Tales from the Trail

Santorum, Paul voters turn out at one Phoenix poll

February 28, 2012

Mitt Romney may be leading in the polls in Arizona, but a clutch of voters who turned out early on a blustery morning at a school in central Phoenix favored Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

“Some of the other candidates might be too much of a Slick Rick. Santorum plays the game the way I like it,” said Sarah Moran, who works in business development. “He comes across as a little bit more real and in touch than Romney.”

Citing his support for Israel, contractor Rand Vogel said he voted for Santorum — and said he did not trust Romney.

“Obama will stab us in the front, Romney will stab us in the back. I don’t trust that he has the same views that I do on the free market,” he said.

Vogel wandered off with his dog on a leash as parents rolled up to drop their kids at Kenilworth Elementary School, where late Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater reportedly went to school.

For university lecturer Bruce Voris, a vote for Santorum was partly tactical.

“He’s the more conservative candidate, and he’s polling really well in the battleground sates against Obama — better than Romney,” he said. “That electability thing, Romney had that kind of mantle, but I don’t think it’s been proven.”

Jeff Roe turned out for Ron Paul, if somewhat reluctantly. “I don’t think we have a great candidate on the Republican side, but I chose Ron Paul. He’s the best of a bad bunch,” Roe said. “Santorum is a questionable character, and Romney is too of the religious right. … Romney is a great businessman, but I think he’s too far right.”

Phone company worker Thomas Skriba voted for Santorum, saying he believed he was the “closest to a true conservative” in the race.

“I’m not really happy with any of the candidates totally, but he more closely stands for the values that I stand for in my Christian faith,” he said. “I did not side with Romney because of his voting record. It seemed a little bit liberal to me.”

Game designer Shane Stevens voted for Ron Paul. “I believe in his conservative message of limited government,” Stevens said. “He’s the only candidate out there that actually has a battle plan for saving the Republic economy-wise. He wants to cut a trillion dollars off the national debt in the first term.”

“Romney is a paper tiger. If you vote for Romney you’re basically voting for Obama, because all his policies are essentially the same.”

Photo credit: Election day volunteer Vicki Groff sets up a vote sign outside Kenilworth School in Phoenix, Arizona February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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I wish people would actually research the candidate. Anyone calling santorum conservative is a joke and shouldn’t have the right to vote because they clearly have no clue what they are talking about. Or they don’t know what conservative means.

Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive
 

None of the GOP are worthy of being president, and come next November we will be stuck once again with trying to elect the lesser of the two evils. No change – We need to get some radical left progressives!!!

Posted by JLWR | Report as abusive
 

@JLWR – Why, so we can radically increase our debt even more…wake up.

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Maybe it starts with electing a president that can do his job that is required of him and that is to balance the budget, like a recent study proved! How much longer is the world going to accept our funny money and try to oust the US Currency as the World Reserve Currency? China, Japan, India, and other Asian Countries are already starting to create treaties to trade with their own currencies, and other countries won’t be too far behind when they see how well it will benefit them. We have to stop this over spending NOW if we have any hope of recovery. About 40% of the entire US tax dollars go to paying just the interest on our debt, let alone the principle or future spending which go to the tune of 4 trillion a year. It’s just not possible to continue this printing and spending of trillions of dollars. Obama is continuing Bush’s total annihilation of our currency and our entire financial system. It is going to be a rough road ahead if we keep continuing to do what we are doing. Enough said. I fear most people have not grasped the enormity of this issue.

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To make it fair I should include CFR member Newt.

Gingrich:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kell eigh121.htm [Part 1]

http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kell eigh122.htm [P. 2]

Quote from Newt’s mentors new age book, The Third Wave. From P2 of above link.

” Toffler believes mankind is entering a new system. To the founding fathers in his book, he wrote, “For the system of government you fashioned including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented, a democracy for the 21st century. For this wisdom, above all, I thank Mr. Jefferson who helped create the system that served us so well for so long, and that now must, in its turn, die and be replaced.” ”

Gingrich no conservative. By Jack Hunter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niRK-sZg5 jY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niRK-sZg5 jY&feature=related
Newt, CFR member:
http://www.stopthenorthamericanunion.com  /CFRMembers.html#G

http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd4 49.htm

SamFox

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