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Santorum might drop out rather than lose Pennsylvania primary (Losing would end political career)
The Hill ^ | 04/04/2012 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 04/04/2012 10:44:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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Got you P.F., you can’t reply to Romney’s lying record
so you make it personal. Don’t be angry.

God has revealed His plan, do not kill, if you vote for a pro-abort, it’s your soul. You cooperated with evil.

51 posted on 04/04/2012 2:16:55 PM PDT by stpio
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To: Kenny
Santorum is a empty suit and only appealed again to the Huckabee Social Conservatives, with the same result.

Newt was the only real alternative to Romney, and the Establishment knew that.

Now that Romney has the nomination all but locked up, you will see Santorum fade like Huckabee did.

52 posted on 04/04/2012 2:21:54 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Despite your apparent glee at getting Romney for the nominee, I think it may be premature. A poll just out says the people don’t want Rick or Newt to drop until Romney’s over the finish line.

53 posted on 04/04/2012 2:26:02 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: altura

Have to agree with your comment. It’s quite bewildering to read some of the ideas and comments from fellow conservatives. I’ve simply been at a loss of words to say how I feel about what I see happening. It’s really quite discouraging.

BUT, I will work very hard for the down ticket races. There is actual ‘hope’ here in WA state that we may see a change in the Gov race. Which would be a first in a very long time.

55 posted on 04/04/2012 3:43:02 PM PDT by conservaKate (Newt! Newt! Newt! Just say no to Romney.)
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To: alstewartfan

Not rational? Is the GOP rational? The country clubbers? No. Down with the TEA party at any cost is their thinking. Like, Santorum being offered VP?

56 posted on 04/04/2012 3:53:25 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney lost a bunch of primaries in 2008 and that didn’t stop him this time. Santorum losing PA can easily be waved away as people wanting a late primary to be over. And if Romney loses the general election, the entire mindset of the voters in this primary will be called into question and won’t hold any weight. Santorum has an incredibly favorable batch of states coming up in May and THAT’S what the GOP elites are afraid of. It might not be enough to stop Romney from getting the nomination, but he could have a long series of embarrassing losses.

Trying to inject this fear of losing his home state into Santorum to cause him to drop out is just the latest establishment talking point being used to push Romney on us. FOX News was pushing that meme hardcore last night as soon as the results were in.

By the way, if Romney is so inevitable, why doesn’t he stop spending money on advertising at all from now on? His inevitability should be enough to sweep him over the finish line, right? Is he wasting precious campaign funds that can be used against Obama merely to humiliate an opponent who is going to be beaten anyway? That doesn’t seem like it’s “for the good of the party.”

57 posted on 04/04/2012 4:54:35 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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those who say Romney is now genuinely pro-life point out that a state Supreme Court decision forced their inclusion over anyone’s objections.

Santorum already got him on that in the debate. He said every Republican knows if you don't specifically rule out abortion coverage in a bill, the courts will say it is covered. And Romney left that provision out.

Anyone who doesn't think Romney is going to be pronouncing Roe vs. Wade "the settled law of the land" as soon as the convention is over is fooling themselves.

58 posted on 04/04/2012 4:57:00 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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RE: Santorum was also for abortion a few years back and voted on legislation that supported it. (When he was a Representative)

Well what to say? Reagan was pro-choice too when he was governor. In fact, he signed California’s abortion bill. People do change. It is what they do AFTER they change their stance that counts for me.

59 posted on 04/04/2012 5:30:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Great title for a news article article. /sarc

Could just as easily say "maybe not", (or may not).

So what?

We already know the liberal mass media and Republocrat Establishment have an identical an agenda.

Let me run it past some of the FReepers who might be "dense" and have not gotten it yet.

A) The US MSM overwhelming wants Barack Obama re-elected.

B) As in 2008, they want to field the poorest GOP candidate, a moderate without a strong central core, to demoralize the Conservative Base, and they want no conservative voice at the GOP convention, either in nominee, rules/planks/platform/messaging.

C) They want to create a narrative, such as "this one has the GOP nomination", or "that one might drop out", when in fact much of it is speculation and as we know, many more Americans are yet to vote to have their say, Mitt Romney does not have the nomination at this time, there are still three other active candidates on the field who can also continue to gain delegates.

D)The US MSM narrative now is the Mitt Romney will be the nominee. At the appropriate time, they will bring out the messaging on him which will cause his defeat at the hands of Barack Obama.

In all due respect, really, to engage in this discussion here on Vice Presidential candidates is an insult to the Presidential candidates still campaigning, raising money, receiving delegates (such as Santorum did in Wisconsin), etc. So I just say we shelve it for the time being. Not taking that bait anyways (and that is outside of my own opinion of Paul Ryan dropping dramatically).

60 posted on 04/04/2012 6:27:41 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Archiving the most VIRULENT, FACT-FILLED Anti-Romney FR Articles (So Many of them) For Later Release)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Mark Levin’s fist hour today on Romney’s election tactics was memorable.

-—57% of the delegates, but only 41% of the GOP primary vote

-—GOP primary vote depressed

-—Carpet bombing tactics

-—Enthusiasm gap

-—Early “red” state primaries had proportional delegates while “blue” states have winner take all.

61 posted on 04/04/2012 7:23:55 PM PDT by ak267
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To: stpio

Judge not that you be not judged.

I’m not a fan of Romney’s religion but I don’t think it disqualifies him.

He will be better than Obama.

And you presume way too much about what God will or won’t do.

62 posted on 04/04/2012 7:39:50 PM PDT by altura
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To: stpio
Romney is a bishop in a non-Christian sect.

So what? You have a problem with 'non-Christians'? Think, maybe, that they ought not to be in politics?

You brought this up as a negative, so defend it.

63 posted on 04/04/2012 7:44:06 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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You, and Santorum, are living embodiments of the below principal.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

- C.S. Lewis

64 posted on 04/04/2012 7:54:53 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Kenny
Don't forget that Rick Santorum had no billionaire casino sugar daddy like Newt.

Unfortunately, momentum is no longer our friend. If Santorum loses in Pennsylvania, it might not only be the end of his quest for the GOP nomination, but also the end of his political career.

Seven reasons for Rick Santorum

  1. Who has won the most states without the benefit of their own money, last election's organization or a billionaire casino sugar daddy?
  2. Who is everybody's second choice when he isn't their first?
  3. Who can get both the Romney people and the Gingrich people, who hate each other, to vote for him?
  4. Who has the best record on immigration?
  5. Who has the best plan for repealing ObamaCare? And is the only GOP candidate who didn't help write or approve legislation which helped spawn this fiasco?
  6. Who has the best plan for expanding the American economy and strengthening American families?
  7. Who is the closest thing we have to the "generic Republican" which polls show consistently beating Obama and is most likely to make the election about Obama's sorry record rather than about himself?

65 posted on 04/04/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

>> Unfortunately, momentum is no longer our friend.

The gloss wore off. Newt should have remained the choice.

66 posted on 04/04/2012 8:24:46 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Vigilanteman

I honestly think if Rick would start talking more about how he manages his money vs. Mitt, it could make a big difference. It’s going to be business as usual with Mitt because he doesn’t respect other people’s money. But Rick does respect the dollar and I think he could make a difference.

Also, Rick needs to talk about his plans for jobs and getting us out of debt. Needs to use his public forums more to get his word out.

67 posted on 04/04/2012 8:45:18 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: gogogodzilla

Your C.S. Lewis quote, he was a little prejudiced, growing
up in Belfast. I think he was Catholic in his heart.

You have to help others realize you can’t support pro-
aborts. It’s a sin on your soul and must be confessed. Obama, a Herod is the maximum pro-abort, Romney, less murderous but he legislated abortion in Massachusetts.

No one has seen a change, an action on his part to believe Mitt is for life now.

“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is a holiest object presented to your senses.”
C.S. Lewis

68 posted on 04/04/2012 9:45:51 PM PDT by stpio
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To: SeekAndFind

PPP poll

Mitt Romney’s taken the lead in PPP’s newest poll of Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania. Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%. The numbers represent a dramatic turnaround from when PPP polled the state a month ago. Romney’s gained 17 points, going from 25% to 42%. Meanwhile Santorum’s dropped 6 points from 43% to 37%, for an overall swing of 23 points in the last four weeks.

69 posted on 04/04/2012 11:07:44 PM PDT by entropy12 (Every tax payer now owes $150,000 towards the national debt. Greek tragedy on the way here.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ricky’s “political career” ended years ago when he was defeated by 18 points when running for re-election to the Senate. .....The guy is a motor-mouth and doesn’t understand when he should just stop talking when on the stump. ....He may have some good ideas, but he then keeps blabbing and gets away from them to talk about his personal social values.

70 posted on 04/04/2012 11:23:50 PM PDT by octex
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To: octex

The man is a complete fool. He should have never been in this race to begin with, much less stayed in it this long.

71 posted on 04/04/2012 11:39:13 PM PDT by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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To: entropy12

Santorum isn’t quitting, the media is against him and the
constant negative ads Romney puts out costing millions.

I admire his courage.


Predictably Predictable

by Robert McCain

Rick Santorum defiantly resists Mitt Romney’s “inevitability.”

...”Romney’s super PAC has spent nearly $30 million on advertising, 91 percent of it on negative ads aimed at either Gingrich or Santorum. By some estimates, the Romney campaign is spending at a rate of more than $15 per vote, compared to less than $6 per vote for Santorum.

None of that was mentioned Tuesday night in the post-primary discussion on Fox News, which predictably cut off Rick Santorum’s speech halfway through, and then predictably began discussing the campaign in terms of when Santorum would drop out and how Republicans could “coalesce” behind Romney who, the commentators declared, is now definitely the inevitable nominee. Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, Mary Katharine Ham, Stephen Hayes — every voice on Fox News was singing the same predictable tune from the hymnal of inevitability. Santorum’s supporters have been complaining for weeks about the transparent pro-Romney bias at Fox, and it was perhaps not entirely a coincidence that conservative columnist Michelle Malkin — a Fox News contributor who endorsed Santorum in January — chose Tuesday to link election coverage from MSNBC and CBS at her popular blog. The bandwagon psychology of the front-runner’s argument, which has been gathering force ever since Romney’s Jan. 31 victory in Florida, has nearly overwhelmed all rational resistance. Anyone who continues arguing against Romney’s inevitability is increasingly viewed as a spoilsport, if not indeed a madman.”...

72 posted on 04/04/2012 11:40:21 PM PDT by stpio
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To: itsahoot
“simply being a good idea doesn’t mean that the government legally has the power to do it”

Anything that aggravates Romney and keeps him from rushing to the center is good. Some losers on Free Republic don't seem to get it.

73 posted on 04/04/2012 11:48:21 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kenny

There is no ‘glee’ at Romney getting the nomination, I was going for Newt.

74 posted on 04/05/2012 3:50:38 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: Christie at the beach
are you threatening him.... or living in fairy land....

We shall see soon who is living in fairy land, I will stand by my prediction barring some unforeseen disaster in the current administration.

75 posted on 04/05/2012 11:55:23 AM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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To: ReneeLynn

Rick will NOT be offered VP. It’s going to be Rubio.

76 posted on 04/06/2012 9:09:52 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Standing Wolf
He’s one of the foremost spineless RINOs

That can be said of the entire 2012 GOP POTUS field of contenders this election. We have too choose from a Massachusetts Elitist Liberal, A Pennsylvania moderate, a Georgia camera attention crazed egomaniac, and a whack from Texas who is only right about the economy.

77 posted on 04/06/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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