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Palin's Absence From Convention May Expose Rift
Real Clear Politics ^ | 13 August 2012 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 08/14/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by Lorianne

If one of Mitt Romney's goals in choosing a running mate was to mine the same mother lode of conservative excitement that John McCain tapped by picking Sarah Palin four years ago, there's one additional dilemma for Romney to address: Palin is still around.

A day after Romney unveiled House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick, Palin suggested in a statement posted by her Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren that she would not speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Though she has faded from her once commanding perch on the national political scene, Palin’s role in the Republican Party heading into the campaign’s final stretch remains a consequential matter for the Romney team to address.

The former Alaska governor has demonstrated a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races, but her penchant for doing things her own way has left the lingering possibility that she could either boost the standard-bearer or become a thorn in his side.

For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romney’s selection of Ryan.

... two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time.

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Fist they imply she decided not to speak at the conventon, then they say she was not invited to speak.

Which is it?

1 posted on 08/14/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Romney tried to destroyed her in 2008.
I want to see Palin pain in butt for Romney in case he gets elected.


2 posted on 08/14/2012 10:58:13 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: Lorianne

The moment the words "anyone but Obama" escaped her lips, the GOP(e) no longer had need of her, and so they've turned their backs to her. I say this in warning to all the genuine conservatives that will vote for Romney. Expect no different treatement from them than what they've delivered to Mrs. Palin. Your vote is the only thing of value you have to them. Once they possess it, they will continue on with the agenda they embrace, not the one we embrace. Believe it. You've seen it. Several times.


3 posted on 08/14/2012 10:59:48 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

Or being the smart politician she is, Ms Palin decided that her presence would be a distraction. Going would also tie her in a lot of tea partiers eyes to the GOP Establishment. She is much more effective is she maintenance her position as an outsider to, rather then as part of, the GOP machine.


4 posted on 08/14/2012 11:06:52 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: trisham; TheOldLady; RedMDer; redhead; ReneeLynn; Right_in_Virginia; rintense; rockinqsranch; ...
Sarah Palin's Ping List

"We'll keep our God, our guns, our Constitution, our TEA Party, Chick-fil-A, and to He// with the GOP-E"

5 posted on 08/14/2012 11:10:22 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: so_real
I say this in warning to all the genuine conservatives that will vote for Romney.

I found it interesting that Sarah made a campaign ad for Sarah Steelman in Missouri instead of Todd Akin. Based on what I know of the two, Akin is the more conservative.

Steelman lost to Akin, by the way. Not sure what message we are to glean from that.

6 posted on 08/14/2012 11:10:44 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Sarah is all about doing what is best for the country. She is not a grudge-holding establishment type. On a related note, I got a call from the RNC last night looking for cash. I told the guy I was no longer ever going to donate to the party at large. All of my donations from now on will only be to individual campaigns that I feel best represent my values. I told him the GOP establishment no longer represents the things that I value.


7 posted on 08/14/2012 11:12:54 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: JaguarXKE

Excellent! Good job! They can never hear that message often enough.


8 posted on 08/14/2012 11:18:40 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: so_real
Expect no different treatement from them than what they've delivered to Mrs. Palin. Your vote is the only thing of value you have to them. Once they possess it, they will continue on with the agenda they embrace, not the one we embrace. Believe it. You've seen it. Several times.

Exactly, which is why I fear that a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama-Lite.

9 posted on 08/14/2012 11:20:03 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2898271/posts?page=119#119)
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To: jennychase

She did a fine job of destroying herself with that Couric interview. She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials. You and I both know she isn’t stupid, but first impressions are nearly impossible to overcome, that was the first most people saw of her, and that was perhaps the worst response to a question ever.


10 posted on 08/14/2012 11:20:42 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Lorianne

Rift? The past four years taught me that, after a lifetime of exclusively voting Republican, the GOP no longer represents me nor my interests. The Tea Party, which occasionally bisects the GOP, does. Only representatives of the latter will get my support and my vote. No more pro-forma voting for some generic “R” candidate out of habit, just because some noxious “D” is on the other side. I’ve had it with the backstabbing bastards of the GOP-E. They can rot in hell.


11 posted on 08/14/2012 11:28:26 AM PDT by greene66
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To: wolfman23601

>>>>She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials.

I know some section of american people lack commonsense , understanding of reference or phrase usage. If they can’t figure out what she is referring, its not her fault, It is poor schooling and bad teachers.

She was referring that Russia is neighboring country and one deal with neighbor everyday. When state is on International border, they have to deal with other countries. Russia is not a small or peaceful country.

Its very difficult to educate to close minds, whatever reasons, poor teachers, education, parents or just close minded or slow.


12 posted on 08/14/2012 11:31:20 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: Lorianne
"For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romney’s selection of Ryan. "

Where do these "Journalists" get this stuff?

As far as I've seen, Sarah was very enthusiastic about Ryan from the outset.

13 posted on 08/14/2012 11:31:20 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: Lorianne

I want to see a REVOLT at the convention, Rombag tossed, and Palin take his place.


14 posted on 08/14/2012 11:34:04 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Right... my odds of winning $305 Million in tonight’s megamillions are better.


15 posted on 08/14/2012 11:36:17 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: eCSMaster

She is the leader of the Tea Party....She will be free to speak out if Mittens gets to far of track...Ryan may turn out to be a good pick for VP....he can keep Mittens on track....then again they can just stuff him in an office somewhere..maybe they will make Sara head of the EPA or Energy Dept


16 posted on 08/14/2012 11:39:16 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: so_real
The moment the words "anyone but Obama" escaped her lips, the GOP(e) no longer had need of her, and so they've turned their backs to her. I say this in warning to all the genuine conservatives that will vote for Romney. Expect no different treatement from them than what they've delivered to Mrs. Palin. Your vote is the only thing of value you have to them. Once they possess it, they will continue on with the agenda they embrace, not the one we embrace. Believe it. You've seen it. Several times.

You hit that one right on the head.

Liberal Republicans hold conservatives in far, far more contempt than they do Democrats. I have seen it lots of times here in the state of Kansas in my 12 years or so here. If a squishy Republican gets nominated, conservatives are coerced into voting for the RINO by the party but if a conservative wins the primary, "country-club" Republicans will walk in mass. Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins provide an excellent example of that a few years ago. Mutual support is not a two-way street in their minds.

I'm afraid that Paul Ryan is simply window-dressing to draw over Tea Party supporters. If Romney wins, Paul Ryan will have as much influence in the Romney Administration as the WH janitor.

17 posted on 08/14/2012 11:41:25 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: wolfman23601

Your point?

Rombag and the entire GOP establishment are slime. At least Ryan’s okay. Romney is vile. Anyone who doesn’t feel extreme loathing for him is a disgusting RINO sycophant.


18 posted on 08/14/2012 11:44:11 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: jennychase

There is only one thing that would cause me to vote for Willard and that is a public apology to and request for forgiveness from Sarah for the four years of trash he had his people dish her. Short of that I dont care if he made me his vice president I still wont vote for him. He is a lying scumbag. The lesser of two evils is still evil.


19 posted on 08/14/2012 11:49:45 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: little jeremiah

I’m not a fan either, but he isn’t going to be replaced at the republican convention. Your choices are Romney, Obama, 3rd Party, or stay home.


20 posted on 08/14/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: CommerceComet

Sometimes VPs have to take over.


21 posted on 08/14/2012 11:53:56 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: MEGoody

When a woman’s running, Sarah’s been wrong as many times as right. Unfortunately, she’s in a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-dont position where female candidates are concerned. And it has hurt her. Once she removes that criterion, that glass-ceiling mentality, her overall record will improve mightily.


22 posted on 08/14/2012 11:54:05 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Breto

So are you voting for Obama?


23 posted on 08/14/2012 11:56:03 AM PDT by small business owner
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To: wolfman23601

Um, it was Tina Fey in parody of Palin who made the crack about seeing Russia from her house. Sarah’s comment was that Alaska is within visual range of Russia, and it really is. The entire, uncut interview puts her comment in proper context. Did you know Alaska has one of the few governors who actually gets involved in nuclear missile defense? But if your handler gives away full editorial control to a lefty journalist who wants to make you look bad (and that is what happened here), they could make anyone look bad, even Reagan.


24 posted on 08/14/2012 11:56:25 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: wolfman23601
It wasn't the Couric interview, it was the interview with Charlie Gibson. And she didn't say she could see Russia from her house, she said "... you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

Newsbusters

But that's okay. Only Sarah Palin is supposed to get things right every time.

25 posted on 08/14/2012 11:58:35 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: wolfman23601

Palin never said that...now you’ve lost all credibility.


26 posted on 08/14/2012 12:20:19 PM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: so_real
Your vote is the only thing of value you have to them. Once they possess it, they will continue on with the agenda they embrace, not the one we embrace. Believe it.

And the problem is that we all DO understand it, and we all DO believe it. But read the tag line...

27 posted on 08/14/2012 12:23:09 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (It's down to 'anybody but Obama'. And may God forgive me for what I must do in November.)
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To: Lorianne
For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romney’s selection of Ryan

Once again the leftist propaganda bots simply make things up to validate their ideological dogmas rather then report the truth. There was NOTHING "lukewarm" about Ms Palin's response.

28 posted on 08/14/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Alex Murphy
Exactly, which is why I fear that a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama-Lite.

Well I see the Benedict Arnold wing of the conservative movement is alive and well

You people are the useful idiots of the Democrat propaganda machine.

29 posted on 08/14/2012 12:26:25 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: jennychase
Palin has endorsed the Romney/Ryan ticket.
30 posted on 08/14/2012 12:28:12 PM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: CommerceComet
Seems you got it exactly backwards as to who is co-opting whom.

Romney: Ryan and I are on the same page with our budgets

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2918387/posts

31 posted on 08/14/2012 12:32:56 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: wolfman23601
She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials.

Really?


32 posted on 08/14/2012 12:39:24 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: Bratch

>> “It wasn’t the Couric interview, it was the interview with Charlie Gibson.” <<

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To the informed, (and I suppose only to the informed) she completely ‘pantsed’ Gibson by her refusal to cave to his personal concept of “the Bush Doctrine.” Even David ‘Roddam’ Gergen stated that.


33 posted on 08/14/2012 12:40:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: wolfman23601
She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy .


34 posted on 08/14/2012 12:44:59 PM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: jennychase; All
I want to see Palin pain in butt for Romney in case he gets elected.

* The Senate will be where the action is
* Either we get 60, or close to it, and have to deal make or ram-rod a new agenda through and undo everything Obiongo did.
* Their are 5 or 6 with Tea Party Leanings in the Senate.
* IF Sarah's efforts are Fruitful, she will Double That.
* The Gelding McConnell will then have to deal with a Tea Party Faction that is 20% of his Caucus.
* They can make or brake Legislation.

IMHO Romney will regret the day he messed w/ her going back to 08', she literally will be at that point, a minister without portfolio, but will pull him to the right whether he likes it or not for 4 to 8 years...

35 posted on 08/14/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: wolfman23601
She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials.

Now and forever, you will be known as the freeper that actually said that.
36 posted on 08/14/2012 12:49:07 PM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Bratch

‘It wasn’t the Couric interview, it was the interview with Charlie Gibson. And she didn’t say she could see Russia from her house, she said “... you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”’

Thanks for clearing that up. That makes it so much better that she said it in response to a question about her foreign policy credentials while introducing herself to the country. I don’t care for Romney, but you can’t blame him for Palin’s boneheaded quips back in ‘08.


37 posted on 08/14/2012 12:49:12 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601

Tonight’s megamillions is “only” $36 million. Tomorrow night’s powerball is the big one. It’s up to $320 million now.


38 posted on 08/14/2012 1:02:14 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: wolfman23601
Actually, Gibson was the one that brought up Russia's proximity to Alaska.
#From the Thursday, September 11, 2008, World News:

CHARLES GIBSON: Let me ask you about specific national security situations. Let's start, because we are near Russia. Let's start with Russia and Georgia. The administration has said, we've got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

SARAH PALIN: First off, we're going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain's running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we've got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable. And we have to keep...

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked?

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked. And we have got to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.

GIBSON: You in favor of putting Georgia and Ukraine into NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia. Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously he thinks otherwise.

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean that is the agreement. When you are a NATO ally, is, if another country is attacked, you are going to be expected to be called upon and help.

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This interview is a good reminder that the biggest concern during the 2008 primary season was defense and foreign policy. That was the big appeal of John McCain.

It wasn't until the Stock Market tanked, after the Palin nomination, that the economy jumped to the front of the line. Where it remains today.

Since Romney is known for his business acumen and Ryan is supposed to be the big economy wonk, don't be surprised if something happens in September/October that brings foreign policy back to the forefront.

39 posted on 08/14/2012 1:13:10 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Lorianne

Palin needs to disappear and allow Romney/Ryan to move forward without her baggage from 2008.


40 posted on 08/14/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT by unique1
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To: MNJohnnie

I was disappointed at first but I agree with you after I thought it through.


41 posted on 08/14/2012 1:39:09 PM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: MNJohnnie; so_real
"a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races,"

There is the money shot. It is IMPERATIVE we win both houses, including ousting as many RINO incumbents as we can muster.

After having my butt handed to me in the primary's 3 times, I was going to wait and see. I thought I would not know what I was going to do prior to election day......until Romney shocked the cr@p out of me and chose Ryan.

If Ryan can't shove Romney to the right (I believe he has a good shot), then both houses will. If we have Ryan AND both houses we can most CERTAINLY shove Romney to the right.

He may not like it but tough noogies.

As Rush said "there is one of US on the ticket". When Palin ran in 2008, there wasn't really an US yet...we were just establishing ourselves.

2010 was a swift kick in the jack-a$$....and we were pretty new. We have now had an additional 2 years to "hone".

42 posted on 08/14/2012 1:42:36 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: CommerceComet; so_real
The moment the words "anyone but Obama" escaped her lips, the GOP(e) no longer had need of her

As you might recall, every candidate and talking head said exactly the same thing. I figured then this election was a hoax.

43 posted on 08/14/2012 1:45:24 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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To: wolfman23601

She most certainly did not. She said you could see Russia from a part of land in Alaska (not verbatim).

Which by the way, while watching State Troopers in Alaska, one episode was filmed from that island. THEY as well said, on a clear day you could see Russia.


44 posted on 08/14/2012 1:48:24 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Romney: Ryan and I are on the same page with our budgets

I guess you missed the interview where Romney said he would be in charge and he has his own budget posted on his web page.

45 posted on 08/14/2012 1:52:20 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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To: wolfman23601
She did a fine job of destroying herself with that Couric interview. She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials. You and I both know she isn’t stupid, but first impressions are nearly impossible to overcome, that was the first most people saw of her, and that was perhaps the worst response to a question ever.

You're confusing Saturday Night Live with reality.

46 posted on 08/14/2012 1:54:47 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: wolfman23601
Go away boy, you bother me.
47 posted on 08/14/2012 1:55:17 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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To: unique1
"Palin needs to disappear and allow Romney/Ryan to move forward without her baggage from 2008."

You mean all that "baggage" she brought with her to kick jack-a$$ butt in 2010?

"a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races,"

Is THAT the "baggage" you're speaking of?

48 posted on 08/14/2012 2:02:26 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Lorianne
Sarah is RINO hunting. Sarah is out building TEA Party members in Congress that can challenge the current RINO leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McConnell). Destroying as many RINOs as possible is necessary to getting things turned around.
49 posted on 08/14/2012 2:23:53 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: itsahoot; MNJohnnie
MNJohnnie wrote - Romney: Ryan and I are on the same page with our budgets.

Itsahoot responses:I guess you missed the interview where Romney said he would be in charge and he has his own budget posted on his web page.

MNJohnnie, based on Romney's verifiable history of flip-flops, why would you believe anything he says? Notice that he couldn't seem to stay on point for even 24 hours.

A political strategy question here: Why when Romney is claimed to be such an economic guru does he bring on another economic specialist to the ticket? Particularly, one whose political philosophy is so far from Romney's?

50 posted on 08/14/2012 2:29:26 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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