Skip to comments.Gingrich Seeks to Absorb Santorum Backers
Posted on 04/10/2012 4:45:45 PM PDT by Fred
That didnt take long: Newt Gingrich has humbly asked Rick Santorum supporters to channel their support (read: money) to his campaign.
The Gingrich camp, deeply in debt after dismal performances in recent primary races, released a statement minutes after Mr. Santorums exit from the Republican primary this afternoon, saying, Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles.
I humbly ask Senator Santorums supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa, Mr. Gingrichs statement continued. The former House speakers website, like most candidates, puts its funding pitch front and center.
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Newt’s campaign has been over for a long time. Now he is trying to trick Santorum supporters by suggesting that he is still actively campaigning, when in reality he is only raising money to pay down his campaign debt, same as Santorum at this point.
Newt is the last conservative standing.
You want Mitt? You are going to get him, unless we get Newt to Tampa.
Only half the primary races have been held. At least Newt still fought when he was polling Ron Paul numbers.
Now that Santorum is out, here is the new political reality:
It’s Newt or Romney.
Which are you fighting for?
I’m sorry to see Santorum leave, but now Newt is my guy and Santorum should endorse him and do whatever he can to support Newt.
Catholic “social justice” played a role in Rick’s supporters. Social justice is socialism - it came out like gang busters for Obammycare. Now that Obama uses that power to come out against Catholics, they support a “social conservative” to run their “social justice” system.
People are pretty easy to trick.
“Heated campaign” Both Santorum and Newt are now out of the campaign. Newt is just trying to convince the gullable that his campaign is still active when the truth is he is simply raising money to retire his campaign debt.
If Newt were to be honest for a change, he would have at least said, “Now that Rick and I are both out, send me your money to pay off my debt”
Fine, go vote for Obama.
We should cut each other some slack. None of us are going to get our first, second or third choice.
If you think Gingrich is still running you’re delusional. His campaign is limited to calling delegates and begging them to switch their votes. Both he and Santorum are technically still in the race, since neither have “ended their campaigns” But at least Santorum isn’t trying to convince people to send him money under the guise that he is still “in it to win it.”
You’re full of crapola.
I’m sorry to hear that. No wonder you’re so bitter!
At least the Newt campaign took you.
When Santorum throws his support to Romney, that will be low.
Check out his/her postings from the last couple of days....... yup, sounds just like Pissant in re-tread Drag.
Newt is not out. If you want to call Newt “low” for still raising money while still active, you should call out Santorum for the same while inactive via an email request I got from Santorum’s campaign today as a former donor.
Bottom line, the only conservative candidate still in it is Newt. Please consider supporting him instead of Romney/Obama.
>> If Newt were to be honest for a change
I’m not nuts about Newt, but he sure as heck has my vote here in Texas. I don’t see why we have to run a ANOTHER candidate, just to lose again to Obama.
Don't know. My wife and her dyed in the wool Catholic pro-life friends were all diehard Santorum supporters. To a woman, they're going with Newt after today's announcement. They don't trust Romney's pro-life street cred.
Is the debate still on? Last I heard Mitt had not yet decided if he would debate.
Santorum was never for a healthcare mandate, and both Romney and Gingrich were. That’s on record.
Maybe it’s Newt who was secretly trying to sneak in that “Catholic” “social justice” by his former (flip flop) support of the mandate.
Some very smart women in your life.
I strongly disagree. The whole “big government” Santorum meme is very overplayed by the Romney/Paul camp. It’s not as true as they made it sound and that’s an issue the type of voter that was supporting Santorum really does not care that much about or grasp. ALL of Santorum’s traction came from his big religious leader endorsements. Everything we heard about those endorsements indicated that Newt was by far their second choice. I suspect their supporters are of the same mindset. It was easy to get them to abandon Newt because you could point to his marriage infidelity, but it would be hard to get them to go to Romney because of his Mormonism and his liberal record on abortion and homosexual marriage.
It is more likely, I think, that a Santorum supporter would gravitate to Newt rather than vice versa. Some people simply think Newt can run government on more fiscally sound footing, in which case they might move to Romney for his business experience. But NO ONE supporting Santorum thought he could run government better fiscally and they didn’t really care one way or the other.
I see you’re back with your INCREDIBLY STUPID AND IGNORANT anti-Newt remarks which never make any sense at all. He only has to win 3 out of the following 20 states to win the 5 states necessary to qualify. You need to be committed and get a frontal lobotomy if you think he won’t do that now.
Like hell. Not after what he pulled. His big ego split the vote in 5 states which, if Santorum won, would have changed this race dramatically. Those five states are Alaska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington. This is not to mention the vote split helped Romney pick up delegates down South. This would have killed Romney’s momentum, and Santorum could have been frontrunner. Newt still had a chance to save things; when things started to pick up for Romney the past few weeks, he could dropped out and supported Santorum and urged his delegates to support Santorum, likely giving him Wisconsin. No, Newt hung in there in debt, visiting zoos and museums, all but saying that Romney is the inevitable nominee recently. He put his ego and fantasy hopes for a brokered convention ahead of stopping Mitt Romney. I got the feeling from him that if he couldn’t get it, Santorum couldn’t either. We had a chance at stopping Romney, and he was a factor in why we couldn’t. Now Santorum has suspended his campaign, and Newt is thrilled because he can now call himself the conservative alternative? Forget it. I don’t like him (I used to), and I don’t like Romney. I’m still debating whether I’ll hold my nose for Romney to stop Obama.
You’re really not a valuable member of this community. You do nothing but trash a good conservative like Newt with dishonest, misleading comments.
The remaining states left to vote have 1,053 delegates.
States with 1,233 delegates have voted so far.
If Newt and Rick combine their delegates, they need 732 more to win.
Romney needs 488 more to win.
So Newt and Rick only need 244 more delegates than Romney does to win.
Keep in mind Romney has almost never won over 50% of the vote in the states hes won. This is a VERY different race now and many of the remaining states (shown below) look favorable to conservatives.
At the VERY least we should work hard to make Romney spend effort getting the nomination. We dont want the GOP to think its going to be easy to cram this kind of disgusting fake and fraud down our throats the next time.
Newt had no power when he expressed interest in checking out romney care. When he had power he was an excellent conservative leader and fought off liberal efforts to socialize medicine.
Rick, on the other hand, not so much conservative leadership record given his Union (socialists) problem. But Rick does support life and that puts him way ahead of kill’em Mittens. I would have voted for Rick had he won the primary.
“Like Hell” is absolutely right. Newt alone is responsible for giving us Romney with his quixotic campaign. Had Romney been defeated in MI and OH, it would have been an early end of the road for Romney. Gingrich has baggage heavy enough to sink a fleet of cruise liners. He should have quit after the broad-based thrashing he received in Florida.
Funny, I was supporting Santorum and I thought he could run the government better fiscally than Newt or Romney could. I looked at his ACTUAL record and scorecard from fiscally conservative groups like Club for Growth and National Taxpayers Union (where was ranked in the top #5 most fiscally conservative Senators when he was in the SENATE), rather than listen to the lies spread by the so-called "fiscally conservative" candidates who supported the global-warming scam, TARP and the individual mandate for Obamacare. Paul Ryan learned first hand how "fiscally consrvative" Newt was when his plan trashed as "right-wing social engineering".
But go ahead, keep up the "socialist Santorum and his big-government supporters" lies and see how many of his supporters you get on your side.
You don’t know what you’re talking about. Even if you add Rick and Newt’s votes together they come out less than Romney’s in Wisconsin.
The big problem is that grass roots religious right conservatives switched to Rick Santorum after following the commands of their pastors like lemmings. He never had a chance on his own merits. Many a commentator on FR predicted in February that the race was over and Romney would be the winner as soon as support switched to the untested, unvetted Santorum and away from Newt.
One proven conservative and one proven liberal remain standing in the primary. Where do YOU stand?
Livius, it's been clear all along that some Santorum supporters are willing to vote for a Mormon with a clean moral life. Many people simply cannot conceive of a Mormon being socially liberal, and do not understand that the Romney family has a record going all the way back to the 1960s of being devout in their personal lives but not “imposing their religion” in their elected positions.
Basically, Mitt Romney is a Mormon version of John F. Kennedy, with all the bad things that implies, except that I think Romney is faithful to his wife and actually believes what his church teaches.
The way to overcome that is to make clear just how unreliable Mitt Romney is on abortion. Based on Romney's history of judicial appointments to the state court system in Massachusetts, we risk a President Romney nominating more David Souters and Sandra Day O’Connors.
Abortion is a no-go issue for most evangelicals. I can make a long list of things I don't like about Newt Gingrich, but none of them are more important to me than Gingrich's undoubted positions against baby killing and against Islamofascism.
Gingrich is not my preferred candidate, but he's the last conservative left, and Romney is simply unacceptable.
Newt didn’t “trash” Ryan’s plan and that descriptive term you reference was not describing Ryan’s overall plan, just the idea that people would be forced into Medicare changes rather than having them be optional.
Consider me absorbed.
No it isn’t..Santorum asked the Newt supporters to back him earlier. This is protocol
Per Freeper Marguerite:
Newt Gingrichs baggage:
PhD, History, Tulane University, 1971
MA, Tulane University, 1968
BA, Modern European History, Emory University, 1965
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1979-1999
Speaker, United States House of Representatives, 1995-1998
Chair, Republican National Convention, 1996
Republican Whip, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1994
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, present
Founder, Center for Health Transformation, 2003-present
Honorary Chairman, NanoBusiness Alliance, 2000-present
Founder, Gingrich Group, 1999-present
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1999-present
News and Political Analyst, FOX News Channel, 1999-2011
Guest Professor, Kennesaw State College, September 1993
Professor, History and Environmental Studies, West Georgia College, 1970-1978
Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Professor, National Defense University
Chair, American Solutions Political Action Committee, present
General Chair, American Solutions for Winning the Future, present
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, Committee on the Present Danger
Advisory Board Member, Common Good
Co-Founder, Conservative Opportunity Society
Member, Terrorism Task Force, Council on Foreign Relations
Honorary Member, East Cobb Rotary
Advisory Board Member, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Editorial Board Member, Johns Hopkins University Journal, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Founding Member, Project Vote Smart
Founder, Young Republicans Club, Emory University
Former Chairman, GOPAC
Don’t forget to add Newt’s recent call for Santorum to step down, which included the twist of the knife when he said to the reporter that Rick couldn’t take Michigan and Ohio. After Newt had split the conservative vote!
See post #52.
Figgers. I should have known...
Wrong and wrong. I am confident Santorum would have been a more fiscally conservative President than Romney or Newt and it's my top issue. Why don't you stick to speaking for yourself.
I am disappointed in Santorum for not swinging his votes over to Newt. He should have come out with guns blazing asking for his folks to line up with the Newt and keep up the fight for Conservative Values in America. It would have motivated the base like crazy and the mittster would have had to combat a united not devided Conservative opposition.
If Mitt is the nominee the election is not worth having, waste of money and time. Just give it to odumbi.
Its up to Newt to start a Rebellion in the GOP. Now.
He’s got his chance finally to go one on one with Mitt.
Check out his/her postings from the last couple of days....... yup, sounds just like Pissant in re-tread Drag.
I'll have a look. I'll bet you're right.
Actually, Jedi, Romney has won over 50% in the following races, where he won the indicated number of delegates:
Nevada 50.12% - 14 delegates
Idaho 61.61% - 32 delegates
Mass 73.36% - 41 delegates
Virginia 59.52% - 43 delegates
Guam 100% - 9 delegates
N. Mariana Is. 83.03% - 9 delegates
Amer. Somia 81.43% - 9 delegates
Puerto Rico 88.01% - 12 delegates
Wa. DC 70.22% - 18 delegates
In addition, in the following states he won with a margin larger than Rick and Newt combined, with the delegates shown:
New Hamp 39.08% - 8 delegates
Florida 46.45% - 50 delegates
Main 38.45% - 11 delegates
Arizona 47.99% - 29 delegates
Washington 38.65% - 30 delegates
Vermont 40.84% - 9 delegates
Hawaii 45.38% - 15 delegates
Illinois 46.87 - 44 delegates
Maryland 49.43% - 37 delegates
Wisconsin 44.40% - 33 delegates
That’s 410 of his total delegates from 19 of his 24 wins.
Five wins and proportionality have given him the other 200+ delegates.
So we really cannot say Romney has hardly one a majority ever, or even that in most cases when he didn’t win by a majority that Rick and Newt combined would have beat him. Those are just the facts and the way folks in those states voted.
Newt still has a very outside chance and I will support him in it now that Rick dropped out...but if Romney wins, I will support him over Obama.
I notice you din’t include Michigan, in which Newt almost certainly handed the victory to Romney. If Romney had lost in his home state, and in a very blue state, it would have changed the Dynamic. Ohio was also a crucial state that Newt probably handed to Romney that could have significantly altered momentum.
Good luck with that Romney thing. It will be a cold day in Meca before I vote for that self-described “progressive”.
More like check the negative lying ads from Romney/Rick. Americans money used to bring down America - one nation under God.
Satan is the master of lies and he has his pro abortion, pro homo anti-traditional marriage, liberal appointed judges, big gov't pawns - either w/Barry or Romney and satan wants to stay in our WH and offers two different flavors. One nation under satan/evil is what we have had for three years - everything done with an anti-American spirit.
Not rocket science to see satan has deceived many - that his job and he's been at it for over 6,000 years but those drawn to evil cannot learn with their unteachable spirit. Nothing new under the sun.
Romney is getting your vote, newbie, and you have NOTHING to say about it! Those so easily fooled are like puddy in the hands of Mitt/evil - when evil went negative with their lying ads against the only candidate who can revive America, Newt. And you are still puddy in their hands with your comments. Consider yourself duped.
Sounds like NavVet is fighting for his pride. And some remain unteachable where that leads.
You make an idiotic statement like “Newt is the only candidate that can revive America” and then you have the nerve to call someone else unteachable just because they don’t worship in the cult of personality that many on this board have joined.
If the day comes where we depend on someone who sold influence to Freddie Mac, cuddled with Nancy Pelosi on a couch, endorses ultra liberal candidates in Congressional elections, has extra-marital affairs like they come out of a pez dispenser. Calls conservative medicade reform “Right wing social engineering” then we are surely doomed.
Unlike you cultist, I actually first called on Santorum to drop out after SC to maximize Newt’s chances in taking Florida and derailing Romney, then when it became obvious to all but you kool-aid drinkers that Newt was toast, I called on him to drop out and help beat Romney. Of course the egotistical windbag will take his two state victories and tilt at windmills all the way to November, at which point he will become irrelevant again.
Anybody is better than Romney, but anybody who doesn’t think that Newt is a seriously flawed candidate and person is delusional and definitely unteachable. To still be waiving a Newt flag long after he ceased to be a factor is surely an example of pride winning out over logic.
Stand on your soapbox all you want. Newt’s done, and thanks to Newt, Santorum is done and I will let the liberals decide who wins the “progressive run off” in the fall.
Newt-be-wan Kenobi is our only hope. Can he still channel The Force?
” JCBreckenridge 3-10-12 “
LOL! Maybe its the contender from North Carolina—the Breck girl, (J=John) posing as a FReeper?
Who comes in swinging at the last man standing against Romney Ruse? Go figure.
One can see you ‘bought’ all the rhetoric that was meant to deceive you. It did the job it was meant to do. How clueless of you to eat the propaganda and then regurgitate it here on FR.
OH, don’t fret. It’s not like it’s YOUR money or YOUR debt.
Hells bells, Hillary tromped all over the place into JUNE, leaving 100 million dollar trail, so don’t fret about Newt.
If you want a debt free campaign, hang your hat on Romney.
He’s already offered to buy Santorum’s debt. Let’s see what happens there, huh?
Newt isn’t selling.
MONEY BOMB TODAY for Newt.