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Newt Gingrich: Yes, I'd team up with Santorum to beat Romney
examiner.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Joe Newby

Posted on 01/04/2012 10:11:00 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

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 the votes, you add to that Perry and Bachmann, you begin to see the size of the conservative vote compared to Romney…if you take, you know, Santorum and Perry and Bachmann and Gingrich you get some sense of what a small minority Romney really represents.."

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KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; backstabberrove; gingrich; iowacaucusaftermath; newt; romneydirtytricks; rovedirtytricks; santorum
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This could develop into Gingrich/Santorum versus Romney/Perry.
1 posted on 01/04/2012 10:11:08 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It’s about time the other candidates went after the back-stabbing, cowardly liberal-playing-conservative, obama-lite-lying buttorifice!


2 posted on 01/04/2012 10:13:24 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (The Iowa caucuses gave you Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. You're WELCOME, America.-Iowahawk)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A great reason to run for President, Newt. Stay in the race soley because of your thin skin. The guy is so angry and bitter about his record being exposed.

Drop out and endorse Santorum.


3 posted on 01/04/2012 10:14:34 AM PST by teddyballgame1
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Revolting cat!

I’m still narrowing down my list. Anyone know which candidate(s) give Chris Matthews a thrill up his leg?


4 posted on 01/04/2012 10:15:54 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, include him the next 15.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Since this is the Presidential race is Perry and Gingrich will leave the race and become vice presidents?


5 posted on 01/04/2012 10:16:12 AM PST by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: greyfoxx39

I think that the candidates are fully aware how anti-conservative the GOP elite really are and they have to begin to play as a team, even though it means only 1 of them can go forward in order to beat the enemy within. ROmney is clearly NOT a conservative, so the 75% who don’t want Mitt ROmney as the R candidate had better start sending money to Gingrich, Santorum, et al in order to offset the money machine that Romney has.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 10:19:49 AM PST by princess leah
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Newt is the guy that should be debating Obama. Santorum makes more sense in the V.P. slot.

How about both Newt and Santorum declare that whichever one of them has more delegates after the next few states, the other will be their V.P.? Then the voters can decide who sits at the top of the ticket.


7 posted on 01/04/2012 10:20:54 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: a fool in paradise

I caught a little of a panel with mad cow, crissy, and sharpie and they were impressed with Santorum. They said, Romney seemed plasticy.
Reverse psycology?


8 posted on 01/04/2012 10:23:09 AM PST by Leep
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To: Berlin_Freeper

You mean Santorum/Gingrich, right? Gingrich “lost” last night.


9 posted on 01/04/2012 10:24:52 AM PST by madison10
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Santorum's 15 mins is just about up. He'd be wise to tag up with Newt.
10 posted on 01/04/2012 10:25:48 AM PST by McGruff (Sarah...Sarah...Sarah!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Cincinatus' Wife
This could develop into Gingrich/Santorum versus Romney/Perry.

I don't think there is any ideological love or connection between Perry and Romney.

11 posted on 01/04/2012 10:25:54 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: madison10

A ticket with no Governors on it is a bad idea. That’s why I think Perry would be the best for the VP slot.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 10:26:20 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: madison10
Santorum "won" in Iowa last night.
13 posted on 01/04/2012 10:27:59 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: teddyballgame1

I like Newt’s anger and bitterness. It suits me just fine.
I’m pretty angry and bitter at the ESTABLISHMENT. FINALLY, some push back, and as I said a thousand times already, if Newt ever decides to stand up on his hind legs and roar, he could quake the ESTABLISHMENT and can decimate Obama in a debate. Newt rolled them in 1994 and they fear a re-do.

Sweet justice.

Let ‘em have it, Newt.


14 posted on 01/04/2012 10:29:08 AM PST by RitaOK (The higher you poll in Iowa, the more embarrassing it is for you.)
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To: JediJones

Rush Limbaugh is saying Newt is going to “define” Romney big time now and it will benefit Santorum. Rush also said there are all kinds of efforts out there now to paint Santorum as a big govt. guy. Rush said “big govt.” means welfare, high taxes, etc.. and Santorum is for low taxes and jobs so don’t fall for it.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 10:29:33 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: Lakeshark

Perry supported both Gore and Giuliani in the past.


16 posted on 01/04/2012 10:30:10 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: RitaOK

I agree with you. Newt has been taking a punch from all sides. Let him roar all he wants. Also, a certain pundant has been calling him a “Progressive” but Rush Limbaugh just called him a conservative today.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 10:31:56 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: madison10

Newt LEADS in Florida though, and South Carolina is his back yard. Romney has already started negative ads against Newt in Florida, so Newt’s Super PAC is going to go all out against Romney, be damn the torpedos. With a little help from the Santorum and Perry campaigns Romney will, at last, FINALLY, get a punch in the nose himself! His PAC has swamped our guys, allowing him to pick them off one at a time. It is time for an alliance between the non-Romneys.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 10:33:04 AM PST by RitaOK (The higher you poll in Iowa, the more embarrassing it is for you.)
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To: Lakeshark

“I don’t think there is any ideological love or connection between Perry and Romney.”

You beat me.

Lol!


19 posted on 01/04/2012 10:33:21 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: JediJones

“Santorum makes more sense in the V.P. slot.”

I’d be happy either way. But I think the Good Cop (Santorum) and Bad Cop (Gingrich) could be magic for our country right now.

I thought Cheney was marvelous as VP. I think Newt could be more effective in the second banana role, and leave the diplomacy to Santorum.


20 posted on 01/04/2012 10:34:29 AM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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To: madison10

Lost what? One state? I guess Iowa is the whole cattle, huh?

And Rick “lost” as well to Romney.


21 posted on 01/04/2012 10:35:13 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This could develop into Gingrich/Santorum versus Romney/Perry.

Nah Perry don’t like Mitt. It might be Romney/McCain!


22 posted on 01/04/2012 10:35:54 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: RitaOK

Yeah, but he’s not angry and bitter against Obama, the Republican establishment or the curret state of affairs. He’s angry that someone (Paul & Romney)ran negative ads against him. Politics is a nasty business - he should’ve put his big boy pants on before he got into the race.


23 posted on 01/04/2012 10:37:45 AM PST by teddyballgame1
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What the hell are you smoking/ Romney/Perry? You’re outta your frigging mind.


24 posted on 01/04/2012 10:38:26 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

” Newt is going to “define” Romney big time now and it will benefit Santorum.” <<<

If Newt goes after Romney directly himself, this is usually true, that with no surrogate doing the smash mouth for you, other than yourself, it usually hurts your numbers. (This is what Romney’s super PAC is doing for Romney, so he himself can keep his nose clean.)

However, don’t you think the voters are on to the game and more than ready for some push back against Romney for a changre and who can do it better than the Newtster?


25 posted on 01/04/2012 10:39:08 AM PST by RitaOK (The higher you poll in Iowa, the more embarrassing it is for you.)
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To: Tigerized
I’d be happy either way. But I think the Good Cop (Santorum) and Bad Cop (Gingrich) could be magic for our country right now.

In 2008, would we have voted for Palin with McCain as VP?

26 posted on 01/04/2012 10:39:31 AM PST by Ingtar (Newt (four more for Obama) & Mitt (Obamacare) - what wonderful choices!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This could really be effective.

Newt can go completely negative on Romney, freeing Santorum to point out how the GOP needs to band together to fight Obama (without having to go negative on any GOP candidate).

This gets rid of the RINO while pulling the GOP together. It may just save the GOP.

If this is what Gingrich has in mind (to fall on the grenade for Santorum) then I have just raised my opinion of Newt.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 10:40:19 AM PST by kidd
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This could really be effective.

Newt can go completely negative on Romney, freeing Santorum to point out how the GOP needs to band together to fight Obama (without having to go negative on any GOP candidate).

This gets rid of the RINO while pulling the GOP together. It may just save the GOP.

If this is what Gingrich has in mind (to fall on the grenade for Santorum) then I have just raised my opinion of Newt.


28 posted on 01/04/2012 10:40:27 AM PST by kidd
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To: RitaOK

The headlines and talk on Fox will be ‘TWO AGAINST ONE’.

IMHO this is not a good strategery.


29 posted on 01/04/2012 10:42:38 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: tallyhoe

“Perry don’t like Mitt”

What would be powerful and useful right now would be Perry and Bachman having a joint press conference to endorse Newt.

Santorum is Bush II -— fiscal liberal, social conservative.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 10:43:25 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: tallyhoe

As you are aware, politics makes for strange bedfellows.

It could be that while Gingrich and Santorum overtly team-up to attack Romney... Perry covertly joins Romney by simply attacking Gingrich and Santorum while NOT attacking Romney.

Then when the dust settles and Romney is left standing and needs to unite the party, he names Perry as Vice President.

This is what I fear could happen.


31 posted on 01/04/2012 10:44:16 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: madison10
Gingrich “lost” last night.

Gingrich finished higher than McCain did in 2008. South Carolina will decide.

32 posted on 01/04/2012 10:45:42 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Crosslinking to a similar thread, also with good discussion.
33 posted on 01/04/2012 10:46:47 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: kidd

In your scenario then Gingrich could become Secretary of State like Hillary did for Obama.


34 posted on 01/04/2012 10:47:53 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: McGruff
>> Santorum's 15 mins is just about up. He'd be wise to tag up with Newt. <<

Yeah, the guy who won 62 counties obviously has no chance and needs to be the running mate of the guy who won 0 counties.

35 posted on 01/04/2012 10:48:46 AM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: fightinJAG

Ah, Thank You for the linkage. :)


36 posted on 01/04/2012 10:49:25 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Ron Paul is disgusting.)
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To: tallyhoe

I’m more concerned about how the final ‘12 GOP POTUS/VP ticket, no matter who it ends up being, will, successfully, get the majority of voters to vote for them during the ‘12 November general election. How will they get enough women voters to vote for them? How will they get enough _______ voters to vote for them, too?


37 posted on 01/04/2012 10:49:55 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: RitaOK

I agree that Newt has the best intellect and credentials for this race. One on one with Santorum, Newt is the senior player. So many people are going with Santorum right now, but Rick has not endured the onslaught that will come upon him if he stays up. Newt has taken it all and is still standing. I can’t wait for the Saturday debate. Newt is the most articulate and convincing and will remind everybody why his campaign caught fire just a month ago and why the base should come back to him.


38 posted on 01/04/2012 10:52:00 AM PST by untwist
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yeah, kind of like the way he “teamed up with Cain” when Cain was running?

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

He will use Santorum to woo his supporters, just like he name dropped Cain, Palin and whoever he deems to be most useful at the moment, then toss them like a hot potato.


39 posted on 01/04/2012 10:52:00 AM PST by justsaynomore
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To: McGruff
Santorum's 15 mins is just about up. He'd be wise to tag up with Newt.

I disagree.

Santorum surged, and almost won Iowa, precisely because he is the alternative to Gingrich.

As much as people are looking for an anti-Romney candidate, there were also many looking for an anti-Gingrich candidate. And they found him in Santorum.

If Santorum finishes with a strong second place in NH, he will be well on the way to solidifying the anti-Romney AND anti-Gingrich vote (those who just never became comfortable with the potential for Bad Newt to show up at any moment).

A lot of people were willing to vote for Newt because it seemed like he was the only one who could win. Santorum now looks viable and, whether he is or isn't, will be known shortly. In the meantime, all those people supporting Newt mainly because he seemed electable will now be reconsidering.

The last thing Santorum needs to do is align with the candidate who is actually pushing votes his way.

40 posted on 01/04/2012 10:52:48 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I don't know about anyone else, but this would be a real fun GOP ticket for the General. It would send the Left into conniptions and totally obliterate team Obummer.

I hope they tear Mittens a new a-hole in NH.

41 posted on 01/04/2012 10:54:09 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JediJones

Newt Obama would be better because of the age, among other things

Newt is 68 now- Santorum could take over and run for pres after 8 years as veep, for a 16 year run.


42 posted on 01/04/2012 10:54:36 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Newt Gingrich: Yes, I'd team up with Santorum to beat Romney

Sounds good to me

43 posted on 01/04/2012 10:55:13 AM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: dfwgator
"A ticket with no Governors on it is a bad idea."

Why?

44 posted on 01/04/2012 10:56:31 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I agree that Newt’s efforts to attack Romney will only help Santorum. It won’t draw voters back to Newt.

Santorum is now sitting pretty as the alternative to Romney AND the alternative to Newt. This is a deep well of support to tap into.

For all those people who were supporting Newt because they thought no one else had a chance, if Santorum continues to demonstrate that he does, indeed, have a chance — for example, by a solid second place showing in NH and a decent margin of beating Gingrich — I think Newt will be done for.


45 posted on 01/04/2012 10:57:05 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: RitaOK

These polls have not yet absorbed the fact that Santorum practically won Iowa. That will take a few days to sink in.

If many voters conclude that Santorum has a chance, and is a viable alternative to Gingrich, I believe they will shift to Santorum.

But we won’t know for a few days.


46 posted on 01/04/2012 10:58:48 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Mr. K

There is a big difference between being an executive running a state, and just showing up in Congress to vote every once in awhile. Look at what we got in 2008 with two senators.


47 posted on 01/04/2012 10:59:36 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Newt can be Secretary of Dog Catchers in a Santorum administration if he wants to team up.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 10:59:40 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Mr. K

Yikes~!!! I can’t believe I wrote that-

I meant Newt/Santorum


49 posted on 01/04/2012 11:00:26 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Tigerized

I also used to advocate Gingrich for the VP slot, thinking this was a practical way to get the benefits of Good Newt while limiting the scope of damage that could be done by Bad Newt.

But I think Gingrich may become so embittered and angry over this process that he won’t be able to subordinate himself to his boss, the President, the way that is necessary for our system to work.

It’s a long process. We’ll see.


50 posted on 01/04/2012 11:00:48 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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