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Rick Santorum will apparently end his campaign for the presidency effective today. The announcement will be made this afternoon from Gettysburg, PA.

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Report from CBS News:

Rick Santorum is poised to suspend his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, removing the last significant obstacle in Mitt Romney’s now all-but-certain march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum will make the announcement at a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania shortly, a senior member of his campaign staff told CBS News.

An unapologetic social and fiscal conservative, Santorum spent much of the 2012 campaign cycle as an also-ran, toiling in relative obscurity while a succession of contenders – Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich among them – rose to the top of the Republican presidential polls before falling back to earth.

He finally began gaining traction in Iowa shortly before the January 3 caucuses, when social conservatives eager for a candidate to call their own started to coalesce around him. Santorum effectively tied Romney in Iowa before going on to win another ten states and claim the mantle of conservative alternative to the frontrunner.

We’ll have video of Santorum’s announcement once it becomes available. Stay tuned for more updates as this announcement unfolds.

Update

Full video of Santorum’s announcement:

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75 COMMENTS

  1. I really hope Newt makes a push now. I wonder whats going on??? NEWT 2012… Boy do we need his brilliance and bold solutions!

    • They should have known from the outset that the only way to stop Slick Willard would be to draw off delegates.

      Every time any candidate dropped out, he/she was surrendering to the Big Budget Express. They should have all stayed in and hoped for the convention to have an open discussion.

      Sigh. As the saying goes, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.”

    • Oh I have seen these guys shoot themselves in the foot more than once, The time to drop out is when the money runs out.

  2. So this is worth repeating myself from other threads:

    We MUST allign together around Mitt to get BO out of office and to SAVE our country. BO will destroy America and sell us out to the Russians (per his comment to the Russian presidnet).

    President Romney 2012

    • Romney or Obama – Obama or Romney – The Wall Street Bankers still maintain the “Power Behind the Presidency” and the Country will DROWN in Debt.

      If Ron Paul DOESN’T run as an Independent and DROPS OUT of the Race entirely, Obama will “slaughter” Romney in the General Election.

      If Ron Paul DOES run as an Independent, there’s still a chance that the Country can be Saved.

      Ron Paul 2012

    • I will NEVER vote for Romney. I would consider voting for OBAMA over Romney. He is a disgrace to everything this country used to stand for. He is a warmonger playing on people’s ignorance of cultures they don’t understand the history of (IE IRAN). He is someone who will take away any and all of your rights if it is seen as popular amongst certain powerful groups. 99% of his campaign is literally funded by the banks that manipulate the economy to their own benefit. It is absolutely mind blowing that people are supporting him. Stop listening to everything the elite-controlled TV pundits say is popular and think for yourself.

      • (Stop listening to everything the elite-controlled TV pundits say is popular and think for yourself.)

        Most of us on this blog stopped listening to the elite about the time Ron Paul spoke.

        • Billy Malone

          Ain’t that the Truth! I COMPLETELY STOPPED watching and listening to FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, CNN and any other MSM Broadcasts who CHOSE to “Ignore” Ron Paul and his Message. They all deliberately went out of their way to demonize Ron Paul, rather than objectively report or analyze what he has been saying. You watch. When the SHTF, they (the Media Commentators) won’t take any of the Blame – and they’ll NEVER admit that Ron Paul was Right all along.

  3. Great campaign Mr. Santorum, you are a great American. Now we must focus on defeating President Obama.

    Romney 2012

  4. Great campaign Mr. Santorum, you are a great American. Now we must focus on defeating President Obama.

    Romney 2012
    ..

    Now we’re getting it. Nice Post Buckeye

  5. It’s interesting that it happened at this point in the race. Now several states will get to say whether they approve of Romney or not. It will be interesting to watch the results.

    • How do you figure?

      Up to now, if you disapproved of Romney, all you had to do is vote for anyone else. And, up to now, the MAJORITY did vote disapproval.

      Newt is asking Santorum’s supporters to vote for him, but Willard will probably outspend him 50 to 1 now.

    • Ryan Belcher —

      Santorum had to quit before the PA vote — or his political career would have been over once rejected by his own Pennsylvanians (who dislike him most since they known him best). Now, he bows out gracefully with political career in tact, and most likely has already cut some deal with Mitt.

      As you say, it becomes interesting….

  6. “Great campaign Mr. Santorum, you are a great American. Now we must focus on defeating President Obama.

    Romney 2012”

    You act like a vote for Romney is helping defeat Obama in the general election, when all polls have shown Paul doing much better than Romney in matchups vs Obama. Most Americans want to stop policing the world by about 3-1, Romney will get destroyed on foreign policy.

    Romney has almost no chance beating Obama. You think Americans are going to vote for a multimillionaire who laid of thousands of workers in this economy over a President who is basically giving them jobs with taxpayer money…?

    Romney has no solutions. He brags about his past business achievements and has virtually not stated one significant policy change he would do besides disagreeing with Obama on everything he can – to the point that its popular.

    ..If the media ever provided fair coverage Ron Paul would be dominating this race… he is the only one actually mentioning specific issues, the rest are making constant generalizations that essentially amount to nothing and just constantly blame Obama for EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM, just like the democrats did for Bush…

  7. What are you talking about? Romney has the majprity vote! Santorum was a cry baby, Newt can’t control his temper and Ron Paul just isn’t getting the votes. I do believe Romney will do good by this country.

    • Carmen

      Romney is a Puppet “controlled” by the Central Bank (The FED) and the Wall Street Bankers.

      When will you people WAKE UP and look at WHO is Donating – Bribing – Bankrolling – Contributing to his Campaign?

      These Wicked and Greedy “Bastards”, who have “decimated” the US Economy are Manipulating – Calculating – Controlling – Insuring a Romney Victory this Fall.

      Meanwhile, the American People and the Rest of the World are Suffering – Languishing – Diminishing – Starving from Increasing Poverty, while the Bankers and the FED STEAL more and more of what little Wealth they have left through Inflation and ever increasing DEBT.

      • Darryl —

        Billy Malone stated that when the host dies so do the parasites.
        Since this is self-evident, one wonders if THESE PARASITES (the once you described above) are unaware that their end is imminent once they suck dry the host (the American People)?

        Or do they have an exit strategy…and what would that be (keeping the host near starvation, barely alive, but still kicking)?

        Anyone’s thoughts on this?

          • Billy Malone —

            That’s just a temporary solution for parasites (a small blood bank to feed until latching to another host).

            But what other warmblooded hosts are left to suck dry? Europe is nearly done, so is South America (Central and Mexico included). Canada and Australia are too small in population, Africa is finished, also India, Pakistan, etc.

            The only economy left, large enough to provide nourishment for THESE PARASITES, is China. But this creates at least two problems to overcome:

            1) A long process in buying out the Communist Government there, which is firmly entrenched.

            2) Most of China’s profits from production come from sales here, and with the USA done…no sales.

            So, the question arises again, once finishing off the USA, what will the Parasites do next to keep engorging themselves?

            • Surfisher

              The Money Manipulators will do exactly what they did during the Great Depression. They’ll turn society into squalor – then “rob” what little wealth the population has left through Inflation – and then they’ll provoke a war and expect us to fight it. Meanwhile, they’ll use their (our) Wealth to Fund BOTH sides of the War. The End Game is that the “Power Elite” will STEAL and ACQUIRE every asset and natural resource – from every Country which has Value. It’s all about POWER and CONTROL to these Psychopaths! They’ve created the Ultimate Zeitgeist!

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLC2948023D872400F

            • (how to find water when you have a monkey available)

              The parasite isn’t worried so long as he has control of the monkey. With over 500,000 regs the monkey is well under control and the parasite is willing to kill every last monkey before he gives up his lavish lifestyle.

          • Billy Malone — your post above.

            Will you STOP misquoting the number.

            Makes it sound like we live in a Paradise of a Free Country…with ONLY 500,000 negative Laws/Rules/Regulations etc.

            In 2010 it was estimated that all such on THE BOOKS were nearly 500,000,000….

            By now, 2012, they have exceeded this number — so you could safely say: over 1/2 Billion NEGATIVE Laws/Regs (telling the US Citizen what is prohibited FROM HAVING THE FREEDOM TO DO upon governmental punishment)!

            To make it simple — 312 Million Americans vs 500 Million Nasty Laws….

            • Are you looking for an exact number? Because you’re not going to find it.

              There are levels of government city laws, county laws, State laws, and finally federal laws. Different cities, counties, and States may have similar -but different- laws, and they all fall under federal law.

              I don’t remember where I got the 500K number but since there are over 10,000 on gun control alone I think your number is far more accurate than mine.

        • Surfisher

          As Gerald Celente says “When all else fails (and it will fail), they’ll take us to war.”

          • Darryl —

            Good quote, but most applicable to a politician distracting the people from his current problems (what Clinton did by attacking Yugoslavia on their Orthodox Easter Sunday)….

            Not apt in this scenario — when America is sucked dry and therefore discarded by THE PARASITES.

    • (I do believe Romney will do good by this country.)

      He’ll never get the chance when up against Obama. This guy was a dismal failure as governor of Ma.

    • The way I see it, Romney was the Crown Prince of the establishment, and the darling of his big-money Wall Street gang. The only way he was not going to be the nominee would be if the other candidates got enough votes to keep him from getting a first-round vote at the convention.

      If everybody had stayed in the race, people would have gotten delegates by accident or satire–enough to throw it open.

      Now, if Newt had money, he might ask the tough questions to keep things interesting. But he doesn’t, so I don’t see that it makes any difference. As it is, even he admits he’s powerless.

      Now, the lemmings will run.

      • Goethe Behr — Very well put.

        My take is that Newt will go through with a couple of elections…and if gets the short end again, will call it quits.

        This opens another query:

        Once the inevitable one-on-one of Paul vs Mitt occurs, will the media still continue with their so far enforced blackout on Ron Paul (their paltry excuse so far has been that only the two front runners merit most attention)?

        • Surf:

          Imagine if it were just Willard, Newt, and Ron on the stage. It would be a lot harder to ignore RP. But I’ll bet Willard will run from any chance of a debate now.

          • And so he should, he all but has it won now. 1/2 way to the White House?? I wouldn’t say that just yet as there is just one formidable object in his way.

        • OH I would think they will treat it like they cover a sports event after it’s over. Interview the guy or team that came in first and just mention the guy that lost.

  8. Daryll — re: your post;

    “The Money Manipulators will do exactly what they did during the Great Depression. They’ll turn society into squalor – then “rob” what little wealth the population has left through Inflation – and then they’ll provoke a war and expect us to fight it. Meanwhile, they’ll use their (our) Wealth to Fund BOTH sides of the War. The End Game is that the “Power Elite” will STEAL and ACQUIRE every asset and natural resource – from every Country which has Value. It’s all about POWER and CONTROL to these Psychopaths! They’ve created the Ultimate Zeitgeist!”

    I understand their MO. They have built the momentum, but any momentum will eventually come to a halt due to attrition.

    My question was for the long term — when all is sucked dry by these Parasites, what will they do next to survive (when all hosts are dead…to put it bluntly)?

    But the question was more of a long term

    • Surfisher

      I answered that awhile back. POWER and CONTROL – Slavery, if you will. This will be ongoing until they’ve acquired all the natural resources that an individual Country possesses of any Value. Then the only card that they’ll have left to play is to PREVENT the “exhaustion” of THEIR NEWLY (and forcefully) ACQUIRED natural resources. They will then have to DE-Populate the Planet. As the Population of the Planet “Increases” in accordance to the Mathematical Exponential Function, it is only logical that the “Power Elite”, who have Greedily and Selfishly STOLEN these natural resources, will “exterminate” those of “Honest” Character and/or those who are less fortunate according to THEM. (Nazism)

      This may sound “crazy” – but what other conclusion can be reached in light of the Exponential Function concerning Population?

      The Most IMPORTANT Video You’ll Ever See

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-QA2rkpBSY&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL3AD5F326452AA3C3

      • Darryl —

        Actually, my question was faulty.
        I understand the math, and the outcome. That’s good enough for now.

        …Actually bad for all of us real human beings.

        (My fault for asking the philosophical question — of what will happen to the users once the used are done and gone…silly to do so on my part).

    • I would tend to believe that history tends to repeat itself. It all started with Cane & Abel. The world was just not big enough to share with so many.

      • Darryl: Forgive me for pointing out a typo.

        I only do that when I think it’s funny.

        If Cain is spelled “Cane,” he could be called DISabel.

  9. Must read!!!!!!!

    What Now? Ron Paul’s path to victory

    By Doug Wead

    Okay, Rick Santorum is out. What does it mean for the race to the GOP nomination? And what choices does the Ron Paul campaign now face?
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    You can help us decide. Here are some options. And you don’t have to chose just one.
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    1.) Make an all out effort to go for it.
    2.) Become the anti-Romney candidate and gather his opponents.
    3.) Work with Gingrich to block Romney.
    4.) Stay in the race but don’t antagonize the GOP leadership.
    5.) Seek a deal with Romney while it still matters.
    6.) Prepare for a Third Party run.
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    Here are some factors to keep in mind.
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    The widely reported Associated Press delegate tabulation is way off and this is driving all of the television commentary. For example, the vaunted New York Times has made no effort at a delegate count of their own, they rely fully on the AP.
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    Keep in mind, the AP reported 40 people at a Ron Paul event in Hudsonville, Michigan when photographs showed two thousand. They reported 1,0000 people at an event in Missouri while their own AP photograph of the event, which captured only part of the audience, numbered 2,500. And they make no effort to correct any of this.
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    As of today, the Associated Press awards Romney with 12 delegates in Iowa, 12 in Maine, 14 in Nevada, 9 in Colorado and 30 in Washington. Don’t they wish. They also awarded him only 7 in North Dakota where he came in third place behind Rick Santorum and Ron Paul but captured even more at the ND State Convention than they had reported. In fact, even today, the AP chart reads exactly the same, even though the numbers are dramatically different. Journalism is dead.
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    By the way, I have this reoccurring nightmare that some of the state conventions will retroactively award Romney their delegates and the media will end up being right, like a broken clock is right twice a day. Then they will say, “See, what was all the fuss about? We were right all along. We were better than right. We were prescient.”
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    Nevertheless, campaigns are not in the national media entertainment business. And we don’t have executives from holding companies telling our executives what to do and passing the instructions down to our on air anchors and pundits. Holding companies that depend on billions of dollars of interest free loans from that elitist piggy bank, the Federal Reserve. And unlike the media, we don’t have major companies who advertise with us and who coincidentally benefit from the same corruption by getting low interest loans from the banks who are getting interest free loans for the FED.
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    In fact, we are in the business of taking on that very cycle of corruption.
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    So, we still have to deal with facts.
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    Without revealing too much, and keeping in mind that this changes weekly, you would be wise to calculate that Mitt Romney has about 106 delegates less than what the national media is now showing. Santorum, even before dropping out, had about 16 less. This includes adding delegates that the media incorrectly withheld from Santorum and then subtracting its false calculations. Now add 98 delegates to Ron Paul. And you have the real picture of where it stands today.
    .
    There is something else. Many of the delegates who have already been selected to go to Tampa and are pledged to vote for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are actually Ron Paul activists who were chosen as delegates because they showed up and got elected as such, not because they committed to any of the candidates. We don’t yet have a complete count on any of this but it is substantial. We are in the process of taking over the GOP at many precinct and country levels. And that is translating into power at the state conventions where the delegations are chosen. The GOP establishment is trying to block this by telling their people not to vote for anyone under thirty years of age or anyone who is Hispanic. But our people are filling those delegate slots. Even we can’t keep up with the numbers.
    .
    This means that the convention floor in Tampa will be loaded with Ron Paul supporters. And it means if Santorum releases his delegates many of them will vote for us because they were never Rick Santorum supporters in the first place.
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    Don’t underestimate the power of money to influence this process. And don’t underestimate the power of money to corrupt this process.
    .
    The presidential campaign of former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, is $ 4 million in debt. So far Romney has declined to make a deal. This stalemate is likely to go all the way to convention. Why should either side back down?
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    And keep in mind this number. 15%. Many of the remaining primary states require a candidate to get 15% of the vote before being awarded any of the delegates. With Santorum out, it is likely that both Gingrich and Paul will qualify for delegates in most, if not all of these remaining states. Why is that important? Won’t it take more than 15% to win the nomination? It is important because it means that Gingrich, without any money, will still be able to drain off a few anti-Romney, anti-Paul delegates that would have stayed home but will now help keep a Romney victory at bay.
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    Texas is important. We will get no breaks from the mainstream media. So Texas will require television advertising of our own. And that will require money. Watch the next moneybomb closely.
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    Oh, by the way. For those following the drama in St. Charles, Missouri. We won last night. We won ALL the delegates. And the man they had arrested last month was elected the chairman. They meant it for evil. God meant it for good.
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    Okay, let’s see your vote. I am for making an all out effort to win it all.
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    You can join the discussion at http://www.facebook.com/DougWeadOfficial

    • Everybody backs a winner. If he can’t win just create a win for him and the votes will follow. If you win before you run, how can you lose.

  10. Vote YES to BAN the “tex2? creature — your votes will be counted, and submitted to Doug!

    Our Future, as a Free and Prosperous Nation is too precious to ALLOW any Troll, such as the #2 that POLLUTES this Forum — by its hijacking of all threads, hitting the REPLY button on all posts, thus VIRTUALLY STOPPING ALL CONVERSATION— to confiscate this Forum away from us (where Real Americans are trying to converse on what’s best for the US)!

    In the mean time, DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY OF ITS TROLLING!

    Voting YES to BAN the #2 Forum Polluter (so far):

    1) Surfisher
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  11. Watch a Romney rally — an EMPTY stadium with about a hundred sycophants only… mostly yawning.

    Then see the THOUSANDS of REAL AMERICANS and their genuineness on Ron Paul’s rallies!

    But the main media never shows this REALITY — so, are we to stand by and allow them to steal this Election away from us — when clearly the TRUE Americans have spoken?!

    Spread this video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMVY5u9RuW8

  12. “Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson could pull as much as 6% of the vote in a hypothetical three-way match-up with Mitt Romney and President Obama. Johnson began the 2012 race running for the Republican nomination but has wound up carrying the libertarian banner and could gain ballot access in several states.”

    If the above transpires, it is a certainty that Mitt will not defeat BO (with his flip-flopping, he couldn’t defeat him anyway, now this would assure it).

    So he needs to withdraw now in favor of Ron Paul!

    Ron Paul WILL become President in 2012 — IF, Romney becomes a Patriot, and forgoes his ego, for the Good of the People!

    Mitt Romney could become one of the greatest Statesmen in US History! He’d be the Savior of our Nation — the one that generations to come would tell their children: “Look at this statue, this is Mitt Romney, he saved America”!

    Or, he can reduce himself to just a tiny footnote…what is amazing is that his fate rests in his own hands (a very rare occurrence throughout the history of the world)!

    All Romney has to do, is to take advantage of this rarest of historical moments, and make a SINGLE DECISION!!!

    Withdraw his candidacy IN FAVOR of Ron Paul, with the following grandiose and heart-wrenching patriotic speech (to save his political skin):

    “I, Mitt Romney, will sacrifice my political goals for the Good of the People. Now I understand that only Ron Paul that can save our Nation. I agree with all he stands for, therefore, I have deemed that our Nation’s salvation can only be accomplished when Ron Paul is elected as President of the United States of America. Without regret, but with joy, I do the most honorable and patriotic deed I can — I withdraw myself from this election, and give my full support to Ron Paul!”

    One honest person is needed to bring these logical conclusions to Romney’s PERSONAL ATTENTION (not the myopic sycophants surrounding him and stroking his ego by chanting wishful thinking as ‘fact’: “You gonna win Boss, you gonna win Boss….).

    Regardless how egotistical, arrogant and narcissistic Romney may be, some semblance of reasoning of what’s best for him, should still remain in his skull. The instinct for self preservation dictates that even the smallest of minds will chose the path that leads to safety, not the one leading to disaster.

    An honest realist needs to talk to Romney one-on-one — and explain the following to him, so Mitt can comprehend it:

    1) If you don’t win the nomination, than your political career is over (you’ll become just a tiny footnote in US History as a failure).

    2) If you win the nomination, and don’t defeat Obama — which is the most probable outcome (you’ll become just a tiny footnote in US History as an even LARGER failure).

    Therefore, Dear Mitt, whichever gamble you take from the above, may lead to total disaster for your political career (and probably will)!

    However, here is an action you can take, Dear Mitt, that guarantees you’ll become immortalized in the annals of US History — becoming the 21st Century Savior of America (surely this carrot of success will entice Romney’s egotism to go for it — over the probable political beatings he’d receive otherwise)!

    All one needs to do, to assure Mitt’s Historical Greatness of Sacrifice for the Good of the Nation, is to present the above to Romney’s eyes alone! I urge all able to do so, to place this document in front of him!

    Send this to Mitt Romney — as an Open Letter, e-mails, etc. — the more you send, the greater the chance he’ll get to read it!

    • BO is a shoo-in if Mitt is elected to run against him.

      So, concentrate to have Rmoney withdraw from the election in favor of Ron Paul.

      At this stage only Ron Paul can defeat BO — and no-one else!

  13. Romney and Obama are actually clones —

    “Claim scientists at Rothdale’s laboratory in Lead’s, Ireland who publicly announced yesterday that both men were actually cloned in the King’s College – Chicago University experiments of 1956. ”

    For all of those that have kept on stating, and warning the American people, that Romney = Obama — now you have this video to back you up!

    Share it — funny stuff…sadly!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDJEc92d38&feature=player_embedded

    • Ron Paul to WIN — or America to End 2012

      Take your pick…there are no other options!
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      Ron Paul must take Rmoney to Tampa — to expose the GOP’s perfidy — when hundreds of thousands of Real Americans will come to the Convention voluntarily, supporting Ron Paul, the ONLY REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT in this race (vs a few hundred BUSED Rmoney bullies pretending they are actual people)!

      If the Republican Convention cheats Ron Paul out of The Nomination — then, go Third Party!

      There MUST NOT be a way allowed, for Rmoney to “debate” BO one-on-one — since this will be a Clowns’ Show (two liars trying to out-lie each other…when they are one-and-the-same HUMAN TRASH)!

      Ron Paul MUST be part of the DEBATES — so, he can clearly show up THESE politically trained monkeys for what they are — The ULTIMATE Destroyers of the USA!
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      Elect Ron Paul as President, if you want to Save America — vote for anyone else, if you WANT to DESTROY the USA!

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