I saw the following video clip earlier on one of the networks and just had to post it. Despite what Romney says, Newt did work closely with Reagan, and Nancy Reagan says Ronnie recognized Newt as the torch/standard bearer for the conservative movement.
In fact, an article from The American Spectator, written by former Reagan top aide Jeffery Lord, reported that Reagan told Newt, “Well, some things you’re just going to have to do after I’m gone.”
Now comes this video of Nancy Reagan saying:
The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.
Meanwhile, Romney was busy repudiating Reagan/Bush, telling Ted Kennedy & Massachusetts voters that he had no interest in taking the country back to Reagan-era policies.
I reported earlier on a new Insider Advantage poll that shows Newt Gingrich taking a three-point lead over Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Digging into the numbers a bit deeper, we see some interesting trends–that just so happen to fly in the face of the ‘conventional wisdom’ being regurgitated in the media.
Among Democrats that were polled:
- Gingrich: 46.8%
- Paul: 28.4%
- Romney: 2.7%
- Gingrich: 32.7%
- Paul: 26.2%
- Romney: 15.4%
These numbers demonstrate a trend that is continuing (we saw it in Iowa as well): despite all of the ‘electabilty’ and ‘appealing to moderates’ talk that we hear about Romney, he consistently polls near the bottom amongst independents & Democrats.
Maybe he is not the most electable after all?
As The Weekly Standard reports, the poll has not been completed or released yet, but Public Policy Polling is reporting a two-man race in South Carolina.
From their Twitter feed:
Gingrich and Romney basically running even on the first night of our South Carolina poll. No one else close
They say they will go ahead and release the results from last night’s polling today, due to the fluctuation of the race today.
A new Insider Advantage poll shows Speaker Newt Gingrich now ahead of former Governor Mitt Romney in South Carolina by three points.
This poll was conducted & released before news of Rick Perry’s pending endorsement today, before Rick Santorum was declared the winner of Iowa this morning, and just one day after Sarah Palin‘s endorsement of the Speaker.
Multiple news sources now reporting that at 11:00 EST, Texas Governor Rick Perry will drop out of the GOP presidential race and endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
This is really an incredible development, especially considering that we all went to bed last night thinking that the story of the next three days would be Gingrich’s ex-wife’s primetime interview. Now, going into tonight’s debate, the entire national story line is Perry-Gingrich.
Now that Romney is clearly, clearly threatened (their campaign has been showing signs of this in the last few days), it will be interesting to see what demeanor he takes on in tonight’s debate. I suspect he will come out swinging.
The next time someone tells you “we MUST have Romney, he will win the independents!,” refer them to this poll from InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion that was released today.
Now, granted, it is only one poll and it is a snapshot in time, but it does reveal a trend and a truth that conservatives have been espousing for many years: when given a choice between a Democrat and Democrat-lite, voters will choose the real Democrat every time (i.e. GHWB, Dole, McCain).
The poll, released today out of Iowa, shows Romney garnering only 7% support from Democrats, and not even 10% support from independent voters. And guess what? Michele Bachmann, whom Gallup has identified as the ‘most conservative’ candidate in the GOP field, actually does the best among Democrats, garnering nearly 30%.
Gingrich & Paul also do well among the Democrats, grabbing about 23% each. Paul shows by far the most appeal to independents with 33%.
The principle here is clear: Authenticity and principles are of more value than smooth speeches and lots of campaign cash. Real, unapologetic conservatism can and does appeal to Democrats and independents. What doesn’t appeal to them are election year conversions and slick ads.
Yes, you need the independents to win the general election. Yes, we want a candidate who can do that. But it requires authenticity and principled conservatism, not moderation and pandering. That’s why we need someone besides Romney.
Although Iowa Rep. Steve King is holding back his coveted political endorsement with only days to go before his state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, he tells Newsmax that he almost certainly would choose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Describing Gingrich as a “brilliant man, who generates all kinds of ideas,” King said pundits will be talking about Gingrich’s debate performances in future elections.
“I think a lot of Speaker Gingrich, and there would have to be some discipline on the myriad of ideas that he brings to the table. But that’s what Congress is for,” King said.
Read more at Newsmax.com