Rob Woodall: ‘South Carolina can persuade me to support Mitt Romney’

This morning, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was talking about GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney and New Hampshire with Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340AM) in Athens.

The import of Woodall’s remarks might be lost if you don’t remember that he was once chief of staff for congressman John Linder – who was one of Newt Gingrich’s top lieutenants during his tenure as U.S. House speaker.

Bryant began the conversation by asking Woodall whether Romney was conservative enough for him. Said the rookie congressman:

“The short answer is no. The longer answer is, he had to build a record in Massachusetts. And you’re not going to find anyone who built a record in Massachusetts who’s conservative enough for me.

“I appreciate folks who listen to their constituents, and I believe that Mitt Romney was listening to his constituents during his time there. That’s why South Carolina is so important to me. Those folks think a lot like I think.

“And if Mitt Romney can come down to South Carolina – I know he’s talking with folks in coffee shops there, like we do not get in the great state of Georgia. If he can persuade them of his conservative credentials, that will go a long way toward persuading me.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

Chief Media Urologist

January 11th, 2012
11:37 am

In other words, “I cannot think for myself”.

Admit it, GOP. You’re mired in an identity crisis and neither side of the party supports the other.

liberalefty

January 11th, 2012
11:38 am

hes gonna vote for the nominee no matter who it is….it would help ROMNEY’S conservative credentials if he called OBAMA a “N” word though…that will make the “christian” conservatives all warm n fuzzy inside..

Shine

January 11th, 2012
11:49 am

Centrist

January 11th, 2012
11:54 am

Sounds like he is open minded about Romney even though he is linked to Gingrich.

Romney has won over majorities with his conservative positions, but he does not put religion, abortion, or other social issues at the top of his list. This is what makes him APPEAR more moderate than the other candidates. No doubt that he had to govern and accept more moderate positions in the very liberal state of Massachusetts. He would have to do the same as president if he is going to have a Senate pass his nominations and legislation which takes 60 votes. Many Americans are ready for that instead of the attempts of single party rule inside split party government that simply leads to confrontational gridlock.

Gingrich and Perry have egos so great, they are willing to attack Romney even though they have NO chance of getting the nomination. This is obviously Gingrich’s last chance, so he is willing to go for broke typically putting his self interest ahead of his country and political party. His so tarnished his image in the past, he simply doesn’t care if he does it even more damage.

Moby-Dick

January 11th, 2012
11:55 am

Avast! Methinks this has proceeded far enough!

DannyX

January 11th, 2012
11:59 am

Funny stuff! Poor Georgia Republicans.

These blogs have been the perfect barometer, its obvious Georgia Republicans can’t stand the fact that Romneycare is going to be the Republican nominee. One after another the Republican Candidate of the Day has come and gone.

Perry was once the Republican COD. A “family values” Republican hero, hundreds of excited bloggers rejoiced at their new found savior. Of course Perry actually had to say something, once he did it was on the the next COD.

Herman Cain was drawing huge crowds on the PI blog. A “family values” candidate that had business experience! He was going to demolish Obama.

Next up Newt! Another “family values” candidate with Georgia roots, he was going to wallop Obama in the debates!

Of course the Ron Paul crazies will still be here in force claiming their candidate is the best.

During this whole time Romneycare hasn’t had any fans here. The crazed so-called centrist was the first to jump on the Romneycare bandwagon, way late in the game, only when it became obvious Romneycare would win the nomination. Other than that, nothing, zilch, nada. You couldn’t even tell Romneycare was in the race, he was absent from most of the discussion.

Now watch as all the Georgia Republicans fall in love with Romneycare, love at 5th sight. All aboard!!

Kisses.

Centrist

January 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

Bloggers here who like to use silly names for candidates they don’t support merely show their lack of intellect. I skip over the rest of any post once the name calling begins.

The Democrats and this blog author have a problem when they simply attack instead of contribute. I’m not a Republican (or Democrat), but understand the state of Georgia has a total Republican controlled government and that all the Georgia electoral votes are going to go for the Republican nominee (Romney). I have problems with Bain Capital issues, but see Romney as the best alternative for the Republican nomination. Yes, I prefer him to Obama after having seen the first term. I doubt the Libertarians will get a better nominee than Romney – but I will certainly give him/her a look. I will vote for the best candidate – not the best of the most likely to win, especially since my vote won’t matter in Georgia.

The Snark

January 11th, 2012
12:16 pm

Republican primary voters make their decisions in strange ways. If I understand Rep. Woodall correctly, he’s saying: “I know all about Romney’s record and performance in public office, and I don’t like it. But I will support him if he opens his mouth and the right words come out.”

td

January 11th, 2012
12:44 pm

The Snark

January 11th, 2012
12:16 pm

Republican primary voters are the same as Democratic primary voters. The bottom line is who can get elected. You may not agree with everything the person stands for but you think they can do a better job then the other guy. Sometimes the voter even gets surprised a little at the results. For Example: I did not support Deal in the primary for governor because I thought he was not conservative enough. He won the primary and I supported him in his run for governor and have been pleasantly surprised about how conservative he really is. I support Newt right now but will support Romney if he is the nominee and hope to be surprised again after he defeats Obama.

Jack

January 11th, 2012
12:47 pm

I am a life-long Republican who is grateful that my Party’s nominee is going to be a true Republican with a successful business background who supports the American Free Enterprise System of economics. A person who is a proven pragmatic who can get along when its time to go along for the good of the country.

As a successful businessman, my focus in politics has always been on economics. I could give less than a twit about social issues and care even less than that about silly non-issues like birth certificates and “angry black women”.

This time last year I would have told you my political party had been taken over by social conservatives, and tea party likes. Today, my party is on the verge of nominating a true Republican.

Don’t get me wrong – these other parts of the base of my party are welcome to come along and we will need them in November. But….make no mistake about it….the successful big business wing of my party has retaken the party.

These social conservatives and tea party likes will pout for a while but they will come back on board and get behind our nominee or else they will help to re-elect the President by sitting on their hands or jumping aboard some silly third party bandwagon. If they get in line, I am all for throwing a bone that way in the form of the VP office or even a couple of cabinet positions.

Red

January 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

Umm…he was listening to his constituents? Hey Rob. Mitt CHOSE to move to a blue state to run for office. He just have well could have stayed in UT or even in MI. The man is a political opportunist. He even made this known during the debates when he said “for Pete’s sake I’m running for office”. He chose to move to a blue state and take on a blue persona. In other words, this man as an opportunist will sway the way of the winds to achieve higher ambition. Just look at his positions over the years. He’s all over the map. How can anyone with any credibility support a man who has NOTHING as far as a hard fought, concrete position? If anything, as governor of MA he’s shown us he will blend in with the majority he is around. So if winds shift, he will save face and shift with them.

And now Woodall shows me he is cut from the same cloth. The GOP is defunct if this is all that is left and is the frontrunner. We have a spineless opportunist and a nutjob dinosaur who will fight it out until the convention. Then the winner of that battle goes against the most inane President we’ve ever had.

liberalefty

January 11th, 2012
1:03 pm

hey what about the TOKEN NEGRO HERMAN? where ya at babeeeeeeeeeeeeee…2 months ago he was the darling of conservative white folk everywhere…now hes about as popular to a conservatives as a black man in the whitehouse

David

January 11th, 2012
1:03 pm

Question; what do you get when you combine Obama and Joe Biden?
Answer: Mitt Romney (a level headed gaffe machine) Let’s face it, he just can’t think on his feet.

Dirty Dawg

January 11th, 2012
1:17 pm

Republicans have become such coctrariens they are incapable of agreeing on anything with anybody at anytime…and they’re gonna get their butts beat again because of it.

gsueagle

January 11th, 2012
1:24 pm

the GOP has been turned over to a bunch of liberals who call themselves conservative. look at our beloved Saxby. every senator and congressman for the last 70 years has played a part in our economic destruction.

Independent voter

January 11th, 2012
1:26 pm

LoL…Republicans cant think for they self. Obama going to win by landslide.

Mark

January 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

Example: I did not support Deal in the primary for governor because I thought he was not conservative enough. He won the primary and I supported him in his run for governor and have been pleasantly surprised about how conservative he really is. I support Newt right now but will support Romney if he is the nominee and hope to be surprised again after he defeats Obama.

So what this really says is regardless who’s the candidate, as long as there is an R behind their name I’m on the bandwagon.

Karen

January 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

Leave it to TD and Centrist to put a warm fuzzy twist to the blog!

missmollie

January 11th, 2012
1:48 pm

I believe Romney will take S. C.; Paul and Perry will trail him. The other three will not make it beyond S. C. Newt will stay in until it thunders… Paul iis a RINO, too controversial and too old. Perry has serious illegal problems, can’t debate and has memory problems. After S. C the other three will fade. Newt will stay in until it thunders. His greatest asset is being a rabble rouser.
The GOP has it’s work cut out against the incumbent but I believe Romney can make it all the way to the Oval Office.

missmollie

January 11th, 2012
1:51 pm

I believe Romney will take S.C. and Paul and Perry will trail him.

jconservative

January 11th, 2012
1:55 pm

Why does Woodall want to let the people of South Carolina decide who he will support? Why does he not make his own decision?

This guy actually got elected to Congress? Who voted for him?

td

January 11th, 2012
2:07 pm

Mark

January 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

Wrong my friend. It is not about R or D but instead and Conservative. Show me a conservative Democrat these days and I will consider voting for the person that is the most conservative. Philosophy trumps party every time. If more of my African American conservative friends would take the same philosophy then this country would be a far better place.

DannyX

January 11th, 2012
2:34 pm

td @ 12:44 “He won the primary and I supported him in his run for governor and have been pleasantly surprised about how conservative he really is.”

Conservative? While campaigning Deal promised NOT to accept “strings attached” federal Race to the Top education dollars. What was one of the first things Deal did as governor? He went to DC and literally begged Obama for the almost 1 billion dollars, money that Georgia eventually won.

Deal also begged Obama for transportation funds. Deal also wanted to meet with Obama administration officials one day after the contentious budget battle ended last summer, trying to secure port pork.

Deal picked up where his buddy Sonny Perdue left off. Perdue another ‘when its convenient’ “conservative” begged Obama for stimulus funds on behalf of every single Republican governor, right after every single Republican congressmen voted against it.

What are the offsets Deal suggested for all the money he is raking in? You know, since he is a great conservative.

Cha-ching!

Mark

January 11th, 2012
2:49 pm

@ td

January 11th, 2012
2:07 pm

Mark

January 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

Wrong my friend. It is not about R or D but instead and Conservative. Show me a conservative Democrat these days and I will consider voting for the person that is the most conservative. Philosophy trumps party every time. If more of my African American conservative friends would take the same philosophy then this country would be a far better place.

Well coming from another white guy TD you are HILARIOUS! So African-Americans are your friends if they are dumb enough to listen to your radical, conservative philosophy? It’s funny how conservatives never mention the black vote until it’s time to elect a President.

honested

January 11th, 2012
3:01 pm

I will pass this pearl of wisdom along to all the people I know who turn to Congressman woodall for advice….

OOOPS, that would be NOBODY.

Real Athens

January 11th, 2012
3:24 pm

Funny that Woodall would take his cues from the state that for over a century has practiced the darkest, meanest and most radical politics in this country, A place where truth has no bearing and out and out lying to smear a candidate is commonplace.

Only an absolute fool would say something like that. Only an utter tool would believe it.

The Snark

January 11th, 2012
5:56 pm

All you folks looking for the mythical “true conservative” remind me of Charlie Brown racing up to kick that football in Lucy’s hands.

Agnes Kravitz

January 11th, 2012
7:39 pm

Well Robbie, I guess you will quit crabbing about ObamaCare, because RomneyCare IS ObamaCare! Now when are YOU buying your own health care plan?

Edward Ruffin

January 12th, 2012
7:09 am

What kind of wishy washy political answer is that? I thought Woodall, because of the FairTax, was better than the average politician, but may be not.