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  • Romney: Spending cuts slow economic growth

    02/22/2012 8:49:20 AM PST · by Qbert · 40 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/21/2012 | Michael O'Brien
    Mitt Romney said Tuesday that cutting spending slows growth in the economy -- a rhetorical slip more akin to an argument a Democrat might make than a Republican. Speaking in Shelby Township, MI, the former Massachusetts governor took a question about the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission empaneled by President Obama to address the nation's deficit and debt issues. In his response, he said that addressing taxes and spending issues are essential. "If you just cut, if all you're thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you'll slow down the economy," he said in part of his response. "So...
  • Santorum slams media, gives defiant defense of campaign ‘misstatements’ (Drudge attack flops)

    02/22/2012 5:56:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/21/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    Rick Santorum appears to be gearing up for a showdown. In remarks to about 250 supporters in the auditorium of a Masonic lodge, the surging Republican presidential hopeful and former Pennsylvania senator didn’t directly refer to any of his recent campaign-trail statements that have drawn controversy. -snip- The audience applauded, as did the man, who earlier in the speech was holding up a sign that read, “Drudge wants Mitt. AZ picks Rick.”
  • Romney Campaigner in Arizona Resigns After Accusation (Homosexual scandal within Team Romney)

    02/18/2012 2:59:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/18/12 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Paul Babeu, an up-and-coming member of the Republican Party, stepped down from his role as a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign on Saturday, in the wake of allegations that he threatened to deport a Mexican ex-boyfriend when the man refused to keep quiet about their years-long relationship.
  • Aide to Romney Leans to the Right With a Soft Touch (Peter G. Flaherty, RINO Fixer)

    02/18/2012 4:40:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/18/12 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    The response seemed to defy the rough-and-tumble rules of modern politics. One of the nation’s most prominent opponents of same-sex marriage, Maggie Gallagher, had just told aides to Mitt Romney that she was endorsing Rick Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives, and encouraging her supporters to do the same. So what did the Romney camp do? A few hours later, it invited her to send over a copy of her forthcoming book, for which Mr. Romney, it suggested, might provide a flattering blurb. “It was,” Ms. Gallagher recalled, “extremely unusual and gracious.”
  • CNN Poll: Romney's likability fading (Drudge, Coulter, GOP-e deeply saddened...)

    02/14/2012 3:45:18 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/14/12 | CNN
    Mitt Romney's overall favorable ratings have dropped, while Rick Santorum's standing has jumped among Republicans, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday indicates Romney's popularity has especially taken a tumble among Republicans, with a 13-point decline in positive reviews from his own party.
  • Quick Hits from CPAC ("Seriously Conservative" Romney won't win the CPAC straw poll?)

    02/11/2012 12:09:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/11/12 | W. JAMES ANTLE, III
    Like my colleagues, I've spent the past couple days at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists. A few random thoughts: 1. There is a heavy Rick Santorum presence this year. His mometum with conservative activists is still noticeable. I'll be surprised if he doesn't win the straw poll. 2. Ron Paul, by contrast, does not have a large presence here this year despite winning the last two straw polls. Paul is the only major Republican presidential candidate who didn't address CPAC. The wisdom of this decision will be evaluated in large part based...
  • Santorum takes 15 per cent lead – but watch out for a furious Romney negative ad campaign

    02/11/2012 11:40:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2/11/12 | Mike Smithson
    There is a new national poll of Republican primary voters just out from Public Policy Polling which has some good news for Rick Santorum the ex-Pennsylvania senator who on Tuesday beat Mitt Romney in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. -snip- The immediate worry for the Santorum campaign is that they are likely to be on the end of a furious negative advertising campaign ahead of the Arizona and Michigan primaries at the end of the month. That is how the Romney team dealt with others who threatened their position and what is likely to happen now.
  • CPAC 'severely' conflicted over Mitt Romney

    02/11/2012 5:26:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/11/2012 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    Mitt Romney wanted to use his CPAC speech Friday to allay concerns about his candidacy on the Republican right, but with one ad-libbed word he reinforced conservative fears that he’s not one of them. “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Romney told the annual gathering. The response was immediate. “Severely?” “I have never heard anybody say, ‘I’m severely conservative,’” Rush Limbaugh noted on his show. “That didn’t get a lot of applause,” firebrand Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) observed with a tight smile. “Some things are too funny to comment on,” a laughing Newt Gingrich commented as he walked into...
  • For Some CPAC Viewers, Romney Doth Protest Too Much (Mitt's CPAC disaster)

    02/10/2012 5:17:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/10/12 | KYLE PETERSON
    Mitt Romney gave a deeply conservative speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but those who question the frontrunner's sincerity said it was all campaign and no conviction. "It just doesn't bubble up like it does with Newt or Santorum," said Shawn Gregg, an attendee from Traverse City, Mich. "He's not convincing me. I just don't think he in his heart believes it."
  • Conservative activists are revved up but lukewarm on Romney (Mitt flops at CPAC...)

    02/10/2012 3:55:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    KC Star ^ | 2/10/12 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Conservatives are fired up, convinced that this will be a big year, but they worry that Mitt Romney will make their task harder. The foot soldiers of the American political right have been meeting in Washington this week, and stickers and signs touting the former Massachusetts governor - who's still the favorite for the GOP presidential nomination - are scarce here.
  • I am 'severely conservative,' Romney to CPAC (Romney, GOP-e are severely delusional)

    02/10/2012 3:30:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2/10/12 | BRYN WEESE
    Mitt Romney is boasting about his "severely conservative" bona fides to convince the Republican base he is not a moderate. Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich all addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, and the stakes were high for all of them given this three-day gathering of thousands of conservatives comes at a pivotal time in the GOP nomination race.
  • Mitt Romney uses the word ‘conservative’ more than 20 times in 25-minute speech

    02/10/2012 3:26:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/10/12 | Houston Chronicle
    Mitt Romney sent a clear, unambiguous message to hundreds of conservative activists gathered for the 2012 Conservative Political Action Committee, the largest annual gathering of conservative activists. He’s a conservative. The man mocked as a “Massachusetts moderate” (or worse) by his Republican presidential rivals used his family values, business background and experience as Massachusetts governor to defend his conservative bona fides. Romney used the word conservative more than 20 times in a span of 25 minutes.
  • Sputtering Romney campaign retools message (Drudge-Rhoades carpetbomb strategy backfired on Mitt?)

    02/10/2012 8:00:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/10/12 | UPI
    Some Republicans expressed concern that Mitt Romney's campaign is stuck in neutral and limping, not lunging, toward the party's U.S. presidential nomination. Even before Rick Santorum's sweep of contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri Tuesday, the Romney campaign was getting warnings and advice from Republicans concerned about the former Massachusetts governor's performance on the stump, which hasn't improved since the state caucuses and primaries began early in January,
  • A fourth defeat for Romney? Lack of ads could hurt (Drudge-Rhoades holding their fire in Maine?)

    02/09/2012 3:09:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/9/12 | BETH FOUHY and STEVE PEOPLES
    Mitt Romney is in danger of losing his fourth straight state in Saturday's caucuses in Maine, where he and his allies have been all but absent from TV. That's no coincidence. Over the past month, he has won in states where he and an allied super PAC, called Restore Our Future, have pounded his rivals with millions of dollars in negative ads. But he has tended to lose big when he has stopped using his power to crush other contenders by spending a ton of money — particularly on TV.
  • Romney gets a wake-up call from Republican voters (When will Drudge-Rhoades attack Rick?)

    02/08/2012 2:52:11 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/8/12 | Steve Holland
    Mitt Romney acknowledged on Wednesday that his path to the Republican presidential nomination is not going to be easy after three shock losses to newly ascendant rival Rick Santorum. A day after Santorum beat him in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Romney attempted to play down the results, saying his campaign did not devote a lot of time and money to the three state nominating contests and chose to compete strongly elsewhere.
  • Republi-crats The Two Parties of Tyranny

    01/03/2012 4:32:52 PM PST · by drdavidberman · 3 replies
    AIP NEWS | 1/3/2012 | Dr. David M. Berman
    Republi-crats - The Two Parties of Tyranny Dr. David M. Berman www.smellthetruth.com There was a day when Constitutional Americans saw hope in the Republican Party. After years of liberalism, and the four years of the inept, big government administration of President Carter, Reagan was elected. Reagan brought back a sense of belief in the American system of freedom, and personal responsibility. Through the presidency of Ronald Reagan conservatives gave the President a pass on many things because we all saw this as a transition to sanity and doubled our efforts to get the House and Senate into Republican control. We...
  • Steady in Iowa, Romney Counts on New Hampshire, Florida

    01/02/2012 5:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Election year has finally arrived, well after the beginning of a turbulent and unpredictable elections season, and voting begins on Tuesday in the Iowa Republicans caucuses. The few days of post-Christmas polling have shown the numbers oscillating and opinion changing in ways it hadn't been earlier in the campaign. Pre-Christmas, Barack Obama's job rating was on a bit of an uptick, nudging up toward but not quite reaching 50 percent approval in several polls. But two polls taken in the three days after Christmas by Gallup and Rasmussen show him with solidly negative job ratings, and Rasmussen shows him trailing...
  • Romney Quotes His Favorite Patriotic Songs and Offers Voters an Interpretation (Mitt Pukefest)

    01/01/2012 12:31:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2011 | Ashley Parker
    Iowans have spent the last week getting to know Mitt Romney as presidential candidate, businessman and ... performance artist? As Mr. Romney has rolled across the state on a three-day bus tour, he has been breaking into song — or at least reciting the lyrics of his favorite patriotic anthems. “I love that song: ‘O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,’ ” Mr. Romney said of “America the Beautiful” at a stop in Mason City on Thursday. “If you count corn as an amber wave of grain, why, you have them right here. What a wonderful place...
  • Pledge to support the anti-Romney after South Carolina (and not RuPaul either)

    12/30/2011 3:18:58 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 9 replies
    To defeat Romney and Paul, I believe that we should pledge to support the non-Romney non-Paul candidate with the most delegates going into South Carolina. Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, or Santorum are the candidates that we can back. The one with the most delegates after NH is the one we need to back to make sure Romney does not win SC. Oh, and Huntsman is not a choice here either.
  • Scott Brown haters, consider the alternative

    12/27/2011 10:48:49 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 39 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/28/11 | Howie Carr
    IÂ’d like to address a question to all the people I hear from who tell me how bad U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is, how heÂ’s a turncoat, sellout, backstabbing, snake-in-the-grass Republican in Name Only (RINO). My question is, if Scott Brown is so damn liberal, how come the Democrats already are spending millions upon millions of dollars to knock him out of the Senate next year? Granted, I donÂ’t think there are that many of these Brown haters out there, but they are way overrepresented in the universe of talk-show radio callers. When the first words out of their mouths...