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Mitt Romney

Story on MN Caucuses Quoting Me

Click here  or scroll down.
 
Parties report caucus results
 
Both Democrats and Republicans turned out on Feb. 7 in Pine County to take part in Minnesota Caucus 2012
 
Republicans
 
In the race for the Republican nomination for president, Rick Santorum was the nonbinding winner in Pine County.
 
With a total of 277 Republicans voting. Santorum received 126 votes; Ron Paul received 82 votes; Mitt Romney received 40 votes; and Newt Gingrich received 29
votes.
 
The Pine County Republicans reported that there were 52 delegates and 57

"Romney's Economic Closet"

Compelling piece by Paul Krugman in the New York Times today. Generally I severely dislike Krugman because he is an ideologue over whom faux liberal intellectuals swoon. But his point is worth bearing in mind:"The truth is that Mr. Romney is so deeply committed to insincerity that neither side can trust him to do what it considers to be the right thing."Click hereor scroll down to read.
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Speaking in Michigan, Mr. Romney was asked about deficit reduction, and he absent-mindedly said something completely reasonable: “If you just cut, if all you’re thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you’ll slow down the economy.

"As governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals"

This was a piece published in The Washington Post on November 2, 2011. It was a more in-depth analysis of some of Romney's contradictory stances on different issues, specifically on abortion, gays and global warming. I have never understood why the media -- and Republicans -- refuse to look at Romney's record to the same extent that they scrounge through everyone else's records.
To quote one highlight from the article:
 
Abortion rights supporters came away from [a] meeting [with Romney] pleasantly surprised.

Newt Gingrich vs. The Republican Establishment

An entertaining piece written by Keith Koffler for Politico. To quote: "[Romney's] someone with whom the establishment can feel comfortable — who won’t spill merlot on the carpet.... Snarling at CNN’s John King, proposing to colonize the moon and wondering aloud if child labor laws need revising, Gingrich is the end to business as usual."
 
Scroll down or go to Politico  to read it in full.
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The conservative Republican base understands Newt Gingrich better than the GOP establishment thinks.

Reinventing the Smoke-Filled Room if Romney Loses

 
"I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, 'Look, if Mitt Romney cannot win in Florida then we're going to have to try to reinvent the smoke-filled room which has been democratized by all these primaries. And we're going to have try to come with someone as an alternative to Newt Gingrich who could be Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, someone.' Because there is such a desperation by the so-called party elites, but that's exactly what Gingrich is playing against,"

Santorum Appears to Win Iowa; GOP Unmoved

Sorry, Edward True. You aren't here to count, you're here to keep quiet and show some support for the ordained.


True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party's website, True's precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

However, that doesn't change the fact that Romney won. After all, the Iowa Republican Party didn't ask True to do any counting. They'll do their own counting:

A spokeswoman with the Iowa Republican Party said True is not a precinct captain and he's not a county chairperson so he has no business talking about election results.

Newt Gingrich & Nancy Pelosi Hand-in-Hand

In light of Newt Gingrich's rise in recent polls on the presidential race, I thought it would be good to stoke some enthusiasm for his candidacy by reminiscing on the ad he did with Nancy Pelosi a few years back. You canclick here to view it on YouTube, or scroll down to read the transcript. 
 
Deciding whether Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney is more bipartisan could be the hardest decision of this campaign season. You can also referback to my post about Gingrich's career as Speaker for more insight into the nature of his bipartisanship.

Perry, Romney, Gingrich & Polls

After Rick Perry's unbelievably thoughtless comment at the last debate in Florida ("If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they've been brought there through no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart"), polling has changed on multiple levels. As you have undoubtedly already seen, Herman Cain won 37% of the vote in thePresidency 5 pollconducted after the debate. Rick Perry won 15% and Mitt Romney 14%.
 
Less reported,
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