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Gingrich goes all in for big North Carolina prize; a question and answer
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | March 20, 2012 | Rob Christensen

Posted on 03/20/2012 10:08:54 PM PDT by true believer forever

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia said Tuesday that he plans to start campaigning in North Carolina next week ahead of the state's May 8 GOP presidential primary. He talked by phone with staff writer Rob Christensen about his prospects, his differences with the other candidates, and his hopes for a brokered convention.

"Look, Sen. Santorum voted against the right to work law. He voted for every minimum wage increase. He actually offered a minimum wage increase of 21 percent himself. He voted consistently for Davis-Bacon to help big labor and increased the cost of construction for every local government in the country. He even voted against waiving Davis-Bacon in emergency situations like Hurricane Katrina. I think we represent sort of different wings of conservatism." (Davis-Bacon is a 1931 law that requires governments to pay the prevailing local wage on public works projects.)

"My proposals are much bolder than his. My American energy plan would lead to $2.50 or less per gallon of gasoline and is much bolder than either Romney or Santorum. My proposal for a 15 percent flat tax as an option is bolder. My proposal to replace the civil service laws with a modern management system is much bolder. So I really represent more of the Reagan visionary stream of conservatism. And that makes me disinclined to want to get out of the race."

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


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Newt's a-comin'
1 posted on 03/20/2012 10:09:00 PM PDT by true believer forever
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To: true believer forever

With only 120 delegates to his name, Gingrich needs to pack it in. This is becoming an embarrassment.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 10:14:31 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: true believer forever

He better win a few more states. Without 5 wins, he can’t do much at the convention.


3 posted on 03/20/2012 10:15:17 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: true believer forever

I thought he said the “era of Reagan is over.” Now he is invoking him.


4 posted on 03/20/2012 10:16:21 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: true believer forever

We’re screwed. The public loves to vote themselves some freeies.


5 posted on 03/20/2012 10:19:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish
This is becoming an embarrassment.

I guess we all have our notions of what embarrassment means.. to me, it's listening to Santorum use more of Newt's lines, more of Newt's quotes, more of newt's ideas in his speeches and presentations than his own, increasingly, everyday.

With only other people's ideas to fuel his campaign, Santorum needs to pack it in til he can think for himself and present ideas which are truly his own, not copied, plagiarized or stolen from his mentor. Speaking of embarrassment and all...

6 posted on 03/20/2012 10:19:52 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: jessduntno

Bammy’s banking on NC. If Newt can win there... we got a good shot at it!

I’d take Santorum over Newt and being from MA as ill as it would make me, I might even think about x ing my box for Faux doo....... somebody’s gonna have to put a gun to my head (LOL) in the voting booth!

Gawd, this is getting Ugly!


7 posted on 03/20/2012 10:20:33 PM PDT by acapesket
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freebies


8 posted on 03/20/2012 10:20:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Just not understanding this Newt/Santorum food fight, looking pretty dismal for either of them.

Pray for America


9 posted on 03/20/2012 10:23:48 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Ingtar

I am not going to take the time to explain the context of that remark... or Newt’s history with Reagan, or actually anything... I don’t debate or try to educate Santorum supporters any more, lost cause, closed minds, stubborn and sanctimonious. I hope you understand.


10 posted on 03/20/2012 10:25:40 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: bray

We ran off all the candidates early on.


11 posted on 03/20/2012 10:26:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: true believer forever
Keep going, Newt, deny Romney delegates. Three way splits are not going to beat Romney. The only chance is to don't let Mitt get the total delegates. Newt, keep going-some of us understand what you are trying to do after FLA. The media hates you-the party hates that you are doing this to precious Mittens. Nothing matters now, take delegates. Newt focus on how Romney is tearing the republican party to the seams with his Romneycare. Time to pour it on Mittens.
12 posted on 03/20/2012 10:28:10 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: true believer forever
I'll have a NEWT please.
13 posted on 03/20/2012 10:32:28 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: true believer forever

Speaker Ego couldn’t win AL or MS. So now he’s trying for NC.


14 posted on 03/20/2012 10:34:41 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: true believer forever
Agreed. During the debates, Gingrich answered questions directly and definitely and shot back at the moderators with their sometimes loaded questions.

Meanwhile, Santorum had this demeanor:

Santorum makes up for it with his vague repetitious rambling in circles; hoping that he'll sound intelligent.

15 posted on 03/20/2012 10:35:17 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: true believer forever

Haven’t yet heard Santorum promising within two years that $2.50 gal/gas pie-in-the-sky stuff or “permanent moon-based colonies within eight years” and still winning the trifecta, and TN, AK, AL, and MS to coming within 1% of beating Romney in OH and 3% points of Romney’s home state in MI.


16 posted on 03/20/2012 10:35:52 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Embarrassment...Newt? LOL....never. Heck even the pundits understand what Newt’s doing and why his staying in is significant.....most of all to Santorum. Were it not for Newt Santorum would had hit the deck along time ago.

So it’s not over til it’s over and the fat lady has yet to sing!

On to convention!!!!!!!


17 posted on 03/20/2012 10:36:35 PM PDT by caww
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To: true believer forever

Newt is such a great candidate. Wish the voters would figure this out. He is like Churchill, a gloriously flawed leader who is exactly right for the times.


18 posted on 03/20/2012 10:37:10 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Cobra64

I thought that’s how Gingrich looked in the pre-Florida debate and then got mauled by Romney.


19 posted on 03/20/2012 10:38:12 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: garjog

“He is like Churchill”?

Are we that punch drunk?


20 posted on 03/20/2012 10:39:39 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Pack it in for RINO Ricky? You jest...lmao


21 posted on 03/20/2012 10:40:20 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting Newt in 2012.)
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To: true believer forever

“I guess we all have our notions of what embarrassment means.. to me, it’s listening to Santorum use more of Newt’s lines, more of Newt’s quotes, more of Newt’s ideas in his speeches and presentations than his own, increasingly, everyday.”

Well said!

I cannot even watch Santorum stumbling, sweating and bumbling. That’s what I call embarrassment.


22 posted on 03/20/2012 10:40:39 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Cobra64

LOL at the photo.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 10:41:47 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Steelfish
“permanent moon-based colonies within eight years”

You know, every time you post that dribble, I used to take the time and post to you the verifiable, serious links outlining how moon-based colonies are not only a probability in the future, but how NASA, China, Russia, and The Defense Department are seriously developing plans to bring that about, mostly for national security reasons. But you just keep on posting the same stuff you know has been debunked over and over... what is with you Santorum supporters? Or is it simply you've spent too much with your candidate?

24 posted on 03/20/2012 10:42:40 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever; Steelfish
Embarrassment means.. it's listening to Santorum use more of Newt's lines,.. more of Newt's quotes,... more of newt's ideas in his speeches and presentations than his own,... increasingly,... everyday. With only other people's ideas to fuel his campaign, Santorum needs to pack it in til he can think for himself and present ideas which are truly his own, not copied, plagiarized or stolen from his mentor.

I'll second that!

Santorum is the 2012 Huckabee and we see where that went.

25 posted on 03/20/2012 10:45:01 PM PDT by caww
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To: Cobra64
Santorum makes up for it with his vague repetitious rambling in circles; hoping that he'll sound intelligent.

The Obama strategy.

26 posted on 03/20/2012 10:45:58 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: true believer forever

We added in the rest of the published title for you. Please do not alter titles. Just copy and paste the entire title, especially when it’s short like the title above.


27 posted on 03/20/2012 10:46:09 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Marguerite
Santorum stumbling, sweating and bumbling.

I think Rick is about to enter the "fear and crazy" portion of his campaign soon, at least that's what they called it in Pennsylvania when he'd get that panicky look on his face and start saying the same thing 10 times over before moving onto another subject...

28 posted on 03/20/2012 10:46:45 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Steelfish

Of course Newt is like Churchill. Bombastic, disliked and not trusted with power by members of his own party — until it became clear that he was the right man for troubled times. He went on to be the “man of the century” for helping to win the war.

More arguments here in National Review:
December 8, 2011
Is Newt Like Churchill?
The two have much in common.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/285198/newt-churchill-steven-f-hayward


29 posted on 03/20/2012 10:47:05 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog
Newt is such a great candidate. Wish the voters would figure this out. He is like Churchill, a gloriously flawed leader who is exactly right for the times.

They may yet figure it out...Newt's not done yet. There's more to all this than meets the eye. Until Newt wins or says he's out it's never good to underestimate Newt...for just when people do that he plays his card.

30 posted on 03/20/2012 10:48:47 PM PDT by caww
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To: Steelfish
"This is becoming an embarrassment."


31 posted on 03/20/2012 10:49:29 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Admin Moderator

Oh, okay. I’m sorry, I didn’t know. I just thought the semicolon looked a little weird so didn’t put it in. Thanks for doing that for me!


32 posted on 03/20/2012 10:49:40 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: OrangeHoof

See, this attitude and immature behavior is why we are in this mess since Florida. It never stops. Romney could not have worked this out any better by having the 2 groups of conservatives at each other. How long is this going to last. This plan is a bad one. Now, only thing Newt can do is take delegates since other teams are helping Romney more-so. Newt has to stay in. If he were to leave, Rick will be creamed and no conservatism will even be discussed. You want that fake Romney conservatism being designed as what our party stands for. Newt is going to contest the party, itself! The ones calling Newt names have no idea in that the man has had it with the party. Like Brit Hume said, Romneycare maybe the thing that can stop Romney from winning. The base does not have to accept Mitt. It is our power to stop him. God is giving us this struggle not to hurt us but to help us overall. Please pray for guidance and goodness within, not this stuff we see. We are on the same side. Ask God to help Newt in his path against the media and the party.


33 posted on 03/20/2012 10:54:24 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: garjog
Of course Newt is like Churchill. Bombastic, disliked and not trusted with power by members of his own party — until it became clear that he was the right man for troubled times. He went on to be the “man of the century” for helping to win the war.

More arguments here in National Review: December 8, 2011 Is Newt Like Churchill? The two have much in common.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/285198/newt-churchill-steven-f-hayward

Thank you for posting that. I was just going to google for it. What is really interesting about that article, besides the obvious history, is how the times drew from churchill what the era needed him to be. There was not a single whitewash of his flaws, and failures, and yet, the sum of the entire article was a flawed man, who once failed mightily, came to the fore and changed the course of a country in the midst of a terrible peril. Sound like 2012 and Newt? I am going to read it again... thanks again.

34 posted on 03/20/2012 10:55:46 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: mylife
We ran off all the candidates early on.

You know that is something people don't see positively about Newt, Santorum or Paul, for that matter. How their supporters are just dug in, and won't let anybody run them off... if Gov Perry's supporters had done that, and prevailed upon him, he might still be here. Or any of the other candidates who opted out early on. As infuriating as it can sometimes be, there is something to be said for the people who dig in and don't desert their candidate, no matter what.

35 posted on 03/20/2012 10:58:54 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever

Rick’s about to enter the “fear and crazy” portion of his campaign soon, at least that’s what they called it in Pennsylvania when he’d get that panicky look on his face and start saying the same thing 10 times over before moving onto another subject...

Or...he goes into the (dah) braindead moments on ‘critical Questions concernign Obama....like this:.. Worth the watch and short.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wDknt8RdyY


36 posted on 03/20/2012 10:59:30 PM PDT by caww
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To: Steelfish
Newt pictured preparing to go all in:


37 posted on 03/20/2012 11:00:06 PM PDT by makomako
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To: caww
You have derived the Essence of Newt:

Until Newt wins or says he's out it's never good to underestimate Newt...for just when people do that he plays his card.

THE ESSENCE OF NEWT. :)

38 posted on 03/20/2012 11:01:51 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever
" I just thought the semicolon looked a little weird so didn't put it in. Thanks for doing that for me!"

From your comment, it sounds as if you still don't understand.

Instead of copying and pasting the complete title, you decided to cut off the title at the semicolon, neglecting to include:

" ; question and answer "

We added the rest of the title for you.

Again, please do not alter titles. It is much simpler for us to pull threads than to fix your mistakes for you.

39 posted on 03/20/2012 11:14:26 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Okay, I see - No matter what the headline is just use the entire thing and use it exactly. Sorry again for the trouble, and I do see what you are saying..thanks again.


40 posted on 03/20/2012 11:19:48 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: caww

This is excellent, and the fact it is so short, more people are apt to watch it. Newt doesn’t even engage his brain and he has them on their feet with one sentence! Santorum doesn’t even belong to the club..


41 posted on 03/20/2012 11:22:21 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever

“he’d get that panicky look on his face”

The deer caught in the car lights :)


42 posted on 03/20/2012 11:22:26 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: true believer forever

In a poker tournament, if you go all in and lose the hand, you are finished and cannot continue. Is that what the author had in mind?


43 posted on 03/20/2012 11:32:15 PM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: true believer forever; Lazlo in PA; parksstp

Yup, they have also had plans to colonize Mars. Heck with $16T national debt and $2T budget deficits and having just scrapped the space shuttle, and NASA budgets strained to the limit, this is just what we need.

Elections matter. Newt is placing third or last place. He needs to end this fiasco and stop enabling Romney to march into the nomination. Enough is enough. He enabled Romney to squeak by a 3% win in his home state of MI and win OH by a hair’s breadth of under 1%. With an embarrassing 7% tally in IL, when does he not continue to further damage the anti-Romney vote and make a fool of himself in the process. Every commentator on FoxNews, CNN and anywhere you turn to now believes he’s toast and he’s only in it for his own ego. Once you drop out, no one then talks about you. Just ask Cain, Bachman, and Perry. According to ABCNews/WashingtonPost his un-favorability ratings among women have now hit the stratosphere around 60% negative and even his favorability ratings among men is dropping like a rock. Meanwhile Santorum, according to Rasmussuen, beats Obama in four core states. Even ostriches after a while pull their heads out of the sand to get their bearings. Time for Gingrich and his band of followers to do likewise.


44 posted on 03/20/2012 11:34:41 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: true believer forever
As infuriating as it can sometimes be, there is something to be said for the people who dig in and don't desert their candidate, no matter what.

Being a Newt supporter, then, is sort of like being a Cubs fan?

45 posted on 03/20/2012 11:42:54 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan

No, being a Newt supporter is being principled and understanding what unparalleled experience, depth of knowledge, courage and intellect look like - and supporting them in a candidate - no matter how much the talking points candidate, and the sanctimonious candidate, capture the electorate with their lies and hypocrisy. Newt’s not running for Pope and he’s not running to sustain the status quo.


46 posted on 03/20/2012 11:51:06 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Steelfish
Every commentator on FoxNews, CNN and anywhere you turn to now believes he’s toast and he’s only in it for his own ego.

Well, if they say it's true, it must be true. At least we know where you got your talking points.

47 posted on 03/20/2012 11:55:18 PM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Steelfish

There you are living in a state that just voted in a bald moonbeam as governor, where they force you to join a union if you blink because that is such hard work, and surcharge you to breathe above water, and you talk about embarrassment? LOL.


48 posted on 03/21/2012 12:10:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: VideoDoctor

okey dokey pokey, coming up!


49 posted on 03/21/2012 12:16:06 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: mylife
The public loves to vote themselves some freebies.

I know, but I try to focus on the 50% who don't, and grow them. It's difficult, but not impossible.

50 posted on 03/21/2012 12:21:44 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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