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OBAMA: ROMNEY WANTS VP PETRAEUS
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Posted on 08/07/2012 9:13:16 AM PDT by hope




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OBAMA: ROMNEY WANTS VP PETRAEUS
Tue Aug 07 2012 12:01:02 ET

**Exclusive**

President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!

"The president wasn't joking," the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.

A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.

Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.

The pick could be a shrewd Romney choice. A cross-party pull. The Obama administration hailed Petraeus as one of history's greatest military strategists. Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the Director of the CIA by the US Senate 94-0.

But Petraeus has categorically asserted that he has NO political ambitions. And Team Obama stands prepared to tie one of their own to "Bush wars." A Petraeus pick could been seen as simply shuffling the decks of power in DC.

"He's a serious man, for seriously dangerous times," notes a top Republican.

A DRUDGE POLL on Tuesday morning showed readers split on if Romney should give it a go.

And the calendar is running out of days.

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To: catnipman

Rubio=amnesty


51 posted on 08/07/2012 9:49:49 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: catnipman

Rubio=amnesty


52 posted on 08/07/2012 9:50:20 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: xkaydet65

I totally disagree. 0bama’s theft of $500 million from Medicare to fund 0bamacare was a bigger knife in Senior’s backs. That more than offset any perceived damage from Ryan’s plan. You’re correct about ‘perception’ because of the 0bamaMedia, but the fact is 0bama will plunge a huge knife right into the backs of seniors through ‘death panels’. Unfortunately and by design, that won’t be realized until AFTER the election.


53 posted on 08/07/2012 9:51:53 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: All

stupid rumor.


54 posted on 08/07/2012 9:52:45 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Perdogg

I doubt that’s true, but, regardless, if we had the votes to pass him through the senate nomination process, then we’d almost certainly have the votes to amend any legislation that would prevent him from taking office. It’d take a weird set of circumstances to keep him from passing through one way or another.

Don’t want him for VEEP though. He’s not on record about most issues that we care about.


55 posted on 08/07/2012 9:53:10 AM PDT by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: hope

Wow! I guess since Obama made such an awesome choice picking his own VP, we should definately ....laugh.


56 posted on 08/07/2012 9:53:56 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: wolfman23601

Petraeus has described himself as a “Rockefeller Republican.”


57 posted on 08/07/2012 9:55:43 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible.)
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To: hope

Meeting with Petraeus? He might simply be trying to get him to speak at the Republican convention or join him on the campaign trail or something of that sort. I would be surprised if he is even in consideration for VP since i don’t see what he would really do to help Romney’s chances. The left will say that it’s a signal that Romney wants to drag the US into more wars, that it’ll be a repeat of the GWB years.


58 posted on 08/07/2012 9:56:21 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: hope
I don't believe Obama would be high up on the list of people who would be privy to Romney's VP choice.
59 posted on 08/07/2012 9:56:47 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: hope

No way. He’s a good soldier but hardly a politician and Romney needs a good politician.


60 posted on 08/07/2012 9:57:34 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: catnipman
I don't doubt that Obama might believe that Romney would want Petraeus -- but since Obama lives on Fantasy Island, I wouldn't weigh that any more than any of his other delusions and hallucinations. Petraeus seems to like his job, and I doubt he'd want to spend 4-8 years in DC waiting for Romney to choke on a pretzel.

I also like Rubio. I like the sound of "two Rs" -- Romney-Rubio is a distant echo of the sound of "Ronald Reagan"!

61 posted on 08/07/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: hope
It would be a interesting choice. I think it would be to early for anyone to judge his conservative bonafides yet.

He would shore up Romney's weakness in lack of foreign policy, military affairs, etc.

Also the only thing Obama has to run on his “I got Osama” with Romney on the economy and Petraus on the military side of things, would leave Obama any room to manuever.

However, I don't think it will happen. Petraus wouldn't have taken the CIA job IMHO, if he wanted to run against Obama. Maybe he has developed a stronger dislike for him in the last year plus; but I doubt he decides to run if asked.

Also, he is the CIA director if he met with Romney in NH; pretty sure that someone knows. And word may have gotten back to Obama if a meeting happened, thus fueling rumors of the VP slot. Most likely Romney was asking him about Afghanistan and Iraq, etc.

62 posted on 08/07/2012 10:00:19 AM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: hope
I heard from an unnamed source that it will be Pee Wee Herman for his VP pick...
63 posted on 08/07/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: hope

I wouldn’t bet on Petraeus.

I’m betting on a left/middle-of-the-road, FEMALE former governor, representative, or senator from a swing state.

Whitman fits the bill.

So does Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Romney’s only way to counter the black/hispanic numbers against him is to shore up the females supporting him.


64 posted on 08/07/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT by xzins (Vote Goode Not Evil: The lesser of 2 evils is still evil!)
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To: hope

That’s stupid. Romney needs LTG Russel Honore. That way he’ll have someone who will unhesitatingly tell him, or the Senate, if they’re “...stuck on stupid.”


65 posted on 08/07/2012 10:15:58 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: penelopesire
Petraeus could have some useful info on Obama after working for the DOD and now the CIA. That he would never allow Romney to use or he would not except the VP slot or he'd quit after being chosen if Romney used it. Kiss and tell is not something a man like Petraeus would tolerate.
66 posted on 08/07/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: Blackyce
What is your bases of my statement not being true? When Marshall was nominated to SecDef, Congress had to pass a special resolution. The purpose of the law was to insure that they would be no conflict of interest and that the Depart of Defense was run by a civilian.
67 posted on 08/07/2012 10:19:09 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: Mr. K
IF it is true that Pres. Obama said this about Petraeus, then that shows that perhaps Obama regrets getting Petraeus to head the CIA and is looking for a way to push him out. I hear that Petreaus is generally well-liked and seen as a competent leader at the CIA, as opposed to the president. I wouldn't be surprised if the president has embarrassed himself through his ignorance in front of the national security chiefs and feels the need to get someone like Panetta back in charge.
68 posted on 08/07/2012 10:19:24 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: catnipman

You forgot to mention “Supports Amnesty.” Or is that supposed to be part of the “Hispanic community” appeal?


69 posted on 08/07/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

“In foreign affairs, Rockefeller supported US involvement in the United Nations as well as US foreign aid. He also supported the U.S.’s fight against communism and its membership in NATO. As a result of Rockefeller’s policies, some conservatives sought to gain leverage by creating the Conservative Party of New York. The small party acted as a minor counter-weight to the Liberal Party of New York.[45] The most common criticism of Rockefeller’s governorship of New York is that he tried to do too much too fast, vastly increasing the level of state debt which later contributed to New York’s fiscal crisis in 1975.[46] Rockefeller created some 230 public-benefit authorities like the Urban Development Corporation. They were often used to issue bonds in order to avoid the requirement of a vote of the people for the issuance of a bond; such authority-issued bonds bore higher interest than if they had been issued directly by the state. The state budget went from $2.04 billion in 1959-60 to $8.8 billion in his last year, 1973-74. “Rockefeller sought and obtained eight tax increases during his fifteen years in office.”[47] “During his administration, the tax burden rose to a higher level than in any other state, and the incidence of taxation shifted, with a greater share being borne by the individual taxpayer.”[48]”

Wonderful.


70 posted on 08/07/2012 10:20:38 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: My Favorite Headache
2 objections to Rubio
1) I still don't think Rubio is eligible.
2) Extremely weak on illegal aliens problem, which is destroying America.
Also, not too convinced he's a bona fide conservative.
71 posted on 08/07/2012 10:23:13 AM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: wolfman23601

If he’s going to select a Caspar Milquetoast such as he; then he needn’t have made us wait for his announcement!


72 posted on 08/07/2012 10:27:24 AM PDT by old school
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
A Ryan choice is a top-shelf selection, but he is not going to cause a significant voting bloc to switch choices. He will give the voters who were going to vote for Romney anyway a new reason to feel better about their choice. Rubio or West, on the other hand, just might bring new voters into the fold.

Welcome to the age of identity politics, like it or not.

73 posted on 08/07/2012 10:28:14 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Missouri gal

Rubio is vastly unqualified. He is a first term senator with no executive experience that has never had a real job. He looks good on camera and can give a good speech, other than that, call me in 20 years if he has a resume.


74 posted on 08/07/2012 10:28:49 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: hope

Don’t see it happening...I’ll take General Petraeus at his word when he claims to have no political ambitions. Secondly, his wife has close ties to some of the most radical libs in the Democratic Party, including Elizabeth Warren, who appointed her to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau last year as Director of its Military Programs Division.

I had the “pleasure” of hearing Mrs. Petraeus speak two weeks ago, at the DoD Worldwide Education Symposium in Las Vegas. She sounded every bit like a member of Team Obama as she declared that only big government can protect military members and veterans from predatory colleges and universities. She railed against the for-profits, offering several anecdotes about disabled vets and dependents getting ripped off by those schools. Naturally, she never named the guilty parties, citing potential “legal action” against the schools in question.

The next day she repeated her claims in a panel discussion I attended. An Army Lieutenant Colonel from Fort Bragg finally called her on it, asking that she identify the guilty parties (of course, she again refused). He also told her that if college recruiters are being allowed in Wounded Warrior barracks (as she alleged), then it’s a command failure, and not a problem for big government to correct.

For the record, I am an executive for a private, non-profit university. I have no love for the for-profits, but it’s very clear they are being singled out to expand Obama’s authority and create an opening for the state schools and larger private schools, who ignored the military market for years and still employ discriminatory policies (no academic credit for military training/education, higher tuition rates for “out-of-state” students). Naturally, Mrs. Petraeus (and the rest of the Obama Administration) have been silent about the predatory practices of their “favored” schools.

I’m happy to report that the Lieutenant Colonel from Bragg got the loudest, sustained applause of anyone at the symposium when he took on Holly Petraeus. She looked visibly angry at his response, just like Barry O. I hope that officer doesn’t have any hopes of making O-6.

I believe David Petraeus is a good man. However, I have little regard for his wife, who has (a) sold herself to the Obama Administration for a SES-level political appointee job, or (b) is nothing more than a willing dupe. I can’t imagine that anyone who is clearly in bed with the Obama White House would be an effective advocate for the GOP.


75 posted on 08/07/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: sickoflibs

Patraeus has a nack for reporting things in a positive way. It might be the only difference between him and McChrystal. Just a few weeks after McChrystal left the theatre everything was looking rosy. The truth is tha that part of the world will be run by Neanderthal druggies long after we leave, which is not soon enough. Every dollar invested globallaly in the war on terror is just more sensless stimulus dollars handed out to an every-man-for-himself drug fest. Our troops are told not to insult the violent druggies they are fighting alongside because then the violent druggies will become more violent and more druggie.


76 posted on 08/07/2012 10:33:11 AM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs ("Trizzle, trazzle, trozzle, trome, time for this one to come home" - Mr Wizard)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Hmm, maybe Obama is floating Petraeus out there to see what the reaction is because he is considering him as his own running mate.


77 posted on 08/07/2012 10:35:08 AM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Mr. K
I have heard that Romney’s folks have an active campaign to feed mis-information to Obama’s campaign through various methods including Obama’s ‘tip lines’

My first thought upon reading this story was hope that the Romney camp is smart enough to play that kind of game.

78 posted on 08/07/2012 10:39:17 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: hope

A nonpolitician could be a dangerous choice.

BUT...

I would at least consider the possibility that Petraeus is fed up and wants to tell the truth about “Obama”.

That would be something to see.


79 posted on 08/07/2012 10:39:43 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Batman11

I hope he does not pick the fat cat Krispy Kream. I personally think he should wait for the convention or longer if possible to make his choice.


80 posted on 08/07/2012 10:43:38 AM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs ("Trizzle, trazzle, trozzle, trome, time for this one to come home" - Mr Wizard)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
RE :”Patraeus has a nack for reporting things in a positive way. It might be the only difference between him and McChrystal. Just a few weeks after McChrystal left the theatre everything was looking rosy. The truth is tha that part of the world will be run by Neanderthal druggies long after we leave, which is not soon enough. Every dollar invested globallaly in the war on terror is just more sensless stimulus dollars handed out to an every-man-for-himself drug fest. Our troops are told not to insult the violent druggies they are fighting alongside because then the violent druggies will become more violent and more druggie.

This is a bit off the subject of my comment but my enthusiasm for these endless(until we surrender) costly benefit-less wars have long died out.

This is another thing that scares me about Romney : he seems to be for endless costly deficit funded wars which are just Republican stimulus. Like he learned nothing.

81 posted on 08/07/2012 10:45:02 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: VanShuyten

Maybe it’s a trial balloon for Obama to pick him as his own VP.


82 posted on 08/07/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT by Spirit of Liberty (If you build it, Obama wants credit!)
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To: hope

Petraeus has called himself a ‘Rockefeller Republican’ and recently, not in the 1970s. They are WORSE than Democrats, and his terming himself that now shows a tin ear for politics that would be a huge liability as well.


83 posted on 08/07/2012 11:02:53 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Williams
It is risky because P has no political experience.

That's a sad statement, and true. He hasn't learned to lie, obfuscate and game the system, which makes him a risky pick.

84 posted on 08/07/2012 11:08:06 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Ryan’s White Bread. As is Portman.


85 posted on 08/07/2012 11:10:13 AM PDT by Snow Eagle ("... Against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC")
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To: sickoflibs

It’s either Obama, Drudge or both throwing out chum to the debating sharks. Meanwhile Obama says Romney thinks Corporations have the same rights as people and women don’t. And Romney says Obama thinks business owners are incompotant and women can be bought with free contraception. When the message should be simply, “stop wasting our time and money!”


86 posted on 08/07/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs ("Trizzle, trazzle, trozzle, trome, time for this one to come home" - Mr Wizard)
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To: hope

I’m in favor of any candidate that will carry Ohio,Florida, or Virginia. That is all that matters when picking VP for ticket.


87 posted on 08/07/2012 11:17:59 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: KC Burke

After serving with Obama—Gen. Petraeus may well have become a Republican. Going with a war hero has always served the Republicans well—think Ike. After the wimp choices I believe he would go over well with the south and Tea Party People. Not a bad choice—but there are others.


88 posted on 08/07/2012 11:19:29 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“Let’s see...Romney has no stance on the Chick Fil A situation...pissed off the Catholic League and social Conservatives....there goes one part of the voting block.”

Only a trivially insignificant portion of his “voting block” has dropped and it never supported him in any way in any case. So that is all false. Catholics are one of the strongest blocks of the Democrat coalition (most only give lip service to commands about Life) and social conservatives (both these affiliations consider the other somewhat, it not completely, heretical) will vote for him. There is no real alternative.

Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen and don’t for one second the Enema-media will let that drop. It doesn’t matter that The Disaster isn’t either. And, we know, 35% will be outraged that Mario isn’t while not giving a shiite that The Disaster isn’t.

While Petraeus would not hurt him having little or no political profile, I doubt that he will be named as the candidate.

My guess he will name the most colorless and uninspiring person available.

HOWEVER, he could have a sex-change operation and call himself Mitzie and would still be 100x better than The Disaster. She would get my vote if it is the last thing I do.


89 posted on 08/07/2012 11:29:53 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: hope

This is one of those “consider the source” moments.


90 posted on 08/07/2012 11:32:23 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: hitchwolf

He would if he is a true Patriot. Perhaps he’s not.


91 posted on 08/07/2012 11:32:31 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: liberalh8ter

Don’t fool yourself.....If folks don’t believe that Obama is not using all of the executive tools at his disposal to spy on his adversaries....we haven’t learned anything. I would not be surprised if he is using the NSA,CIA,FBI, IRS and DOJ to spy on everyone he deems an enemy of the Marxist state. We already know he is using the DOJ and IRS to punish his enemies.

The man is evil and will stop at nothing to retain his power.


92 posted on 08/07/2012 11:38:16 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Patraeus is a perfumed prince. For the majority of his military career he was a pentagon officer. No combat experience to speak of. He commanded the turkey shoot in Iraq and Afganistan, but has never been an infantry soldier who came up the hard way. A desk jockey. And never forget, any top level military officer that served under Bush, then served under Chairman Obama is not to be trusted. A decent command officer who puts his country first would have resigned the minute Obama took office.


93 posted on 08/07/2012 11:43:43 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Tonytitan
Ryan or Trump. I'll duck arrows here, but Trump would get the 'I love The Apprentice' crowd to vote for him. That's just how bad things have gotten but Romney needs to swipe a few wavering 0bama supporters and Trump can do that for him. It's all about getting the insurgent dictator OUT of the White House. That's job one, whatever it takes.

I do believe that Ryan would energize the base and be the overall best candidate. Trump would also energize the base to the extent we really need to become a 'business-friendly' country again.

94 posted on 08/07/2012 11:46:22 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: ex-snook

“Hey let us know where Romney stands on those issues.”

It depends on which crowd he is in front of.


95 posted on 08/07/2012 11:58:01 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Perdogg

The 1947 NSA has been amended several times since then. I had thought that they’d eliminated the requirement altogether, but I was wrong. It’s seven years after active duty now, not the ten of the original bill. That be sometime in August 2018. And, of course, congress can always pass a bill exempting a candidate if they would like. In general, it’s probably harder to move a nominee then it would be to amend a statute.


96 posted on 08/07/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: Perdogg

The 1947 NSA has been amended several times since then. I had thought that they’d eliminated the requirement altogether, but I was wrong. It’s seven years after active duty now, not the ten of the original bill. That be sometime in August 2018. And, of course, congress can always pass a bill exempting a candidate if they would like. In general, it’s probably harder to move a nominee then it would be to amend a statute.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ181/html/PLAW-110publ181.htm

SEC. 903. CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS.

(a) Secretary of Defense.—Section 113(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking ``10’’ and inserting ``seven’’.
(b) Deputy Secretary of Defense.—Section 132(a) of such title is amended by striking ``ten’’ and inserting ``seven’’.
(c) Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.—Section 134(a) of such title is amended by striking ``10’’ and inserting ``seven’’.


97 posted on 08/07/2012 12:04:18 PM PDT by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: hope
"Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire."

Is this a "Harry Reid"?

98 posted on 08/07/2012 12:14:21 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
I do believe that Ryan would energize the base...

This just in...the base is already massively energized. Would Ryan turn out more votes that wouldn't normally show up? Maybe. I think someone with his intellect and skill set would be better utilized as Treasury Sec. or Budget Director, assuming Romney would listen to him.

I'm not sure how comfortable I am with Trump on step away from being Commander-In-Chief. I see him as a wonderful cheerleader but I don't have a feel for his policies.

99 posted on 08/07/2012 12:20:17 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

The VEEP is essentially a castrated position unless the unthinkable happens.

Ryan would be much more useful in the cabinet heading the Treasury or the OBM.


100 posted on 08/07/2012 12:23:59 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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