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  • Romney expected to dominate in Delaware but Gingrich "keeping the heat on"

    04/22/2012 6:48:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | April 22, 2012 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    Mitt Romney is dominating in northeastern states conducting primaries Tuesday, particularly since Rick Santorum has left the race, observers note. Santorum, who announced he was suspending his campaign two weeks ago, had seen his once-huge lead in Pennsylvania shrink steadily and had said winning the Keystone State was key to his campaign continuing. That said, Romney was expected to claim a huge number of delegates from Delaware, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, even with Santorum in the race. Nothing's happened to change that expectation, except to possibly solidify it. RealClearPolitics.com's delegate count showed Romney with 656, Santorum with 272,...
  • Romney wins 12 of 24 Missouri delegates chosen Saturday

    04/22/2012 3:45:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    STL Today ^ | April 21, 2012 | Mark Schlinkmann
    Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, won half of the contingent of national convention delegates chosen Saturday in Missouri's complicated selection process. The former Massachusetts governor picked up 12 delegates, while seven went to former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania even though he withdrew from the race last week. Trailing were U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with four and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia with one. The 24 delegates were picked at conventions in each of the state's eight U.S. House districts; those voting were selected at local caucuses earlier. Most of the remainder of Missouri's...
  • Santorum's Ala. delegates will unite with nominee IF..... Ala. GOP Chair warns Newt against division

    04/21/2012 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 20, 2012 | Phillip Rawls
    Rick Santorum, the winner of Alabama's Republican presidential primary, hasn't released his 22 Alabama delegates to support another candidate, but delegates said they expect to unite behind Mitt Romney if he locks up the GOP nomination. ....Santorum won Alabama's GOP primary March 13, picking up 22 delegates, compared with 13 for Newt Gingrich and 12 for Romney. Even though Santorum has suspended his campaign, the rules of the Alabama Republican Party bind his delegates to him until he releases them. Dean participated in a conference call with Santorum on Monday, during which the former Pennsylvania senator told delegates he has...
  • Newt Gingrich slams Mitt Romney over limiting mortgage deductions

    04/18/2012 7:15:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 18, 2012 | jJim Galloway
    “Conservatives believe in the classical American definition of fairness – that every American be treated equally under the law… “Governor Romney’s tax proposal violates that principle by giving politicians the power to carve out exceptions in the law for people of certain incomes. Furthermore, it sets the stage for future tax increases, as politicians will continually try to decrease the income threshold where citizens will no longer be able to avail themselves of the deductions.”
  • Romney and Gingrich stump at GOP dinner in Lancaster

    04/18/2012 5:34:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    WFMZ ^ | April 17, 2012 | Will Lewis
    The political spotlight has shifted to Pennsylvania. To Lancaster County, specifically. The stars have come out for the Republican party -- at least, some of the stars. Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich addressed a big GOP fundraiser, one week before primary election day. Many of the 1,200 attendees of the dinner are still undecided about who will get their vote. They heard two different speeches, and one political analyst says one person missing could have made huge gains for Mitt Romney. The anticipation was high for many Republicans in the Lancaster Convention Center. They knew each candidate would...
  • Presidential hopeful plans county campaign stop

    04/17/2012 12:44:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Shelby Star ^ | September 17, 2012 | Corey Friedman
    KINGS MOUNTAIN — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will bring his plans for economic recovery to the proving ground next week. The former House speaker is visiting the 238 Cherokee Street Tavern in downtown Kings Mountain to meet Robert Bolin, the restaurant’s owner and an entrepreneur who employs a combined 45 people in four business ventures. Bolin says high business taxes are hobbling the economy. “It costs me 35 percent of the profits every year,” Bolin said. “As a business owner, it’s one of the biggest problems we’re constantly facing. If we could control more of that money and I...
  • Santorum Holds Off on Endorsing GOP Candidate

    04/17/2012 2:25:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    KGOAM - San Francisco ^ | April 16, 2012 | ABC Radio News
    (NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum said Monday night there is “no question Barack Obama has to be defeated,” but did not say he would back presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, instead revealing he had only spoken to Newt Gingrich, not Romney yet. “As far as going with a particular presidential candidate right now -- I mean -- had a chance to talk to Newt, I haven’t had a chance yet to talk to Gov. Romney,” Santorum said on a conference call. “But we’ll be talking to both of them and we are going to go out and deal with who we...
  • Gingrich In North Texas, Insists Republican Primary Not Over Yet

    04/17/2012 1:57:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    CBS-DFW ^ | April 16, 2012 | Jack Fink interview with Newt Gingrich
    RICHARDSON (CBSDFW) – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he’s not leaving the Presidential race anytime soon. “I’m the tortoise in this race,” Gingrich says. “I’ll just keep coming forward and I’m still here.” Before 75 supporters in a packed Richardson restaurant along Central Expressway Monday afternoon, Gingrich sounded upbeat. He told the town hall meeting, “I certainly felt a lot more encouraged by donors than discouraged by the elite media.” But he’s facing an uphill climb. Jack Fink: “Mitt Romney is on his way to the nomination, mathematically you can’t win, so what’s your rationale for staying in...
  • Can this get any funnier? Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early!

    04/16/2012 1:53:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Red State ^ | April 16, 2012 | noprisoners Diary
    Former Governor Mitt Romney is already offering top donors access to a special “Presidential Inaugural retreat,” planned on the assumption that he will be elected president this November. The offer, in a fundraising email circulated by a top Georgia supporter to fellow Republicans and obtained by BuzzFeed, is one of several goodies offered to those who contribute more than $50,000 to the joint fundraising committee known as “Romney Victory,” a program whose outlines were first reported by POLITICO. Those donors will be named “Founding Members” of Romney Victory and invited to a California retreat with Romney and offered “yet to...
  • The GOP: A Party In Flux

    04/15/2012 2:56:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 15, 2012 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for eco and soc policy
    ......Choosing between Romney,Gingrich,andSantorum was, for many, like choosing between vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream. Their personalities, pasts, and priorities had different flavors, but their philosophies were of the same general type.......voters will now have a clear-cut choice between Republican ice cream or another helping of Barack Obama’s spinach. It is possible that Romney, after tacking to the right during the nomination process, will tack to the center during the presidential race. If so, that would mirror what Democrats do on the other side of the ideological spectrum. Such apparent vacillations and compromises may upset many of us who yearn...
  • Fred Grandy Interviews Newt Gingrich [Secure Freedom Radio]

    04/15/2012 2:29:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Secure Freedom Radio ^ | April 15, 2012 | Fred Grandy interview of Newt Gingrich
    Presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shares his foreign policy strategy for Middle East. Gingrich touches on every country of the region from Iran to Saudi Arabia to Turkey and finally Afghanistan and speaks about the policies that would be implemented in a Gingrich Presidency. Newt discusses radical Islam, Middle East, Israel, energy independence .
  • ‘Don’t Let It Fester’: Romney’s Tax Return Delay Could Bode Badly [six-month extension]

    04/15/2012 1:42:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    WTMA The Big Talker ^ | April 15, 2012
    NEW YORK) -- After President Obama released his 2011 tax returns Friday, the pressure has been mounting for his Republican rival Mitt Romney to do the same. The day after the president put out his tax information, Romney filed for a six-month extension on his own taxes, a move that Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot warned against Sunday during the “This Week” roundtable. Gigot cautioned Romney not to “let it fester.” “I would have gotten the tax returns out three or four months ago or six months ago or a year ago,” Gigot said. “I don’t think...
  • Priebus: No 'presumptive' nominee yet

    04/15/2012 12:54:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2012 | MANU RAJU
    Mitt Romney doesn't get the coveted "presumptive nominee" title just yet -- at least according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. "We haven't officially declared a presumptive nominee out of respect for Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich," Priebus said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" before adding that Romney is "clearly on a pathway to be a presumptive nominee."
  • Bachmann 'Very Seriously Looking Into' Romney Endorsement

    04/15/2012 10:06:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 15, 2012 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stopped just short of endorsing Mitt Romney on Sunday, saying she was “very seriously looking into an endorsement.” “I think we're seeing a uniting and a pulling together around our eventual nominee," she said on NBC’s Meet the Press. "And I have said that I want my voice to be one of uniting our party, the independents, the mainstream, conservatives, evangelicals, the tea party movement. I want to unite our party.” Bachmann dropped out of the GOP primary race in early January and has yet to endorse any of her former opponents. But with only three...
  • Colorado Republicans split delegate votes between Romney, unified Paul and Santorum supporters

    04/15/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Day Trades Show ^ | April 15, 2012
    Colorado Republicans are heading to their national convention with their most conservative delegation in years, as supporters for Ron Paul and Rick Santorum masterminded a stunning upset in electing delegates. [Big SNIP] This game is not over until August in Tampa," said Michelle Morin of El Paso County, who spoke on behalf of Gingrich. "We need the best leader to defeat the left."
  • Texas is Rising for Newt Gingrich (Fox News 11:05 Sunday morning)

    04/15/2012 6:29:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    GOP The Wall ^ | April 15, 2012 | Susan Petrey
    Susan Petrey will be on @FoxNews at 11:05am this morning with great lady @jehmu. Join us if u can !
  • Gingrich slams Obama at tea party events

    04/15/2012 4:09:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    News Observer ^ | April 15, 2012 | Rob Christensen
    GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sought to rally support among tea party backers Saturday, portraying himself as the kind of rock-ribbed conservative best equipped to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall. Introduced to the music from the iconic underdog movie “Rocky,” Gingrich pledged to campaign on despite what he said was an effort by those in the “Washington elite” to force him out of the GOP primary with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In stumping across the state, Gingrich mainly ignored Romney, but stepped up his criticism of Obama, describing him as “a Chicago-machine politician dedicated to Saul Alinsky’s...
  • Romney still must woo conservatives even with Santorum gone

    04/15/2012 2:47:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    UPI ^ | April 15, 2012 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    The exit of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential primary essentially clears the path Mitt Romney is traveling to become the party's nominee against U.S. President Obama in November but Romney still has to win the hearts of GOP voters as well as the party's nomination. Romney had 573 delegates per the Republican National Committee's count to Santorum's 202 delegates when the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania withdrew last week. But he has yet to stir a fire in the belly of the party's evangelical and conservative wings as he moves closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the...
  • The next six months will be a wild ride for Mormons

    04/15/2012 2:09:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 15, 2012 | Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb
    Last week it became clear that LDS Church member Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. This is a momentous event for millions of Mormons who may have doubted it could ever happen. However, the general election campaign will be negative and nasty. We explore the continuing ramifications of Romney's religion in the presidential race.In hindsight, was religion as big a factor in the recent primary contests as it was in 2008?Pignanelli:"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." — Mahatma GandhiReligion was an element in the recent primary elections,...
  • Will 2012 bring the return of thinking Republicans?

    04/14/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | April 14, 2012 | A.J. OTJEN, teacher and unseccessful House candidate
    Republican politicians are fixated on culture wars. New laws, or legislation now being considered, in the Republican controlled states of South Dakota, Virginia, Arizona, Minnesota, Indiana, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, and Georgia limit, restrict, or prevent women from obtaining various health services applicable to only females: contraception, mammograms, cancer screening, abortion counseling. Before withdrawing from the presidential race on Tuesday, Rick Santorum had said that birth control is “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Is this an example of Republicans wanting to limit the size of...
  • Santorum suspension could unite GOP at last

    04/14/2012 4:37:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Yorker UK ^ | April 14, 2012 | Benjamin Bland
    Just when everyone was settling down for another month (at least) of borderline primary season tedium, it happened. Rick Santorum announced that, after one of the most surprisingly successful primary campaigns in recent memory, he was suspending his run for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States. What was behind this sudden about turn from the conservative who was closest to pushing Mitt Romney for victory? Well it has to be said that the decision seems largely to have been made on personal grounds. With his three year old daughter, Bella, having been hospitalised last week, noted...
  • Romney to Woo Conservatives at NRA Event

    04/13/2012 9:23:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    Time ^ | April 13, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    ST. LOUIS) — Mitt Romney's speech to the National Rifle Association is a high-profile chance for the Republican presidential candidate to woo conservatives who have viewed him warily for years. The address on Friday in St. Louis also comes at a moment of heightened national concern about gun use because of the explosive Florida case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot an unarmed teenager. The NRA strongly backed Florida's "stand your ground" law, which is at the heart of the unfolding legal matter. It won't be the first time Romney has had to walk a careful line between...
  • Santorum: I don't blame the media - but they made fundraising 'very difficult'

    04/13/2012 6:30:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 13, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he ultimately suspended his campaign because it became too difficult to raise money, especially since the media had declared the race for the Republican nomination essentially over. But the former Pennsylvania senator said he didn't want to place blame in his decision to exit the race. "After Wisconsin it was very, very difficult to raise money but one of the reasons for that was the media narrative that the race is over," said Santorum in an interview with Fox News Santorum said at a point, nearly every question he received was about the...
  • Gingrich Fumes About Fox News at Delaware Tea Party Meeting

    04/12/2012 1:32:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Uncovered Politics ^ | April 11, 2012 | Austin Cassidy
    As former Speaker Newt Gingrich continues his increasingly long-shot presidential campaign, focusing heavily on the state of Delaware, he’s begun opening up and speaking more candidly about the state of the Republican Party and other topics. At a private meeting with more than a dozen Tea Party group leaders in Delaware, Gingrich griped about Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Republican race, complaining that the network was in the bag for Mitt Romney from the very start. “I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich is quoted by RealClearPolitics as saying. “In our experience, Callista and...
  • Romney, in Chesco: ‘This has been quite a day for me’

    04/11/2012 3:36:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | April 11, 2012 | Jeremy Roebuck and Amy Worden
    Now it's Romney vs. Obama. With that in mind and a bruising primary fight finally behind him, Mitt Romney bathed in the praise Tuesday night of a cheering crowd of Chester County Republicans - finally, their party's presidential nominee in all but name. Hours earlier, Rick Santorum, the former Massachusetts governor's last significant GOP rival, suspended his campaign amid a family health crisis and a growing chorus calls from party leaders for him to drop out of the race. Santorum's decision, announced at an afternoon appearance in Gettysburg, cleared Romney's path to his party's nomination at its August convention in...
  • Newt Gingrich Issues Statement on Santorum’s Departure

    04/10/2012 12:14:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 160 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 10, 2012
    Newt Gingrich Issues Statement on Santorum’s Departure, Tells Mike Huckabee He’ll ‘Finally Get to Be 1-on-1 With Romney’ Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was just on the Mike Huckabee Radio show, and commented on Santorum suspending his own presidential campaign just moments ago. On the show, Gingrich discussed finally getting to be ’1-on-1′ with Romney, how he will campaign going forward, and a possible debate in North Carolina with the current front-runner. Below are some highlights from Huckabee’s interview with Gingrich: “I did not get a heads up in advance. We have been talking for two weeks, and...
  • RNC count: Romney passes halfway mark in delegate chase [Note: "RNC count" is used just for Mitt]

    04/08/2012 2:58:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 7, 2012 | Vicki Needham
    Mitt Romney holds a solid lead in delegates over his competitors for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a new count from the Republican National Committee. Wins this week by Romney in three primaries pushed him past the halfway mark in the delegate count, although his nearest competitor, Rick Santorum, contests the way the delegates are being awarded. Romney leads all contenders with 573 delegates, more than double his closest rival, Santorum's 202, out of a total 1,144, according to the RNC. Newt Gingrich, who has dialed back his campaign to making phone calls to delegates, has 132 while Ron...
  • Rick Perry and Rick Santorum met privately in Austin

    04/07/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2012
    .....We viewed it was a courtesy visit,” Perry’s spokesman Ray Sullivan told CNN. While Sullivan did not discuss specifics of the conversation, he confirmed that Perry remains a supporter of Newt Gingrich. After dropping out of the race in January, Perry endorsed the former speaker, largely supporting his emphasis of states’ rights. Since then, the Texas Governor has worked as a Gingrich campaign surrogate.
  • Gingrich keeps campaigning - and keeps drawing an audience

    04/07/2012 4:39:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 7, 2012 | Lindsey Boerma
    MILLSBORO, Del. - At 7 p.m. on Thursday, in the back shed of a firehouse, a presidential candidate who continually concedes he's unlikely to capture the Republican nomination held a rally - and 350 people showed up. Earlier, Newt Gingrich spoke to more than 150 people in nearby Magnolia. And a day earlier, he greeted a sold-out auditorium that seats more than 400 at the UniversityofNorthCarolina-Wilmington. The Republicans who come to Gingrich's campaign events, signs in hand and ready to offer standing ovations, are under no illusions that the former House speaker is going to overtake Mitt Romney to become...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Why don’t Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just quit?

    04/06/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jonathan Renshon, Jennifer Lerner and Philip Tetlock,
    [SNIP] ...For candidates such as Santorum and Gingrich, a loss would be highly public. When you’re the exciting new candidate, you’re likely to focus on the endless possibilities, and optimism rules the day. But when the polls turn against you, the fear of failure starts to weigh more heavily. Despite whatever they go on to do, the stigma of losing can be nearly impossible to shake. For example, a Los Angeles Times headline last summer read “Failed presidential candidate Al Gore attacks winning candidate Obama over his environment policies.” The story had nothing to do with campaigning, yet Gore was...
  • When should a candidate realize a battle is lost?

    04/05/2012 8:08:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/5/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    After losing three more primaries this week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would have to win three-quarters of the remaining delegates to capture the 1,144 needed to win the GOP nomination. Front-runner Mitt Romney needs to lure slightly more than half of that. On Wednesday, the pleading got louder for Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who campaigns in the Bay Area on Thursday, to quit the race before they do any more damage to Romney in his quest for a November matchup against President Obama. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee who supports...
  • Gingrich Raises the Bar on Romney

    04/02/2012 1:43:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2012 | Joy Lin
    Frederick, Md. - Newt Gingrich says the finish line for Mitt Romney's path to the GOP nomination is further down the road than what current delegate counts indicate. The longshot hopeful, who has said he won't get out of the race until Romney secures 1144 delegates, is stressing that the delegates have to be "uncontested" in order to count. The frontrunner's rivals argue some of the states that awarded Romney all of their delegates violated Republican National Committee rules when they moved their contests ahead of April 1 and therefore should distribute delegates proportionally. This dispute, if it continues, would...
  • Mapping the way to GOP success in November

    04/02/2012 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    ...Take a map of the United States and three crayons. Color the states Mitt Romney has won so far in red. Color the states Rick Santorum has won in blue. Color the states Newt Gingrich has won in green. Then look at the results. ....Romney's states replicate almost exactly the states Barack Obama won four years ago. Almost all of Santorum's states line up with the states John McCain took. Gingrich's two states also went for McCain. That leads us to these twin conclusions: Romney is weak where the Republicans are strong and strong where the Republicans are weak. Santorum...
  • Gingrich to Romney: Pick Conservative Platform

    04/02/2012 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    NBC ^ | April 2, 2012 | Alex Moe
    Newt Gingrich unveiled a new message to Mitt Romney Monday morning during a campaign stop in Maryland: if the former Massachusetts governor does become the Republican nominee, pick a conservative platform. But speaking on the eve of three primaries that could potentially seal the Republican nomination in Romney’s favor, Gingrich vowed to only exit the race if a candidate gets the required delegates. ““I will be going to Tampa, Callista and I will both be going to Tampa, because we are going to fight for a conservative platform,“ Gingrich said. “He [Romney] has to win 1,144 uncontested delegates. At that...
  • Four GOP Candidates Certified for U.S. Senate Primary in Virginia

    04/02/2012 6:30:38 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 17 replies
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Four GOP Candidates Certified for U.S. Senate Primary -- All four now invited to three RPV sponsored debates -- Statement from RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: "I want to congratulate Jamie Radtke, Bob Marshall, George Allen, and E.W. Jackson on their certification to appear on the June 12 GOP U.S. Senate primary ballot. All four are now officially invited to take part in the three debates that RPV will hold later this spring. Congratulations to all four of our great candidates!"
  • This Race Is Far From Over - How an open convention could reinvigorate Republicans

    04/02/2012 3:24:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 2, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    No, no, no. The Republican presidential nomination really is not over despite the parade of rather craven endorsements now flowing Mitt Romney's way. Before I go any further, a few words of explanation. Please bear with me. Part One of this column will explain why I am writing this right now. Part Two, the meat of it, will explain the actual delegate arithmetic in play, while also providing part of a tutorial on caucus/convention systems. Part Three will "game out" the remaining contests. Part Four will explain why a contested convention could be very much to the benefit of the...
  • The Nature of the Conservative Divide [Forensic Psychology]

    04/02/2012 2:28:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 2, 2012 | Charles N. W. Keckler and Ryan L. Cole
    The various turns of the Republican presidential primary have made it clear that there is a division in the GOP unlike anything since 1996. There is, however, no consensus over what defines the sides of this split. The media....imagines a debate between "Romney" and a multiple-personality "Not Romney." They also characterize the gulf as between a notional Establishment and the base (or Tea Party), or simply between those less or more "conservative." (This last is the position promoted for obvious political reasons by Sen. Rick Santorum and Speaker Newt Gingrich.) [SNIP: Dissection of political identities, sprinkled with a dose of...
  • Republicans need to unite to win

    04/01/2012 1:29:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 263 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 1, 2012 | Noelle Nikpour
    "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat," the American humorist Will Rogers once said. He also said, "Democrats never agree on anything. That's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans." Will Rogers must be turning in his grave because this is the year that Democrats are organized and do agree on something — the need to defeat the Republicans. That means if Republicans want to win this election, it's time to unite behind the only candidate that can still win the party's nomination, Mitt Romney, and then...
  • Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum Agree to Texas GOP Debate [Mitt will "weigh the invitation"]

    03/31/2012 1:51:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 30, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum have agreed to a debate in May sponsored by the Texas Republican party. “Both my staff and myself have reached out to the campaign of Governor Mitt Romney and have been told that they are considering attending the debate,” state-party chairman Steve Munisteri says in a press release. The statement notes:.....
  • Fight, Newt, Fight

    03/29/2012 11:47:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Esquire ^ | March 29, 2012 | Charles P. Pierce
    It is not often that I rise to the defense of N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer Of Civilization's Rules And Leader (Perhaps) Of The Civilizing Forces, but I think if the man wants to keep running for president, he should keep running for president. I think he should ignore the people telling him to get out so the party can line itself up behind the Romneybot 2.0, because the party plainly doesn't want to do that. Willard Romney is not unpopular because Newt Gingrich is still running against him. He is unpopular because, to anyone not in Willard Romney's income ionosphere,...
  • Gingrich Speaks on Social Security, Draws Protest

    03/29/2012 1:52:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hoya ^ | March 29, 2012 | Matthew Strauss
    Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich stressed his desire to return the country to its religious values and reform social security Wednesday. Gingrich’s talk in Gaston Hall sparked a protest on Copley Lawn that drew about 20 students chanting and holding signs. At the lecture, Gingrich introduced a proposal to partially privatize social security. Under his plan, taxpayers would manage a private savings account with funds drawn from their paychecks. Contributions from employers would continue to fund the social security trust. “It turns out, according to the official actuary for social security, if...
  • Hastert still quite the speaker (Wants Mitt -- Slams Newt)

    03/28/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2012 | HANNAH KOHUT
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert speaks at St. Xavier University in Chicago Wednesday, March 21, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media There were jabs at Newt Gingrich, kudos for Mitt Romney, connections between driving a school bus and serving as speaker of the U.S. House and opinions on the wars in the Middle East. Denny Hastert, who went from teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School to become the longest-serving Republican House Speaker ever, shared thoughts as wide-ranging as his background last week in a speech at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Hastert, who was raised...
  • C-SPAN: Newt Gingrich to Speak with Georgetown Students about Social Security [LIVE 5PM EST]

    03/28/2012 1:00:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 28, 2012
    Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich will address a group of students at Georgetown University on his plan to allow Americans to choose to invest in a personal retirement account instead of the traditional Social Security plan. CLICK photo - Newt Gingrich at Georgetown University: Live at 5pm (ET)
  • In shakeup, Gingrich campaign replaces manager, reduces staff size

    03/28/2012 12:42:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2012 | Joy Lin
    ...The candidate admitted to reporters Tuesday that finances are “tight” and, asked if he was willing to spend his own money to stay in the race, Gingrich told Bill O’Reilly. “If necessary, but that’s not the point, we are raising some money.” ...His opening remarks at Salisbury University in Maryland shed light on the candidate’s efforts to change the tone of his campaign. "I have been trying to wrestle with what I have not been able to communicate,” the former professor told the student audience. “I feel like in a lot of ways in my campaign, I got sucked into...
  • Gingrich hits O’Malley gas tax plan at Md. State House

    03/27/2012 12:19:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Newt Gingrich visited the state capital on Tuesday to campaign for Maryland’s April 3 presidential primary. Mr. Gingrich toured the city during the morning and made a stop at the State House where he briefly addressed the Senate before meeting with a group of House Republicans. The former U.S. House speaker spoke with reporters afterward and spent much of the time defending his struggling presidential campaign. ....Mr. Gingrich said if Mr. Romney does not collect a majority by the June 26 Utah primary, he will challenge the former Massachusetts governor all the way to the Republican National Convention...
  • Photo op with Newt isn't free, campaign charging $50 (First Lady's price: $10,000)

    03/27/2012 2:16:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | March 27, 2012 | Kristal Roberts
    Few things in life are free, including a photo with republican presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich. In an effort to funnel more cash into his campaign, the former house speaker will charge $50 a snapshot for anyone who wants a photo with him, according to a CNN report.
  • Untangling the Republican Delegate Mess (sausage making the GOP doesn't want us to understand)

    03/26/2012 12:42:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    It is possible that MittRomney might not get the requisite number of delegates before the RepublicanNationalConvention is held in August, but that's looking more and more unlikely as the primary season grinds on. Because it could happen, though, here's a review of the "delegate math," as well as a look at how it might be skewed by the tangled web of rules spun by the RepublicanParty and the flouting of those rules by a couple of key states. [SNIP] The kicker in all this is that, as much fun as it would be to watch that perverse, self-inflicted three-ring circus...
  • Voter Turnout Appears Light in Louisiana Primary

    03/24/2012 11:26:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    .......Chelsey Dargis, 21, who is studying to be a teacher, voted in Metairie for Mr. Romney because she said she thought he would reach out to independents. “I have Republican qualities, but I also agree with Democrats,” Ms. Dargis said, citing her approval of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. “I like Mitt Romney better because he once was a Democrat. He still has to have somewhat of the mind-set of a Democrat.”
  • Risk-Averse Romney - The candidate attempts to reassure conservatives (by saying it's our hang-ups)

    03/24/2012 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 2, 2012 issue | Stephen F. Hayes
    Mitt Romney wants to eliminate government programs and shutter cabinet agencies. Doing so, he says, is “the critical thing” that needs to be done in order to bring government books back into balance and to begin restoring the promise of America. “Actually eliminating programs is the most important way to keep Congress from stuffing the money back into them,” he told me in a 30-minute interview on March 21. It’s a smart answer and a deeply conservative one. But Romney, ever cautious, is reluctant to get specific about the programs he would like to kill. He did this in his...