Posts Tagged ‘GOP Primaries’


9:07p – Newt and Callista Gingrich walking up to the podium at campaign HQ in Orlando.
Not backing down anytime soon… Sign on podium reads “46 States To Go.”
Thanks his daughters who have been stumping for him in Florida. Calls his grandchildren “my two major debate coaches.”
“It is now clear this will be a two-person race between the conservative Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts Moderate.”
Newt goes back to media-bashing – “We are going to contest every place, we are going to win, and we will be in Tampa as the nominee in August.”
“We’re going to have people power defeat money power in the next six months.” Has somebody told Sheldon Adelson this?
“You can’t imagine how radical he [Obama] will be in a second term.”
Tweet from @HuffPostMedia: Newt Gingrich makes a positive mention of David Broder, possibly the most elite media person of all time. Contradictions… #flprimary
If elected Gingrich says he will ask Congress to pass repeal of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and Sarbanes-Oxley before he is sworn into office, so “We can be off to a pretty good opening morning.”
“The very first executive order will abolish all of the White House czars at that moment. All of this will happen about two hours after the Inaugural Address.”
Pledges he will build Keystone pipeline. Urges Canadians not to make a deal with the Chinese.
Vows to reinstate Reagan’s Mexico City Policy – no U.S. money for abortions anywhere in the world.
Closing comments: “I pledge you my life, my fortune, my sacred honor, this is about America.”
Cue Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America”

9:23 – Gingrich speech ends. David Gergen points out that Gingrich did not congratulate Romney for winning the Florida primary.

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8:28p – Romney family walks up to the podium.
Ann Romney opening comments: “Thank you, Florida.”
Starts thanking key Florida supporters, state and congressional officials.

8:32p – Mitt Romney takes the podium.
Congratulates Gingrich, Santorum and Paul for “Another hard-fought contest.”
“A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win.”
Romney strategically picked victory night speech location in Tampa – city which will host 2012 Republican convention which could potentially nominate him.
“My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.”
“I will insist on a military so powerful, no one will ever think of challenging it.”
“I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of what we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.”
Tweet from @Markos: “The worst of what Europe has become” says the guy who had his money in Swiss banks

8:42 p – Romney wraps up his victory speech. Networks on standby for Gingrich.


Multiple news organizations have called the Florida Primary for Mitt Romney… Based on the exit returns with about 57 percent of the votes counted, Romney is leading Gingrich by nearly 190,000 votes.

Watch this space for speeches, exit poll analysis, and a look ahead at the Nevada caucuses.

Will be live-blogging and tweeting the Florida GOP primary returns as they come in. Watch this space…

Two-minute warning for Gingrich victory speech has been given…

Given Romney’s comments criticizing/attacking Gingrich in his speech, it wouldn’t be surprising if Gingrich decided to return the favor during his victory speech tonight and during his TV interviews tomorrow morning.

9:25 – Crowd chanting “Newt can win! Newt can win!” Gingrich’s opening line: “Let me first of all thank everyone in South Carolina who decided to be with us in changing Washington.”

“The American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half century to force us to quit being American and try some other system. It is not that I am a good debater, it is that I articulate the deepest held values of the American people.”

Gingrich praises Santorum: “Rick Santorum showed enormous courage in Iowa when he had no money, nobody covered him, and he just kept campaigning.” Crowd starts chanting “VP! VP!”

“If Barack Obama can get reelected after this disaster, think how radical he would be with four more years.”

Gingrich says if he is the GOP nominee, he will challenge President Obama to seven three-hour debates.

Gingrich says he will challenge president and “elite media” on “growing anti-religious bigotry of our elites.”

“I want America to be so energy-independent, no American president will ever bow to a Saudi king.”

Gingrich hitting Obama for nixing the Keystone XL pipeline deal.

Gingrich invoking his own version of John Edwards’ “Two Americas” stump speech

9:50 – Gingrich finishes his speech, walks off to Toby Keith’s “Only in America.”
[Correction: The song is by Brooks and Dunn, not Toby Keith.]

7:57 – Romney and his family stepping up to the microphones…

Opening line: “You should hear them when we win.”

Thanks Gov. Nikki Haley and other state lawmakers right off the top.

“We are now three contests into a long primary season.” Note Romney’s emphasis on the word long.

8:00 – Romney goes into standard anti-Obama stump speech.

“President Obama has no experience running a business and never run a state. Our party can’t be led to victory by someone who has never run a business and never run a state.”

“We cannot defeat that president with a candidate who has joined in that very assault on free enterprise.
When my opponents attack success free enterprise, they’re not only attacking me, they’re attacking every person that dreams of a better future. They’re attacking you.”

Romney never mentions Gingrich by name except the brief congratulations at the beginning. But make no mistake, the speech was about as much of an attack against Gingrich as much as it was against President Obama.

Romney finishes at about 8:10.


NBC and Fox News project Gingrich as the winner. CNN has not made a projection yet.

Update: The Associated Press calls the race for Gingrich at 7:25. Still no projection from CNN.

Update II: At 7:35, CNN projects Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina primary.