President 2012: Newt Gingrich Says a Vote for Santorum is a Vote for Romney

Posted Posted in Newt Gingrich, President 2012, Rick Santorum

Newt Gingrich speaking at the South Carolina Presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last night

There is little doubt that Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are dividing up the conservative vote.

“If you vote for Sen. Santorum, in effect, you’re functionally voting for Gov. Romney to be the nominee. The only way to stop Mitt Romney, for all practical purposes, is to vote for Newt Gingrich. It’s a fact. It’s a mathematical fact,” Gingrich said to reporters after an event in Myrtle Beach, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Any conservative who votes for anyone but Newt helps elect a moderate as the nominee,” Gingrich added.

The former House Speaker went on to criticize Santorum’s defeat in 2006 to Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, in which the incumbent earned just over 41 percent of the vote and lost by more than 700,000 votes.

“Evangelical voters would like to have a nominee that will win a general election, and somebody who set the all-time Pennsylvania record for the size of their defeat has a harder case to make as to why they could be elected,” Gingrich said.

Newt has a point, but I doubt Santorum or Perry will voluntarily withdraw with only a few days before the South Carolina primary election.

Now, after Saturday’s election, this may be a different story.

President 2012: Gingrich and Santorum Get Testy with Opponents on the Day of the Iowa Caucus

Posted Posted in Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President 2012, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul

First, there is Newt going ballistic at Mitt Romney:

Newt should probably be mad about his abysmal campaign response to Romney’s negative television ads who everyone knew were going to hit him.

Then, there is Rick Santorum going after Ron Paul.

“Ron Paul is disgusting,” presidential candidate Rick Santorum said to a handful of Fox News and Business reporters shortly after his Fox and Friends interview Tuesday morning.

Santorum blamed his rival for Iowa robo calls that claimed that the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was Pro-Choice and against the second amendment.

There will be some bad blood among the GOP ranks after Iowa tonight.

But, hey, isn’t that politics?

President 2012 Pennsylvania Poll Watch: Huckabee 45% Vs. Obama 44% – Romney 43% Vs. Obama 42%

Posted Posted in Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Polling, President 2012, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin

According to the latest PPP Poll.

Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:

  • President Barack Obama – 42% Vs. 52%

Pennsylvania is looking like a potential problem for the incumbent President. Obama won Pennsylvania in 2008 by double digits.

Obama has two major problems in the state: independents and white Democrats. A majority of independents disapprove of him- 54% give him bad marks to 39% who think he’s doing a good job. More concerning is that his approval rating with Democrats is only 68%, well below the 81% we find for him nationally. He’s doing fine with black Democrats- an 86% approval rating- but with white Democrats he’s at only a 64/27 spread.

Those numbers suggest that a lot of the voters who fueled Hillary Clinton’s primary victory in the state and then sucked it up and voted for Obama in the general election the last time around haven’t been real thrilled with what they’ve seen from him so far and could split their tickets next year- if the Republicans put up someone who’s seen as a reasonable alternative.

Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:

  • Mike Huckabee – 37% Vs. 43%
  • Mitt Romney – 31% Vs. 41%
  • Rick Santorum – 37% Vs. 47%
  • Newt Gingrich 25% Vs. 54%
  • Sarah Palin – 33% Vs. 61%

Head to Head:

  • Romney – 43% Vs. Obama – 42%
  • Huckabee – 45% Vs. Obama – 44%
  • Obama – 45% Vs. Santorum – 43%
  • Obama – 47% Vs. Gingrich – 39%
  • Obama – 50% Vs. Palin – 39%

I have earlier selected Pennsylvania as a key battleground state that the GOP must win in order to beat President Obama. This poll is a good start, and indicates that at this early stage Pennsylvania is in play, provided the GOP nominates the right candidate.

The entire poll is here.

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele on GOP Senator Arlen Specter’s Party Switch

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Michael Steele

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele responds to a question during a news conference before the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, April 16, 2009

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele:

Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not.

Let’s be honest-Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.

Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don’t do it first.

And, there is a possiblity that former Pennsylvania United States Senator Rick Santorum will run against Pat Toomey for the GOP nomination.

A Santorum vs. Specter race will be a sight to behold.


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