Skip to comments.Gingrich to packed house: Wal-Mart must be empty
Posted on 03/10/2012 3:55:56 PM PST by VinLEdited on 03/10/2012 4:01:19 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
There was an overflow crowd greeting Newt Gingrich when he arrived at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in the southeast corner of Alabama on Saturday.
Looking over the hundreds of people packed into the gallery area and spilling down the steps in the main lobby, Gingrich enthused, "What a crowd. I'm really impressed. There must be no one left at Wal-Mart this afternoon."
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Ja vell, so gates.
Excellent and Amen
The only thing offensive about the Newt rally today was the Ron Paul flyers scattered over our cars and parking area. Tacky, but so typical of Paul supporters
The big stores in Dothan are a Walmart Supercenter, Target, Kohls, JC Penny and then things like Big Lots and Burlington Coat Factory.
I don’t know where others are from, but here in ‘bama, Walmarts are packed on weekends.
That’s all Newt was implying.
That’s not condescending, it’s the truth.
Condescending is “I even say y’all now” and “I love those cheesy grits”.
Actually, I thought it was well-put by you.
Newt understands. That is not condescension
If Im not mistaken, Larry the Cable Guy uses that line at his appearances.
Hornet, Newt isn’t Romney. I’m certain Newt thought out what he was going to say- and determined that the reference to Walmart was positive.
When one’s part of the group, one can “needle” the group— it’s the outsider trying to ingratiate himself, who is out of place.
“Santorum also took on Gingrich obliquely, reminding the crowd that he and his own wife, Karen, have been married 21 years and home-schooled their seven children.”
So what? That woman with eight babies beats him! Let’s elect HER president then!Or the other woman who’s got EIGHTEEN kids!
Rick is an idiot if he thinks that is an argument to be elected.
Ricky knows the real score in Alabama and Mississippi. He’s about to lose in both states so he becomes the snarky Rick.
” I would only sit on the couch with my wife”....
Yes, Rick, gather your holy robes around yourself, lest you be tainted by the masses of the unwashed.
It’s remarks like this that are a complete turn off. Tell us again about your “Courage”, Rick.
It was not ABOUT shopping at Walmart versus another store, it was about (the whole crowd) shopping at Walmart for the afternoon versus doing another local ACTVITY. HE sounds like he thinks that's all there is to do in saying what he said, even though it may not be the case that it's what he thinks. And given that Calista outwardly prefers high-end stores (much moreso than the other candidates' wives,) I just think it may have hurt him more than it helped him.
OH, and I shop at Walmart TOO...all the time, Cindy, so don't go snobby on me thank you.
And that's all I'm going to say on the subject, so I'll just let that stand.
Well....I’m an average Joe, and I don’t care about whether somebody else can have a “500 thousand dollar shopping spree at Tiffanys” or not, since it’s no skin off my back. But I *do* connect with a candidate who expresses my concern about the prices I have to pay for gas and the deficit my grandkids will be facing, rather than the candidate who is concerned about my sex life.
Newt talks about what he will do in the future. Those other three talk about what they did in the past.
I didnt sit on the couch with anybody, Santorum said.
REALLY? Barbara Bower and Hillary Clinton are “anybodies”?
In his tough 2006 race to retain his Senate seat, which he lost by double digits, Rick Santorum attempted to appeal to moderates and liberals in an advertisement touting his work with Sens. Joe Lieberman, Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton.
There’s nothing condescending about that remark. If you are from rural America, Walmart is where everyone goes.
Bower -> Boxer
I totally disagree that this was a dig at Gingrich’s many marriages and affairs.
Santorum was simply using an analogy about not sitting on the couch with another woman (I had a pastor that would never sit alone with a women nor be in a car alone with a woman because he wanted to make sure that there was never any question about fidelity) and the incident with Newt and Pelosi- sitting on the couch with Pelosi was improper because it led to all kinds of questioning of Newt’s loyalties. Period.
I bought Cat food and socks at Wal-Mart today, I must be a redneck.
Mine too. On any given Saturday afternoon, it’s generally the busiest place in town. I think 90% town winds up shopping there at some point. It’s two miles away from my country home and I think that’s a good selling point actually.
Newt is saying that he has the support of normal Americans who shop at Walmart. We need a candidate who attracts regular Americans. Newt is a Walmart kind of guy.
Obama is a Whole Food’s shopper where everything is organic and expensive:
Nov 15, 2011 And have you seen the price of arugula at Whole Foods lately? Most people can’t eat as well as Michelle Obama because they simply can’t ....”
Newt? I don’t even see Newt in the running.
Reminds me of our experience shopping at a WalMart next to Ft. Riley, KS when our daughter and Son-in-law were stationed there. Wow, what a difference shopping in a "flyover country" WalMart! The place was clean, the folks were friendly, and the checkout people were polite. Compare that to shopping at a WalMart in the northeast, where people will just run over you rather than wait for you to get out of their way.
Well Said! Living in Dothan, today I receive SEVENTEEN robocalls, all treacherous against Newt. Yesterday I received the call that Newt would be here today. His talks hit home with the issues that people are most concerned with for our FUTURE
I’m up here in the Pacific Northwest and I LOVE Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, the closest one to me is in Newport, 25 miles down the Coast. A beautiful drive when the weather is nice, but when the weather is not nice, which it often is up here...not so much.
Well, Rick picked up a few things while he was an attorney for Pro Wrestling. Have you noticed how he only mentions Newt’s past, but hopes no one knows that his own wife shacked up with an abortion doctor for seven years?
The White House is no place for him since you have lead there, not compromise like he did in the Senate.
I totally disagree that this was a dig at Gingrichs many marriages and affairs.
Newt’s “many” marriages and affairs. Very clever, Red. I’ll take your alternative view of Santorum’s comment in that context.
That is because there many of the posters on Free Republic are men and we can spot someone who isn’t.
I thought it was funny, speaking to the middle class.
Santorum also took on Gingrich obliquely, reminding the crowd that he and his own wife, Karen, have been married 21 years and home-schooled their seven children.
Before Karen Met Rick
So I guess that means we cant count on your vote for Newt?
Why do you think it was condescending?
I just texted a friend of mine in AL with the campaign, and told her there was this international incident discussion going on about Newt’s walmart remark, and she said there is a wal-mart straight down the highway from where newt was speaking, you don’t even make a single turn. Depending how you get there, highway or backstreets, it’s just a little over 2 miles away, which is the center of town activity, as many walmarts are in small towns.
If Santorum wants to make an issue about Pelosi and Newt, the issue is his judgment on believing the scam of global warming, which Newt now admits he was wrong about.
I like this a lot.
That is sinking pretty low, you know.
I didn’t know the wives were fair game.
Thank you for posting the article about Rick’s wife. Since he seems to continue to want to take pot shots at Newt’s past, lets shine the light of truth on his hypocrisy.
No, nobody, and I mean nobody, thinks Newt was cheating with Nancy. That’s not the problem.
I think you’re reading way too much into it. My Walmart is crowded on the weekends because most people work Monday through Friday. Feels like half the town is there sometimes. What would have been better...looks like everyone isn’t at the movies, museum, mall, bowling, at home, etc. Shopping at Walmart is relatable to everyone, especially in places where that’s really the only (or best) places to shop. The people at FR who actually live in the area didn’t think it was condescending.
I look at Newt’s comment as an admission of the shrewdness of Wal-Mart shoppers. If anyone knows where the good deals are, it’s Wal-Mart shoppers. And this afternoon, the best deal in those parts was Newt.
especially, now that some of them are featuring sit-down food places. Mine has a subway and Pizza Hut - oops I guess that's condescending too. And some of them have really cool wifi cafes.
I know a bunch of guys at Fort Gordon Ga - and they get dressed up and go out on Sat night to the 24-hour walmart. One of them told me they behave really well while they're in Walmart because if they ever got banned, they wouldn't have anywhere to go or anything to do. Apparently the management has some rules of conduct they consider outlandish - like no bumper car races with the handicap shopper scooters, and some other really unreasonable rules. :)
Santorum smiling at abortion? Santorum supporting Arlen Specter, while he’s talking of his pro-abortion stand:
THIS speaks for itself.
I’m in Oregon too! Just south of Cottage Grove.
Rick has paraded his wife and kids out as a personal testament to his supposed unblemished life, while he has continued to make unChristian remarks about Newt’s past. Rick is the one running as a values voter, so if he wants to sling mud, it flies both ways.
The difference is, Newt has only brought up policy issues about Rick. Rick is the one who has engaged in personal attacks.
do you know that romney’s live calls are being made by telemarketing firms, and not campaign volunteers, like Newt’s and Santorum’s are. romney has to buy everything. The man is literally buying the presidency.
don’t hang up on those robocalls, let them play through, till you get the beep - if you can stand it. some of them are prorated based on how much of the messages gets played...
I have not received any “live” calls, all robocalls...disgusting as I have EVER seen and I lived 45 years in Harry Reid’s state
I don’t agree, simple as that. Newt is no hero. A few months ago everyone on this site reviled Newt. His transformation from liberal RINO to Conservative saint is amazing at best. LOL
That said, I will vote for whoever the nominee is because Obama is far worse than all of ours.
THEN TELL to Rick Santorum to STFU!!!