GOP President Probably Won’t Repeal ObamaCare

Mitt Romney’s opponents in the GOP Presidential primary need to jump all over this.  Seems one of his advisors feels ObamaCare won’t be repealed completely.

“You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president,” Coleman told BioCentury This Week television in an interview that aired on Sunday. “You can’t whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what’s been done.”

That would be former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, who Romney’s campaign is trying to distance itself from.

“With all due respect to Sen. Coleman, he’s wrong,” campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said via e-mail. “Gov. Romney can and will repeal Obamacare and is committed to doing so.”

Distancing or not this is another example of why Mitt Romney can NOT be the Republican nominee. It’s also an example of why the Republican establishment needs to stop trying to pick who their nominee should be.

(H/T – RedState)

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Iowa “split decision”

After the certification process of the votes in the Iowa caucus, it wasn’t a win for Mitt Romney.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 34 votes more than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in this month’s Iowa caucuses, state Republican officials reported Thursday.

The party officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Des Moines Register that the final caucus count would remain unresolved because the results from eight precincts were mislaid and will never be certified. Any of those missing results could hold an advantage for Romney.

The totals reported just after the Jan. 3 ballots had given Romney a narrow, eight-vote win over Santorum. It gave an early boost to Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

“It’s a split decision,” the executive director of the Iowa GOP Chad Olsen said.

How did the two candidates respond to the news.

“The results from Iowa caucus night revealed a virtual tie. I would like to thank the Iowa Republican Party for their careful attention to the caucus process, and we once again recognize Rick Santorum for his strong performance in the state,” Romney said. “The Iowa caucuses, with record turnout, were a great start to defeating President Obama in Iowa and elsewhere in the general election.”

Santorum previously told Fox News that he was unfazed by possible errors. “That doesn’t really matter to me. I mean, this was a tie,” Santorum said.

Does it have an impact on the belief that Romney is all but assured the Republican nomination?

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Gingrich Supporters Release Anti-Romney Film

Supporters of former Speaker Newt Gingrich are ramping up the “bad light” portrayl of former Governor Mitt Romney.  All courtesy of a super-PAC.

Mitt Romney is depicted as a financier “more ruthless than Wall Street” and a son of privilege responsible for firing thousands of workers in a film bankrolled by Newt Gingrich supporters set to be released today in South Carolina.

“Make a profit,” a laughing Romney is shown saying in the 28-minute film, obtained by Bloomberg News. “That’s what it’s all about, right?”

Release of the film, which attacks Romney’s record as the chief executive officer of the private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC, comes after the former Massachusetts governor’s victory in yesterday’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

The super-PAC supporting Gingrich’s campaign, Winning Our Future, says it plans to buy $3.4 million of ads in South Carolina, with the Republican campaign for president focusing on the state’s Jan. 21 primary election.

The film is brutal in it’s depiction of Romney.

Among the film’s allegations, it potentially overstates Romney’s net worth and the number of homes he owns and misstates how active a role he played in Bain during a period the company owned KB Toys Inc.

“It’s absolutely brutal in its depiction of the activities of Bain Capital under Governor Romney,” said Stephen K. Bannon, a conservative filmmaker and radio host who said he had no connection to the Romney film.

Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, interviewed Barry Bennett, a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry who commissioned the film, on his show at KABC Radio in Los Angeles.

“It wouldn’t be an issue except for the fact that Governor Romney’s made it the central part of this thesis for why he should be elected,” Bannon said.

Head to the source to read the whole article.  Is it an act of desperation by Gingrich and his supporters to save his campaign? Or is it a move to topple Romney and open the door for a more conservative candidate?


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Romney dropping

After a disappointing showing on Super Tuesday all signs are pointing to Mitt Romney dropping out or “suspending” his campaign. 

From Bryan York at NRO

We are beginning to see signs that Mitt Romney might be preparing to pull out of the Republican race.

Everyone is looking for tea leaves from the campaign, and we’ll know more about the governor’s state of mind when we hear from him at CPAC today. But in the last 24 hours, I have noticed a dramatic drop-off in the number of emails I have received from Team Romney. This is no small thing. Every reporter will tell you they receive reams of emails from the Romney campaign. But the last one I got was at 1:47 p.m. yesterday, advising me of Romney’s campaign schedule in Maryland. Before that, I last received on at 8:37 a.m., advising me of Romney’s CPAC speech.

Normally in that time period, I would have received lots of emails telling me, among other things, that John McCain’s Straight Talk Express had taken a detour. For example, I would have expected to receive one about McCain’s “calm down” remark. But nothing from the Romney camp. I wondered whether the campaign is dialing back its aggressiveness in preparation for a Romney withdrawal.

More from Brian York:

I just talked to another source in the Romney camp about the possibility that Romney is preparing to pull out of the race.  “I think you pretty much nailed it,” he told me. “You might also note that there have been no media buys placed since Super Tuesday. The radio silence is deafening.  Go to CPAC.  I would highly recommend it.”

Finally from CNN:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will suspend his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, GOP sources tell CNN.

Romney is expected to announce his decision Thursday afternoon at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, three Republican sources told CNN.

That leaves Ron Paul and the two RINO’s left.

UPDATE – It’s official.