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  • Bernanke warns of possible European 'contagion'

    03/20/2012 6:19:36 PM PDT · by John W · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 20, 2012 | staff
    Weakness in the eurozone is beginning to have an impact on the U.S. economy, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who will warn legislators Wednesday of possible "contagion." “The difficulties in the euro area have affected the U.S. economy," Bernanke says, according to prepared text of his remarks. "The European Union accounts for roughly one-fifth of U.S. exports of goods and services. Not surprisingly, U.S. exports to Europe over the past two years have underperformed our exports to the rest of the world. In addition, weaker demand from Europe has slowed growth in other economies, which has also lowered...
  • Reducing U.S. oil appetite... by smart mandates and taxing. (Flashback)

    03/20/2012 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Enquirer ^ | January 31, 2008 | Rick Santorum
    I suggest that in the short term, we dig our way out of this problem. The United States is the "Saudi Arabia of coal," and Pennsylvania is sitting on hundreds of years of this affordable and accessible resource, which, with innovative technologies - spearheaded by Pennsylvanians - we can use cleanly and right away. Pennsylvania coal already generates most of the electricity in this state. The industry is in the process of doing it more cleanly through clean-coal technologies, such as gasification of coal into methanol, a form of alcohol that can be burned in internal combustion engines directly or...
  • Santorum courts conservative Christians

    03/20/2012 3:00:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | March 19, 2012
    CENTRAL, La. — When a nationally influential evangelical leader gathered dozens of pastors at his home church to hear from a presidential candidate, he had a simple message: Rick Santorum is one of us, and your parishioners should vote for him. Nearly a hundred pastors from all over Louisiana and from as far away as Texas and Colorado accepted Family Research Council President Tony Perkins' invitation to hear a personal pitch Sunday from the former Pennsylvania senator, who met with them in a private briefing before he addressed the more than 1,400 faithful who crowded into the sanctuary at Greenwell...
  • Marco Rubio: I Won't Tell Newt to Drop Out

    03/18/2012 9:10:06 PM PDT · by Fred · 40 replies · 2+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 031812 | NewsMax Wire
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a leading vice presidential favorite for many Republicans, says he doesn’t think that Newt Gingrich or anybody else should be told to quit the contentious GOP presidential race. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Rubio said he’s not concerned about presidential process dragging on too long, and that the election will be “reframed” once the Republicans have their candidate. “I don’t think anybody should be told to drop out,” Rubio said. “I think people should run until they feel that either they don’t want to continue or they don’t see a path to victory....
  • Santorum To Scarborough: Yeah, You're Pigeonholing Me On Religious Freedom, Contraception!

    03/19/2012 6:57:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A rather testy exchange on today's Morning Joe, with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski going at it with Rick Santorum. A full five minutes of Santorum's segment were devoted to questioning him on his views on contraception and religious freedom. At the end, seemingly to Scarborough's surprise, Santorum said that "yeah, sure" he thought Scarborough, like the MSM at large, was attempting to pigeonhole him on the matter. View the video here.
  • Why Rick Santorum Should Stop Talking About Porn

    03/18/2012 7:42:17 PM PDT · by Fred · 174 replies · 28+ views
    Forbes ^ | 03/18/12 | Christopher Helman
    Last week Rick Santorum vowed to end America’s “pandemic of pornography,” insisting that if he were president he would limit the rights of adults to show and view images of consenting adults having sex. No doubt there is too much pornography in this country, and anyone thinking of watching it should go read their Bible instead. But what I want in a president is a pragmatist, not a panderer. It would have been one thing for Santorum to say that his real crusade is against pedophilia or against child trafficking. Those are real evils that must be stopped. But that’s...
  • Rasmussen: Santorum leads, but Romney trails Obama in four core states

    03/18/2012 1:14:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/18/2012 | Tine Korbe
    Conventional wisdom --- particularly as articulated by Karl Rove and Ann Coulter --- still says Mitt Romney is the most "electable" GOP presidential candidate. The MSM repeats that notion ad nauseum, too. After Rick Santorum won Mississippi and Alabama, for example, ran an article with the headline, "Romney's electability doesn't help him break through." The Washington Post's Dan Balz wrote a piece headlined, "Rick Santorum hoping ideology will trump electability" as though Rick Santorum lacks electability. Two examples among many.But a Friday poll from Rasmussen Reports suggests Romney might be less electable and Santorum more so than Rove, Coulter...
  • Operation Chaos: Should Illinois Democrats cross lines and vote for Rick Santorum?

    03/18/2012 8:19:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | March 18, 2012 | by Brian C. Thomas
    I am a reluctant Democrat. Hell, I’m even a little embarrassed to call myself a Democrat. I’m not a fan of budgets increasing that should be decreasing. I am not a fan of coddling labor unions. I am not anti-union, but it seems like most unions are anti-hard work and I am certainly against that. But looking at my voting record, Team Dem has had my solid support over the years. Clinton got my vote twice; while Gore, Kerrey and Obama all got my vote, although the Kerrey vote earned me a trip to the ER for a panic attack....
  • Haley Barbour Says He Voted For Newt Gingrich

    03/18/2012 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | March 18, 2012 | Jonathan Karl
    After today’s “This Week” roundtable, I spoke more with former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour about his views on the Republican presidential race, whether he regrets not getting into the contest, and his defense of his controversial pardons before leaving office in January. Barbour told me that he voted for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in last week’s Mississippi primary, saying, “out of friendship, I voted for Newt.” “I didn’t endorse anybody [before the primary],” Barbour told me. “I didn’t want to try to influence anybody’s vote, so beforehand I didn’t say who I voted for. But Newt and I have...
  • Illinois: Romney 41% Santorum 32% Gingrich 14%

    03/18/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 102 replies · 2+ views
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | 3/15/12 | N/A
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the lead in Illinois but lots of voters are still trying to decide in the final days before the state’s GOP Primary. The first Rasmussen Reports poll in the state shows Romney at 41% and Rick Santorum at 32%. Trailing further back are Newt Gingrich at 14% and Ron Paul at seven percent (7%).
  • Polls Force Obama to Confront Rising Cost of Energy

    03/18/2012 10:25:17 AM PDT · by Trueblackman · 20 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | 18 March 2012 | Trueblackman
    Recent polling and voting data has forced President Obama to pivot his attention back to the rising cost and energy (especially the over rise in gas prices, which are closing in on $4 nationally). In a speech at Prince George’s Community College, the President attempted to dismiss criticism from some that the policies his administration has enacted over the last 3 years are in part responsible for 33% rise in gasoline prices. The President also sought to dismiss Republican Newt Gingrich’s statement that if he wins election in 2012 that he has a plan that would bring down the cost...
  • NYT's Charles Blow Tells Mormon Romney to 'Stick That in Your Magic Underwear'

    02/24/2012 7:36:43 AM PST · by · 66 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    In an apparent fit of rage against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow took to Twitter to tell him to "stick that in your magic underwear" for supporting the idea that society ought to concern itself with the large numbers of children born outside of wedlock. That sentiment apparently set off Blow who tweeted the following at 8:56pm ET on the 22nd: "Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear." Judging from a tweet Blow sent earlier in...
  • Gingrich pledges support for constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

    02/24/2012 3:38:33 PM PST · by JediJones · 14 replies ^ | 12/17/2011 | Mike Delrio
    Newt Gingrich affirmed his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in a detailed response to a marriage pledge by a conservative Iowa group. In his written response to the FAMiLY LEADER Gingrich, the current leader in the national polls for the GOP presidential nomination, said he would “vigorously enforce” the Defense of Marriage Act. The DOMA bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The former Speaker of the House also told the FAMiLY LEADER that he would sign an executive order restating that federal funds should not be used to pay for abortions overseas and defend the First Amendment...
  • Gingrich Says Obama’s Algae Policy Is ‘Weird’ and Could Take 40 Years

    02/24/2012 6:58:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 63 replies
    abc ^ | Feb 24, 2012 9:40pm | Elicia Dover
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash.— Newt Gingrich has been hitting Obama’s energy speech since the president delivered it Thursday, calling the speech funny enough to be on SNL and ”something worthy of Leno or Letterman.” Gingrich’s biggest talking point about Obama’s speech attacks the president for his embrace of investments in biofuels such as those made from algae. He is referring to a point in Obama’s speech when the president said, “We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance known as algae.” “Believe it or not, we could replace up...
  • Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores

    03/16/2012 10:56:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 499 replies · 10+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 16, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores By NBC's Andrew Rafferty ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing the country's obscenity laws and said Friday that as chief executive he would crack down on illegal pornography. Santorum found himself answering pornography questions during a stop at an Italian restaurant here after the discovery of a statement posted in his campaign website in which he asserts that "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography." Recent reporting has shed light on the letter in which the former Pennsylvania senator vowed...
  • Sarah Palin: Newt Gingrich Is Toughest Fighter in the Race. Sarah knows toughness (FR nod)

    02/19/2012 6:35:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 19, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discussed why she hasn't endorsed a candidate yesterday on FOX Business Network. Sarah said Newt Gingrich was the toughest fighter in the race. "You know that is what I'm saying today. I'm saying that David because Newt has learned through that school of hard knocks. And you know that is where character is shaped and that is where character is revealed. In times of controversy and conflict. Not at a time of convenience and comfort. I see that in Newt that he has learned, that he has been sharpened and strengthened through all of that...
  • Just voted for Newt! PR Primary Live Thread (23 delegates at stake)

    03/18/2012 7:33:17 AM PDT · by cll · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 3/18/2012
    Turnout for the GOP Primary in Puerto Rico higher than expected. It helps that the local parties are having their own primaries, and you just walk from the local to the GOP primary next door. As they didn't have many election officials (only one at my voting station), people were voting openly right there at or near the registration desk. I saw a lot of Santorums and Gingrichs, but not a one Romney - the heavily favored PR GOP establishment candidate.
  • (Vanity) Conservatives,What Ticket Will Seal The Deal For Romney? Romney/McDonnell or Romney/Ryan ?

    03/17/2012 10:11:49 PM PDT · by Liberals_R_BiPolar_Turkeys · 47 replies
    Assuming Romney is the projected nominee, he will need a VP that will please the GOP,Tea Party & Conservative Base. Most of us want Marco Rubio, but he still hasn't shown any serious interest. That leaves McDonnell&Ryan next in line. Either one will give Romney a boost against Obama. Virgina&North Carolina being crucial would be the reason to choose McDonnell. Wisconsin & the rust belt would be the factor with Paul Ryan. It's a tough decision. There are a few others, but if there was a poll, Ryan would probably be the choice if Rubio bowed out.
  • Mitt is a Flincher, Newt is a Clincher ( Vanity )

    03/17/2012 10:52:09 PM PDT · by GraceG · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Problem as I see it with Romney is that he will be such a mediocre President that even if he does win he will be so middle of the road as to “not upset the apple cart” that the economy will not bloom and then in 4 years it will assure that the democrats take back power on the whole meme that the “economy didn’t recover”. Not to mention any GOP president is going to be so damned hated no matter how “moderate” they are. Mittens will get so damned gun shy that he will be ineffective and the...
  • Newt Should NOT Drop Out, Period.

    03/17/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 1+ views
    RedState ^ | March 16, 2012 | mswalnut
    I am writing as a Newt supporter so there are bound to be many who will disagree with my assessments; but these are my personal opinions with little room for argument. Here are the reasons why Newt should stay put: 1. Santorum v. Obama, the best we can do? I thought the number one goal for most people here is to beat Obama, i.e., ABO, not ABR (anybody-but-Romney). It makes sense for us to rally behind a candidate ONLY IF that candidate is the best we can muster to match up with Obama, not because he is the current non-Romney...
  • Santorum Hammers Obama With Dubious Claim On Healthcare Bill Cost [FactCheck: CBO Report "Dubious"]

    03/17/2012 7:19:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 17, 2012
    Santorum Hammers Obama With Dubious Claim On Healthcare Bill Cost By Matt Pearce March 17, 2012 If you're looking for a possible roadmap for Rick Santorum's campaign in the week ahead, he provided one in his stump speech in Osage Beach, Mo., on Friday. "You know what people are going to be talking about this week and next week?" Santorum asked the crowd of a few hundred on Friday. "Obamacare. Why? Well, the Congressional Budget Office this week just came out with their new numbers. And I know you're gonna be shocked to hear this, but it's twice as expensive...
  • All Odds Aside, G.O.P. Girding for Floor Fight

    03/17/2012 5:07:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    All Odds Aside, G.O.P. Girding for Floor Fight By JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG CHICAGO — For the first time in a generation, Republicans are preparing for the possibility that their presidential nomination could be decided at their national convention rather than on the campaign trail, a prospect that would upend one of the rituals of modern politics. The race remains Mitt Romney’s to lose, and if he continues to accumulate delegates at a steady clip starting with contests in Puerto Rico on Sunday and Illinois on Tuesday, he can still amass the 1,144 necessary to secure the nomination before...
  • Two Men Disrupt Santorum Rally, Kiss As They Are Thrown Out

    03/17/2012 7:45:06 PM PDT · by Kazan · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Wester Chester Patch ^ | 3/17/2012 | Savannah Ziegelbauer
    Two men who kissed one another were kicked out of presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s rally Friday evening at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant “U-S-A” while they were leaving the gym. When asked whether the kiss was a public display of affection or merely a symbolic act, Timothy Tross of Lombard and Ben Clifford of Algonquin, declined to comment. “I don’t think the message should be...
  • Men ejected from Santorum rally after kissing

    03/17/2012 7:50:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | March 17, 2012 | Larissa Chinwah
    A kiss got two men ejected from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s visit to a Christian high school in Arlington Heights on Friday. Video footage from the campaign rally shows Santorum, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, interrupted by shouting from the audience as he addresses the crowd at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. The video then shows the two men kissing before a security guard approaches. The crowd chants, “USA. USA. USA,” as the two men are escorted from the packed gymnasium. Media outlets have identified the two men as Timothy Tross, of Lombard and Benjamin Clifford, of...
  • Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination

    Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination By Andrew Rafferty EFFINGHAM, Ill. -- Rick Santorum on Saturday guaranteed that a win in the Illinois primary will result in his nomination as the Republican presidential nominee. "This is a primary, and turnout is everything. You do your job, you do your job, then this is the pledge," Santorum said. "If we're able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination." Illinois has largely been predicted to favor Mitt Romney for Tuesday's...
  • Huckabee: Brokered GOP Convention A ‘Trainwreck,’ But Pressure On Gingrich To Drop Out Is ‘Unfair’

    03/17/2012 11:56:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 17, 2012 | Frances Martel
    Mike Huckabee does not agree with Sarah Palin that a brokered convention is a good thing for Republicans– though he discourages the idea of Newt Gingrich stepping aside to prevent that from happening. The former Arkansas governor went on Fox News today to describe the brokered convention process to Uma Pemmaraju (“a trainwreck”) and discourage the party from, if it must happen, choosing someone who didn’t run during the primary. “If you’ve ever seen a trainwreck,” Huckabee joked, you’ve seen a brokered convention. Calling it “a disaster for the Republican Party,” he expressed dismay at the way this campaign has...
  • Why Mitt Romney Will Lose To Obama

    03/17/2012 9:27:07 AM PDT · by brityank · 57 replies · 3+ views ^ | 3/16/2012 | Chris Freind
    Why Mitt Romney Will Lose To Obamaby Chris Freind 16 March, 2012Being in the media, I have no friends, as it should be.  If I did, however, 3 of 10 Republicans would surely take offense to this column, since it points out what is increasingly obvious to everyone but Mitt Romney’s 30 percent base of support: Mitt won’t beat Barack Obama. Should Romney become the GOP nominee --- likely, but not certain --- he will have a difficult time unseating the President.  Can he win? Given the stagnant economy, high unemployment, and skyrocketing gas prices, yes.  But will he?...
  • Obama sharpens criticism of divided GOP candidates

    03/17/2012 3:42:06 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO – President Barack Obama accused his Republican rivals Friday of embracing an economic philosophy that excludes struggling Americans, in the latest in a series of speeches that have ramped up his criticism of those vying to challenge him in the November election. Obama's tart speech at a fundraiser in Illinois came as Republican candidates campaigned in the Midwestern state ahead of a primary vote there Tuesday, the next major test in what has been a drawn-out and chaotic race to choose a Republican presidential nominee. The Obama camp has stepped into full campaign mode this week, trying to draw...
  • Newt Gingrich basks in the spotlight Obama shined on him

    03/16/2012 10:36:30 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 24 replies · 2+ views
    latimes ^ | March 15, 2012, 4:33 p.m. | John Hoeffel
    To Newt Gingrich’s profound joy, the White House has continued to tangle with him over his promise to bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon, giving a sort of shout-out to his struggling campaign and a little weight to his contention that only he can go toe-to-toe with the president. Without mentioning Gingrich, Obama said: “There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices. There’s no silver bullet. ... The president also mocked “a lot of the folks who are running for a certain office -- who shall go unnamed” -- for...
  • Romney and Santorum would split vote if Gingrich exited race [What if Rick exited and Newt stayed?]

    03/17/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies
    Pocono Record - PA ^ | March 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney would stand to benefit just as much as Rick Santorum if Newt Gingrich exited the presidential race, according to a new poll released Friday. The Gallup poll defied conventional wisdom by suggesting Romney would peel off just as many Gingrich supporters as Santorum would. Forty percent of Gingrich supporters in Gallup's daily tracking poll said Romney was their second choice while 39 percent said they would migrate to Santorum. "If two candidates for a presidential nomination compete in the same ideological space, it would make sense that if one dropped out that the other would benefit,"...
  • Gingrich Calls on Romney to Stop Negative Ads.

    03/16/2012 7:39:06 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 71 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 16, 2012 | CBS News, Staff
    Newt Gingrich demanded Friday that Mitt Romney stop the barrage of TV attack ads that badly damage him and Rick Santorum each time they seemed poised to make big strides in the GOP presidential race. Admitting to Louisiana voters that he can't match Romney and a pro-Romney super PAC in fundraising, Gingrich repeated a plea that thus far the front-running Romney has ignored. "I challenge Gov. Romney and his super PAC to pledge to take every negative ad about every Republican off the air, because it dishonors them, it weakens the Republican Party, and it helps Barack Obama," Gingrich told...
  • Mayor's views of president point of contention in city meeting

    03/16/2012 6:13:34 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 14 replies
    Clovis (NM) News Journal ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kevin Wilson
    Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, and whether they matter for the city going forward. The chairman of the city’s planning and zoning committee, Brent “Bud” DaBell, resigned Wednesday regarding the matter and said his time might be better spent pursuing a recall of Lansford. District 3 Commissioner Bobby Sandoval noted the nationwide attention Clovis has received, and his support for a possible recall of Lansford, in comments that touched off an hour-long debate. He noted concerns that Lansford’s positions would hurt relationships with other communities and federal agencies.
  • Conservative support for Santorum will grow despite attacks

    03/16/2012 6:23:31 PM PDT · by Linda Frances · 26 replies
    Urban Cure ^ | 2-27-2012 | Star Parker
    New Gallup polling shows the clearest picture yet of the great divide in the Republican Party that has been pushing former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to the head of the class.
  • Tampa Tempest :Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos

    03/16/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 161 replies
    National Review ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert Costa
    MARCH 16, 2012 Tampa Tempest Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos. By Robert Costa As he waited for the returns on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich didn’t pay much attention to the soft flicker of Fox News. Instead, as he sat with his family and a few aides in a suite at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., he was quietly glued to his BlackBerry, thumbing his way through e-mails. He was mostly cheerful, according to those in the room. He reminisced about campaigns past with his daughters. He reviewed his schedule; he bantered with his wife, Callista; he settled on a purple...
  • Gingrich says he's staying in the race 'til the end' (Video- Spanks Biden and Bam)

    03/16/2012 4:41:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    WashPo ^ | 3-16-12 | Staff
    Presidential candidate New Gingrich joins CBS "This Morning" host Charlie Rose to talk about the war in Afghanistan, his path to the presidential race and tangling President Obama with gas prices. (CBS News) (6 minute video at link.)
  • Voting Machines Hacked to Insure Romney Victory, Urgent Video

    03/16/2012 11:00:22 AM PDT · by STD · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/16/12 | Mike Curtiss
    I apologize, if this disturbing video has already been posted before now
  • Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters' 2nd Choice - via Gallup

    03/16/2012 11:31:39 AM PDT · by Fred · 76 replies
    Gallup ^ | 031612 | Gallup
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Republican voters who prefer Newt Gingrich for the party's 2012 presidential nomination are as likely to name Mitt Romney as their second choice as they are to name Rick Santorum, suggesting the race would not tilt in Santorum's favor if Gingrich dropped out.
  • Rasmussen: Election 2012: The Core Four States (big time poll result)

    03/16/2012 11:09:58 AM PDT · by techno · 21 replies
    rasmussen reports ^ | March 16, 2012 | techno
    President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virgina. The president continues to hold a modest lead in those states. Santorum leads the president 48% to 44% in the so-called Core Four states. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and two percent (2%) are undecided. This marks a shift from last week, when the president was slightly ahead of Santorum (5 points). Obama remains ahead of Romney 46% to 42% showing no change from last...
  • Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters' Second Choice

    03/16/2012 11:28:59 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 17 replies
    Gallup ^ | March 16, 2012 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Some conservative Republicans have called for Gingrich to drop out of the race on the assumption that conservative primary voters would then unite behind Santorum as the conservative alternative to the more moderate Romney. But Gallup data indicate that Gingrich voters would not be likely to coalesce behind Santorum, suggesting that factors other than candidate ideology may be attracting voters to Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney. Gallup can simulate Republican preferences without Gingrich in the race by removing Gingrich votes and reassigning them to his voters' second-choice candidate. The results of this procedure suggest that national GOP preferences would change little...
  • Newt Gingrich flies the birther flag in Illinois speech (Love Note from the Left)

    03/16/2012 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Examiner ^ | March 16, 2012 | Bill Schmalfeldt
    In his ever-increasing desperation to win one more, just one more delegate if possible before being relegated to the "laughable political achronism" category in the history of American politics, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich abandoned the traditional "dog-whistle" technique of using "code-words" that racists will hear and "know what he really means." Now he's using a bull horn. Speaking to a small audience in Lake in the Hills, Ill., Gingrich put it all out for the "birthers" in the audience. "We need an American president who is for American energy," Gingrich told a crowd of about 50 people...
  • How Conservative Is Rick Santorum’s Record?

    03/16/2012 9:03:36 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 15, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    Rick Santorum is regarded by many of his supporters as the “real” conservative in the GOP presidential race, and most Democrats pay him the unintended compliment of considering him an arch-conservative. Undoubtedly, Santorum is a conservative of a certain type, but how far to the right was his voting record during the three terms he spent in the United States Senate? To answer this question, I went to the American Conservative Union’s ratings archive for 2006, Santorum’s last year as a senator, and looked up the lifetime ratings of those who were in the Senate at that time. One could...
  • Pornographic Politics: Did the Daily Caller ‘Pull a Media Matters’ on Rick Santorum?

    03/15/2012 8:33:43 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 113 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | March 15, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Today I noticed a thread at Memeorandum aggregating commentary on an article by Daily Caller associate editor Steven Nelson: ‘Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers with pants down I sort of shrugged that off, and then a I saw this Tweet by Jedediah Bila: Didn’t tweet about this today, but if it’s accurate, I find it absolutely insane.”Santorum Promises Broad War on Porn”: more...
  • Americans Elect: Obama's Third-Party Tar Pit

    03/15/2012 9:04:38 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 3, 2012 | Jared E. Peterson
    The real action that may well decide our next president is quietly going on elsewhere, in the state offices that qualify candidates and parties for the November 2012 presidential ballot. You may not have heard much about a shadowy group called "Americans Elect" (it does not disclose its contributors because of alleged concerns that they might suffer loss of business or social contacts, and because it fancifully but only occasionally declares itself to be a 501[c] [4] tax-exempt organization [though it has qualified as a political party for ballot position in multiple states including Ohio, California, Nevada, and Arizona, which...
  • High Treason: Obama and Pentagon Declare Congress Invalid 2012

    03/15/2012 8:21:17 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military, words which effectively declare Congress a ceremonial relic, have prompted Congressman Walter Jones to introduce a resolution that re-affirms such behavior as an "impeachable high crime and misdemeanor" under the Constitution. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations...
  • Willing to Accept Santorum-Gingrich Ticket-Just Keep Newt's brain working for America

    03/15/2012 9:23:10 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 70 replies
    March 15, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    It is hard to argue against Newt Gingrich's brainpower, skills, experience, ideas, & sincere desire to put America back in its rightful place as the leader of the free world both technologically and culturally. It would be ashame to exclude Newt Gingrich from the next administration that takes office, January 2013. In that vein, we conservatives should be willing to accept a Santorum-Gingrich or Gingrich-Santorum Ticket, denying Romney the nomination, in order to truly fix America with Conservative Ideas and Actions. This requires that both Santorum and Gingrich stay in the GOP race until the convention. Any takers?
  • ‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists

    03/15/2012 8:42:44 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 78 replies ^ | 3/15/2012 | Will Rahn
    With a breakaway front-runner still yet to emerge in the GOP race, political observers and senior Republican strategists are beginning to seriously contemplate what a brokered convention in Tampa Bay might look like. A candidate must win the support of 1,144 delegates to become the Republican nominee for president. While most commentators agree that Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a realistic shot of reaching that number before the convention in August, that outcome is by no means assured, especially after his losses in Alabama and Mississippi. Brokered conventions in the modern era have been exceedingly rare. The last...
  • Newt moves to spoiler role to force deadlocked convention

    03/15/2012 8:03:28 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 136 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Rick Moran
    Even in an open convention, Gingrich wouldn't have a prayer of getting the nomination. But that seems to matter less to him than blowing up Mitt Romney. Gingrich no longer says he can capture the 1,144 delegates required to wrap up the Republican nomination. Instead, he now speaks frankly about a new plan: Keep Romney from getting to 1,144 by the end of the GOP primary season in June, and then start what Gingrich calls a "conversation" about who should be the Republican nominee. That conversation, the plan goes, would lead to a brokered GOP convention at which Gingrich would...
  • Newt is Right: Santorum is Better Off With Gingrich in the Race

    03/15/2012 7:44:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    The latest FOX News poll of Republican voters supports Newt Gingrich’s strange-sounding assertion that his presence in the race is actually a benefit to rival Rick Santorum. Gingrich casts the advantage to Santorum in a tactical sense, saying that the two of them together divide Romney’s attention and bleed the Republican frontrunner of his money. Gingrich argues that Romney’s success is attributable to negative ads and out-spending that cannot be replicated in a general election and so, therefore he should be bled and blocked so that someone else can get the nomination at the end of August. Santorum supporters have...
  • Rasmussen: Obama edging Romney, Santorum in Florida

    03/15/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Those who argue that the long slog of the Republican nomination race has hurt the chances to defeat Barack Obama will have new ammunition from Rasmussen's poll of likely general-election voters in Florida. Obama has narrow leads against both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the key swing state -- but within the margin of error, and nowhere near the 50% level incumbents usually need to feel safe: President Obama now runs just barely ahead of both Republican front-runners in the key electoral state of Florida.A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters finds Obama leading former Massachusetts...
  • Santorum Tells Puerto Ricans to Adopt English for Statehood

    03/15/2012 7:52:12 AM PDT · by Skeez · 95 replies
    townhall ^ | 3/15/12 | Kevin Glass
    Campaigning in Puerto Rico today, Rick Santorum said that Puerto Ricans needed to adopt English as their official language if they wanted to make a serious push for U.S. statehood. Santorum is in Puerto Rico making his pitch for the GOP's primary on Sunday. "Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum said. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal...