Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney oozed confidence and a defiant Newt Gingrich seemed to acknowledge his momentum had been checked, at least for now, as Florida Republicans voted Tuesday to decide who gets the state’s 50 delegates, the biggest prize yet in the Republican presidential nomination contest.

Romney is heavily favored in the winner-take-all primary, the final and possibly pivotal contest in a high-stakes month in which the former Massachusetts governor has claimed one win and two second-place finishes so far. On Monday, he campaigned so optimistically that he broke into song.

Without predicting a winner or endorsing a candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told CNN on Tuesday: “The winner of Florida is in all likelihood going to be the nominee of our party.”

But Gingrich would have none of that talk. Outside a polling place in Orlando Tuesday, he told reporters the race wouldn’t be decided until June or July — “unless Romney drops out earlier.”

In Palm Beach, Julian Stoopler, a 68-year-old investment adviser, said he’s always liked Gingrich but ultimately decided to vote for former business leader Romney. “The condition of the country has deteriorated so badly that we need a CEO to turn it around,” Stoopler said.

In Miami’s Little Havana, car salesman Osvaldo Mitat, 69, favored Gingrich. He’s impressed by the former House speaker’s “commitment to the Cuban community,” Mitat said, and Gingrich’s marital history doesn’t bother him — Mitat has been divorced four times himself.

“Romney also has a past,” he said. “Everyone has a past.”

For a time, Gingrich reset the GOP race with an overwhelming victory in South Carolina. But in the 10 days since, the contest has turned increasingly hostile and polls have swung in Romney’s direction.

“With a turnout like this, I’m beginning to feel we might win tomorrow,” an upbeat Romney told a crowd of several hundred at a stop in Dunedin on Monday.

Gingrich admitted that his momentum against Romney has slowed in Florida.

“He can bury me for a very short amount of time with four or five or six times as much money,” Gingrich said in a television interview. “In the long run, the Republican Party is not going to nominate … a liberal Republican.”

The Gingrich campaign bragged that he had raised more than $5 million in January, more than half following his win in South Carolina, after raising $10 million total for the last three months of 2011.

Romney’s campaign canceled a Tuesday morning rally, but scheduled a night celebration at the Tampa Convention Center. Gingrich planned a series of public appearances — including visits to two polling stations and a stop at the Polk County headquarters — before gathering with supporters for a primary night party in Orlando. The last polls close at 8 p.m.

During his final event on primary eve, at The Villages in central Florida, Romney broke into song, leading the crowd in a reverent rendition of “America the Beautiful,” instead of just reciting the lyrics as he typically does.

The path to the Republican nomination — and the right to face President Barack Obama this fall — shifts to a series of lower-profile contests in February. The race for delegates is still in its early stages. A candidate needs to collect 1,144 delegates to win. Coming into Florida, Romney had 37 delegates to Gingrich’s 26.

The other two candidates in the race will not be in Florida on Tuesday. Both Rick Santorum, who’s won 14 delegates, and Ron Paul, with 4, have ceded Florida’s primary to Romney and Gingrich in favor of smaller, less expensive contests. They will spend the day campaigning across Colorado and Nevada.

Romney and his allies have poured more than $14 million into Florida television advertising primarily to attack Gingrich, who has struggled to compete with Romney’s fundraising ability, staffing and network of high-profile supporters. Gingrich and his allies spent roughly $3 million on Florida advertising.

Santorum bristled Tuesday when asked about Gingrich seeming to suggest the Pennsylvania senator should quit the race because Gingrich was the conservative most likely to defeat Romney.

“I don’t think people should be telling other folks to get out of the race and get out of the way,” Santorum told Fox News Channel. “You don’t ask someone to quit just because you think you’re the better candidate. I think I’m the better candidate.”

GOP officials in Florida were anticipating a big turnout, more than 2 million voters, up from a record 1.9 million in the Republican primary in 2008. More than 605,000 Floridians had already voted as of Monday, either by visiting early voting stations or by mailing in absentee ballots, ahead of the total combined early vote in the GOP primary four years ago.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Benjamin Golan

    Really? We’ll see about that. Romney has been protected by the media, including Hannity & O’Reilly of Fox News from answering his liberal view of the 2nd Amendment! Clearly, Romney does not understand the intent of the 2nd Amendment. His email response to a 2007 question clearly states he will in fact bring back the so called assault weapon ban. Anyone in Florida paying attention? WND did an article on that email in 11/2011! Romney-care, gays in the military, and so much more this fraud stands for! As a Veteran, I guarantee you I WILL NOT vote for him, and neither will many other Veterans! Bo Sorte!

    • Larz Larzen

      Rubio’s true colors come out. He made out he was a Reaganite, now he’s shown himself to be a tool of the Republican establishment. Romney must have already offered him the Vice Presidency, or he would have kept his mouth shut. The price Romney exacted? “Deliver Florida to me.” Keep fighting, Newt. Florida was delivered through chicanery and subterfuge, and Rubio and Romney would like it to end here. Now the establishment wants to abolish Allen West’s congressional district, too. They are at war with the Tea Party. Bring it on!

      • Chris Marx

        Rubio is now a traitor to America. What a joke. Romney is nothing but another big spend liberal. Ron Paul is the most conservative. I guess American’s don’t like to hear the truth. YouTube Ron Paul and stop listening to the lamestream media.

      • Nate

        Rubio is a traitor for saying that the winner of Florida is likely to be the nominee? My God, people, we are freakin’ imploding! None of these guys is my first choice, but if we don’t figure out that Obama is our opponent and stop throwing bombs at each other, we are doomed.

      • DSB

        I don’t think Rubio will be asked to be VP for Romney. I think he sold out for something bigger . . . president in 2020.

      • rbig

        L.L: nice strategy, attack everyone who does not believe the way you do. Romney won Fl the same way he wins in business. Work hard, take risks (debates), make smart decisions and most important of all: have a vision to implement. America will be a much better place after 8 years of Romney.

      • deerjerkydave

        These are strange times when people throw solid conservatives like Marco Rubio under the bus to defend Newt Gingrich. Did you hear that Mitt Romney just picked up the endorsement of the Memphis Tea Party and has the endorsement of various other Tea Party groups?

      • Reginald Winthorp

        Keep fighting Newt! We’ll forget your explosive rhetoric. We’ll forgot that you make excuses when you lose debates. We’ll forget your alliance with Nancy Pelosi. We’ll forget your ethics violations. We’ll forget your moral bankruptcy. We’ll forget you we advising fannie and freddie. We’ll forget it all, please just don’t elect a successful businessman!

      • Shepherd

        What? Are you sure you read the right article? Marco Rubio is someone who IMHO is trying to get everyone together, not divide us the way Newt and Mitt are doing. This election is about getting rid of a marxist. No matter which one gets the nomination we must come together to support him and defeat tyranny. Please stray on track or we are lost.

      • fla boy

        Nut jobs are out in full force tonight. Get real. Gingrich can’t beat Obama. Romney can. America is center right. Not hard right. Wake up nut jobs. Did you like the last 3 years?

      • jax man

        OEF vet for Romney/Rubio. Get with it people.

      • TexHungerford

        To Lars…..CHA CHING!!! You nailed it.

      • TexHungerford


        OH STOP PLEASE!!! With the Newt and Pelosi on the couch bit..
        If you’re going there, please explain CONSERVATIVE ROMNEY putting together bills with TED “DROWN A GIRL” KENNEDY!!!

      • SouthernBelle

        Benjamin, of course you have the freedom and the right to vote or not vote as you see fit. I’m still undecided on any candidate in this race against Obama but what I do know is that if my guy doesn’t get the nomination then I will stand behind the one that does because we have to, I repeat have to,,absolutley eliminate and annhiliate Obama on his own playground. We may not be able to do that if voters like yourself refuse to come forward and give your vote to the nominee. This vote is so very crucial and important to ourselves, our families and our country. Won’t you please think about it? Darn, I should have started with this first…thank you so very much for your service to our country. My son also served and I am so very proud of all of you.

      • PassTheWord

        Romney bought the election. Out spending his opponents more than 2 to 1. He ran shameful ads full of lies. Check out the truth about Newt’s so-called ethics violations… He was also a consultant for Fannie Mae. Big deal, as a consultant you don’t know all of the dealings of a company.

        Romney is much like Obama. He is a narcissist. Clinton beat Dole because he hijacked the GOP platform. He made himself like Dole so people said why change. Obama is attempting the same strategy.

        A Romney nomination is an Obama win.

    • Jerry

      That’s cool Benjamin. But, I don’t really think YOUR vote will be needed–for Mr. Romney to come away as the GOP Nominee sir…

      • Larz Larzen

        Romney won’t even debate Gingrich. He’s a coward. Will he run from Obama, too? How is that a winning strategy?

      • CZ_Holland_MI


        GOP has less registered voters than Democratic Party.

        If the GOP fails to nominate Ron Paul, the GOP will lose at least 20% of its voters to a write in for Ron Paul, or a vote for a 3rd party candidate that Ron Paul endorses.

        This means, the GOP will lose by nominating anyone but Ron Paul.


      • rbig

        To Larz Larzen: what do you mean Romney won’t debate Newt? He thrashed Newt in the last two debates. The other two on the sides may has well not even be there…Newt and Mitt have been going at it mano a mano, and Romney showed his True Grit. A few people think Newt is a good debater, because Newt announced that he was a good debater…it takes more than self announcing…

      • Kim Stoddard

        A military coup d’etat began in 2008 with the introduction of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

        Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet. Who did you think writes his teleprompter?

        This is the real story that the media is not and cannot report on. Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government.

      • J. Denver

        Liberal cultist? If ignorant bigotry factors in your voting calculus, you are living in the wrong decade.

      • Layla

        Well, Jerry, unless the GOP permanently appoints Rubio Senator or VP, he has to run again and so do the other so called conservatives like Pam Bondi who endorsed Romney.

        It is over for them.

      • Bub47

        Yes but he will need my vote in the general election which neither he nor Obama will get from me. I will be writing in Paul. And don’t give me the BS that I am throwing away my vote. Throwing away my vote would be to vote for either of those two idiots.

      • Mitchell Kent

        No but ours will (the Christians and the Ron Paul indepedents) and liberal cultist Romney aint going to get it.

        The GOP is guarenteeing Obamas reelection.

      • frakk001

        s’ok, he won’t be getting our five family votes in CT either…actually, neither will gnewt..Paul for Prez!

      • Chris Downey

        Most reassuring to hear that Mr. Romney won’t need my vote either. I voted for Bush (41), Dole, and McCain and it didn’t help them, so I figure if Mr. Romney is the nominee, I can help the GOP best by just sitting this one out.

      • Charles Purvis

        what a disdainful and arrogant reply! Everyone’s vote counts, this is America Jerry.

      • Bernadine Johnson

        You may be right Romney has the same money backing him as obumer.
        Goldman sac so we will still be bailing out wallstreet . goldman sac is in charge of Romneys money takes care of it. as they take care of obumer. Romney still involved
        with Bain company,bad job as Governor of Mass, Romnry care the same as
        obama care is the same one HILLERY CLINTON WANTED IN>but NEWT STOPPED THAT. WE donot need Government health. We JUST NEED TO REGULATE INSURENCE COMPANy’s . AN TO DO THAT NEED TO STOP THE

      • Bruno Boccagalupe

        That’sm right Jerry,… But enough Benjamins and you and YOUR MR.may have a lot to be concerned about. ROMNEY

    • Bob

      Protected by the media? Didn’t I see a report yesterday that showed that Romney had more negative media than anybody?

      • Jan Ullrich

        Bob – his campaign and super PAC’s has had more negative messaging towards other candidates, read the article, not the headline…

      • BJ

        You did see that. People that talk about Romney being favored by the press or that he hasn’t been vetted are just living in a fantasy land. The guy has been in everyone’s crosshairs since it was suggested that he would be the campaign the front-runner.

        To suggest otherwise is silly and does not in any way line up with the facts.

      • R22

        Did we forget about Ron Paul, and the others still in the race. Ron Paul doesn’t get the light because he don’t know how to bicker back and forth as good. Lets try to spend less time with the political ad, and focus on what solutions you will bring to the table.

      • Benjamin Golan

        Please, when Hannity interviews Romney, you have to wonder if Hannity wears any protection after the interview. And O’Reilly is way on the side of Romney as well. I watch and read everything. Perhaps you spend too much time on Alex Jones sites.

      • Benjamin Golan

        Please. I earned my right not to vote for a fraud. I served my country for 12 years in the military. I’m not the only Veteran who feels this way.

      • sandy

        I think you misunderstood. Rommney’s campaign advisers gave more negativity than the others. Oh, you believe the media.

      • deerjerkydave

        Yeah, it was the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University which did the study on television coverage. Romney had 78% unfavorable coverage compared to 48% unfavorable to Newt. Here’s the link:

    • Jerry

      Bejamin, do you think you could teach a small minded guy like me to tough talk like you dude?

      • Bradley Allen

        Hi Jerry,

        it starts with having the truth on your side. do not back away from the truth. Its easy to pick words that sound tough, but if not backed up with truth it falls apart

    • Larry C.

      retired vet here who will support Romney 100%. Newt is a whiney, angry old man with way too much baggage. supporting Romney because I want Obama gone. interesting how some conservatives throw their values out the window when they pertain to someone they support. i.e. Newt. i’m actually glad Sarah Palin didn’t support Mitt Romney because they would have been the kiss of death for his campaign. rather, she gave that kiss of death to Newt.

      • derrickw

        Romney is no more of a conservative than Berry is. You might want to rethink that statement about people throwing out their values.

      • tc297

        Rick Santorum is the only true conservative running. Interesting that many of theconservatives don’t support him.

      • Kay Shannon

        I would suggest you consider that Romney built a very successful career taking companies that were about to go under and making them efficient, lean, and financially sound. You may know some of those companies…Sports Authority, Brookstone, Domino’s, Staples, Sealy…and many others. In most cases, the companies were going bankrupt because they were spending too much money…just like the government. He cleaned up Massachusetts and erased a $3B deficit. He believes that healthcare is a states rights issue…what is right in Mass may not be right for Alabama. Besides, he has said he would repeal Obamacare. As governor, he blocked democrat legislation consistently. As a moral man, he’s been married to the same woman since 1969 and I’m confident he doesn’t cheat on Ann. His greatest asset is his competency and executive leadership. He was so successful in turning around the Salt Lake City Olympics that Harvard Business School used his experience in a case study on leadership. Lastly, he can greatly improve the economy, reverse the anti-capitalism wave, and bring business back to the US.

        Read his book “No Apology – Believe in America” where he lays out his plan for a strong defense, bringing jobs back to the US, not spending more than we take in, cleaning up the government (which is his business).

        He is a strong conservative for sure in comparison to Obama.

    • John Steele

      I agree with you. Sounds like Rubio is an establishment Repub and they are very anxious to end the primary. Lets see. Romney, wins a tiny little state and maybe Florida. He can’ top 30% in votes or popularity, but the game is over. We still have 46 states to go. It’s just getting started baby

    • J.M. Pratt

      I stand with you! He is a horrible choice and the GOP better think long and hard before they put him on the ballot!

    • Michael

      You’re delusional if you think Sean Hannity has been supporting Romney … he’s got his head so far up Newt’s butt, I’m surprised he’s not suffocated. Nobody cares if you don’t vote Romney – vote Obama if you’d like. I’m a Veteran and will absolutely vote for the BEST man for the job at this time in our country. Romney is the only one who can BEAT Obama – look at the polls. I know tons of Vets supporting Romney.

      • Bradley Allen

        No, youre wrong to say only Romney can defeat Obama. There is no truth to the statement. It may have been the case in 2008. Is this 2008? Are you seeing planes? is your name Tattoo? because I’d swear youre living on fantasy island

      • Justin Skutchinson

        Misinformed vets.

        No vet would vote for ANYONE who wants to continue pointless wars.

      • soflamama

        I”m smack dab in the middle of south Florida…everybody that I know with any common sense (which include alot of business owners) is voting for the businessman…Romney! As for Romney’s previous stances…so what? I used to be a Democrat who campaigned for Gore in 2000. After 9/11, I had an epiphany and changed my positions on politics 180 degrees. People do change, change their minds and evolve. One of the most important issues for Florida and for the U.S. is the fact that we are being invaded by illegals. Romney is the only one who strongly voiced his opinion that we have E-verify and also NO amnesty for anyone…..even grandmas who have been here for 25 years. These people SHOULD NOT GET BENEFITS, at the expense of American citizens! Many would go home on their own! Romney has proven success in business, has been true blue to his wife (I guess Newt’s first two wives weren’t first lady material so he had to upgrade to one who would make him look better! YUK! You so-called ‘conservatives’ who look the other way regarding this just prove what the left says about you all…’re a bunch of hypocrites!), and was never entrenched in the Washington scene. For you who will ‘sit it out’, like little children who don’t get their way, and think that Mitt will be just like Obama, I just have to say “GET REAL”!
        This country may not survive another 4 years of Obama. There’s no telling what he’ll do in his final term but something akin to a ‘scorched earth’ scenario isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. Nobody can deny that Mitt Romney loves this country. He will be a million times better than Obummer! I have no doubt that Romney, if he does get the nomination despite all of you idiots staying home, will surround himself with the best of the best for his cabinet…..possibly Rubio for VP, West for sec. of defense, Bolton for sec of state, Paul for sec of treasury, …maybe Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, and so on.
        Mitt can certainly beat Obama. He’s got the money to hang in there, the independents, women, disgruntled Dems, and a lot of conservatives are smart enough to realize that it’s ‘anybody but Obama’ at this point.

      • TexHungerford

        To Justin Skutchinson

        Misinformed vets.

        No vet would vote for ANYONE who wants to continue pointless wars.!!

        You are naive.

    • Ann

      You don’t think Romney will need his vote if he is the nominee against Obama? You are mistaken if you think it’s going to be easy against Obama.

    • Jack

      Dear Benjamin-Mitt wasn’t counting on you anyway. That being said, when it is Mitt vs Barry, you might want to let us know what Barry’s position is on the 2nd Amendment! LOL

    • Michael

      As ANN COULTER says … A VOTE FOR NEWT = A VOTE FOR OBAMA. Look at the polls people … even Santorum polls highter against Obama than Newt. Newt is way too polarizing to anyone but hard, far-right wingers. I’m a conservative but not a nut. It amazes me that, seemingly, intelligent people can’t get this thru their head. They’d rather vote their heart and vote for Newt (cuz they feel sorry for him) but don’t realize, he’ll NEVER in a million year beat Obama. ONLY ROMNEY CAN BEAT OBAMA. Therefore, this 22 year Vet supports Romney. I do NOT want 4 more of Obama.

      • soflamama

        Right on! Just watched Romney’s victory speech. My gut tells me that this man can turn this ship around. He can unite us. Romney didn’t become successful from being a dummy and a wimp. I’m like you..a conservative but not a nut! I hope there’s more of us out there than these ‘holier than thou’ types who would rather let Obama ruin this country than vote for the businessman with a proven track record.

      • Charles Purvis

        What a joke! I don’t understand how people who consider themselves to be a conservative back Mitt Romney when if you do any research at all, as easy as watching him in videos on youtube, you find what he really stands for. 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.Romney is truly only slightly right of Obama on most issues. I can understand changing your postion on 1 or 2 issues, but to change on the majority of them just reeks of political expediency.
        Obama will flood the airwaves with these videos of Romney contradicting himself. He will also play the class-warfare card portraying Mitt as part of the 1%. Mitt has further dug his hole by running such a dishonest negative campaign, then trying to deny ownership in some cases, playing the victim when he actually drew first blood, as is his normal modus operandi. And also very important, Obama will clean his clock in debates. Newt is the only one who can take Obama to the proverbial woodshed in any debate.

      • TexHungerford


    • Karen Koop

      Thanks Benjamin…That’s right. Everybody go watch the true video no When Mitt Romney Comes To Town…..15,0000 Lost their jobs.

      • Kay Shannon

        That is not true. He saved tens of thousands of jobs and companies (like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, Sports Authority and many others). They were going bankrupt and everyone would have lost their jobs. I live down the street from a Sports Authority, Home Depot, and Domino’s Pizza…they are keeping people employed year after year.

        I’m sure some people did lose their jobs, but that is far better than going under. When my division went through restructure, we went from 3000 employees to 1200 and did twice the work. I’m sure the unions aren’t looking forward to a President Romney. Many of the extreme antiRomney rhetoric is coming from union workers who see Romney as a threat.

      • not mitt

        I see your drinking his koolade.

    • Dave Richards

      The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      • Holly Davenport

        Thanks for the link very interesting

    • MIke W

      I’m with you Benjamin. Soros said there will be no difference between Romney and Obama. The Dems are going to crucify Bishop (google it) Romney. Why do you think the liberal media is bashing Newt and praising Romney. They have all the ammunition they need on Romney. The Dems are starting to run Florida ads about Romney’s medicare fraud. As a Newt supporter I will never vote for Romney even against Obama based on the way he has trashed Newt.

      • Kay Shannon

        Soros = Athiest, Socialist/Marxist, Obama Supporter

        Romney = Devout Mormon, Free Market Capitalist, Business/Economic Leader

        Naw…there’s no difference there at all.

      • TexHungerford

        To Kay Shannon……….ummm……maybe watch this, if you can take the time.
        Its 52 minutes long, but its pretty damaging. A lot of it surprised me.

    • Tony Newbill

      I will not vote for Romney not now and not in the general . They are going to crucify Romney with this stuff

      Plus the medicare fraud violation and the Fine of 120 million I mean oh sorry is about all Romney can say about that

      • John Steele

        How does Romney become the nominee by winning tqo states. They didn’t say that when Newt won So Carolina… The Repub establishment is as bad as the Democrats. I didn’t hear Rubio saying this when Newt whipped Romney.

    • Yippee K.

      For not endorsing anyone, Rubio is sure giving Romney a lot of help.

    • specfriggintacular

      Yawn Benjamin ….. Yawn Yawn Yawn ………

    • Teresa Lewis

      I will vote principle over posketbook. At least I will be able to look myself in the mirror each morning. Romney has no principle. I will vote Santorum. Romney is a pretend conservative even worse than McCain.

    • TonyV

      Dear Benjamin, thank you for your service to this country but your NON VOTE is a vote for Obama. Say what you like about Romney, and about us communists who want to vote for him… BUT WHEN YOU PUT OBAMA BACK IN OFFICE by YOUR VOTE, YOU SIR will be the one condemning this country to bankruptcy.. not us. So sorry you fought in the military to defend the country just to have you destroy it now. GO VETERANS!!!!! SEMPER DESTRUCTION!

    • Steven

      What a bunch of Gingrich Cry babies, lol It’s going to be a real joy for me when Mitt wins the nomination and beats Obama in November just to see you cry babies wet your diapers. Repeat after me PRESIDENT ROMNEY. lol

      • Charles Purvis

        Repeat after me, Political Expediency, charlatan, Flip Romney!

    • its a sunny day

      Power has gone to Rubio’s head and he is delushional.

      With the Florida vote, only about 100 delegates have been decided.

      There are 2,286 delegates and you need 1144 to win. You do the math.

      • JOHN

        I agree he has been a big disappointment. His one piece of legislation, he wanted to empower the government the ability to censure the internet.

    • Danny_Florida

      If Romney is the nominee, obama wilns another term, period!!

    • Annette

      Glad to hear many of you veterans are not for Romney! Personally, the number one thing that turns me off of Romney more than anything are all these endorsements he’s gotten from one big name moderate after the other. Why would John McCain be for Romney? We know McCain is going to endorse the most liberal man up there.

      (The more attacks I see against Gingrich from these elite Republicans and Democrats, the more it impresses me that there must be something about Newt that’s a real threat.)

      • Gary

        Ron Paul is the one that scares everyone that is why he is blacked out all the time. He scares the because of his agenda to cut many of the moochers jobs and get the country back on track. There is no money for those traitors to make if Paul gets elected. Newt will get his clock cleaned by the illegal alien in office and so will Mittens. RON PAUL is the ONLY choice for America.

    • JOHN

      I think his mere comments about a judge being able to bypass the will of a parent over their child being able to get an abortion are grounds for him to be eliminated from any consideration. Any conservative that believes this along with his state mandated insurance is not intrusive government control is no conservative. Personally, I will vote for Obama before I would vote for Romney he is more liberal than Obama.

    • Uomo Del Ghiaccio

      While I was in Florida last week, for every Anti-Newt tv ad there were 3 Anti-Romney tv ads. Some were from the unions and the DNC and of course Newt Gingrich and his Super PAC’s.

      Talk Radio generally favors Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney and the main stream media alternates which one they pick on. After South Carolina Newt GIngrich was the Front Runner, so it is expected that he would face more coverage that the rest of the field.

      By the way I’m a veteran and I would proudly support Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul. Newt Gingrich on the other hand, I have problems with him. If a man is willing to lie and cheat on his wives he will be willing to lie and cheat to a stranger.

    • Toni

      That’s because the corrupt media WANTS Romney and people are falling right into their hands! The one who has been demonized the MOST is Newt! For one reason or another, the media and the establishment DO NOT want Newt and that makes ME want him even more! Romney has completely TURNED ME OFF. He’s such a tough guy on Newt, isn’t he but come the election campaign against obama, He will CLAM UP and find his NICE personality and run a clean campaign just like JOHN MCCAIN did and we all know what happened there!!!!!! Romney is a LIBERAL!!

  • DrMaxHathaway

    Marco Rubio is unfit to hold political office, except maybe in Haiti.

    • Layla

      I can’t disagree with you, Dr. Hathaway. The voters here have been duped, big time.

      Florida has almost 30,000 voters on the voting rolls over 100 years old. And that is just the beginning.

      Somebody needs to check the elections offices and see how many democrats reregistered as Republicans before today in the last few months.

    • TexHungerford

      Oh PLEASE…….., Rubio is a ” kid” politician, NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN HE”S NOSTRADAMUS?Thanks Again DRUDGE.
      Besides that fact we have more that 40 states left to vote, and Romney need 1144 vortes which as of today he has 2.6% of…………………
      What happens if Romney had a heart attack?

      Just sayin’.

    • Benjamin Golan


    • Lala Castellanos

      Why Haiti? Bet you wish Rubio was your friend, he is more educated than you and whiter. too- what university you attended? Appalachian State? lol

      • derrickw


      • plain truth

        Everybody knows Cubans and Cuban expatriates are descended from freed African slaves.

  • rae ekaf

    Ron Paul – the only sane candidate on the slate,

    • TexHungerford

      Wrong, Santorum gets it too.

    • CZ_Holland_MI

      Agreed. Ron Paul gets my & my wife’s vote even if we need to write him in. We will NOT vote for the Republican nominee if it is anyone other than Paul.

      I hope the GOP learns the hard way that if you disrespect Liberty and the Constitution, you will LOSE.

      And for all those GOP handwringers out there who say “bbbut if you write in Ron Paul it will give Obama a 2nd term”. I say FINE, IT’S CALLED BLOWBACK BEYOTCH. Go look it up.

      • Linda

        I’ll vote for Paul as well over Romney/Rubio.

  • Rooty

    Attention…. May I have your attention, please.
    Ron Paul is a really old liberal in disguise flatulator who’s naive followers are barely intelligent enough to thumb text or play video games.
    That is all…

    • Tim R. Barnes

      Attention ROOTY,you sound like one that BENEFITS from the CORRUPTION that fears Ron Paul!. Been able to play video games for over 40 years,people like you do not possess the MENTAL ABILITIES of gaming,or knowing not to vote for the lesser of 2 evils,which will be the CASE again if RP is not the Republican choice! Probably the reason my taxdollar pays your salary!

    • Linda

      Paul is not the 4th richest man in the country. Most of us will now support that really old liberal in disguise flatulator over more wall street greed.

      Romney wasn’t the only liar in this state. You can now add Rubio and Bondi that that list for endorsing.

    • JB1Kenobi

      I love it when people resort to personal attacks… It shows you they have nothing of value to contribute.

      • pavlovian

        Personal attacks are the only response to Paul I’ve seen. Well, that and media blackout. Same thing they do to Tea Party. Just accusations of stupidity and/or racism and no coverage of public appearances. The Paul haters are very obedient to the mainstream media and simply regurgitate the approved talking points against him.

    • Yippee K

      Oh brother. I’m not a fan of the Paulbots either but calling Paul a liberal is just silly.

    • Chester

      Paul may be a lot of things, but he is not a liberal. Never has been never will be. It is no secret that his true leanings are libertarian. Perhaps that is what you meant to say.

    • Steven

      Ron Paul should be wearing a beanie with a propeller on top, riding the short bus to the funny farm. In fact, the only thing nuttier than Ron Paul are Ron Paul supporters.

  • rae ekaf

    Rooty was Newt Gringrich lurking here.

  • MacaroniGuy

    Thomas Jefferson for Mitt Romney 2012!

    • Chris Marx

      That’s sarcasm right?

      • Larry

        No, in Florida that’s probably true. We have as many dead people on the voter rolls here as Chicago.

  • Tom

    Funny, Hillary Clinton won the Florida primary in 2008, so she must be president now?

    • Jan Ullrich

      Great point Tom… It’s the insiders vs. the rest of us on the right… They will not select another candidate for our side. 2012 will not be a replay of 2008, it CANT

      • Tom

        Agreed, there are 50 states, Florida will be only the 4th primary. How about we let everything play out according to the voters? Otherwise, we could skip the whole primary process by simply nominating the wealthiest candidate.

      • Uome Del Ghiaccio

        I’m suprised that Newt Gingrich has not asked Ron Paul and Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race like he has begged Rick Santorum to withdraw.

        I would rather have Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum stay in the race and have Newt Gingrich withdraw. I’m very tired of Newt GIngrich’s whining and feel that he is the worst candidate of the field.

    • Dori Hertzberg

      Thank you! I agree, Tom. If the Republican Elite want to ride over the top of us, we may as well have 4 more years of how we are being treated now, heaven forbid!
      There are 46 more states that deserve to be heard!

      • Jan Ullrich

        And lets not forget Florida got punished for being bad and only has 50 delegates this time not 100…

        2012 – bring it on!!!

    • Yippee K

      That raises the question of stature: Who’s got more, a first term junior Senator who’s still wet behind the ears, or a veteran leader of the House, who led the majority that broke a forty-year stranglehold by the other party and kept his party in the majority for three consecutive terms for the first time in more than 60 years? Hmm I wonder. (that’s sarcasm) Rubio should pipe down. The guy hasn’t even gone through his first scandal yet. What’s he got to say that’s so important right now?

      • Layla

        Rubio is history for backing Romney. Even if he is the VP nominee, he won’t carry Florida in the general.

        He just lost all his Tea Party support.

  • MacaroniGuy

    Let me explain it to all my self-deluded friends here: (a) Santorum is a very nice guy, and prayers to his daughter, but he’s got a weak resume and a no-go mojo; (b) Gingrich is the single largest skeleton closet in the free world, a flip-flopper that makes Romney look like Gibraltar, a serial philanderer who ditches sick wives, a K-street lobbyist who has never had a real job nor run a real business in his life, a consummate washington insider, an adopter of the Occupy/Obama anti-capitalist agenda, and a think-skinned whining crybaby when he doesn’t get his way.

    When all this started, you were looking for a washington OUTSIDER, right? Romney spent only 4 years in STATE government, the other decades being top-gun top-dog in the business world.

    When all this started, you were looking for a family values guy, right? No contest here in Romney-ville.

    When all this started, you were looking for a economics whiz-kid to go up against Obama’s never-run-so-much-as-a-Popsicle-stand. Who makes that contrast sharper and clearer than any other GOP candidate? ROMNEY!

    Finally, when all this started, you were looking for a conservative. In 2008, Romney was TOO conservative, not just vis-a-vis McCain, but against Huckabee et al. Santorum and Limbaugh were behind him as the true conservative. What’s changed since then? Answer: Nothing, except political opportunists who seek to lie.

    • Chris Marx

      Romney is Liberal. Worse than McCain. So this is what you want to run against Obama? Let’s compare. Both are are anti-gun, both are pro-choice, both are government healthcare, both are for high taxes, both like to spend other peoples money, both are out of touch with the american people. What joke.
      YouTube Ron Paul for some real solutions

      • CZ_Holland_MI

        RON PAUL 2012

      • No cash no party

        The Republican Party will stop backing these weak candidates or face loosing it’s base. As it is today they are out of touch with conservative values and are going to the grave screaming and kicking.

        I have supported a few candidates running for the Republican nomination by sending donations to their campaign, I have not and will not however send any cash to the Republican National Committee.

    • Larz Larzen

      And in only 4 years he gave us ObamaCare.

    • rae_ekaf

      Ron PAul has done better in his doctoring business than Romeny. He didn’t cheat anyone.

      • MacaroniGuy

        @rae_ekaf — Did you steal that lie from Axelrod or Plouffe?

      • BJ

        Who did Romney cheat?

        Oh yeah – that’s right – because he made money and because some deals went bad he must be a cheater. The irony, of course, is that Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that hasn’t attacked Romney on his time at Bain. He’s the only guy that gets it. Too bad his followers are busy regurgitating the best hits from the OWS crowd.

    • Yippee K

      Blah blah blah. Romney = Bob Dole = John McCain = Establishment dud and sure loser or at best uninteresting one-termer. Our best hope to escape this Keynesian madness of tax & spend and the irresponsible headlong proliferation of federal administrative agencies is some sort of Gingrich/Paul/Santorum coalition. Romney, as everyone knows, will continue kowtowing to the Rockefeller republicans and the country club set. Been there, done that. No thanks. My vote is for all three of the other guys in this nomination.

      • TexHungerford


      • wylrae

        I could go for that. I really like Paul on fiscal matters but his foreign policy issues turn me off totally. I think Newt is the guy (insider to be sure) who has the know how to clean up the cesspool in Washington D.C. Maybe they could form a coalition of something like Newt as president, Santorum as VP and Ron Paul as Secretary of the Treasury or something like that. Would great if they could unite against Romney at the convention and get things turned around. I am in favor of capitalism but venture capitalism doesn’t impress me very much.

        With Romney being in the upper part of the 1%ers I think the Obama campaign will eat him up and spit him out along with his Swiss and Cayman Island accounts and investments.

    • Jaybird7

      I guess you haven’t looked at Romney’s funding sources on Wall Street {Goldman Sachs etc..}? Or watching him try to explain away Romneycare as a state only socialized plan when Obama states he modeled Obamacare after Romneycare. How about his flip flop on abortion? Newt has a train car load of baggage but it’s all been exposed at this point. Wait till the Main Stream Media start in on Romney after he is the nominee. Romney isn’t tough enough IMO. Either way if he gets the Nomination I will vote for him as I hate the treasonous usurper currently occupying the oval office.

      • Jack

        if you check Obama donors from three years ago, and look at his appointments to cabinet and economic positions, I think you will find that MITTENS pales in comparison. Face it, today’s problems are economic. And the country, not the Tea Party, not the Conservatives, not the Liberals but all the rest of us, are going to elect a businessman president and hope for the best. Get used to it.

  • nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan perot carter

    dream on … Neocons

    • Yippee K

      who you calling a neocon … Commie?

  • Benjamin Golan

    If Rommelny is nominated, the GOP is finished, guaranteed!

    • Ouch that hurts

      That third party, the Conservative Party will come to pass leaving the Republican Party wondering who in the heck kicked them in the crotch.

    • Kay Shannon

      Who would you rather have Benjamin, Newt the Toot?

  • Turk182

    Swayed by negative attack ads from an empty suit — I thought only democrats were this shallow. I suppose Romney will play well in the general election to Floridians once he gets some more cash, a cool logo and a catchy jingle.

    • MacaroniGuy

      Right, everyone voting for Romney is just a dupe, whereas you are the genius who sees the truth. *OR* the majority is persuaded to Romney’s credentials as a top-gun CEO turn-around genius, a non-philandering family values guy, a true conservative who went up against and subdued the most liberal legislature in the union, and a non-establishment Washington outsider (without a K-street lobbyist office).

      Face it, when your guy is losing, you just cry WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

      • Texas City

        Let me think….Hmmm Contract with America or Obama (Romney)Care?

      • Yippee K

        “non-establishment Washington outsider”

        that’s sarcasm right?

  • freecheese

    What does he know that we don’t know ? Who elected him as a soothsayer?
    Ask him when Jesse Jackson is finally going to go straght and meet the lord. Ask him when Bill Clinton is going to come clean and repent. Ask him if Obama and his wife are riding the welfare train for shopping sprees, golf outings and luxuary vacations — and if they feel “guilty.” If he can come up with accurate answers, maybe I will put some stock in his Crystal Ball blessing, otherwise, he is clueless.

  • Jerry

    Rubio has it about dead on !

    ROMNEY should likely take the nomination–he’s the best & most likely to beat Obama.

  • NeonLeon

    Ron Paul is going to win the Florida primary? I thought Romney was ahead in the polls. This is good news!

    • opie

      What are you smoking buddy — can I have some?

  • Benjamin Golan

    It does appear Karl Marx’s “useful idiots” are not just unique to the demonicrat party. The GOP is compromised, and Florida is polluted with North Eastern human refuse. Too bad!

    • MacaroniGuy

      I think ‘useful idiots’ exactly describes the Levin/Limbaugh feeble-minded followers, awaiting instructions from their entertainer-leaders.

      Those in the entrepreneur/business community OVERWHELMINGLY support Romney are are not led into the muck by hucksters spewing ideological demagoguery and claptrap.

      It’s time to get REAL. No more futzing around. The only qualified guy running is ROMNEY.

      • jamaljk

        If only Bill Gates or Warren Buffet were running. By your definiton they would be the ultimate candidates.

      • Benjamin Golan

        So you identify yourself as a “useful idiot”, bravo! When the liar & fraud Romney is nominated, Soros the organ grinder’s pet will smack Romney across the face multiple times with his tin cup, and Romney will do nothing but stutter like he did against Kennedy. IMO, the demonicrats are less than a protozoan’s waste, and the repukes are spineless dupes. Time for a 3rd party if we survive the 4 years of hell with Soro’s well trained pet.

      • soflamama

        Ha, ha, you’ve got that right. Everyone I know who is in business, is voting Romney. Some of us do do our homework (I for one am glued to the internet for about 5 hours a night doing nothing but researching politics).
        And people do change…I used to be a Democrat but had an epiphany after 9/11. Now I’m a staunch Republican and have changed completely. Romney has the background to bring this country back from the brink. Gingrich is such a panderer….one day he’s not a washington insider and the next day he’s been there since Reagan. Which is it?
        Let’s face it. People are sheeple. Who cares what Rush or Sara or whomever says? I have a mind of my own and I know that Romney can beat Obama.

  • Reince Priebus

    The number of votes cast for the various candidates is irrelevant as it was in Iowa.

    We, the GOP, have anointed Willard Mitt Romney.

    Don’t bother voting. There is no need to trouble yourselves.

    If the votes cast are not for Romney, they will be added to his total anyway, as they were in Iowa.

    • jamaljk

      The RNC has very little to do with picking/nominating candidates. (I have close friends in the RNC). At the end of the day it’s the voters who decide – and if a majority think an Obama-lite candidate is who they want then that’s what the Party gets.

  • Paul Roth

    Doesn’t sound like the Marco Rubio I’ve been hearing about. His record is impressive and if he is drafted as a Vice President candidate, that nominee is sure to beat Obama because the general public sentiment is in Rubio’s favor.

    • derrickw

      They both did support NDAA and SOTA.

  • Larz Larzen

    Rubio’s true colors come out. He made out he was a Reaganite, now he’s shown himself to be a tool of the Republican establishment. Romney must have already offered him the Vice Presidency, or he would have kept his mouth shut. The price Romney exacted? “Deliver Florida to me.” Kee p fighting, Newt. Florida was delivered through chicanery and subterfuge. Now the establishment wants to abolish Allen West’s congressional district, too. They are at war with the Tea Party. Bring it on!

  • DreamMaster

    If Gingrich says he can’t compete against Romney money, how’s he going to compete against Obama money, which will be far greater.

    • jamaljk

      Stupid argument. Once someone’s the nominee, they get all kinds of money. So even if Ron Paul wins he’ll have the resources he needs in the general election.

      • renton

        jamaljk — Ron Paul has more money in the coffers than Gingrich and Santorum combined, and it all comes from small donors like us, everyday people. Romney has more because he’s extremely wealthy and is supported by Goldman Sachs (just like Obama – look it up). In fact, Romney and Obama share many top donors. Ron Paul’s top contributors are active duty Army, Navy, and Marines.
        Look it up. All true.
        No One But Paul 2012. If the nomination goes to anyone else, I’m writing him in. The only honorable vote goes to the man who is the champion of the Constitution and predicted this economic crisis over 5 years before it happened, despite being ridiculed at the time by those who profited off it it.

    • Larz Larzen

      Easy. Debates.

  • matt

    I’m voting for Romney today, he is the only person who can beat O bama
    in the election. I like Newt but he will not get the middle vote, 4 more years of O bama will kill this country. Romney knows how to handle money, run a business,
    ran a State, he has the goods to beat O bama by large margins. I think Romney will be a good president, anyone would be better than O bama. Romney will not take our guns away as some here write about. He wants to save our Country as much as any other Republican. O bama knows he is gone and he wants to spend big money one more time before he goes.

    • Jan Ullrich

      Matt, I’m not a Romney fan but I will vote for a toaster over Obama… I hope we agree on that.

      • Bob Tingle

        I’ll sit out the election if Romney’s the nominee. He’s a fraud and a bottom feeder. He’s no different from Obama.

    • Oscar

      Obama will make Romney look like a fool in the debates. Newt on the other hand will sweep the floor with Obama.

      Name one instance this whole campaign cycle where Romney has challenged Obama on any issue. The only thing you will find is Romney has stated Obama is in over his head.

      Not exactly what I would call tough talking. Some of you play ground babies that run to Momma when you get your feelings hurt might think so.

  • BrianM

    As much as I love Rubio, I don’t think he’s necessarily right in this situation. Newt will be stronger in the South than Mitt and those dates come later. I think this is slanted to Mitt’s favor to try and set up a conclusion that does not have to happen. This is a different type of election this year and I don’t think normal trends rule.

  • K

    Rubio, who voted for NDAA. Pshh.

    Gingrich and Santorum aren’t even on the ballots in all 50 states.

    Independents & disenchanted Democrats aren’t going to bother switching sides to vote for Romney because there’s no discernable difference between him and Obama. Obamney.

    Ron Paul gets my vote. The only principled conservative in the race.

    • CZ_Holland_MI

      Absolutely correct.

      If you measure Conservatism by adherence to the Constitution, there is no choice other than Ron Paul.

      And if you measure Conservatism by adherence to a neocon agenda, well you are not a Conservative. You are a party hack pushing a party agenda in direct conflict with the Constitution.


    • NeonLeon

      This comment sums it all up perfectly.

      Gingrich and Santorum won’t win the nomination and 95% of Ron Paul supporters will never vote for Romney. So, a Romney nomination will almost guarantee four more years of Obama.

      A vote for Ron Paul could result in saving our country. Polls show Paul can beat Obama.

  • Senator Rubio (R-FL): The Florida GOP Primary Winner will be the nominee of our party - politiColonel

    […] by COLONEL on January 31, 2012 Welcome to PolitiColonel! If you like this article, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginSource […]

  • UteDB

    Newt is DONE. He’s a whiney little punk who needs to get out of the way for Santorum. Newt is now showing his true colors. Fannie Mae, Amnest for illegal aliens, global warming couch love with Pelosi, criticism of Capitalism. Newt is TOAST.

  • MarkP

    The way I see it, unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.
    — Major Frank Marion “Ferret Face” Burns, M.A.S.H.

    Seems to be the Republican conservative mantra lately.

    • PassTheWord

      Add to that that the media is calling the shots….

blog comments powered by Disqus
Vietnam Veterans' Bond Forged Again With Kidney DonationServing together in Vietnam, John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. A world and nearly a half a century away from the war zone where they'd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way: by giving one of his kidneys.
Dr. Paul Bearer II Tombstone Tales | Halloween EditionOn Sunday, October 25th, Dr. Paul Bearer II returned to the Tenement Castle for an afternoon of HORRORble movies.

Listen Live