2012 Republican Primaries  (Page 5)

Charleston South Carolina Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:57pm 1/19/2012 at 7:57pm

Endgame assessment: Newt stole the buzz with the opening smackdown of John King over the issue of his ex-wife. After that Santorum was very aggressive, going after both Romney and Newt time and again; people either will like it or hate it. After a while he became grating. Romney has a...

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Pre-debate prediction: Get Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:55pm 1/19/2012 at 6:55pm

My predictions:

Rick Santorum is angry, and as I have said before, Rick Santorum does angry much better than even Newt does angry. He’s in a no win situation — if...

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Perry endorses Newt, as Newt surges in SC polls

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:26pm 1/19/2012 at 12:26pm

Full speech by Rick Perry withdrawing from the race and endorsing Newt.

If you want just the section endorsing Newt, it’s here, but I recommend listening to the whole speech, it’s worth it.

The Perry endorsement is huge not because Perry had a large percentage (although even a few percent helps), but because...

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Perry dropping out? Update: Confirmed, will endorse Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9:21am 1/19/2012 at 9:21am

So reports Peter Hamby of CNN via Twitter:

Rick Perry will drop out of the Republican presidential race today, two sources tell CNN.

Updates:  Perry just scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference.

Via HotAir, Perry will endorse Newt.

Things are moving fast:

The Daily Caller has learned that 100 tea party leaders from 25 states will  announce...

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So now Romney is not historic (or inevitable?)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8:47am 1/19/2012 at 8:47am

There’s a whole lot of punditry who have been singing the inevitability of Mitt Romney because for the first time in history a single candidate won both Iowa and New Hampshire in an open race.  The narrative was stupid...

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Rasmussen — Romney/Newt in virtual tie nationally

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:16am 1/18/2012 at 11:16am

This is the first polling evidence of Newt’s surge which has let Romney to relaunch Operation Zany and to haul out Susan Molinari and others to attack Newt.

From Rasmussen this morning:

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is now nearly even with Mitt Romney still on top but Newt Gingrich just three...

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Who was “undisciplined” in 1994?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:38am 1/18/2012 at 10:38am

More Romney campaign theater of the absurd.

The Romney campaign must know that Newt is surging in South Carolina:

“There are some increasing signs — though all of it anecdotal for now — that Newt Gingrich is gaining some momentum three days before the South Carolina primary. First was his strong debate performance on...

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Sarah Palin: “If I had to vote in South Carolina in order to keep this thing going I’d vote for Newt”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 9:07pm 1/17/2012 at 9:07pm

Sarah Palin on Hannity just stated that if she were in South Carolina she would vote for Newt to keep the election from being declared over if Romney wins.

She emphasized that we need answers to questions, and can’t risk October surprises.

I’ll get you the full quote and video when available.

Update: ...

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Romney relaunches Operation Zany

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:38pm 1/17/2012 at 7:38pm

The best evidence that Newt is rising in South Carolina is that the Romney campaign is rolling out a new effort to paint Newt as “unreliable.”

It’s the campaign theme that worked well for Romney in Iowa, when Romney rolled out his strategy of crazy.

Operation Zany has been quiet lately, but ...

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Tax return slippery slope

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 9:36am 1/17/2012 at 9:36am

I saw this coming from a mile away.

Mitt Romney’s original position that he would not release his income tax returns, a position he held to for several weeks, now is slipping.

At the debate last night Romney gave a convoluted answer that he “probably” would release the tax returns in April —...

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S.C. Debate Moment of Night — Newt tackles race card play, slams it to ground

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:09pm 1/16/2012 at 11:09pm

Probably the highlight of the night, crowd and Twitter went wild:

Rich Lowry:

Tom Bevan:

Related: “You have maybe two weeks to Stop Worrying and Start Loving Romney”

 
 
 

Clarity

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:28pm 1/16/2012 at 2:28pm

Six hours in the car alone with large gaps in radio coverage (or at least any radio you would want to listen to) can have a clarifying effect.

And so it did:

We are on a path to nominate someone who campaigned against Reagan, campaigned against the Contract with America, campaigned against those...

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Huntsman withdrawing, endorsing Romney — already has taken down anti-Romney ads from YouTube

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:15pm 1/15/2012 at 10:15pm

Jon Huntsman will withdraw from the race tomorrow and endorse Mitt Romney:

Jon Huntsman will withdraw Monday from the race for the Republican presidential nomination, campaign officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney at an event in South Carolina, the officials said. Huntsman believes Romney is the best...

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South Carolina: Where the remaining candidates stand and the significance of the Palmetto State’s primary

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 9:19am 1/15/2012 at 9:19am

With much of the political punditry all but declaring Mitt Romney the 2012 Republican nominee, I decided to take a brief look at each of the remaining candidates to see what, if any, are the chances of them actually achieving the nomination as we move deeper into the primaries. I’ve coupled...

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Newt finding his theme — attack Romney’s electability

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 10:45am 1/14/2012 at 10:45am

The Bain attack ads have hurt Romney in South Carolina, as a Romney supporter acknowledges, although nowhere near the impact Romney’s SuperPAC’s anti-Newt ads had in Iowa.  (Before the Romney supporters get all preachy, I’ve had a chance to look back at some...

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Dear South Carolinians: A vote for Perry or Santorum is a vote for Romney’s inevitability

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 13, 2012 at 3:39pm 1/13/2012 at 3:39pm

Quin Hillyer, who has been pretty brutal in his posts about Newt, details the reasons to doubt that Romney can beat Obama, Why Romney is Weak vs. Obama:

Then there’s the attacks on his tenure at Bain Capital. The attacks are over-the-top and unfair. But coming from the left in a general...

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Did King of Bain deserve 4 Pinnochios?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:04am 1/13/2012 at 11:04am

The Washington Post has awarded The King of Bain four Pinnochios, much as it awarded four Pinnochios to a Romney SuperPAC ad...

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