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Itís Romney vs. Santorum as GOP race plods ahead, with Puerto Rico up next
The Washington Compost (Washington Post) ^ | 14 March 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/14/2012 3:46:38 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The plodding Republican presidential nomination fight is grinding forward toward Puerto Rico — and a two-man race, with Rick Santorum ascendant and Mitt Romney vanquished in the Deep South.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the former Georgia lawmaker whose Southern strategy stalled, was all but relegated to an asterisk in the contest even as he vowed to stay in it.

“Now is the time to pull together,” Santorum declared to conservatives in Lafayette, La., after winning Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, urging the party’s faithful to unite behind him to beat Romney. “We are campaigning everywhere there are delegates because we are going to win this nomination before the convention.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 2012; alabama; antiromney; bigricky; getoutnewt; mississippi; mitthumiliated; newtgetout; newtsplittingthevote; primaries; primary; puertorico; ricksantorum; santorum
EAGLES UP! 鷹飛べ!CONSERVATIVES UNITE! This is for REAL.

Romney or Anti-Romney. Your choice.

Same for our conservative leaders nationwide.

With apologies to Karl Rove and Lindsey Graham and Meghan McCain, all who must be having one AWFUL, bad-hair morning today. (Except maybe Karl, who would be having one every day). ....

1 posted on 03/14/2012 3:46:47 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
LOL, funny :) ....esp about Karl..(not a favorite of mine)

YES INDEED!!!EAGLES UP!!!!!!WOOHOO

2 posted on 03/14/2012 3:58:56 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

GOP-e FAIL.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 4:02:45 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Since Newt Gingrich embarrassingly lost Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi and thus all hope of winning, he will join fellow Romney enabler Ron Paul in making sure Mitt wins the nomination by draining conservative votes from Rick Santorum.
As in those states Romney will spend millions more smearing Santorum in order to keep Newt in the race...

...he can't beat Rick on his own.

Thanks Newt, your patriotism is only outweighed by your ego and when Obama beats Mitt we will thank you again as we are trucked off to the camps.

4 posted on 03/14/2012 4:02:52 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Newt could claim he saved America if he were to step aside and endorse Rick Santorum now.")
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To: AmericanInTokyo; cll; CharlesWayneCT; Lazlo in PA; cripplecreek; writer33; napscoordinator; ...
Agreed.

Puerto Rico is not a typical demographic by any stretch of the imagination, but their delegates count just as much as anyone else’s in this primary.

We appear to have Freepers “on the ground” as shown in this thread with lots of detail on that race and what makes Puerto Rico tick: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2852420/posts

I don't know who “cll” is but I strongly suggest that Santorum and Gingrich supporters contact him ASAP and find out what he can do to help defeat Romney.

5 posted on 03/14/2012 4:02:56 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Happy Rain

Many congratulations to Senator Santorum!

I of course, am so disappointed that Gingrich was unable to win, but I have to give props to Santorum. Great job!

(I am now returning to my 100% Newt support!)


6 posted on 03/14/2012 4:30:09 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Even though he can't win as long as he is still in the race I expect Newt's supporters to stay loyal...

...shows good conservative character—now ask him to please drop out;)

7 posted on 03/14/2012 4:35:58 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Newt could claim he saved America if he were to step aside and endorse Rick Santorum now.")
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To: Happy Rain

Gingrich is the only conservative in this race; Santorum and Romney are virtually identical big-government nanny-staters, and the GOP-e wants Romney only because they think that Santorum’s self-righteous preachiness will be a turn-off in the general elections. Otherwise the two are the same.

What this says to me is that GOP voters have now adopted the socialist welfare-state as the default model and are only opposed to Obama because they want it in a different package. And in the general elections, most voters overall will be happy with the current package and vote for Obama, since neither Santorum or Romney offers any substantive differences.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 4:47:26 AM PDT by livius
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Not to dirty up Free Republic, but THIS was just said over at Democratic Underground. In fact, I saw not a few posts that actually preferred to have Romney as the nominee because he can be bullied and pushed into all kinds of contradictory positions. Heck, they know the guy better than US!!!

"LisaL 11. ITA. Romney is a perfect candidate to run against." -- (Democratic Underground, 14 March 2012, thread on Santorum sweep in the South.)

9 posted on 03/14/2012 4:50:56 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Same MSM pimping Mitt as "top electable" to naive GOP voters will be the one to DISMANTLE him later)
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To: livius
Unless you are a card-carrying member of the John Birch Society, then how in the heck do you explain the lifelong voting ratings (rather admirable and superior, conversely very LOW ratings from leftist/Democrat rating groups), from a variety of Conservative Lobbying and Public Interest Groups regarding Senator Santorum? Did they all screw up? Are they out of whack? Or is your center of universe slightly off kilter? Just sayin'.

I think that is the first time I have heard (outside of from a communist or two here or there) that there is "not a dimes worth of difference between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum". Wow.

10 posted on 03/14/2012 4:55:16 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Same MSM pimping Mitt as "top electable" to naive GOP voters will be the one to DISMANTLE him later)
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To: livius
Great another election where the actual conservatives are ignored. Good luck with Ford Bush Dole McCain Romney/Santorum. I really didn't think we could lose this election, boy was I wrong.
11 posted on 03/14/2012 4:57:08 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Examine their opinions. Romney also gets pretty good ratings as a conservative. I’m not talking about social positions, btw.


12 posted on 03/14/2012 4:59:11 AM PDT by livius
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To: darrellmaurina; rrstar96; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; ...
We were prepared to go all out for Santorum after Newt's dissapointing performance yesterday, but Rick might have shot himself in the foot. He stated to a local newspaper that English must be the principal language of Puerto Rico if it became a state. While I agree that English is the language that binds our nation together and that every citizen must speak it fluently, the federal government has no business in forcing any language on anyone. As it stands both English and Spanish are the official languages of Puerto Rico. English is widely used in business and it is the goal of most parents that their children become bilingual. But Rick messed up trying to force something that is unnecessary. No other state has had a language requirement for admission into the union. Not even New Mexico which was predominantly Spanish speaking when joined. Mr. Santorum, you have a lot of splainin' to do during your interviews and presentations today.

Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.


13 posted on 03/14/2012 5:05:37 AM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Can Gingrich still win the nomination or is it numerically impossible?


14 posted on 03/14/2012 5:20:26 AM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Your example of non-critical adoption of liberal talking points concerning a conservative group, ie:the John Birch society, demonstrates exactly why America is stuck with Romney or Santorum.

Does it bother you that the most conservative condidates, at least by your measure of "Conservative Lobbying and Public Interest Groups", are more or less out of the race while more nominal conservatives are embraced? While Santorum would be better than Romney, he is, at best, a big government Republican. Do you really think that America needs a big spending, big government Republican to save us from the big spending, big government Democrat in office? Why? Because he isn't as socialistic?

15 posted on 03/14/2012 5:22:56 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Happy Rain

LOL!

I know you will take this with a grain of salt, but I really believe that the only way to beat Romney is for both Newt and Rick to stay in. I was mulling it over while walking the dog this AM, and it occurred to me: Why is Fox News and Drudge so frantic to get Newt out? It can’t be because they are now Rick supporters! If the media had any class at all, they’d be calling for the LOSER, Mitt to drop out!


16 posted on 03/14/2012 5:23:23 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The hair on Turd Blossom’s head is standing on end.
He can take his little white board and shove it.


17 posted on 03/14/2012 5:39:05 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: cll
Ugh. This looks like the law of unintended consequences pushing English-only nativist sentiment. After more than a century as Americans, I think the loyalty of Puerto Ricans to the United States has been pretty well established in ways that may not be the case for children born in Texas or California to recent illegal immigrants from Mexico.

I used to live in New Mexico. I'm aware of the fights for many years to get statehood for New Mexico, and I'm aware of the issues in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s with people who tried to keep New Mexico out of the Union on the grounds that it was not sufficiently American. The New Mexico territory was finally divided in half and admitted as two separate states.

Precedents count. I cannot see any good reason that mandatory English-only requirements should be imposed on Puerto Rico as a condition of statehood when that has never been done before with a state. Also, given population shifts, Puerto Rico does not pose a demographic or cultural threat to the United States; we've got serious concerns with assimilation of Mexican immigrants along our southwest border, but Puerto Rico is not exactly a center of population growth.

BTW, before Michigan was a state, for quite some time after not only the American Revolution but also the War of 1812, the English-speaking residents were considered likely British sympathizers and it was the French-speaking people who the American government considered trustworthy. Granted, by the time Michigan was admitted to statehood, French-speaking fur traders and trappers were receding into irrelevance as English-speaking farmers were beginning to fill up the southern counties.

18 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:02 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yes, the dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks, whiny, preacher, sweater vest boy wins again. LOL! And yet, what do I see in the WSJ today, what election, huh? What did I see on Fox last night, what election, huh? The whole Republican establishment is looking for a fresh diaper this morning.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 6:15:56 AM PDT 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: AmericanInTokyo

http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/delegates


20 posted on 03/14/2012 6:19:11 AM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: darrellmaurina

Thank you for your insight.


21 posted on 03/14/2012 6:57:05 AM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

In a tenth ammendment America, all the states would be freer than they are now, and no one can say boo about Puerto Rico’s language requirement except Puerto Ricans.


22 posted on 03/14/2012 7:57:08 AM PDT by marron
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To: throwback

We stepped on their fine crystal table ware narrative, and broke it into a million pieces. How uncouth of those grassroots GOP savages! My! Lovey dear!!!


23 posted on 03/14/2012 8:31:42 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Same MSM pimping Mitt as "top electable" to naive GOP voters will be the one to DISMANTLE him later)
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To: Durus

Yep.

Romney in the Whitehouse = No significant change
Santorum in the Whitehouse = No significant change

At this point I hope Newt stays in it and lets go to a brokered convention and let the delegates fall where they may. In between it will be fun watching Tokyo and Kraut have daily strokes over Newt staying in.


24 posted on 03/14/2012 9:16:57 AM PDT 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: livius
Gingrich is the only conservative in this race

That is absurd. Gingrich has a 90% lifetime ACU rating while Santorum has an 88% lifetime rating. Both have flaws but both are conservative. But, only Santorum has a chance to beat Romney.

25 posted on 03/14/2012 11:21:16 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Santorum in the Whitehouse = No significant change

Really? There isn't a candidate that can be trusted more to change the direction of the judiciary than Rick Santorum. Roe vs. Wade will be history if Santorum gets the chance to nominate enough Supreme Court justices.

He will stop marriage from being redefined nationally. He will reinstate DADT and save our military from becoming infected with leftist activism.

26 posted on 03/14/2012 11:25:44 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan

You are only looking at social issues. What good is all that going to do if we are in an economic collapse, nobody has a job, gas is $5 per gallon, the EPA is still destroying our electrical infrastructure and our farmers, the TSA is groping the public at will, and on and on and on.

Rick Santorum is a big government republican who just happens to be agains’t abortion, and gay marriage. He is not going to shrink the size of govt or restore your individual freedoms. You will be very disappointed when he starts cutting deals with the Dems.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 12:14:11 PM PDT 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: Kazan

Santorum has an 85% lifetime ACU rating rating and I think that is exceedingly kind.


28 posted on 03/14/2012 5:01:42 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus
Santorum has an 85% lifetime ACU rating rating and I think that is exceedingly kind.

His lifetime rating is 88.1%:

conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2006/2006senate.htm

The idea he isn't a conservative is absurd.

29 posted on 03/15/2012 10:58:36 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
What good is all that going to do if we are in an economic collapse, nobody has a job, gas is $5 per gallon, the EPA is still destroying our electrical infrastructure and our farmers, the TSA is groping the public at will, and on and on and on.

There is NO doubt in my mind Santorum will cut taxes, scale regulations and authorize more drilling.

And, he is a big-government Republican that pushed for welfare reform and voted for a balanced budget? Don't think so.

Somehow, he has an 88.1% lifetime rating for the ACU.

30 posted on 03/15/2012 11:02:26 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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