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GOP presidential win means choosing the most electable candidate

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A political cartoon in the Buffalo (N.Y.) News this month aptly depicted Mitt Romney’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

The cartoon shows Romney, as the fabled tortoise, inching toward the nomination along a highway littered with the tire-flattened bodies of hares labeled as his GOP rivals.

While skeptical Republican voters and a liberally bent national media have been picking apart – and picking off – other candidates, the former Massachusetts governor consistently shows the least amount of damage from the harsh scrutiny raining down on the Republican field.

And that’s grabbing the attention of more voters.

As ABC News pointed out from the Associated Press’ Thomas Beaumont: “The ascent of libertarian-leaning Ron Paul and the lack of an ideologically pure consensus conservative seem to be awakening a new sense of pragmatism in some Iowa Republicans.”

That attitude hasn’t escaped Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

“The fact of the matter is that people around the country and especially in Iowa want to make sure their decision is sound,” he said. “I think it’s really important to this country that we can put up a candidate (who) is smart and articulate (who) can beat the president.”

More conservatives seem to be finally setting aside their dreams of a nonexistent perfect candidate and have begun to embrace reality: The Republican Party has to unite – and quickly – behind a candidate with the best shot at winning.

And voters have to grasp what the 2012 presidential election really means.

Here’s what Romney said in Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday night: “This is an election not only to replace a president. It is an election to save the soul of America. It is a choice between two destinies.”

Americans have built a way of life on a foundation of hard work, strong moral values, self-reliance and an ingenuity unfettered by Big Government interference. That way of life has been envied by the rest of the world – at least until recently.

The United States now is saddled with a president intent on spending your children’s and grandchildren’s tax dollars by the trillions to cultivate a docile nanny state tended by a bloated bureaucracy.

Which way of life suits you best?

If you want Obama out of the White House in January 2013, now is not the time to be a one-issue voter. Americans have to look at the big picture – and the political picture Obama has painted during his term is a monstrosity best left unfinished.

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Haki
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Haki 12/30/11 - 12:43 am
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So, your finally going with

So, your finally going with Mitt. Pathetic Republican Party!

willie7
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willie7 12/30/11 - 12:45 am
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The president doesn't spend
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The president doesn't spend money----Congress approves the budget.An old myth that Americans work hard----some Americans work hard. Many Americans used slave labor for two hundred years--Chinese labor for 50 years and now, the Mexicans.Obama has done a great job:keeping us out of a depression and creating a better image for USA in the world. The trouble with the country has been the Republican Party---- period!!!!!

willie7
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willie7 12/30/11 - 12:51 am
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Haki, you hit the nail
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Haki, you hit the nail directly on the head---Pathetic Republican Party---supported mostly by the SOUTH

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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 05:11 am
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A few years ago, the big

A few years ago, the big college football programs in the south would admit athletes and enroll them in something called remedial studies. These so called college students would actually get degrees in this area.

What they were being taught was how to read at a very low level, write and do basic math. Somehow, in an attempt to have more diverse students, that was allowed for awhile even though they were far from being real college students. The NCAA finally cracked down and stopped the process.

We've had our experiment with a remedial studies president. It's time for the NCAA to run him off campus to a junior college somewhere in Mississippi and let's get back to real presidents who can also run with the ball.

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carcraft 12/30/11 - 05:34 am
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Pathetic Republican parties

Pathetic Republican parties canidate is far better than the pathetic failure now in the White House. Obumbler's biggests success has been vacationing and playing golf. Obama's failures incude these promises: Keeping uneemployment below 8%. Promise to close Gitmo in one year, promise of open government, promise to post bills before they were voted on, promise to cut the deficit in half, promise to balance the budget, promise of no wall street insiders in the cabnet ( the chief finnancial adviser of the EPA is a Jon Corzine croney who helped run MF Global, you know the company that can't find 1 billion in investor money )! LOL Pathetic. At lest
Romeny did something beside community Organize before running for president..BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/30/11 - 07:00 am
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I will back whomever our GOP

I will back whomever our GOP nominee is. Getting Obama out of office is the thing we must do if we have any hope of saving our country. I just wish I could believe that Mitt Romney is a true conservative and would turn things around like they need to be.

Riverman, love your comment, funny!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/30/11 - 07:10 am
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Haki and Willie, Obama, a
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Haki and Willie, Obama, a Democrat, is the poster child for incompetence. Yet, you're calling the Republicans pathetic? The next sound you hear will be the thud of me hitting the floor as I fall out of my chair laughing!

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freeradical 12/30/11 - 07:26 am
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It is amusing to see people

It is amusing to see people like James Carville, Bill Clinton etc,etc, laud

and praise Mit Romney as clearly the "best" candidate . Not to

mention the one that the president is " most worried " about.

All the while the news reporters nodding and winking in agreement.

It is so thoughtful of them to help chose the "best" candidate don't

you think ?

Bless their hearts.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/30/11 - 07:30 am
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I think Rick Perry can run

I think Rick Perry can run with the ball & shoot a varmit while he's running-----yea for Perry.....!!! Yes...river....I think he is sexy too.

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TParty 12/30/11 - 07:46 am
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Mitt Romney was a liberal

Mitt Romney was a liberal only a few years ago. Keep that in mind. Romney just wants a government job, to have the title. He has zero principles. It's a crapshoot if you vote for him.

Huntsman- just look at his life and record: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Jr.

Ron Paul is going to win Iowa. That's good. He's a consistent conservative, who has been living and speaking the Tea Party values for over 20 years. Because he's a threat to the establishment, he is being ignored by the media. It's okay though- he has received more contributions from the military (So his foreign policy can't be crazy) than all other candidates combined, and has a great, young following.

Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman are the only two people who will actually put the country before themselves. Everyone else- they just want the power.

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augusta citizen 12/30/11 - 07:49 am
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freeradical, I agree, it

freeradical, I agree, it sticks in my craw to have the liberals try to push a candidate on us. I think it's because not much would change with Romney, still it's better than what we currently have.

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CobaltGeorge 12/30/11 - 07:57 am
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augusta citizen.....I have

augusta citizen.....I have not decided on who but I do know, any piece of humanity would be better then what we currently have.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/30/11 - 08:13 am
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Yep Cobalt George, anyone

Yep Cobalt George, anyone would be!

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soldout 12/30/11 - 08:15 am
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Voting is part of our sowing

Voting is part of our sowing and reaping and a democratic vote is a pro-death, pro-sin vote and I wouldn't enjoy reaping that crop. The Bible says the curse without a cause will not come so when life is a struggle for a person or a country there is usually a cause.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 12/30/11 - 08:19 am
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It's too early to vote for

It's too early to vote for the candidate who local pundits say is most electable. Now's the time to vote for the candidates we want. This way, even if our favorites don't win, they'll be in position to influence the platform.

If Iowa residents want Ron Paul, they should vote for him just as I plan to do in the Georgia primary unless he has dropped out. May the best candidate win so that we'll have the best possible nominee.

Let's not fall for the line about voting for the most electable candidate. With about 50 percent of all Americans receiving entitlements and paying no federal income taxes, there's probably no presidential candidate more electable than the incumbent. But that's not going to move me to vote for him just so I can say I voted for a winner.

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literallyamerican 12/30/11 - 08:39 am
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at this point I would vote

at this point I would vote for Napoleon Dynamite (or even Pedro) to get what we have now out of office

Chillen
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Chillen 12/30/11 - 09:26 am
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Obama's approval rating

Obama's approval rating currently stands at 41%. No sitting president has ever been re-elected with an approval rating that low.

Prediction. Republicans keep the House and make a few gains. Republicans take the Senate. Republicans take the White House.

Oh yes, November will be a month of mourning for the socialists, the government moochers, the moonbats, most of the media and the communists.

All that is left for them to do is to hurl insults and distort facts. Case in point, see Haki's insult post at 12:43am and willie7's distorted/false fact post at 12:51am. I swear, you can't make this stuff up. It's all right there in the liberal rule book.......

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allhans 12/30/11 - 09:25 am
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The Pathetic Republicans,

The Pathetic Republicans, huh?
So what is worse than a pathetic Republican? The Democrat Party if they lose.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/30/11 - 09:55 am
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It will be hard, if not

It will be hard, if not impossible to get re-elected with facts like these in your way. Taken from this article.

http://biggovernment.com/whall/2011/12/27/its-the-math-stupid-seven-deva...

"The real unemployment rate is a jaw-dropping 11 percent.

Every fifth man you pass on your way to work is now out of work.

College graduates are now 34% less likely to find a job under Obama than they were under President George W. Bush.

Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk now relies on food stamps.

The ravages of the Obama economy now mean that more Americans live under the federal poverty line than at any time in U.S. history since records have been kept.

Under President Barack Obama, every fifth child in America now lives in poverty."

Government dependence has exploded. The liberal plan is working.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/30/11 - 09:58 am
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Gee, politics and Religion!

Gee, politics and Religion! Sure will be glad to see the election done and over with.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/30/11 - 10:06 am
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Chillen said, "Government

Chillen said, "Government dependence has exploded. The liberal plan is working."

And therein lies the problem, all of these dependents refuse to be weaned and the liberal powers-that-be have them right where they want them.

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Jon Lester 12/30/11 - 10:10 am
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If you think Mr. "What do I

If you think Mr. "What do I have to do to put you in this Mercedes-Benz today" is what it takes to "save" the "soul" of America, then may I politely submit that you're out of your mind.

Like the old joke says, facts have a liberal bias, and while Fox News and the ACES may wantonly disregard any commitment to objectivity, other news outlets do not. At some point, you'll also have to accept that maybe voters in other regions of the country actually have been paying attention, and find no reason to trust any of the congenital liars in the GOP field to solve much of anything.

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bjphysics 12/30/11 - 10:27 am
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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/30/11 - 10:27 am
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I'm trying to make sense out

I'm trying to make sense out of this statement of Jon's:

At some point, you'll also have to accept that maybe voters in other regions of the country actually have been paying attention, and find no reason to trust any of the congenital liars in the GOP field to solve much of anything.

I don't know what he is trying to say, here. Since he mentions ACES, then I presume when he says, "other regions of the country," he must mean regions other than the southeastern U.S. Okay. But Iowa and New Hampshire certainly qualify as other regions, and many, many, many voters are going to turn out soon and vote in the Republican caucus or primary. What can he mean by not trusting any of the candidates? Does he seriously believe that Republicans are going to boycott the caucuses or the primaries? Absurd.

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faithson 12/30/11 - 10:28 am
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ditto Mr. Lester; Living in

ditto Mr. Lester; Living in this conservative bubble where the likes of Rep Broun and Rep Wilson are taken as what the 'people' want speaks to the dismal selection of the republican party's leadership. This promotion of the republican cause by such poor candidates speaks highly of the inability of those on the right to select cogent leadership. Obama may not be the right's cup of tea, but looking objectively at the field promoted to run against him, one has to think the opposition could have done better, a whole lot better.

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itsanotherday 12/30/11 - 10:38 am
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" Obama may not be the
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" Obama may not be the right's cup of tea, but looking objectively at the field promoted to run against him, one has to think the opposition could have done better, a whole lot better."

I agree faithson. I've said it 100 times before; the wings of the parties give us sorry choices; and that is on both sides of the aisle.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/30/11 - 10:51 am
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I find it absolutely

I find it absolutely hilarious that the liberals on here are speaking out against a field of such fine Republican candidates.

It speaks to two things.
1. They are deathly afraid of the 2012 election (and they absolutely should be - see my 9:55 post of FACTS)
2. They are brainwashed by the cult of obama and just can't see what a dud he is even though the evidence is staring them directly in the face.

Keep on drinkin' that kool-aid.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/30/11 - 10:58 am
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Chillen, I'm not a liberal;
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Chillen, I'm not a liberal; I'm a fiscal conservative and social moderate. I haven't voted for a candiate I really liked since Charlie Norwood, and Ronald Reagan before him. We have two pretenders for senators and a nutty evangelical in Broun. I do like Romney, and have since he ran in 2008. However, it looks gloomy for him to get past the far right thumpers who hold his Mormonism as a negative.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/30/11 - 11:06 am
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1) Excluding those not

1) Excluding those not currently running, name the best 3 presidential candidates for the GOP in order of preference.

2) Same as above but include those currently running in the selection pool.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/30/11 - 11:10 am
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Exactly, Chillen. Perhaps

Exactly, Chillen. Perhaps one reason the left-wingers are weighing in on Republican candidates is that the left-wingers have a chance to participate and play spoiler in the Republican presidential primaries. There will be no Democrat presidential primaries, so the left-wingers should vote in the Republican primaries. When they do, will they have a clue of which one to vote for? Will they want to vote for the most wild-eyed fringe candidate or for the most moderate?

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