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Gingrich to exit without endorsing Romney
Hotair ^ | 05/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/02/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Newt Gingrich exits the race today, nearly two months after winning his last state in the nomination chase. According to CNN, Gingrich won't formally endorse Mitt Romney on his way out as some had expected, but will wait for a couple of weeks instead. He will offer "support" for the Republican nominee:

Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond said. …

Gingrich, in his remarks Wednesday, will discuss Romney in the context of "how we need to help defeat Barack Obama and the need to help (House Speaker John) Boehner" maintain Republican control of the House of Representatives, Hammond said.

Hammond says that Gingrich’s endorsement will come as “no surprise,” but it will come later in the month. The two camps are negotiating a joint appearance, most likely hinging on Romney’s efforts to help retire Gingrich’s campaign debt. Gingrich was $4.5 million in the hole at the end of March, and is almost certainly worse off now. He will need a lot of help from Romney and his backers to get out of the deep well of red ink in which his campaign has sunk.

Rick Santorum, on the other hand, says he doesn’t need help in retiring a much smaller debt, under $1 million according to campaign sources. He meets with Romney on Friday, and the Associated Press reports that Santorum wants some assurances on policy before issuing his formal endorsement:

Romney has changed his position on bedrock issues such as abortion and gay rights. He supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout that angered conservatives and paved the way for the rise of the tea party. And he signed a health care overhaul as governor that provided the groundwork for Democrats’ national law that requires all Americans to buy insurance or face a fine. Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts required health care coverage.

That’s the primary issue Santorum plans to discuss Friday when he meets privately with Romney.

“We want to make sure he doesn’t replace it with any kind of mandate,” Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said. He added, “Rick just wants to have a candid, open conversation about making sure the folks in the 11 states that voted for him, and the conservative movement, have a voice in the Romney campaign.”

Advisers caution that an endorsement — or a public appearance for that matter — is unlikely to immediately follow Santorum’s private meeting with Romney.

Santorum has, like Gingrich, already stated publicly that he will support the Republican nominee, but has come short of a formal endorsement. Both men need to hold onto that step as the only value they have to trade for concessions.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign salutes Gingrich on the way out by playing his greatest hits — against Romney:

A bloody Republican primary campaign left lots of footage of insults lying around.

In a new online advertisement, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign strings together some of Newt Gingrich’s criticism of Mitt Romney that Iowans heard earlier in the season when both Republicans were angling to be the GOP nominee.

Gingrich is expected to quit the race today and endorse Romney, but the Obama web video questions what exactly Gingrich likes about Romney.

The ad, set to dramatic piano music, shows footage of Gingrich making comments such as “Why should we expect him to level with us about anything if he’s president?” In a clip from a debate, Gingrich says Romney’s investment firm, Bain Capital, sometimes looted companies and left behind thousands of unemployed workers.

There is no small amount of irony in Team Obama’s inclusion in this ad of Gingrich’s whining over negative campaigning. They just got done claiming that Romney — who gets painted as a ruthless executive in this ad — would somehow be ruth-filled as a Commander in Chief when it came time to kill an Osama bin Laden. Now they want to echo Gingrich’s “We can’t elect a big meany” argument? Er … good luck with that.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012endorsements; endorsements; gingrich; newt; newt4sale; romney

1 posted on 05/02/2012 7:13:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gingrich has more character than I thought.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 7:15:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hammond says that Gingrich’s endorsement will come as “no surprise,” but it will come later in the month. The two camps are negotiating a joint appearance, most likely hinging on Romney’s efforts to help retire Gingrich’s campaign debt.

So Newt's endorsement will come only after Mitt pulls out his checkbook?

3 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:36 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you are wondering why Newt is acting so strange about his exit from the race, it is all about money. He is angling to get Romney to help retire his campaign debt. I always thought that Newt’s entry into this race was all about money and never about winning.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:46 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: cuban leaf
Gingrich has more character than I thought.

Yeah, It's all about "character" all right!

5 posted on 05/02/2012 7:17:56 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I only recently found out Newt went on a Mediterranean cruise when he should have been hitting the ground kissing babies. I guess I wanted Newt to be president more than he did.


6 posted on 05/02/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gingrich, you da man!

Gingrich won’t endorse.
Santorum hasn’t endorsed.

What could THAT mean? hehehe


7 posted on 05/02/2012 7:25:07 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only difference between the bastard and Willard is that one is half white and the other is white...or, one is half Kenyan and the other is half Mexican.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 7:26:54 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Negotiating a joint appearance probably means if Romney pays off a lot of his debt he will get the appearance. LOL


9 posted on 05/02/2012 7:31:39 AM PDT by dforest
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To: cuban leaf

Character??? oh yeah.. he is full of that...
I am truley shocked anyone gave money to that turd.. they deserve to lose it...
all he wants is $$$


10 posted on 05/02/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: cuban leaf
Character??? oh yeah.. he is full of that...
I am truly shocked anyone gave money to that turd.. they deserve to lose it...
all he wants is $$$
11 posted on 05/02/2012 7:32:58 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: SeekAndFind
From Human Events:

************************************************ Newt Gingrich to endorse Mitt Romney Hard-won respect is declared. by John Hayward 05/01/2012 In an interview with USA Today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he will endorse former rival Mitt Romney after he formally suspends his own candidacy, and will actively campaign for Romney. Gingrich also said Romney would help him retire his campaign debt. There had been some speculation that Gingrich might hesitate to endorse Romney, given the often bitter tone of the campaign. However, Gingrich offered Romney some hard-won respect in his USA Today interview: "Mitt Romney met the first criteria of being a good candidate: He won," Gingrich said...... The formal conclusion of the Gingrich campaign is scheduled for Wednesday, while his formal endorsement of Mitt Romney will come at a joint appearance within the next few weeks. ********************************* http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51228

12 posted on 05/02/2012 7:33:16 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: SeekAndFind

Two things. Newt will not endorse until after Romney crosses the 1,144 threshold, which will probably occur on the night of the Texas Primary.

In addition, Newt is a smart pol and he will see if Romney will help him out on his debt in order to get that endorsement, figuring it will be cheaper to get the endorsement and the positive momentum from it, then spend extra money in ads to make up for not having it.

I expect the same type of thing is going on with Santorum.


13 posted on 05/02/2012 7:34:07 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Drew68

Here is the rest of the story:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-05-01/gingrich-supports-romney/54664162/1


14 posted on 05/02/2012 7:35:18 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: SeekAndFind

“We want to make sure he doesn’t replace it with any kind of mandate,” Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said. He added, “Rick just wants to have a candid, open conversation about making sure the folks in the 11 states that voted for him, and the conservative movement, have a voice in the Romney campaign.”
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Good luck with any of that...

With Willie mitty there are no assurances...

amd the Conservative “movement” neednt expect to have muxh of a “voice in the Romney campaign.”

Willie has no time for Conservatism...


15 posted on 05/02/2012 7:38:36 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gingrich exits and hardly anyone notices.

No big news reports or headlines.

Santorum’s and Cain’s exits drew more attention.

[Newt, you hung on too long. Most knew the inevitable after your FL debacle.]


16 posted on 05/02/2012 7:41:04 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ILS21R
I guess I wanted Newt to be president more than he did...

...and Cain did, and Perry did, and Santorum did.

17 posted on 05/02/2012 7:41:37 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: wyowolf

Clearly opinions vary.

I do not like a lot of what Ayn Rand stood for, but I did like a lot of it very much.

Newt is the only one that I am aware of that has not prostituted himself at the alter of “any Republican”. I respect that. Other things, less so.

Then again, I used to think all divorced people were second class citizens until it happened to me, out of the blue and without cause. It gave me some perspective.

It’s one of those “judge not, lest you be judged” things.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 7:42:33 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Drew68

“So Newt’s endorsement will come only after Mitt pulls out his checkbook?”

Hey now, he needs that $$$ so he can retire to his moon condo...haha...what a weasel!


19 posted on 05/02/2012 7:46:09 AM PDT by baclava
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To: stars & stripes forever

All true.


20 posted on 05/02/2012 7:52:02 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: cuban leaf

I wasnt talking about the divorces.
I live her in Ga, I know NO ONE that likes him... to me its all about his HUGE EGO... its all about ME ME ME ME... just like zero...

not that there were many good choices to start with... Newt would have got creamed... not that Rombot wont..but oh well...

time to break out the scotch..


21 posted on 05/02/2012 7:58:05 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: SeekAndFind

The Mittwit Hot Air commenters say Romney doesn’t need Newt, Rick or their supporters. But guess who they will blame first when Obama beats Romney in November?

Mittwits make Ronulans look sane and gracious in comparison, and that really takes some doing.


22 posted on 05/02/2012 8:01:50 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("We will not save our country by becoming like the left." - Sarah Palin)
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To: ILS21R

“I only recently found out Newt went on a Mediterranean cruise when he should have been hitting the ground kissing babies. I guess I wanted Newt to be president more than he did.”

Next thing you know, we’ll see him on TV selling government backed reverse mortgages.


23 posted on 05/02/2012 8:05:44 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: wyowolf
"I live her (sic) in Ga, I know NO ONE that likes him.."

You must not get out much, because in Georgia, Gingrich carried every demographic except those making more than $200,000 a year and those with post-graduate degrees.

24 posted on 05/02/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("We will not save our country by becoming like the left." - Sarah Palin)
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To: wyowolf

“I am truley shocked anyone gave money to that turd.. they deserve to lose it...”

Newt did what most of us (I say ‘most’ in case Rick Perry has a freeper account) couldn’t do and that was to stand up to Romney in a national campaign.


25 posted on 05/02/2012 8:12:10 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: dforest

All’s this means is that Gingrich is publicly negotiating a debt pay off from the GOP and Romney. They countered an offer that would not pay off all of the Gingrich campaign debt;just some.

http://news.yahoo.com/newt-gingrich-4-million-debt-staffers-creditors-fume-002208567—abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-05-01/gingrich-supports-romney/54664162/1

It is politics.Gingrich has a huge ego.It is all about money for all of them including Palin et al.When are people going to wake up and realize they need to gut the house and the senate if we want real change?Gingrich is as much of a reformed RINO as Romney.

ABO


26 posted on 05/02/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: SeekAndFind

The basic, cold, hard reality is this: If Bork Obunga manages to get re-elected, it’s basically over, game, set, and match. There will not be any pieces lying around four years later for anybody to try to pick up or put back together.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 8:14:46 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: SeekAndFind

Well now it is down to Mitt and Paul. I know who I will be voting for when Texas finally gets to vote.


28 posted on 05/02/2012 8:19:07 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: SeekAndFind
Newt better keep his powder dry!

At this point, I am for a Palin/Gingerich team! That would be the best result in a brokered convention.

Frankly, I don't know what ELSE would explain Palin’s reticence to this point, and I am absolutely CERTAIN that she will not/must not ever again place herself in the VP running.

29 posted on 05/02/2012 8:20:24 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Josh Painter

Well maybe true, I moved here from Wyo in 92. there are about 60 people here in the shop... i can count 3 who voted for him... probably 70-30 conservatives to libs...

he COULD have been a great guy, but he is by far his own worst enemy..


30 posted on 05/02/2012 8:22:11 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s now Romney or a brokered convention via Ron Paul. Take your pick.


31 posted on 05/02/2012 8:22:42 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: Jeff Head
I think you shouldn't make comparative assumptions of Santorum and Gingrich.

Gingrich has a big fat campaign debt.....and needs Romney's financial help

Santorum does not!

......less than one million and his faithful supporters....(including yours truly) is gladly helping to bring that debt down.

So many of you were so wrong about Santorum and you won't even admit it, even now.

We lost a good man with great principles, character and integrity..

...and STILL a great majority of folks here continue to tear him down.....and make wrong assumptions.

Gingrich is the one folding...

..Santorum is standing his ground

32 posted on 05/02/2012 8:23:32 AM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: wyowolf

I was only using the divorce as an example.

I think the man has a strong ego. That is a good thing.


33 posted on 05/02/2012 8:25:21 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Reading between the lines here, it seems Newt is going to hold off on endorsing Mitt until Mitt gets all of his funders to pay off Newt’s campaign debts.

I don’t see as much character in this move as you do, unfortunately.


34 posted on 05/02/2012 8:42:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Newt has done a great job for Romney, and he should be paid for it. The quicker Mitten’s gives him his thirty pieces of silver, the quicker we can move on, to wherever we intend to move.


35 posted on 05/02/2012 8:46:11 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Guenevere

I supported Santorum, and voted for him here in Idaho.

I expect that he will endorse Romney and campaign for him once Romney actually gets the delegates necessary to win the nomination. And if Santorum needs the help, I expect Romney will give it to him.

I meant no slam in that...it is the way these things work most of the time once the dust settles.

Newt, Santorum, Sara Palin, Cain, Bachman, Perry...all of the conversrvative leaders, will end up supporting and campaigning for Romney. Not because they agree with everything he represents, but because of two things.

1) We simply must defeat Obama.
2) They will want to try and influence Romney for the good through the campaign and should he be elected.

I join them in that hope and desire...though I did not support Romney and will not until after he gets the 1,144 delegates necessary to win the nomination.

I was Sarah, Cain, Santorum, and then Newt in that order. I could easily have gone to Bachman or Perry at some point had either stayed in.

America at the crossroads of History
http://www.jeffhead.com/crossroads.htm


36 posted on 05/02/2012 8:53:37 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I confess I’m only looking at the surface. The whole thing is like watching a movie, to me. I’m interested in the outcome of this election, but I know that it really won’t matter much. We’re screwed no matter who wins. The winner will just determine the position used.


37 posted on 05/02/2012 8:54:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I can hear it now,

Newt: 2.5 million, Mitt

Romney camp: Isn’t that a little steep, you know you wasted..

Newt: I can’t afford to appear at that rate, surely you understand

Romney camp: well, okay, we will pay 2.7 million, and for good cheer, we will also throw in the fees for Calista’s book nook bun bun. Hows that?

Newt: see you soon, deal

LOL


38 posted on 05/02/2012 9:14:27 AM PDT by dforest
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To: ILS21R
I only recently found out Newt went on a Mediterranean cruise when he should have been hitting the ground kissing babies. I guess I wanted Newt to be president more than he did.

Gingrich is known for his expertise in American history. If he really wanted to be president, he should have followed the game plan of candidates who were successful in the past, such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Had he done so, he would have started early, even going back to the previous election cycle, stumping for Republicans around the country and staying on the rubber chicken circuit. He would have started organizing his campaign, recruiting a competent staff and raising money at least two years in advance of the election. And he would have refrained from picking up "baggage" and been on guard against committing gaffes.

39 posted on 05/02/2012 9:23:44 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff, I've always had a lot of respect for you....and still do.

Think what you will....

..but I wholeheartedly believe Santorum is a cut above....

...and will NOT support Romney.

I don't believe anything Romney says can convince Santorum that Romney will hold the course.

Eleven states worth of people voted to elect Santorum...

....many hundreds of thousands more voted for him...

..and I believe he has integrity to not let them down.

He knows they don't want Romney....

..I think he and his supporters would rather see it fought out at the convention.....at least to give us a chance.

40 posted on 05/02/2012 9:55:17 AM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: Guenevere

If it wer epossible to have it fought out at the convention...I would agree.

But it does not look like that will happen.

That’s is though, why I said Santorum will wait until after Romney gets the 1,144 needed. if he does not...then it will be fought out at the convention.

If he does, and now with Santorum and newt out of the race, he will probably do so by 5/29 when Texas votes.

If he does, I expect Santorum will endorse and campaign for him. BEcause the alternative is much much worse. If Santorum, Newt and the others work with him, they will be able to influence him througout the campaign and if elected.

The result will be far, far better than 4 more years of Obama and at the point Romney sews up the nomination...that will be the course they take.

If he does not sew it up...then game-on at the convention.


41 posted on 05/02/2012 10:10:16 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Josh Painter; Jim Robinson; onyx; TheOldLady
The Mittwit Hot Air commenters say Romney doesn’t need Newt, Rick or their supporters. But guess who they will blame first when Obama beats Romney in November?

Mittwits make Ronulans look sane and gracious in comparison, and that really takes some doing.

I am absolutely thrilled that Newt hasn't endorsed Romney. I would have been disappointed to hear him ask us to support the liberal liar.

5...4...3....2...waiting for the usual rant from the RomBots about my being a dem plant.

42 posted on 05/02/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: Jeff Head; reaganaut; Godzilla; colorcountry; SZonian; Tennessee Nana; P-Marlowe; MarkBsnr; ...
If he does, I expect Santorum will endorse and campaign for him. BEcause the alternative is much much worse. If Santorum, Newt and the others work with him, they will be able to influence him througout the campaign and if elected.

Hogwash! "Working WITH Romney means he will do as he intends. Mitt showed that he has NO respect for the other candidates by his virulent campaign against them.

The result will be far, far better than 4 more years of Obama Of course YOU would think so...the mormon dream fulfilled at last, the great White Horse in place and Hosanna to the mormon god of THIS planet.

and at the point Romney sews up the nomination...that will be the course they take....is that what you see in your revelation?

Just can't help taking a victory lap, eh Jeff?

43 posted on 05/02/2012 4:09:59 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Get a grip, greyfox, I have made it apparent to all I know that Romney was the least desireable of any of the conservative GOP candidates (meaning Bachman, Santorum, Cain, Perry, Newt) and someone I did not support.

Here in Idaho I voted for Santorum on the first ballot, and Newt on the second in our precinct during a long night of caucuses, which was not very comfortable for me on the hard chairs they had.

I was for Sarah, Cain, Santorum and then Newt. All of them are not candidates now...and more’s the pitty...but short of some unbelievable gaffe or tragedy, Mitt Romney is going to win this nomibnation.

My own belief is that despite his former record, Romney would be far better for this country than Obama...and that is my opinion...though I would still rather see a brokered convention.

I stated that Palin, Newt, Santorum and the others, Cain, Perry, etc. will come to the same conclusion and support him over Obama...and I believe they will because they are being rational from their own perspective about the choices before them and the politics of it.

Any reading of my posts over the months...and in fact over the last 14 years would make my positions and conservative beliefs and background clear here on FR..

So, just try for a little while to come down off your anti-LDS horse and at least stop making unfounded and untrue assertions. It’s a shame the position we find ourselves in and each has to choose how to best support and help the Republic.

That’s what’s going on here...not some kind of far fetched LDS conspiracy.


44 posted on 05/02/2012 5:05:15 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head; greyfoxx39
2) They [Romney's POTUS candidate counterparts] will want to try and influence Romney for the good through the campaign and should he be elected.

Romney & his political-commercial lackeys slammed them to no end; Romney showed less-than-0 respect for any and all of them.

They carry absolutely NO influence on Romney. Romney showed that by his lack of respect for them.

45 posted on 05/03/2012 5:20:07 AM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god from Kolob like Mitt.)
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To: Jeff Head; greyfoxx39; All
2) They [Romney's POTUS candidate counterparts] will want to try and influence Romney for the good through the campaign and should he be elected.

So, given then that Romney doesn't respect these other candidates, the question becomes who would wield enough influence to make a difference on Romney's direction?

Anybody who's a true Christian?

No, the Lds worldview is that they are "apostates" whose creeds are 100% an out-and-out "abomination." [It's really a shame you feel that way about your family, Jeff...unless, of course, you've excised verses 18-19 out of your Joseph Smith - History, Pearl of Great Price & have concluded that Smith's founding vision was a false prophesy]

Well, then what about the tea party?

No...per JimRob, was the anti-tea party GoP-E who wanted to retain their power base from a tea party takeover that ensured Romney was "their man."

Well how about social conservatives in general?

Well, that's a joke. Even social conservatives like you say Romney was their last pick...Romney's had absolutely NO core-value moral compass on social issues other than to lie and try to say the right things about a "pro-life" record as gov.

Makes you wonder then why Utah Mormons voted for him (over 9 of every 10 Lds) in '08 largely based on his "qualities" if those "qualities" include a pattern of lying, earning $ from porn-industry Marriott.

[Btw, that tells me then that either Lds are "bigots in reverse" -- voting ONLY or PRIMARILY on the basis of a candidate's religion...or they could care less about ethics and social issues and big-govt. overreach.]

So...tis seems ONLY two sources of REAL influence upon Romney...

(1) The RINOs in control...and the pro-aborts in the party...

And (2)...[next post...one you've seen already]

46 posted on 05/03/2012 5:32:08 AM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god from Kolob like Mitt.)
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To: Jeff Head; greyfoxx39; colorcountry; All
2) They [Romney's POTUS candidate counterparts] will want to try and influence Romney for the good through the campaign and should he be elected.

And the second REAL influence upon Romney?

Yes, that "prophet" puppeteer in Salt Lake City.

Perhaps Monson; or if he dies soon, his successor.

For the rest of FREEPERs and lurkers, upon what foundation do I rest this concern?

#1: Lds "prophets" have a record of power-appetite:

Joseph Smith married the wives of 11 other men while remaining married to those other husbands. Smith began a POTUS campaign of his own in 1844 before being cut short because his power drive thought he could destroy sources of criticism against him (the Nauvoo Expositor). Who knows how long Smith would have lived had he not tried to put asunder the First Amendment in Illinois.

Brigham Young was not only a "prophet" but a territorial governor. He used his power base to protect terrorists involved in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, ensuring that only a single scapegoat was hung for the mass crimes. Young also ensured that Mormon leaders practiced blood atonement.

Ensuing "prophets" John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff bucked the feds on polygamy -- thinking they were above the law.

Then "prophet" Joseph F. Smith testified before Congress in the Smoot hearings and openly lied about his own polygamous arrangements of those of other leaders. That took a LOT of gall to go on the record to do that.

Gordon B. Hinckley thought himself so powerful that he went on the Larry King show in 1998 and declared "there was no such thing as a fundamentalist Mormon." He thought that in one fell swoop -- just as Joseph Smith tried to peg 100% of Christians as "apostates" -- that he could peg 100% of the fLDS as non-existent!

What a power trip he was on as well!

#2 What about OTHER Lds leaders? (See chart below)

Lds Leader Chronological 'Prophet' or Fundamental # (or Other Title) Overlap Areas: Could the President of the U.S. become a 'puppet' to an Lds 'Prophet?' (The Lds Prophets -- in their own words)
John Taylor Lds 'Prophet' #3 “The Almighty has established this kingdom with order and laws and every thing pertaining thereto…[so] that when the nations shall be convulsed, we may stand forth as saviours…and finally redeem a ruined world, not only in a religious but in a political point of view.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p. 342, April 13, 1862)
Orson Hyde President of the Lds Quorum of the 12 Apostles for 28 years (1847-1875) “What the world calls ‘Mormonism’ will rule every nation...God has decreed it, and his own right arm will accomplish it. This will make the heathen rage.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 53)
Heber J. Grant Lds 'Prophet' #7 "Elder Marion G. Romney recalled the counsel of President Heber J. Grant: 'My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, and it is wrong, and you do it, the Lord will bless you for it.' Then with a twinkle in his eye, he said, 'But you don't need to worry. The Lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray'" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1960, p. 78)." Cited in Official Lds publication Search the Commandments: Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, p. 209 (1984)
Harold B. Lee Lds 'Prophet' #11 ...President Harold B. Lee said: 'We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet, '...as if from mine own mouth...(D&C 21:4-5)...You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself..." Cited in official Lds publication Remember Me: Relief Society Personal Study Guide I, p. 27 (1989)
Spencer Kimball Lds 'Prophet' #12 "President Spencer W. Kimball said: '...We deal with many things which are thought to be not so spiritual; but all things are spiritual with the Lord, and he expects us to listen, and to obey..." (In Conference Report, Apr. 1977, p. 8; or Ensign, May 1977, p. 7) Cited in official Lds publication Come, Follow Me: Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide 1983, p.12 (1983)
What about Marion G. Romney, cousin to Mitt's father? Who was he in Lds hierarchy? (Title: 'President' - Top 3 of church as 2nd counselor to both #11 & #12 Lds 'prophets') "Elder Neal A. Maxwell has said: 'Following the living prophets is something that must be done in all seasons and circumstances. We must be like President Marion G. Romney, who humbly said, '..I have never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional, and political life' (Conference Report, April 1941, p. 123). There are, or will be moments when prophetic declarations collide with our pride or our seeming personal interests...Do I believe in the living prophet even when he speaks on matters affecting me and my specialty directly? Or do I stop sustaining the prophet when his words fall in my territory? if the latter, the prophet is without honor in our country! (Things As They Really Are, p. 73). Cited in official Lds publication, Search the Commandments: Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, pp. 275-276 (1984)
Ezra Taft Benson Lds 'Prophet' #13 Benson speech given 2/26/80 @BYU. Summary: “…remember, if there is ever a conflict between earthly knowledge and the words of the prophet, you stand with the prophet…” (See excerpts re: 3 of 14 'fundamentals' below) Source: Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet
Benson (cont'd) Fundamental #5 5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time. (My Q: Ya hear that Mitt Romney?)
Benson (cont'd) Fundamental #9 9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual. (My Q: Still listening, Mitt?)
Benson (cont'd) Fundamental #10 10. The prophet may advise on civic matters. (My Q: What say ye Mitt?)
B.H. Roberts LDS Historian and Seventy. Note: Roberts was an elected Democratic Congressman from Utah in 1898 -- but was NEVER seated by Congress because of grass roots uproar vs. Roberts, who took a THIRD simultaneous wife in the early 1890s. Grass roots America collected 7 MILLION signatures on 28 banners and presented them to Congress...in pre-mass media 1800s! “[T]he kingdom of God... is to be a POLITICAL INSTITUTION THAT SHALL HOLD SWAY OVER ALL THE EARTH; TO WHICH ALL OTHER GOVERNMENTS WILL BE SUBORDINATE AND BY WHICH THEY WILL BE DOMINATED.” The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo, 1900, p. 180
Mitt Romney as POTUS??? Aside from above prophetic impositions, why would Mitt not only honor what these 'prophets' have spoken, but what a future Lds 'prophet' may tell him to do? The Law of Consecration Oath Mitt Romney has sworn in the Mormon temple (done before marriage/sealing in temple): "You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the law of consecration as contained in this, the book of Doctrine and Covenants [he displays the book], in that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and EVERYTHING with which the Lord has blessed you, or WITH which he MAY bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion." Source: What is an LDS Church/Mormon temple marriage/sealing? [Q: Please define 'Zion': The LDS PR Web site (lds.org) defines its primary meaning: "membership in the [LDS] church."]

47 posted on 05/03/2012 5:43:02 AM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god from Kolob like Mitt.)
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