Live blog of CPAC: Day 2
February 10th, 2012
09:06 AM ET
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Live blog of CPAC: Day 2

Washington (CNN) - Conservatives gathered Friday for the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that promised speeches from and discussions with leading Republican lawmakers, analysts and pundits. The three day meeting in Washington will culminate with a much-watched straw poll Saturday. Check back here for updates from our reports and producers throughout the day. Watch the remarks live here and read the Live blog of CPAC: Day 1. Read more here.

9:19 p.m. ET - Speaking at an evening session of CPAC, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his tough stance on unions, which sparked national headlines in 2011.

Walker, who faces a recall election after state Democrats submitted a petition with more than a million signatures, said the effort was funded by big union bosses based in Washington.

"I believe we will prevail," Walker said. He said the message he endorsed will echo across the states and into Congress and asked the audience for help spreading "the truth" about what was happening is his state across the country.

6:49 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: Things are breaking up but lots of protesters now engaging in intense, in-depth conversations with CPAC attendees. Clash of two movements.

6:30 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: The hotel hosting CPAC forced media back inside as Occupy protesters showed up again. Hotel security would not let media leave, creating major panic.

Andrew Breitbart also engaged in a streaming match and was escorted away by security while CPAC attendees sang "hey hey hey goodbye."

Police brought in two horses and protesters were escorted down a hill.

6:12 p.m. ET - Newt Gingrich's campaign distributed this photo on the floor at CPAC, and it was displayed in the monitors behind Gingrich when he delivered his address.

Gingrich called the supporters in the photo his "dream team." From left to right, they are: Actor Chuck Norris, former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts, Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, and Iowa state Rep. Linda Upmeyer.

5:14 p.m. ET - Breitbart said he will march behind whoever the GOP presidential candidate is because it's a choice between "America and 'Occupy,'" a reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"I don't care who our candidate is," he said.

5:07 p.m. ET - Breitbart promised to "vet him [Obama] from his college days" before the next presidential election.

"I have video," Breitbar said.

5:05 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: Gingrich spox @rchammond confirms more Callista in the coming days. Says she brings out "the softer side" of Newt. #CPAC2012

5:04 p.m. ET - Commentator Andrew Breitbart, publisher of, said his speech will serve as a "war cry for 2012." He said the crowd needs to "join me in this war against the institutional left. This is not your mother's Democratic Party."

4:58 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: The image blowing up (err of interest) at #CPAC2012 – Newt's cabinet?

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4:47 p.m. ET - @SarahPalinUSA: Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at CPAC! Bristol Palin is also in DC, and she & Nancy French have a...

4:42 p.m. ET - Gingrich said Obama will "wage war on the Catholic church" the day after his reelection.

"We cannot trust him, we know who he really is and we should make sure the country knows who he really is," Gingrich told the crowd.

4:39 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: After ripping "Republican establishment" as timid, Newt has resorted to his standard stump speech. Abolish death tax, Energy Dept.

4:32 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: @newtgingrich has his supporters in the #CPAC audience, but it's not like '11 when he marched in like a prize fighter.

4:29 p.m. ET - In addition to the repeal of Dodd-Frank, "Obamacare" and the Sarbane-Oxley Act, the repeals of which he often promises the campaign trail, he also said he would overturn "every act of religious bigotry of the Obama administration" as president.

4:27 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: Remember when ... in '11 @newtgingrich charged into #CPAC to "Eye of the Tiger"? Today's speech lacks last year's energy.

4:22 p.m. ET - Newt Gingrich, addressing what he called establishment criticism of him and his candidacy, said there's "good reason they're doing it, this campaign is a mortal threat to their grip."

4:21 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: Baffling we don't see more Callista speeches at Gingrich events. She was very effective at degrandiosing him. #CPAC12

4:18 p.m. ET
- @HowardKurtz: Newt invokes Reagan three sentences in, recalls Gipper's 1974 CPAC speech.

4:17 p.m. ET - Callista Gingrich, introducing her husband, said there are three things the audience doesn't know about her husband: He's a committed golfer, he loves books and he's very supporter of her endeavors, including her singing and French Horn playing.

He "gets in and out of more sand traps than anyone I've ever seen," she said.

4:03 p.m. ET - Number of ABC's "The View" clips played and then attacked in the main CPAC ballroom so far? 4 ... as part of the "The 'Right' View" panel discussion. Panel includes Michelle Duggar.

3:31 p.m. ET - @wolfblitzercnn: Callista Gingrich will introduce her husband @NewtGingrich at #CPAC in DC. Live coverage of both in @CNNSitRoom 4PM ET

3:23 p.m. ET
- @PeterHambyCNN: Free Sarah posters!

3:22 p.m. ET
- @DanaBashCNN: @ricksantorum is closing in on raising $1 million today...3rd day in a row. Mostly from internet donations, according to hogan gidley.

3:14 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: Ahead of Newt Gingrich's address at the conference, scores of College Republicans jammed the hallway, waiting to hold a reception for the former House speaker. Some already had wine glasses in hand.

3:12 p.m. ET - Santorum rolls into CPAC

3:05 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: At a Leadership Institute session on video activism, instructors passed out a how-to guide on exposing what they called "liberal hypocrisy." The packet included a 50 state map detailing which states have one-party consent vs. two-party consent recording laws.

2:55 p.m. ET - Sitting alongside his peers James Madison, Ben Franklin Thomas Paine, and Alexander Hamilton - all played by Tea Party actors - another actor playing Thomas Jefferson said the actual founders would be dismayed about the state of the country.

"We did not roll over in our graves we rolled out of our graves," the actor playing Jefferson said. "You did not listen to us."

"You created a leviathan that has walked over all of our rights," the actor playing Franklin said.

2:51 p.m. ET - Romney defends his 'severely conservative' record

2:50 p.m. ET - Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said there have been too many distractions in the 2012 campaign, including Cain's personal life, the dispute over HPV vaccines in Texas and Gingrich's comments about moon colonies. The called on the remaining candidates to have a serious debate about important issues facing the country.

2:48 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Who calls themselves a "severely conservative" Republican? Only Mitt Romney apparently.

2:17 p.m. ET - LaPierre said he is OK the media wants to call him "crazy" because "the media won't win this election, gun owners will."

2:11 p.m. ET - Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre said gun-owners are "all in" in the fight to defeat Obama.

"When the sun goes down on election day, Barack Obama will have America's gun owners to thank for his defeat," LaPierre said.

2:07 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: A former Newt Gingrich supporter, Michael Neary, said he now thinks the candidate is "self-destructing" and believes Mitt Romney is the most consistent conservative in the race.

"I think Romney's speech won over a lot of voters," he said. "He has a very strong conservative message and needs to stick with it."

Neary's friend, a fellow student at Washington College in Maryland, had a slightly different take on Romney's speech. Stephan Brandenburger said the Republican frontrunner seemed to be trying to persuade the audience that he was, in fact, a conservative.

"He's more of a statesman than any of the other candidates, but he was a bit distant," Brandenburger said. "He always had to justify he was conservative. Gingrich just connects better."

1:35 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: I think it is safe to say #cpac for the past 20 mins. was like being in a butcher shop. @MittRomney delivered lots of red meat.

1:31 p.m. ET
- Ten people with duct tape over their mouths and shirts reading "if money is power poverty is silence" stood below a projection screen showing Romney's speech to an overflow crowd.

They stood in front of the screen for about two minutes. Men on suits with headsets escorted them from the room. Protesters began shouting "we are 99%."

1:18 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: At #cpac, @MittRomney doubles down on his biz background. Meanwhile, @ricksantorum argues US doesn't need a CEO, but a commander-in-chief.

1:25 p.m. ET
- "And let me be clear: Mine will be a pro-life presidency," Romney said continuing to emphasize his social conservatism. "I will ensure that organizations like Planned Parenthood get no federal support. And I will reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent life."

1:15 p.m. ET - Romney offered a strong defense of what he said was his socially conservative record as governor of Massachusetts. He pointed to his action in defense of traditional marriage, abstinence education and in defense of life.

"I was a severely conservative Republican governor," he said.

His prepared remarks read: "I was a conservative governor."

1:12 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Romney: "If you're not a fiscal conservative in business, you go bankrupt." Good line – and credible for Romney.

1:11 p.m. ET
- Receiving his largest applause line yet, Romney said he's not ashamed of his successes in business.

"In business, if you’re not fiscally conservative, you’re bankrupt," Romney said. "I did things conservatism is designed for – I started new businesses and turned around broken ones. And I am not ashamed to say that I was very successful at it.
I know conservatism because I have lived conservatism."

1:08 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: Romney trotting out new attack lines at CPAC: "Barack Obama is the poster child for the arrogance of government."

1:07 p.m. ET
- @PeterHambyCNN: from Romney's remarks: "I know conservatism because I have lived conservatism."

1:03 p.m. ET - Romney said defeating Obama will be the "easy part" for the next president.

"November 6th is going to be the easiest day our next president is going to face," he said.

1:00 p.m. ET - About 350 Occupy DC protesters tried to enter the CPAC convention being held in Washington DC Friday.

As the protesters marched towards the main entrance to the Marriott Wardman Park, DC Metro Police and Marriott Security formed a cordon and ordered them to stay on public property.

They held signs that read "We are the 99 percent," "Santorum is a dirty word" and "Walmart for President." Protesters chanted what has become their regular mantra, "This is what Democracy looks like!"

12:57 p.m. ET
- @HowardKurtz: Christine O'Donnell at CPAC as a Romney surrogate, saying he was one of the first to back her ill-fated candidacy two years ago.

12:49 p.m. ET
- @KilloughCNN reports: A mascot with a message: Say no to RINOs. (Republicans in name only)

12:36 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: In an adapted version of Friday's CPAC scheduled, tailor made by Gingrich's campaign, the candidate took subtle swipes at two of his chief opponents.

The unofficial schedule refers to former two-term Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's speaking event as: "10:25 AM Congressman Rick Santorum (PA), "In Defense of Big Labor."

As for Mitt Romney: "12:55 PM – Mitt Romney, Author of Obamneycare."

12:32 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: Just before @MittRomney addresses #cpac, 9 Ma. conservatives incl. ex-Bos. Mayor/Amb to Vatican Ray Flynn vouch for his conservative creds.

12:17 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton saved the Constitution by repeatedly ejaculating on White House interns. Yes, she said that. Gasps in CPAC pressrm

12:14 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN report: Santorum (via spokesperson Hogan Gidley who is with the former senator right now):

"Shifting the burden to the insurers is not the point. Taking our freedom is."

12:12 p.m. ET
- The first of about 200 people began lining up an hour early to meet and have a photo taken with one-time presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

As he posed for pictures in his trademark gold tie, Iowa Rep. Steve King breezed through the same hallway en-route to an interview, but the two did not see each other.

12:10 p.m. ET - Spotted at CPAC: The Duggars, of "19 Kids and Counting" fame ... Santorum supporters.

12:09 p.m. ET - Coulter said some right-wingers say Romney is square, but she said that's what's needed because "hip has nearly wrecked the country," a reference to Obama.

12:03 p.m. ET
- Obama will be difficult to beat in 2010 because he's an incumbent, Americans like him personally and the "non-Fox media is gaga about him," Coulter said. She added that he would probably make a nice next door neighbor unless you're Chinese and then "he'd be constantly borrowing stuff."

12:00 p.m. ET
- Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Obama's campaign slogan of "hope" and "change" beat out his other option: "I'm going to raise the budget debt y $4 trillion and not create a single job."

11:43 a.m. ET - Santorum blasts Obama for 'coercion'

11:42 a.m. ET - Overheard at CPAC, post-Santorum speech: "I just shook rick Santorum's hand," one woman said. "How awesome. He is who he is."

11:31 a.m. ET - Sen. Jim Inhofe began his remarks by saying he probably knows Santorum better than anyone in the room, having served with him in Congress and attended a weekly prayer breakfast together.

"What he tells you is not scripted, it's from the heart," the Oklahoma senator said. "He's the real deal."

11:28 a.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: This very nice lady says she may switch to Santorum. On the other side of the hat, roses made out of tea bags.

11:23 a.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: I love this guy! #CPAC2012

11:18 a.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Romney Secret Service in the house

11:10 a.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: Wearing track suits and colonial wigs, Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch performed a rap at a meeting for conservative bloggers.

11:06 a.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Romney lit being handed out at #CPAC. "We Must Take A Stand"

10:55 a.m. ET - Santorum's closing argument: "I'm asking for your honor, to put your honor on the line," although he added part of their fortune would also be "very helpful."

10:50 a.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorum calls Romneycare "the step child" of Obamacare. Ouch ouch ouch. #cpac2012

10:48 a.m. ET - Whoever becomes the Republican nominee, Obama will have a money advantage over them in the general election, Santorum said, which is why the GOP candidate needs ideas, vision and a record of accomplishment.

"We're going to win with contrasts, we're going to win with ideas, we're going to win by making Barack Obama and his failed policies the issue in this race," he said.

10:45 a.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: Santorum on Obamacare: "It's about government control and it's gotta stop." #cpac2012

10:44 a.m. ET - Santorum blasted the Obama administration over the contraception controversy, saying the policy is not just about religion, but about basic freedoms.

He said the move is the latest example of the left using sentimentality to "scare" Americans into supporting "radical ideas," including global warming.

10:42 a.m. ET
- @PrestonCNN: A well worn phrase every 4 years: "This is the most important election in your lifetime." @ricksantorum just said it at #CPAC

10:39 a.m. ET
- Although the 2012 election will not just be about the economy, Santorum said his economic plan is "supply side economics for the working man," including the "very poor," a seemingly veiled jab at Mitt Romney's "poor" comment two weeks ago.

10:37 a.m. ET
- Santorum said conservatives and tea party activists are not wings of the Republican Party, but "are the Republican Party."

"We have learned our lesson to no longer abandon and apologize for the policies and principles that made this country great for a hollow victory in November," he said.

10:35 a.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: What a year makes. At ’10 #CPAC, @ricksantorum spoke on Sat. at 8 a.m. He took audience questions. Will he today?

10:34 a.m. ET - Santorum, the first presidential candidate to appear in the main ballroom, took the stage surrounded by his family.

"We're not the Von Trapp family, we're not going to sing," he said.

10:30 a.m. ET - Major Santorum backer and millionaire Foster Friess opened his introduction of the former Pennsylvania senator with a joke.

"A conservative a moderate and a liberal walk into a bar. And the bartender goes, "Hi Mitt," Friess, clad in a Santorum sweater vest said to tepid applause.

10:29 a.m. ET
- @HowardKurtz: Why wait for speech? Santorum in hallway at CPAC, draws big throng talking about faith and opposition to abortion. What a diff 3 wins make

10:25 a.m. ET
- Explaining his support of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, McDonnell said Romney is the "consistent conservative" in the race, a mantle the other candidates in the race have claimed.

10:22 a.m. ET - McDonnell told the crowd "Washington right now has a surplus of rhetoric and a deficit of results." The chair of the Republican Governors Association said GOP state leaders are achieving what leaders in Washington are not, including spending cuts and job creation.

10:18 a.m. ET - @DLoesch: Sup. #cpac12 #bloggersredcarpet

10:15 a.m. ET
- @KilloughCNN: At an awards presentation for conservative bloggers, Erick Erickson looked out at the crowd and joked: "If Romney's campaign welded the doors shut here, they would never have problems again."

10:13 a.m. ET - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is the only major speaker to not give his address from the podium so far ... He's walking around the stage.

9:46 a.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: Romney's a.m. msg: On spending and debt, Santorum was part of the problem. @RickSantorum & @MittRomney speak today at #CPAC.

9:44 a.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports:: Following Santorum's hallway speech, Hollywood film producer Jason Jones took the floor to rally supporters of the anti-abortion movement.

"I promise within the next 10 years, we will see an end to abortion," he said to a round of applause from the roughly 50 people circled around him.

Speaking in front of the "Students for Life" banner, Jones, who produced the film "Bella," argued abortion rights posed a stronger threat to American Society than the Soviet Union ever did.

9:31 a.m. ET - The main ballroom at the conference was standing room only Friday, when three GOP White House hopefuls are scheduled to address the group. On Thursday, many of the ballroom seats were empty.

9:28 a.m. ET
- Huackabee reiterated his decision not to back a candidate in 2012: "Any one of them would be more conservative than their opponent in November."

9:27 a.m. ET - When choosing politicians to support, Huckabee said their charitable donations should be taken into account.

"If a person will rob God that person will steal you blind, don't you ever forget it," Huckabee said.

9:23 a.m. ET - Huckabee said TARP should have been named the "Congressional Relief Access Program."

9:22 a.m. ET
- @KilloughCNN reports: Rick Santorum talked about his anti-abortion views as media and CPAC attendees swarmed the candidate in the hallway. The presidential candidate appeared as a guest of "Students for Life."

9:16 a.m. ET - Huckabee, who has not endorsed a candidate during this election cycle, said he will never vote for someone who "doesn't respect the sanctity of life" because "they ultimately won't respect the liberty and sense of equality that should be extended to every American living under our Constitutional form of government."

9:13 a.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: "I'm not runnig for anything, I can say any darn thing I want," Mike Huckabee just said at #CPAC12. Wonder what he wouldn't say if he was..

9:07 a.m. ET - Huckabee directed criticism at the Obama administration's decision regarding contraception. The Baptist minister said the decision is a violation of the 1st amendment, adding "we are all Catholics now."

9:04 a.m. ET - Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee opened his remarks to the conservative crowd by thanking President Barack Obama for doing more than any White House contender to "bring this party to unity and energize this party as a result of your attack on religious liberty and attack on the personhood of every American."

8:50 a.m. ET - Santorum to concentrate on Obama at CPAC

Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Republicans
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. for99percent

    Have you noticed most of republican policies either put down women or women don't have a say in anything that relates to them.

    February 10, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. livingston

    To Truth and Nothing But the Truth – In your response to NVa Native – I think you just proved his point.

    February 10, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. marieee

    I hope Obama sticks to his guns and doesn't compromise too much, these religions should have not say in politics if they don't like it they can start paying taxes and then maybe some smart people will listen to them, until them shut up and stay away from politics.

    February 10, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. justin

    Whats up with these guys giving away historical documents as awards to people? Those documents are for the people to cherish, not some rich schmuck whom does not even abide by the constitution. It really mad me angry seeing them give away these documents. Am I the only one that feels this way?

    February 10, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. What now

    How very scary. Now, we have Santorum in the lead. A man who would take us back in time, ignore womens rights, ignore gay rights, dictate religious beliefs and just plain destroy all work on the environment. I am often confused by those claiming to be so religious yet ignore their impact on the planet. What ever happened to being stewards of this land? I'm beginning to believe that some of our republican hopefuls would be happiest in the "good old days" when women and minorities had no rights.

    February 10, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. mm

    GEORGE CARLIN: "Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neo-natal care, no day care, no Head Start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine. If your pre-school, your [bleep].

    Conservatives don’t give a [bleep] about you until you reach military age. Then they think you are just fine, just what they’ve been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life. Pro-life. These people aren’t pro-life. They’re killing doctors. What kind of pro-life is that? What, they’ll do anything they can to save a fetus, but if it grows up to be a doctor, they just might have to kill it?

    They’re not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-women. Simple as it gets. Anti-women. They don’t like them. They don’t like women. They believe a woman’s primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state. Pro-life? You don’t see any of these white, anti-abortion women volunteering to have any black fetuses transplanted into their uteruses, do you? No. You don’t see them adopting a whole lot of crack babies, do you? No, that might be something Christ would do. And you won’t see a lot of these pro-life people dousing themselves in kerosene and lighting themselves on fire. You know, morally committed religious people in South Vietnam knew how to stage a [bleep] demonstration, didn’t they? They knew how to put on a [bleep] protest. Light yourself on fire! Come on, you moral crusaders, let’s see a little smoke."

    February 10, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. papanez

    Everyone's entitled to their opinions and beliefs, but these republicans are living in denial of reality.

    February 10, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Nicole in MN

    Interesting comment that Santorum had on contraceptives only costing "a few dollars" – its pretty obvious that he doesn't know what he is talking about. I have insurance and my birth contral pills cost well more than a few dollars.

    February 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. mm

    "Religion is sort of like a lift in your shoes. If it makes you feel better, fine. Just don't ask me to wear your shoes." ~[George Carlin]

    February 10, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Joi Gibson

    What a hypocrite. He wants government out of religion but he has no problem injecting religion into government. Can't have it both ways. And this is the man who does not have the moral fortitude to correct a person who claimed President Obama is a Muslim and is in the White House illegally. Even if the President were Muslim, I guess in Rick's world, it okay to attack that religion. Hypocrite!!!!


    February 10, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. MikeB

    Baring false witness.
    'White' lies.
    Seeking to impose his morality upon the Nation.
    Don't we have that President already? Why would we want such a polarizing President again? Santorum is another polarizer. Not a unifier.

    February 10, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. What now

    To mm...I miss George Carlin.

    February 10, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. george of the jungle

    hey i have been in a baptist church and i know how they really think about the catholics, They say they are not christian because they where only sprinkled, They say they worship the pope not god they say the are confessing to the priest which is wrong. And they worship idols. So huckabee shut up all of a sudden you are pro catholic. The repos will say and do anything to discredit this president. Bunch of hipocrates. They don't want the mormon either but don't know how to get out of that one. Looney tunes and Nothing but the truth wouldn't know the truth if it hit him in the head. The repo party has no truth they lie so much they forgot what the truth was. Stay out of womands issues. they will vote you out.

    February 10, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Trying 2 find the right Candidate

    can any republican or conservative tell me why i should vote republican without referring to Obama or his policies? can anyone layout a positive plan that republicans have 4 we the people just republican plans only no dem bashing only positive conservative ideas.

    February 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. patrick

    republican are acting like the budget & the defeict is holy grail to them. they had the presidency, the congress& the seneate under bush. they had a surplus ecomomy& a balance budget 4 years in a row who do they think they are fooling they should be so ashame of themselves. these are not the republican of yesteryears

    February 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Joe Smith

    You might think that someone like santorum, whose own daughter is alive right now only because of his taxpayer funded health care plan, would have a little more compassion. For most families if they were faced with the health care issues his own daughter faces would be burrying that child, or have done so long ago, because they simply would not be able to afford the insurance to cover her. His directly and purposefully trying to make that the case for tens of millions of Americans make him lower than whale dung.

    He claims he represents Christian values, then goes on to say he wants women to be second class citizens, wants to use the empire to crush unbelievers, and does not want millions of people to have basic access to health care.

    February 10, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Nsikan

    A baptist preacher who thinks 'we are all Catholics', endorsed a mormom for the POTUS. We are getting closer to the end.

    February 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. bdylanbdj03

    Funny how the Republicans like Santorum attack President Obama when he passes a law that mandates employers provide further medical coverage for Americans. The controversy arises where a religious entity is involved and doesn't believe contraception fits within the rhelm of their spiritual beliefs. So we saw the Republicans get outraged over the Presidents 'attack on religion,' and how liberties and freedoms are being lossed to the coersion of the government. I can't help but laugh at how hypocritical their ideologies are. How hypocritical (the sin of all sins) to in one hand judge say "making us pay for health care is unfair because we do not believe in contraception." So the wrongdoing being... making us do something we don't want to... So in the other hand Republicans can turn around and freely deny people their free will and choice when it comes to abortion. Their policies are in line with their religion – Not with freedom and liberty -– so to attack the President - the one man who embodies liberty and equality against the onslot of Republican predjudically benign attacks. The Democrats stand for liberty and equality and for the Republicans – the proponents of the Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Acts – Statutes that void our fourth amendment rights. The Republicans are opposed to anything the President does bar none. They refuse based on Party name not based on principle or the common good.

    February 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. roadwarrior

    hey rudy and gi joe since when does a president have the power to mandate anything i dont think you even whats written in the constitution try reading it before you open your mouths

    February 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. w l jones

    Look what Religious did to all the free people in all the America because they suppose have been children of Ham.

    February 10, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Darw1n

    "If a person will rob God that person will steal you blind, don't you ever forget it," Huckabee said.

    Pphhhbbbtt, it generally works the other way around.

    February 10, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Christine

    Santorum vehemently defends the right of the church saying the government is attempting to take away our rights, yet he would have no problem taking away the rights of all women in this country by making contraception illegal. No matter how the votes go these candidates need to remember the job of President includes improving the lives of ALL Americans not just imposing their own religious beliefs on all of us.Women's rights would be set back 50 years if this man were elected. We should all be afraid

    February 10, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. migeli

    These are the kind of candidates we get when there's too much money in the hands of a few.Stoodges for the wealthy and big corporations.Let's get back to making the wealthy pay their fair share. They are not busy creating jobs with their spare change,instead they are busy trying to return us to the dark ages.Here come the RepublicansSet your watches back 3000 years! OBAMA 2012

    February 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. carrie

    People that seem to think they are the only group with Christian "values" then go on and exclude certain people from rights is a bit off putting. This cpac thing has been very hate filled and nasty! Not the kind of values I want in my leaders.
    This GOP is not for equal right for women for sure, and the narrow mindedness is extremely troubling. We cannot go back to the 19th century , we need to realize this is the 21st century , the GOP needs to wake up!
    As a women I for one have recently joined the DNC and will contribute monthly to continue to ensure equal rights for all women !

    February 10, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. mam2886

    I listen and I wonder do they really believe what is coming out of their own mouths???? If they don't then they are lying, manipulative hypocrites, and if they do they are not steeped in reality. Over time this thing they call a political game has taken a weird turn towards the preposterous. What could possibly be next????

    February 10, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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