Newt Gingrich on must-win primaries: ‘You first, Mitt Romney’

From the Associated Press:

Newt Gingrich says he and other GOP presidential candidates must win their home-turf contests or face serious questions about continuing in the race.

Gingrich tells “Fox News Sunday” that if Mitt Romney loses in Michigan, which is next to vote on Feb. 28, “I don’t see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race.”

But Gingrich also acknowledges that he must win in Georgia, which votes on March 6 — and the same is true for Rick Santorum and the Pennsylvania primary in April.

He says lose and risk becoming “a very, very damaged candidate.”

But Gingrich stopped short of saying he would drop out if he lost Georgia “given the chaos of this race.”

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A blow to the Mitt Romney presidential contest in Arizona. From the Los Angeles Times:

An Arizona sheriff running for Congress as a Republican denied accusations Saturday that he had threatened to deport an alleged ex-lover, a Mexican national. In the process, he also resigned from a volunteer position with Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign and came out as gay.

After a report published Thursday by the weekly Phoenix New Times, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu acknowledged that he had a “personal relationship” with a man identified only as Jose.
Jose accused the sheriff of threatening to deport him after he refused to sign an agreement stipulating that he would not disclose details of their romantic involvement, the newspaper reported.

…He said he had called the Romney campaign to resign from his volunteer position as co-chairman of the Arizona Romney for President campaign. “We support his decision,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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loose draws

February 19th, 2012
12:02 pm

weeks into this and the candidates are still trying to figure out who they are. they keep panding at each stop. Romney has been in this thing the longest and still can’t find a comfortable place. Santorum can’t decide who he is and is dangerously painting himself into self righteous corner that he may not be able to get out of. and newt, well othe three we know who he is.

liberalefty

February 19th, 2012
12:33 pm

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Romney never served any office in Michigan – only grew up there until college. It was long ago, and voters don’t know him other than via the media. Gingrich went to college, was a professor, Congressman, and Speaker of the U.S. while in Georgia for decades as an adult. Georgia voters were his college classmates, students, constituents, and like the Governor – contemporary peers.

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
12:53 pm

Gingrich and media spin.

double

February 19th, 2012
1:01 pm

But this is only the beginning. Eventually the fourth beast becomes a world empire-the New World Order, something we are already beginning to witness. Daniel 7:23 states that he shall devour (or engulf) the whole world. Revelation 13:7 adds: (Look it up.Good Sunday reading).

Fred ™

February 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

So Centrist, how do you predict the turn out on March 6th? I run a precinct so should I bring plenty of stuff to keep me busy or do you think there will be plenty of people who show up? note: If I were to guess, I would say my precinct is majority Republican. Usually in primaries there are 2 to 4 times as many Pubs as Dems. Although a BUNCH of Dems showed for the primary between Hillary and Barry…….. but I wonder how many of those were crossovers trying to screw the dems…….

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
1:14 pm

Where was the AJC during the following?

Supreme Court Bans Secret Votes across State of Georgia

http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/interspire/news/2012/02/08/supreme-court-bans-secret-votes-across-state-of-georgia.html

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

February 19th, 2012
1:19 pm

Newt is very bad, Santorum is worse, Monday I’ll vote for the only honest man in the primary, Ron Paul.

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
1:20 pm

@ Fred – I suspect turnout will be a lot less than 4 years ago when there were contested primaries in EACH party – bring a book. I also expect the Democrat crossover vote will be much heavier than crossover votes both ways last time – so the results will not be representative, making the GA primary of little importance to insiders. Favorite son Gingrich and media spin (which will have little impact due to so many states voting on the same day) will attempt to blow it out of proportion.

Marge

February 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Why doesn’t the AJC print Newt’s pro-amnesty position? Besides Newt saying he want’s illegall alien “grandmothers” to get amnesty, he told Univision in Florida that he would allow the majority of illegal aliens to get “work visas” and to remain in the US. This is SO contrary to the positions of the MAJORITY of Georgians, yet Newt keeps getting praised as a favorite son. Newt is the MOST liberal candidate on this most important issue to the citizens of this State.

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
1:29 pm

I see the AJC is still fighting their (and other Democrats) losing battle over earned scholarships with their headlined article linking family incomes to those with the work ethic to EARN scholarships.

double

February 19th, 2012
1:29 pm

Liberalefty How do you do that?

DannyX

February 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

Romney is the most liberal candidate on the Republican side. Mitt Romney is the most conservative.

Romney and Romney 2012.

DannyX

February 19th, 2012
1:41 pm

What a great story out of Arizona, it is oozing in Republican hypocrisy.

The sheriff doesn’t mind a Mexican immigrant when he is using him for his own personal gain. When he is through with him he wants to discard him by having him deported.

What a perfect volunteer for Romney/Romney.

paul babeu

February 19th, 2012
1:52 pm

i was using this mexican to infiltrate the massive illegal alien invasion and was really getting to the BOTTOM of things before my cover was BLOWN…

liberalefty

February 19th, 2012
2:00 pm

another downlow republican gay hating conservative has been outed…

arnold

February 19th, 2012
2:10 pm

I don’t think even Hollywood could write a slapstick comedy to equal the Republican Primaries. This is too good to be true for the Democrats.

missmollie

February 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

Wonder what Newt will say “If” HE loses Georgia in the Primary”??? He has his wagon loaded and his plate full. “Mr Goody Two Shoes” RS, has grand delusions….Dr Paul marches to a different
drum beat and periodically strays and takes extended sabbaticals. He is a RINO with a 55 year work history and is too old. He does have the funds. Newt has been in D C for 40 years and may
have to go back there as a lobbyist, speech maker, book writer with his “Lady in Red”….He will not get out of the race as long as he has the price of a plane ticket to the next Primary, MR may not come to Georgia to attend his planned “roast” by the good ole boys. He has been to Georgia twice
and needs to stay ahead of the game. RS has grand delusions, IMO…

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

Newsflash for those not paying attention. Georgia’s primary doesn’t matter except to Gingrich.

missmollie

February 19th, 2012
2:31 pm

P S Have you seen RS and Newt’s dirty ads i.e the one with the machine gun firing at RS…not exactly nice and also the one carrying his “special needs” child….looks a lot like Sarah Palin
with her daughter’s baby and her “special needs” child….RS has received more free press than all of the other candidates combined….His chief financial/evangelical supporter made a bad joke about
birth control/aspirin between her knees…went over like a blocked punt. I am a Georgia GOPer, and
will vote for the only candidate that can make it to the White House: Romney, IMO. .

Ol' Timer

February 19th, 2012
3:17 pm

All these candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, claim to be Reagonites, but fail to follow his admonition: Speak no evil of a fellow republican.

Republicans don’t like Romney. Santorum is a religious fanatic. And, Gingrich wants to build condos on the moon.

Good luck in November!

Frederick Douglass

February 19th, 2012
3:32 pm

Temperment Abound @ 12:46

2012 /teach a conservative to spell……..it’s T-E-M-P-E-R-A-M-E-N-T (no such word as temperment).

Bobby

February 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Centrist, you remind me of Neal Boortz; you claim to be a centrist by your name but are actually as much to the right as TD; Boortz claims to be a Libertarian but is as Republican as they come. Who do you two think you are fooling?

willow

February 19th, 2012
5:25 pm

@Fred, I’d bring a book. I voted early, as usual, and the traffic was pretty brisk for week one. Leaves me wondering what’s up.

Centrist

February 19th, 2012
5:33 pm

@ Bobby – I don’t care much for Boortz, too egotistical and opinionated.

Is he pro choice, a secular humanist, and supports higher taxes for millionaires, billionaires and capital gains like I do? Does he vote for “blue dog” Democrats as I do?

I’m not trying to fool anyone – I oppose both wings of the political spectrum.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
5:47 pm

Is this blog going to be run civilly, professionally, and legally this time?

“blackconservative”– Your name is racist, and it’s also dishonest. You’re not conservative, and you’re either not black or an Uncle Tom.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
5:51 pm

…because you’re the first “black” person I’ve ever seen promoting slavery. Get a life, liar. Our nation is in terrible shape and at a crossroads, and instead of promoting the truth and campaigning well, you’re on here showing yourself to a third-rate citizen.

Rick Santorum’s catching heat for saying Christianity is the (definite article) true faith and that Obama follows one of the many false faiths. Oh, my, does this country need Santorum in office.

This GOP field, sans that albatross known as Gary Johnson, has been superb. Johnson’s the only one who hasn’t been better than Obama, and, in fact, he’s much sorrier, surprisingly. I’d almost vote for Romney because of how presidential he looks, and nearly the same goes for Rick Perry.

Santorum, Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann=excellent candidates, excellent. Obama will be devastated in debates.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:03 pm

Still waiting for a liberal to explain how they see infidelity has a “non-issue” when Clinton’s the culprit but how it’s a front-pages-at-all-times story when Gingrich is the culprit. Gingrich, by the way, is a changed man; Clinton was not.

Of course, getting a salient response from a liberal is like scratching off a winning lottery ticket (something the Right promotes but should not), as liberals have nothing of substance to defend their sorry stances, influencing them to turn to desperate, out-of-context, irrational name-calling, i.e. saying anti-abortionists are against women (what?), saying opponents of perverse marriage are against gays (we’re against homosexuality), saying opponents of evolution are against science (nothing about evolution is scientific; everything about Creationism is… God CREATED science, folks), saying those who oppose gun control are promoting violence (guns don’t kill people; people do… and we have the Second Amendment on our side. Ironic how those who think torturing and killing the unborn think using a gun to defend your family is wrong. Actually, it’s not ironic; both stances are sadistic and senseless), etc..

I’m very glad that Santorum and the GOP have stood well against abortion. The economy never has and never will be as big an issue as overturning Roe v. Wade, which isn’t the least-bit constitutional.

The aforementioned denial and horrible refutations by the Left haven’t gone anywhere. Just the other day people were defending the “Murphy Brown is a fictional character” line, which, honestly, is one of the most-insane comments made in all of human history. Scarily, these very people vote.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:03 pm

@Ronald Millsaps…”I’d almost vote for Romney because of how presidential he looks”…??? as for Santorum, he has nothing. he’s elected to go with the religion card. only problem is the job is for president of the US not pope. as for the debates, I’m sure the president was presented with more of a challenge from his peers while he was president of the Harvard Law Review. our country is in “bad” shape because congress and senate will not get together and work on worth while legislation. our system is set up so the POTUS is not a king. now turn Fox News back on and have a good day. Obama 50% approval, Dow is looking lovely, GM posted record quarter and Bin Laden is down in Davey Jones’s locker.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:06 pm

Back to Romney’s presidential disposition, honestly, we should invent a new form of currency with his picture on it for that very reason.

We could do the same for Obama, but the currency would be a much-smaller denomination and only valid in Europe. The two-cent piece, perhaps: symbolizing the man’s frequent commentary but infrequent substance.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:09 pm

“loose”– Again, we see a vulgar, senseless, irreverent screen name, and here you’re talking about an election.

You use the term “religious” misleadingly, which is certainly not atypical of you liberal ilk. As Rush Limbaugh perfectly said, you use “religious” while referring to Christianity and while wielding a false definition of “Separation of Church and State”— all while acting like this postmodern, mainstream nonsense of today is somehow what our nation was founded upon. You fringe lunatics, your nonsense is not our once-great foundation.

Santorum has said nothing wrong, folks. He’s just not the compromiser that that albatross John McCain is. McCain obviously borders Gary Johnson not just geographically.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:10 pm

Millsaps…do some homework. You must have hannity locked in your radio. we live in a global market. much different than many years ago. greece is having some issues but we have already said we will not do any bailing out over there. why must everyone that doesn’t see your way be labeled a liberal. perhaps you have forgotten there are moderates on both sides of the aisle.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:11 pm

By the way, in response to the media and the mainstream consensus (I detest that word), yes, Samuel L. Jackson’s reasoning for voting for Obama is indeed racist.

Let’s kindly not sugarcoat it; the comment’s racist, period.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:14 pm

“loose”– Er, kindly type cohesively over there, pal, and I didn’t say anything about our bailing out Europe. Perhaps I’m referring to how our once-great country is becoming more and more like that wasteland known as Europe all the time, and maybe I’m also referring to how our incumbent, the worst president in history, apologizes to said wasteland about us.

Hannity’s far better than Maddow, Olbermann, and the rest of that trash on MSNBC. The only person that network has who isn’t gone is Scarborough.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:14 pm

ahh, I guessed wrong, I had you as a hannity guy. you’re a ditto head. very well. the religious card is all Santorum has at this point. He is conservative on social items but he is not on other items. check his record. if he loses Pa. will he drop or hang in there? if newt slips and doesn’t get Ga, does he drop out?

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:16 pm

That’s enough for now. This blog needs to be run civilly, professionally, and legally from now on. The liberal trash from the other day, i.e. “liberalefty”, “blackconservative” (again, a “black” person promoting slavery? I doubt it.) needs to be monitored like egregious folks at airports.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:18 pm

Millsaps…we still live in a great country or did I wake up somewhere else today?? we are far from some of the european countries that are having some issues right now. we live in different times. “new world order” I believe HW Bush called it. things won’t be the same, but we will prevail.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:19 pm

I’m definitely more of a Limbaugh fan than a Hannity fan, but Hannity on his worst day is far-better than that liar Maddow on her best day, not that I’d expect a lesbian to tell the truth.

You again use the term “religious” misleadingly, even after correction. Kindly pay attention, and kindly be honest.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:19 pm

what have I said that is not “civil”? I’m trying to have a conversation here.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:23 pm

how have I used the term religous misleadingly? and if we are to be civil you probably don’t want to refer to Ms. Maddow as such. Dick Cheyney’s daughter may take offense.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:23 pm

You first can address me properly, son, and then we can go from there.

No, we don’t still live in a great country because those who speak the truth are far outnumbered by those who don’t/won’t.

You actually make a valid point about the NWO. Yes, that Bush did make that reference, and yes, it’s definitely worth rebuking. His son was a far-better president, just like he’s far better, not surprisingly, than the liberal names over the last 20-plus years, i.e. Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, Dean, Gore, Kerry, Obama. Gore’s the only liberal of the pack who would be even halfway decent.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
6:26 pm

Kindly go back and re-read, and Maddow is that very thing. She even won an award attaching her career to her sexuality, while, of course, an award for Katie Couric being, for example, the sorriest straight lady on TV, would be deemed as “insensitive to gays”.

Kindly pay attention when you read. Kindly wipe away the prejudice and propaganda. I don’t have all day to spend on a blog explaining the world to you regressive liberals–redundant term.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:28 pm

Mr. Ronald Millsaps…is that better? I, just like you, don’t agree with 100% of what “our” candidates or representatives do. But, it’s not healthy to bash one another. this country has gotten away from engaging in meaningful dialogue. I knwo the congress and the senate have.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:31 pm

Mr. Millsaps…if memory serves me correctly, Gore was president. For a few hours anyway, until the greatest voting fraud to take place on our continent.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
6:33 pm

Mr. Millsaps…have a good rest of the weekend.

tom

February 19th, 2012
7:05 pm

If Newt wants to win, get rid of Herman Cain. Cain states that 50% of Americans are stupid. That is a stupid statement and can piss off alot of people.

loose draws

February 19th, 2012
7:13 pm

just saying “Herman Cain”, is enough to pi$$ off a lot of people.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

Tom, why not say “offend” instead of turning to a lewd term?

Seriously, everywhere you go nowadays, it seems, there’s profanity. We don’t need to say, read, or overhear it. Also, people turn to profanity for, among other things, shock value, and this shock valie is wearing off. Has anyone else wondered what people plan to turn to next?

Of seven billion people, I don’t think anyone is born stupid, but Herman Cain is right in that half of this country is indeed stupid-by willful ignorance. We’re really catching “up” with Europe.

Had the media questioned Obama’s background the way it did Cain’s, my… that action would’ve been deemed “racist”. I’m sure that would’ve been fine with racists like “black conservative”– an Uncle Tom who actually promotes slavery.

I have no proof that Gore was “ripped off”. He didn’t win his state or his country, and I’m glad about both. Aside from defending that poisonous ideology known as Islam, Bush was an exceptional president, and he didn’t hide behind Clinton’s record when things went poorly for him. He took it like a man, unlike Obama.

By the way, world, quit asking the government to invent a job for you. Jobs don’t appear out of mid-air, just like money needs to be backed by gold. If you’re the type who was the class clown in school and who smarted off and harassed in an effort to get attention, guess what? You stifled the rights of those around you and are getting what you deserve, so shut up.

Ronald Millsaps

February 19th, 2012
7:39 pm

Speaking of which, kudos to Cobb for its push against tobacco. No one has the right to impose smoking (or profanity, among other things) onto others.

This country would do well to bring back prohibition and to implement the same to tobacco———–and we need a rule saying that decking a drunk fan at a sporting event’s perfectly fine.

Charles Purvis

February 19th, 2012
8:47 pm

Contrary to what the Republican establishment would have you believe, Newt Gingrich is the only candidate who can defeat Barrack Obama. Romney has run so many dishonest attack ads with his millions it’s just, well dishonest. And he’s done so with no reprimand, as a matter of fact with blessings. This just shows the Republican establishment’s and Conservative media’s bias against Gingrich. And just like in 08 the Republican operatives and supposedly Conservative media, believing they know better than us common folk, have already selected Romney as their golden-child and are determined to shove him down our throats, the same modus operandi they scream about Obama using. And, just like in 08 with McCain, if they get their way Obama will win again and America will be subjected to 4 more years of a dishonest administration shoving legislation, or illegally circumventing it, down our throats furthering us down the path of socialism, bankruptcy, and national INsecurity! One would think they were intelligent enough to do a little research whereupon they would see Romney is truly only slightly right of Obama on most issues, unless of course they have ulterior motives. There are many videos where he himself speaks to his beliefs and stances on the issues, showing him to be a moderate at the very best, liberal on most. I can understand someone learning and therefore changing their stance on 1 or 2 issues, but to do it on almost every single one reeks of political expediency, period! We need to make these people understand we have only been to a few states, that the American people’s voices do count, and that if another “08″ occurs we the people will hold them accountable.

In the general election, Obama would clean Romney’s clock just as he did to McCain in 08.Obama will prove him to be the politically expediate candidate he is through the above mentioned videos, showing him espousing his moderate liberal stances on most issues previous to 07, then his sudden conversion to “Conservatism” on the very same issues as he ramped up his campaign for the Republican Presidential primary in 08. Obama will definately portray Romney as a representative of the 1% with his untold wealth and secretive accounts in the Cayman Islands and Swiss banks. This class-warfare will play well with the Democrats and a large percentage of Independants, as well as the mainstream media.Romney will not fair well in the debates against Obama either. He has had few really good debate performances, only actually winning the 2 held in Florida. That’s 2 out of approximately 19, enough said!

Conversely, Newt has had a very strong showing in most of the debates, winning the majority of them. As a matter of fact, in 2 of the debates he received a standing ovation, which is a rare occurrence.Newt will take Obama to the proverbial woodshed in any debate, on any issue, at any time. As far as Newt’s “baggage”, it has been out in the open for many years, thoroughly scrutinized and discussed with most of the allegations proven to be false. There are no surprises to be found here. His Conservatism has been proven time and again by his record,receiving an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 90%, 100% in 1998. He was part of the Reagan team, Nancy Reagan having said at the 1995 Goldwater Institute Dinner honoring President Ronald Reagan, “Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”. He has endorsements from proven Conservatives ranging from Michael Reagan to J.C. Watts. At the same time, as Speaker of the House under Bill Clinton, he has proven he can work in a bipartisan manner to achieve much needed results while standing firm on his principles. In some cases he had to take on members of his own party to do what he knew was right for the American people. He is a great thinker with bold ideas, and has proven he can convert these ideas into real working solutions, contrary to the inaccurate charges stating otherwise from his past disgruntled colleagues whom he had to take on in some issues. The way Conservatives win elections is by running on and standing firm on their Conservative principles.

This is but a sampling of the proven reasons why Newt Gingrich is the only candidate who can defeat Barrack Obama and begin turning our great country around to recovery, prosperity, security, and back to our roots as intended by our founding fathers. But don’t take my word for it. Go to http://www.Newt.org, see for yourself, do more research, then make your decision.