Poll: Romney leads Santorum by seven in Wisconsin

posted at 11:10 am on March 30, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Mitt Romney remains favored to win next Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary, which is arguably Rick Santorum’s last chance to prove he’s competitive. A new NBC-Marist poll shows Romney with 40 percent support, Rick Santorum with 33 percent, Ron Paul with 11 percent and Newt Gingrich with just 8 percent.

It appears there just aren’t enough very conservative evangelical voters in Wisconsin to give Rick Santorum the advantage:

The Wisconsin race follows a familiar pattern: Romney holds the advantage over Santorum among liberal and moderate Republicans (43 percent to 24 percent), conservatives (42 percent to 33 percent), non-Tea Party supporters (42 percent to 31 percent), and those who earn $75,000 or more annually (47 percent to 32 percent).

Meanwhile, Santorum leads among very conservative primary voters (42 percent to 33 percent), strong Tea Party supporters (40 percent to 32 percent), and evangelical Christians (40 percent to 29 percent).

So far in all the GOP contests where there has been exit polling, Romney has won in every contest where evangelical voters have accounted for less than 50 percent of the electorate. And he has lost in every contest where that number has been higher than 50 percent.

The evangelical percentage among likely Wisconsin GOP primary voters, according to the NBC/Marist poll: 41 percent.

The phrasing in that excerpt serves to reinforce the idea that Rick Santorum wins evangelicals generally and that Mitt Romney continues to have some kind of “evangelical problem,” but, if what we’ve learned in recent exit polling holds true for Wisconsin, that’s not quite right. My introductory sentence is more accurate: It’s not that there aren’t enough evangelicals to give Santorum an advantage. It’s that there aren’t enough very conservative evangelicals to throw the primary to the former Pennsylvania senator. Ronald Brownstein explains:

In response to a National Journal request, Langer analyzed the cumulative results of the 18 state exit polls conducted so far to more precisely track the trends in the GOP race. In the exercise, he segmented both evangelicals and non-evangelicals based on whether they considered themselves very or somewhat conservative, moderate or liberal, and then analyzed the support in each group for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Among evangelical Christians who consider themselves very conservative, Santorum held a commanding 41 percent to 23 percent advantage over Romney, the analysis found. (Gingrich has also carried 29 percent of this group.) That’s a powerful asset for Santorum because evangelicals have cast a 53 percent majority of all votes in the exit polls so far, and fully 45 percent of them identify as very conservative.

But among every other segment of evangelicals, Romney led Santorum. Romney led Santorum by 36 percent to 29 percent among evangelicals who identify as somewhat conservative, and by 39 percent to 29 percent among evangelicals who identify as moderates. Romney also held a 10-percentage point edge among self-identified liberal evangelicals (a small group).

When I spoke to Rick Santorum early this year, he emphasized that he planned to reassemble the Reagan coalition. At the time, much of his messaging had as its target audience “the working man,” blue-collar workers who might or might not be socially conservative. Like the rest of the candidates, Santorum primarily talked about the economy, but his strong foreign and social policy stances convinced him that he was the only true three-legs-of-the-stool conservative in the race. Somewhere along the way, though, he was rebranded the social-issues-only guy. Perhaps it was the president’s contraception mandate — such a ripe invitation for a social conservative response — that did it. Whatever it was, it crippled Santorum and narrowed his slice of the GOP electorate. Whether it’s possible for him to broaden his base now is a matter of speculation, but he’ll have to if he wants to be able to make a case for himself at a contested convention, which is itself looking increasingly unlikely.


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And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Good morning, Tina.

This story looks like it is right up Ed’s alley. Where is he this morning?

novaculus on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Somewhere along the way, though, he was rebranded himself the social-issues-only guy.

Sure, the LSM drove it … but he enabled them and didn’t counter that narrative effectively.

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Average price for a gallon of gasoline in WI went over $4 today.

See you in November.

Bishop on March 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I was expecting the stench of rotting fish.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why won’t Newt get the hell out of the way. Don’t his supporters know his involvement in this primary has been relegated to meaningless – pointless ?

Why doesn’t Santorum have the balls to tell both of them, R Paul to get drop out so a true picture of a two man contest can be found ? I thik he would be surprised in support gained.

FlaMurph on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

novaculus on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Vacation?

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Given the video clip of what may or may not have happened in his speech at Janesville WI, his campaign may be at an end.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Fine. Let’s move on. Time to turn the guns on Obama.

BTW: thanks, GOP and Mittbots, for such a pathetically weak candidate to run in the most important election in a century. You guys and gals wanted him, you financially support him. I’ll see you at the voting booth in November.

In the meantime, I’ll put in earplugs to tune out Democratic attacks on Romney’s gaffes, tone deaf conduct, and Romneycare.

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

From the Associate Press (Madison) on March 28, 2012:

Unemployment rates increase in most major Wisconsin cities and counties in February.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported today that unemployment increased in February from January in 27 cities with at least 25,000 people and in 66 counties.

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’m getting behind Romney. The conservatives that don’t care for Romney can wait it out for Obama’s second term where he finally destory’s the Suspreme Court and the US currency.

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls everything he touches.

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

This is the truth.

Midwesterner on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Not that surprising given the fact that Wisconsin is a liberal dump.

sheikh of thornton on March 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The interesting statistics in Louisiana that are being conveniently glossed over are that Rick won strong across the board – not only evangelicals, but moderates and independents. Yeah, it was over after Iowa (slight change of plans there), then NH, FL, NV, MI, OH, and so on. It won’t be over after WI or PA. Old Mitt may not get the number he needs and that’s just as effective and hopeful for us even if Rick can’t reach the number either. I know it just galls the RNC that the American people aren’t following orders.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

As President Bush sang to Santorum yesterday, Santorum needs to “know when to fold ‘em” and now is the time to fold and step aside.

It would be nice to see the unelectable Rick Santorum, whose campaign is supported by Obama fans who want Obama to have an easy opponent in the fall, do the right thing for the party and for the country.

Rick Santorum, your 15 minutes are up! It’s time to get off the stage.

The people who most want Rick Santorum to hang around are Obama supporters delighting in the prolonged Republican in-fighting.

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Given the video clip of what may or may not have happened in his speech at Janesville WI, his campaign may be at an end.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Linky??

bluealice on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I was expecting the stench of rotting fish brimstone.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

FIFY, bro.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

As if you weren’t already. :)

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Given the video clip of what may or may not have happened in his speech at Janesville WI, his campaign may be at an end.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

that’s a stretch

I guess we are in a day where unless you have 100% precise pronunciation you expose yourself to being painted by a loud-mouth tool.

gatorboy on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Does anyone know what this is all about?? Are we going to get the shaft just as soon as Romney is nominated?

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/03/27/republicans-craft-watered-down-version-dream-act/#ixzz1qbjeEkVf

From the article:

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate are preparing a version of the DREAM Act to legalize undocumented students as a type of “lure” to capture the Hispanic vote in November.

Although no details of the prospective bill have filtered out, Sen. Marco Rubio is working along with other Republicans on an “alternative version” of the DREAM Act, which became stalled in the Senate in 2010.

So the GOP is going to pander to the hispanics for the their vote. Boy, maybe we’ll be treated to a all-out slugfest between the Democrats and Republicans this summer as to who can give the hispanics the most for their vote. Ugh.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

This far out you think pols matter for the general?

What was Obama poling at this point in 08?.. do you even know?

The MSM and Carter thought he was a shoe in to win in 1980 and yes,.. Carter’s people were drooling at the thought of running against teh carezed “warmonger”.

How’d that work out for ya?

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

So, the bigot section of the evangelical wing of the GOP have taken to calling themselves “very conservative” evangelicals.

How unsurprising.

Also,

Somewhere along the way, though, he was rebranded himself the social-issues-only guy.

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

He doubled down again today by again dissing JFK’s speech on religion.
http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2012/03/30/it_is_hard_to_be_catholic_in_public_life.html

The MORON can’t seem to distinguish between “church” and “religion” and “morality”.

Gunlock Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Its not hard to see dwindling enthusiasm.

Speakup on March 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

So the GOP is going to pander to the hispanics for the their vote. Boy, maybe we’ll be treated to a all-out slugfest between the Democrats and Republicans this summer as to who can give the hispanics the most for their vote. Ugh.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Just wait for Romney’s upcoming demand for a carbon tax to fight global warming.

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

FIFY, bro.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Thanks; ), but there is the stench. Smell it? Not a pleasant smell. But very persistent.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Thanks for turning off the auto refresh.

Speakup on March 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State everyone who works according to the polls
liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Better.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

bluealice on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

never mind. found it. meh

bluealice on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Linky??

bluealice on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I think the commenter was referring to this.

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Just wait for Romney’s upcoming demand for a carbon tax to fight global warming.

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I’m getting ready to tune the whole damn thing out. The GOP really is no different than the Democrats. They are all progressives of different shades.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Is that primary being held on the same day as the Walker recall? If so, no way Romney wins.

platypus on March 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Linky??

bluealice on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

It is all over the internet.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/322098

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’m getting ready to tune the whole damn thing out. The GOP really is no different than the Democrats. They are all progressives of different shades.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If say, 10 million of us or so, were to actually write in Palin/Jindal this year, do you think the GOP would learn anything?

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

On to Pennsyvania, then.

rogaineguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Wow. Complete total moronic BS. Right here on HotGas.

platypus on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ABR! Vote stratigically Wisconsinites! This will get settled eventually, but not with Romney in charge. Keep up the vetting.

BetseyRoss on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Somewhere along the way, though, he was rebranded the social-issues-only guy. Perhaps it was the president’s contraception mandate — such a ripe invitation for a social conservative response — that did it. Whatever it was, it crippled Santorum and narrowed his slice of the GOP electorate.

This answer isn’t obvious? He has no experience when it comes to fiscal policy. He was never an executive, he never ran a business, etc..

He was an attorney at a big law firm in Pitt, then became a career politician. Who by his own words, was interested in social issues.

As for foreign policy, again, he has nothing in his resume to suggest leadership or any sense that he knows what he is talking about.

The guy is just a bad candidate. Any Republican who has not been a governor really has no business running for President. Only Republican governors, or former VP’s, have any chance to win. That is especially true if they are social conservatives.

milcus on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I was expecting the stench of rotting fish.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Have you seen the pic of Chioma? You can tell she suffers from that not so freh feeling.

HumpBot Salvation on March 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

If say, 10 million of us or so, were to actually write in Palin/Jindal this year, do you think the GOP would learn anything?

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Interesting idea; I’m in California, so my vote won’t matter anyway …

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

gatorboy on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I don’t think it is a stretch. He seems to have trouble with these kind of things. The people in the room were taken aback.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Wow. Complete total moronic BS. Right here on HotGas.

platypus on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Five bucks says bluegill’s going to accidentally vote for Buchanan.

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

My biggest issue with Romney has been that he would not be able to attack ObamaCare. If the “supremes” do what they should do then they will have taken this off the table for us, letting Romney focus on other aspects of the economic disaster that has been the Obama administration.

b4itsover on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

As if you weren’t already. :)

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I would have loved someone more “Reagan” but I’m OK with Romney there are bigger RINOs than him. However ABR choices were poor this cycle, I though some other strong candidates would have ran but they didn’t. I just worry about some of his positions like min wage, and VAT taxes. I think he will be strong on illegal immigrantion, the federal take over of the mortgage market (my issue), and possibily the debt. I like that he as some outside experience. He seems tough on foreign policy and knows who our enemies are. He seems to attacking Obama on policy

Just Obama getting a second term sends a chill down my spine. He’s the first Anti-American president. I don’t think the Republic can take another term. So, I’m on the Romney train for the Republic.

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Poll: Romney leads Santorum by seven in Wisconsin

You forgot to add that this Marist poll has a margin of error of + or – 3.6%.

Since 3.6% plus 3.6% is greater than the 7% “margin,” this Wisconsin primary race is too close to call.

But I expect Santorum to win. . . unexpectedly! It will appear that Newt’s 8% went to Santorum, when the votes are counted. And they know in Wisconsin that this is their last chance to give Willard a good, satisfying smack down.

Emperor Norton on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’m getting behind Romney. The conservatives that don’t care for Romney can wait it out for Obama’s second term where he finally destory’s the Suspreme Court and the US currency.

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Let’s see how “honest” you are…how about getting behind Romney and pushing him to the right…force him to be conservative, does that work for you?

right2bright on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

BTW: thanks, GOP and Mittbots, for such a pathetically weak candidate to run in the most important election in a century. You guys and gals wanted him, you financially support him. I’ll see you at the voting booth in November.

In the meantime, I’ll put in earplugs to tune out Democratic attacks on Romney’s gaffes, tone deaf conduct, and Romneycare.

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I guess we should thank you TrueCons for even more pathetic, weaker alternatives? After all, if they couldn’t beat Mitt (given his vulnerabilities), how do you think they’d fare in a general?

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I don’t think it is a stretch. He seems to have trouble with these kind of things. The people in the room were taken aback.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Is all of this that important to you? You political hack.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

YAWN…hotgas did its best stringing the Woody drones for a ride with vacuous, pie in the sky storylines

this jerk and Newt Horndog should have dropped out months ago

all these comments and storylines on Bachmann, Perry ( who I supported), Herman Stain, Newt Horndog, and Woody for months…what did you gain? Nothing..you wasted time on hotgas getting your hopes up commenting…”oh gee whiz, I like…”

Mitt Romney will be the nominee, you idiots

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I guess we should thank you TrueCons for even more pathetic, weaker alternatives? After all, if they couldn’t beat Mitt (given his vulnerabilities), how do you think they’d fare in a general?

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I guess we can thank you PROCONs for the last presidential election cycle?

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Oh no, what will I do someone on hotair has called me a name.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

As for foreign policy, again, he has nothing in his resume to suggest leadership or any sense that he knows what he is talking about.

milcus on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Say what? Santorum served 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. It is Romney who has zero foreign policy credentials.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Tina, that was a very even-handed post, with fair, sober, and interesting analysis. It’s nice to see some independent verification of something that I’ve been saying for some time: that Romney’s so-called problem with the Republican “base” is more of a problem with a certain segment of that base. By stating this I mean no denigration of the TruCon evangelicals and other people critical of Romney, whose concerns about his record are legitimate, who correctly refuse to be taken for granted, and who are right to insist that Romney earn every last delegate. I merely want to point out that a) this analysis shows that Romney is far better positioned than Santorum to take on Obama in the general; and that b) despite his best efforts, Santorum has always been a hollow conservative champion, unworthy of the support given to him be well-meaning people, and best chucked over the side before he does more damage.

I’ve received criticism on this site for suggesting that Romney can win the general without the support of the ABR crowd, that he knows it, and that he is ready to move on. I would like to clarify that assertion by stating that I don’t think this is Romney’s preferred strategy, given the effort he has made to court the Right, to the point where it sometimes seems like he’s wasting his time. And that’s why I’ve asked the ABR’s who are still holding out for a miracle to face reality, get behind Romney now, and help put him over the top with a margin so vast that Barack Obama and the Democrat Party are brutally humiliated and completely repudiated. A historic Romney win in 2012, fueled by the fervor of the right, would not only save the country, but put the “base” back into the center of the drama, where it has some power, and can get some things done.

Mr. Arkadin on March 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I hear the smackdown a comin’
It’s rollin’ ’round the bend,
And I ain’t seen a delegate,
Since, I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in truecon Prison,
And time keeps draggin’ on,
But that train keeps a-rollin’,
On down to Tampa Bay.

When I was just a baby,
My Mama told me, “Son,
Always be a good socon,
Don’t ever play with condoms,”
But I dissed a man named Romney,
Just to hurt his chances,
When I hear that whistle blowin’,
I hang my head and cry.

I bet there’s rich folks eatin’,
In a fancy dining car,
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee,
And smokin’ big cigars,
But I know I had it comin’,
I know I can’t be free,
But those people keep a-movin’,
And that’s what tortures me.

Well, if they freed me from this prison,
If that 1144 count was mine,
I bet I’d move out over a little,
Farther toward the middle,
Far from truecon Prison,
That’s where I want to stay,
And I’d let that lonesome whistle,
Blow my Blues away.

Bradky on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If say, 10 million of us or so, were to actually write in Palin/Jindal this year, do you think the GOP would learn anything?

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Sorry, but the handful of thumb-sucking, foot-stomping crybabies overestimate their numbers and significance. Republican voters, independents and some Democrats will vote to successfully remove Obama from office and elect President Romney, while the hapless HotAir ABRtard Dozen will be writing in their hero Sarah Palin’s name on the ballot, thinking they’re sending shockwaves back to their imaginary establishment boogeymen.

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

You forgot to add that this Marist poll has a margin of error of + or – 3.6%.

Since 3.6% plus 3.6% is greater than the 7% “margin,” this Wisconsin primary race is too close to call.

But I expect Santorum to win. . . unexpectedly! It will appear that Newt’s 8% went to Santorum, when the votes are counted. And they know in Wisconsin that this is their last chance to give Willard a good, satisfying smack down.

Emperor Norton on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

who gives a rat’s behind what you expect, jerk? GET A LIFE !

go see a shrink because you live in a fantasy world

Better chance that Timothy Dalton reprises his roles as 007 than Woody to win Wisconsin, you pathetic jerk

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Oh no, what will I do someone on hotair has called me a name.

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Man up to it if it’s accurate.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Noticed this week the chorographed endorsements for Romneycare by the GOP establishment. First, Jeb “daddy help me make millions from your friends” Bush, then george H W (daddy prescott bush help me make millions from your friends” bush, today Paul “GOP leadership how should I vote on this issue” ryan and still romneycare has only a 7 point lead in wisc..

He’s outspending santorium by millions in wisconsin, he has every elected republican elected officals get out the vote organization with him, his competitor is deeply underfunded etc. and only 7 points.

Romneycare is the worst candidate ever. We need a true conservative, vote not romneycare, get it to the convention then let’s nominate Palin! give the GOP establishment convulsions!

Danielvito on March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I hope so.

novaculus on March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I guess we can thank you PROCONs for the last presidential election cycle?

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

That…or an economic meltdown and an incumbent GOP president sporting an approval rating in the 30s.

Your call, I guess.

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Must have been a Madison Poll.

DDay on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Blow my Blues away.

Bradky on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What’s the name of that tune “The RINO Blues” LOL!

Dr Evil on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Another Tina love letter to Rick and Obama.

Mormontheman on March 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

With Paul Ryan’s endorsement and a weekend blitz, I see Romney now taking the state by double digits.

If Santorum is smart, he’ll drop out before the next contest in PA. Losing his home state (again) will properly brand him a loser for the rest of his days.

BradTank on March 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This might have actually helped Mitt in Wisco but it will be cut and pasted against him in the general:

Talking by conference call with thousands of Wisconsin voters Wednesday, Mitt Romney told them he had a humorous connection to their state.

But it didn’t take long for “funny anecdote” to become “campaign fodder.”

Romney’s story involved the time more than 50 years ago that his father, George, an American Motors executive, shut down a factory in Michigan and moved the work to Wisconsin.

“Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign,” explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin’s fight song, but not Michigan’s.

“Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

Fallon on March 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What’s the name of that tune “The RINO Blues” LOL!

Dr Evil on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Nah I’d call it the HA35 blues….

Bradky on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

That…or an economic meltdown and an incumbent GOP president sporting an approval rating in the 30s.

Your call, I guess.

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

My call?

Thanks.

PROCONs!

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It is not.

Goodbye

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

milcus on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Is this a sarcastic post?
He was a 12 year senator, handled federal budgets (Mitt never has), was an A grade for fiscal voting, the only Senator those 12 years to receive an A each year…and you say no fiscal experience?
Thomas Sowell has more faith in him than in Mitt…I think I trust Sowell more than you, no offense.
And where does selling short term assets, and creating long term liabilities as a “consultant” make for a good fiscal leader in the government?
Here are the great businessmen…Perot, Forbes, Rockefeller, Carter, Edwards, Kennedy…get it? Now show me a great political leader, who was a great businessman…now do you get it?
That’s like saying you have to be able to make a lot of money to be a great general…good grief…

right2bright on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

ah yes … i see the rotting fish has shown up ….
I am out of here .. have fun and play nice ….

conservative tarheel on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Wisconsin President
Marist

Obama (D) 52
Romney (R) 35

Obama (D) +17.0

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

It appears there just aren’t enough very conservative evangelical voters in Wisconsin to give Rick Santorum the advantage

No, the very conservative evangelicals just don’t have as much of a Mormon phobia in Wisconsin as they do down South, they see the writing on the wall and are voting for the candidate and not some hanger-on with no chance to win either the nomination or the general in the fall.

Santorum’s campaign died in Illinois and there’s no “arguably” about it. He’s done, toast, its over. HE CAN’T POSSIBLY WIN. Some people are just hard-headed is all.

crosspatch on March 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

What BS! I don’t care for Santorum any more than Mittens, but while I’ll vote Republican in the fall, neither will get my primary vote.

When I spoke to Rick Santorum early this year, he emphasized that he planned to reassemble the Reagan coalition.

Reagan wasn’t a whiny, complainer.

cartooner on March 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Is it really any surprise that Romney is leading, he has only been shoved down our throats for about three years. In the end I do hope he beats Mr. Obama, but I still ask myself, what does this guy stand for?

DDay on March 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I think Santorum is one of the least likely people on the planet to ever call anyone a n*****.

Having said that, I’m glad to hear that Wisconsin evangelicals aren’t as Hucka-kneejerk as Iowa evangelicals.

ElectricPhase on March 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Somewhere along the way, though, he was rebranded the social-issues-only guy. Perhaps it was the president’s contraception mandate — such a ripe invitation for a social conservative response — that did it. Whatever it was, it crippled Santorum and narrowed his slice of the GOP electorate. Whether it’s possible for him to broaden his base now is a matter of speculation, but he’ll have to if he wants to be able to make a case for himself at a contested convention, which is itself looking increasingly unlikely.

No. Santorum wasn’t rebranded. His views on social issues are so extreme that he has made himself into social-issues-only guy. If we were to make the mistake of nominating him, the Democrats quite rightly would make the election about social issues. And we have real economic problems and a second term Obama’s foreign policy would be a unmitigated disaster for the long run survival of the United States.

thuja on March 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Let’s see how “honest” you are…how about getting behind Romney and pushing him to the right…force him to be conservative, does that work for you?

right2bright on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I think that’s best done at the state and local level with reps and Senators. If you have “old” GOP in congress nothing changes. The party needs to change, Bohner and McConnel need to go. “Old” GOP need to lose elections in the primaries.

What I’m saying it’s more than getting a conservative President, we need a conservative leadership.

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

… imaginary establishment boogeymen.

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

LOL. Just when you thought one has reached bottom (“a vote for A in B = a vote for C in D), they surprise you with the (lack of) depth of their analytical skills: Defining Dumb Down …

ShainS on March 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Wisconsin President

Marist

Obama (D) 52
Romney (R) 35

Obama (D) +17.0

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

You should just stop right there.

VegasRick on March 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack’s Obama’s Reelection

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Obama and Hillary battled till the final stages…

Why are you afraid of competition?

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

lol at the Woody drones

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Regarding the matchup of Obama vs Romney in Wisconsin, does anyone REALLY believe that’s where the election is at?

If Scott Walker can survive his recall after having about a $100 million dumped on him, I think Romney can take on Obama.

George W. Bush both times came within less than a point of winning. If Dubya (the worst GOP politician of my lifetime) can come that close, Romney on the backdrop of a horrible economy and $4 gas can certainly beat Obama there. Especially now that they’ve cracked down on out of state voting from the college kidz and the Unions are broke.

BradTank on March 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

My call?

Thanks.

PROCONs!

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Good for you. Remind me…who else that ran wouldn’t have been trounced in a general?

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Rasmussen’s new poll today has it at Romney 44%, Santorum 34%, and Gingrich and Paul both at 7%.

midgeorgian on March 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Is that primary being held on the same day as the Walker recall? If so, no way Romney wins.

platypus on March 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

How come?

Lightswitch on March 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

lol at libera4life, too….a virgin libtard troll

very insecure man in mom’s basement, trolling on hotgas

go back to your porn sites and use you hand in a practical way to release yourself

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Say what? Santorum served 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. It is Romney who has zero foreign policy credentials.

KickandSwimMom on March 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

But I heard Romney tell Putin to tear down the Berlin Wall of China just the other day. He was real adamant about it and everything./

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

go back to your porn sites and use you hand in a practical way to release yourself

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This says a lot about you than it does about me

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

And Obama destroys both in the State according to the polls

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

…and ‘I’ get to pick the poll or just make up my own!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Regarding the matchup of Obama vs Romney in Wisconsin, does anyone REALLY believe that’s where the election is at?

If Scott Walker can survive his recall after having about a $100 million dumped on him, I think Romney can take on Obama.

George W. Bush both times came within less than a point of winning. If Dubya (the worst GOP politician of my lifetime) can come that close, Romney on the backdrop of a horrible economy and $4 gas can certainly beat Obama there. Especially now that they’ve cracked down on out of state voting from the college kidz and the Unions are broke.

BradTank on March 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

a note of caution my friend….do not read or believe virgin trolls like liberal4life

he is a bitter fat man who needs to get laid

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Papa Rick would be disappointed in you for having lustful thoughts about someone…

Bradky on March 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Nah I’d call it the HA35 blues….

Bradky on Nah I’d call it the HA35 blues….

It could be the theme song for the HAMS BB 55 also.

smoothsailing on March 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It is not.

Goodbye

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I’d say insinuating something that not only might ruin a mans career but his life and reputation too over the flimsiest of evidence would warrant that description.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

This says a lot about you than it does about me

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

poor virgin baby !! bwhaaa! cry, you 50 year old virgin libtard

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

HumpBot Salvation on March 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

You sir/ma’am have an excellent memory. Very good! ; )

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

As for foreign policy, again, he has nothing in his resume to suggest leadership or any sense that he knows what he is talking about.

milcus on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I don’t like Santorum, but he does have good ideas about foreign policy. We should be careful to avoid going overboard in attacking Santorum.

thuja on March 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Good for you. Remind me…who else that ran wouldn’t have been trounced in a general?

changer1701 on March 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

That’s the point. Mitt Romney was even more Conservative than McCain last time but McCain was ordained. I think Mitt had at least a better chance.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

poor virgin baby !! bwhaaa! cry, you 50 year old virgin libtard

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Why hasn’t this been banned yet? liberal4life seems like a sweetheart compared to it.

ElectricPhase on March 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Is it really any surprise that Romney is leading, he has only been shoved down our throats for about three years. In the end I do hope he beats Mr. Obama, but I still ask myself, what does this guy stand for?

DDay on March 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

He stands for an America that is full of Americans that stand for an America full of Americans.

Buckshot Bill on March 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

nparga23 on March 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You’re a jerk. There is no reason to be so strident in your tone and word choice. Spent too much time at the Daily Beast or Huffpo?

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I was expecting the stench of rotting fish.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

…nooooooooooooooooooo…that’s the diaper you smell…today’s smell is brought to you compliments of Gerber’s Rice Cereal with Zinc, and diced carrots with brown sugar!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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