Allen West to Obama, Pelosi and Reid: Florida ain’t on the table, get the hell out of America

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Lost in Herman Cain’s surprise endorsement of Newt Gingrich Saturday night at the Kravis Center was a rousing speech by Rep. Allen West, who received a bigger applause and ovation than either Gingrich or Cain.

West gave a 10 minute speech at the Lincoln Day Dinner, telling a very approving audience that, “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Debbie Wasserman Schultz), let them know Florida ain’t on the table.”

West then told his rivals to, “Take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.” Continue Reading…

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FACT CHECK History Flubs in Republican Debate

FACT CHECK History Flubs in Republican Debate: Mitt Romney perpetuated one unsubstantiated claim, about his record at Bain Capital, and more or less corrected himself on another, about President Barack Obama’s health care law, in the latest Republican presidential debate.

 

His rivals flubbed history, Newt Gingrich blaming a Democratic president for a jobless rate he never had, and Ron Paul painting an idyllic picture of life before Medicare that did not reflect deprivations of that time.

A look at some of the claims in the debate Thursday night and how they compare with the facts:

 

ROMNEY: “We started a number of businesses; four in particular created 120,000 jobs, as of today. We started those years ago. They’ve grown — grown well beyond the time I was there to 120,000 people that have been employed by those enterprises. … Those that have been documented to have lost jobs lost about 10,000 jobs. So (120,000 less 10,000) means that we created something over 100,000 jobs.”

 

THE FACTS: Romney now has acknowledged the negative side of the ledger from his years with Bain Capital, but hardly laid out the full story. His claim to have created more than 100,000 jobs in the private sector as a venture capitalist remains unsupported.

 

Romney mentioned four successful investments in companies that now employ some 120,000 people, having grown since he was involved in them a decade or ago or longer. From that, he subtracted the number of jobs that he said are known to have been lost at certain other companies.

 

What’s missing is anything close to a complete list of winners and losers — and the bottom line on jobs. Bain under Romney invested in scores of private companies that don’t have the obligation of big publicly traded corporations to disclose finances. Romney acknowledged that he was using current employment figures for the four companies, not the number of jobs they had when he left Bain Capital, yet took credit for them in his analysis.

 

GINGRICH: “Under Jimmy Carter, we had the wrong laws, the wrong regulations, the wrong leadership, and we killed jobs. We had inflation. We went to 10.8 percent unemployment. Under Ronald Reagan, we had the right job — the right laws, the right regulators, the right leadership. We created 16 million new jobs.”

 

FACT CHECK: Sure, inflation was bad and gas lines long, but under Carter’s presidency unemployment never topped 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate did reach 10.8 percent, but not until November 1982, nearly two years into Reagan’s first term. Continue Reading…

Gingrich Accuses Romney of Pious Bbaloney

Gingrich Accuses Romney of Pious Bbaloney: Newt Gingrich accused Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney of “pious baloney” Sunday for saying he’s not a career politician, demanding in campaign debate that Romney “just level with the American people.”

Romney denied the accusation briskly. “Politics is not my career,” he said. “My life’s passion has been my family, my faith, my country.”

The exchange — and another one in which Rick Santorum swapped jibes with Romney — marked in the opening moments of the second half of a weekend debate doubleheader in the run-up to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Read More…

Republican Debate Sunday Serves 2012

Republican Debate Sunday Serves 2012: The Republican presidential candidates came live Sunday morning during their second debate in 12 hours, trading verbal blows and taking on frontrunner Mitt Romney in a way that had been expected the previous evening.

 

Romney deftly swatted back the attacks, showing once again how slick a debater he has become. Nonetheless, a new overnight tracking poll showed signs of slippage in the formerMassachusettsgovernor’s lead in theGraniteState, with two days left before the first-in-the-nation primary.

 

The Suffolk University/7 News poll showed Romney’s support inNew Hampshiredown to 35 percent from 43 percent last Tuesday, although Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was still double digits away at 20 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was surging in the survey to third place, with 11 percent. And former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was also moving backwards to 8 percent, down from 11 percent just two days ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was at 9 percent. Read More…

Romney Under Fire In Second New Hampshire Debate

Romney Under Fire In Second New Hampshire Debate: Front-runner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday in the second Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire in two days, with rivals saying he would be unable to defeat President Barack Obama.

In heated exchanges with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Romney defended his record when he was governor in neighboring Massachusetts and said he is a consensus-builder who would be able to withstand the rigors of a “billion-dollar” campaign by the president.

Gingrich, however, accused Romney of speaking “pious baloney” by claiming he left politics in the 1990s to try other things, noting Romney lost a Senate election and his first presidential bid since leaving the governor’s office. Read More…

Republican Debate Turns Testy

Republican Debate Turns Testy: Get on the top side of his competitors as a demand on each other, instead determined to have a clear head in the Republican presidential deal with to appeal to, Glove Romney created a TV controversy in the place.

New Hampshire main three times away, and supports a powerful head there, fascinated next-up Romney’s Southern Carolina-time Neuf is a slowly success to Romney, but your rivalry choose to deal with each other in a design that has proved helpful for the advantage of Romney — presuming the function of unofficial selection of regenerated and their problems on Chief executive Government. Read More…