Rasmussen tracking poll shows Romney and Santorum within 2 points of Obama

posted at 10:30 am on February 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

For all of the talk about the damage being done from a spirited Republican primary to GOP hopes, at least one indicator shows both leading candidates making gains against Barack Obama in polling.  Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll regularly tests head-to-head general-election matchups, and both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum register at or near their strongest position:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends).

In potential Election 2012 matchups, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have pulled to within two points of the president. Obama leads Romney 45% to 43% and if Santorum is the Republican nominee, the president leads 46% to 44%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

Today’s results are the closest Romney has been since shortly after the Florida primary. For Santorum, only once in polling since July 2011 has he performed better in a polling matchup than today.

That’s not the only good news for both Republicans from pollsters today.  Gallup’s new national poll has very good news for Santorum, and a silver lining for Romney:

Rick Santorum now holds a 10-percentage-point lead in Gallup’s Daily tracking of national Republicans registered voters’ preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination.

In the Feb. 15-19 Gallup Daily tracking rolling average, Santorum is ahead of Romney by 36% to 26%, with Newt Gingrich at 13% and Ron Paul at 11%. This marks Santorum’s largest lead to date. Santorum had moved to within two points of Romney, 30% to 32%, by the end of last week.

Prior to Santorum’s surge, Romney led Santorum 37% to 16% in Gallup Daily tracking ending Feb. 6, the day before Santorum won primaries and caucuses in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.

The good news for Romney?  The electability argument still carries a lot of weight:

In a separate USA Today/Gallup survey conducted Feb. 16-19, all Americans were asked which of the two candidates — Romney or Santorum — they believed would have the best chance of beating Barack Obama in November. Overall, 54% of Americans named Romney and 29% chose Santorum.

Fewer Republicans are undecided on this issue, leaving 58% who say Romney has the best chance of beating Obama, while 32% choose Santorum.

However, the Rasmussen results tend to indicate that both candidates would have roughly equal standing against Obama in a general election, at least at the moment among likely voters.  The USA Today/Gallup results are based on perception of the candidacies rather than actual support in a head-to-head matchup.  It’s a measure of the Romney campaign’s success that this perception remains so strong in the minds of voters, but if Romney loses Michigan and Arizona next week to Santorum, it’s a perception that may not last for very long.  As long as it remains, though, this perception will exert a significant amount of influence on undecided voters in those states to break Romney’s way in the final days and hours before their primaries.


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If only Santorum would leave his pulpit at home, he’d win here in a walk. People are sick and tired of the ubiquitous attack ads by Romney, but Ricky S. just can’t stop preaching. That really turns off a lot of people.
Not to mention the fact that he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth.
A few minutes ago, Willard’s Stepford Wife was on WJR mocking Santorum. How cute.
(sigh)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY DOING TALKING ABOUT SATAN!??!!

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

.
Mephistopheles was too hard too pronounce ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY DOING TALKING ABOUT SATAN!??!!

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Meet the new Republican front-runner, LOL.

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

good for you GOP!!

you’ve officially moved past stupid to seriously dumb

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Mittbots a socks puppets from DKos.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Why would Kos kids be for Romney? Dem’s have been pretty open about their wish to face Santorum in the general.

1984 in real life on February 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Mephistopheles was too hard too pronounce ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

now that’s clever Dorothy :)

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Mephistopheles was too hard too pronounce ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Ha!

Lucifer was too nuanced?

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

If only Santorum would leave his pulpit at home, he’d win here in a walk. People are sick and tired of the ubiquitous attack ads by Romney, but Ricky S. just can’t stop preaching. That really turns off a lot of people.
Not to mention the fact that he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth.
A few minutes ago, Willard’s Stepford Wife was on WJR mocking Santorum. How cute.
(sigh)

~(Ä)~

Everything you said is true.

Tasha on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Sanctorum condemns all who don’t accept his theology.

The preacher in chief speaks again.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

kingsjester on February 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

KJ,
i get it. I do. I just think to call it his home state is a liberal (and by some conservative commentators) a trap setting Romney up as a failure if he loses. It is NOT at all. MI represents ONE state and he has already won 4 of the 9 contests…hardly not losing. He will win AZ that night and so he will still be best to lead our party against Obama.

What is driving this years primaries so long is some of these guys who have NO Organization and Executive background keeping afloat by the PACs allowing them to stay in even though they are losing consistently…as a HUGE FAN of talk radio as I am sure most of us are here…I partially blame them and Palin (here is comes) as well for fanning the flames for these guys to stay in.

It is time for us to unite behind Romney as he WILL be the nominee and lets get these Super PACs together so we can start to raise the millions it will take to beat Obama.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

A few minutes ago, Willard’s Stepford Wife was on WJR mocking Santorum. How cute.
(sigh)
Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

.
The lady who had breast cancer and has MS ? That wife ?
Keepin it classy Libturd ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Did he apply for a selective service draft number in 1969 or didn’t he?
or,

Could he have been drafted in 1969 ?
Its a Yes or No answer.

Don’t give me your liberal-like spin BS. Its inadmissible here.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I have no idea, before he could have been drafted he was deferred under the new designation by the Selective Service, the first time they had ever done that. It’s moot whether he did or did not, he number wasn’t drawn until he was in France…coincidentally.

r2b…
That is an out right lie…What the Defense Dept did was take people where they had a higher percentage of young men who were members of the Church and may or may not have served missions yet. For Example:
SLC has 100 men in the area so the DoD drafts 40 of them into the service. And let’s say in Romney’s hometown in Michigan there was 4 members there so they drafted 1 for the war. This is what happened in its SIMPLISTIC explanation and nothing more.

Romney still signed up and was ELIGIBLE for the draft, however, like MANY his number was too high and he was never called overseas but he has said over and over he would have went had his number been called!

This article though is about where he ranks w/Obama not about his draft history… :o)

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Pal, the Selective Service re-designated Mishies as being deferred, they were “rolled” over into an existing deferment. His number was drawn when he was in France…

Romney had initially received a student deferment, then like most other Mormon missionaries a ministerial deferment while in France, then another student deferment. When those ran out, his high number in the December 1969 draft lottery (300) ensured he would not be selected

He kept the missionary deferment, along with his student deferment until he received his draft number…coincidentally, his father was one of the major political supporters of the anti-war movement…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Partner, Mitt called it his “home”. Talk to him about it.

kingsjester on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Mitt Romney’s smile once brought a puppy back to life.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Any challenger within 10 pts. of the incumbent this far out from an election is doing pretty good. Has a sitting president ever been this close to any challenger 8+ months out from an election?

NotCoach on February 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I don’t know, but for comparison purposes, here is the Rasmussen tracking poll from Feb. 20, 2004, showing Bush at 49% and Kerry at 43% among likely voters. (The final popular vote outcome in November 2004 was Bush 50.7%, Kerry 48.3%.)

acasilaco on February 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The preacher in chief speaks again.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Again? Again? In 2008 is what they were referring to, csdeven this is 2012, hello, anyone home? Again? HAHAHAHHAHAHA!

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Mittbots a socks puppets from DKos.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

.
Duh – where you been ?

DKos has already endorsed voting for Santorum.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Why would Kos kids be for Romney? Dem’s have been pretty open about their wish to face Santorum in the general.

1984 in real life on February 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

This latest gaggle of trolls will never be called smart.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Thanks Ed. I want to see these polls when gas reaches $4 for most everyone in the US.

CoffeeLover on February 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Heck, wait till it reaches $5. I foresee another tap into our reserves. It will be ugly come summer.

dddave on February 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

A few points on this:

1. If everyone is expecting $5 gas, chances are it won’t happen.

2. Even if it does, expensive gas hurts people who already vote Republican and doesn’t much affect people who already vote Democrat. The NY/SF/Boston/Seattle urban dweller who bikes to work or takes the subway doesn’t care if gas i $2 or $5. The exurban commuter who puts 20K miles on his car every year does care. But that guy is already voting against Obama.

3. Gas at $100 a gallon will still be blamed on Bush by the MSM/Obama machine.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I know I’m an @ss and stuff but I gotta mention Rick’s wife is a huge fan of killing babies

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

He’s been doing it since LONG before 2008.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

CSDeven: a cautionary tale of what happens when one drinks too much kool aid

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The lady who had breast cancer and has MS ? That wife ?
Keepin it classy Libturd ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I thought he was talking about Trump as I had heard Trump was going to be on some Michigan radio today. He’s taking a shot at Romney’s wife? Wow. Imagine the meltdown here if someone took a shot at the preacher’s wife.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The lady who had breast cancer and has MS ? That wife ?
Keepin it classy Libturd ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Doesn’t make her any less of a Stepford Wife.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Mitt Romney’s smile once brought a puppy back to life.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Mitt Romney dodged the draft and someone died in his place…
Mitt Romney bought a business, and laid off all of the workers…
Mitt Romney created RomneyCare, and fathered ObamaCare…
Mitt Romney selected an abortion supporter…and children died…
Mitt’s campaign ran out of money…and he lost…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Doesnt matter who wins. Obama still wins!

liberal4life on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The lady who had breast cancer and has MS ? That wife ?
Keepin it classy Libturd ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

So she can enter the campaign, but she is “untouchable”?
Sweet, let’s see, who else tried that last campaign…oh, yeah, Obama, can’t diss him because of his color…can’t diss her because she is “ill”…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Doesnt matter who wins. Obama still wins!

liberal4life on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

shut up loser

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

So she can enter the campaign, but she is “untouchable”?
Sweet, let’s see, who else tried that last campaign…oh, yeah, Obama, can’t diss him because of his color…can’t diss her because she is “ill”…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

It’s amazing how similar Romnney is to Obama. Even when it comes to their wives and their respective sycophants.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

It was clearly stated last campaign…they specifically stated, when asked that question, that their campaigning for there dad was the same as being in the military, both are fighting for freedom, and that their place in history is just as honorable…
That, my friend, is how they were raised…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The lady who had breast cancer and has MS ? That wife ?
Keepin it classy Libturd ?

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Who cares from what she suffered? Since when does that make her queen?
You don’t even know what she said.
She’s out there on the campaign trail disparaging the competition in a hateful manner. She made herself fair game. I’m sure Mormons eat up that stuff.
Meanwhile, your eminence is showing.

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Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

It was clearly stated last campaign…they specifically stated, when asked that question, that their campaigning for there dad was the same as being in the military, both are fighting for freedom, and that their place in history is just as honorable…
That, my friend, is how they were raised…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Ahh yes, of course, I remember now. Riding around in a luxury coach bus with dad is just like Afghanistan and Iraq.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

does anyone care that Rick’s wife likes killing babies?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Mitt Romney’s smile once brought a puppy back to life.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

And then he strapped it to his car.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

He kept the missionary deferment, along with his student deferment until he received his draft number…coincidentally, his father was one of the major political supporters of the anti-war movement…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

R2B,
Romney did NOT “keep” his deferment. He was deferred as a missionary. Upon his return he was still eligible. As a former missionary for the Church and a CURRENT military member why don’t you leave these issues to those of us that have been through BOTH experiences.

Romney also did NOT agree with his father’s stance but nice try there…

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Ahh yes, of course, I remember now. Riding around in a luxury coach bus with dad is just like Afghanistan and Iraq.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

nailed it

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

does anyone care that Rick’s wife likes killing babies?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

She wuvs Hitler too. /

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

does anyone care that Rick’s wife likes killing babies?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Cite your source, please.

kingsjester on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

.
I’m fine youre an ABR. I don’t hold any notion that you would ever change your mind.

While the ABR philosophy is Not2bright for me, I at least expect an honest debate here on HA. HuffPo, et al, are better suited for liberal spin methodology and distorting facts for the point of lying.

Mittens could have been drafted to go to Vietnam in 1969.
We will be forever thankful his number wasn’t called.

And yes, it is erroneous to suggest there were no Rainbows before or until Mittens was born.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

So now even Satan is in the tank for Romney! Really, guys, is this the fight we want to fight this Fall?

EricW on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I don’t know, but for comparison purposes, here is the Rasmussen tracking poll from Feb. 20, 2004, showing Bush at 49% and Kerry at 43% among likely voters. (The final popular vote outcome in November 2004 was Bush 50.7%, Kerry 48.3%.)

acasilaco on February 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Which means Kerry was definitely within striking distance of Bush at that time and Bush had to fight hard to win reelection. An incumbent who does not have 10%+ cushion in polling against challengers at this point has a tough campaign ahead of them. And considering this is a referendum election on Obama, either Romney or Santorum can put him out of a job.

NotCoach on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Folks, the vast majority of conservatives/Republicans will have to decide from these options: (1) vote for a Republican candidate who was not their first choice, and may have said very nasty things about the person who was their first choice, (2) stay home and don’t vote, thereby helping Pres. Obama, (3) vote for a third party candidate, thereby helping Pres. Obama, or (4) vote for Pres. Obama.

So…. try to keep that in perspective when getting all upset with each other.

acasilaco on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

And considering this is a referendum election on Obama, either Romney or Santorum can put him out of a job.

NotCoach on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Yes, I think so. (But only if the disgruntled supporters of the losing primary candidate are still willing to get out and vote for the eventual nominee!)

acasilaco on February 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

as a HUGE FAN of talk radio as I am sure most of us are here…I partially blame them and Palin (here is comes) as well for fanning the flames for these guys to stay in.

It is time for us to unite behind Romney as he WILL be the nominee and lets get these Super PACs together so we can start to raise the millions it will take to beat Obama.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

You may have missed the recent HA post that included this. It’s not just Palin and talk radio who have said it.

“I hope to become our nominee, but I am not clairvoyant,” Romney says. “At this stage, it’s hard to know precisely how the political landscape will change over the coming weeks and months.” But as the Super Tuesday vote on March 6 draws near, Romney feels “very good” about his prospects. He predicts that his organization and his “clear message” will enable him “to go the distance.”

[...]

“It would be nice if races were focused on people’s vision for the future,” Romney says. “But I happen to believe that the contrasts that are being spoken of today will be spoken of in a much louder voice by the Obama team. So, in some respects, it’s a good thing to get them out there and cleared up.” A rigorous primary, he says, can be healthy.

Flora Duh on February 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

And then he strapped it to his car.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

OK ABR ! Now that was funny -my LOLOTD !!!

Very well played.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

It was clearly stated last campaign…they specifically stated, when asked that question, that their campaigning for there dad was the same as being in the military, both are fighting for freedom, and that their place in history is just as honorable…
That, my friend, is how they were raised…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I see as you see these headlines coming out on Santorum and his numbers dropping like all the others in the past you are getting angry throwing your own mud. The election is not about Romney’s son’s by the way. Also 99% of Americans do not serve in the military and they are no less honorable people so get off this losing argument.

Isn’t it good we vet our candidates? maybe Santorum will not think so over these next 7 days.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Cite your source, please.

kingsjester on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

finally!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Upon his return he was still eligible.
g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Last word…no he was not eligible, he got a student deferment…he, legally, dodged the draft.
The lowest % of people serving in VietNam, were political family members…some actually volunteered, the rest, well, coincidentally they got deferments…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Mitt Romney has never encountered a red light at an intersection. Nothing stops Mitt Romney.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Folks, the vast majority of conservatives/Republicans will have to decide from these options: (1) vote for a Republican candidate who was not their first choice, and may have said very nasty things about the person who was their first choice, (2) stay home and don’t vote, thereby helping Pres. Obama, (3) vote for a third party candidate, thereby helping Pres. Obama, or (4) vote for Pres. Obama.

So…. try to keep that in perspective when getting all upset with each other.

acasilaco on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

sage advice!

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

csdeven occupies the heads of several deranged Romney haters at the same time.

Talent on loan from…..them! Thanks for making the room losers!

lol

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Wow, referring to yourself in the 3rd person? You’re full of something…

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You may have missed the recent HA post that included this. It’s not just Palin and talk radio who have said it.

“I hope to become our nominee, but I am not clairvoyant,” Romney says. “At this stage, it’s hard to know precisely how the political landscape will change over the coming weeks and months.” But as the Super Tuesday vote on March 6 draws near, Romney feels “very good” about his prospects. He predicts that his organization and his “clear message” will enable him “to go the distance.”

[...]

“It would be nice if races were focused on people’s vision for the future,” Romney says. “But I happen to believe that the contrasts that are being spoken of today will be spoken of in a much louder voice by the Obama team. So, in some respects, it’s a good thing to get them out there and cleared up.” A rigorous primary, he says, can be healthy.

Flora Duh on February 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Flora, as always, thanks, as I had not seen this HA post. I hope all is well with you in the Sunshine State.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

finally!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Now read what you wrote, you insensitive liar…see the word “likes”, do you know what that means, not what some kid liked, not what some youngster likes, not what someone liked 30 years ago…but your statement is what she likes, that means “now”.

does anyone care that Rick’s wife likes killing babies?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

So Mitt appointed an abortion advocate, and supported Mass abortion laws…so does that mean Mitt likes killing babies?

So your statement would be:
Mitt likes killing babies….do I have that right?

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

IMO, If McCain had said no to TARP, 2008 was winable. When he went along to get along, he handed the election to the Dems.

2012 will be a referendum on Obama. I’m not convinced there will be any difference to the Rep chances whether it’s Romney or Santorum or Newt. I think Obama sucks (as does most of Hotair), but a lot of folks like him and he is the incumbent.

Deafdog on February 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I dont think so about 2008. The Democrats nominated a guy who for obvious reasons was going to be hard to beat.

2012 is about Obama now. And that is why this election is very winnable:

1. Democrats dont love Obama
2. Independents dislike Obama
3. Liberals think he is too far to the right. But they would think that about Karl Marx, so that doesn’t say much.
4. Republicans cant stand him.

With that dynamic, Republican turn-out should be high, Democrats will not be excited to go out and vote for him again, and Indy’s should push the Republican out in front (especially after a 500 mil plus negative campaign ad that highlights Obama’s record in easy to understand terms).

But, you risk screwing that up for the wrong candidate. If you nominate Santorum this is what it does:

1. Shifts focus from Obama to Santorum’s views on social issues. You know it will happen – the media will make sure of it.
2. Progressives worry about their “right” to kill fetuses is in danger, and they become interested.
3. Obama uses scary words, and Democrats believe Santorum will be a danger to their welfare checks, government assitance, etc.. They become interested.
4. The media paints Santorum as too extreme, which scares independents away.
5. With the media telling people the election is over, Republicans will not be as eager to go out and vote, depressing the Republican vote. This will negatiely affect the down ticket races.

So, in pretty symplistic terms, that is what Santorum does. And that is why he is the worst possible candidate to nominate. Romney keeps the focus of the election on Obama and gives Republicans a chance to win the Presidency, House and Senate. Santorum turns the focus to social issues, loses the election, and potentially costs Republicans a chance to win the Senate and maybe even loses Republicans the House.

milcus on February 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Flora, as always, thanks, as I had not seen this HA post. I hope all is well with you in the Sunshine State.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Doing well, thank you. Hope everything’s ok with you guys and gals.

I’m off to lunch now, as usual, stay safe.

Flora Duh on February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So your statement would be:
Mitt likes killing babies….do I have that right?

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

yup :)

how can anyone think I’m a mittens fan?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Mitt Romney has never encountered a red light at an intersection. Nothing stops Mitt Romney.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Mitt thinks Government takeover of business is good…he praises Obama.

Mitt spends his time in the “red light” district of lobbyists, he has taken in more lobbyists money than all the other candidates combined.

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

It’s little Ricky the Preacher vs. THE DEVIL!

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

yup :)

how can anyone think I’m a mittens fan?

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You lied about Rick’s wife…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

But…but…but….Romney is the only one electable. I know this because the establishment RINOs told me months ago.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY DOING TALKING ABOUT SATAN!??!!

That bothers you? I don’t want to presume to know your faith, but, as a Christian, this statement doesn’t bother me at all. The Prince of Darkness is a key figure in Christianity, and the Bible repeatedly talks about his ability to deceive–even believers. Whether you see Satan as a personification of evil or an actual being, he remains a central figure of the religion.

For Rick to say that Satan influences colleges and the church itself should not be shocking to a person of faith. Frankly, I tend to agree with the idea that many believers have been deceived into accepting a watered down Gospel. Case in point, many Christians will recoil instinctively from Rick’s statement. That is proof in itself. Unfortunately, I attend church with some of those people. Also, for anyone who has recently attended a public university–it is hard to deny that they are dens of iniquity.

That said, it would be politically prudent to steer clear of such statements. Nevertheless, the statements themselves are not odd at all from a believer.

One last point, it would behoove Rs to remind D Santorum critics of the absolutely batsh__t crazy theology of the church Odumbo attended for 20 years. Makes Catholics look pretty darn normal.

guitarman67 on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

It was clearly stated last campaign…they specifically stated, when asked that question, that their campaigning for there dad was the same as being in the military, both are fighting for freedom, and that their place in history is just as honorable…
That, my friend, is how they were raised…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Thanks for the chuckle, r2b.
Yaaaaaa … Campaigning is just like military service! /sarc
I’d be ashamed to be part of a family like that.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Mitt Romney’s smile once brought a puppy back to life.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

And then he strapped it to his car.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Here’s the other Mitt Romney Dog Story, from 2003:

Romney rescues capsized boaters

Jul 06, 2003

Gov. Mitt Romney rode to the rescue over the weekend during a vacation trip — using his Jet Ski to help pluck a New Jersey family and their dog out of Lake Winnipesaukee after their boat sank.

The drama began at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, as Romney and his family were relaxing at their lakeside summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Gubernatorial son Josh Romney told the Herald yesterday that he and brother Craig were cleaning the beach while their father puttered in the garage when the quiet night air was pierced with screams.

“We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

Roughly 300 yards out onto the lake, six adult family members and their dog were floundering in the water, after their boat suddenly sprung a huge leak — sinking in less than 90 seconds, Josh said.

-snip-

The governor pulled the two younger women aboard his three-seater Jet Ski and zoomed back to shore, while his sons helped the mother of the family onto their vehicle.

In the middle of the rescue, the governor actually took a dunking himself — thrown off the Jet Ski as one anxious boater scrambled aboard and tipped the craft off-balance.

The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

What a family of Cretins!

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

finally!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Finally? You needed an intro for a story that was covered on Hot Air in several threads weeks ago that occurred in 80 eighties? Not clever or current. The article is even from Jan.

Wow, did you game this thread or WHAT?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

All of you bigots, secularists, and atheists who hate Christians need to quit pretending to be conservatives and Pubs. and go back to daily kos and spew your hatred of Christians at the DNC site. None of you plan to vote for a Pub. so quit the charade.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

You lied about Rick’s wife…

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

you just can’t handle the truth.

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Wow, did you game this thread or WHAT?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

well, kingsjester hadn’t heard!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Might this become an election year issue?

Obama Cedes US Territory to Russia

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side.

The islands in question have been American territory for well over a century. The agreement to give them away was drawn up in secrecy, as is so often the case under Obamunist “transparency.”

Obama’s foreign policy can be summed up in a single word: treason.

Akzed on February 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

All of you bigots, secularists, and atheists who hate Christians need to quit pretending to be conservatives and Pubs. and go back to daily kos and spew your hatred of Christians at the DNC site. None of you plan to vote for a Pub. so quit the charade.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I think the repubs need all the help they can get

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Is it just me or does it seem like many of the Drudge headlines lately have been negative towards Santorum?

bucsox79 on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Talkin’ ’bout Satan now, are we? Unemployment’s projected to start creeping back up towards 9%, gas will get close to if not exceed $5/gallon this summer, Israel might cease to be if Iran keeps going down this road, we might be going into Syria, Putin’s trying to single-handedly restart the Cold War, and we have a President who has commited MULTIPLE unconstitutional acts, but by all means, LET’S DISCUSS FREAKIN’ SATAN.

I have a sudden craving for a cigarette, a beer, some amphetamines, model airplane glue, and a piano to fall on my head.

El Dillo on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

And this important with an all voluntary army How?

rich801 on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

All of you bigots, secularists, and atheists who hate Christians need to quit pretending to be conservatives and Pubs. and go back to daily kos and spew your hatred of Christians at the DNC site. None of you plan to vote for a Pub. so quit the charade.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

all republicans must be Christians!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Rick and Mitt, Mitt and Rick, they’re both status quo big govt guys.

In the Hot Air Headlines a new ad by Ron Paul: Rick Santorum a Conservative?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgNJBdTaKE8&feature=player_embedded

IndeCon on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I see as you see these headlines coming out on Santorum and his numbers dropping like all the others in the past you are getting angry throwing your own mud. The election is not about Romney’s son’s by the way. Also 99% of Americans do not serve in the military and they are no less honorable people so get off this losing argument.

Isn’t it good we vet our candidates? maybe Santorum will not think so over these next 7 days.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Romney goes around talking about how much he loves America, about singing patriotic songs and all the rest of that BS. And yet, he has 5 sons and none of them are in the military or national guard. Just seems a little odd that for such an America loving dad, you get 0/5 in the military department from his sons.

It shows that it’s all an act for Romney. He’s no patriot.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

all republicans must be Christians!

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I think that page got ripped out of my pamphlet.

El Dillo on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Is it just me or does it seem like many of the Drudge headlines lately have been negative towards Santorum?

bucsox79 on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

no way.

Drudge isn’t a mittbot.

not possible

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Meanwhile, your eminence is showing.
Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

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You think “emminence” is required to keep one from trashing someone else’s wife ?
Are you married ?

You fine conservatives going in the gutter with this attack on women- trashing anyone’s wife, is despicable. Its off limits.

So the “Palinization” of someone is a conservative principle now ? Great.

I dont think REAGAN even ever thought of a need for a 12th commandment.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Romney has 5 sons. None of them are in the military. Why?

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Um because it is voluntary and only someboidy who WANTS to join would join.

or if you ask Lil Ricky.. “The devil made them not do it!”

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I have a sudden craving for a cigarette, a beer, some amphetamines, model airplane glue, and a piano to fall on my head.

El Dillo on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

looks like you picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And yet, he has 5 sons and none of them are in the military or national guard. Just seems a little odd that for such an America loving dad, you get 0/5 in the military department from his sons.

What, Mitt Romney is supposed to decide on his kids carreers for them. You are a backwards ass MF.

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

WHAT AN AMERICAN HERO!!!!!

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY DOING TALKING ABOUT SATAN!??!!

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Biblically speaking, Santorum is talking about evil and not the image of a horned and pointy-tailed creature. And that is really what this election is about, overcoming the evil that is Barak Obama.

But, I’ll also tell you this. Rick Santorum is comfortable with his faith and expresses it. For twenty years, Barak Obama sat in a church that preaches racial hatred. He got married and his children were baptized in that “church” by a racist “reverend.” I find that far more scary than Rick Santorum talking about good and evil.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

That said, it would be politically prudent to steer clear of such statements

Uh…I think that is precisely the point. The prospective preacher in chief never does.

Priscilla on February 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

but by all means, LET’S DISCUSS FREAKIN’ SATAN.

First, the Satan statement was from 2008, for God’s sake.

Second, who is behind all of those things you mention? My money is on the personification of evil.

guitarman67 on February 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

What, Mitt Romney is supposed to decide on his kids carreers for them. You are a backwards ass MF.

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

0/5. His whole Patriot shtick is just that. It’s even worse though in that he thinks that by pretending to be Mr. America, the rubes in the heartland will overlook his liberal record and blindly support him.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Joe Biden’s son served.
Sarah Palin’s son served.
Mitt Romney’s sons…..not so much.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Is it just me or does it seem like many of the Drudge headlines lately have been negative towards Santorum?

bucsox79 on February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

no way.

Drudge isn’t a mittbot.

not possible

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

.
Its not you- he’s had the same “feelings” for Newt and Paul. While its a valuable source of information, the ABR guys seem to “grab” more headlines (and siren’s). Gotta look at it as part of a “vetting” process, no? NYT-WaPo waiting in the wings.

But lets not toss him under the bus for it. ;)

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

And yet, he has 5 sons and none of them are in the military or national guard. Just seems a little odd that for such an America loving dad, you get 0/5 in the military department from his sons.

It shows that it’s all an act for Romney. He’s no patriot.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I’m trying to follow your “logic” here. A presidential candidate needs to have a child in the military to be a patriot? Does that even make sense to you?

Fact of the matter is that we’ve had an all-volunteer military since the 1970s. Military service is not a litmus test for love of country.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

First, the Satan statement was from 2008, for God’s sake.

Second, who is behind all of those things you mention? My money is on the personification of evil.

guitarman67 on February 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

First, Justin Bieber isn’t evil, he’s just Canadian.

Second, if the Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers issues are relevant despite being from before this year (and I believe they are), then so is this.

El Dillo on February 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Mitt Romney can toot his own horn. And he does.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

National poll: Santorum 36, Romney 26, Gingrich 13, Paul 11

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Justin Bieber isn’t evil…he’s just Canadian

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Romney tooted his own horn; a RINO horn, and it sounded bone shrill.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Your Romney Derangement Syndrome is preventing you from looking at him fairly. I dont see Romney as putting on patriot sctick at all or pretending to be Mr. America.
I dont see his record in mass. as being liberal. He was elected as a Republican in the most liberal state we have. His position as governor was never going to be able top pass sweeping conservative legislation in that state. I like what he says now a lot more than the social conservative banter from Santorum.

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Justin Bieber isn’t evil…he’s just Canadian

DHChron on February 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I like the cut of your jib. Now look up three posts. :D

El Dillo on February 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Joe Biden’s son served.
Sarah Palin’s son served.
Mitt Romney’s sons…..not so much.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Some cats are grey…All rats are grey..Therefore all rats are cats.

rich801 on February 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Sanctorum condemns all who don’t accept his theology.

The preacher in chief speaks again.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

No he doesn’t. Especially not in the article you linked to. csdelusional.

steebo77 on February 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

right2bright on February 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Wow, did you game this thread or WHAT?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Pat yourselves on the back, you guys have done your good deed for the day, poor DHChron has been trolling these threads desperately looking for attention, any kind of attention. Thanks for throwing him a bone.

neuquenguy on February 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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