Rubio to Romney’s rescue? Update: Gingrich retreats

posted at 1:20 pm on January 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

And not for the first time this week, either.  Tea Party sensation Senator Marco Rubio has remained officially neutral in the Republican presidential primary race, but that may end up changing, in practice if not in declaration.  Two days in a row, Rubio has come to the defense of Mitt Romney, scolding Newt Gingrich for misrepresenting Romney while campaigning in Florida, this time on immigration (via the Boss Emeritus):

 Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.”

“This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,” Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.

“The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant,” Rubio said. “Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”

Rubio’s sharp rebuke comes a day after he subtly corrected Gingrich for comparing Romney to former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, branded by conservatives as a turncoat who left the party before Rubio beat him in 2010.

Subtly?  Not exactly.  Rubio slammed the comparison, reminding Florida voters that Romney campaigned for Rubio against Crist in 2010, and was “one of the first national Republican leaders to endorse me.”  The statement didn’t name Gingrich, but the message was clear — Romney made a difference on behalf of Rubio, not Crist, and apparently did more than Gingrich in that effort.  The only thing missing from that statement was a mention of DeDe Scozzafava.

Rubio’s opinion will make a great deal of difference to conservatives in the Sunshine State, which Rubio obviously knows.  He’s taking care not to tip his hand, especially since either one of the two front-runners might want Rubio as a running mate (which I believe would be a mistake for Rubio, but that’s a subject for another post).  However, having to come to Romney’s defense twice to answer attacks from Gingrich — and especially reminding voters which of the two men took Rubio’s side earliest in the Senate race — is bound to have an impact on how conservative Florida voters perceive Rubio’s position.  And given Rubio’s popularity nationally among Tea Party activists and grassroots conservatives, these defenses could have an impact well beyond Florida.

Update: Newt Gingrich’s team has now agreed to pull the ad after more than a dozen Hispanic politicians in Florida joined Rubio in demanding it:

In the wake of Sen. Marco Rubio’s denunciation of Newt Gingrich’s ad calling Mitt Romney ‘anti-immigrant,’ the Romney campaign’s Hispanic leadership team — headlined by former Sen. Mel Martinez — is demanding that Gingrich pull down the radio spot.

But Gingrich already plans to do it.

“We respect Senator Rubio tremendously and will remove the ad from the rotation. We will replace it with a positive message that will continue to focus on drawing contrast between our clear vision on the issues important to the hispanic community and our oponnents lack thereof,” Gingrich’s Florida campaign chairman, Jose Mallea, said.

Looks like Gingrich doesn’t want to force Rubio into choosing sides.


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Establishments stick together…

Rubio loves censoring the internet

liberal4life on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

VP in waiting

Gingrich/West

Lookie here

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/25/romney-advisor-no-obamacare-repeal/

Romney advisor: No promises of Obamacare Repeal

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Ed you better read the whole Rubio comments.He went after Romney as well.

logman1 on January 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

This feels like Hotair of late Nov., early Dec…freak out and bash Newt to elevate Romney.

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ahhh,the squishes think can form solid matter by banding together. I see a fail coming soon. Rubio’s a hypocrit too. If he really wanted a “sympathetic” approach to illegal immigration, then open the one-foot policy to all immigrants. If not, then deny it to Cubans. Otherwise he’s a self-serving hypocrit whose principal are only for show, AKA: The Latino Romney!!!

abobo on January 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Looks like Rubio is too much of a coward to come out of the closet and endorse the establishment. Rubio is pretty stupid because it was the establishment that supported Crist over him in the primary.

they lie on January 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Romney / Rubio 2012!

With that combo, you get:
- Mainstream Republicans
- Independents
- Conservatives
- Hispanics
- Florida
- Women (jk)

bigdubs on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Ed you better read the whole Rubio comments.He went after Romney as well.

logman1 on January 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ed is clearly in the tank for Romney now. Sad, but true.

gh on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Ed, actually your tipping your hand with this:

Rubio’s opinion will make a great deal of difference to conservatives in the Sunshine State, which Rubio obviously knows. He’s taking care not to tip his hand, especially since either one of the two front-runners might want Rubio as a running mate (which I believe would be a mistake for Rubio, but that’s a subject for another post). However, having to come to Romney’s defense twice to answer attacks from Gingrich — and especially reminding voters which of the two men took Rubio’s side earliest in the Senate race — is bound to have an impact on how conservative Florida voters perceive Rubio’s position. And given Rubio’s popularity nationally among Tea Party activists and grassroots conservatives, these defenses could have an impact well beyond Florida.

Rubio stated on Fox & Friends this morning that Gingrich helped him alot while he was in the Florida house of representatives–so I think it is fairer to say that Gingrich was his advocate before Romney. Now, it may be true that Romney gave him money first in his senate race, but we all know that Romney has been strategically supporting politicians for the last 3 years in an effort to have the favor returned when he ran for the presidency.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Romney advisor: No promises of Obamacare Repeal

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Obviously a single advisor trying to get attention. Nice troll.

Romney has opposed Obamacare from the beginning of it consistently. Newt on the other hand has been for a national mandate until 2011 when he decided to run as a tea party patriot.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Whatever happened to the Jeb Bush endorsement of Romney? I thought it was imminent. His wife is Hispanic. If we must play the race game.

Paul-Cincy on January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Looks like Rubio is too much of a coward to come out of the closet and endorse the establishment. Rubio is pretty stupid because it was the establishment that supported Crist over him in the primary.

they lie on January 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Ask Nikki Haley how that worked out for her.

portlandon on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The Gingbots automatic response, “RUBIO IS ESTABLISHMENT, ANYONE WHO IS NOT FOR GINGRICH IS NOT CONSERVATIVE AND IS ESTABLISHMENT.”

Come down ladies, the latest ARG poll has Romney at 41 and The Swinger Gingrich at 34, it is too close to freak out yet.

But, I think Morrissey is wrong on Rubio avoiding the VP slot. I think the electoral considerations of someone from a swing state is overhyped, like Ohio of Virginia.

Plus, did you mention that Rubio’s staff is filled with Romney ex-staffers, that is important I think to consider.

But I am constantly praying (but I am Mormon, so according to some I am praying to a false God that does not hear me) that Romney pulls this out.

I wanted Perry but now, I just want to beat Obama. That SOTU address was pure national socialism….

back to class.

ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d like to put Rubio’s alleged VP appeal to the test *and see if he can carry the establishment’s prefferred candidate to victory in his own state*?

Cmon Marco, don’t be coy. Make it official for Romney and lets see how well the two of you do in FL next week, hmmmm?

james23 on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

VP in waiting

Gingrich/West

Lookie here

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

57-43 Obama

rubberneck on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

but we all know that Romney has been strategically supporting politicians for the last 3 years in an effort to have the favor returned when he ran for the presidency.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So has Gingrich and his lobbying empire.

But Romney picked the right people to back – Rubio when the establishment was for Christ. Gingrich was campaigning for Dede who later left the party.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

“During a debate, Mitt Romney said he grew up in the real streets of America. Yes, the real streets, where people pull up next to you and ask if you have any Grey Poupon.” — Jimmy Kimmel

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

57-43 Obama

rubberneck on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

You didn’t look.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Looks like Rubio is too much of a coward to come out of the closet and endorse the establishment. Rubio is pretty stupid because it was the establishment that supported Crist over him in the primary.

they lie on January 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Romney campaigned, raised money and endorsed Rubio. Guess he’s not establishment.

rubberneck on January 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Ed is clearly in the tank for Romney now. Sad, but true.

gh on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

It’s Gingrich that is pushing people away from him, not any real sense of favoritism.

Zybalto on January 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Newts contract prohibits lobbying, head VP of lobbying even says Newt did no Lobbying…..Ed Blogs Newt was lobbying

Ed links ARG poll showing romney in lead, the not credible ARG

Ed blogs Rubio blast Newt, while not pointing out he blased Romney too…

in the tank

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

bigdubs on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM
&
Paul-Cincy on January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

You guys should be aware of the fact that most domestic Mexican and Puerto Rican marxists don’t even consider Cubans to be hispanic. Most I’ve met consider them white (if rich and light) or black (if poor or dark). Kinda like the way the tolerant racists in the liberal camp don’t consider blacks from the Dominican to be “real” Latinos either.

abobo on January 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

So has Gingrich and his lobbying empire.

But Romney picked the right people to back – Rubio when the establishment was for Christ. Gingrich was campaigning for Dede who later left the party.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I’m afraid you’ve taken a “Swerve” into B.S. territory. Gingrich had been an advocate of Rubio before Romney figured out that Rubio would be helpful to him in his presidential run.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I wanted Perry
ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

:( I miss him.

gophergirl on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He’s not taking enough care.

Cindy Munford on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

57-43 Obama

rubberneck on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

You didn’t look.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Look, Romney has stated 100 times that he wanted to fix Obama care…not repeal it completely. Just because red state doesn’t do their homework means nothing to me.

IMO, still Gingrich/West is a horrible losing ticket.

rubberneck on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

So has Gingrich and his lobbying empire.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

False. Gingrich’s run for the presidency was essentially a vanity campaign to promote himself. Same as Herman Cain, and presumably the same as Rick Santorum. His campaign disorganization is not due to “incompetence,” it’s due to the fact that his surges in the polls caught him completely flatfooted, same as Herman Cain’s surges.

He’s done a better job of capitalizing though the second time around.

Doomberg on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

From Ace at ASHQ: http://minx.cc/?post=326041

I can’t wait to see where this campaign of challenging the assumptions of the left evolves next.

So, to recap: Gingrich supports the individual mandate and he thinks other candidates don’t show sufficient “concern” for the “humanity” of illegal immigrants, and we should get on board with this crazy train because he’s the Hope of True Conservatism.

Cheap Date Conservatism

Why is Ace one of the few who get it and is comfortable saying it?

You now, to be fair, I am not as strong as a hawk on immigration as Romney. I am favorable to Gingrich on this issue, but the “heartless” comment did not work for Perry, it will not work for Gingrich.

Simple immigration solution, all PhD, Master students, and engineers to stay and become LPR (legal permanent residents) and send all the criminals home…bingo right?

ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Ask Nikki Haley how that worked out for her.

portlandon on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Time is running out on Newty’s “I won” talking point. It won’t matter after he loses in Florida.

cicerone on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

We’ll see what Romney says to Univision today. He is speaking to the on Spanish Univison this afternoon. Perhaps Rubio will have to smack Romney down later. :)

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

:( I miss him.

gophergirl on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

..he’ll be back. WHEN Obama gets thrown out on his asss this November, Perry’ll be a part of the administration. You’ll see.

The War Planner on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Rubio will not be the VP, for many reasons. Here are a few:

1. The winner will not wish to talk about eligibility, true or perceived, or propellerheaded.

2. Rubio does not affect the Latino/Hispanic vote that much.

3. Rubio said he’s not experienced enough and will have lots of chances to run on the primary spot. He’s young.

4. There are better candidates for VP, for so many reasons.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

This feels like Hotair of late Nov., early Dec…freak out and bash Newt to elevate Romney.

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Please. There’ve been plenty of posts unfavorable to Romney.

changer1701 on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

See, Mitt did do something to advance the conservative cause. Rubio is great, and he decided against backing SOPA!

ajbell on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I’m afraid you’ve taken a “Swerve” into B.S. territory. Gingrich had been an advocate of Rubio before Romney figured out that Rubio would be helpful to him in his presidential run.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Really?

Not the way I remember it.

I remember Gingrich being too busy schilling for Dede to say much about anything.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

He’s done a better job of capitalizing though the second time around.

Doomberg on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

He’s looking good for Virginia. Oh, wait…

cicerone on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Well this means Rubio is the VP nominee should Mittens win the nomination. Good.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

“The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant,” Rubio said. “Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”

He did say Newt’s language was unnecessary.

Cindy Munford on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Rubio is an intelligent YOUNG man. He is still too young to commit to being Vice President and has consistently said that he will not accept that position on any ticket. I believe him.

Rubio has his eyes set on a run in 2016 0r 2020 as PRESIDENT and he knows that he needs experience as a Senator and, perhaps, even as Governor, before he makes that run.

He has defended Mitt Romney because he, like Romney, believes in the rule of law. We are a nation of laws and those laws must be enforced equitably without preference or prejudice. Romney and Rubio are both conservatives.

Gingrich has adopted the language and tactics of the LEFT. There is nothing conservative about Newt Gingrich from his personal life to his professional choices and policy positions. He is far better suited to the Democrats.

thatsafactjack on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Please. There’ve been plenty of posts unfavorable to Romney.

changer1701 on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The thing is, in order to keep Newt afloat you have to attack the messenger every single time Newt does something stupid, or something Newt’s done stupid, dishonest, or corrupt in the past comes out.

If you don’t, then people will quickly realize what a hypocritical fraud he is.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Shocker. Romney always gets a return on his money.

Stayright on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“During a debate, Mitt Romney said he grew up in the real streets of America. Yes, the real streets, where people pull up next to you and ask if you have any Grey Poupon.” — Jimmy Kimmel

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Grey Poupon is pretty pedestrian, I can get that Shaw’s/Safeway/Aldi.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Romney and Rubio are both conservatives.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thanks! Funniest thing I’ve read all day!

Stoic Patriot on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

“During a debate, Mitt Romney said he grew up in the real streets of America. Yes, the real streets, where people pull up next to you and ask if you have any Grey Poupon.” — Jimmy Kimmel

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

..what an asss-hat. (Kimmel, not you, schade.) I mean, Grey Poupon and arugula and on-our-dime vacations to Spain and Martha’s Vineyard and HI and..?

*pauses for breath*

The War Planner on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Newt Gingrich= Seal Team 6, Special Ops task force Commander. Counter-liberalism unit, executing advanced, bad-ass political combat techniques.
Mission: Removing threats to our Liberty by defending the US Constition.

Obama=Clown posse deputy: Pie throwing unit.(My apologies to pie throwing units)

Romney=Democrat In Reality Actually.DIRA

Go Newt!

Landon Thompson on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Anyone making more than Newt Gringrich is the evil idling rich, anyone making at or less than Newt is a hard working class American.

Class Warfare 101

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Really?

Not the way I remember it.

I remember Gingrich being too busy schilling for Dede to say much about anything.

Swerve22 on January 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Well, Swerve, I guess you would know better than Rubio himself who stated Gingrich “helped him alot” while he was in the Florida House of Representatives. But, people tend to remember what they want.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Now we know you’re a youngin’…..

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Grey Poupon is pretty pedestrian, I can get that Shaw’s/Safeway/Aldi.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

You are so obtuse.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Picture me tenting my fingers, and in my best Mr. Burns voice saying, “Exxxxxxxelent.”

Release the hounds.

rogaineguy on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.”

Drudge claiming the ad has been yanked. Marco is keeping Newt of a very short leash.:)

a capella on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Newt Gingrich= Seal Team 6, Special Ops task force Commander. Counter-liberalism unit, executing advanced, bad-ass political combat techniques.
Mission: Removing threats to our Liberty by defending the US Constition.

Landon Thompson on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

LOL

More like Newt = a fat, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who can’t even get on the ballot of his home state.

Please don’t diss our SpecOps like that.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

<blockquote“During a debate, Mitt Romney said he grew up in the real streets of America. Yes, the real streets, where people pull up next to you and ask if you have any Grey Poupon.” — Jimmy Kimmel
Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Grey Poupon is pretty pedestrian, I can get that Shaw’s/Safeway/Aldi.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

sorry – didn’t paste the whole thing. :(

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

..sure as sh*t disqualifies him from setting up a tent in Zucotti Park next Spring.

The War Planner on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Whatever happened to the Jeb Bush endorsement of Romney? I thought it was imminent. His wife is Hispanic. If we must play the race game.

Paul-Cincy on January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

He saw the writing on the wall – that Romney cannot win.

silvernana on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

of

s/b on

a capella on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

For a poor Army brat he made it.

His, or anyone’s, wealth should not be the concern of anyone, if it was earned or inherited. It’s also no one’s business what they do with it.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

jp on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Stop spamming articles with your irrelevant posts. If you have something to say ON TOPIC, than do – if not, go away.

spinny on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Constitution

Landon Thompson on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Don’t really care. I just want a President who can turn the economy around so everybody has a chance to obtain a net worth like that.

gophergirl on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Shocker. Romney always gets a return on his money.

Stayright on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Ain’t that the truth. I think a lot of the people endorsing him benefitted from him throwing money at their campaigns. Romney has worked very, very hard these last 3 years to buy his political chips.

KickandSwimMom on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

bigdubs on January 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Statistics defy you.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

..he’ll be back. WHEN Obama gets thrown out on his asss this November, Perry’ll be a part of the administration. You’ll see.

The War Planner on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That’s what I’m hoping.

gophergirl on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Romney and Rubio are both conservatives.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thanks! Funniest thing I’ve read all day!

Stoic Patriot on January 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Whats wrong with that statement?

Romney’s more conservative on family values.

Romney’s more conservative on ethics.

and, in light of Gingrich’s return to the occupy movement

Romney’s more conservative on economics.

What does Gingrich have left?

Zybalto on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Now we know you’re a youngin’…..

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Nah, I know the commercials.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Whatever happened to the Jeb Bush endorsement of Romney? I thought it was imminent. His wife is Hispanic. If we must play the race game.

Paul-Cincy on January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

SC reality check

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Hey Marco, say hello to John Bolton for me while you’re under that bus.

JPeterman on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Thanks for the linky. For me Rubio said something right after he won that drew my ire. I know its the meme that he is Mr. Tea Party, but my own take is he has one foot in tea, one foot in establishment mush. This from some gal on Springer.
“I know you must be talking to my right hand, cause my other one done left.”

Bmore on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I thought it would be closer to $10M.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Romney will not win Ohio in the general. Newt, possibly, better chance than Romney. I could care less, hence my name, but I can tell you I will never ever pull the lever for Romney. I went through his nutso supporters in the last election. Was looking at him, but when I went to his blog site to ask reasonable questions, his supporters are the most vile, except maybe tied with the Obamabots, that I’ve ever encountered in my voting history. I don’t forget. And I’m a woman and an independent and for what it’s worth in this day and age, college educated. Hell I’d take Paul over Romney and my hubby laughs that it’s come down to this too. When you’ve had a son who’s been deployed 8 times, you kinda start listening to RP a little closer. At least I could trust RP, Newt, Santy any day over the used car salesman Romney. So whatever Rubio says, doesn’t make a damn difference to me.

noneoftheabove on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

What does Gingrich have left?

Zybalto on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Alternate history fiction novels.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Romney and Rubio are both conservatives.

Wow, Pravda is more plausible.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Just curious – how did the revelation of Newt’s total net worth of $6.7M strike you all? Was anyone surprised by that number and, if so, was it high or low in your opinion? Just wondering…

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

For a poor Army brat he made it.

His, or anyone’s, wealth should not be the concern of anyone, if it was earned or inherited. It’s also no one’s business what they do with it.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I agree with you 100%, and well said. I am trying to evaluate it only in light of the accusations against him re: lobbying, etc. Just thinking.

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Romney’s more conservative on economics.

Zybalto on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Sure. Except for increasing taxes by $550M as governor and increasing spending by 30% as governor, he’s awesome.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Mitt supported Rubio. Newt supported DeDe Scozzafava. Actions do speak louder than words.

Slainte on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Rubio to Romney’s rescue?

What could go wrong?

“Got TEA”

Dr Evil on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Wow, Pravda is more plausible.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It’s the same as saying the Freddie Mac Historian is a conservative.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Nah, I know the commercials.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Oh phew! I was feeling really old there for a minute…:)

sleepingiantsup on January 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Pardon me…$550M of “fees”. LOL. Because as we all know $550M of “fees” confiscated by the govt is nothing like $550M of “taxes” confiscated by the govt.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

From Ace at ASHQ: http://minx.cc/?post=326041

Why is Ace one of the few who get it and is comfortable saying it?

ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Because Ace is tired of suffering some of the fools found in the conservative base these days.

Of course the immediate kneejerk reaction from some is to castigate Rubio as a hypocrite / sellout / dirty RINO squish, which completely ignores what he’s criticizing, which is, as Ace puts it:

Rubio’s scolding Newt for… um, assuming the assumptions of the left in his attack on Romney.

Which IS what Gingrich is doing. Same as he did with the Bain attacks, same as he’s starting to do with the “say, Mitt Romney sure does make a lot of money and had foreign bank accounts, what’s that about, hmm??!!”

A lot of the same people here now who are giving Newt verbal b***jobs sure didn’t appreciate this line of reasoning on immigration a few months back when Rick Perry first made it.

Now, of course, it’s all cool, because we’ve altered reality so that Mitt Romney = Obama and Newt Gingrich = Only Savior and Champion of True Conservatism, or some such horsesh*t.

Vyce on January 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

thatsafactjack on January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Wow, your mind is muddled by something. Romney could NEVER run from the right of Newt, with all of Newt’s fleas.

Read this. You’ll learn a lot.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Son is special ops and he wants to vote for Newt, if his ballot counts. If he’s not around, I’ll vote for Newt for him.

noneoftheabove on January 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Sneak peek into a Romney presidency….there will be lines around the corner at the WH waiting for favors. I pay for your campaign, you endorse me, then I give you your pet project for your state/district. Rinse and repeat.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You Gingbots are insane. Insane.

Gingbot: I will light anyone on fire who does not support Gingrich.

Nurse: Calm down, take your medicine.

Gingbot: No, no! Stop.

Nurse: There we go.

Ginbot: zzzzzzzz

Listen, should Gingrich drop out if he loses Florida? Honest question. Does it hurt the party for a protracted battle? Does it take attention off Obama?

Also, would you rather lose than have Romney in the White House.

I will vote for Gingrich if I need to, but I am hearing a lot of “I will take my ball and stay home.”

ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You may want to post an update Ed, the ad has been removed.

Newt Gingrich removes “anti-immigrant” Romney ad after scolding by Sen. Marco Rubio, other Hispanic leaders

Flora Duh on January 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Interesting read about Newt from someone who was there: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289159/gingrich-and-reagan-elliott-abrams?pg=2

ajbell on January 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”

wait that’s a positive? Last time I looked the base of the gop was for stronger enforcement, building a fence, and kicking illegals out of the country.

unseen on January 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Mitt supported Rubio. Newt supported DeDe Scozzafava. Actions do speak louder than words.

Slainte on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Newt Cut taxes. Romney increased taxes.
Newt cut spending, Romney increased spending.
Newt didn’t ban guns. Romney banned guns.
New did welfare reform. Romney increased welfare spending.

You’re right actions to speak louder.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.”

But…but…but it was the PAC doing that, and according to Romney, he is forbidden by law to contact the PAC to knock it off.

Ed, ya just gotta give the Newt a pass on this. It wasn’t Newt’s fault. Blame Bush.

timberline on January 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Whats wrong with that statement?

Romney’s more conservative on family values.


Yeah, if you are part of a gay “family” or someone who believes in murdering your offspring before they are even born.

Romney’s more conservative on ethics.

So explain his use of discredited ethics charges to smear Newt.

Romney’s more conservative on economics.

Ever wonder why Thomas Sowell and Art Laffer prefer Newt’s plan?

Zybalto on January 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The truth is they both suck. You can’t pretend Romney is some paragon of conservative virtue. It’s just laughable.

Stayright on January 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Exactly….thank you

noneoftheabove on January 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I will vote for Gingrich if I need to, but I am hearing a lot of “I will take my ball and stay home.”

ConservativeLaw on January 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

The liberal RINO wing is the one that stays home if an “extremist” Republican is on the ballot. In Nevada the state GOP did nothing to help Angle. In fact, Reno Republican governor and several state Republican legislatures endorsed Reid. That’s how the RINOs work.

Most – not all – conservatives will vote for Romney against Obama. Most liberal/RINOs won’t vote for Gingrich against Obama.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Pig eyed serial fornicating Newt will say anything. Name the States Newt would carry against Obama. Not even Utah.

borntoraisehogs on January 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Call me when Rubio endorses Romney.

As a Rubio supporter (donated to his senate campaign), I thought it was rather cowardly of him not to support the conservative who supported him only 2 short years ago (and that conservative is not Gingrich, who, as National Review argues eloquently, is *not* a conservative).

novakyu on January 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Rubio to Romney’s rescue?

Rubio rip-roaring RINO??/

stefanite on January 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Newt supported DeDe Scozzafava. Mitt hide under his desk during that race..Actions do speak louder than words.

Slainte on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

FIFY

Newt had the bal@s to endorse someone. Mitt not so much.

Among other prominent Republicans, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was caught off guard during a Washington, D.C., fundraiser, but once alerted to this race he quickly endorsed Hoffman and has been talking about him ever since (and has been subsequently pressed on what being a Republican means). And Sarah Palin Facebooked her enthusiastic endorsement of the same. Mike Huckabee showed up to deliver a paid speech at a New York Conservative party dinner but did not actually endorse Hoffman — that is, until Scozzafava withdrew. He’s been Tweeting for Hoffman ever since.

But notably missing from the endorsement mix was former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Less than a week before election day, while campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, Bob McDonnell, Romney announced: “I have chosen not to endorse the Republican in the 23,” indicating that he thought that sent a message in and of itself.

Mitt leading from under his desk the Mittway.

unseen on January 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The liberal RINO wing is the one that stays home if an “extremist” Republican is on the ballot. In Nevada the state GOP did nothing to help Angle. In fact, Reno Republican governor and several state Republican legislatures endorsed Reid. That’s how the RINOs work.

Most – not all – conservatives will vote for Romney against Obama. Most liberal/RINOs won’t vote for Gingrich against Obama.

angryed on January 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Well sh!t, you didn’t realize you need moderates and Independents too?

haner on January 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

First Scott Brown, then Nikki Haley, and now, Marco Rubio, the lying Cuban savior.
All your Tea Party Candidates lied to you. They just wanted to win the election. They don’t care about your agenda.
Silly tea party.

BedBug on January 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

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