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Damien Gayle
Daily Mail
February 27, 2012

Mitt Romney has had a few awkward moments throughout the primary season. But few could match his speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field yesterday.

The 65,000-seat home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions seemed like an odd choice of venue for an appearance in front of a crowd of just 1,250 people.

Mr Romney spoke from a podium on the 30-yard line of the football field in Detroit, Michigan, as the crowd, mostly men in suits, sat in chairs set up on the artificial turf.

The presidential hopeful has been turning his campaign message back to the economy as he tries to fend off rival Rick Santorum in crucial Michigan and Arizona primaries next week.

Mr Romney vowed to bring fundamental change to rebuild the U.S. economy with fiscally conservative policies, a message he hopes will help him make a comeback in the hard-hit state, where Mr Santorum is threatening to score an upset.

But the economic address became a lightning rod for Mr Romney’s odd ad libs.

In an attempt to counter his critics, Mr Romney emphasised his Michigan roots and love for the cars produced by the state’s auto industry.

The former private equity executive has taken some criticism in the state because he opposed an $81billion federal bailout credited with helping save the auto industry.

He pointed out that he drives a Ford Mustang and Chevrolet pickup truck, and that his wife, Ann ‘drives two Cadillacs, actually’ – a comment analysts said could alienate some blue-collar voters by reminding them of Mr Romney’s vast wealth.

Closing his speech, he said of Michigan: ‘You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right.’

The remark was met by puzzled murmurs in the otherwise silent stadium, the New York Daily News reported.

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James Crugnale
Mediaite.com
February 12, 2012

Republican hopeful Ron Paul recently told an audience that he would consider tapping former Fox Business News host Judge Andrew Napolitano as his running mate.

“One time somebody asked me who I would consider and the name Judge Napolitano jumps right out at me,” Paul said to raucous cheers of approval.

“But when you think about the danger of mentioning one or two means that you’re not going to mention quite a few others that would certainly be qualified.” he said. “That’s a great story, you know, the fact that there are a lot of people now that are well known and well educated and know the issues and would do a very good job.”

Napolitano implicitly endorsed the Texas Congressman in January, saying “Only one man remains faithful to the principles of free market and small government. To the Constitution and to personal freedom. To defending the nation without being the world’s police force. Only one. You know who he is.”

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February 16, 2012

The Liberty Show
February 11, 2012

The Daily Caller
February 7, 2012

A surprising national poll released Tuesday found Texas Rep. Ron Paul surging to second place in the GOP presidential field, coming within eight percentage points of front-runner Mitt Romney.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll results show Paul at 21 percent nationally, with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, at 29 percent.

Gingrich scored 19 percent support in the poll, conducted Feb. 2–6, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 18 percent.

Although national polls are largely insignificant in a primary season where individual states are of crucial importance, they do indicate trends in voter preferences.

Reuters/Ipsos found that despite big wins by Romney in Florida and Nevada, his popularity actually declined since early January. Meanwhile, Paul’s support grew by five percent.

Romney “still hasn’t really convinced all the Republicans across the country that he’s the guy to get behind,” said Ipsos research director Chris Jackson in a statement.

Gingrich’s support slightly slipped, while Santorum’s support also grew by five percentage points since early January.

Grace Wyler
Business Insider
February 2, 2012

The former House Speaker has been on a downward spiral for the past two days since his loss in Florida on Tuesday, culminating this morning with Donald Trump’s surprise endorsement of his rival Mitt Romney.

The Trump endorsement might not have been so bad if Gingrich hadn’t said this morning that he was getting the Donald’s nod.

It’s unclear why Gingrich was confused, but his hasty boasting is yet another indication that the former House Speaker is melting down. The premature remark came about 12 hours after Gingrich abruptly canceled a meeting and photo op with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a young Republican star who had endorsed Rick Perry.

No one seems to know why Gingrich skipped out on his date with Sandoval, but it’s clear that the campaign has way bigger problems to deal with than The Donald.

In fact, Nevada Tea Party leader Sharron Angle’s decision to endorse Rick Santorum this morning was probably a much bigger blow to the Gingrich campaign. Although Angle’s national star has fallen since her failed 2010 Senate bid against Harry Reid, the former state senator is still a major figure in the state’s active Tea Party movement.

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Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
February 1, 2012

Despite winning the event’s annual straw poll for the last two years running, Ron Paul has seemingly been excluded from this year’s CPAC conference, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich announced as keynote speakers but Paul appearing nowhere on the roster.

The exclusion of Paul is likely a maneuver by GOP insiders to re-align CPAC, the biggest annual conservative confab, with the Republican establishment and prevent an embarrassing straw poll defeat for likely presidential pick Mitt Romney, who Paul beat in 2010 and 2011.

According to the CPAC website, fellow presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will all address the event scheduled to take place Feb. 8-11 in Washington, but Ron Paul will be absent.

“Although a combination of factors might be at play, including Paul’s focus on the Maine caucuses, a changing of the guard at the top of CPAC’s management team is likely behind Paul’s exclusion,” notes Stephen Woodward.

Indeed, the selection of former chairman of the Florida Republican Party Al Cardenas to lead CPAC has brought with it a decidedly neoconservative flavor to the 2012 event.

Besides Romney and Gingrich, the likes of Ann Coulter, John Bolton, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Herman Cain and Rick Perry will all speak at the conference.

During a post CPAC 2011 interview, American Conservative Union (ACU) chief Cardenas put Ron Paul supporters on notice by warning them that they would not be invited to the 2012 event if they failed to act with “civility” after previous speakers Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were booed by Paul activists.

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