Breaking: Santorum to suspend campaign; Update: No endorsement; Update: Romney congratulates Santorum

posted at 2:05 pm on April 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rumors flying on Twitter appear to have been confirmed on Fox News and CBS, among other outlets — at least for the moment.  Just minutes ahead of a scheduled press conference in Gettysburg, PA, Rick Santorum has apparently decided to suspend his campaign.  Fox’s Carl Cameron reported it live on air shortly before 2 pm ET, but no reports are yet on the wires.  Politico reporter Reid Epstein says he has confirmation from PA GOP chair Rob Gleason.

Stand by for updates.  The live feed for the presser can be found here.

Update: CNN is now reporting it here, based on word from “a senior adviser to the campaign.” Fox has the headline on its site.

Update II: BuzzFeed has more here, and reports that Romney was informed of the decision some time this morning.  I noted earlier this afternoon that the e-mails from the Romney campaign today had focused attacks solely on Barack Obama, and wondered whether that was a signal.

Update III: The Boss Emeritus tweets that Santorum made everyone else pick up their game, and that’s absolutely true.  I’m disappointed that Santorum couldn’t compete better, but glad that the debate continued and that Santorum made Mitt Romney work for the nomination.  Rick Klein of ABC tweets that Santorum won 10 states — and that anyone who would have guessed that he could have won more than two is lying.

Update IV: Santorum starts off the presser assuring everyone that their prayers for Bella were very much appreciated and felt, and that she’s doing better.  However, that episode, Santorum says, prompted the family to reassess the status of the campaign and their goals as a family.  He’s talking about the campaign in the past tense, though, which makes the announcement pretty clear.

Update V: A nice touch: “It turns out that it really wasn’t my voice that I was out communicating with. It was your voice.”

Update VI: Santorum says the race is over for him, and stated clearly that he is suspending the campaign — but that he will continue to fight for his values.

Update VII: A good, emotional, and positive speech — but no endorsement for Mitt Romney, and indeed not even a mention of him.  Santorum did say that Republicans have to focus on beating Barack Obama, but that was as close as he got.  A reporter shouted out a question as Santorum left the stage about whether he will endorse Romney, but Santorum just wished the reporter well and thanked the room again.  Perhaps, though, it would be reasonable for everyone to give Santorum a little space on the endorsement question.

Update VIII: Mitt Romney’s team sent out a statement by e-mail at almost the moment the presser finished, congratulating Santorum on his campaign:

“Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation.  We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.”

Update IX (Tina): The Right Scoop has full video of Santorum’s lovely, gracious concession speech. My utmost respect to Rick Santorum for conducting such an honorable campaign from start to finish:


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cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

That’s setting the bar kind of low, isn’t it?

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I have. Got in back when Obama was in the low 50s. Easiest 90% return on an investment I will ever make.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

If that’s true then in a way I kinda admire that. Most of the ABRs don’t have the guts.

alchemist19 on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Mitt-tards in Late 2011: Polls show Romney can win against Obama. These polls mean you should vote for Romney in the primary.

Mitt-tards in April 2012: The polls showing Romney losing by 10% don’t mean a thing. Way too early to take polls seriously.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Exactly!

Hey Doc, I was around for the elections of Reagan so I DO KNOW what happened.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Well then you should know that what you wrote before was crap then. Ever hear of Grover Norquist?

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The problem is that they like the conditions and are only waiting for Obama to give them more of their fair share from the nasty rich people. This election is not going to be a cake walk.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

He will lose badly. Everyone knows it. You know it as well.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

These were your choices for potential candidates- Lets review:

Michelle Bachman
Gary Johnson
John Huntsman
Herman Cain
Newt Gingrich
Haley Barbour
Donald Trump?
Buddy Roemer
Rick Perry
Ron Paul
Sarah Palin
Tim Pawlenty
Rick Santorum
Clark Kent W. Mitt Romney

So when Omarxist wins in Nov. (/S) –
WHO are
YOU gonna shoulda woulda coulda been for?
(when none of the above doesn’t work anymore)

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

1000

Bmore on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Romney will lose by at least 9 points.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

nope double digits … I call 12 points .. minimum ….

conservative tarheel on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

katy the mean old lady on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I figure that buymoredanishstuff will have a jenfidel-like melt down before too long. She’s getting almost as weird as sheryl.

Wait-a-sec, I might have gotten those two mixed up…

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

The bad blood will go away eventually

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

No, it won’t.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

If that’s true then in a way I kinda admire that. Most of the ABRs don’t have the guts.

alchemist19 on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The inverse is true as well. If you Mitt-bots truly believe Willard will, he’s at 37% or so. Triple your money. The reason they’re not doing it is because deep down they know Willard has no chance.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Can’t we all just agree that once you get past the evengelical vote and social issues, Santorum’s record on fiscal and freedom issues is worse than Romney’s?

See spending, budgets, earmarks, union mandates……

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The bad blood will go away eventually

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

How? Santorum just quit. And the Mitt-bots are spending the day ripping the guy up for quitting.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The problem is that they like the conditions and are only waiting for Obama to give them more of their fair sharero from the nasty rich people. This election is not going to be a cake walk.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Agreed, and I truly hope that Romney and his team are more prepared then his supporters. Their claim of a 5-6 or even 10% victory is overly optimistic. IF and it is a big if Romney wins, it will be a very close one.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

mark81150 on April 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

g2825m has always been an honest polite supporter of Gov. Romney, always respectful of others.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Thank you both! The funds should be hitting your paypal account soon! /

I just believe that you can have disagreements and still carry on an adult conversation without calling someone a jerk, a-hole, dimwit, and the worst of all an “Obama supporter” haha

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Can’t we all just agree that once you get past the evengelical vote and social issues, Santorum’s record on fiscal and freedom issues is worse than Romney’s?

See spending, budgets, earmarks, union mandates……

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You’re right. SantorumCare really messed up health care in PA.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

When ya’ play with the nutballs you take what you can get.

I consider it practice for when the pros show up for the general.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So when Omarxist wins in Nov. (/S) –
WHO are YOU gonna shoulda woulda coulda been for?
(when none of the above doesn’t work anymore)

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

That will be irrelevant. It will be Romney (who’s actually been the nominee for the past 3 years — Huckabee and Palin both recognized that) who will be the nominee based on propaganda over the past 3+ years telling us how super-electable and super-serious he is and how indies and women and blacks and Latinos and Asians and gays and every other balkanized group are gonna super-love him.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I’m amazed at the sore losers here at HA. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

The inverse is true as well. If you Mitt-bots truly believe Willard will, he’s at 37% or so. Triple your money. The reason they’re not doing it is because deep down they know Willard has no chance.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

He needs the folks who supported Hillary. You know he could just siphon a lot of dems. That’s what happened in Mass as I recollect.

I’d prefer a conservative too, but we cannot take four more years of Zero.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

He will lose badly. Everyone knows it. You know it as well.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

These were your choices for potential candidates- Lets review:

Michelle Bachman
Gary Johnson
John Huntsman
Herman Cain
Newt Gingrich
Haley Barbour
Donald Trump?
Buddy Roemer
Rick Perry
Ron Paul
Sarah Palin
Tim Pawlenty
Rick Santorum
Clark Kent W. Mitt Romney

So when Omarxist wins in Nov. (/S) –
WHO are YOU gonna shoulda woulda coulda been for?
(when none of the above doesn’t work anymore)

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Doesn’t matter who ran or didn’t. Fact is Romney will lose. Other candidates may have won or lost. Irrelevant to the discussion of how badly Romney will lose.
Your argumnet

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Well at least we know an election can still be bought.

Socmodfiscon on April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What’s amazing is the sore winners.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

He needs the folks who supported Hillary. You know he could just siphon a lot of dems. That’s what happened in Mass as I recollect.

I’d prefer a conservative too, but we cannot take four more years of Zero.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You’re delusional if you think Hillary supporters will flock to Romney.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The inverse is true as well. If you Mitt-bots truly believe Willard will, he’s at 37% or so. Triple your money. The reason they’re not doing it is because deep down they know Willard has no chance.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

And deep down most of them really couldn’t care less, just so long as they can do an endzone dance against them thar Bible-thumpin’ inbred racist moron hicks down South.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

You’re right. SantorumCare really messed up health care in PA.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Is that anything like mandating you be in a union if you want to be a plumber in PA?

Santorums excuse is worse than Romney’s, “because so many constituents are in a union, they didn’t want ‘free-riders’”, so I will mandate unions”.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I consider it practice for when the pros show up for the general.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

More power to you. I’m just mystified at the vitriol being spewed in support of the candidate of choice by some of these people. Thankfully, there are some Romney supporters who are invariably polite and measured to counter-balance the spittle-flecked, teeth-gnashing pit bulls who tend to flock to his campaign.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

What’s amazing is the sore winners.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Naw. They’ve been acting like this since before the Open Registration Invasion. For them to show graciousness, would have been out of character.

kingsjester on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And deep down most of them really couldn’t care less, just so long as they can do an endzone dance against them thar Bible-thumpin’ inbred racist moron hicks down South.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

That is absurd.

alchemist19 on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What’s amazing is the sore winners.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Bingo! The ones who couldn’t just come on here and wish Santorum and his daughter well.. NO they had to reiterate the fact that Santorum lost, and his dying three year old had NOTHING to do with him quitting.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

You’re delusional if you think Hillary supporters will flock to Romney.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Did I say that?

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Favorable Ratings for Romney:

CNN/Opinion Research 3/24 – 3/25 1014 A 37 49 -12
ABC News/Wash Post 3/21 – 3/25 1016 A 34 50 -16
FOX News 3/10 – 3/12 912 RV 39 49 -10
Bloomberg 3/8 – 3/11 1002 A 42 48 -6
CBS News/NY Times 3/7 – 3/11 878 RV 30 37 -7
Pew Research 3/7 – 3/11 1503 A 29 51 -22

He’s a loser.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I just believe that you can have disagreements and still carry on an adult conversation without calling someone a jerk, a-hole, dimwit, and the worst of all an “Obama supporter” haha

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

You can but is it as much fun?

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I still stand by my numbers on Romney’s victory…I do a little analysis for a living in the military and am comfortable with about a 5% win for him. Obama’s numbers are going to be DOWN over 2008 and Romney will pick off a few States McCain never even had a chance to win in 2008.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Naw. They’ve been acting like this since before the Open Registration Invasion. For them to show graciousness, would have been out of character.

kingsjester on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Hey! I came on with the second to last open registration. ;-)

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Bingo! The ones who couldn’t just come on here and wish Santorum and his daughter well.. NO they had to reiterate the fact that Santorum lost, and his dying three year old had NOTHING to do with him quitting.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I made no reference to Santorum, only the vitriolic anti-Romney supporters.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The problem is that they like the conditions and are only waiting for Obama to give them more of their fair share from the nasty rich people. This election is not going to be a cake walk.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I have never said it will be a cake walk, only that I think Romney can win. Sure, there are plenty of folks still waiting on their Obama-stash, but there are a lot more folks now who understand that the money isn’t there. We’ve run out of other people’s money. More and more Americans are getting that message.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

mark81150 on April 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

g2825m has always been an honest polite supporter of Gov. Romney, always respectful of others.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Thank you both! The funds should be hitting your paypal account soon! /

I just believe that you can have disagreements and still carry on an adult conversation without calling someone a jerk, a-hole, dimwit, and the worst of all an “Obama supporter” haha

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I have always found g2825 and mark81150
to be good ppl ….
they were reasonable and able to explain their position ..

conservative tarheel on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Oops. Never mind. :)

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Of course. Anyone who doesn’t fantasize about falating Willard is a super duper to secret plant from Obama HQ. Yawn.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

So what exactly are you saying? That you are going to stay home on election day if Mitt is the nominee? That you want the rest of us to do the same?

ladyingray on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

And deep down most of them really couldn’t care less, just so long as they can do an endzone dance against them thar Bible-thumpin’ inbred racist moron hicks down South.

ddrintn on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

That is absurd.

alchemist19 on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

No it isn’t. The Mitt-tards wanted Mittens to win the nomination and destroy the tea party. Mission Accomplished. They’ve won the battle and the war. Whether or not Romney is president is an after thought. Their main mission was anihilate conservatives from the GOP power structure.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I am speaking of the Mitt supporters who sound like they came from dkos, HuffPo, and DU.

kingsjester on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What’s amazing is the sore winners.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

You obviously never read what the Romney supporters called the Rick supporters…I know, I know, you will say or whine “they did it too”, so I guess in your eyes, after months of being called all sorts of names, the Rick supporters, and more accurately, the conservatives, should just forget what they were called…btw, they are still conservatives, and still want Mitt to become one, so the battle still wages on.
Mitt can’t win without conservatives, and he has a lot of ground to make up…forget the Mitt supporters, they are not and never will be conservatives, any more than Jim Jones followers were “Christians”…

right2bright on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Fantastic news! Now if Romney and Newt will drop out, it’ll be even better.

Dante on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I just believe that you can have disagreements and still carry on an adult conversation without calling someone a jerk, a-hole, dimwit, and the worst of all an “Obama supporter” haha

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

For what it’s worth, I have never had any disagreements with you and you’re usually pretty polite. You are one of the few that doesn’t run screaming from policy debates either.

Doomberg on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Bingo! The ones who couldn’t just come on here and wish Santorum and his daughter well.. NO they had to reiterate the fact that Santorum lost, and his dying three year old had NOTHING to do with him quitting.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I made no reference to Santorum, only the vitriolic anti-Romney supporters.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I know that is the point– YOu completely glossed over that there were some Romney supporters acting like Douc#es as well.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So what exactly are you saying? That you are going to stay home on election day if Mitt is the nominee? That you want the rest of us to do the same?

ladyingray on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I don’t care what you do. I will not be voting for Romney. I may vote 3rd party, I may leave my ballot blank for president, I may vote for Obama, I may vote for Mickey Mouse. Not sure yet. But I can say with 100% certainty I will not be casting a vote for Willard. Ever.

Does that answer your question?

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

You’re delusional if you think Hillary supporters will flock to Romney.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Many of them backed McCain. Some of them might crossover again. If they have any brains or foresight for our future, they will.

jazzuscounty on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Pray and work for Republican control of all of Congress.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I made no reference to Santorum, only the vitriolic anti-Romney supporters.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

You opened that can. You should have been smart enough to know what you did.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

And I should care why?

3.8 trillion dollar budget.

16+ trillion dollars in debt by the time polls close in November.

1.6+ trillion of that 3.8 trillion will be borrowed and added to our debt over the next 10 years. If you do a little math, you’ll see that in four years — a presidential term — our debt will be 22 trillion dollars. To put that number into perspective — the world GDP is 63.12 trillion. Now add in our unfunded liabilities — which shoots our debt to 65+ trillion — and yeah, our debt surpasses entire world GDP.

And who are we picking to solve this problem?

Romney.

Ok, yeah, good luck with that. Keep patting yourselves on the back. You get rid of SCOAMF. Great. And then what?

Nothing.

Congrats.

Pewterslimsme on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I just believe that you can have disagreements and still carry on an adult conversation without calling someone a jerk, a-hole, dimwit, and the worst of all an “Obama supporter” haha

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

You can but is it as much fun?

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

haha It’s just not in my nature…Now I do get fairly nasty fighting insurgents over here though…there is MORE on the line here than what I face on a HA blog. :o)

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Make sure you vote for the down ticket.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Can’t we all just agree that once you get past the evengelical vote and social issues across the board, Santorum’s Romney’s record on fiscal and freedom issues is worse than Romney’s Gingrich’s?

See spending, budgets, earmarks, union mandates……

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You’re absolutely right.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

C’mon angryed-have you seen the polling sampling of these polls-especially the ABC poll? There is time-even w/ polling sampling bias, Romney will be fine. Am I the only optimist here? And, what was Santorum polling at in these polls? Just curious. Santorum wasn’t even going to win his own state-that’s telling. There is a choice now-Obama or Romney. And, btw, not voting only helps the dunce in the WH

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Make sure you vote for the down ticket.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Definitely. And it will be more or less straight Republican, as is always the case with me.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

right2bright on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Of course not. What do I know. I’m just a lowly noob.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Many of them backed McCain.

jazzuscounty on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

No. Many of them backed Palin. I should know, I was one of them. Palin and the Tea Party, together with the absolute cluelessness of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Party, made me a Republican.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

You focus your nasty on the important ones, it helps you stay alive. Passive aggressive snarking at Hot Air is small potatoes

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I am speaking of the Mitt supporters who sound like they came from dkos, HuffPo, and DU.

kingsjester on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I know. I couldn’t resist the tease. At least I hope I don’t sound like one of them. Besides, I re-read your post and saw that the timing wouldn’t have applied in any event and admitted my error.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Am I the only optimist here?

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Pretty much.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I have always found g2825 and mark81150
to be good ppl ….
they were reasonable and able to explain their position ..

conservative tarheel on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Conservative and Doomberg I am going to need your account numbers as well to deposit your funds…I have a relative in Nigeria that will send the money once I receive your account numbers. /

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

NOT!

MJBrutus on April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I still stand by my numbers on Romney’s victory…I do a little analysis for a living in the military and am comfortable with about a 5% win for him. Obama’s numbers are going to be DOWN over 2008 and Romney will pick off a few States McCain never even had a chance to win in 2008.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Which states? As I see it, there are just a handful of swing states, and Romney has to get at least half of them. Which states that Obama won in 2008 is Romney going to pick up in your view? I see him winning Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia, and North Carolina, but that won’t be enough. He also has to get Iowa and New Mexico, or one of the other biggies, Ohio or Pennsylvania.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

C’mon angryed-have you seen the polling sampling of these polls-especially the ABC poll? There is time-even w/ polling sampling bias, Romney will be fine. Am I the only optimist here? And, what was Santorum polling at in these polls? Just curious. Santorum wasn’t even going to win his own state-that’s telling. There is a choice now-Obama or Romney. And, btw, not voting only helps the dunce in the WH

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Of course. Every poll showing Romney losing is biased. Don’t you get a little tired of this excuse? Fine, 1, 2 3 polls maybe. But every single poll out there today shows an Obama win. Are they ALL biased?

And it doesn’t matter is Santorum was losing 100-0% to Obama. It’s irrelevant to how Romney will do. Why is it so hard for you people to separate the two?

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Many of them backed McCain. Some of them might crossover again. If they have any brains or foresight for our future, they will.

jazzuscounty on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Yes, I remember, and many of them are still rightfully sore about what Zero did to her. I don’t think they will “flock” to him (deference to red) but Romney may be able to attract some of them.

I posted here several times that I would never vote for Romney. Did you guys ever watch Captain & Commander?

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

*munch* *munch*

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I can’t believe I have to hope for continued high gas and food prices to give Gov. Romney his best chance. And this would have been my opinion regardless of who the Republican nominee was.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I can’t say I’m sorry to see Santorum suspend his campaign, since I think Romney is the better candidate. For Santorum to stay in a race he has a negligble chance of winning would damage the likely nominee more than it would help anyone.

But having said that, I think Santorum is an honorable man, one who has led the way and taken fire on issues of faith and religious freedom that need to be addressed in the campaign. I cannot fault a man who puts his family above political ambition. I wish him and his family and especially his daughter well.

Confutus on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

MJBrutus on April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Good then, two deluded people. One is the loneliest number, after all.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

If you’re gonna’ do that, bring enough to share.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

To all Romney supporters on this site i will call a truce and make you this deal.I will not say anything negative about Gov.Romney and will hold out for the possibility of supporting and voting for him.I will hold judgment until i see who he puts on the ticket and how he runs his campaign.If he goes after Obama telling the American people the truth about what Obama is really doing to this country then just maybe i can support him.But on the other hand if he goes down this road of saying Obama is a nice guy who loves this country but just has the wrong ideas on how to fix our problems.Then if people at his rallies call Obama a socialist and Romney pulls a McCain and starts chastising the people for saying that them my friends the deal is off.

logman1 on April 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

No. Many of them backed Palin. I should know, I was one of them. Palin and the Tea Party, together with the absolute cluelessness of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Party, made me a Republican.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/256106

There’s a lot more (on yahoo search PUMA MCCAIN), and thank you for crossing the aisle, so to speak.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Tryn’ to pick up the slack from blue gills and csdeven?

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Trying to pick up the slack from Keith Olbermann?

Good girl! Go after another of our good commenters here.
That will turn us all around.
Don’t try the Newt was my second choice bullcrap. We’ve all read your screeds.

katy the mean old lady on April 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM

It’s a fact, gnat. Do not doubt me on this. As the campaign progressed I (like millions of conservatives) became increasingly disenchanted with him, a situation which reached a crescendo when his PAC went after Bain Capital.

As for Cozmo being a “good commenter”, that’s a farcical observation. She has never, ever made anything approaching a “good comment” to me. It’s ‘You’re a [blank] hater’ 24/7. And FTR, SHE has been addressing ME, not the other way around. If you want to play with her, go right ahead, she clearly needs company.

Tsk. Tsk. I was trying to be so nice to you and here you go again, calling me a child. Anyone can read what I wrote. I did not go on about my socioeconomic status, etc. I pointed out that you know nothing about me but feel comfortable enough to try and insult me by calling me a child. Now I’m a petulant child. That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. Perhaps you should look it up and stop trying to “punch above your weight.” I tolerate a lot of bullsh*t, but I don’t tolerate being misquoted. You are furniture. Worthy of no more notice than the fact that you are available for my convenience and henceforth, you will be treated as such.
totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

What “misquote” are you stomping your feet about? When I said “put your sarcasm aside” when you actually said, “Save your sarcasm”? OMG, please forgive me for this terrible error on my part!!/

As for your “being nice to me”. Do tell. Not that I care about niceties, but I do care about the truth. And I called you a “child” because you made this childish statement: “I can’t help it if you can’t see past your Newt hate to see that much.”

It has nothing to do with your socio-economic status. It’s about the “substance” of your comments and the choice of words you chose to employ (including your latest mock-worthy sentences about me being “furniture”). I’ll spare you the embarrassment of replying directly to that. And please, by all means, ignore me. I could not care less.

Buy Danish on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

logman1 on April 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I don’t think you quite get the concept…

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I can’t believe I have to hope for continued high gas and food prices to give Gov. Romney his best chance. And this would have been my opinion regardless of who the Republican nominee was.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

That’s the case going up against any incumbent. If pocket-book issues are perceived as good, incumbents don’t get fired. American voters don’t like turning incumbents out — it’s an admission that 4 years earlier the nation made a huge mistake. Obama’s bad for a whole lot of reasons well beyond the pocket book, but if that’s what it takes for 50.1% of voters to turn him out, I can live with it for a few more months.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I can’t say I’m sorry to see Santorum suspend his campaign, since I think Romney is the better candidate. For Santorum to stay in a race he has a negligble chance of winning would damage the likely nominee more than it would help anyone.

But having said that, I think Santorum is an honorable man, one who has led the way and taken fire on issues of faith and religious freedom that need to be addressed in the campaign. I cannot fault a man who puts his family above political ambition. I wish him and his family and especially his daughter well.

Confutus on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Thank you! I just knew there were a few decent ones out there. Great post!

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I still stand by my numbers on Romney’s victory…I do a little analysis for a living in the military and am comfortable with about a 5% win for him. Obama’s numbers are going to be DOWN over 2008 and Romney will pick off a few States McCain never even had a chance to win in 2008.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Which states? As I see it, there are just a handful of swing states, and Romney has to get at least half of them. Which states that Obama won in 2008 is Romney going to pick up in your view? I see him winning Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia, and North Carolina, but that won’t be enough. He also has to get Iowa and New Mexico, or one of the other biggies, Ohio or Pennsylvania.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I agree with your picks and believe he will win Ohio but PA will fall short but very close. I see him picking up a REAL close win in Iowa. With those you listed above I see him taking NH, NV, FL, and then out of NC and VA it will be VERY CLOSE and if he takes both then he will be well up over my 5% pick. I believe there will be some upper Midwest States that may go Romney’s way. The KEY to this is that Obama will HAVE TO SPEND time in States that he otherwise normally would not because of Romney as the nominee.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

This is the moment the non-Romney’s have been dreading since Bachman, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum took up the anti-Romney cause.

I guess we could give them some slack.

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

There’s a lot more (on yahoo search PUMA MCCAIN), and thank you for crossing the aisle, so to speak.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

My friends and family are still a little stunned. Palin changed a lot for me.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I only mention Santorum, because he was the only viable candidate left to beat Romney. My point is, if you think Romney is going to get crushed, Santorum wouldn’t have had a prayer, in my humble opinion. Is Romney who I wanted in this rat race, no, but poeple have spoken. I can’t go through another 4 years w/ the current occupant. It’s basically going to come down to how the economy is doing and gas prices. If we are paying $6/ gallon of gas in November, I don’t care who is running against Obama, Obama loses because the “rich” are not the only people driving in this country..reference Jimmy Carter

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

No it isn’t. The Mitt-tards wanted Mittens to win the nomination and destroy the tea party. Mission Accomplished. They’ve won the battle and the war. Whether or not Romney is president is an after thought. Their main mission was anihilate conservatives from the GOP power structure.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Mitt’s nomination destroys the Tea Party? Then why did he win by a wide margin among strong Tea Party supporters in the last round of primaries? How does Romney’s nomination annihilate conservatives from the places the hold in the GOP power structure? Which conservatives exactly are about to be annihilated? Naming names would help here.

alchemist19 on April 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

And please, by all means, ignore me. I could not care less.

Buy Danish on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Clearly. /

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

4,595,908 votes and counting. 4.5M people can’t be wrong :-)

MJBrutus on April 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

As for Cozmo being a “good commenter”, that’s a farcical observation. She has never, ever made anything approaching a “good comment” to me.

Buy Danish on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Again, you get so many things wrong, and bring your own “made up” facts.

She did not proclaim me to be one of the good commenters. By my own admission, I am a very bad one. I play with y’all nutballs.

And, just the other day when hawkdriver attempted to broker a detente, you spit on him even after I complimented you.

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I am w/ you Cindy!

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I agree with your picks and believe he will win Ohio but PA will fall short but very close. I see him picking up a REAL close win in Iowa. With those you listed above I see him taking NH, NV, FL, and then out of NC and VA it will be VERY CLOSE and if he takes both then he will be well up over my 5% pick. I believe there will be some upper Midwest States that may go Romney’s way. The KEY to this is that Obama will HAVE TO SPEND time in States that he otherwise normally would not because of Romney as the nominee.

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I am cautiously optimistic about Ohio, mainly because they have a Republican Secretary of State, so the democrat vote-stuffing will be somewhat mitigated, and anything razor-close won’t be certified until after a legitimate recount. I just hope Romney is banking money for lawyers. In some of these states, he’s gonna need it. Wisconsin, I believe, has a lunatic lefty secretary of state, so no way in hell Romney has a chance there. Michigan has a Republican, I think, so a small chance.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

cozmo on April 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Nasty piece of work that one.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

And please, by all means, ignore me. I could not care less.

Buy Danish on April 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

We couldn’t possiblly give up such a source of entertainment.

katy the mean old lady on April 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

This pseudo belief that Romney is not somehow TEA Party friendly is just fantasy. The TEA Party was founded on economic growth, deficit reduction, and small government beliefs (a greater strength for Romney)and decidedly not social issues (Santorum’s so-called strength).

Tater Salad on April 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How? Santorum just quit. And the Mitt-bots are spending the day ripping the guy up for quitting.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Look back to the first page and you’ll see both sides instantaneously attacking each other, not just Romney supporters.

You’re not gonna like having to support Romney any more than many others (even some his long time supporters find it hard heh) but Obama is a threat too big to be ignored and MUCH bigger than Romneycare or negative ad spending.

Hopefully you will come around in the end and embrace the positives of a Romney Presidency. He might not be your ideal candidate but he’s light years ahead of Obama.

I could be mad as heck at ANY Republican candidate and if I was given the option, right now, to replace him/her with Obama, it’s a no brainer right?

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I can’t believe I have to hope for continued high gas and food prices to give Gov. Romney his best chance. And this would have been my opinion regardless of who the Republican nominee was.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I agree. Sadly after reading and spamming Ed mercilessly all day with Economic data all day I have to report that you don’t have to hope for those things.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Michigan has a Republican, I think, so a small chance.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

We do. I hope it’s enough. We weren’t saved from Gary Peters though.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Cant believe i used all day twice. GAH! sorry.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If we are paying $6/ gallon of gas in November

Static21 on April 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

…then Obama will release all of our reserves to get the price to go down just for election day. Watch.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

…then Obama will release all of our reserves to get the price to go down just for election day. Watch.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Fortunately it won’t work. The price won’t come down enough, also by then the cost of everything we buy will be even more astronomical than it is now.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

…then Obama will release all of our reserves to get the price to go down just for election day. Watch.

Independents are a little touchy when it comes to Presidents tapping the SOR for political purposes. I don’t think he does it as it would look desperate and only help with people already voting for him.

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Michigan has a Republican, I think, so a small chance.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

We do. I hope it’s enough. We weren’t saved from Gary Peters though.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Well, totherightofthem, you got your jobs! Start trolling through the obits to get names for this November…remember Holder’s ballot has already been called for… /

;o)

g2825m on April 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Can’t you just pretend to hate Obamessiah and touch screen a check mark for Mittens “Clark Kent” Romney in November??

Just tell yourself you didn’t vote against Ocommie.

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

dogsoldier on April 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM
Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I stand by my prediction. the man is shameless.

alwaysfiredup on April 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Independents are a little touchy when it comes to Presidents tapping the SOR for political purposes. I don’t think he does it as it would look desperate and only help with people already voting for him.

Zybalto on April 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Nope. He’s gonna go Hugo Chavez on the oil companies’ azzes. He’ll be calling for nationalizing them by election day. And the stock market will take the nose dive of all nose dives. I just hope the GOP has someone on deck to explain to voters that as the oil companies go, so goes their pensions, investments, and savings.

Rational Thought on April 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

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