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NBC News/Marist poll: Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich by 15 percent in Florida

Mitt Romney's Florida lead over chief rival Newt Gingrich is 42 percent to 27 percent, according to this poll by NBC News/Marist. See press release below:

In the contest for the Republican nomination in Florida, Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich, 42% to 27%, among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, early voters, and those who voted absentee in the state.  Did Romney’s strong performance in Thursday night’s debate boost his support?  How does he fare among those who have already voted in Florida?  And, does he maintain his lead if Rick Santorum suspends his campaign?  Find out in this new NBC News/Marist Poll of Florida. 

Other highlights from this NBC News/Marist Poll include opinions on: 
  - Voters’ intensity of support for their candidate of choice 
  - Voters’ second choice candidate 
  - The candidate voters like the least 
  - The quality voters consider to be the most important in a candidate 
  - The candidate thought to be the true conservative 
  - The candidate who best represents the middle class 
  - The candidate who can best debate President Barack Obama 
  - The candidate most likely to change Washington for the better 
  - The candidate who best reflects voters’ views on immigration 
  - The candidate who best understands voters’ problems 
  - The candidates’ acceptability as GOP nominee 
  - The influence of debates on voters’ decisions 
  - Whether voters want a short or long nomination process 
  - Whether or not voters think a Mormon is a Christian 
  - Hypothetical general election contests between Obama and the GOP contenders 
  - President Obama’s job performance 


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Dave Longdale

To be honest with you from what I read I doubt democracy will prevail. Much of the news is made up including the polls and last minute "surges." There was a coup in 2008 and unelected officials have taken over Washington and are orchestrating events for the media to report on. The biggest cover up in history starts with why Sarah Palin was planted as McCain's running mate in 08 with no intentions of winning.


Dana Robinson

Washington is hollywood for the stupid and ugly. People who vote for Mitt Romney are completely out of touch with reality, and fail to understand how his socialist agenda will further turn our nation into communism and will eventually lead to corporate America's demise. Vote for NEWT if you want a strong economy and want to get a nice job. If you vote for Newt, all your dreams will turn into a reality.

A Facebook User


The GOP establishment wants Newt out of the picture, WE THE PEOPLE will overpower the ads 7 to 1 ( seven to one ) - Vote with the PEOPLE !
AVANTI FLORIDIANS ! HERMAN CAIN endorsed Newt, Sarah Palin is FOR Newt.
Romney has forcefully spoken about his lifelong commitment to both the Mormon church and its tithing rules. He served as a missionary in France during the 1960s and as a Mormon Bishop in the 1980s.
Rev. O’Neal Dozier, the conservative black pastor of Pompano Beach’s Worldwide Christian Center said:“Blacks are not going to vote for anyone of the Mormon faith,” Dozier said. “The book of Mormon says the Negro skin is cursed.”...



COUP attempt against Gingrich

Newt did not take the REBELLION lying down.

Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power


I first met Newt Gingrich 17 years ago at a Destin, Fla., fundraiser held in my honor ....

If, as Shakespeare wrote, what’s past is prologue — and it often is —

then Gingrich’s political history is particularly relevant now.

It’s a history I know well because I was there.....

Three years into his speakership, the man who helped draft the Contract With America began trying to undo some of that document’s key provisions. ...

In April 1997, Gingrich ... was ready to be a kinder and gentler Republican by negotiating away the very tax cuts that he had once called “the crown jewels of the contract.”

Soon, conservatives were being pressured to vote for big spending appropriations bills.

In his final speech from the floor of Congress,
Newt Gingrich lashed out wildly at the same freshmen who had made him speaker — mocking us as cannibals ...

It was the last time Newt would attack
the most conservative members of his caucus
from the lofty perch as speaker.

In 1997, ten of my fellow classmates had
led a coup attempt against Gingrich,
shutting down the House over the speaker’s efforts to violate the Contract with America ....

Conservative stalwarts like Steve Largent, Tom Coburn and Matt Salmon joined me and seven others to demand a cut in spending and a promise to hold firm on tax cuts.

Newt did not take the rebellion lying down.
He immediately summoned the sergeant of arms
to drag the 11 rebels down to a Republican caucus meeting ...

where Newt lined us up in front of a packed room of seething House members ...

Gingrich then began screaming and demanded that the 11 of us account for our behavior.

As Steve Largent grabbed the microphone, ...
Steve spoke softly about how he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks ....
A few years later, the NFL Players Association went on strike. But Largent told the mob, who were now transfixed, that he crossed those picket lines because he signed a contract and gave his word. ....
For Steve, it was a matter of principle.

Turning to the Speaker, ... Largent said, “Newt, you were the one who drafted the contract and then told us to sign it.
Now, you’re the one pressuring us to break it.

But Newt, if I wasn’t intimidated by the thought of 250 pound linebackers who wanted to kill me every time I crossed the field, why would I be intimidated by you?”

And with that, the speakership of Newt Gingrich was over.

A year later, he would be driven from power
and sent into a political wilderness
from which he emerged 14 years later on a Saturday night in South Carolina.

Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power was the result of arrogance, ...
a fatal tendency to flit from issue to issue — and even from core conviction to core conviction — in the seeming belief that if ....


The Newt I know

By: Joe Scarborough 1-27-2012 POLITICO





Romney unloads on Newt
over debates, Freddie work

Mitt Romney slammed Newt Gingrich for his role working for federal housing agency Freddie Mac [ .... ]

"You know, [ Speaker Gingrich ] is now finding excuses everywhere he can. He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks are the reasons he had difficulty here in Florida. But you know we’ve got a president who has a lot of excuses, and the excuses are over, it’s time to produce."
[ .... ]

"... I know how bad housing is here, how tough its been. You know that one quarter of all the foreclosures in America are in Florida? And you know how much home values have gone down.

And one of the greatest contributors to the collapse of housing here and across the country was government, and the intrusion of government into the housing market and the fact that you have Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guaranteeing mortgages in some cases to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back, that contributed to the kind of crisis you’ve seen here.

And at the time some people were standing up and saying we need to reform the system, Speaker Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million to stand up and do what he did, which is to say these programs should continue the way they are. These institutions are fine.

The people of Florida have had enough of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and government interference and its time to get back to free market principles."

"So Mr. Speaker, ... Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time that Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people. And that you were selling influence in Washington at a time when we needed people to stand up for the truth in Washington."


Romney unloads on 'excuse-making' Newt
over debates, Freddie work

By MAGGIE HABERMAN 1/29/12 Politico.com
POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:




Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role
Alana Goodman 1.24.2012

New details are trickling out about Newt Gingrich’s role at Freddie Mac, and the latest reports continue to contradict his claim that he objected to the mortgage giant’s business model while serving as an advisor.

Last November, Gingrich’s campaign said that "on numerous occasions in meetings with Freddie Mac, Speaker Gingrich advised that a business model that involved lending money to people with bad credit and no money down was unsustainable and a bubble, and that it was dangerous to buy securities made up of these mortgages."

But according to Politico, his activities weren’t just confined to advising and lobbying on behalf of Freddie Mac. He also rallied an audience of Freddie Mac political action committee donors in 2007:

New details from Newt Gingrich’s $35,000-a-year [ month ] contract with Freddie Mac
show that the Republican hopeful wasn’t just a boardroom consultant, but served as a high-profile booster for the beleaguered organization.

He even gave a rallying speech to dozens of the group’s political action committee donors
in the spring of 2007.

Shortly after the "rah, rah" speech, as one source described it, Gingrich gave an interview for the Freddie Mac website, where he supported the group’s model at length.
The interview is no longer on Freddie’s site.

If Gingich was supposedly the internal critic of Freddie Mac, what was he doing giving speeches to the group’s PAC donors?

The story doesn’t add up. Of course it’s possible that Gingrich brought up his concerns at some meetings, but he gave no public indication that he was trying to reform the group at the time.

Everything that’s been released has shown the opposite – him praising Freddie Mac’s business model and trying to boost the group’s reputation.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported more details about the lobbying expert who Gingrich says advised him back in 2000:

"He hired me to give him advice on state and federal lobbying requirements," [lobbying expert] Thomas Susman said.

"The subject matter," he added, "was simply to advise him and his associates in his business

what the lobbying laws were because he did not want to have to cross the line to register as a lobbyist in any of those jurisdictions."

Which sounds like confirmation that
Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing the 20 percent threshold that would require him to officially register as a lobbyist.

The drip-drip-drip will likely keep this issue in the news for awhile, but it remains to be seen if Romney can make the controversy stick to Gingrich.


Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role

Alana Goodman 1.24.2012





Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing
the 20 percent threshold that would require him to officially register as a lobbyist.


Silvia Marquise

You got to be kidding ! I heard it before in the Kennedy - Nixon race but I am still shocked to hear " I am voting for him because he is handsome" . Wake up lady ! If Mitt Romney looks like Barbie's Ken that does NOT qualify Mitt Romney to be President of The United States. OMG how shallow ..............

Additionally pollster Towery said Gingrich is doing "substantially better" with men than Romney, 38 to 28, but the former House Speaker still faces a "gender gap," as women are still favoring Romney.

Please Ladies think about this. Ken Oups ! I mean Mitt Romney was empty whole companies into his pockets putting working women and men into the streets. Then sent their jobs to China and Mexico. Mitt Romney was also raided retirement funds and put the money in his pockets also robbing women and men of security in their Golden Years. Mitt Romeny is receiving the working women and men sweat and blood at a rate of over $51,000 DOLLARS a DAY as income !!!!! Anything goes to make a dollar is NOT Capitalism. The drug dealer or corporate raider are both wrong. The business venture was three separate parameters is it moral, ethical, or legal. The drug dealer is immoral and illegal. Mitt Romney is immoral and unethical. Mitt Romney is not and NEVER was in business to create jobs. Mitt Romney wants to make money and any human cost incurred is inconsequential. That includes human cost to women who think Mitt Romney should be President because he is handsome or looks like Ken.

Ladies PLEASE reconsider !!!!!!!!!!!!! A lot is a stake here.

Silvia Marquise

Crunch time is here conservatives need to get behind Newt Gingrich. I am surprised Santorum has not thrown already his weight behind Newt Gingrich Santorum situation is hopeless in Florida. Santorum will only guarantee a Mitt Romney victory in Florida. Mr. Santorum you never have a chance against Mitt Romney's money. If you let Newt Gingrich take on Mitt Romney on a equal footing in Florida you would stand a much better chance later. Who would you rather pick the next 2 supreme court justices Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?


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