GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama
March 8th, 2012
01:32 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama

(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates turned their focus to the heart of Dixie Thursday, scheduling a series of events in the strongly conservative states of Mississippi and Alabama.

The two states are holding their presidential primaries next Tuesday, along with caucuses to be held in Hawaii and American Samoa. Voters in Kansas and the Virgin Islands weigh in on Saturday.

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Filed under: Alabama • Mississippi • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
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  1. Woman In California

    Willard will NOW be the "son of the south". I can't wait (actually I can) to hear him tell of going to Alabama for vacations with his father, loving water out of the Mississippi River and "loving" that southern food (did you see Ann Romney's face trying to eat it)? People must be crazy to believe this guy. He doesn't even believe what he says himself. IF Santorum and Gingrich can't kick his lying behind out of the south – they are both worthless as this clown is totally transparent and unbelievable.

    March 8, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Willars stands no chance of winning the south. All he has to do is rewind to 4 years ago and see how terribly bad he did in the south. The south is Newt country.

    March 8, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is going to have a very rough ride in March. Get ready all of you Romney-Lans out there. Romney is not going to be the winner in the 7 contests.

    March 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    The deep south is Gingrich territory. Bear in mind that these are some of the reddest states in the union, and Mitt will have to carry them all in November. If he rips Gingrich too hard, the locals will take it personally. Keep the popcorn handy.

    March 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Zenfire

    Santorum does not have the leadership or the skills to sit in the highest office in the land. Sorry, he is not the guy to bring change to Washington.

    March 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. demwit

    The reddest states have some of the highest minority populations? How can that be??

    March 8, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Mitt Romney - He`ll say Anything to Get Elected

    Mitt, I don`t trust you and can`t vote for you. I want you locked in on those true conservative issues so that the concrete is poured around your feet.

    Are you for the 10 Commandments in Public square?

    Are you for the prosecution of doctors [hat perform abortions?

    Are you for pre-emtive attack of Iran?

    Will you stand with Rush Limbaugh against the rampant feminist liberal agenda?

    I`ll bet you tack back to the center to pander to moderates . . . those are your TRUE colors.

    You just want to be President. You think it is your entitlement.

    March 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Kris LV

    You are probably right that Mitt will lose Alabama... Since he is leading the polls there, it proves he has no chance in the south... As for the people who say Romney lies through his teeth. I have followed the race very closely and have yet to hear him lie. Sure, he has changed his position on many things but he isn't the liar you make him out to be. BTW anybody has to change their positions to appeal to the crazy far right (base). The problem with congress right now is that the tea party members are crazy. Of course nothing can be done when there are two extremes (far left and far right. Both are crazy.) It's normal middle class people that are left in the cold when you have a dichotemy similar to the current one in Washington. Lastly I want to say something about the race. Of course it is long and drawn out this year. We have proportional races in most states and PACs funding dead campaigns. That in addition to the Dem meddling in the GOP contest, (not speaking of voters I'm speaking of Obama actively campaigning against Romney along with the media)have created chaos and the GOP is too stupid to realize this.

    March 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Alabama and Mississippi not for Romney

    March 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. d

    Kris lv. what does it say to a person integrity...that they change their positions on who they are talking too? pandering maybe? and i do wonder how the people feel when the candidate flips on the issue? maybe lied to? as to media and president getting involved...this is always part of the process.

    March 8, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. julius raynor

    The worst republican canidates I've seen in my life time................It scares the life out of me.

    March 8, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. jaywing

    if we are really lucky, the GOP candidates will include swamp 'gator wrestling with the other carnival acts they bring to these primaries/caucuses/shouting matches.

    March 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Just Say No To Flipper

    "I have followed the race very closely and have yet to hear him lie."

    Are you freekin' kidding? He LIED about the jobs Bain Capital allegedly created by taking credit for jobs ten years after Bain was out. And that's just for starters. Get your head out for some fresh air.

    March 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    KrisLV wrote:

    As for the people who say Romney lies through his teeth. I have followed the race very closely and have yet to hear him lie.
    --------------------
    Here's one example from a debate. "I created 100,000 jobs while I was at Bain Capital." When he began using the claim on the stump, he was repeatedly question on it. He back away from that figure to "tens of thousands of jobs" . When the questions asking where he created this many jobs when he as AT BAIN CAPITAL, he has backed away further to his current claim of "I know how to create jobs, and have created jobs in the private sector."

    Here's a more recent example from just last week. During a taped TV interview session, Mitt Romney said that he was against the Blunt-Rubio Amendment. He later back away from that assertion, claiming that he thought it was a question about some obscure state law in Ohio. (I will completely ignore the fact that Mr. Blunt, the bill's sponsor, is one of Romney's top supporters in his campaign. I've got something better.) Mr. Romney assured radio listeners, "Of course, I'm for ...."

    His claim of initial confusion over the bill was a complete lie. His initial answer reflected the same policy that he had signed into law while he was Governer of Mass. His original answer was the honest, truthful one. He was against it. But, he claimed that he was for it at the national level, but against it at the state level. Yeah, right. Okay, lets's do it his way.

    If he's FOR it at the national level, shouldn't that also mean that he would be FOR it at the state level? You cannot have it both ways, not in the way the that Mitt Romney described.

    March 8, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens could may have some difficulty explaining his supporting personhood when the voters of Mississippi rejected it at the ballot box. It only shows that Mississippians are a lot smarter than the money laundering flip flopper.

    March 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has to be asking, "I have taken every side of every important issue, and spent $50 million of other people's money, why do people not like me?

    March 8, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time for the republican candidates to focus on red state southern uteruses.

    March 8, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |