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All over in Florida but the counting for Gingrich; looks to Tea Party for national push

by Jane Musgrave | January 31st, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich meets with supporters during a visit to a polling place at Celebration Heritage Hall in Celebration, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CELEBRATION – The Florida campaign for Newt Gingrich is over. Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the results.

After spending nearly an hour shaking hands and signing autographs with supporters who lined up outside a polling place in this Disney-created community near Orlando this afternoon, the GOP presidential hopeful climbed back aboard his “Rebuilding the America We Love” campaign bus and drove off. Next up: His election night party at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

He didn’t address the media at any of the four stops he made today in Central Florida. When a scrum of reporters crowded around, he would sometimes say that he was “uniting conservatives” or mention the “dishonest” ads chief rival Mitt Romney has been running.

His press secretary said that regardless of what happens in Florida tonight, the former House speaker is committed to campaigning in every state. Tea Party voters will give him the edge over chief rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, said R.C. Hammond.

“We will compete in every contest the country has to offer,” Hammond said. “In a race where the media’s picked frontrunner hasn’t broken 50 percent that leaves a lot of math out there for the conservative side of the party to take up which is how we’ll stay competitive in the nomination, which is why it will last late into the spring because we’ll continue to bring in delegates, we’ll continue to bring in large amounts of support.

“At the end of the day,” he concluded, “as long as Tea Party voters continue to come our way, we’ll do very well.”


4 Responses to “All over in Florida but the counting for Gingrich; looks to Tea Party for national push”

  1. roger Says:

    santorum needs to give up, I think.

  2. Dave Richards Says:

    The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

  3. anotherview Says:

    NG has in effect become the front man for the billionaire Koch brothers whose money trained 1000s of Tea Party activists. Cain the Pain failed in that role because of his perceived character flaws and his flubbing of debate performances. NG has now stepped forward to fill his shoes. As a diehard plutocrat, albeit a flawed character as well, NG has offered a tax package that will benefit the rich even more than now, just like Cain the Pain. NG also receives financial aid via another multi-billionaire out of Las Vegas pouring millions into a Super PAC supporting NG. Further, NG himself enjoys riches. The ancients knew the rich will rule in their own interest. No doubt as a rich man, NG will institute law and policy favoring the rich over the little people over America. The tax code has already been jiggered to enrich the rich. NG will continue this situation. Cynically, NG has now begun a nationwide appeal to the Tea Party adherents whose agenda aims to reduce the size and role of the central government. More NG tax code jiggering for the rich contradicts this aim. Just say no to the plutocratic weasel NG.

  4. All that said Says:

    Here is the bottom line – if the Republicans nominate Gringich – I am voting for Obama – don’t want to, but he would be better than NG

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