Posts tagged ‘Rick Santorum’

March 19, 2012

The Presidential Debate That Almost Was

by lewwaters

As most readers know, if things had gone according to plan, instead of writing a blog post I would now be on my way to the South Side of Portland, Oregon to participate as one of a few bloggers invited by Oregon Public Broadcasting to live tweet the planned Republican Presidential Debate. If things had gone according to plan.

Only Newt Gingrich firmly committed with Ron Paul saying he would appear if others did. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum did not commit, so the planned March 19, 2012 Oregon Presidential Debate had to be cancelled.

In appreciation, OPB threw a thank you luncheon today for all who were involved. Crew, moderators, bloggers, staff, Police and Press, we all were treated to quite a spread of food, catered by Portland’s Elephant’s Delicatessen.

Allen Alley, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party was present to express his thanks for all of the work put into building a fantastic set, that I am convinced would have looked really great on TV.

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March 14, 2012

Update: March 19 GOP Debate Portland, Oregon

by lewwaters

We will know Thursday Morning if the debate goes forward when it is known if Rick Santorum agrees to appear. So far, only Newt Gingrich has confirmed, Mitt Romney said no, Ron Paul is a maybe, if others show up.

Should it go forward, I will be live tweeting the debate from Portland as I have been invited by Oregon Public Broadcasting to come and participate tweeting the debate.

You can follow me on twitter at @LewWaters or look for the hashtag #GOPMarch19 Monday evening starting about 5 PM Pacific Time.

Read more at Oregon GOP or visit KATU News

UPDATE: It looks like the debate has been canceled, according to a news release from the Oregon GOP

If any other updates are released I will post them.

March 13, 2012

If Obama Is To Be Defeated, It’s Time Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul Dropped Out

by lewwaters

Seeing the results from the Republican Primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, it is obvious now that the nomination is a race between two candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. That Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race is a distraction, and only further divides an already divided party.

Not that Republicans are noted for running smart campaigns, but if both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul dropped now, it is likely Gingrich would get behind Santorum and release his delegates to back Santorum. That would bring the projected delegate count to within 100 between Romney and Santorum.

Ron Paul’s 47 projected delegates would further close it, but let’s face it, Ron Paul supporters will stick to him, even if it means Obama is reelected.

Santorum and Romney have been showing strength in the primaries and caucuses with Romney carry 14 states and Santorum 10 including Alabama and Mississippi, Hawaii results not in at the time of this posting.

Newt Gingrich has won 2 state while Ron Paul once again, has not won a single state, often coming in dead last or close to it as he did today in Alabama and Mississippi with a 5% and 4.4% showing respectively.

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March 3, 2012

Romney Wins Washington State Straw Poll Caucus

by lewwaters

Continuing his winning streak, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is predicted to win the Washington State caucuses by a comfortable margin. At the time of this posting he leads with 38% of straw poll votes.

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul remain in a statistical tie for second with 24% apiece, Santorum trailing by a mere 12 votes with 62% of precincts reporting. Newt Gingrich sits last with just 11% of the votes.

The Columbian is reporting Romney has won the Clark County caucus, receiving 37% of the votes, with Ron Paul at 28.5%, Rick Santorum at 22.5% and Newt Gingrich at 10.1%.

The Daily News in Longview reports Romney carrying Cowlitz County with 33.7%, Ron Paul 28.2%, Rick Santorum 26% and Newt Gingrich 8.4%

The Olympian reports Mitt Romney carrying Thurston County with 40.4%, Ron Paul 26.4%, Rick Santorum 20.5% and Newt Gingrich a distant 7.6%.

The caucuses saw a record turnout this year with several caucus sites reporting having to turn away hundreds of caucus goers as sites were filled to capacity.

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February 21, 2012

Ron Paul and His Many Liberties with the Truth

by lewwaters

It seems every election cycle, politicians come before us speaking in glowing terms of themselves and all too often, making promises they have either no intention of keeping or are unable to keep once in office and reality smacks them up side their heads. We have come to expect candidates to “stretch things a little” as each goes on voyages of disinformation, embellishing their record or ripping apart the candidate they are running against.

Most voters see it for what it is and either discard it or if egregious enough, call them on it. But not all see through the distortions and questionable claims.

Ron Paul is one who frequently goes on that voyage of embellishment, fantasy, revision of history and twisting of a truth to make it appear entirely different, not unlike Michael Moore’s many fantasy “documentaries” where truth is distorted until it fits the view he desires to be imparted upon those present.

In spite of being revealed many times, Paulbots, the more militant wing of Ron Paul supporters, casts aside any and all exposing of their messiah and clinging to his words as if listening to Jesus speaking the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, some have equated Ron Paul to Biblical Prophets.

But unlike Ron Paul, neither Jesus nor the Prophets found in the Bible ever felt the need to distort or embellish upon the truth.

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