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  • Notes from VP Candidate Paul Ryan event at The Villages in Florida (POWERFUL!)

    08/18/2012 1:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News' Greta Wire ^ | August 18, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren and Joy Lin
    There were approximately 3000 people immediately here in the square, reporters noted there were more people at the events Palin and Gingrich held at The Villages. I’m told about 5K people were in the crowd when Romney spoke but I wasn’t here and can’t provide a comparison. One official told a reporter said there were 10K total today, outside the clean area, but we’re skeptical about that estimate. Here is a slightly tweaked version of the Medicare verbate I sent out earlier. **10:33:35 AM Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it’s not just a program, its...
  • The Strategic Failure of the Obama campaign: Chicago must be terrified

    08/17/2012 12:10:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | August 17, 2012 | Soren Dayton
    We are one week into Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan. A number of polls are coming out telling a variety of stories about what it means. But one thing is clear: Barack Obama’s campaign has had several significant strategic failures this summer. And they failed to define Paul Ryan out of the gate with their Mediscare tactics. And they failed to define Mitt Romney this summer with a huge campaign spend. The Obama campaign hoped to use the summer to define Mitt Romney. They spent $25 million in May ads. Obama spent $58m in June. What effect did it...
  • Paul Ryan Set to Appear With Mom at World’s Largest Retirement Community, Defend Medicare Plan

    08/16/2012 1:14:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 16, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    WARREN, Ohio—Paul Ryan is headed to a Florida retirement community with his 80 year-old mother on Saturday to make his argument about the need to change Medicare for future generations. He’ll appear at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community and a conservative stronghold that is a must stop for Republican candidates. In 2008, a massive crowd of between 30,000 and 60,000 seniors came out to a rally Sarah Palin held there. Despite the Republican-leanings it’s a clear sign the Romney campaign will continue to stay on the offense on Medicare, but with this trip they may be entering the...
  • Rasmussen Florida: Romney 45%, Obama 43%

    08/16/2012 9:54:41 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies ^ | August 16, 2012 | staff
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Romney earning 45% support to the president’s 43%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • In Florida, 17% Change Vote Because of Ryan VP Pick; Vote Changers by 4:3 are Drawn To Romney

    08/15/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | August 15, 2012
    17% of registered voters in the state of Florida say they will change who they will vote for in the election for President as a result of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as Vice President, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted statewide for WFLA-TV in Tampa. Of those who will change their vote, 57% say they are more likely to vote for Romney, 42% say they are less likely to vote for Romney. The state of Florida is one of the most important swing-states in the country. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are critical to Romney. Reaction to the Ryan...
  • To Stop Mitt, Obama Targets N.C., Florida, Ohio

    08/12/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Patriot Post / The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Our presidential elections, pundits sometimes remind us, are not national contests, but rather contests in 50 states and the District of Columbia. And since most states lean heavily to one party or the other these days, the only real contests are in a dozen or so target states. Once upon a time, most states were in play. In the 1976 contest between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, 30 states with 396 electoral votes were carried by less than 10 percent of the votes. Three-quarters of voters lived in those states. In 2008, the field of play was much smaller. The...
  • Give Palin the microphone

    08/12/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Tammany News ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The GOP is slowly releasing the names of speakers for the upcoming convention in Tampa. This week it was announced that former presidential candidate Rick Santorum will address the delegates. Among the other confirmed speakers is former Republican Party presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). As the Republican Party prepares to challenge an incumbent president in November, it needs to have total unity in its ranks. One good way to solidify support from conservatives and Tea Party activists who are lukewarm toward presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is to invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the convention....
  • AARP FL seniors-Boomer poll: Obama 44%-Romney 46%, Sen. Nelson 39%-Mack 42% (Uh-oh, Chongo!)

    08/08/2012 4:16:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | August 8, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Despite repeated attempts to paint Republicans as bad for Medicare and Social Security, President Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson are essentially tied with their Republican rivals when it comes to Florida retirees and baby boomers, a new AARP poll shows. Obama garners 44 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney's 46 percent and Nelson trails Republican Rep. Connie Mack by a 42-39 split. The Republican leads are well within the 4.4 percent error margin for the poll of the 503 registered voters surveyed by Hart Research Associates.** Indeed, the Nelson-Mack race might be even tighter, with 19 percent of voters...
  • Liberal Moderator outed at FL Rep Primary Debate Dist 23 (blabbermouth dist)

    08/02/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT · by lovesdogs · 5 replies
    My very own eyes and ears | vanity
    The Republican Primary debate for FL dist 23 was held tonight in Hollywood FL. Participants were Gineen Bresso, Ozzie deFaria, Juan Garcia and Joe Kaufman. Karen Harrington was scheduled but chose to speak at a Red State event in Jacksonville instead. The Moderator was local ABC affiliate politgical reporter Michael Putney (yes I know). Mr Putney stated several times in the beginning questions of the debate that he was a "registered independent" which is odd phrasing. He should certainly know as a political reporter that the legal term in FL is "no party affiliation" or NPA. Several questions into the...
  • The Next Big Star from Florida? Byron Donalds - Surprise Endorsement by Naples News

    Southwest Florida Republicans have two of them in the primary race for U.S. House District 19, now held by Connie Mack IV, R-Fort Myers, who is running for U.S. Senate. Voters have a chance for a fresh slate with a seat that is open for the first time in eight years. We recommend that they make the most of that opportunity by choosing a political newcomer who can be a leader in Washington as well as locally. Byron Donalds, 33, of Naples rises above a field that includes three veteran public servants, including the son of Mack's predecessor. Voters at...
  • Breaking: Sarah Palin Endorses Florida Congresswoman Sandy Adams

    07/12/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 12, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    From Congresswoman Adams: Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Conservative Sandy Adams for U.S. House Orlando, FL – Today, freshman Sandy Adams announced that she had earned the endorsement of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Governor Palin’s support is proof-positive that Sandy Adams is the conservative choice for Florida’s new 7th Congressional District. “Governor Sarah Palin has led the charge for conservatives,” said Adams. “While many politicians subscribe to the notion of the status quo, Governor Palin has risen above it. She knows that the true power of our country comes from the American people – not the...
  • Tea Party Groups Planning July 4 Comeback (Snarky yet informative)

    07/01/2012 12:45:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 30, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    On July 4, the tea party will dust off the tri-corn hats and head into the streets to fight the second revolutionary war against “Obamacare.” Tea party organizers tell TPM that the movement is planning a big Independence Day push in response to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of President Obama’s health care reform bill. The decision ruling the law constitutional — and the surprising vote of Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority — has breathed new life into the tea party, members say. But the tea party is also growing up. And that’s one of the reasons...
  • Racist Tweets Threaten Whites, GOP Convention

    06/26/2012 6:20:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Western Center For Journalism ^ | June 26, 2012 | Christopher Agee
    Just days after nationwide reports of a Minnesota-based initiative known as the Unfair Campaign, which seeks to illustrate the percieved advantage of being born white, at least one group took to Twitter to double down on the white-bashing with a series of hate-filled, violent messages. The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panthers Party put the GOP Convention, scheduled for later this year in that area, in its crosshairs, promising a “showdown” with Republicans. A further study of the group’s Twitter account provides a deeper glimpse into what these blatantly racist thugs feel is acceptable fodder for the social media site. Quoting...
  • Forkless Friday at Obama event (Secret Service confiscates forks at Latino event!)

    06/22/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 22, 2012 | Josh Gerstein and Reid J. Epstein
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama? One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit. However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons. “It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual...
  • Talk show host Cristina endorses Obama

    06/17/2012 11:32:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | June 17, 2012 | Erika Bolstad
    Television talk show host Cristina Saralegui announced her endorsement of President Barack Obama, saying this weekend that there's too much at stake not to speak up when Hispanics could "very well decide the next election." It is the first-ever presidential endorsement for the popular Miami media figure, often called the "Hispanic Oprah" for her two-decade run on Univisión. Obama for America released a video in English and Spanish with a message from Saralegui to the Hispanic community. "President Obama, I was very fortunate to live the American dream and I know that only you will make it possible for millions...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Adam Hasner in congressional District 22 (Florida)

    06/15/2012 6:37:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | February 28, 2012 | George Bennett
    Republican Senate-turned-congressional hopeful Adam Hasner has landed the endorsement of former Gov. Jeb Bush. The Bush endorsement could come in handy if Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca or some other Republican gets a notion to challenge Hasner in the primary. Hasner, the Boca Raton resident who was state House majority leader before he was term-limited in 2010, is running in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22. The seat is now held by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, who bolted to new District 18 when District 22 was redrawn with a Democratic tilt. West is also backing Hasner. Says Bush in a...
  • West: Jobs Data Will Make Obama Fight 'Like a Cat in a Corner'

    06/03/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 2, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Friday’s dismal jobs report will back President Barack Obama into a corner and make him a “desperate person” with the election now five months away, says Florida Rep. Allen West. “When you’re a desperate person — much the same as a cat being cornered – you’re going to come out and really fight even stronger,” predicted West in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV shortly after the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers had created only 69,000 jobs in May. Watch our exclusive interview. (VIDEO AT LINK) That figure is the lowest in a year and led to the unemployment rate...
  • How Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage Could Lose Him Florida Come November

    05/28/2012 10:09:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Flagler Live ^ | May 28, 2012 | Michael Peltier
    With debate and votes taking place around the state and polls showing a growing acceptance, the issue of same-sex marriage and domestic partner rights will likely be among a host of second tier issues that could determine which presidential candidate takes Florida. In a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released this week, a majority of voters said the candidates’ stance on same-sex marriage would not affect the way they would vote. But a significant minority say the issue is likely to move them away from President Barack Obama and toward his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. One in...
  • Romney’s Electoral College prospects bright — still

    05/28/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Not too long ago pundits were arguing that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes was “narrow.” We didn’t buy it. Lo and behold, conventional wisdom has now changed. The Associated Press writes: “Warning signs for Obama on tight path to 270.” The AP explains: Obama’s new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he’s to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the...
  • [Congresswoman] Corrine Brown, [GZ Prosecutor] Angela Corey now are at odds

    05/19/2012 6:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 19, 2012 | Rene Stutzman and Mark K. Matthews
    U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has made herself one of the central figures in the George Zimmerman case. The Democratic congresswoman got involved when the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, became national news. Soon after, the Department of Justice launched its probe into whether Sanford police mishandled the case, and Sanford police Chief Bill Lee stepped aside. Earlier this month, Brown — whose district spans from Jacksonville into Central Florida — got involved in another criminal case. She attended the sentencing of Marissa Alexander, a black defendant from Jacksonville who Brown said was unfairly sentenced to 20 years...
  • What The Polls Are Telling Us Now

    05/14/2012 3:40:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2012 | Doug Schoen, Democratic pollster
    There has been a subtle shift in the polls for President Obama — whose approval rating has dropped to 46% in the most recent polling conducted by Gallup and Rasmussen Reports – with disapproval at 53% in the Rasmussen poll and 47% in the Gallup survey. The President’s approval numbers are mirrored in the most recent head-to-head data for General Election: Obama vs. Romney. The President is currently trailing Governor Romney by four points according to polling conducted by Rasmussen Reports between May 10-May 12th, with Romney leading 48%-44% — while the latest Gallup numbers show the race effectively tied...
  • Commentary: Balancing personal safety and potential violence (Zimmerman vs Trayvon)

    05/01/2012 4:59:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | May 1, 2012 | John Ramano
    With three children under the age of 13 in his home, a father has a message for the task force that on Tuesday began reviewing the state's public safety laws: "Nobody in this house will be a victim in the middle of the night. If you break into my home, someone else will carry you out. "I love the idea that the law allows us to protect ourselves." •With a son recently shot to death during a traffic confrontation gone horribly wrong, a father is hopeful that the governor's task force will take a long, hard look at the state's...
  • Jeff Atwater decides against GOP Senate run (Florida)

    04/25/2012 6:49:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | April 25, 2012 | George Bennett
    Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has decided not to enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate after briefly considering a late bid. “As much as Carole and I are humbled by your calls, notes and messages to enter the US Senate race and carry our banner into the fight we believe we have a responsibility to finish the job Floridians elected us to do,” Atwater said in a weekend Facebook post. He’s less than 16 months into his four-year term as Florida CFO. Atwater, a North Palm Beach resident, said last week he was mulling a Senate bid after...
  • Bruce Ray Riggs; Florida 5th district

    04/20/2012 7:53:40 PM PDT · by know-the-law · 5 replies
    dirtyunclesam ^ | bruce ray riggs
    The powers of government were never given the jurisdiction to do the things they are doing today. Many laws, taxes, restrictions and government powers come from this post-constructional (89 years later) jurisdiction. Abortion, Roe V. Wade, prayer in school, gun control are all fruits of the tree of this unlawful and unconstitutional jurisdiction. I will demonstrate, with facts and freely available documents, how this unconstitutional jurisdiction came to be and how to fix it. - Bruce Ray Riggs
  • Why the Trayvon Martin Circus Could Derail Obama's Re-election (Fawning sycophantcy alert)

    04/04/2012 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post | April 4, 2012 | James Marshall Crotty.
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  • Karen Finney and MSNBC Slander Conservatives with Martin Killing

    03/26/2012 10:02:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 18+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | March 25, 2012 | John Sexton
    Former DNC spokesperson Karen Finney has been leading the effort at MSNBC to turn the Trayvon Martin shooting into a political story implicating conservatives. It began with her smear of Rush Limbaugh and GOP presidential candidates while filling in as host of the Martin Bashir show: "So, when Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that, quote, "really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. They have no habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it's illegal," or Rick Santorum says, "I don't want to...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney as supposed rivalry with Sarah Palin intensifies

    03/21/2012 3:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Examiner ^ | Michael Essany
    On Wednesday, former Florida Governor and Republican Party heavyweight Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But some believe the Bush endorsement may actually have more to do with Sarah Palin (and her tacit endorsements of Newt Gingrich) than Mitt Romney. "I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party¹s nomination," Bush announced Wednesday. "We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed." To state categorically that some in...
  • Brokered convention could energize base, boost nominee, say some insiders

    03/18/2012 6:25:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2012 | Niall Stanage
    A brokered convention is more plausible this year than it has been for a generation, as the fight drags on for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. The scenario leaves many GOP insiders petrified of the damage the party could suffer. Yet some dissenting voices insist there would be a silver lining to the cloud. They hold out the possibility of a convention of such drama and intrigue that it would energize party activists and mesmerize the broader public. “It could turn into a free-for-all, and be somewhat unseemly, and no-one wants that,” Keith Appell, a Republican strategist who is not...
  • Matt Towery: Are three birds in hand worth one in the Bush? (Another Bush?)

    03/09/2012 9:38:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Cherokee Tribune ^ | March 10, 2012 | Matt Towery
    After the not so “Super” Tuesday results, pundits and experts predicted a much longer march to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. Many experts believe Mitt Romney will ultimately gain the required delegates to win the nomination prior to the convention. But talk of a so-called “open” convention, where no candidate has the needed votes and delegates might be free to choose the candidate of their own personal preference is increasing, as well. The likelihood of such a scenario actually playing out remains relatively low. But should Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum capture the Texas primary,...
  • Florida: Local Official Says Stearns Tried to Buy Him Out of Race

    03/07/2012 2:39:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amanda Becker
    A clerk of courts running for Congress in Florida told a group of Clay County Republicans earlier today that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) offered him incentives to drop out of the race. Clay County Clerk of Courts James Jett’s statements to the gathering, including that the FBI is already looking into the matter, were first reported by the political blog of Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union. According to those present at the South Clay Republicans meeting, which occurs the first Wednesday of each month at the Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club, Jett accused Stearns of using a middle man to offer...
  • Palin floats Rep. West for VP nominee

    03/03/2012 5:34:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Regina Bratton
    Several high-powered names have been bandied about for a possible No. 2 on the GOP presidential ticket. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' last VP nominee, on Saturday threw out a new one - Florida Rep. Allen West. "I would like to see considered for the VP Col. Allen West," she told Fox News. "In this tumultuous time ... he served in the military and has intimate knowledge of the way the military works and should work by having a close family member serve. Someone like that." Palin isn't ruling out another run herself on the ticket, should she be asked. "It...
  • Coulter predicts Jeb Bush to enter race (Multi-level queasiness)

    02/26/2012 11:19:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 26, 2012 | Tim Mak
    Conservative commentator Ann Coulter predicted on Sunday that Jeb Bush was throwing his hat into the ring in hopes of being chosen the Republican nominee, but had harsh criticism for that prospect. "It looks like we can throw Jeb Bush's hat into the ring, along with Sarah Palin, as hoping to be chosen as the nominee after a contested convention," Coulter said on "Fox News Sunday."Coulter was reacting to comments Bush made earlier on in the week, when he said that the Republican presidential candidates are "appealing to people's fears." The conservative author, who is supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt...
  • Jeb Bush new Republican contender for president in 2012, state polls (Banana Republic?)

    02/25/2012 11:59:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Huliq ^ | February 25, 2012 | Dave Masko
    After other Republican candidates have turned off voters with bitter fights, Jeb Bush is stepping into their shoes as a new GOP frontrunner for 2012. In answers to questions from the audience after a speech in Dallas on Feb. 23, new GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush cautioned the remaining Republican campaigns from drifting so far to the right that they put off the key independent voters needed to beat President Barack Obama in November. "I think it's important for the candidates to recognize though they have to appeal to primary voters, and not turn off independent voters that will be part...
  • 2012 Presidential Election Forecast: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Compared to What's Coming

    02/20/2012 8:52:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    EIN News ^ | February 20, 2012 | Joe Rothstein
    At various times over the past few months the political media pack has obsessed that, in turn, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or Newt Gingrich could be the surprise presidential nominee for the Republican Party. There was even a boomlet for Donald Trump. Given that recent pundit history, and with confidence that I can be as wrong as the next person, I’m not at all reluctant to now make my prediction for how the 2012 race for the White House will finally resolve: It will be a three-way contest: Christie and Rubio, the Republicans; Obama and Clinton,...
  • An Open Letter To RNC Reince Preibus: Do The Right Thing With The Florida Delegates

    02/03/2012 9:45:14 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 39 replies ^ | 2-4-2012 | Bill Knowles
    Dear Chairman Preibus, I am writing an open letter to you in hopes that you will do the right thing and make the Florida Republican Party abide by the rules of the Republican National Committee. The state of Florida deliberately snubbed its' nose at the party and the rules several months ago when it voted to hold the Florida primary early, which has already cost if 49 delegates out of the original 99 delegates allocated by the RNC. Now they further give the party the middle finger by allocating the remaining delegates as "winner-take-all", instead of the proportional allotment that...
  • Exit Polls Reveal Tea Party Was a Bright Spot for Gingrich

    02/01/2012 10:57:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano
    The Florida primary may have delivered a decisive victory for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the exit polls also revealed a bright spot for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — the tea party. Gingrich racked up a decisive victory of his own among voters who said they “strongly support” the tea party movement, according to exit poll data compiled by Fox News. Overall, 45 percent of those voters chose Gingrich over Romney, who finished with just 33 percent of support from strong supporters of the tea party movement. The tea party is also thought to have played a key...
  • Despite Mitt Romney’s Big Florida Win, the GOP Race Is Not Over

    01/31/2012 11:10:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 1, 2012 | John Avlon
    Romney is being portrayed as having locked up the Republican nomination with his Florida victory, but he’s a long way from the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch, and voters in other states deserve to be heard. Yes, Mitt Romney had a big win in Florida last night. He’s won two of the first four primary states, totaling 84 delegates to date. But he needs 1,144 to clinch the Republican nomination—he’s just 7 percent of the way there. So call off the coronation—give people in the other 46 states a chance to vote. “We’re in the first quarter,” says John Brabender,...
  • Video: Sarah Palin Slams Mitt Romney's Win in Florida

    01/31/2012 10:18:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 31, 2012 | Michael Allen
    Appearing on Fox News tonight, former half term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by claiming that he won the Florida with money and misleading ads (video below). Palin lamented: “I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements" “$17 million spent in one state, that purchased a lot of darts and arrows that were flown in one direction and then a lot of darts and arrows were flown back and you know a...
  • Ann Romney talks up Mitt Romney's conservatism (Hurl Hazard)

    01/31/2012 7:37:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2012 | Tim Mak
    An exuberant Ann Romney said on the evening of her husband’s Florida primary win Tuesday that she was amused by attacks on the former Massachusetts governor that characterized him as a “moderate” or a “liberal.” “It’s been funny to me. What’s next, a communist? I don’t know, it’s been humorous,” she said with a laugh during an interview with CNN moments before the network called the state for Mitt Romney. “We are looking forward to a win tonight.” Ann Romney said that she knew where Mitt’s true beliefs lay. “I know where his values are on a personal level. He...
  • Florida Predictions: Closer Than You Think

    01/31/2012 2:56:42 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 31 replies ^ | 1/31/2012 | Bill Knowles
    Ok...I've been wrong before and I will be again....But here's my predictions for tonights' Florida Primary: Newt will fare much better than expected. Santorum will do a little better than expected as well. Romney may win this, but it will be a much closer race than most people think. Almost every poll in South Carolina put Romney almost exactly where he ended up and the same was true in New Hampshire. To me, this denotes that undecideds are going heavily toward Gingrich, or other candidates as was the case in New Hampshire. In South Carolina, most of the polls showed...
  • TEA Party In Space Endorses Newt Gingrich for President of the United States

    01/31/2012 7:20:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Tea Party in Space ^ | January 30, 2012 | Andrew Gasser
    (Titusville FL) — Tea Party in Space (TPIS) is excited to endorse Newt Gingrich for President of the United States. Mr. Gingrich is the only candidate who consistently articulates a bright vision for future American space exploration and settlement. Mr. Gingrich’s unique approach of utilizing the government and private sector is exactly what NASA needs. “Newt Gingrich is the only credible candidate in this primary race in Florida who has any credibility when it comes to America’s future in space,” said Andrew Gasser, President and National Coordinator for TPIS. “Newt will not have to take a poll or rely on...
  • Absentee Voters, Tea Party, and Other Groups That Could Turn Florida Vote

    01/31/2012 3:14:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2012 | Ben Jacobs
    When all polls close by 8 p.m. Eastern tonight in Florida, the winner of the state’s Republican primary may not initially be apparent. After all, the winner takes all, which means the candidate who gets the most votes gets all of the delegates. But the state, with 10 different media markets and a cultural mélange that ranges from Alabama South to Cuba North, is by no means homogeneous. Here are five crucial indicators to keep track of as the returns come in: Absentee VotersThe first key factor is, about a third of Florida voters have already cast their ballots, and...
  • Romney maintains Florida lead (Not by much and Newt's winning in same demos as in S. Carolina!)

    01/31/2012 1:58:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | January 29, 2012
    Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's second day of tracking in Florida finds little change in the state of the race. Mitt Romney leads with 39% to 32% for Newt Gingrich with Rick Santorum at 14% and Ron Paul at 11%. Romney and Santorum are both down a single point from Saturday's polling while Paul has gained 2 points and Gingrich has stayed in place. The reason we don't find Gingrich getting blown out by a double digit margin in Florida is that he's winning a lot of the same groups he did in South Carolina. He's up 37-33 with Evangelicals, 40-33...
  • Flordia will be 2012’s kingmaker (I guess Yale isn't what it used to be)

    01/30/2012 11:20:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Yale Daily News ^ | January 31, 2012 | Christian Vazquez
    Once again, all eyes are on Florida. As a Florida Republican, this has become routine to me. For the last month, the state with the third-greatest number of electoral votes has been the subject of intense campaigning on the part of not only GOP presidential hopefuls but also the president, who has visited Florida more times in January than he did in all of 2011. Especially in the primaries, where Florida’s winner-take-all structure would award the winner 50 delegates, Florida is a crucial state for presidential candidates. At a structural level, it also reflects the country most closely. South Carolina,...
  • Todd Palin to robo-call for Gingrich; Gingrich calls Romney campaign 'pathetic'

    01/30/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jo Ling Kent
    FORT MYERS, FL--Thousands of Floridians will hear the voice of Todd Palin in their homes tomorrow as they head out to the polls on primary day. The former GOP vice presidential candidate's husband is recording a get-out-the-vote robo-call in support of Newt Gingrich that will go out across the state, campaign spokesman RC Hammond told NBC News. Gingrich also revealed that Todd Palin will campaign on his behalf on the trail, though he did not specific exactly how. "I'm also delighted Todd Palin has agreed to do calls for us and campaign for us," Gingrich told a crowd at Page...
  • [Darling of Floridians] Marco Rubio: Newt helped me a lot...

    01/29/2012 9:38:31 AM PST · by Milagros · 18 replies
    January 29, 2012 12: PM
    In Telemundo's 'Enfoque': "me ayudaba mucho." --- IMHO. It is very important for the Hispanic Americans to hear from him a good word for Newt. Especially after the fall out of Marco asking Newt to pull off the ad about immigration.
  • Sarah Palin accuses GOP of 'Stalin-esque' attack on Newt Gingrich

    01/29/2012 2:21:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 28, 2012 | Russell Berman -
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) sharply criticized the Republican Party “establishment” for using what she called a “Stalin-esque rewriting of history” to tar Newt Gingrich as he fights for the GOP presidential nomination. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, posted a nearly 1,400-word statement on her Facebook page on Friday in which she accused Republican party elders of employing “tactics of the left” to derail the Gingrich campaign. “The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the...
  • Rasmussen on Fla primary race results.

    01/28/2012 5:08:32 PM PST · by Mountain Mary · 44 replies
    Rasmussen Reports | 1/28/11 | Scott Rasmussen
    Did anyone else see Scott on FNC a few hours ago with anchor Greg(?) saying that the nine point lead is tightening as the weekend progresses...IN NEWT'S FAVOR!!! Both of them seemed puzzled by it. :-)
  • Florida Rep. Rivera: Gingrich Only Candidate With Track Record

    01/27/2012 10:03:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 26, 2012 | Martin Gould
    Newt Gingrich is the only one of the four remaining GOP presidential candidates who has the proven track record to take on the nation’s most pressing problems, Rep. David Rivera of Florida says. Rivera made his endorsement comments during the former House speaker’s Latin American foreign policy speech at Florida International University in Miami. Speaking to the audience in both English and Spanish, Rivera described Gingrich as “the only Republican candidate that has experience getting things done, balancing budgets, dealing with the national debt. And imagine this: He did it in a bipartisan fashion, going up against a Democrat in...
  • Romney paints Gingrich as mentally unstable

    01/26/2012 10:41:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post The Plum Line ^ | January 26, 2012 | Greg Sargent
    The New York Times reports today — based on unclear sourcing — that Mitt Romney has endorsed a strategy of raising doubts about Newt Gingrich’s “emotional stability.” Well, if that’s the case, here’s Exhibit A. A Florida source passes along a mailer that the Romney campaign — not the pro-Romney Super PAC; his campaign — just dropped in the state, and it comes as close as possible to making that case, hitting Gingrich as “erratic” and “reckless.” The mailer also prominently features a quote from my colleague Jennifer Rubin, describing Gingrich’s “well of sleaze.” Here’s page one: (GRAPHIC AT LINK)...