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Rubio endorses Romney, saying he's 'earned' it
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Posted on 03/28/2012 8:43:56 PM PDT by TJA

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," saying Romney offers "a very clear alternative" to President Obama's vision for the future of the country.

Rubio, a young, first-termer who has been discussed as a possible vice presidential candidate, criticized talk of a fight for the Republican nomination on the convention floor, a possibility that is keeping alive the campaigns of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

"I think that's a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama," Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Romney has "earned this nomination," Rubio said, though he again shot down questions about whether he would accept any offers of a spot on the ticket.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: florida; kenyanbornmuzzie; marcorubio; massachusetts; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; rubio
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To: upsdriver
Romney hasn't earned anything yet although it does appear I'll be voting independent party this year. Rubio and the GOP quite possibly have lost my vote.

If Romney is the nominee, it will be either third-party or write in for me as POTUS.

I'll never vote for the Father of Gay Marriage.
51 posted on 03/28/2012 10:36:19 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: true believer forever

“You could start an Ignore List like I have. I have 2 people on my regular ignore, and 1 person on my super ignore. My life here is much happier and more meaningful since my Ignore List.”

I appreciate the suggestion. I take it that it’s something you unofficially do (vs. something I could actually select w/in FR)? I would like to be able to just avoid receiving messages from a few specific morons, but I suppose the obvious alternative is to simply refuse to open them. Live and learn...


52 posted on 03/28/2012 10:38:19 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: Pride in the USA

Me too.


53 posted on 03/28/2012 10:48:24 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Thank you.


54 posted on 03/28/2012 10:57:26 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: Rastus

“I know people here (not you, from what I can tell) are saying they’ll forget the presidency and concentrate on expanding our House majority and gaining back the Senate, but this guy doesn’t even care about that. He does whatever the hell he wants.”

You’re right, and as for BHO disregarding Congress, the courts, Constitution, etc., we ain’t seen NUTHIN’ yet if we hand him a second term. More SC justices, more commie (or Muslim) Czars, more even scarier Executive Orders, deadly foreign policy and things we haven’t even imagined yet.

I’m alarmed at the number of people (even here on FR) who are in disbelief or denial about how truly dangerous BHO is - so much so that he’ll kill this republic (and large numbers of US along with it) if he’s not ousted in November. And frankly, if his numbers look bad as it nears, I’ll be holding my breath that he doesn’t create a “national emergency” to exercise his latest EO, declare martial law, take control of everything and everyone, and suspend all elections.

This election (if we’re allowed to have it) may very well be a close one, and given as great an amount of voter fraud as the Left can perpetrate, we’ll need all the anti-BHO votes possible. We can’t afford for anyone to stay home in protest. Those who think that ANY of the R’s would be as bad as B. Hussein are just dead wrong.

Yes, it’ll take time to reform (or replace) the GOP and rebuild the republic, not to mention undo the damage BHO has wrought, but if we don’t do ALL we can to replace him and do it successfully - then our time just ran out.


55 posted on 03/28/2012 11:02:00 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: MestaMachine
As much as I hate to admit it, I think I gave Conservatives too much credit for having more common sense. Instead, all I see is a herd of mindnumbed cats playing with catnip. If we couldn’t defeat romney KNOWING what a shapeshifter he is, or santorum who started out whining which has now turned into prolonged howls of victimhood, even as he moved ahead using the backdoor of romney money and romney’s assassination of Gingrich, without which his candidacy would have been long over, shame on us.

We only have this chance to change anything at all.

Never give up and never give in.

You're right - we have this chance. When I think about strategy, I always go to the worst case scenario first, and work back from that, to see if I could live with it, if it indeed did occur.

As far as I'm concerned, the wcs here is we get there, Newt makes it in, gets stymied and blocked by the powers that be at every turn, and romney gets the nomination, and to rub salt in the wound, santorum is the VP.

I have decided I can actually live with that because we will have made a mess of their well-laid plans, we will have come up on the republican porch, and people like us, the rabble, aren't allowed on the porch, we can sit nearby, just not on the porch.

So we make some noise, bring some pain, maybe even embarrass a few of the more pompous ones. Make lots of new friends, form alliances, support Romney as a place keeper and on January 23, 2013, start planning a genuine conservative primary challenge to incumbent romney - with all the new angry friends we made in Tampa... and otherwise.

that's my this-I-can-live-with plan... and I can live with it.

On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!

56 posted on 03/28/2012 11:06:42 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Magic Fingers

“You get it. Some don’t.”

WAY too many don’t.


57 posted on 03/28/2012 11:06:42 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Magic Fingers
I appreciate the suggestion. I take it that it’s something you unofficially do (vs. something I could actually select w/in FR)? I would like to be able to just avoid receiving messages from a few specific morons, but I suppose the obvious alternative is to simply refuse to open them. Live and learn...

It's more a state of mind... and as soon as I see one of my ignorees, I just scroll by very quickly and get past them...and should they post or mail me, I don't respond.

there is a semi-official thing you can do - I had a guy dogging me one time - and a couple times he was so nasty that he scared me, and a few freepers mailed me and said I could publicly post and ask him not to bother me or post to me, and if he did after that request, I could report him to the mods.

but I didn't, because I didn't want to cause trouble for the guy, and it worked out well because now we at least wave and say hi, when we see each others on the board. we even have a little friendship going now... a little one :)

58 posted on 03/28/2012 11:17:21 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: SoConPubbie

We all have our dream scenarios. Mine is that Newt prevents Romney from gathering the necessary delegates. Newt also knows that he hasn’t the appeal to get the nomination so he pushes for Sarah Palin to become the nominee. The base wants her and I believe Newt despises Romney enough that he would relish the role of “kingmaker”. Unlikely? Sure, but a really fun thought.


59 posted on 03/28/2012 11:19:16 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: upsdriver
We all have our dream scenarios. Mine is that Newt prevents Romney from gathering the necessary delegates. Newt also knows that he hasn’t the appeal to get the nomination so he pushes for Sarah Palin to become the nominee. The base wants her and I believe Newt despises Romney enough that he would relish the role of “kingmaker”. Unlikely? Sure, but a really fun thought.

I like that, and have never thought about that specifically. sarah out front, and Newt vp, bringing all the gravitas one ticket could ever need.

Prepare to meet the lightning!

60 posted on 03/28/2012 11:28:11 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s a record the Republican primary voters care about. If he’s the nominee, he’s overcome that record. It won’t be a problem with independents in the general and Republicans will have to decide whether 4 more of Obama is worse than Romney.


61 posted on 03/28/2012 11:28:34 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: TJA

I’m certainly not going to call Marco Rubio a RINO. The Heritage Foundation’s Action Scorecard has Rubio at a 90% rating for his record of conservative legislation, which is one of the highest scores among all senators. No question, the GOP establishment has organized a rallying cry around every influential conservative member in Washington over the past couple of weeks by begging them to publicly endorse Romney “for the sake of party unity” to get conservative voters to coalesce behind him, or else they believe he will be an increasingly damaged candidate the longer the race goes on.

Nonetheless, I continue to become increasingly frustrated and more resentful at this pathetic excuse for a Republican party and it just goes to show we still have a LONG way to go to get rid of the GOP establishment.


62 posted on 03/28/2012 11:53:24 PM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: true believer forever; JoSixChip; katiedidit1; caww

I happened to watch Hannity tonight and saw Rubio’s performance and announcement. He went against Newt in favor of Romney in FL over some radio or TV ad’s wording with which Rubio took issue, so his endorsement came as no surprise to me.

A brokered convention is too messy for Rubio. Boo-Hoo.
Newt’s out of money and that’s the real crying shame.

Rubio’s endorsement is the one Romney has been waiting for. Not he has it.

Romney-Rubio 2012. He and the GOP-E think those two will be the uniting winner. Maybe so for a whole lot of voters.

ONTO TAMPA! NO ROMNEY!


63 posted on 03/29/2012 12:05:56 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: llandres

If it’s close—and it no doubt will be—that’s a pretty sad commentary on the electorate that they would send this absolute nightmare back up there.


64 posted on 03/29/2012 12:18:19 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: TJA

Do you think Obama will give up if it is struck down? If not, what makes you think Romney would either. It boggles the mind, that the guy who came up with one of the worst policies in the history of bad policies, is somehow okay, just because one small piece of the policy may be declared unconstitutional on a Federal level. Romney still thinks it’s a good idea and that’s why he will never get my vote or one penny of my money. At least voluntarily.


65 posted on 03/29/2012 12:21:07 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: JSDude1

Rubio was the RINO backup candidate in Florida.

The GOP-E wanted the Senate seat but knew Charlie Crist had a secret life that the Democrats would have made public if he were the Republican candidate.

So they went to Rubio and pushed Charlie out.


66 posted on 03/29/2012 1:18:12 AM PDT by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: TJA
So, Mr. Rubio wishes to disenfranchise the Repub primary voters yet to cast their ballot.

I thought Rubio was a Tea Party guy ... guess not.

67 posted on 03/29/2012 2:38:30 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: TJA

In many ways, “RINO Republicanism” is its own political party, and this creates many ongoing problems with conservatism and with conservative Republicans. “Establishment Republicanism”, “Libertarian Republicanism”, and “Elitist Republicanism” deepens the political fissures even more with conservatives and with conservative Republicans. What will be the definitive answer to the long-term existence of U.S. conservatism?


68 posted on 03/29/2012 3:17:42 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: RoosterRedux

How old do you have to be to be strapped down to a roof for a 12 hour drive and who is doing this to our senior citizens?


69 posted on 03/29/2012 3:25:55 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: TJA

Not Tea Party, is he?

Nope. Two ineligible Mormons unite — rather than be honest.


70 posted on 03/29/2012 3:44:45 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: CapnJack

Everybody was a Tea Party guy when they thought it got them votes. As soon as they hit DC, though, they either reveal their true colors (ala Scott Brown) or “modify” their positions, ala Rubio.

Also, Rubio was brought up as a Mormon, although I believe he now goes to some kind of non-denominational church, so this probably factored into it too.

He really sabotaged Gingrich with Hispanics here and has always clearly favored Romney, so I’m not surprised.


71 posted on 03/29/2012 3:47:07 AM PDT by livius
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To: TJA

Not going to go after Rubio as this was no surprise and in his best personal interest. He indirectly endorsed Romney in the 2 weeks leading up to the Florida primary by making headlines attacking Gingrich everyday. I don’t hate Rubio. He is becoming a part of the establishment with this move (it is part of the process) but he is not a RINO at this point. I am still not voting for Romney.


72 posted on 03/29/2012 3:51:02 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: llandres
You’re right, and as for BHO disregarding Congress, the courts, Constitution, etc., we ain’t seen NUTHIN’ yet if we hand him a second term. More SC justices, more commie (or Muslim) Czars, more even scarier Executive Orders, deadly foreign policy and things we haven’t even imagined yet.
You don't have to imagine. You just have to pay attention. He says it all out loud. Like his plan to have us stand down from the world stage as a nuclear power, give up ALL our weapons, and cede all such authority to the Soviets. (Yes, the Soviets. That's exactly what Putin is. A KGB Soviet dictator.)
73 posted on 03/29/2012 3:57:02 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

“In many ways, “RINO Republicanism” is its own political party, and this creates many ongoing problems with conservatism and with conservative Republicans.”

Perhaps, since it has been 32 years since we have nominated one of our own in this process and all of the disappointments and betrayals at the lower levels since then, maybe we are not republicans and the party has left us. I’m thinking 3rd party from here on out. Neither the republican party nor the democrat party come close to representing me and frankly, the results have been pretty comparable. If you step away from the kitchen table wedge issues, Obama has been worse than Bush, but Clinton was better than Bush (both of them). So really, since Reagan, both major parties have run this country to ground with neither party really being any better in charge.


74 posted on 03/29/2012 4:03:06 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: TJA

I will not vote for Romney, even if he is the nominee. By voting for the Republican establishment candidate, it only encourages them to nominate someone even more liberal the next time. At some point, this trend has to stop, or we will end up with someone worse than Obama as the Republican nominee. Voting for Romney might be good tactics, but it is horrible strategy.

I have said before that the biggest enemies of social conservaatives are liberal Republicans. In a contest between Obama and Romney, social conservatives have no one to vote for.


75 posted on 03/29/2012 4:11:00 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: TJA
Romney is a nonstarter. Whoever endorses him permanently maims their own political careers.
76 posted on 03/29/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: TJA
Looks like the surging Rick Santorum is scaring Mitt Romney's GOP establishment RINOs.

So they are calling out the big guns—they want their McCain and Dole no matter what!!!

This will definitely NOT enhance the senator's conservative resume.

77 posted on 03/29/2012 4:21:34 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: JoSixChip
At least you have the character to admit you prefer Mitt to Rick when you criticize Rick.

Santorum has received the lion's share of conservative votes so far so with that in mind I will join those many conservatives and say you are wrong. Rick Santorum has more conservative bones in his pinky toe than Mitt Romney has in his whole body and would stomp Obama like he was a lit cigarette on a pile of newspapers.

78 posted on 03/29/2012 4:31:00 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: freespirit2012

Still though the “it’s his turn” mantra is all hundreds of thousands of Republican primary voters seem to know. They lack knowledge of the process.


79 posted on 03/29/2012 4:52:11 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people have again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Happy Rain

Rick Santorum is often attacked here and by other conservatives often, it’s mind boggling.

Living near his hometown, I will tell you that I don’t have a good feeling about Rick being able to carry PA in our primary. He was trashed for the Specter thing, even though Toomey is now being criticized by conservatives, too.

What confuses and worries me the MOST is seeing our side continually trashing any candidate on our side. There is absolutely no consensus on a candidate, but we seem to want to try to find the ‘perfect’ non-existent conservative.

Rubio was very beloved until this. Now that he’s endorsed Romney, he’s being called a rino.

I really hope that we ALL see the danger of another 4 years of Obama.


80 posted on 03/29/2012 4:53:20 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: DestroyLiberalism
I continue to become increasingly frustrated and more resentful at this pathetic excuse for a Republican party and it just goes to show we still have a LONG way to go to get rid of the GOP establishment.

Yes, but the GOP establishment has just about purged the party of real conservatives, who are badly outnumbered. The country is just too liberal to consider conservatism: that's what Nixon thought as early as 1960.

81 posted on 03/29/2012 4:57:33 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people have again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: swpa_mom
Rick is surging right now and none of the polls will be honest about it until the votes are about to be cast.

The way the PA Yankee won in the South impressed me and he will put to the test whether a conservative running as a conservative has a chance against the GOP-e RINO money and power.

82 posted on 03/29/2012 5:02:22 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: hinckley buzzard
It may be an irrelevant question to some people but it isn't to me.

Romney strapped the family dog (in a travel carrier) to the roof of the family station wagon for a 12 hour trip from Boston to Canada. Even his children were screaming for him not to do it...and the dog had diarrhea all over the car.

As an animal lover, this is cruelty bordering on the psychopathic.

IMHO this incident is a good indicator of the depth of Romney's sensitivity to others (which is to say "little or none").

83 posted on 03/29/2012 5:10:48 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: swpa_mom

Toomey knows how liberal people in PA really are, and I know James Carville once said most of the state was like northern AL, but Toomey is hedging his bets for 2016. Three is a huge opposition to Santorum from most Republicans, it seems.


84 posted on 03/29/2012 5:21:27 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people have again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Theodore R.

I think carville claimed that central PA was like Alabama......only because it’s so conservative.

We’ll see, all I know is Santorum is being trashed by so called conservative newspapers and I really do get sick and tired of conservatives claiming Rick isn’t ‘conservative enough’.


85 posted on 03/29/2012 5:31:39 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Huskrrrr

One can imagine the chat the GOP establishment, led by McCain, McConnell and Jeb Bush, just had with young Rubio (in the tenor of Foghorn Leghorn):

“You gotta lotta talent boy. You’re young but you got spunk. With our help you can go places in this town. But you gotta learn to play ball. Be part of the team. See the big picture. Look at me while I’m talking to you boy. Sure Romney’s an empty suit, but he’s our empty suit. He won’t win in 2012. We know that. And when he goes down this fall you’ll be in a great position for 2016. You’ll be our boy, but we need you to take one for the team in 2012. You play ball with us in 2012 you’ll be our star in 2016. Now be a good boy and endorse Romney so we can be done with this meaningless Presidential primary and focus on the Senate elections. Glad to have you on our team boy.”


86 posted on 03/29/2012 5:31:39 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: DestroyLiberalism

“No question, the GOP establishment has organized a rallying cry around every influential conservative member in Washington over the past couple of weeks by begging them to publicly endorse Romney”

I think you mean twisting their arms. The establishment only asks nicely when dealing with their fellow crooks.

But even with sellouts coming out of the woodwork, there are a few bright spots. Pat Toomey, for all his other mistakes, has made it clear that he’s not going to endorse Romney. Yes, he recites some of their talking points, but he’s strong enough to avoid giving them the ultimate satisfaction.


87 posted on 03/29/2012 5:31:50 AM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: llandres
Yes, it’ll take time to reform (or replace) the GOP and rebuild the republic, not to mention undo the damage BHO has wrought, but if we don’t do ALL we can to replace him and do it successfully - then our time just ran out.

Our time ran out in 2010...

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

The Republican Party can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.

88 posted on 03/29/2012 5:33:29 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Theodore R.
Toomey knows how liberal people in PA really are,

Whut?


89 posted on 03/29/2012 5:37:22 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ScottinVA
-"I`m amazed at how many prominent people will connect themselves to a candidate because of perceived “electability,”

The reality is that it's always been that way. You see, the "prominent" people consider themselves to be members of a 'club' (i.e. Party), and as such, at some point they begin to weigh the significance of the situation in terms of what it means to their 'club', ergo... why they decide to join in one direction, regardless of the 'individual'.

90 posted on 03/29/2012 5:39:05 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: wolfman23601
He is becoming a part of the establishment with this move (it is part of the process) but he is not a RINO at this point.

Flashback:

Trent Lott on Tea Party candidates: ‘As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them’

91 posted on 03/29/2012 5:40:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: TJA

I hope Romney picks Rubio for VP.


92 posted on 03/29/2012 5:43:04 AM PDT by angcat (PLEASE GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: swpa_mom
Living near his hometown, I will tell you that I don’t have a good feeling about Rick being able to carry PA in our primary.

Santorum was in Gettysburg last week and an enormous crowd turned out for him.

93 posted on 03/29/2012 5:44:50 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

I hope those crowds continue. We have a closed primary, so there’s less chance of hanky panky, and if the middle of the state turns out (failing to do so in 2008), Rick has a shot.


94 posted on 03/29/2012 5:48:30 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: livius
“Rubio was brought up as a Mormon, although I believe he now goes to some kind of non-denominational church, so this probably factored into it too.”

I hate to inject facts into an otherwise irrelevant debate, but ... here goes:

Rubio’s parents are Catholic. The family attended a Mormon church in Las Vegas for three years when they lived there in the 1980s. Rubio was confirmed and married in the Catholic Church. Rubio regularly attends both Catholic Mass and services in a nondenominational church affiliated with the Southern Baptist convention.

95 posted on 03/29/2012 5:48:43 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: TJA

More party over principles stuff


96 posted on 03/29/2012 5:51:39 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: littleharbour

You nailed it!


97 posted on 03/29/2012 5:52:15 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: littleharbour

Yep, that’s probably what happened. Another bright, young conservative starts down the road leading to “compromise for the good of the party.”


98 posted on 03/29/2012 6:02:02 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

At some point they all have their price. Even Sarah Palin. The only one I’ve seen so far who seems incorruptible is Allen West, and the GOP is going out of its way to screw him out of his congressional district. Honesty, integrity and independence are a death sentence in Washington. The big parties are all about subservience, compromise and situational ethics.


99 posted on 03/29/2012 6:13:18 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: JSDude1

“I don’t want him as V.P. and never bought into the whole conservative fauning over him.”

I’ve NEVER understood the Free Republic fawning over Rubio.....His endorsement of Romney is NO SURPRISE.....This is just ONE example.....Spending taxpayer money right after an election to redecorate his office is another.....(Can’t serve the people in an old fashioned office now, can we?)....The list goes on and on......(Would Palin do that?, don’t think so).......More on corrupt Rubio at the link........Real conservatives in Florida know his record.....He is as RINO as they come......

http://pushingrope.blogspot.com/2010/07/meek-rubio-make-crew-list-for-most.html


100 posted on 03/29/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by 3722535r
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