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Gingrich Says GOP Candidates Will Face Serious Questions if They Lose in Their Home State

Gingrich Says GOP Candidates Will Face Serious Questions if They Lose in Home State

During an interview on Fox News Sunday Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said that candidates must win races in their home states or face serious questions about continuing in the race. The comment comes as rival Mitt Romney appears to be struggling in Michigan, where the former Massachusetts governor was born and his father was governor, before the state’s primary on February 28.

If Romney loses in Michigan, “I don’t know see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race,” Gingrich said.

That said, Gingrich acknowledged that he must win the March 6 vote in Georgia, where he served as a congressman and has been heavily campaigning over the last week with former candidate Herman Cain. Surging candidate Rick Santorum will run in his home Pennsylvania this April, which appears to be a key swing state in the general election like Romney’s Michigan.

“If any of the three loses our home state … you have, I think, very, very badly weakened candidacies,” Gingrich said. “I was home campaigning for the last two days precisely to say to all of my friends back home, Georgia really matters. You cannot take this for granted.”

Gingrich stopped short of saying he would drop out if he lost Georgia “given the chaos of this race.”

The Associated Press notes that the Republican candidates face a series of nine primaries and four caucuses between now and Super Tuesday on March 6. At stake are 518 delegates, more than three times the number awarded so far. Georgia has the biggest delegate haul at stake, 76. The pro-Romney group Restore Our Future is targeting Gingrich in television ads in the state, according to AP, hoping to deny the former House speaker a sweep of the delegates and leave some on the table for Romney to scoop up.

Gingrich’s full interview on Fox News Sunday:
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Sen. John McCain Endorses U.S. Talks With the Taliban: ‘Important to Have Talks Wherever You Can’

Sen. John McCain Endorses U.S. Talks With the Taliban: Important to Have Talks Wherever You Can

ABC

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he supports talks between the U.S. and the Taliban in Afghanistan — a position endorsed by the Obama administration and opposed by McCain-backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“I think it’s important to have talks wherever you can,” McCain said, speaking from Afghanistan on ABC’s “This Week.“ ”We have to have an outcome on the battlefield that would motivate a successful conclusion to those talks.”

McCain said it was particularly important to reach strategic agreement for a long-term U.S. presence in Afghanistan, and reiterated his opposition to Obama announcing a troop withdrawal.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the Wall Street Journal last week the Taliban has been holding secrets three-way talks with his government and the U.S., a claim the Taliban denied.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said “we believe that an end to the conflict in Afghanistan will come when there is a political reconciliation. We have supported an Afghan-led process of reconciliation,” USA Today reported.

But Romney, whose presidential bid has been endorsed by one-time opponent McCain, said during a recent GOP debate: “The right course for America is not to negotiate with the Taliban while the Taliban are killing our soldiers. The right course is to recognize they’re the enemy of the United States.”

McCain said on “This Week” he has not “had a conversation” with Romney about the issue, but did say Romney has a “realistic” approach to Afghanistan. He and the former Massachusetts governor are united in their opposition to announcing a U.S. troop withdrawal date.

Watch below, via ABC. Comments about Afghanistan begin at the 4:30 mark.

Sen. John McCain Endorses U.S. Talks With the Taliban: Important to Have Talks Wherever You Can

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Quits Romney Campaign After Allegations by Gay Lover

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Quits Romney Campaign After Allegations by Gay Lover

AP

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A sheriff seeking the GOP nomination for an Arizona Congressional seat was forced Saturday to confirm he is gay amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on Saturday denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a Mexican immigrant and a former campaign volunteer, with deportation if their past relationship was made public. The man’s allegations were first published Friday in The New Times, a Phoenix alternative weekly magazine.

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Quits Romney Campaign After Allegations by Gay Lover

KSAZ-TV

Babeu, a first-term sheriff who has risen to national prominence with his strong opposition to illegal immigration and smuggling, said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.

He vowed to continue his campaign in Arizona’s rural western 4th Congressional District seat, but said he had called presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s staff to say he would step down from his post as state campaign co-chair.

“This whole rumor, this whole of idea of who I am in my private life has been shopped around,” Babeu told reporters during an hour-long press conference Saturday in front of his sheriff’s office. “This was a way, the hook, of how this could be brought out, and to malign and attack a sheriff who does stand for conservative principals, who does enforce the law.”

The lawyer for the man, Melissa Weiss-Riner, did not returns calls or emails from The Associated Press on Saturday, but told The New Times that Babeu’s attorney and campaign consultant falsely told her client that his visa had expired. Babeu told reporters he believed the man, identified only by his first name Jose, was living in the country legally.

The New Times posted a photo provided by the man of the two embracing. It also posted a cell phone self-portrait of a smiling Babeu in his underwear and another of what appears to be the shirtless sheriff in a bathroom, posted on a gay dating website. The man provided the magazine with photos of himself and Babeu and text messages between the two.

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Quits Romney Campaign After Allegations by Gay Lover

The congressional district where Babeu is seeking election runs from western Arizona through Prescott and south to take in parts of Pinal County south of Phoenix. Its voters are heavily Republican and generally very conservative.

Babeu issued a sweeping denial of any wrongdoing in front of his headquarters. The press conference was attended by about three dozen high-ranking uniformed deputies, local elected officials and citizens.

“I’m here to say that all the allegations that were in the story were untrue — except for the instance that refers to me as gay,” Babeu said. “That’s the truth — I am gay.”

Babeu, who is not married, said he had been in a relationship with Jose that ended sometime before September. Jose also ran his campaign website and Twitter account, and Babeu said he began posting derogatory items on the sites after their breakup.

Babeu said he had his lawyer contact Jose and demand that he stop and turn over passwords allowing access to the sites. Babeu said the postings and actions amounted to identity theft but that he chose to deal with the matter privately through his lawyer.

Babeu is taking on an incumbent tea party Republican who switched districts and state Sen. Ron Gould, a conservative from northwestern, in Arizona in August’s 4th District primary.

Gould said he believed Babeu’s posting of pictures on what the lawmaker called a “homosexual hookup website” were a “Congressman Weiner type of moment.”

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Quits Romney Campaign After Allegations by Gay Lover

Daily Mail

“The real issue here is the poor judgment of a government official, posting those kinds of photos on a public website,” Gould said. “I think that shows a lack of good judgment.”

He also said he believes Babeu’s sexual orientation would hurt him in the district. Gould sponsored Arizona constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, an amendment he said drew extremely strong support in the rural counties he and Babeu seek to represent.

Babeu said he has never defined himself based on his ethnicity or sexual orientation, and he would continue to focus on unemployment and the federal deficit in his campaign.

“What I’m trying to do is (be) as forthright as possible, talking about deeply personal, private matters, and trying to be upfront,” Babeu said. “The disclosure of that information is something that I feel no American should have to do.”

Babeu acknowledged that he has sent and posted the photos, but said they were personal. When asked if posting such pictures on a public website showed poor judgment for a public official, he reiterated that he believed they were personal.

Daily Show Prep: Friday, January 27

Florida debate highlights (videos split into parts)

 

Student suspended for taking photo of sleeping teacher

 

Bar exemption sought in Indiana smoking ban

 

Biden makes fun of Indian people again

 

Obama wants to raise dropout age to 18

 

Pat Sajak admits to being drunk while hosting Wheel of Fortune

 

Indiana’s very own Solyndra

 

Obama says spat with AZ governor ‘no big deal.’

Brewer disagrees

Here’s a copy of the letter she handed Obama that sparked the confrontation

 

 

Michigan proposal to raise gas taxes, and car registration fees

 

ACLU says teaching creationism is unconstitutional

 

Remember in 2011 when the theory of evolution (as taught in schools) was turned upside down?

 

Rich Santorum asked at the debate how Mitt Romney would debate Obama because Romney supports the individual mandate.  Turns out in 1994, so did Santorum.

 

 

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Can’t Decide On A GOP Candidate? Listen To How They Answer This Kid’s Question.

Actually, really cool.

This kid asked the GOP candidates what superhero they’d be and why.  The answers are pretty interesting.

Santorum is the only one who seemed to put any thought in it, and Herman Cain handled the question the best.  He even asked the kid who he’d be.  Too bad he isn’t in it anymore.

What’s up with Ron Paul not answering though?