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  • Perry under pressure to bow out, endorse another conservative

    01/18/2012 10:41:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 55 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 18, 2012 at 11:03 am | Patricia Kilday Hart
    Gov. Rick Perry is getting pressure from conservative leaders to bow out of the presidential race before South Carolina’s primary election Saturday. In particular, Erick Erickson of the prominent conservative blog, RedState, reflecting on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s endorsement of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, wrote this morning that: The next big question is whether Governor Perry decides to depart the race before or after Saturday. And if he departs, will he endorse Newt Gingrich, who wrote the introduction to Governor Perry’s book Fed Up!
  • Poll: Romney Cruising Past Rivals in Ohio (Romney 27%, Santorum 18%, Gingrich 17%, Paul 10%)

    01/18/2012 8:03:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 18, 2012 | Alex Roarty
    A Quinnipiac University survey of Ohio released on Wednesday shows Mitt Romney holding a comfortable edge over his Republican primary rivals in the key battleground state, leading with 27 percent of the vote. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are locked in a battle for second place, at 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively, while Rep. Ron Paul of Texas trails at just 10 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry sits in last place, at 4 percent.  Romney’s advantageous numbers in the Buckeye State -- whose primary will be held on Super Tuesday in early March --...
  • Gingrich Asks Santorum And Perry To Drop Out And Support Him

    01/18/2012 7:41:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/2012 | Jaywon Choe
    Newt Gingirch knows how to unseat Mitt Romney as the Republican frontrunner. Speaking with reporters in South Carolina Tuesday, Gingrich suggested that fellow Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Rick Perry should drop out of the race and endorse his campaign. "I am respectful that Rick [Santorum] has every right to run as long as he feels that's what he should do," Gingrich said. "But from the stand point of the conservative movement, consolidating into a Gingrich candidacy would in fact virtually guarantee a victory on Saturday." While there’s no way to say for sure, a Santorum-Perry backed Gingrich could pose...
  • Rick Santorum Says Newt Gingrich Can’t Bully Him to Quit Race

    01/18/2012 12:24:34 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 76 replies
    ABC News Blog ^ | January 17, 2012 | Russell Goldman
    Rick Santorum says he is not ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination anytime soon — not if he loses in South Carolina, and certainly not because Newt Gingrich wants him to. Vying to be the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Santorum today brusquely brushed off Gingrich’s suggestion that he and Texas Gov. Rick Perry should quit the race to allow right-wing voters to coalesce behind the former House speaker. Santorum called Gingrich’s suggestion “arrogant” and reminded reporters that he bested the speaker in both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. “It is an enormous...
  • Perry gets different response at South Carolina prayer gathering

    01/17/2012 9:58:23 PM PST · by trumandogz · 7 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 1.17.12 | Kate Alexander
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Gov. Rick Perry's presidential bid came full circle Tuesday when he returned to the Response, the same type of Christian prayer gathering that he hosted to much fanfare in August. But much has changed since Perry drew more than 30,000 believers to Houston's Reliant Stadium shortly before announcing his presidential campaign. Several of the South Carolinians who heard the "call to prayer for a nation in crisis" on Tuesday said they don't see Perry as the answer to those prayers. "I really like Perry, but he just stepped on himself too often. ... He really cut his...
  • Suggestion to Gingrich, Santorum, Perry and respective supporters

    01/17/2012 3:32:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 207 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics Republican presidential primary polls | Jan 17, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    RealClear Republican Presidential Polls as of January 17: South Carolina, Monmouth University: Romney 33, Gingrich 22, Paul 12, Santorum 14, Perry 6 South Carolina, Rasmussen Reports: Romney 35, Gingrich 21, Paul 16, Santorum 16, Perry 5 Florida, PPP (D): Romney 41, Gingrich 26, Santorum 11, Paul 10, Perry 4 Florida, Sunshine State News/VSS: Romney 46, Gingrich 20, Santorum 12, Paul 9, Perry 3 Nationwide ABC News/Wash Post Romney 36, Gingrich 16, Santorum 13, Paul 16, Perry 9 Nationwide Gallup Tracking: Romney 34, Gingrich 15, Santorum 15, Paul 12, Perry 6 Like it or not, the trend has been clear for...
  • Campaign Journal: Gingrich & Perry(Introduced as "the man who kicked butt last night,"- videos)

    01/17/2012 1:25:05 PM PST · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:27 | James O'Toole
    FLORENCE, S.C. -- Introduced as "the man who kicked butt last night,'' Newt Gingrich told a town hall meeting Tuesday that he was the best bet to unite conservative voters to stop Mitt Romney. "If we win Saturday, I think I'll be the nominee,'' he said, while arguing that a vote for either former Sen. Rick Santorum or Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be, in effect, a vote to make Mr. Romney the nominee. Asked to compare his electoral chances with Mr. Santorum's, the former speaker pointed to his lands lie loss ot Sen. Bob Casey seven years ago. "There...
  • Mitt's Bad Night

    01/17/2012 10:25:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 16, 2012 | Charlotte Hays
    With conservatives finally moving in his direction, Mitt Romney picked Monday night to turn in a terrible performance. If somebody told him he just had to stand there and not make a gaffe, they were wrong.  Romney got a little better as the evening wore on. He’s got to work on having not just an adequate but a stirring defense of his career at Bain Capital. He should have known that he was going to be asked if he’d release his income-tax returns. He was ill at ease. He should have been prepared.  Newt Gingrich, by contrast, was on fire. A...
  • Poll shows Perry losing Texas, in third place

    01/17/2012 10:13:34 AM PST · by PAConservative1 · 176 replies
    NewsOK ^ | January 17, 2012 | David Freddoso
    From Public Policy Polling, this is really bad news for Rick Perry -- although at this point it cannot be unexpected: Rick Perry's Presidential campaign is doing about as bad in Texas now as it is everywhere else in the country. When PPP last polled the state in September he was at 49%, leading Mitt Romney by 39 points. Now Perry's support has declined by 31 points, leaving him in 3rd place at 18%. Mitt Romney at 24% and Newt Gingrich at 23% lead the way with Rick Santorum at 15%, Ron Paul at 12%, and Buddy Roemer at 0%...
  • Is a 'death match' coming between Gingrich, Santorum and Perry to be the Reagan Rep in 2012?

    01/17/2012 5:46:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2012 | Bradley A. Blakeman, Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown University
    [SNIP leading up to the "advice" from a former GW Bush adviser] ....A win in SouthCarolina will be overwhelming proof that Romney is just “right” enough to win the nomination. If that were to occur, Romney would have won in the conservative Midwest, the more liberal/independent Northeast and the conservative South. Perry, Santorum and Gingrich need a win, place or show in SouthCarolina to continue to Florida. ...The real question will be one for Gingrich to answer. If Gingrich doesn’t come in a close 2nd or 3rd in South Carolina, will he engage in a “scorched earth policy” that if...
  • Rick Perry should harness an imploding Europe to define his message to GOP voters

    01/16/2012 3:12:13 PM PST · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-16-12 | Vince
    It is said that history is written by the victors. In the case of the 2012 election it’s hard to see how that’s even possible given that with the current trajectory of the GOP primaries we’re all going to end up losers. Rarely does it occur that choices and consequences of government policies are so starkly presented for an electorate as they are today. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the GOP field as an alternative to our big government president. Today, the national debt stands at approximately $15 trillion, or almost $50,000 per American citizen. $4.6 trillion of that debt...
  • Did the Tea Party Miss it's Chance in the GOP Primary?

    01/16/2012 2:04:14 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 45 replies
    Red County ^ | January 16, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    I am appalled, dumbfounded, and discouraged to see pseudo-conservative candidates getting votes from those who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, in the early GOP presidential primaries.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs lure Perry backer

    01/15/2012 4:02:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The State ^ | January 15, 2012 | ADAM BEAM
    When Allie Jennings and her husband, Ethan, graduated form college in 2003, they had no trouble finding jobs. “I just think raising a son, and then being married to someone who would like to climb the ladder in business, I think Gov. Perry represents a lot of opportunity for our family,” Allie Jennings said. Perry announced his candidacy during a rally in Charleston over the summer, and the Jennings were there to see him as Perry emphasized his record on job creation while governor of Texas. In January 2001, a month after Perry took office, there were 10,023,806 jobs in...
  • Santorum Endorsement Doesn't Impress Churchgoers (Rick Blasts, Promises to Fight " Big Business")

    01/15/2012 2:26:15 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 70 replies
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 12-15-2012 | Deborah Charles
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum touted an 11th-hour endorsement from conservative Christian leaders on Sunday ahead of South Carolina's crucial nominating contest but it appeared to have little influence on churchgoers. With South Carolina's January 21 primary approaching, time is running short for Santorum and other Republican candidates who hope to slow front-runner Mitt Romney's march to the Republican presidential nomination..... ....."I make decisions for myself and I don't listen to what a bunch of leaders say to do," said Victoria Jaworowski, who was attending the Cathedral of Praise mega-church in North Charleston. The Christian leaders meeting in Texas only...
  • Santorum Revealed as Romney's Stalking Horse in Brenham (The Meeting That Won’t Change The World)

    01/15/2012 1:59:24 PM PST · by shield · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Rick Perry Report ^ | 15th January 2012 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    At least it was cordial. But the 150 or so "movement conservatives" gathered at Paul Pressler's this weekend (1/13-14) were a fractured lot. Maybe 10% were for Perry. Almost all of them were against Romney. Well, sort of. Caveat below. There was an official Romney guy there who explained that "You'll either work with us now or work with us later, but you'll all have to get on Mitt's train, because we have the money and the organization, so there's no stopping us." This did not go over well. It just made everyone more determined than ever to do whatever...
  • Jeb Bush will endorse Mitt Romney, it's just a question of when

    01/15/2012 1:38:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 15 2012 | Thomas DeFrank
    Newt Gingrich got the endorsement of Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, which is not nearly as valuable. If you’re a Republican who wants to be President, you’d rather have a Bush bless your candidacy than a Palin. Which is why Mitt Romney’s strategists and party pros shrug off Newt Gingrich’s endorsement by Sarah Palin’s husband Todd — and look at their shoes when asked whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will endorse Romney. “That would be nice,” a prominent Romney counselor squirmed when asked the question directly. But Jeb’s endorsement of a fellow retired governor is a question of when, not...
  • Perry attacks Obama admin’s ‘disdain for the military’ [VIDEO]

    01/15/2012 11:37:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/15/12 | Jeff Poor
    The video of U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban soldiers that surfaced last week has sparked its share of outrage. However, it is the Obama administration’s reaction that has Texas Gov. Rick Perry concerned. In an appearance on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Texas governor called that video “a stupid mistake” and alluded to similar actions that occurred throughout history during times of war. “Well, obviously, 18, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often, and that’s what’s occurred here,” he said. “But when you’re in war — and history, kind of, backs up — there’s...
  • Perry Ruling: Perry Denied (only Mitt & Paul on ballot)

    01/14/2012 4:40:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 74 replies
    Red State Virginia ^ | January 14, 2012 | Kurt Feigel
    A Judge has ruled that the ballot will stand as is for the Virginia primary with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney as the only candidates in the presidential primary. In a 22 page ruling the Judge basically said that the Plaintiff’s: Perry,Gingrich,Santorum,Huntsman waited too long to file their request for an injunction. The Judge said: “In essense, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair,” Judge Gibney pulled no punches here: “They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions. The...
  • Return of the Phantom Menace

    01/14/2012 2:53:21 PM PST · by Windflier · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 13 January 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Perry's campaign is quite obviously near an irretrievable collapse. He finished a weak fifth in the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 and reportedly considered quitting, only to tell reporters the next day he was "headed to New Hampshire and then to South Carolina." Instead of going to New Hampshire, where his name was on the ballot but he got only one percent of the vote, after a trip home to Texas, Perry began campaigning in South Carolina, where the latest poll shows him in sixth place. Even his single-digit support in the Palmetto State, however, might translate to several thousand votes...
  • Former Perry S.C. Supporter Switches Endorsement to Santorum (South Carolina GOP leader)

    01/14/2012 1:01:36 PM PST · by Qbert · 106 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.14.12 | ROBERT STACY MCCAIN
    South Carolina GOP leader Patrick Haddon, who formerly supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential primary, yesterday announced his endorsement of Rick Santorum. "After looking at all the candidates and their political careers, and looking for a true conservative that has been fighting for real Republican causes, there is only one candidate that has been a consistent conservative fighting [for] family values and supporting pro-life issues," said Haddon, former chairman of the Greenville County GOP. "That is why Shelly and I are proud to endorse Senator Rick Santorum for President of the United States." Haddon's endorsement of Santorum...
  • Private Equity and Creative Destruction

    01/14/2012 8:24:24 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 18 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | Spengler
    Want to see what America would look like without private equity? Move to Detroit and contemplate the ruins of a city ruined by the placid conformity of auto industry executives. The economic impact of the corporate takeover business can’t be measured by the outcome of takeovers as such. Private equity transformed the way American business thought about the world. If managers did a lousy job, outside investors could raise money (a lot of it from trade union pension funds as well as university endowments) and kick them out. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry should be ashamed of themselves for bean-counting...
  • Froma Harrop: The Missing 'Humanity Clause' At Bain (This will make your blood boil

    01/14/2012 2:24:16 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 104 replies · 3+ views
    The Sun Journal ^ | 1/14/2012 | Froma Harrop
    ... Under Romney's leadership Bain bought majority control of World Wide Grinding Systems in 1993. It put up $8 million of the $75 million purchase price and borrowed $125 million by issuing bonds. Bain immediately sent investors $36 million in dividend checks... A steel business is capital-intensive and sensitive to economic conditions. That's why it needs to conserve money for the lean years. When the economy did go south, so did GS Technologies. GS Technologies went bankrupt in 2001, the plant closed and 750 workers lost their jobs. Bain skipped out on a previous agreement to provide severance pay and...
  • ANCESTRY.COM Reveals Mitt Romney’s Presidential Genes: 2012 GOP Hopeful Is Related to Six Presidents

    01/13/2012 6:17:22 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 106 replies
    ancestry.com ^ | December 20, 2011 | ancestry.com
    Leading Family History Site also Links GOP Candidates Huntsman and Perry to Former Presidents and American Legends PROVO, UTAH (December 20, 2011) - As Americans prepare to cast their votes in the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries and caucuses starting January 3 in Iowa, Ancestry.com today announced that several key Republican presidential contenders have historic political leaders in their genes – suggesting that the upcoming primaries are really one grand ol’ family party. The world’s largest online family history resource has discovered that Mitt Romney leads the pack in presidential lineage with six former Commanders–in-Chief in his family history.  The former Massachusetts...
  • Mitt Romney can be beaten in South Carolina, but only if conservatives toughen up

    01/13/2012 5:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2012 | Dr. Tim Stanley
    Mitt Romney is suddenly leading everywhere – except where it matters. Pollsters say that he’s running well nationally in the Republican presidential contest, but South Carolina – which votes on the 21st – is too close to call. Insider Advantage puts Romney on 23 percent in the Palmetto state, Newt Gingrich on 21 percent and Rick Santorum on 14 percent. The New York Times has made a prediction that takes into account all the momentum swinging around following Mitt’s New Hampshire win. It comes up with Romney at 25.5 percent and Gingrich at 24.7 percent (Ron Paul slips in third...
  • McCain Hit Romney On Bain in 2008

    01/13/2012 3:45:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/13/2012 | Staff
    John McCain heartedly defended Mitt Romney's private sector record today. "These attacks on, quote, Bain Capital is really kind of anathema to everything we believe in" said John McCain. "We believe in job creation, and the record of Bain Capital is to take companies that would otherwise fail and restore them to some kind of viability, and sometimes that doesn't work, but you know, when it always works is a thing called communism." But that's exactly not what McCain was saying in 2008, when the rapaciousness of Bain was part of the end game he and his aides pressed against...
  • Breaking: Federal judge rejects Perry’s challenge to Virginia ballot law (Just Romney vs Paul)

    01/13/2012 2:20:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2012 | Allahpundit
    Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman failed to qualify for the ballot too, you’ll recall, so Perry’s loss is also their loss. Which means, unless this gets turned around on appeal, the Virginia primary ballot will consist of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and … that’s it. Huge news considering that, er, Romney and Paul will almost certainly be the only two candidates left in the race on March 6 anyway.I said last month that I thought Perry had a real shot at success on the merits. The court actually agreed. There was just one problem: In his opinion, Gibney says Perry, and...
  • Judge rules against Rick Perry's Virginia ballot suit

    01/13/2012 1:49:52 PM PST · by Quicksilver · 162 replies · 6+ views
    Politico ^ | January 13, 2012 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Following a hearing in Richmond today, U.S. district judge John Gibney ruled against Rick Perry's challenge to the Virginia ballot rules. In his opinion, Gibney says Perry, and the other candidates who joined the challenge, waited too long to bring the suit. "They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions," he writes. "They plaintiffs could have challenged the Virginia law at that time. Instead, they waited until after the time to gather petitions had ended and they had lost the political battle to be on...
  • Gingrich speaks about what he would do Day 1. Romney, Perry, Santorum, Paul say nothing about Day 1.

    01/13/2012 11:37:43 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 53 replies
    January 13, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    This is a serious comment. Every time Newt Gingrich speaks he mentions specifically what he would do on Day 1 of his presidency. On his web page (Newt.Org), he outlines his Contract with America where he pledges to accomplish specific items. He is specific. Romney, Perry, Santorum, and Paul only give cheerleading speeches where they brag about what they have done in the private sector, or in Texas, or in the Senate or about personal freedoms. All of Gingrich's opponents speak in general terms. In most cases, their speeches are not translatable into legislation and action. Gingrich speeches are usually...
  • Perry again flubs government agencies on chopping block

    01/13/2012 10:38:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/13/12 | Justin Sink
    Rick Perry is still struggling to remember which three Cabinet-level government agencies he would like to eliminate if elected president. Perry was asked about his proposal during a radio interview with Savannah, Ga., radio host Bill Edwards, according to ABC News.“Three right off the bat, you know, Commerce, Interior and Energy, are three that you think,” Perry said. But Perry had previously suggested that he would eliminate the Department of Education, not the Department of the Interior.  Edwards went on to ask Perry about the Department of Education later in the interview. “They are blackmailing states with our own money,...
  • Newt, Perry Push Voters to Romney and Paul

    01/13/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 58 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Jan. 13th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    If you are a conservative and believe in their principles, you may be upset with Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. Their vicious attacks on Mitt Romney and capitalism have been relentless, and the fallout is just beginning. Perry has lost a top supporter in Barry Wynn who hates the anti-capitalism rhetoric. Gingrich has garnered sharp criticism from Republican heavy weights like Rush Limbaugh and Rudy Giuliani.
  • JOE vs. JOSE

    01/12/2012 8:07:21 PM PST · by jcsjcm · 19 replies
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    JOE vs. JOSE You have two families: "Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California. Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted. Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table". Ready? Now pay attention.... Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00. Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x...
  • Teen puts passion for politics on display for Perry in Summerville

    01/12/2012 7:10:18 PM PST · by Quicksilver · 11 replies
    ABC News 4 WCIV ^ | January 12, 2012 | Brian Troutman
    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 17-year-old stood in front of a dark window on a crowded downtown streetscape, hands sweating and a look of nervousness on his face. He won't be old enough to vote in the upcoming primary, but he said he will be praying for Perry. That's exactly how the bright orange sign read that Joe Mitchell held high as the Texas governor approached on Thursday. "I won't be old enough to vote, but I will pray!! Perry 2012." Mitchell, a senior at Summerville High School cut class to meet the man vying to become the next president,...
  • Let's Rate the Conservative GOP Candidates-Goal Unify SC Vote for one against Romney

    01/12/2012 6:40:23 PM PST · by mitchell001 · 27 replies
    January 12, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    Let's Rate the Conservative GOP Candidates with the Goal of Convincing Voters to unite behind one conservative GOP candidate to win the nomination against Romney. Categories Intelligence Articulate Ability to craft & push legislation Electability Presidential Stature Let's order Gingrich, Perry, Santorum from highest to lowest under each of the above 5 categories. Here is my answer. I welcome yours. Intelligence - Gingrich, Santorum, Perry Articulate - Gingrich, Santorum, Perry Legislation - Gingrich, Perry, Santorum Electability - Gingrich, Perry, Santorum Presidential Stature - Gingrich, Perry, Santorum FINAL SCORE - Gingrich, Perry, Santorum Comments - Gingrich is a political warrior who...
  • Paul, Santorum, Perry problems with Illinois petitions (may not be on ballots)

    01/12/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies
    WASHINGTON--GOP White House hopefuls Rick Perry and Ron Paul did not file correctly for the March 20 Illinois presidential primary "beauty contest," leaving them open to a challenge that could knock them off the ballot. Illinois law requires candidates to file using their home addresses. Paul, a Texas congressman used an address in Virgnia and Perry, the Texas governor used a post office box in Austin, Texas for an address. Newt Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer all filed the required 3,000 signatures. Jon Huntsman skipped Illlinois.
  • Republicans rally around Romney after hits on Bain

    01/12/2012 4:05:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/12/12 | THOMAS BEAUMONT and KASIE HUNT, Associated Press
    An array of Republicans and conservatives — including some of Mitt Romney's sharpest critics — rushed to the GOP presidential front-runner's defense Thursday to counter efforts to paint the former venture capitalist as a job-killer. Under fire, Romney rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry backed off from directly attacking Romney's tenure at the helm of Bain Capital. "We're disappointed" with the line of criticism, said Thomas Donohue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business group doesn't endorse in presidential campaigns, but Donohue said: "We think Romney has had a pretty good track record. Perfect? Hell no, but...
  • Romney benefited from a $10 million federal bailout (Nullifies Romney being a free enterpriser

    01/12/2012 3:08:20 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/10/2012 | Juggernaut
    It wasn't really a TARP style bailout - worse - Romney's Bain placed a $10 million dollar liability with the taxpayers. All this while he benefited $4 million dollars directly... The facts of the Bain & Co. turnaround are a little more complicated, but a Bostin Globe report from 1994 confirms that Bain saw several million dollars in loans forgiven by the FDIC. Fact remains an FDIC bailout only occurs when the Fed and politicians agree, not to mention the bailoit comes from funds paid by every bank customer who eats highet costs as a result of funds going to...
  • Ingraham Grills Perry on Donations from ‘Vultures’ (Perry received $7M from private-equity firms)

    01/12/2012 1:24:19 PM PST · by Qbert · 36 replies
    NRO ^ | January 12, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    On her radio show today, Laura Ingraham grilled Gov. Rick Perry about his criticism of Mitt Romney’s career as a “vulture capitalist” at Bain Capital. Especially unhelpful to Perry’s case against Romney was the fact that he received donations from private-equity firms in previous campaigns, as Ingraham pointed out. Here’s a partial transcript (the exchange occurs about 4:16 minutes in) and audio below. Ingraham: You know I am going to raise the issue of Texans for Public Justice. Their analysis of your campaign contributions since 2000 [indicates] you have received more than $7 million from private-equity firms and private investment...
  • Perry Loses Key SC Donor To Romney after Attack on Romney

    01/12/2012 10:04:15 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 95 replies
    Presidential candidate Rick Perry's criticism of Mitt Romney's business past has cost him the support of a prominent South Carolina Republican. Investment fund executive and top GOP donor Barry Wynn told The Associated Press Thursday that he's leaving the Perry fold to endorse Romney. Wynn says he was irritated by Perry's attacks on Romney's time at the helm of the private equity firm Bain Capital. As Wynn put it, "It's like fingernails on the chalkboard." Perry struck hard this week at Romney's work at Bain Capital. The firm sometimes turned big profits even as companies it invested in went under...
  • Sarah Palin Challenges Romney's History Of Job Creation At Bain

    01/12/2012 7:26:31 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 1/11/2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin challenged GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney to furnish his tax return and supporting documents that would prove he created the 100,000 jobs he claimed he did while CEO of Bain Capital. "Governor Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and people are wanting to know is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens?" Palin told Fox News Sean Hannity. Palin said that transparency was needed as Romney would likely be targeted by Democrats on this issue if he were to become the Republican nominee....
  • The Bain Capital Bonfire

    01/11/2012 5:04:47 PM PST · by PAR · 53 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/11/12 | OpEd
    About the best that can be said about the Republican attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital is that President Obama is going to do the same thing eventually, so GOP primary voters might as well know what's coming. Yet that hardly absolves Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and others for their crude and damaging caricatures of modern business and capitalism.
  • Right wing rips Gingrich, Perry for attacks on Romney, capitalism (Rush, WSJ)

    01/11/2012 2:34:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/12 | Justin Sink
    Right wing rips Gingrich, Perry for attacks on Romney, capitalismBy Justin Sink - 01/11/12 12:31 PM ET Conservatives are savaging Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for their attacks on Mitt Romney’s years at the private-equity firm Bain Capital. The attacks from Gingrich and Perry, whose presidential campaigns are on life support, are meant to resonate in South Carolina, the next state on the GOP calendar and a place hit hard by the economic downturn. Yet in slamming Romney as a corporate raider, the two candidates fighting for their party’s right-wing might have done what Romney never seemed capable of: rallying...
  • Fellow Perry Supporters: It is time to pick a new candidate (Perry supporter drops endorsement)

    01/11/2012 1:23:47 PM PST · by Qbert · 144 replies
    Redstate ^ | January 11, 2012 | Tim Griffin
    Following much thoughtful consternation, I have decided to pull my support and endorsement of Texas Governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination.  I realize the redstate diary commenters, won’t be kind but this needs to be said.  This decision wasn’t easy but a serious evaluation of the field should inform us that Rick Perry has no realistic path to victory in South Carolina, Florida and beyond. I realize that redstate.com’s Erick Erickson continues to stick by him, that South Carolina is Perry’s state and that he has re-tooled his staff.  But it is too little too late and at...
  • Katy Perry Rebounding With Tim Tebow?

    Tim Tebow Katy Perry Dating Rumor “[Katy's] mentioned on more than one occasion how much she likes Tim,” a source tells OK! magazine.”Katy’s mom firmly believes the best cure for heartache is to quickly fall in love again… In her mind, Tebow is the perfect guy for her daughter. He’s handsome, charming, intelligent and above all, a good Christian.” Katy’s parents have gone as far as inviting Tim to speak at the church Katy used to sing at in Huntington Beach, Calif. Of course — when Katy will be there!
  • No More Go-along-to-Get-along

    01/11/2012 10:03:43 AM PST · by Quicksilver · 14 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
    In politics, as in life, there can be an overwhelming temptation to go along to get along; to be a team player; to do the easy thing even when it’s not the right thing. For far too long, insiders from both parties have played these games. Talk up fiscal responsibility, but spend big. Talk about a federal government that fulfills its basic responsibilities, but then vote to expand it beyond all recognition so that it cannot possibly do so. Talk about doing what’s right, but then do what the establishment wants instead. Americans deserve better—and they deserve to get to...
  • U.S. District Court orders VA Board of Elections not to order/print ballots (Perry v VA SBoE)

    01/11/2012 9:31:14 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of VA ^ | January 10, 2012 | Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr.
    In a five-page order yesterday, Judge Gibney of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, wrote: The Court finds that there is a strong likelihood that the Court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional. (...) If absentee ballots are printed, and particularly if they are mailed, it will impair the Court's ability to enter an order granting relief to the plaintiffs. They are presidential candidates and will have no chance to secure the delegates from Virginia at the Republican convention. The harm to them would obviously be irreparable. (...) The defendants point...
  • Better Access Needed on Virginia Ballot

    01/11/2012 9:14:40 AM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 9 replies
    Manassas News/Messenger ^ | January 11, 2011 | Charles Reichley
    ... Virginians [won't] be allowed to support their candidates in the GOP primary, unless they happen to like [Romney/Paul]. Some say this is “fair”; I say it is a ridiculous and unacceptable outcome for Virginia’s voters. ...[it's] a federal election; candidates are being chosen by voters in every state. Requiring presidential candidates to meet these requirements is like requiring statewide candidates to qualify for the ballot in each county. Imagine going to vote and finding only half the candidates for governor on your ballot. That’s what we face here; there are more than six candidates left for the GOP presidential...
  • So Romney thinks that attacking a bailout, workers being tossed, etc, is attacking free enterprise?

    01/11/2012 8:12:36 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    1/11/2012 | Laissez-faire capitalist
    Romney has said that Obama is putting free-enterprise on trial and that some in the GOP are joining him? What? This is according to the un-aired ad "Bain & Co: The 1994 Ad By Sen. Ted Kennedy Which Will Floor Mitt RomBOT In 2012": The day Romney took over at Bain, "he had his predecessor fire hundreds of employees." The company was rescued with "a federal bailout of $10 million dollars." "According to the Globe, Romney's company failed to repay at least $10 million to a failed bank and the rest of us had to absorb the loss. Romney abd...
  • Hannity Challenges Rick Perry On Romney Attacks: ‘It Sounds Like Occupy Wall Street’

    01/11/2012 7:38:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 01/11/2012 | by Frances Martel
    Rick Perry had an indisputably rough night in New Hampshire. In fact, tonight, his eyes were entirely on South Carolina, and, on Hannity tonight, he didn’t even bother to talk about New Hampshire. But his night got worse as Sean Hannity challenged him on his claims that Mitt Romney was a “vulture capitalist”– going so far as to claim that Perry sounded like a member of Occupy Wall Street.RELATED: South Carolina Woman Welcomes Rick Perry: ‘Good To See Someone As Homophobic And Racist As You’Perry began the segment attacking President Obama, but Hannity quickly shifted gears to the “very harsh...
  • Election 2012: Generic Presidential Ballot (Don't vote for another McRomney)

    01/10/2012 11:09:09 PM PST · by Sun · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 10, 2012 | Staff
    Election 2012: Generic Republican 47%, Obama 43% Tuesday, January 10, 2012 For the second week in a row, a generic Republican candidate holds a four-point lead over President Obama in an Election 2012 matchup, this time for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 8. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters would support the generic Republican candidate if the presidential election were held today, while 43% would vote for Obama. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.
  • Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire; Paul takes second, Huntsman third (Perry beats Roemer!)

    01/10/2012 9:09:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies · 8+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 10, 2012 | Chris Moody
    MANCHESTER, N.H.--Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the second state in a row he has carried in his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Romney is the first Republican, not including incumbent presidents, to win both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary since Iowa Republicans began holding their first-in-the-nation caucuses in 1976. Ron Paul came in second; Jon Huntsman in third. It was a start-to-finish victory for Romney in New Hampshire, who led in the polls here throughout the 2012 campaign. Romney owns a summer home in the state, which borders his home state of...