto today. He was excellent!

I saw it, also, and thought it was excellent, too. apparently, santorum was on Friday and got into a shouting match with Neil and had one of his little Santantrums. I am hoping Cavuto has lots of regular viewers who saw both, and noted the difference in maturity and depth of experience.

GO NEWT!!

81 posted on 03/26/2012 9:23:31 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: VinL
If Newt wants Romney (ridiculous on its face), why then wouldn’t he withdraw, endorse him, give his delegates to Mitt, and campaign for him?

BINGO! Not only that, the party establishment would embrace and fall in love with Newt and he would be the GOP's kingmaker! He could probably write his own ticket from here on, IF that is what he wanted..

Instead, for the past month, Newt’s only ads attack Mitt- and today again he defended Rick (re: Rick’s temper tantrum)- citing the pressure of the campaign.

Not only did he graciously defend rick, when, if santorum had the same type of opportunity, he would gotten off a major smarm on Newt. but more importantly, Newt pivoted from that right onto Obama and his hot mic remarks, with a scathing indictment, and asking what other deals has barack made for after the election? He said santorum wasn't the dangerous one, obama was... Rick Santorum has never been that gracious or honest about Newt..

82 posted on 03/26/2012 9:32:40 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever

“they are having many many really crummy days in a row...”

That thought gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. ;>)


83 posted on 03/26/2012 9:51:07 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: dforest

“Newt can stay in but he won’t be winning anything. To think so is delusional.”

Saintorum can stay in but he won’t be winning anything. To think so is delusional.


84 posted on 03/26/2012 10:09:17 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: duffee
Exhibit A—you just bashed Santorum...did it help Newt? (we all know he is finished so no)) did it help Mitt? (well duh!) We know it hurts Rick.

You have made your pick and it is Mitt—simple logic.

85 posted on 03/27/2012 3:36:09 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: Happy Rain

You have been all to “Happy” to bash Newt, I didn’t Bash Santorum, I bashed you for your tactics, I don’t believe you’re likely to get many converts to Santorum with your tactics and I don’t think Santorum is likely to get many converts with the comments he’s made lately. Your tactics are as likely to turn people away from Santorum as his own comments and “FISCAL” record.

His quote, to me means we need a debt so I can refrain from voting for the outrageous spending the other guy wants while continuing to vote for the outrageous spending I want. If we had a balanced budget and no outstanding debt I couldn’t control myself and I would vote for his outrageous programs also.

If you are looking for conversions to Santorum you need to show he is actually better than Romney. At this point I don’t want either of them. I’ve tried to refrain from this type comment on Santorum but you and your buddy dforest seem to bring out the worst in some people. You have ignored my reasons for staying with Newt other than saying it’s your guy or Romney choose now. The choices I make are mine, not yours and I’ll make the right choice at the right time and I guarntee it won’t be anytime before one of the candidates gets the 1144 needed.

You mention rational decisions, how rational would it be for me to jump on the Santorum bandwagon now even as it’s headed for the ditch and how rational is it for you to believe that someone such as myself with my beliefs and loyalties would jump to your guy because of what sounds like schoolyard taunts, “If you don’t like Rick your for Romney”, NO I don’t like your guy, I didn’t like Dole or McCain or HW or Ford either. It’s like a very bad snakebite and I’m not going to cut my foot off until the gangrene sets in.


86 posted on 03/27/2012 6:48:33 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Happy Rain

I left three comments out of post 86. NO I don’t like Romney, No I don’t like Paul, and your logic and rational are both suspect.


87 posted on 03/27/2012 6:59:07 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Cindy of Nashville
Your corny.

I remember when Bubble Gum was rationed, so I know what corny means. {:-)

88 posted on 03/27/2012 1:02:45 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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To: Happy Rain
Newt was able to help Mitt squeak by Santorum in primaries like Ohio and Michigan

That alone is the most telling event in this election. What a legacy for Newt. There has been plenty of blood letting on these threads, but to what purpose?

Pray for our Nation, for surely we are about to see how badly we need Him.

89 posted on 03/27/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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