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NBC Poll: Romney, Santorum Deadlocked in Michigan; Romney Leads in Arizona

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Less than a week before Tuesday’s crucial Republican presidential primary in Michigan, a new NBC News/Marist poll shows Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum locked in a statistical tie, while a separate NBC/Marist survey shows Romney comfortably leading in Arizona, which holds its primary the same day.

In Michigan – which has turned into a make-or-break contest for Romney – the former Massachusetts governor gets the support of 37 percent of likely GOP primary voters, including those who are leaning toward a particular candidate.

Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, gets 35 percent, and he’s followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 13 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent.

“Michigan is neck and neck,” says pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted both surveys.

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  • The Enemy

    When the Christian-bashing liberal pundits attack Santorum for his firm stance on Christian morals, he should just reply to them by saying this: “Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 in the Bible. End of discussion”.

    • Bree

      Absolutely! There is a war going on against Christianity and for the very soul of America. It is going to take every true Christian to stand and contend for the Faith. We cannot afford to be the walking wounded. This is a battle we cannot afford to lose not one more day or one more hour.

  • patriotrenegade

    There are demo union crossover votes and they will never forgive CFR knewtieboy for NAFTA and other sins, and the repub side is finally wising up about this guy. He’s left with yahoos.

  • hearmetalking

    You can call me Newtie boy all day long. Newt is the one everyone is trying too take down,wonder why??? I do not care what Newt has done in his past. look at Pelosi… I’m voting for Newt

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      hear me… Those who criticize Newt only wish they were as smart…

    • patriotrenegade

      yeah, Fredo Corleone said in his famous scene with brother Mike: “I’M SMART! I CAN HANDLE THINGS!. Fredo looks like a brain surgeon next to you.

    • still moral

      You don’t even have a brain worth operating on.

    • still moral

      I agree with you 100%, Newt would never apologize like that lowlife vile despicable Obummer is doing right now. PatriotRenegade is an Obummer lover.

  • Bree

    ok, where is my comment?

  • KSB

    Rick Santorum voted to raise the debt limit five times.

    ■FACT: Santorum voted to increase the debt ceiling in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Together, these five votes boosted the federal debt limit by nearly $3.5 trillion. (H.R. 2015, Roll Call Vote #209, 7/31/97; S. 2578, Roll Call Vote #148, 6/11/02; H. J. Res. 51, Roll Call Vote #202, 5/23/03; S. 2986, Roll Call Vote #213, 11/17/04; H. J. Res. 47, Roll Call Vote #54, 3/16/06; Mindy R. Leavit, “The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases,” Congressional Research Service, 9/9/11)
    Rick Santorum voted for billions in waste, including the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

    ■FACT: “Santorum was a prolific supporter of earmarks, having requested billions of dollars for pork projects in Pennsylvania while he was in Congress.” (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Rick Santorum)■FACT: “The announcements flowed out of Rick Santorum’s Senate office: a $3.5 million federal grant to Piasecki Aircraft to help it test a new helicopter propeller technology; another $3.5 million to JLG Industries to bolster its bid to build all-terrain forklifts for the military; $1.4 million to Medico Industries to upgrade equipment for its munitions work. … But an examination of Mr. Santorum’s earmark record sheds light on another aspect of his political personality, one that is at odds with the reformer image he has tried to convey on the trail: his prowess as a Washington insider. A review of some of his earmarks, viewed alongside his political donations, suggests that the river of federal money Mr. Santorum helped direct to Pennsylvania paid off handsomely in the form of campaign cash.” (Michael Luo and Mike McIntire, The New York Times, 1/15/12)■FACT: Santorum voted for the 2005 highway bill, which included hundreds of earmarks, including the bridge to nowhere, a teapot museum. (H.R. 3, Roll Call Vote #220, 7/29/05)
    ■FACT: Santorum supported the “Bridge to Nowhere” – twice. Santorum “voted for the 2005 highway bill that included thousands of wasteful earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, in a separate vote, Santorum had the audacity to vote to continue funding the Bridge to Nowhere rather than send the money to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.” (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Rick Santorum)
    ■FACT: Santorum admitted he voted for bridge, and defended vote: “People say that I voted for ‘The Bridge to Nowhere.’ I did. I went with the federalist argument, which is, ‘Who am I in Pennsylvania to tell Alaska what their highway priorities should be?’” (William Petroski, Des Moines Register, 12/29/11)
    In a single session, Rick Santorum co-sponsored 51 bills to increase spending … And zero to cut spending.

    ■FACT: “In the 2003-2004 session of Congress, Santorum sponsored or cosponsored 51 bills to increase spending, and failed to sponsor or co-sponsor even one spending cut proposal.” (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Former Senator Rick Santorum)
    Rick Santorum even voted to raise his own pay.

    ■FACT: “Santorum also supported raising congressional pay at least three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2003.” (Club for Growth, 2012 Presidential White Paper #4, Former Senator Rick Santorum)■FACT: Santorum voted three times – in 2001, 2002 and 2003 – to preserve Congressional pay increases. (Roll Call Vote #360, 12/7/01; Roll Call Vote #242, 11/13/02; Roll Call Vote #406, 10/23/03)
    Rick Santorum joined Hillary Clinton to let convicted felons vote.

    ■FACT: In 2002, Santorum voted “to secure the Federal voting rights of certain qualified persons who have served their sentences.” Santorum was one of only three Republican senators to vote with Sen. Hillary Clinton for the measure, which failed in the Senate. (S. 565, Roll Call Vote #31, 2/14/02)■FACT: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who sponsored the measure, on the purpose of his amendment: “Basically what this amendment does is ensure that ex-felons, people who have fully served their sentences, have completed their probation, have completed their parole, should not be denied their right to vote.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks on the Senate Floor, 2/14/02)

    Facts on Mitt Romney
    1. As head of the investment company Bain Capital, Mitt Romney laid off thousands of workers.

    [CBS News, 01/28/2008]

    .2. Mitt Romney’s advice on the foreclosure crisis: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process.”

    [Mother Jones, 10/18/2011]

    .3. The former Bain Capital managing director said of Mitt Romney’s tenure: “We had a scheme where the rich got richer.”

    [Los Angeles Times, 12/16/2007]

    .4. Mitt Romney set up shell companies in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda to avoid U.S. taxes.

    [Los Angeles Times, 12/19/2007]

    .5. Mitt Romney calls Obama’s payroll tax cut that would save middle class/lower income families $1,500 a year “temporary little band aids.”

    [Yahoo! News, 10/18/2011]

    .6. Mitt Romney’s first budget as governor included $240 million in fee increases.

    [Meet the Press, 12/16/2007]

    .7. As governor, Mitt Romney made it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, and transport hazardous waste.

    [Associated Press, The Boston Globe, 08/28/2007]

    .8. Mitt Romney’s plan for a “middle class tax cut” would provide zero benefits to 73.9 percent of the middle class.

    [ThinkProgress, 10/14/2011]

    .9. In 2008, Mitt Romney proposed a $233 billion “stimulus package” to boost the economy.

    [USA Today, 01/20/2008]

    .10. Under Mitt Romney’s leadership, Massachusetts ranked 47th among the 50 states in job creation.

    [ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]

    .11. During Mitt Romney’s tenure, Massachusetts’ job growth was at 0.9 percent, far behind the national average of over 5 percent.

    [ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]

    .12. A Northeastern University economist found that Massachusetts lagged on virtually every economic indicator while Mitt Romney was in office.

    [ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]

    .13. Mitt Romney has proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations that would cost $7.8 trillion over 10 years.

    [ThinkProgress, 09/7/2011]

    .14. Mitt Romney boasts a record for creating private-sector jobs, but as governor, state employment grew twice as fast as the private sector.

    [ThinkProgress, 09/6/2011]

    .15. Mitt Romney called the Occupy Wall Street movement “dangerous.”

    [ThinkProgress, 10/4/2011]

    .16. Mitt Romney’s top economic adviser Greg Mankiw said the “offshoring” of American jobs was a good thing.

    [Washington Post, 02/11/2004]

    .17. Mitt Romney called for taxes on the poor, saying low-income Americans having no income tax liability is “a problem” that will “kill the country.”

    [ThinkProgress, 09/21/2011]

    .18. Mitt Romney called the auto bailout “tragic.” After it succeeded his campaign claimed he “had the idea first.”

    [ThinkProgress, 05/25/2011]

    .19. Back in 2002, a spokesman for Mitt Romney derided an anti-tax pledge as “government by gimmickry.” He signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in 2011.

    [ThinkProgress, 06/29/2011]

    .20. Mitt Romney admits he couldn’t reduce Massachusetts’ multi-billion dollar budget deficit without new revenue.

    [The Boston Globe, 04/6/2003]

    .21. Mitt Romney would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill, which regulates the risky practices that led to the 2008 crisis.

    [ThinkProgress, 08/25/2011]

    22. Mitt Romney, who lambasts the “failures” of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, profits from investments in the firms.

    Facts on Ron Paul
    1. “Of the 620 measures that Paul has sponsored [since 1976], just four have made it to a vote on the House floor. Only one has been signed into law.”

    2. Ron Paul is 76 years old and would be 80 at the end of a hypothetical first term.

    3. In 2007, Ron Paul criticized Abraham Lincoln for using military force to end slavery during the Civil War: “He shouldn’t have gone to war… Slavery was phased out in every other country in the world and the way I’m advising that it should have been done is do like the British Empire did; you buy the slaves and release them.”

    4. In 2009, Ron Paul said even the Nazi Holocaust was not sufficient cause for interventionism. He said, among other things, “No, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t risk American lives to [end the Holocaust].”

    5. The Washington Post’s Charles Lane — hardly a “neocon” — says that “Paul actually comes closest to the foreign policy views of Obama’s longtime religious leader, Jeremiah Wright.”

    6. Just days after the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 Americans, Ron Paul blamed America for the attacks: “It is clear that protecting certain oil interests and our presence in the Persian Gulf help drive the holy war. Muslims see this as an invasion and domination by a foreign enemy, which inspires radicalism.”

    7. In a television interview he gave in 1995, Ron Paul explicitly and personally endorsed the views of his newsletter: “I also do an investment letter. It’s called the Ron Paul Survival Report, and I put that out on a monthly basis … which is a gold-oriented newsletter, but it’s also, uh, convening — expressing concern about surviving in this age of big government, where there’s a lot of taxes and regulations, and attacks on our personal liberties.”

    8. Ron Paul refuses to disavow support from “the racists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazis in his coalition (sorry, but whatever you think of Lew Rockwell, Stormfront and David Duke certainly deserve such labels).”

    9. In an interview he gave just last month, Ron Paul also refuses to disclaim the despicable 9/11 Truther movement and, in fact, actively encourages it. When asked “why won’t you come out about the truth about 9/11?”, he responded: “Because I can’t handle the controversy, I have the IMF the Federal Reserve to deal with, the IRS to deal with because no because I just have more-too many things on my plate. Because I just have too much to do.”

    10. Ron Paul believes in pretty much every discredited, crackpot conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard of.

    Facts on Newt Gingrich
    15 years old or older, old news.
    Go Newt