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Santorum surges into the lead (National poll Santorum 38%, Romney 23%)
Public Policy Polling ^ | 02/11/2012 | Public Policy Polling

Posted on 02/11/2012 6:19:11 AM PST by Rational Thought

Riding a wave of momentum from his trio of victories on Tuesday Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP's newest national poll. He's at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul.

Part of the reason for Santorum's surge is his own high level of popularity. 64% of voters see him favorably to only 22% with a negative one. But the other, and maybe more important, reason is that Republicans are significantly souring on both Romney and Gingrich. Romney's favorability is barely above water at 44/43, representing a 23 point net decline from our December national poll when he was +24 (55/31). Gingrich has fallen even further. A 44% plurality of GOP voters now hold a negative opinion of him to only 42% with a positive one. That's a 34 point drop from 2 months ago when he was at +32 (60/28).

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; election; happydance; mittromney; newt; polls; ricksantorum; santorum; santorum2012
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To: potlatch; C. Edmund Wright


“Earmark” Rick’s plans include a “special” tax rate but only for manufacturing (read: union industries that vote demoncrat) blue-collar jobs to bring them back from overseas -

Easier said than done - and a huge “big government” approach - like Neutral with his millions of fantasy “Big Solutions” (like “Colonies On The Moon to mine for bs and lunar bat guano”) that never materialize - while it is unsafe to walk through many parts DC, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, ATLANTA, and RICHMOND -

The train may have left and Ron Paul is leaving them in the dust in many states -

- and I am no Ron Paul supporter - but he would actually make a real dandy (appointed) TREASURY CZAR.....


421 posted on 02/11/2012 4:47:25 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; TitansAFC; Lady Lucky; ez; caww

Santorum will never recieve the gop can take that to the bank. The man has barely been patted on the head with kid gloves and noone has really exposed his liberal and anti conservative voting record in regards to tossing taxpayers hard earned dollars to the winds. That is the REAL Rick Santorum! No thank YOU!
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

Voted against food stamp reform
Voted against Medicaid reform
Voted against TANF reform
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.

422 posted on 02/11/2012 4:49:26 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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If we had this, we'd have a president who's not an a-hole and a vice-president who's not an idiot.
423 posted on 02/11/2012 4:50:27 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Rational Thought

I will never vote for Romney. I could vote for Santorum.

424 posted on 02/11/2012 4:51:38 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Craftmore; Proudcongal

“Not everyone on FR supports Newt”

Yes, and that’s what makes the forum unique. However, PCG also was both right and wrong as she assumed everyone is in the majority on FR for Newt which is not true IMHO. I lean towards Newt but Rick won’t be bad either. The objective is to rid Klownie the Kommie Kenyan from the WH by first, making sure Myth doesn’t get the nomination.

It’s like the situation in the Super Bowl. I despise the Pats and rooted for the Saints but the Giants got in and eventually won so I’m OK..Pats didn’t win ;)

425 posted on 02/11/2012 4:52:24 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: alicewonders

Chances are it isn`t going to end well, but vote your heart anyway.

426 posted on 02/11/2012 4:56:46 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Proudcongal

JimRob supports Newt, not all of FR.

427 posted on 02/11/2012 5:01:08 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
You are 100% correct. The C. Edmond Wright guy posting here works for a Newt PAC, so trying to get truth from him is impossible. He isn't here to listen or discuss. He's here to promote Newt and do his best to tear down anyone else. Regarding the video of Rick and the Tea Party, it is a Ron Paul hit job that is taken out of context. Look here: He only mentions the Tea Party with respect to those elements within it that align themselves with libertarians and propose no government and the repeal or revision of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. I am not a Ron Paulian, so limited and effective government and conservative views on social issues and drug use are OK with me.
428 posted on 02/11/2012 5:07:31 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Rational Thought

No, Ann Coulter just led Mittens to 38 percent victory at the CPAC poll today.

429 posted on 02/11/2012 5:14:57 PM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: Rational Thought

I was expecting Newt would be the front runner, and supported him as the realistic figure to defeat Mitt, but as Santorum continues to win several states, I believe it is time to switch over, and unite our support for Santorum. Newt may still be selected as Vice President, and I support that too, since his experience in the congress for pulling strings is valuable.

430 posted on 02/11/2012 5:37:58 PM PST by Wiz
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To: devolve

Tread lightly

431 posted on 02/11/2012 5:38:57 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch


Carry a huge Colt .44-40


432 posted on 02/11/2012 5:51:21 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: devolve

You gonna blow a hole in the thread?
Once upon a time I would have gone to get my gunshot gifs

433 posted on 02/11/2012 6:01:51 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch


The .gifs that time forgot.....


434 posted on 02/11/2012 6:04:25 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: katiedidit1

Here are some additional items — acc to Liberty Counsel Action.

Santorum on gun issues:
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.

435 posted on 02/11/2012 6:05:31 PM PST by Lady Lucky (Public education -- government cheese for the brain.)
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To: devolve

No, I haven’t forgotten them. Spent too many years on them.

436 posted on 02/11/2012 6:14:08 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Rational Thought; All
The allocations of delegates, according to the lamestream media is absolutely BULL.

The truth is that so far:

Santorum has only THREE pledged delegates.

Romney has 73

Gingrich has 29

Paul has 8

Unpledged caucus delegates - 95

Notes: The listed pledged delegates for each candidate are the only the delegates that are actually bound to those candidates. Unpledged caucus selected delegates are any delegates that are selected at county, regional, or state conventions as an extension of the caucus process without regard for non-binding presidential straw polls often also conducted at caucuses. Unpledged party selected delegates are delegates selected through the state party that are not a part of the caucus or primary process. For example Illinois and Indiana select unpledged delegates at their state conventions in addition to those selected during their primaries. Unpledged party leaders are state party officials who are delegates by virtue of their position. Unpledged released delegates are those delegates won by a candidate who has withdrawn from the race and therefore have become unpledged delegates, such as the 2 delegates won by Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire.

437 posted on 02/11/2012 6:33:35 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm goodDuring his years in the Senat, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: katiedidit1

Informative post, Katie.

438 posted on 02/11/2012 7:46:45 PM PST by Proudcongal (NEWT 2012!)
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To: Rational Thought

“and the fall of Romney.”

I like the sound of that.

439 posted on 02/11/2012 8:20:44 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Hey mighty Kong, why are you spewing this tripe across the forum?

Newt couldn’t even get his own party members to re-elect him Speaker, and resigned in 1999 rather than be humiliated?

If you don’t want to vote for Santorum great, nobody here is forcing you.

I’ll gladly vote for him and if that signifies a low IQ to you, all the better.

440 posted on 02/11/2012 10:25:58 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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