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(Washington Times) Sen. Scott Brown was quick to distance himself from the Republican establishment after arriving in Tampa on Thursday morning, saying he’s happy to be at the convention’s final day but warning that he disagrees with parts of his party’s conservative platform.
Locked into a hard fight against Democrat Elizabeth Warren to keep his Senate seat, the Massachusetts Republican has been painting himself to voters as a centrist even as the GOP moves to the right on many issues.
“Obviously me being here is important in that it shows as someone who’s a pro-choice, moderate Republican is here as part of the big tent that we have and should have and will continue to have,” he said, speaking to reporters at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, next door to the convention center.
There's a marriage of convenience at the Republican National Convention this week.
Mitt Romney needs the tea party's vigor to ensure the GOP's conservative base is fired up and works on his behalf this fall. The three-year-old tea party movement needs the Republican Party and its new standard-bearer to champion its causes and get its agenda enacted. And the two sides have never had much affinity for the other.
Yet, the tea party has left a solid imprint on its first GOP presidential convention, from the speeches to the platform to the displays of deep opposition to President Barack Obama. With this backdrop, Romney — hardly the first choice of this group of insurgents — will accept the nomination Thursday.
I knew if I persisted and waited for it long enough, I would 1 day agree with you.
Todays the day, the first Flag and Star I ever gave you.
I’ve heard no call by the RonPaulREVOLUTION for conservatives to break from the GOP. In fact, I’ve heard many paulites say they’re voting for Obama!! WTF? How can you possibly call yourself a conservative if you vote for a Marxist???
I used to be a solid GOP supporter.
Originally posted by seabag
So give me your take on this issue! Based on our previous conversations you don’t strike me as conservative, so why does this thread strike your fancy?
Don't see how they could vote that way but they will.
The fact is both sides call themselves labels they are not the winner of elections has become who lies the best.
I’ve heard no call by the RonPaulREVOLUTION for conservatives to break from the GOP. In fact, I’ve heard many paulites say they’re voting for Obama!
I agree there is a split in the GOP, and the new rules equate to pure insanity but let's give credit where credit is due in terms of WHY they chose these new rules in the first place.
"Tea party" as in those one who injected Sarah Palin and friends etc, or the real Liberty movement tea party? I'm not trying to be argumentative, but when we start making this about something it's not, that tends to get pretty frustrating as well. Remember, the "tea party" was infiltrated by Palin and pals and it totally put a blanket over the real tea party started by Ron Paul supporters.
Where are you hearing this, do you have any sources to back that up? I don't know ONE Ron Paul supporter who isn't either a: Writing in Ron Paul or b: Voting Gary Johnson.
Threatened by Ron Paul and that's all there is to it. Don't try to tell us they were threatened by Rick Santorum! lol. Carry on...
I'll take your word for it, I have no reason to believe you're lying. But If any Paul supporters are voting in Obama rather than Gary Johnson, then that is a serious problem and they haven't been paying attention.
It makes me wonder if they are just Democrats who posed to be Paul supporters.
While I will agree all grassroots candidates are threatned by this from now on, neither Gingrich or Santorum were any threat to the establishment GOP as both of those candidates were establishment candidates. Not to mention neither of those candidates had any real passionate support behind their politics. Looks like we're going to disagree on this.