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Gingrich Interested In Forming Anti-Romney Alliance With Santorum
RealClearPolitics ^ | January 4, 2012

Posted on 01/04/2012 8:32:50 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Laura Ingraham: "Can you see a scenario under which the two of you [Santorum and Gingrich] would align together to try to defeat the establishment candidate, Mitt Romney?"

Newt Gingrich: "Absolutely. Of course. I mean Rick and I have a 20-year friendship, we are both rebels, we both came into this business as reformers, we both dislike deeply the degree to which the establishment sells out the American people. We both think Washington has to be changed in very fundamental ways, and we have lots of things that fit together. And the thing that's interesting is if you take the votes, you add to that Perry and Bachmann, you begin to see the size of the conservative vote compared to Romney...if you take, you know, Santorum and Perry and Bachmann and Gingrich you get some sense of what a small minority Romney really represents."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: elections; iowa; iowacaucusaftermath; newt; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; southcarolina
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HUMMM...Very Interesting!
1 posted on 01/04/2012 8:32:56 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

“...we are both rebels...”

I hope Newt doesn’t replay the ‘maverick’ theme.


2 posted on 01/04/2012 8:34:28 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Aha! I predicted this last night on the live thread after watching Newt praising Santorum and how pissed he was at Romney. It seemed the natural alliance, Newt can focus on attacking Romney which enables Santorum to stay positive. I think it’s brilliant ;-) And if it means Newt ends up in a Santorum Cabinet or as VP, no problem with that either.

Go get’em, Newt!


3 posted on 01/04/2012 8:35:14 AM PST by bigbob
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To: US Navy Vet

Santorum doesn’t need him and shouldn’t trust him.


4 posted on 01/04/2012 8:35:44 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: lacrew

Great Newt! Then endorse Santorum. :D

Santorum/Newt!


5 posted on 01/04/2012 8:35:58 AM PST by BenKenobi
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To: US Navy Vet

Woo Hoo! Team up, boys! Huck and McCain did it in ‘08.

Willard’s worse nightmare revisited.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 8:37:59 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: lacrew

Huge DIFFERANCE btwn a “maverick” and a “Rebel”!


7 posted on 01/04/2012 8:38:29 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

“And the thing that’s interesting is if you take the votes, you add to that Perry and Bachmann, you begin to see the size of the conservative vote compared to Romney...if you take, you know, Santorum and Perry and Bachmann and Gingrich you get some sense of what a small minority Romney really represents.” - Newt

Willard is toast.


8 posted on 01/04/2012 8:39:42 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: US Navy Vet

Good idea for Newt. No so good for Rick.


9 posted on 01/04/2012 8:40:09 AM PST by moehoward
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To: cripplecreek

That’s wisdom.


10 posted on 01/04/2012 8:40:36 AM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: US Navy Vet

A few weeks ago when Newt said ,” I new I was going be the GOP candidate” , think he jinxed himself


11 posted on 01/04/2012 8:41:02 AM PST by molson209
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To: molson209

Kinda like appearing on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 8:43:14 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh yes he does. Remember, Willard is trying to buy this thing. Doubling up against Willard is the best chance for Newt and Rick in the next several states.


13 posted on 01/04/2012 8:44:04 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: BenKenobi

last time I looked Gingrich had a big lead in SC and Santorum was pulling 1%.. I’m sure things have changed a bit from then but doing well in the Iowa straw poll(where he practically lived for the past year) isn’t going to make you the nominee.. Gingrich on the other hand has been coming down here for years promoting Conservative causes.. so we will see who leaves SC with a win and then we can decide.. hey it could be Gingrich, Perry or Santorum.. hopefully not Romney


14 posted on 01/04/2012 8:45:03 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: CainConservative

Newt is a bottom feeder and completely untrustworthy.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 8:47:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: bigbob

I think that’s exactly what Newt is doing. He probably doesn’t even care if he loses at this point, so long as Mitt doesn’t win. He’ll gladly take the blowback after damaging Mitt.

I have no problem with it either. Mitt may reap what he sowed.


16 posted on 01/04/2012 8:47:38 AM PST by RIRed
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To: US Navy Vet

This is why I like Newt. He’s always thinking, always coming up with ideas.

He will find that Ricky won’t play with him though.

Did you see Sanctimonious’ AL & TIPPER moment last night? Geeze, get a room.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 8:47:50 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: US Navy Vet

That’s already happening without Newt. I expect a lot of Bachman’s support to fall in place for Santorum. I also expect Bachman to endorse him and eventually Rick Perry will the futility and try to preserve his own future and his support will go to Santorum. I think Mitt for Brains is screwed. And so is Paul.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 8:48:26 AM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Ho-hum. Posted yesterday— -:)

“My impression is that Rick and Newt like each other, and they’ll act as a team to destroy Romney’s pretense as a conservative.

As between Rick and Newt, ultimately I think Newt will come out on top, wt Rick as a potential VP ( he might be able tto bring over PA).

When push comes to shove, Newt is simple more competent— and I think the country wants that now— they want someone to take charge.

But, certainly, if it’s Rick- that would be fine with me.”


19 posted on 01/04/2012 8:49:03 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: US Navy Vet

This isn’t worth spit, unless Gingrich withdraws within days/hours and endorses Santorum.

Otherwise, Gingrich staying in will cost both he and Santorum votes and money.

If a grand compromise is being considered, it should be considered soon to force Romney out at the nearest exit ramp.

That could avoid the conservative branch being shut out.

[I am not particularly fond of either S or G, but this would be a definitely positive move to head off a Romney coronation.]


20 posted on 01/04/2012 8:50:29 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: US Navy Vet; All
"Gingrich Interested In Forming Anti-Romney Alliance With Santorum "


21 posted on 01/04/2012 9:11:40 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cripplecreek
Santorum doesn’t need him ...

LOL.

Romney Edges Gingrich, 27% to 23%, for National GOP Lead (test: find Rick Santorum)

22 posted on 01/04/2012 9:12:05 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: US Navy Vet

I hope Willard gets Newtered.


23 posted on 01/04/2012 9:27:43 AM PST by libh8er
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To: US Navy Vet

Good idea to oust Romney, but does either candidate want to “team up” so early - does this commit either to make the other VP?


24 posted on 01/04/2012 9:29:00 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t do it, Rick!


25 posted on 01/04/2012 9:30:55 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree.

As much as Santorum was an anti-Romney candidate in Iowa, he was, in my view, much more so the ANTI-GINGRICH candidate.

He’s the alternative to what a few months ago was seen as the “only” alternative to Romney: that is, Santorum is the ALTERNATIVE to Gingrich, and in a big way.

So Santorum aligning with Gingrich, the very candidate that is in many cases pushing votes away from himself and toward Santorum, would be stupid and likely political suicide.


26 posted on 01/04/2012 9:34:16 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: US Navy Vet

I think this stay positive thing is highly over rated. Stay positive about your vision for the country yes but about your opponents? While they are ripping you to pieces? lol, no I don’t think so. And I agree with Newt it’s not negative if it is true.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 9:35:15 AM PST by jpsb
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To: CainConservative

Newt is completely oblivious to the fact that Santorum surged precisely because he was the anti-Gingrich candidate.

For those who didn’t want to vote for Romney and didn’t want to vote for Gingrich, they voted for Santorum.

Why would Santorum, the anti-Gingrich candidate, want to align with Gingrich? Santorum is already secure as an anti-Romney candidate. And he’s now the alternative to Gingrich. If Santorum does well (a strong second place finish) in NH, imo, Newt will be out of it.


28 posted on 01/04/2012 9:38:02 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: fightinJAG

If you look around FR you’ll see the pro Gingrich crowd already warming up to destroy Santorum while proclaiming Newt to be a saint.


29 posted on 01/04/2012 9:41:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

A lot of Gingrich’s support was based simply on the pragmatic conclusion that, at the time, he looked like the only guy who could win.

All along it was clear that if one of the conservatives caught fire, it would drain a lot of energy out of Newt’s campaign.

The strength of Santorum’s win in Iowa, especially coming from 1%, is going to make a big impression on conservatives. I believe they will once again reassess the field. If they conclude that Santorum has a chance, he’s going to get a lot of support, maybe even enough to win.

If Santorum finishes a strong second in NH, it really will be GAME ON.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 9:41:59 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: US Navy Vet

The two respect each other - and can work together... sounds like a go...


31 posted on 01/04/2012 9:42:39 AM PST by GOPJ (Lets make 'Corrupt Liberal Media' a household term. - - freeper Uncle Lonny)
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To: US Navy Vet
I would pretty much be for anything that would DESTROY Rove's boy Romney and his candidacy.
32 posted on 01/04/2012 9:42:58 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: US Navy Vet; onyx; Jim Robinson
Now this is what I was hoping for earlier.

If it comes together, I'm all in.

33 posted on 01/04/2012 9:45:09 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: US Navy Vet; onyx; Jim Robinson
Now this is what I was hoping for earlier.

If it comes together, I'm all in.

34 posted on 01/04/2012 9:45:39 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: VinL

I see it much differently.

In my view, Santorum surged because there were many people who are not comfortable with the potential for Bad Newt to show up at any time.

Santorum has the advantage of being not Romney AND not Gingrich.

If he understands that, he’ll stick to his own path. That way he’ll pick up the Bachmann and Perry voters as well as the voters who were never all that comfortable supporting Gingrich.


35 posted on 01/04/2012 9:45:48 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: cripplecreek
Santorum doesn’t need him and shouldn’t trust him.

That was my first reaction. Newt wants vengeance only, not a conservative coalition.

36 posted on 01/04/2012 9:50:03 AM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: fightinJAG

the non Romney leader after SC needs to have all the Conservatives rally around him.. be it Newt, Perry or Santorum


37 posted on 01/04/2012 9:52:25 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: US Navy Vet

Like the other thread stated - 75% of Republicans do not want Mittens.......


38 posted on 01/04/2012 9:55:39 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: fightinJAG

Santorum never got the tens of millions viciously spent against him by the Romney people in Iowa.. that simple


39 posted on 01/04/2012 9:57:31 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: US Navy Vet

If Gingrich wants to drop out and support Santorum thats one thing but to stay in just because you’re bitter and angry that your record was exposed?!? It shows what this guy is all about - if you saw his speech last night, the guy is angry and bitter. Time to step aside Newt - it’s not about you.


40 posted on 01/04/2012 9:59:32 AM PST by teddyballgame1
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To: CainConservative

Although I would up-chuck every time afterward, I would vote for Romney every day of the week over McCain.


41 posted on 01/04/2012 10:04:24 AM PST by rashley (Rashley)
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To: musicman

Made me smile!


42 posted on 01/04/2012 10:06:15 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm more for Gingrich than for Santorum, but I don't think you'll see a "stab in the back" from Gingrich.

It's all going to depend on how effective Romney's attacks are against Santorum. If Santorum holds up, then he'll likely hang on to the "anti-Romney" movement. If Romney's shots hit home, then some of those folks who shifted from Newt to Santorum may shift back to Newt.

But for Newt himself to go after Santorum would be suicide. He needs Romney to do that dirty work if he still wants to win, and honestly, I think Gingrich is sufficiently vindictive that his support for Santorum over Romney is genuine. But, he'd still like to win himself, so he's not pulling out.

43 posted on 01/04/2012 10:06:59 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: US Navy Vet

it’s gonna be one or the other...hopefully

i think Mitt’s trashing of Newt in Iowa so badly after Newt was cordial to him

will cause the usually ferocious Newt to shift to Santorum if Newt cannot make it up in South Carolina or Florida

if that happens and Perry goes too which I suspect sooner rather than later then we can beat Mitt

but if they all stay in then we play into Mitt and Rovians and Krauthammerians and other conservative traitors hands

I think Mitt is gonna regret killing Newt in Iowa if the damage holds..


44 posted on 01/04/2012 10:08:59 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt...now Santorum?......Capt Trips could not say it better)
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To: Psalm 144

45 posted on 01/04/2012 10:09:37 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: US Navy Vet

santorum was close becaues he was “last man standing”. The MSM had already written the epitaph.

Santorum does not have enough energy to cut it through.

Gingrich and santorum are splitting the anti romney vote. If the pair up they can out flank romney and suck up the soon to be free perry and backman votes.

Kook paul is not a factor, huntsman does not exist.


46 posted on 01/04/2012 10:21:01 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: musicman
PREFECT ©

47 posted on 01/04/2012 10:21:21 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, have at it, I guess.

If FR could have brought down Romney by now, it would have. So we’ll see if there’s more success at bringing down a real conservative.

Just the nature of politics.

Seems to me that people who have not already committed to Newt are very unlikely to unless Santorum stumbles. The problem the Gingrich campaign has with trying to bring out the big guns against Santorum (and, to some extent, Romney) is that Gingrich is the candidate who is MOST vulnerable to effective negative advertising.

I mean: it’s very easy to convey that Gingrich worked with Freddie Mac and conservatives instantly have their own opinion of what that means. But trying to convey that working for a venture capital firm was bad and so on, it’s just not as easy a sell.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 10:29:35 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: longtermmemmory

https://transaxt.com/Donate/PTWALC/RickSantorumforPresident

Then Let’s give him some:


49 posted on 01/04/2012 10:35:21 AM PST by JSDude1 (https://transaxt.com/Donate/PTWALC/RickSantorumforPresident)
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To: cripplecreek

Santorum needs all the help he can get.


50 posted on 01/04/2012 10:40:39 AM PST by libdestroyer
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