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Tea party will ‘absolutely’ back Romney in general election, says movement leader
The Daily Caller ^ | April 24, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 04/24/2012 8:00:09 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative

Though the tea party wasn’t particularly enthused about Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy during the primary, one tea party leader who was present at the inception of the movement says the tea party will get behind the former Massachusetts governor going into the general election.

“Absolutely, the tea party can and will support Mitt Romney in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and author of the recently released book, “Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.”

“It’s important also to note that this is a strong sentiment at the local level — among the 3,000-plus local tea parties.”

“Though on the core values, Mitt Romney’s not as aligned with us as Michele Bachmann, he’s far superior to Barack Obama,” Leahy added.

“Our job in the tea party movement is to cautiously but vigorously befriend Romney, while reserving the right to encourage him — continuously — to align more closely with our core values. This encouragement to align has already begun, and it will continue through and beyond election day.”

Leahy also pushed back against the notion that the tea party is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

“[T]he tea party’s grassroots get-out-the-vote activities will be the deciding force of the 2012 presidential election,” he contested.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012endorsements; abo; endorsements; liarromney; loserromney; lyingromney; mittromney; obama; rinoromney; romney2012; teaparty
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To: Resettozero
JROTC, ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL

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BASIC, FORT BENNING

GERRY, FORT BENNING

51 posted on 04/24/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: tentmaker

Yep.


52 posted on 04/24/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Lazlo in PA

I took that as being a nice way of saying hold his feet to the fire. I thought he was saying, hey, the tea party and Mitt are not close friends, we are going to be open to being friendly if he wants, but we will be always in his facing forcing him right.

If this guy is a flake or a fraud then ok, I reject the message. It may be just his own personal opinion. I don’t like any name that contains the words “Patrick” and “Leahy” though.


53 posted on 04/24/2012 8:45:12 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Why?


54 posted on 04/24/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1190 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Wyatt's Torch

The Tea Party originally started out as an anti-tax movements of protestors who were “Taxed Enough Already”. That was its original intention, anyway.


55 posted on 04/24/2012 8:47:55 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: St. Louis Conservative

They’re not speaking for me.
I will never back Romney.


56 posted on 04/24/2012 8:50:29 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I know you are proud of your grandson. He is making his own career choices and not having to serve against his wishes.

Your insinuations have affected me and have strongly influenced my determination to double-down on resisting the take-the-Republican-or-it’s-your-fault-if-O-is-relected kind of thinking you and, amazingly, some others on FR employ.

Totally reject what you’ve posted.


57 posted on 04/24/2012 8:50:32 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: St. Louis Conservative

> Tea party will ‘absolutely’ back Romney in general election, says movement leader
That should read:
Tea party will ‘absolutely’ back Romney in general election, says Tea Party Turncoat.


58 posted on 04/24/2012 8:52:10 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Friendofgeorge

Bachmann was as conservative and Tea Party as we could get. And....she put herself out there and ran for President.

Now you get Mitt or Obama.

I’d take Bachmann any day.


59 posted on 04/24/2012 8:53:14 AM PDT by dforest
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To: AGreatPer
You can ask them yourself on Monday nites when they have a call in radio show for 3 hours.

I posted a link to it yesterday, I guess no one had any questions for them here, as it got no replies

Save the link, and you can call in and ask them next Monday.

TPX Radio Program Starts at 8 PM PT/11 PM EST (LIVE call in 8-11pm Pacific!)
April 23, 2012 | Radio Personalities

Posted on 04/23/2012 8:46:27 PM PDT by Syncro

We have a great show tonight - this is the last show before the "Restoring the American Dream" Bus Tour starts!

The Tea Party Express Hour starts at 8:00 PM PST and goes until 10:00 PM PST. 

Listen live at 8:00 PM PST/11:00 EST here

We really want to hear from Tea Party Express members and supporters and would love for you to call into the show and let us know what is on your mind. Last week, we had some great calls from around the nation. 
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We will be taking calls from around the country on our studio line at 1-888-344-1170.

Tonight's Program
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Tonight's program will be hosted by Tea Party Express Co-Founder Howard Kaloogian.


Tonight's host Howard Kaloogian

Conservative Activist Emery McClendon

Joining Howard tonight will be Ft. Wayne, IN Tea Party Member Emery McClendon. Emery has been recognized as one of the most dedicated activists in the conservative movement.  He is the local Tea Party Express coordinator in Indiana and is helping us with our rallies to support Richard Mourdock in his fight against Sen. Dick Lugar. 

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Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer

Amy will be on the show to discuss the details of the upcoming Tea Party Express Bus Tour- "Restoring the American Dream." 

The bus tour starts on Friday in Pittsburgh, PA and will continue on holding 20 rallies over a two week period. 

About the Show

.The Tea Party Express is excited to partner with radio talk show host Rick Amato and KCBQ AM 1170 in San Diego by launching a weekly conservative radio program that focuses on Tea Party issues called the Tea Party Express Hour. The show is hosted by former California Assemblyman and Chairman of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC (parent organization to Tea Party Express) Howard Kaloogian every Monday evening at 8 PM PST (11PM EDT). 

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Featuring updates from Washington insiders, Tea Party activists around the country and guest callers, the show is certain to contain important insight regarding the crucial economic issues facing America today.

The Tea Party Express Hour can be streamed every Monday at 8 PM PST at TeaPartyExpress.org or www.SecureTheseRights.net. If you are not available to join live, podcasts will also be made available online at TeaPartyExpress.org.

WHAT:     Tea Party Express Hour Radio Show

WHEN:    Every Monday at  8 PM PST/11 PM EST

WHERE: KCBQ 1170 AM San Diego www.TeaPartyExpress.org or www.SecureTheseRights.net


60 posted on 04/24/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Voting ABO as well, at least the white guy dont hate the USA and have affiliations with the black panthers.


61 posted on 04/24/2012 8:59:51 AM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: Resettozero

From what I can see there isn’t much difference between obama and romney.Both are friendly to sexual deviants and baby-killers,both want to force us to buy healthcare and who knows what else,both are hostile to private guns,both abuse executive powers while in office,both have aa history of “prevarication” and position switching.

Of two evils,choose neither.


62 posted on 04/24/2012 9:03:53 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I feel the way you do. My neice and her husband have almost lost their business in the last couple years. He is a master carpenter and the housing and improvement industry, coupled with all the regulations and Obamacare, have forced him to let his regular employees go.

If this economy doesn’t improve for small businessmen like my nephew in law, they will lose their home. On top of that, their daughter has a very bad illness and the medical bills are hurting them terribly.

I will also vote against Obama.

He has to go.


63 posted on 04/24/2012 9:04:36 AM PDT by dforest
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Michael Patrick Leahy

NEVER HEARD OF HIM;

Who appointed this guy leader of the whole Tea Party movmement?..


64 posted on 04/24/2012 9:04:36 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: SoConPubbie
All the Tea-Party Christians I know, will not be voting for Romney.
So they won't vote at all or they'll vote for Dear Leader?
Stupid is as stupid does.
65 posted on 04/24/2012 9:06:26 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Resettozero

I suggest you check out my posting history on Free Republic. I’ve fought the battle to get a conservative candidate as hard as anyone here.


66 posted on 04/24/2012 9:07:06 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

WTF ??? I don’t know anyone who supports him except Mormons. They are about unanimous in their support.

Ride the White Horse.


67 posted on 04/24/2012 9:08:03 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: MARKUSPRIME
If the GOP wants to guarantee obama to win then they should run romney.

You are going to see the lowest voter numbers for a GOP presidential candidate since Dole.I really doubt the evangelical voters are going to vote for romney.

For conservatives, this is beginning to feel as though the Poles must have felt in 1939:trapped between two insane God-hating megalomaniacs.

68 posted on 04/24/2012 9:09:02 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Anybody who claims to be a Tea Party leader ain't, because it ain't a party.

It's a philosophy of constitutionally-limited government.

Fact is, undecideds usually go two-to-one for the challenger in Presidential elections with an incumbent.

Based on that alone, Ubama is toast.

69 posted on 04/24/2012 9:11:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? You're really that dense? Really?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Leahy and the corrupt media does NOT speak for me.

I am Tea Party..... and WE OWE ALLEGIANCE TO NO CROWN.

I will not support and I will not vote for ANY GOP-e candidate and that includes RINO Romney.


70 posted on 04/24/2012 9:11:16 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Ummmm, hate to break it to these people, but there is NO leader of the Tea Party....except each of us individuals whom are a part of it.


71 posted on 04/24/2012 9:12:34 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: hoosierham
You are going to see the lowest voter numbers for a GOP presidential candidate since Dole

And when that happens we'll hear "don't blame us for foisting a socialist POS 99.9% Obamao onto the [R] ticket, blame conservatives who left the plantation and did not vote for our socialist POS 99.9% Obamao thus allowing an additional 0.1% Obamao to stay in office and forcing us to reconsider exactly WTF we think we are doing".
72 posted on 04/24/2012 9:22:37 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: CaptainKrunch
And the leaders of all these self appointed factions all claim to be THE leader of the Tea Party.

No one at Tea Party Nation claims to be THE leader of the TPM

No one at the Tea Party Express either.

Tea Party.org I don't know anything about.

TheTeaParty.net (their founder came on FR and was qustioned and had no good answers and he never posted again) is a clone of The Tea Party Patriots, and is run by a marketer who tries to sell tea party people stuff. And collects lots of donations, misdirected away from tea party events, etc.

Their stated purpose (TPP and TTP.net) is to gather info on tea party groups and post them on their site for networking. That is a good resource at TPP, but other than that, they do that mainly to get donations.

Both them and the TPP are into making money.

One of the leaders of TPP takes credit for tea parties he happens to attend, as if he was the inspiration for them.

I know that as a fact, as he did that about a tea party put on by FR which I attended and saw him there.

He later was intervied by a major publication, and told how he had organized that tea party.

I exposed him by posting a thread here at FR about his fraud.

Both leaders of the TPP claim to be THE leaders of the TPM. And now have split their working together agreement. Who's thunk it?

73 posted on 04/24/2012 9:22:37 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: dforest
There is no 'against Obama' lever. There is Romney(if he wins the nomination) or a conservative.

I won't vote for a liberal. Ever.

/johnny

74 posted on 04/24/2012 9:23:49 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: oh8eleven
So you are calling conservatives, on a conservative forum, who intend to vote for a conservative, stupid?

Maybe you are on the wrong forum. There are forums for GOP shills. This isn't it.

/johnny

76 posted on 04/24/2012 9:25:31 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Tea party has no leader...so speak for yourself oh mighty one.


77 posted on 04/24/2012 9:26:27 AM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party 2012)
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To: NoGrayZone
Ummmm, hate to break it to these people, but there is NO leader of the Tea Party....except each of us individuals whom are a part of it.

Absolutely the truth!

I was speaking to a group of tea party people back in '09 and I told them that I knew who the leaders of the TPM are.

I broke the awkward silence by pointing to them and saying it is you, and the other millions that believe in our Constitutional Republic and are joining together to let their voices be heard.

78 posted on 04/24/2012 9:31:22 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

The only conservative running for President that I am familiar with is Virgil Goode...he’ll get my vote before Romney; so I guess this Tea Party ‘leader’ doesn’t know much about the ‘movement’...


79 posted on 04/24/2012 9:34:03 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: oh8eleven

Not voting at all is slightly more stupid than voting for Romney. There. Is that better?

Of course, voting for Romney is stupider than writing in and supporting others who are Conservatives.


80 posted on 04/24/2012 9:37:53 AM PDT by Ingtar (When I donate to FR, it does not take the money and run as every politician I donate to does)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
“Absolutely, the tea party can and will support Mitt Romney in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game,” said Michael Patrick Leahy

Yeah, I trust somebody named "Michael Patrick Leahy".
I guess he means that he and the other three guys who meet in his basement every couple of weeks have decided they will vote for the liberal Romney. Whoop-de-doo. Who is this self-proclaimed "tea party leader" anyway? I never heard of him.

81 posted on 04/24/2012 9:44:55 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Bravo SWAMPSNIPER! I will drink heavily in order to pull the lever for Myth but, Obama must go!
82 posted on 04/24/2012 9:44:59 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

More specificly: I reject your implications and insinuation on this one thread today. You tell me you are a good Conservative but that has nothing to do with this thread.


83 posted on 04/24/2012 9:45:48 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: St. Louis Conservative

There’s a Tea Party leader?


84 posted on 04/24/2012 9:47:40 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: hoosierham

Staying home is not an option, not that you said it is. There are many other conservatives to support with our vote so I will go do it.

But, unless there’s a change in the D & R leading candidates, I want to voice my opposition to both in writing. That means, for instance, voting for the Constitution Party Presidential slate. Otherwise, a non-vote shows up nowhere.


85 posted on 04/24/2012 9:55:07 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Absolutely, the tea party can and will support the election of conservatives to the House and the Senate in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game, especially if we are stuck with Romney as the only viable alternative to another four years of Obama. If we’re guaranteed to suffer under one of those two big government liberals, we need the most conservative Congress possible to restrain their instincts to expand government and encroach on personal freedom. I will be voting in November - but not for a socialist or any other anti-freedom, big government leftist.


86 posted on 04/24/2012 9:59:41 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Pollster1

Agreed.


87 posted on 04/24/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: JRandomFreeper

Suit yourself. I am not going to sit back and put up with 4 more years of Obozo. There will be nothing left to fight for later.

Nothing could be worse than the way things are now.


88 posted on 04/24/2012 10:33:39 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Syncro

That wasn’t in DC, was it? It sounds familiar to what happened in DC at the Tea Party.


89 posted on 04/24/2012 10:40:03 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Peter from Rutland
Romney won a majority of tea party folks over Santorum during many of the primaries.

Where do you come up with this manure? Obamney hasn't won a single Tea Partier over. It's why he can't crack 30%. You mittbots need to go back to DU where you belong.

90 posted on 04/24/2012 10:47:46 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

No Way!! Member of a TEA Party in Texas


91 posted on 04/24/2012 10:52:32 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: NoGrayZone
No, it was at the Fresno tea party on the way to dc for the big one.

They were trying to get a message to me that they wanted me to say a few things (at the DC 9-11-20009 event), but the message hit a road block unfortunately.

It would have been good to get Free Republic mentioned at that huge gathering.

92 posted on 04/24/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: Syncro
And oh yes, that was a prominent tea party message.

No official “leader,” we are all the leaders.

That is what makes it work.

93 posted on 04/24/2012 10:55:54 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

NO.


94 posted on 04/24/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Someone should tell Michael Patrick Leahy and his fancy title that the tea party has NO LEADER and thus can not be spoken on behalf-of by one random idiot.

Conservatives don’t vote for liberals. It’s very simple.


96 posted on 04/24/2012 11:16:47 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I also did my best to get a more conservative person nominated. However, it is more important to get rid of Obama than it is to protest against the republican party. He may not be my first or second choice, but at least he is not a communist and a person who wants to destroy our country like Obama wants to.


97 posted on 04/24/2012 11:18:50 AM PDT by TiCobra
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To: From The Deer Stand

no one here is voting for Obama, retard.


98 posted on 04/24/2012 11:19:12 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: CaptainKrunch

I think the worst thing to happen to that movement was for it to have a name.

Now some jackass thinks is speaking for the people. He can speak for himself!


99 posted on 04/24/2012 11:23:28 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

was your grandson drafted? no? suck it up.

(and tell him thanks for serving too) :D


100 posted on 04/24/2012 11:26:45 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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