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In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race [Romney Advisers:"Act of God" To Deny Him]
MSNBC ^ | March 08, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe

Posted on 03/07/2012 10:00:40 PM PST by Steelfish

In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race By NBC's Andrew Rafferty

JACKSON, Miss. -- Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich's candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination.

"You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate. I ask you here tonight to stand with me," Santorum told a crowd of 300 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Wednesday. "If we win Mississippi, this will be a two-person race. And if it is a two-person race, we will nominate a conservative as president of the United States."

The remarks came hours after a Gingrich spokesman said Mississippi and Alabama are must wins for the former Speaker to continue as a viable candidate.

While Santorum and his advisers have not directly called for Gingrich to exit the race, a senior strategist on Tuesday told reporters that they would rally conservative and tea party voters to call on his rival to drop out.

"Red, White, and Blue Fund," the pro-Santorum Super PAC on Wednesday sent out an e-mail urging Gingrich to exit the race.

After narrowly losing to Romney by narrow margins in both Ohio and Michigan, the Sanrtorum campaign placed a renewed emphasis on pushing the argument that Gingrich is taking conservative votes from them. The result, they argue, is an inevitable Romney nomination. Ron Paul also remains in the race and has a strong but small base that has not taken votes from Santorum.

(snip) Romney advisers today said it would take "an act of God" for their candidate to lose the nomination.

(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama; US: Kansas; US: Mississippi
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1 posted on 03/07/2012 10:00:43 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Newtorum or Sangrich? Either one would beat Mitt’s pants off, but they split the conservative vote now.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 10:04:55 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish
JACKSON, Miss. -- Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich's candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination.

Another mis-step by Santorum.

He is making it hard for me to be able to vote for him if Newt fails.

Is he purposely trying to alienate Gingrich supporters?

Furthermore, all he is doing with this kind of nonsense buying into the false meme that Romney is inevitable, he should have done what Newt's team did today and ask that Romney drop out.

Loser play on his part.
3 posted on 03/07/2012 10:05:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Steelfish

I’m liking santorum less and less. Santorum is politician to the core. Running for office is what he does.

And he looks like an undertaker.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 10:37:13 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: SoConPubbie
Is he purposely trying to alienate Gingrich supporters?

Furthermore, all he is doing with this kind of nonsense buying into the false meme that Romney is inevitable, he should have done what Newt's team did today and ask that Romney drop out.

Loser play on his part.

Newt tells Santo and his Santobots to get bent:

Gingrich to Santorum: 'We're staying in the race' (1:57) (Video)

5 posted on 03/07/2012 10:37:43 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: HiTech RedNeck

And thank God for it, that they split the vote three ways from Sunday.

The instant this becomes one-on-one the machine is released and we conservatives lose our voice for the rest of the primary, but for lamenting in impotent squeaks.

The Establishment prays for that moment along with Barbara Bush.

Further, we have no say at convention and lose the ability to deal with the RINO Establishment on the subject of,
NO MORE RINOS.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 11:01:27 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Born to Conserve; SoConPubbie

At some point the Romney-lite man, (Santorum has always supported pro-abortion moderates for President) will fade away. Santorum: “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress”

In 1996 he endorsed and campaigned for Arlen Specter for President, on the platform to remove the pro-life position from the Republican platform.

Rick Santorum admits that he was pro-abortion until his first run for office, 6 years after supposedly switching, he endorsed Specter’s Presidential run based on driving the pro-life movement out of the GOP.

This is the video of Specter’s announcement and platform, Santorum is there on stage endorsing it.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/64281-1

Santorum is seen nodding and applauding at Specter’s side:

3:46 mark: “In 1996, I intend to win the other house — the White House — with ten commitments to America… including a woman’s right to choose…

13:22 mark: “Even though we have this historic opportunity for these achievements, there are those in our party who would lead us down a different path — and squander this unique moment in our nation’s history — by using our political capital — to pursue a radical social agenda — that would end a woman’s right to choose…

13:48 mark: “When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation between Church and State, I say he is wrong…

14:31 mark: “When Ralph Reed says a pro-choice Republican isn’t qualified to be our President, I say the Republican Party will not be intimidated or blackmailed by those kinds of threats.I, and millions of other pro-choice Republicans, will not be disenfranchised and made second class citizens.

15:33 mark: “… it is not Christian, or religious, or Judeo-Christian to bring God into politics; or to advocate intolerance and promote exclusion.

15:54 mark: “I want to take abortion out of politics. I want to keep the Republican Party focused on the vital economic and foreign policy issues — and leave moral issues such as abortion to the conscience of the individual. I believe abortion is an issue to be decided by women…

16:40 mark: “I pledge to lead the fight to strip the strident anti-choice language from the Republican National platform…”


7 posted on 03/07/2012 11:02:29 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Steelfish

Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich’s candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination.

While Santorum and his advisers have not directly called for Gingrich to exit the race, a senior strategist on Tuesday told reporters that they would rally conservative and tea party voters to call on his rival to drop out.
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Hahahahahaha! Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

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But, speaking to CNN, Santorum campaign adviser John Brabender brushed off the Romney campaign’s analysis as “voodoo math,” saying the figures were meant to dissuade voters from casting ballots for rival candidates.

“What he is saying he wants to do is disenfranchise Republican primary voters,” Brabender said, pointing out that many of the delegates currently awarded to Romney in estimates were non-binding
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/07/romney-santorum-camps-at-odds-over-delegate-math/
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Mr. Santorum said that anyone calling on Mr. Gingrich to withdraw was “not doing so with my knowledge.” But he made clear to reporters that he would not mind if it were to happen....
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/us/politics/as-romney-leads-santorum-and-gingrich-turn-on-each-other.html?_r=1

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They wouldn’t want to disenfranchise voters, now would they? No, they’ve only goodly intentions.

Santorums denial of knowledge sounds an awful lot like a Romney denial during the Fl debate. Yeah right-o, bud. ;)

What a weasel...


8 posted on 03/07/2012 11:02:33 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rick is Establishment and has a career record to prove it.

He campaigns to the Right and legislated from Left of center, ingratiated himself to the Establishment to his own bitter end, on the Specter (the abortion voter) deal.

The South needs to get informed and decide whether they are going to let the Rickster drowned out his record favoring unions, with campaign religious voice. Are they going to let him pull that off? Again?


9 posted on 03/07/2012 11:06:18 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Steelfish
Like my dear hubby said tonight, if Rick fools those people in the South and wins. him and I are staying home. We are not voting for him. Obama will beat him silly. If Obama was not so dangerous, it would be almost fun to watch since Ricky is the spoiler since South Carolina. The more I see him, he is turning me off as an opportunist and a fake. My aunt said today, if it's a choice between Mitt and Rick, she will vote for Mitt; and if it's a choice between Mitt and Newt, she will vote for Newt. I keep saying, people will go back to Mitt if the choice is only those 2 (Rick comes across as a preacher who seems to want to have his religion in our personal lives or by having the government tell us how we should have children/or whatever) You Rick supporters are why we are in this mess. Too one sided to put the country first for a long while now; to see the light. It is not God's work, it's foolish people, building up a man (like some did with Obama). It would had been great to have got rid of Mitt sooner. And Rick is not the leader this country needs. The dems have been voting for him-minus those voters and tell us what base that he has. He is only doing well, thanks to Mark Levine and Rush and they can't even get him over to stopping Romney. Thanks, you have successfully helped Rove and the others along with propelling a man who has no platform to make changes in our government. We did the Bush thing for 8 years. Why go back...
10 posted on 03/07/2012 11:37:23 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Christie at the beach

If Obama’s “dangerous”, why would you stay home if Santorum wins the GOP nomination ? I fail to see how that helps our country at a critical time in it’s history !

I agree with you on one thing though. If he DOES (heaven forbid) win the nomination, Obama will indeed “beat him silly”.

Obama fears Newt as he’s a huge intimidating character with a sharp mind. He also fears Romney because Romney (notwithstanding his many other faults) comes across as plausible to the sheeple.

Of course, we Freepers know the real Walter Mitty Mitt. The liberal who thinks he’s a conservative.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 1:16:33 AM PST by fuzzy dunlop
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To: Christie at the beach

Backstabber Rove is with Backstabber Romney.

If Romney is ON the ticket, we WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE GOP.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 3:10:49 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: RitaOK

Santorum’s progressive income tax plan is at best just to the right of Democrats, he’s not presenting an conservative solution to the economy.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 3:18:46 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Son House
... and his zero corporate income tax to manufacturers is a gift to unions while picking winners and losers. What about the support businesses that spring up as a result of increased manufacturing development? They continue to get screwed. MBA my behind.
14 posted on 03/08/2012 5:12:16 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Steelfish

Santorum is not smart at all! He is sounding and acting more and more like Romney!
Romney persuading voters to not vote for Santorum is seen as ‘maipulation’ against Santorum himself, but Santorum persuading voters to not vote for Gingrich is perfectly good practice!?

Constantly having to take back what he said or explain what he said! Just like Romney!

Claiming that he has no knowledge of his supporters calling for Gingrich to drop out? - Isn’t that just like what Romney did, claiming he has no knowledge of his superPac’s anti-Gringrich ad?

Ah, the herd mentality - the herd is led by the lamestream and the E straight to the cliff of Romney and Santorum!

While stampeding to the cliff, they can’t see what is good for them and the country!


15 posted on 03/08/2012 5:44:28 AM PST by chrisnj
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To: Steelfish

Santorum is on an ego trip, and when he reaches the end of the line he’ll accept the veep spot on the ticket.
At that point he’ll be running for the office in which his most prominent quality will be put to use — the sourpuss will look appropriate at all the elite funerals.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 6:04:07 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Steelfish

It may be that MS voters aren’t choosing between Santorum and Gingrich at all but between PA and GA even though Gingrich was born in PA and Santorum in their common state of residence, VA. I would expect MS to go Gingrich.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 6:28:43 AM PST by Theodore R. (Mathematically, it's all over, says Mittens.)
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To: Steelfish

After all the Newtonian huffing and puffing over this, it’s good to note that Santorum asked THE VOTERS to make it a two-man race. Unlike Newt who personally asked Santorum to drop out.

Should he not campaign for votes in order to avoid offending Newt?


18 posted on 03/08/2012 7:03:15 AM PST by Kenny
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To: Christie at the beach

You are so right. Newt Gingrich is the only candidate with a plan to hit the ground running on day one to restore the constitutional republic.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 8:18:12 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; ...

MS. Ping


20 posted on 03/08/2012 10:55:09 AM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: Steelfish
Santorum has my vote and my family's vote. Gingrich is doing terrible...not that I don't like him much better than Paul or Romney, but he should get out. This is America's last chance to reverse Obama’s policies. Newt isn't going to do that...he agrees with too many of them.
21 posted on 03/08/2012 11:13:37 AM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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