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Mitt Romney faces major test in Michigan primary, once thought an easy win

Once thought to be an easy win for native son Mitt Romney, the Michigan primary has instead turned into one of the stiffest tests for the Republican presidential front-runner — and an unexpected opportunity for the surging campaign of Rick Santorum.

After his surprising sweep of three states last week, Santorum is targeting the Feb. 28 contest, seeing in Michigan the combination of working-class and socially conservative voters on which he has based his campaign. And in Michigan, the former senator from Pennsylvania looks like he will get the one-on-one match-up with Romney that he has been craving — as long as Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul continue to largely look past the state.

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  • C.Davis

    Whether stooge no. 2 replaces stooge no. 1 in the front of the globalist log cabin republican conga line only changes who is getting the reach-around.
    You’re going to end up with the New World Order supplanting our republic in either case, so why not vote to put an end to the conga line by electing Ron Paul who will facilitate a return to respect for our constitution and bill of rights and prosperity for America.
    It’s time to put an end to this “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” hokum the talking heads sell us every four years.
    We don’t have enough time left to not grow up and take responsibility for instating the representation of our own self interest and that of our families, rather than what the paid liars spout over the public airwaves.
    Shake off the enchantment you’ve been under since the curse of the MSM has been deployed against our republic. Take action. Vote Ron Paul 2012

    • Greg F

      People don’t buy Mitt Romney’s LIE’S that he is conservative. It’s time to reject and eject Romney and his RINO liberals along with their negetive ads, super PAC’s and special interest money.
      MITT ROMNEY spells FAILURE!

      MITT ROMNEY is another liberal moderate LOSER!
      Bob Dole,—-LOSER! John McCain,—-LOSER!
      MITT ROMNEY another liberal moderate LOSER!

      GO RICK SANTORUM!
      Ramussen shows Rick Santorum in a double digit lead over plastic man ROMNEY.

      Ramussen shows Rick Santorum with a double digit over Mitt Romney!

      • Greg F

        MITT ROMNEY your not fooling anyone we know your a FAKE, an ESTABLISHMENT ELITIST POSER a PHONEY FLIP FLOPPER that stands for nothing! No wonder George Soros endorsed Mitt Romney. Jimmy Carter and Al Gore endorsed RINO Romney. Romney the DRAFT DODGER makes me SICK!

      • Jim

        GO RICK SANTORUM? You got to be kidding. Rick supported Romney in Mass. Supported abortion and a whole slew of liberal agenda. Go NEWT

        • Greg F

          RICK SANTORUM is the only conservative in the GOP election. Santorum never supported Romney’s liberal RINO agenda.

      • JMJ

        Remember, George Soros (Sore-ass) controls every move Obozo makes and he said that Romney is the same as Obozo. So, don’t trust Romney anymore than Obozo. Soros controls the DemonRat Party, but he has his tentacles into some Republicans — RINOs. Romney is a staunch RINO. Coming from Michigan I can understand why Romney is so corrupt. Michigan has the worst kind of corrupt, no-good, low-life politicians in this country. Their Governor is a Benedict Arnold. Although, he’s a Republican he turned on voters just like Judas betrayed Christ with a kill. Lansing Township in Michigan has a very corrupt City Manager who ordered Lansing Township’s Chief of Police to obstruct justice about 8 times. They harass, intimidate and threaten anyone who fights there corruption in Lansing, MI. They even make honest, freedom-loving Americans leave the state if these Americans stand up for their God-given rights contained in the U.S. Constitution. I think the voters in MI have seen enough corrupt politicians. That’s why Santorum seems to be winning over Romney. See website: http://www.haasstrep68.com If anyone wants to help stop the corrupt Obama political machine from stealing the 2012 elections contact: Thomas Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, 425 Third Street SW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20024; Tel: (202) 646-5172; FAX: (202) 646-5199 email: info@judicialwatch.org http://www.JudicialWatch.org

    • Greg F

      Mitt Romney is the RINO achitect of ROMNEYCARE and OBAMACARE. Mitt Romney created Socialized medicine in America. Romney supports automaker and WallStreet bailouts with more restriction and regulation through the EPA!

      MITT ROMNEY the RINO another FAKE, FLIP FLOPPING, ESTABLISHMENT, ELITIST, LIBERAL, PHONEY!
      GO RICK SANTORUM! RICK SANTORUM the only real conservative in the GOP election.

    • Ralph

      Ron Paul? NO THANKS AGAIN IN 2012! Hey Paulbot fool C.Davis Troll Go Away! The Voters
      Keep Telling Ron Paul and you goofy Paulbot Trolls NO every single time Ron Paul runs for
      President and now doesn’t tell you fool C.Davis the Voters Will Never Elect Ron Paul President?

  • Greg F

    MITT ROMNEY supports TARP
    MITT ROMNEY lead fight for ROMNEYCARE and OBAMACARE
    MITT ROMNEY supports CAP and TRADE on a Global basis.
    MITT ROMNEY supports BAILOUTS
    MITT ROMNEY supports more GUN CONTROL
    MITT ROMNEY supports more STIMULUS SPENDING
    MITT ROMNEY supports AUTOMAKER and WALLSTREET BAILOUTS
    MITT ROMNEY supports the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX
    MITT ROMNEY supports MORE RESTRICTION and REGULATION by the EPA

    MITT ROMNEY=BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA there isn’t any difference

    • Moracle

      What would we have with Romney in the White House?

      Romney is compassionate – (How many would close their business & take employees to another city in order to help find an employee’s missing daughter, or take 10 years of their life to voluntarily serve as a Mormon Christian Bishop to administer to the needs of others?)
      Romney is good – (Why else would his family and friends love him so?)
      Romney is squeaky-clean – (That’s why we don’t hear trashy relationships in his past).

      Romney is expert in Business, Finance, Trade, and Turning Around Failing Organizations – (How else could he have taken an Olympics that was millions in debt, turn it around, and leave it with a $100 million surplus, or as Governor, take a state that was deeply in debt and leave it with A $2 BILLION Rainy-Day Fund, or in his personal business, make millions turning around at-risk businesses?)

      In fact, it would be fair to say:
      The fact that Romney paid a low income tax rate should convince the people of America that He knows what He’s doing!

      He knows how the tax system works!
      He knows how money works!
      He knows how business works!
      He knows how the financial system works!

      AND,

      He knows how the economy works!
      He knows how the market works!
      He knows how international trade works!
      He knows how to eliminate waste spending & unproductive departments & agencies.

      He knows how job creation works!
      He knows how the political system works!
      He knows how national defense works!
      He knows how the borders work!

      He knows how The Constitution of the United States of America works (he loves our Constitution and the rights and freedoms it is designed to protect and will seek to bring it back to wholeness, after being shredded by those who do not respect it!)

      America, He knows how this country works!

      And if we elect him to be President of the United States of America, together, we will show the World how it works!”

      • Greg F

        Mitt Romney is another liberal moderate LOSER! Bob Dole,—LOSER! John McCain,—–LOSER! MITT ROMNEY another liberal moderate LOSER! MITT ROMNEY=BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA there isn’t any difference.

      • An American Conservative

        I am a Tea Party Conservative and I believe Romney is the right choice no matter what contrived and arrogant words come forth on this forum especially from a very hateful Greg F. Their are a great deal of us that are a silent majority and see what needs to be accomplished and can see who has the ability and values to do it and I respect Rick and even Ron but we need a LEADER and Mitt is the right person no matter what the embedded liberal left in this forum would have use think. They can’t even get their fact right,

  • Greg F

    MITT ROMNEY is only fooling uninformed voters who have been manipulated by FOX NEWS and the liberal media that’s why MITT ROMNEY can’t get over 30% in the polls. Real Republicans and conservatives won’t vote for ROMNEY the liberal RINO!

    • http://yahooverizon james

      Mitt Romney is the worst choice you please will ever make .Rick is your best pick he has very good morals that is what we realy need.Ibelieve he is the one to beat Obama.Good should always win over evil . God bless America Please Search this [The Mormon plan for America and the rise of Mitt Romney] The red neck from western pa

      • Moracle

        Romney is the candidate who will appeal enough to the independents and moderates to get enough votes to defeat Obama.

        If you want to replace Obama and his czars, Vote Romney! He’s our only chance of gaining enough votes to win the general election.

    • patriotrenegade

      You are seriously llllloooodddddddeeeeeddddd. Don’t drive today.

      • Greg F

        The fruitcake Romney thug

  • Bill Lee

    Romney is Obama-lite. Santorum has a mixed record except on social issues which is important to me. If it’s between those two. Santorum is my man.

  • Martin Ridens

    We heard for a long time that a vote for anyone but Romney was a vote for Obama. Then we heard briefly that a vote for anyone but Newt is a vote for Obama. We will soon hear that a vote for anyone but Santorum is a vote for Obama. All three can’t be true. Or can they?

    Doublespeak, propaganda, lies, whatever you want to call it there is usually a kernel of truth buried somewhere deep inside. Ron Paul is the ONLY man who gives us a real choice and we deperately need to turn away from the big government statists who have been running this country for far too long.

    • Greg F

      ROMNEYCARE and OBAMACARE is about as big goverment as a person can get! Mitt Romney the the liberal RINO created both.

    • http://yahooverizon james

      What you say makes sence .Please search this [The Mormon plan For America and the rise of Mitt Romney] and [The truth about Mormons andChristianity] and[ search Romney the man who would be God]and search [ The 10 top secert Societys of the world] The red neck from western pa

      • An American Conservative

        I believe Santorum would be an excellent President and I know he is a good man. I also know the same about Mitt Romney yet all I hear is hate and no substance in all of your ranting. We are seeking the best and most honorable man with values and principals to take this country back. The best would be Mitt or Rick.

        James you and Greg are the same as someone on the left attacking conservatism because he read some anti-conservatism literature written by some one who hates conservatism. This man Ed Decker is a hater of many different beliefs and if you really want to keep up this mantra up need to spend more time liking for the good and the truth than the hate written by a known hater of many peoples different beliefs.

        Decker’s work has attracted criticism not only from Latter-day Saints,[4] but also from religious scholars of other faiths.[5]

        Jerald and Sandra Tanner and Bob Passantino have said that his writings grossly misrepresent Mormonism, and thereby dilute his message and offend Mormons without attracting them to evangelical Christianity. The Tanners, themselves prominent critics of the LDS Church, have noted what they contend are inaccuracies and errors in some of Decker’s works.[6]

        One of Decker’s associates offered to exorcise the Tanners’ demons, and expressed great sadness when they refused.[7] Ed Decker has also co-written a book with Ron Carlson called Fast facts on false teachings, which deals with what he believes to be various false systems of worship, including Roman Catholicism, Mormonism and the Word of Faith movement.

        • Greg F

          An American Conservative,——–Salvation is to be gained by trust in God through Christ and not by any man, rituals, sacrements or penances of any Church. The teachings of Christ should be taught out of the Bible and not the traditions of man.

          Your not a conservative or Christian if you would vote for a liberal CULT leader like Mitt Romney.

          I’m a fundamental Bible-believing Christian and you are not my judge! I could care less what you, the LDS, mormon or anyone else thinks. It’s your God given right and freedom to believe what you want, even if it is wrong.

          • patriotrenegade

            stop giving God and Jesus a terrible name. “christian?!” POS.

        • Greg F

          An American Conservative,—————–Rush Limbaugh has said on his radio program many times that Mitt Romney is not a conservative.
          I can think for myself and I know Mitt Romney isn’t a conservative or a real Republican. And most Republican voters will tell you the same thing, Mitt Romney isn’t a conservative.

          Romney is a RINO! ROMNEY is a FAKE,–POSER an ELITIST ESTABLISHMENT PHONEY!

          And I think your a fruitcake. And your NO conservative.

      • Greg F

        It’s just more fake, LDS, mormon CULT teachings. A false religious system.

  • The Judge

    C. Davis you are Right-on! We are given all these false choices from both the Republican and Democratic Parties. They all just want to push us into the NWO while maintaining a parasitic Big Government / Crony Capitalism-Socialism system while they attempt to destroy the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our Best and Only Choice for America at this Critical Time is Ron Paul–a True Patriot, the One that can Restore America.

    As far as Rick Sanitarium, he is NO Conservative. A few Facts about Rick Santorum everyone should know;

    *** Padding his own wallet as a corporate lobbyist at the Expense of taxpayers;

    *** Voting to RAISE the debt ceiling five times;

    *** Voting to DOUBLE the federal Department of Education;

    *** Voting with liberals like Ted Kennedy on multiple occasions in support of Big Labor’s radical agenda;

    *** Urging more federal involvement in housing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;

    *** Voting to create a brand new, unfunded entitlement, Medicare Part D, the largest expansion of entitlement spending since President Lyndon Johnson – creating $16 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities;

    *** Endorsing liberal Big Government RINOs like Arlen Specter over conservatives. Of course, Specter later became a Democrat and worked hand-in-glove with President Obama to pass his radical agenda;

    *** Voting for Sarbanes-Oxley, which imposed dramatic new job-killing accounting regulations on businesses;

    *** Supporting raising taxes on oil companies, which directly costs Americans more money out of their pockets at the gas pump;

    *** Voting for gun control;

    *** Voting to give Social Security benefits to illegal aliens, while voting against an additional 1,000 border patrol agents;

    *** Voting to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea;

    *** Voting to send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest provider of abortion – and hand out hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid to enemies of Israel.

    But unlike many of my other establishment opponents, Rick Santorum isn’t even trying to sweep his Big Government record under the rug.

    He’s proud of it!

    Vote back in The Constitution, before it is too late– Restore America, Vote Ron Paul 2012

  • http://yahooverizon james

    If you love Mitt So much Search this.[Republican and the Mormon plan forAmerica ]. The red neck from western pa

  • CAllenDoudna

    That Romney may yet loose to Ron Paul in Maine (Mitt’s backyard), lost to Gingrich in South Carolina (a typical Republican state), lost to Santorum in average states like Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri, and will probably loose to Santorum in Michigan (where Mitt was born and grew up and where his family has strong political ties)–you’d think all of this would give the GOP Establishment A BIG LONG PAUSE TO RECONSIDER just how weak of a Candidate Mitt Romney is turning out to be.

  • Dingbat36

    None of you get it…………….the voters are telling the GOP that we are sick of them shoving their “Favored (it’s his turn) Candidate” at us every 4 years. Their sneaky attack tactics always manage to get rid of any “upstart” that people actually like! I don’t expect them to “get it” but there will come a time when the GOP will become as irrelevant as the Whigs and they are just plain too stupid (or stubborn) to understand it. Anger your electorate and you will eventually live to regret it!

    • Greg F

      Dingbat36,——I agree 100%!

  • Arthur Bruno

    Stop with the Romy is a Michigan native. Most of the peeps that remember his daddy are retired in Florida.

  • Ron H.

    Oh crap mit BOY!!! I guess you’ll have to spend another 20 MILLION to beat Rick!!! You are sure good at spending millions lieing about your other running mates!!! Much like obama will be doing to his low life reb. canidate!!!

  • Old Sarge

    This is one Michigan vote Romney isn’t getting. Any of us that can remember when his old man was Governor of Michigan will know that Mitt is a chip off the old flip flopper block. His old man campaigned on the promise to encourage more business to come to Michigan. That was after he moved his American Motors plant to Wisconsin. As for Mitt, his claim to be all for the little guy is a lot of hot air and nothing more. Just to name two of many companies, ask the former Unimac and KB Toys employees who were issued pink slips and lost everything because of Mitt Romney and his holding company Bain Capitol. Just a little simple research will show how they would take over a thriving company, run it in the ground, sell off the assets, close it down and fire all the workers. Each time they walked away with a very healthy profit and couldn’t care less about the little guys loosing their jobs, homes and future. And this is the guy that is calling President Obama a job killer. He wasn’t just kidding a few weeks ago when he said he likes to fire people. This alone makes him unelectable. All those blue collar workers out of a job because of him aren’t going to forget that in November. No wonder President Obama is salivating and licking his chops at the idea of running against Romney. The President is a great debater and he will have Romney running away like a scalded dog with his tail between his legs. Perhaps the Republican Establishment feels it’s their turn to win back the Presidency and prefer someone like Romney because he’s pretty much a paper cut out that will do as he’s told to do by those in control. In other words, he looks good on television.

  • Moracle

    Here is what we would have with Romney in the White House:

    Romney is compassionate – (How many would close their business & take employees to another city in order to help find an employee’s missing daughter, or take 10 years of their life to voluntarily serve as a Mormon Christian Bishop to administer to the needs of others?)
    Romney is good – (Why else would his family and friends love him so?)
    Romney is squeaky-clean – (That’s why we don’t hear trashy relationships in his past).

    Romney is expert in Business, Finance, Trade, and Turning Around Failing Organizations – (How else could he have taken an Olympics that was millions in debt, turn it around, and leave it with a $100 million surplus, or as Governor, take a state that was deeply in debt and leave it with A $2 BILLION Rainy-Day Fund, or in his personal business, make millions turning around at-risk businesses?)

    In fact, it would be fair to say:
    The fact that Romney paid a low income tax rate should convince the people of America that He knows what He’s doing!

    He knows how the tax system works!
    He knows how money works!
    He knows how business works!
    He knows how the financial system works!

    AND,

    He knows how the economy works!
    He knows how the market works!
    He knows how international trade works!
    He knows how to eliminate waste spending & unproductive departments & agencies.

    He knows how job creation works!
    He knows how the political system works!
    He knows how national defense works!
    He knows how the borders work!

    He knows how The Constitution of the United States of America works (he loves our Constitution and the rights and freedoms it is designed to protect and will seek to bring it back to wholeness, after being shredded by those who do not respect it!)

    America, He knows how this country works!

    And if we elect him to be President of the United States of America, together, we will show the World how it works!”

    • patriotrenegade

      excellent, nice counterpoints to mass ignorance.

      • Greg F

        Mass ignoranace indeed.

        CFR, TRICOM, BILDERBERG, KISSENGER, BREZHINSKI Not talking about your irrational and delusional thoughts?

    • Greg F

      Meaningless jibber jabber and RINO Romney LIES. Ramussen shows RICK SANTORUM in a double digit lead over the liberal RINO Romney.

      • Milt

        Well, Greg F, it seems as though you have nothing in life to do but rant a rave against someone you don’t like. You obviously do not practice the Christian principles you claim to believe. Quite the contrary. You are a religious bigot and cannot get beyond your hate and the lies you repeat to truly look at the candidates and their issues. I give credence to many of the people who express their comments on these sites, even if I do not agree with them. But I consider your comments of no worth. You are a name-calling hate monger and nothing else.

  • The Judge

    If you think Romney will Change our Country’s Dismal Direction, READ This and associated documentation links:
    Obama and Romney have a lot in Common. They share the same major Wall Street and Bankster Contributors. Like Obama, Mitt Romney is a wind-up doll for Wall Street and the bankers. There is virtually no difference between them despite all the fetid air from the GOP propaganda machine. Romney’s Bain Capital owns the “conservative” propaganda machine, Clear Channel. This is revealed by a quick look at Romney’s top contributors. An Open Secrets page on top Romney contributors reads like a Who’s Who of Wall Street and the financial cartel. The top contributor is Goldman Sachs, followed by Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Barclays – major players in the Wall Street and City of London Bankster constellation. See complete article on this link:

    http://www.infowars.com/romney-and-obama-share-same-bankster-campaign-contributors/

    Romney Owes the same Globalist Banking Cartel as Obama! Don’t worry he will pay them back with your Tax Money and New Fees.

    If you want a real positive change back to the Constitution and Small Government, Get Real—Vote Ron Paul 2012 !

  • Ron H.

    mitt Boy will probally buy off the officials like eventally did in Maine not showing but 84% of the votes and WILL NOT show anymore!!! Since he won maine by a SLIM margin that sure sounds like a buy out to me!!!

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  • An American Conservative

    I am a Tea Party Conservative and I believe Romney is the right choice no matter what contrived and arrogant words come forth on this forum especially from a very hateful Greg F. Their are a great deal of us that are a silent majority and see what needs to be accomplished and can see who has the ability and values to do it and I respect Rick and even Ron but we need a LEADER and Mitt is the right person no matter what the embedded liberal left in this forum would have us think. They can’t even get their fact right. You have the right to say what you want but again many comments are based on hate and not facts….this is our country so I hope you can get over your hate and look for leadership and values that will restore this country to its rightful place in the world.

  • The Judge

    To: An American Conservative. You know Romney appears to be a likeable business man on the surface. However, all you have to do is follow the money to see who is putting up the funds to get him into office. You will find it is the same BANKing Cartel that has been getting the bailouts and supporting Barrack Obama. Not any change in reality. See my post above for more detail. If you really want to know what is going on in our political system today and why our quality of life keeps going down hill while our Politicians Promise Fiscal Responsibility, but only deliver Greater Debt–see this documentary video below “Obama Deception” which came out a few days after Obama went into office will prove the facts to you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw&feature=related

  • Marine101

    In a bit of reverse strategy on Morgan Freeman, I am voting GOP regardless of the candidate because they’re WHITE. According to Freeman, that’s not racist.