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Santorum Sweeps
Red State ^ | 02/08/12 | Leeon H. Wolf

Posted on 02/08/2012 6:53:34 AM PST by pgkdan

As of today, Rick Santorum officially has no more delegates than he had yesterday. That said, as CNN is just now this moment calling Colorado for Santorum in a stunning upset, his clean sweep of the states who voted/caucused today is a stunning rebuke to both Romney’s purported march through February and Newt Gingrich’s position as the favored not-Romney candidate.

Santorum’s performance was impressive in each state, vastly outperforming his position in the polls, which had him losing by 9 points in Colorado (he won by 5) and winning by only 9 in Minnesota (he won by 18). It is hard to tell who got clobbered worse – Romney, who fell all the way to third in Minnesota, or Gingrich, who finished well behind the flailing Romney in every state. Newt Gingrich didn’t even bother to give a speech tonight, which was probably a good idea if Romney’s shell-shocked and confused concession was any indication of what we could have expected. Although Santorum didn’t get any official delegates tonight, he certainly has bought himself one heck of a news cycle, and has in one day sucked the oxygen out of virtually every other campaign with the stunning results.

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Santorum pulled off a stunning hat trick, winning all three contests held yesterday. He destroyed both Romney's 'aura of inevitability' and the idea of Newt as the only viable 'non-Romney' candidate.

Newt has been arguing for weeks that we need 1 conservative to face Romney who can win and the other should bow out of the race to make way for a conservative victory. Santorum showed that he's THE viable conservative in this race. Will Newt follow his own advice?

1 posted on 02/08/2012 6:53:39 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan
As Ann Coulter said: ...."If Romney is the candidate, we'll lose."

Ann Coulter at CPAC 2011 - Question & Answer Session - 2/12/11

Approx. the 10:00 mark.

2 posted on 02/08/2012 6:57:55 AM PST by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: pgkdan

The polls just didn’t try hard enough to skew these three primaries. They’ll try to do better in the future.

Willard has a real problem. When the polls say he has the nomination all wrapped up, his voters don’t bother to show up, and yesterday’s numbers are the result.


3 posted on 02/08/2012 6:58:49 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: pgkdan

When and under what circumstances did Aldo Santorum naturalize?


4 posted on 02/08/2012 7:01:42 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet

oh geeeez......


5 posted on 02/08/2012 7:04:28 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: pgkdan

Pretty remarkable when just last week Mittens led Rick by 11% in Colorado. His facade of inevitability is crumbling. And where is Newt? His campaign has imploded.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 7:05:48 AM PST by montag813
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To: pgkdan
LOL, you just said what I have said from day one, Santorum is the man that can beat newt and obummer. Get out of the way newt.
7 posted on 02/08/2012 7:07:46 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: pgkdan
Ruh Roh? Little Ricky as he is so affectionately called by many on here FR, is LOOSE! Newt has been enjoying the benefit of the idea that he is the only viable non-Romney up until now. I remember hearing a number of Florida voters that said they really liked Santorum, but they voted Newt for fear of Romney. Newt will be back in the South, but he's going to have to earn more of his votes now vs. being the non-Romney check off box.
8 posted on 02/08/2012 7:08:00 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: pgkdan
Stick With Rick !!

9 posted on 02/08/2012 7:09:43 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: org.whodat

“If the night was good for Santorum, it was grim for Gingrich, who made scant effort in any of the states that voted during the day. He ran far off the pace in both caucus states, forced to watch from the sidelines while Santorum boasted of being the candidate with conservative appeal.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/07/romney-looks-to-squelch-santorums-late-rise/#ixzz1lnokX5dN


10 posted on 02/08/2012 7:11:45 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: pgkdan

Wonder if the Newtrinos are now going to call on Ginrich to drop out and back Santorum, like they called on Santorum to drop out for the Salamander?

Full disclosure: I’m not backing ANY of the Four Horsemen for President.


11 posted on 02/08/2012 7:13:07 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: pgkdan
So, Eddie Haskell Santorum had a pretty good night.

We'll see. If he could just dump the "Punk" attitude.

12 posted on 02/08/2012 7:14:07 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: pgkdan

A very good night.


13 posted on 02/08/2012 7:17:47 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!!!!!!!! 11.06.2012, the Tower of Sauron falls,)
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To: pgkdan

Santorum and the media that have jumped on his bandwagon seems to forget that he WAS CRUSHED in SC and Florida. He campaigned in both states. Newt Gingrich beat Romney by 12 percentage points in SC, inspite of Romney spending millions in negative campaign ads against him. No one ran ads against Santorum and he was still crushed. Same thing in Florida. Santorum is a Northerner. A big spending Northerner who does not play well in the South. Last night was an impressive win for him, but it was not in the South. Newt Gingrich was not on the ballot in Missouri, if he had been I suspect he would have finished well. The only way Santorum could possibly carry a Southern state would be for Newt Gingrich to get out and endorse him. Southerners would vote for him them. They wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about it, but he’s 1000 times better than Romney, who is still despised by the average republican voter, especially in the South. Gingrich or Santorum can beat Obama. Willard the liberal can not. Let’s see how Faux News and Karl Rove spin last night’s crushing defeat for their favorite liberal.


14 posted on 02/08/2012 7:20:48 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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Perspective:
Total turn out all three states combined last night: 365,000

Total turn out South Carolina alone? Over 600 thousand.

Turn out last night Versus 2008: DOWN 50%.


15 posted on 02/08/2012 7:22:15 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: pgkdan
oh geeeez......

Can I assume that means you don't know either?

16 posted on 02/08/2012 7:27:40 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Turn out last night Versus 2008: DOWN 50%.

Turn out was UP in MN. You forgot to mention that! Since Newt came in 4th in CO and MN I guess it's safe to assume that his supporters are the one's who stayed home.

17 posted on 02/08/2012 7:37:02 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: NKP_Vet
Newt has won ONE contest. Just ONE. In fact, he's only been a factor of any note at all in just ONE contest.

Time to pack it up Newt.

18 posted on 02/08/2012 7:41:34 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: NKP_Vet
Santorum was deprived of any momentum out of Iowa because of the muddle with the votes in Iowa and intervening expected NH win for Mitt. Newt also enjoyed the benefit of a backlash against the lib media because they brought out his Ex in the week prior, and he punted it back in their faces in the debates. Before last night I think you also had the same backlash effect because of the Catholic healthcare issue with Obama and the court decision on homosexual marriage that gave Santorum the bump yesterday. Santorum may be regional, but so is Newt. I would say Santorum has an edge many don't see, he's very good at the retail level. Some pundits say the pause before super Tuesday will suck Santorum’s momentum. I think it will be the opposite because it will give him time to do retail. He'll be stronger because of the pause.
19 posted on 02/08/2012 7:41:43 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Want to know why voter turnout is down? Simple, folks are turned off by Newt Gingrich & Mitt Romney and their childish squabbles and personal attacks. The real objective of defeating POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has fallen by the wayside, and...no enthused GOP primary voter gives one hoot about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich!!!

Fact is, Gingrich is toast. He is going nowhere!!! And....Mitt Romney is close behind. If Romney does not change and try the same act on Santorum, he too, will become toast. IMHO, the GOP is better off with both these two losers out of the race!!! The rank and file, Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, etc. that come out and vote in the caucuses & primaries want candidates that aggressively attack with facts, the destructive America destroyer Obama and his anti-American Democrat Party. With their infighting, Gingraich & Romney have their voters, their political party and...more importantly, their country!! Go Santorum!!!


20 posted on 02/08/2012 7:44:01 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: pgkdan

The case for Rick Santorum


  1. Who has won the most states without the benefit of their own money, last election's organization or a billionaire casino sugar daddy?
  2. Who is everybody's second choice when he isn't their first?
  3. Who can get both the Romney people and the Gingrich people, who hate each other, to vote for him?
  4. Who has the best record on immigration?
  5. Who has the best plan for repealing ObamaCare? And is the only GOP candidate who didn't help write or approve legislation which helped spawn this fiasco?
  6. Who has the best plan for expanding the American economy and strengthening American families.

21 posted on 02/08/2012 7:46:13 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ASA Vet
When and under what circumstances did Aldo Santorum naturalize?

You're spamming every thread with this. Why don't you just start your own thread on this subject, then anyone who has a concern or interest in it can discuss it in one place without spamming or irritating posters on other threads.

22 posted on 02/08/2012 7:47:37 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Vigilanteman

Great post. Thanks! Is that your work?


23 posted on 02/08/2012 7:56:10 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Vigilanteman
Great post. I wonder if Romney pulls California? Santorum will be strong in the midwest and rust belt, Newt in the South. Not sure where Mitt would call home other than the NE. Looks like a 3 way dog fight to the end.
24 posted on 02/08/2012 7:56:23 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Perspective: Total turn out all three states combined last night: 365,000 Total turn out South Carolina alone? Over 600 thousand. Turn out last night Versus 2008: DOWN 50%.

Thanks for putting it into context. And do you happen to know the delegate count for the candidates so far? Also, what do you think will happen with the Florida delegates -- do you think they'll all go to Mitt, or will they be proportioned per winner?

Hey, I'm as much a professing Christian on FR as anybody, but my stink meter pegs when I hear ANY candidate claim, "God told me to run."

And did you hear the radio clip of Santorum's "rousing" speech after winning last night, where he talks about how he's not for 99 percent, he's for everyone, rich and poor ... talk about lack of charisma! The crowed tried its damndest to offer a big cheer, but, like Santorum's speech, was about as flat as a three-day-old beer.

25 posted on 02/08/2012 8:00:28 AM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: pgkdan

Now we’ll get Ann Coulter telling us all how stupid we are. Like a law degree gives you secret powers to read everyone’s mind.


26 posted on 02/08/2012 8:00:41 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: throwback

When a former POW named McCain can barely win SC and other Southern states, a young Northerner who never served in the military will not do better. If Santorum had been declared the winner of Iowa he would have still been destroyed in SC. Newt Gingrich won by 12 percentage points. A few months before that he was leading by 20 points or more. Santorum barely registered. Newt is from Georgia and if there is a qualified Southerner on the ticket (especially one with the credentials of Gingrich), he is not going to get beat by a Northern politician. Ain’t gonna happen. Now if Newt were to drop out and endorse Santrom and campaign with him then Santorum could carry the South. If not, no way in hell he beats Newt Gingrich in any Southern state.


27 posted on 02/08/2012 8:13:42 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Let's see. Who lost their own state by 18 pts the last time he ran for office? Who got a lower percentage of the vote in Pennsylvania in his last run than McCain managed against Obama in 2008? Yep, that would be Santorum.

While I'm glad to see Romney lose, I shudder to think what would happen if Santorum was the nominee.

28 posted on 02/08/2012 8:27:57 AM PST by Gee Wally
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To: pgkdan

GO NEWT GO!!!!
“far far away and take pelosi and the couch with you”


29 posted on 02/08/2012 9:05:42 AM PST by Craftmore
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To: NKP_Vet
Be careful there. Newt had huge momentum out of SC and yet fizzled in FL. Granted FL isn't a traditional southern state, but still. Also the military is an influence in the South, but so is religion/morals and there is the gender gap where Newt suffers. The biggest surprise to me from last night was that the “more conservative” strength of Romney in ‘08 shifted to Santorum in ‘12. It may only be true in the Northern states, but clearly Santorum has his slice, and that was a surprise.
30 posted on 02/08/2012 9:22:03 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Craftmore

LOL! I’m listening to Rush right now and he’s coming as close to endorsing Santorum sa he can without actually saying “I endorse Rick Perry for President”. He’s slaying Romney on romneycare and his aobam-like assault on Catholic hospitas. He also said if you want a conservative candidate who doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet like sitting on a couch with nancy pelosi then Rick’s your guy!


31 posted on 02/08/2012 9:34:38 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: ASA Vet
My mother's parents were northern wetbacks that never became citizens. Does that mean my mother (born in Michigan) is not a natural born American? If that is true, then am I? (born in CA when it was still an R state)

You are so incredibly transparent, why don't you go back to liberal blogs where your fiews are really appreciated?

BTW, I haven't got a dog in this hunt.

32 posted on 02/08/2012 9:36:59 AM PST by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: pgkdan

This is a bubble that will soon pop.

Granted, I am very pleased that Santorum knocked Romney on his butt, but there is no way Santorum should become the nominee.

I will continue to support Newt, but I an very pleased to see Santorum knock Romney down a few pegs.

Now we will watch the Romney wrecking machine attack Santorum.....

GO NEWT GO—it’s about the survival of our country!!


33 posted on 02/08/2012 9:38:04 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: montag813
No Newt's campaign isn't imploding by any means. Newt stepped back....Santorum did what the "tag team" planned for....as one poster wrote...A one two three punch on Romney, which is exactly what was needed to stop him.

This was a brilliant move and accomplished the purpose....SAntorum gets a Huge bump to keep him in the race....Newt, you note did not comment but let Santorum take the Glory and rightfully so.....The two, Newt and Santorum ,are opposiing not only Romney but his gatekeeper Paul.

So now we do indeed have a race....Brilliant move!!!! and sent Romney to the corner.!!!!

34 posted on 02/08/2012 9:38:57 AM PST by caww
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To: Gee Wally
Let's see. Who lost their own state by 18 pts the last time he ran for office?

Let's see. Who was Speaker of the House who was run out of office by the conservative wing of his party becasue of his dismal leadership and half hearted support for conservative issues? Oh yeah. Newt Gingrich!

35 posted on 02/08/2012 9:40:28 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Gator113
Granted, I am very pleased that Santorum knocked Romney on his butt, but there is no way Santorum should become the nominee.

Not only Should Santorum become the nominee but he likely WILL. Thos of you who support Newt need to push back from your keyboards and get out in the real world for a little while. Newt Gingrich is one of the most despised politicians of his generation. He has +90% name recognition and +60% negative approvals. That translates into none, zero, zip, nada, upside potential. Even if he were, by some miracle, win the nomination he wouldn't carry 35% in the general.

36 posted on 02/08/2012 9:47:02 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: pgkdan

You can certainly vote for your punk, I’ll vote for the adult.

GO NEWT GO—it’s about the survival of our country!!


37 posted on 02/08/2012 9:52:04 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: pgkdan

True about Rick and skeltons. I’m trying to imagine what the dems will use to try and scare people when it comes to Rick. His children? He’s a good dad. His wife? He’s a loving husband. His career? He was a lawyer. His religion? He’s Catholic and so is the Hispanic population. He is a man of character and family values. He loves America.

I think PA would vote home-town boy Santorum over Obama. In the SuperBowl mentality of elections - Santorum will win his home state.

I could vote for Rick. I will vote for Rick if he wins the nomination. But I will never vote for Romney. If the GOP forces Romney on us I will assume that means they are fans of Obama’s policies. And there would be no point in voting at all. Go Rick! I’m making another donation to him today.


38 posted on 02/08/2012 9:54:30 AM PST by carmody
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To: Gator113
You can certainly vote for your punk, I’ll vote for the adult.

Nicely done. I give you a sucinct and concise arguement and you reply with juvenile name calling. That's a winning strategy!

39 posted on 02/08/2012 10:02:53 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: carmody
Go Rick! I’m making another donation to him today.

My wife and I did the same this morning!

Are you listening to Rush? He's waxing poetic in his praise of Santorum!

40 posted on 02/08/2012 10:05:33 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Gator113
You can certainly vote for your punk, I’ll vote for the adult.

BTW...just so you know, Rush just called my 'punk' the last conservative standing. You should tune in.

41 posted on 02/08/2012 10:07:24 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: org.whodat

omg! are we on the same side now????


42 posted on 02/08/2012 10:08:43 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: pgkdan

No thanks. I no longer listen to anything Rush has to say.


43 posted on 02/08/2012 10:17:46 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: pgkdan

LOL... You’re whining, just like your candidate.

GO NEWT GO—it’s about the survival of our country!!


44 posted on 02/08/2012 10:20:50 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Gator113
No thanks. I no longer listen to anything Rush has to say.

I don't blame you...conservatism probably irks you.

45 posted on 02/08/2012 10:23:31 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: pgkdan
The map tool is from uselectionatlas.org

The remainder is my work.

46 posted on 02/08/2012 10:23:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: pgkdan

LMAO... You made it a personal attack, so you lose. LOL@you.

Your sweater boy will never see the White House.


47 posted on 02/08/2012 10:42:19 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Gator113
LMAO... You made it a personal attack,

No...it just ,i.,b.seems,/i.,/b. like a personal attack anytime someone tells the truth about Leroy Newton.

48 posted on 02/08/2012 10:47:52 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: pgkdan

GO NEWT GO—it’s about the survival of our country!!


49 posted on 02/08/2012 10:57:24 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--it’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: pgkdan

Question:

Did Romney throw these three non-delegate races to keep both Newt and Santorum in the contest thus continuing to divide the conservative vote? It follows the pattern the establishment and RNC has followed since 1988 to get their lackeys the nomination.


50 posted on 02/08/2012 11:17:51 AM PST by sarge83
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