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  • Two Bad Days for the GOP

    02/03/2012 6:15:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2012 | Steve McCann
    .......The Democrats and the Obama re-election machine have sat by and watched the Republican Follies over the past 48 hours, and by doing nothing they have gathered manna from heaven for the upcoming campaign. First, Gingrich is carpet-bombed in Florida, reacts petulantly is taken off his game and forgets what won South Carolina for him... .....Then Romney is seized by foot-in-mouth disease. By claiming he doesn't care about the really poor and would fix any holes in the safety-net he has reinforced the image of a greedy Wall Street banker out to make money at any cost. ....Mitt Romney then...
  • Mitt’s Politics of Division Will Backfire

    01/30/2012 9:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 30, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    Even if Mitt Romney wins in Florida on Tuesday, he still may lose the presidency come November. The old adage of “divide and conquer” may work well in war, but in politics it’s not always a smart strategy, especially in Republican primaries. Ronald Reagan’s name has been evoked quite often in this race. The Gipper must be turning over in his grave that Mitt Romney has so badly violated his 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Reagan’s law not only sounds great, it’s smart politics. Reagan understood that the very same Republicans a candidate attacks...
  • Romney backers at Gingrich events run into political pit bull

    01/29/2012 5:53:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 29, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    Reporting from Port Saint Lucie, Fla.— Dubbed the "proxies with moxie," Mitt Romney's congressional backers have been crashing Newt Gingrich's events to offer a counterpoint to the former House speaker's remarks. It's an unusual tactic to begin with, but their collisions with Gingrich's testy spokesman, R.C. Hammond, have made their sparring into the campaign trail's version of must-see TV. Gingrich said he doesn't mind their presence, which he said is a sign of desperation by Romney. "They send a member of Congress, we send R.C. It's a slight overmatch — R.C.'s a little bit more informed than they are, but...
  • Sarah Palin accuses GOP of 'Stalin-esque' attack on Newt Gingrich

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

    01/27/2012 8:46:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 94 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 27, 2012 | Paul West
    Mitt Romney Leading Polls in Florida Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of Newt Gingrich in Florida with a nine-point lead, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. 'I think if Romney wins this, it's over for Newt,' one pollster says. Fearful GOP leaders pray Newt Gingrich can be stopped in Florida By Paul West January 27 — After months of gyrating front-runners and inconclusive voter tests, a victory by Mitt Romney in the looming Florida primary would send the 2012 campaign down a well-worn path — pointing the most established GOP contender toward a highly competitive race against President Obama in...
  • Romney Holds 8-Percentage Point lead in Florida [Romney Gingrich [Head-to-Head 50%-48%]

    01/27/2012 6:56:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    YahooNews ^ | January 27, 2012 | Andy Sullivan
    Romney Holds 8-Percentage Point lead in Florida By Andy Sullivan JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened up a lead of 8 percentage points over rival Newt Gingrich in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in Florida, as he regains front-runner status in the Republican race. The online poll released on Friday showed Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private-equity executive, ahead of Gingrich by 41 percent to 33 percent among likely voters in Florida's January 31 Republican primary. It confirms Romney's recovery in polls, aided by strong debate performances, after a stinging defeat at the South Carolina primary vote...
  • Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt

    01/27/2012 6:36:07 PM PST · by Doc Justice · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/27/12 | Jeffrey Lord
    As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well... Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, "often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism." Abrams then goes on to cite " a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986." Or sort of cites it. In fact, I'm sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott...
  • Rush: Romney Group Behind Anti-Gingrich Stories

    01/27/2012 6:38:50 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 01/27/2012 | Amy Woods
    On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh highlighted an article in The American Spectator by Jeffrey Lord that picked apart and called misleading Elliot Abrams’ article in National Review about Newt Gingrich. The article prompted Limbaugh to conclude Abrams must have been “spoon-fed” the material about Gingrich’s after-hours speeches on the House floor in the 1980s by rival Mitt Romney’s campaign. Read more on Newsmax.com: Rush: Romney Camp Behind Anti-Gingrich Stories
  • Sarah Palin: Newt Gingrich's secret weapon

    01/27/2012 5:45:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 27, 2012 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has a new unofficial campaign surrogate and her name is Sarah Palin. As the 2008 veep nominee sees it, Gingrich is getting a raw deal from the national media and conservative elite, the very same forces who conspired against her when she was on the national ticket. Palin hasn’t endorsed Gingrich — and has no official role in his campaign — but she is repeatedly surfacing at just the right times on the national airwaves to vociferously defend him. In her latest appearance, Palin stated: “Look at Newt Gingrich, what’s going on with him via the establishment’s attacks,”...
  • Republican establishment gangs up on Newt Gingrich (Bloody Thursday, Drudge...)

    01/27/2012 4:44:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 76 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 1/26/12 | Mitch Potter
    It has no name yet, but something akin to “Operation: Newtralize” is building into an onslaught against Newt Gingrich’s drive for the presidency. -snip- By late Thursday the conservative blogosphere was in open revolt, with right-wing bloggers aiming their fury at Drudge for what many perceived as an attack coordinated with Team Romney.
  • Pro-Gingrich PAC claims Florida stations are holding up ads

    01/27/2012 2:55:44 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    foxnews ^ | January 27, 2012 | Joy Lin
    The pro-Newt Gingrich PAC "Winning Our Future" claims that "at least six" stations in Florida have -- as of Thursday -- been telling the group they need more documentation to run their ads. "Stations all across Florida started to pull spots asking for fact checking," said Gregg Phillips, managing director of Winning Our Future, who accused the outlets of being "lazy" and suggested they were part of a coordinated effort across Florida to derail Newt Gingrich. The SuperPAC currently has three ads running in Florida. Phillips speculated this kind of fact-checking wasn't being done on Romney ads.
  • Gingrich aide: Romney packed debate hall with supporters

    01/27/2012 12:10:44 PM PST · by Qbert · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 27, 2012 | TINA KORBE
    In the middle of last night’s debate, I actually tweeted about it because the difference was audible: Mitt Romney’s applause, for the first time that I can remember, was louder than Newt Gingrich’s. The Gingrich campaign can think of just one possible explanation as to how Mitt Romney could have inspired such a response in his audience: He must have unfairly packed the hall. “They definitely packed the room,” Kevin Kellems, one of Gingrich’s senior advisers, told The Huffington Post early Friday morning. “The problem for them is their candidate, at several junctures, couldn’t remember what he had said before...
  • Romney & His Supporters Engaging In Constant Personal Attacks Sound Just Like Race-Baiting Democrats

    01/27/2012 1:09:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    1/27/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Democrats to others they disagree with, especially if it deals with an Obama political policy: "you are a racist." McCain: Gingrich is "dangerous." Romney: Gingrich is "erratic." Lots more where that came from, too. Especially from Romney. Romney during the last debate: Santorum is "angry." Gov. Christie: Newt is embarassing to the GOP. Get ready....soon Romney and his supporters will be calling Gingrich a "racist"? There will be nastiness, but Romney started it all with his vicious ad-hominem laced ads in Iowa, and neither Gingrich, Santorum or Paul have even come close to taking the hurling of personal insults to...
  • Palin: Establishment “Trying to Crucify” Newt

    01/26/2012 4:36:59 PM PST · by TBBT · 46 replies
    thepage ^ | 1/26/2012 | thepage
    Ex-Alaska topper tells Fox Business Network Gingrich is being "vilified" by GOP elites and the media. Palin: "Look at Newt Gingrich, what’s going on with him, via the establishment’s attacks. They’re trying to crucify this man and rewrite history, and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years."
  • Mike Reagan, Rush Limbaugh Blast Romney

    01/26/2012 2:54:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1/26/2012 | Jim Meyers
    Ronald Reagan’s eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romney’s Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan. Reagan says such claims are false. Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say "This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida." Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt. “That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said. Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early...
  • What's with Ann Coulter?

    01/26/2012 5:00:02 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 156 replies
    1/26/12 | self
    What's with these talking heads, Ann Coulter especially, and their vitriol against Newt? I've always liked Ann, she is SO conservative; now she's pitching for Romney and slamming -- really slamming -- Newt. I don't get it.
  • 7 Reasons Voters are Souring on Mitt Romney

    01/25/2012 12:55:40 PM PST · by no dems · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The Week ^ | January 25, 2012 | The Week, Staff
    "The main reason the Republican establishment overwhelmingly favors Mitt Romney over Newt Gingrich is that Romney stands a better chance of beating Barack Obama," says Jonathan Chait at New York. So it's a problem for Romney that "as the campaign goes on, this seems to be growing less true." A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that negative views of Romney have "spiked" over the past two weeks, from a net +4 favorability rating (39 positive/34 negative) to a -18 rating (31 positive/49 negative) — very similar to Gingrich's -22 rating (29/51). The shift is most notabe among independents, who...
  • Mitt Romney jumps on Nancy Pelosi’s cryptic remark

    01/25/2012 1:17:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 107 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/25/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The Romney campaign is feeding today off House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s cryptic “there is something I know” comment in a CNN interview last night about Newt Gingrich never becoming president, which we brought to you last night. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Pelosi meant nothing other than that she knows the Newt will never be prez. “The ‘something’ Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States,” Hammill said in a statement. “She made that clear last night.” “Leader Pelosi previously made a reference to the extensive amount of information that is in...
  • Brace Yourself for the Anti-Mormon Slime Machine

    01/25/2012 1:32:58 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 80 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-24-2012 | Kyle Anne Shiver
    If Mitt Romney manages to win the GOP nomination, then we need to hope he is far better-prepared to handle the liberals' anti-Mormon slime machine than he was prepared to handle intra-party jabs at his Bain record, his tax returns, and his flip-flopping...
  • Romney Supporters Paid to be Romney Supporters (video)

    01/25/2012 12:09:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 22, 2012 | LifeLibertyNow
    This is nothing new, as campaigns have been paying people to become active for years now. And it is not illegal, as far as I know. There's nothing wrong with paying someone to help spread a message. However, it does show the limited motivations within the Romney campaign. There is not much grassroots here in South Florida if people have to be paid to get out and spread a critical message about the future of this country.
  • Fake Support: Romney Campaign Pays People to Support Candidate

    01/24/2012 2:59:44 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 17 replies
    Red Pill Philosophy ^ | January 23, 2012 | By Chris Delamo
    Which pill do you choose? The red pill? Or the blue pill? The color blue on the shirts of South Florida Romney “supporters” may correlate with the pill they chose to take, as was evident with one individual who, on camera, stated he was paid to wear the Romney shirt and create the impression at the voting location that there was significant support there. Romney "Supporters" Paid to be Romney Supporters
  • People who destroy hard drives shouldn’t demand records from others (gotcha Mitt)

    01/23/2012 4:13:08 PM PST · by ak267 · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/23/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Why is he doing this? Is his campaign really that incompetent? Having successfully shut down scrutiny in the primaries (but not the general election) of his Bain record with unfounded cries of “Newt’s attacking capitalism and free markets,” Romney is back to what started it all, the demand that Newt give back the money he lawfully earned through consulting with Freddie Mac. As Morrissey notes, Newt’s campaign already has diffused another line of Romney’s Freddie Mac attack, quickly asking for the release of his consulting contract before the Florida primary. Romney will go on the offensive at tonight’s debate demanding...
  • In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich [Calls Gingrich "Failed Leader"]

    01/22/2012 6:53:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2012 | Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner,
    In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich By Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner January 22 ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest personal attack of the campaign on Newt Gingrich here Sunday, saying “it was proven that he was a failed leader” as the former governor pivoted sharply to regain his footing in the wake of Gingrich’s stunning resurgence over the weekend. As the dramatically altered presidential campaign moved to Florida, Republican leaders braced for a long and potentially bitter nominating contest. After upending the campaign in South Carolina with a commanding victory, Gingrich moved quickly to...
  • (Desperate) Mitt Romney expands attack on Newt Gingrich, slamming work for health-care firms

    01/23/2012 10:08:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | By Philip Rucker
    A combative Mitt Romney on Monday broadened his call for Newt Gingrich to release records from his work as a consultant, speculating that those documents and records from a House ethics investigation from his time as speaker could show “potentially wrongful activity of some kind.” “We could see an October surprise a day from Newt Gingrich,” Romney told reporters at a media availability here. “And so let’s see the records from the ethics investigation, let’s see what they show. Let’s see who his clients were at the time he was lobbying Republican congressmen for Medicare Part D.
  • Romney's Ugly Politics Now Surfacing In Surrogates

    01/22/2012 4:33:13 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 122 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | January 22, 2012 | Dan Riehl
    One of the things fellow Republicans and political observers have never liked about Mitt Romney is the wholesome piety he exhibits on the stump, while his hacks and PACs engage in some of the ugliest politics around. He can flash that plastic smile and pretend all he wants, but people know the cold fish doesn't shy away from the politics of personal destruction. If anything, his campaigns embrace it more than most, while feigning ignorance and pretending otherwise himself.This is why so many people in the GOP have come to dislike Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney backer and New Jersey Gov....
  • What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' [Mortgage Meltdown State?]

    01/22/2012 11:27:35 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 22, 2012
    What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' Gingrich crushed once-mighty Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary, in a victory that transformed Florida’s upcoming vote from a snoozer into a dogfight. “This sets the stage for a battle royale in the Sunshine State,” said Nelson Warfield, a political consultant for former Rick Perry’s recently ended campaign who’s also a member of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s inner political circle. “Newt Gingrich changed the narrative of this race,” Warfield said. “Before South Carolina, Romney was the slow, inevitable candidate. And Florida was going to be his coronation. Now Romney has...
  • Romney camp marks anniversary of Gingrich House reprimand

    01/22/2012 6:23:48 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/21/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Is the date Jan. 21 about to be a lot brighter for Newt Gingrich? As South Carolina votes Saturday, Mitt Romney’s campaign sent a press release wishing Gingrich a “happy anniversary” for the House decision to reprimand him, which happened on Jan. 21, 1997. Headlined “Happy 15th Anniversary, Mr. Speaker,” the release said, “Fifteen years ago today, Newt Gingrich became the first House speaker in American history to be reprimanded by his colleagues.” Gingrich was investigated for tax irregularities and for campaign finance disclosure violations in the late 1990s. The matter, conducted when Republicans controlled the House, was settled when...
  • Fake CNN email used as dirty trick in South Carolina (Anti-Gingrich)

    01/20/2012 9:01:48 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-20-12 | Peter Hamby
    Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - In what appears to be a last ditch attempt to halt Newt Gingrich's late momentum in South Carolina, a fake CNN Breaking News alert was emailed to state Republican activists early Thursday morning claiming that the former House Speaker pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion. CNN did not send out the email alert. It's not clear how many people received the fake email, though at least two members of the South Carolina GOP Executive Committee, who did not want to be named, were among those who found the missive in their inboxes this morning....
  • Romney campaign tries to trip up Newt Gingrich before the do-or-die South Carolina primary

    01/18/2012 10:50:25 AM PST · by TBBT · 10 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 1/18/2012 | Aliyah Shahid AND Jonathan Lemire
    Mitt Romney’s campaign unleashed a multi-pronged attack against Newt Gingrich Wednesday — a sign the GOP front-runner could be worried about a surge from the ex-Speaker prior to South Carolina’s primary on Saturday. Romney rolled out a pair of new attack ads and dispatched two of his top surrogates to blast Gingrich’s erratic temperament just days before the make-or-break southern contest. “He’s not reliable,” former Missouri Senator Jim Talent slammed on a media conference call. “Yes, he can say exciting things — he also says things that undermine the conservative movement.” That theme was reminiscent of the line of attack...
  • Gingrich Responds to Romney Attack: ‘That’s Just Stupid’

    01/18/2012 10:11:47 AM PST · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    wsj ^ | January 18, 2012, 12:18 PM
    Newt Gingrich appeared incredulous after being told of the latest attacks by GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney. ”Wait, wait, wait.  Hold on. They’re saying I helped re-elect a Democrat?” Mr. Gingrich told reporters in Winnsboro, S.C., adding, “That’s just stupid.” Earlier Wednesday, the Romney campaign set up a conference call with two former lawmakers who lashed out at his leadership as House speaker, saying it helped to re-elect President Bill Clinton. The campaign also released a new Web ad,  calling him “unreliable.”Mr. Gingrich said he helped create the GOP’s first House majority since 1928. “So what did Mitt Romney do?  Who...
  • Romney Was Board Member Of Company Fined Over $100 Million For Medicare Fraud -- Criminal Fine

    01/18/2012 8:28:27 AM PST · by xzins · 94 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | PDF Pg 140 | McCain Campaign
    DAMON CLINICAL LABORATORIES Romney Was Board Member Of Company Fined Over $100 Million For Medicare Fraud – At The Time, It Was The Largest Criminal Fine For Health Care Fraud In History Romney Sat On Board Of Damon Clinical Laboratories, A Bain Capital Portfolio Company Fined Nearly $120 Million In 1996 Due To Medicare Fraud. “A Needham clinical laboratory agreed yesterday to pay $119 million in criminal and civil fines after pleading guilty to charges that it defrauded the nation’s Medicare system by seeking reimbursements on millions of dollars worth of unnecessary blood tests. … Damon Clinical Laboratories Inc. admitted...
  • Romney's Worried About Newt, Renews Assault On "Undisciplined Leader"

    01/18/2012 8:00:09 AM PST · by TBBT · 3 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/18/2012 | Zeke Miller
    After ignoring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for three weeks, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is renewing its assault on Newt Gingrich days before ...
  • Facebook/POLITICO poll: South Carolina users cool to tea party (Baloney Alert!)

    01/17/2012 11:52:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 14, 2012 | Emily Schultheis
    Almost two-thirds of adult Facebook users in South Carolina say they aren't fans of the tea party, according to a Facebook poll conducted today with POLITICO. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they are "not at all supportive" of the tea party, compared with 20 percent who were "somewhat supportive" and 18 percent who were "very supportive." Of those surveyed, women were slightly less supportive of the tea party. Just 35 percent were either "somewhat" or "very" supportive of the movement, compared with 42 percent among men. The results only represent the sentiment of South Carolina users on Facebook, not...
  • Will frontrunner Romney keep debating? [about to wimp out in FL?]

    01/17/2012 11:17:52 PM PST · by M. Thatcher · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/17/12 | Byron York
    After a debate in which Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney faced attacks from all sides, the Romney campaign says it has not yet accepted invitations to participate in two high-profile debates leading up to the January 31 Florida primary, and a key Romney adviser is expressing fatigue and frustration over what he sees as a never-ending series of GOP debates. "There are too many of these," Romney strategist Stuart Stevens said after Monday night's Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. "We have to bring some order to it. We haven't accepted Florida…It's kind of like a cruise that's...
  • Santorum accuses Romney of playing 'dirty politics'

    01/17/2012 8:11:31 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 17, 2011 | Michael Finnegan
    Rick Santorum accused rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday of running a “dirty politics” robocall campaign in South Carolina to discredit the former Pennsylvania senator and mislead voters in the state’s fiercely contested Republican presidential primary Saturday. Campaigning at the Yorktown aircraft carrier museum in Charleston Harbor, Santorum slammed the former Massachusetts governor for an automated call that plays a tape of Santorum endorsing Romney’s 2008 run for the GOP presidential nomination. “Gov. Romney, out there playing a recording from four years ago, and suggesting that I’m endorsing him, is another example of Gov. Romney misleading the public about my record...
  • SC Debate: Romney Says He Will 'Probably' Release Taxes in April

    01/17/2012 2:40:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies · 1+ views
    KGO - ABC News Radio - San Francisco | January 17, 2012
    (MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Amid continued pressure from his rivals to make public his tax returns, Mitt Romney said at a Republican presidential candidates debate Monday night that he will "probably" release that information in April. That timetable is in line with tradition of past nominees, who have released their information around tax day in early April. "I have nothing in them that suggests there is any problem," he said. "I'm happy to do so." Romney had said as recently as last Wednesday that he doesn't feel the need to do anything more than the law requires him to do,...
  • 35 Romney endorsers received contributions first

    Money may not be buying Mitt Romney much Republican love, but it’s going a long way toward helping him buy the next best thing: endorsements in the GOP primaries. Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC and its affiliates states have lavished close to $1.3 million in campaign donations to federal, state and local GOP politicians, almost all since 2010. His recipients include officials in the major upcoming primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, and in three southern Super Tuesday states where he was trounced four years ago. In New Hampshire, a U.S. senator, a congressman, 10 state senators...
  • Mitt Romney stays above the fray in debate

    01/08/2012 8:11:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/8/12 | Richard S. Dunham,Carla Marinucci, Hearst Newspapers
    The five Republicans candidates trying to emerge as the alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney engaged in fratricidal combat on a stage at St. Anselm College Saturday night as the former Massachusetts governor aimed his political barbs at President Obama. With just days remaining before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, the candidates trailing Romney in the polls decided to battle each other for second place rather than focus on the candidate running far ahead of them in the polls. Romney smiled as the other candidates attacked each other and defended his record against occasional, mild criticism from GOP rivals. But...
  • Va. GOP defends ballot, Gingrich cries foul

    12/29/2011 4:33:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/29/11 | Steve Contorno
    The fight to place all seven Republican presidential candidates on Virginia's primary ballot is moving toward the courts while one candidate bumped from the ballot, Newt Gingrich, insisted Wednesday that he was the victim of fraud. The conservative Citizens for the Republic and former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Paul Goldman said Wednesday that Virginia failed to follow its own laws in determining which candidates should make the ballot. The state delegated its duties to the political parties without double-checking their work, Goldman said. Virginia requires candidates to submit signatures from 10,000 registered voters, including 400 from each of the...
  • Speaker Gingrich says it is false and defamatory!

    01/06/2012 8:03:28 PM PST · by true believer forever · 234 replies · 1+ views
    Great Wire - Fox News Insider ^ | January 6, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    "It has recently come to our attention that your station has either been asked to run, or may soon be asked to run, various advertising spots produced by the Mitt Romney aligned SuperPAC “Restore Our Future” or Romney for President, the principal campaign committee of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Included among the Romney advertisements submitted to your station for broadcast are likely to be various advertisements which specifically mention Speaker Gingrich and purport to quote or reference the findings of a 1997 report issued by the House Select Committee on Ethics (the “Report”). The content of these advertisements state...
  • Santorum says Romney nomination "will destroy this country"

    01/06/2012 5:14:56 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    Mark Levin Show (Youtube Video 1 minute) ^ | January 5th | Santorum via Levin
    Santorum says Romney nomination "will destroy this country"
  • MSNBC's Financier – Mitt Romney

    01/05/2012 8:00:05 PM PST · by ckilmer · 8 replies
    dallasblog ^ | Thu, Dec 29, 2011, 10:38 PM | Tom McGregor
    MSNBC's Financier – Mitt Romney Are you curious how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney became a very wealthy man? Apparently, his investment company, Bain Capital, is bankrolling the President Barack Obama White House news network, MSNBC, a leftist cable news network that is floundering in TV ratings compared with Fox News. Politico reports that, “starting on last night’s Ed Show with Ed Schultz, MSNBC anchors are now disclosing their parent company’s ties to Bain Capital, the buyout firm co-founded by Mitt Romney.” For an approximate $3.5 billion – a business relationship that MSNBC anchors have not disclosed until recently, according...
  • Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? (Santorum may regain win)

    01/05/2012 6:12:47 PM PST · by mnehring · 144 replies
    Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes (Video report at link) DES MOINES, Iowa -- Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world's eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results. Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the...
  • Divided Tea Party Might End Up Helping Mitt Romney

    01/05/2012 3:54:51 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/5/2012 | Sean Higgins
    New Hampshire has long had a reputation as the most conservative state in the Northeast. Its license plates even say, "Live Free or Die." The Tea Party ought to be a force here. Just days before the state's primary, New Hampshirites may help Mitt Romney consolidate his position as the Republican front-runner. Not because they support him, but because they cannot unite behind another candidate.
  • South Carolina Tea Partiers Wish Romney Would Just Go Away

    01/04/2012 4:57:02 PM PST · by TBBT · 28 replies · 1+ views
    npr.org ^ | 1/4/2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close. They really want no part of Romney. And there appears to be little he could say or do between now and Jan. 21, the date of the South Carolina primary, to change that. The Massachusetts health law Romney enacted as governor with its individual mandate called Romneycare by critics is just one of several reasons they give for their animus. There...
  • Newt Gingrich: Yes, I'd team up with Santorum to beat Romney

    01/04/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 109 replies
    examiner.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Joe Newby
    On Wednesday morning, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told radio talk show host Laura Ingraham he could "absolutely" see himself teaming up with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to beat Mitt Romney. "Of course," Gingrich said. "Rick and I have a 20-year friendship. We were both rebels, we both came into this business as reformers, we both dislike deeply the degree to which the establishment sells out the American people. We both think Washington has to be changed in very fundamental ways, and we have lots of things that fit together. And the thing that’s interesting is if you take...
  • Romney Wins Iowa Caucus

    01/03/2012 11:27:04 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 64 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/4/12 | Aurelius
    According to Karl Rove, now speaking on Fox News, a high-ranking official in the Republican party has declared that Mitt Romney has won the Iowa Caucus by exactly 14 votes. Update- Fox News has confirmed that a second source has verified this report and that Mitt Romney has indeed won.
  • Virginia Attorney General Backs Off Call to Change Ballot Rules Before Primary

    01/03/2012 10:38:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/2/12 | FoxNews
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is backing off a push to change his state's election rules before the March 6 presidential primary, after only two Republican candidates qualified for the ballot. The attorney general on Saturday had said he wanted to overhaul the process before the primary, calling the state's system "deficient." Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were locked out of the Virginia ballot after failing to meet the state's signature requirement, while three other candidates did not even try to meet the requirement. But by late Sunday, Cuccinelli had abandoned plans to file emergency legislation to address the matter,...
  • Neg. campaigning: Romney running for the nomination like Obama will for reelection

    01/03/2012 10:28:32 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    1/3/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Obama cannot run on his record (Obamacare, Frank-Dodd, Porkulus, the bailouts, Obamacare exemptions for some and and some states, but not others, green jobs, etc, ) and doesn't want to run on his record. He will smear the eventual GOP nominee, and run a negative campaign, and actually let superpacs do it for him. Same with Romney. He cannot run on his record as governor, his position on global warming, etc, and so, sit back, say nothing, and allow superpacss to run his GOP opponents (like Gingrich) into the ground through negative campaigning. I don't care for Newt "Scozzafava" Gingrich,...
  • Romney: "I Have Very Good Support From Very Conservative Tea Partiers" (video)

    01/03/2012 5:19:35 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 36 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 3, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    "I'll point at my record, and I the nice thing about New Hampshire for instance we looked at the Tea Party voters. Those who identify themselves as Tea Partiers and said, 'Who's your favorite candidate?' I have a good lead with Tea Partiers and people who consider themselves very conservative. So where I'm known pretty well, where my record is pretty well known, why I have very good support from very conservative Tea Partiers," Mitt Romney said when asked how he will make his closing argument to conservatives.