Romney Sails To Puerto Rico Win, Illinois Up Next

Mitt Romney has sailed to a win in Puerto Rico's GOP presidential primary over chief rival Rick Santorum.

That's according to Enrique Melendez, the Republican representative on the Puerto Rican State Electoral Commission.

He tells The Associated Press that Romney will top 50 percent and win all 20 of the island's delegates to the Republican presidential nominating convention in August.

Next up is Illinois on Tuesday. Polls show Romney and Santorum locked in a close race there.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    Thees rich repubicans just are about ridin in ther boats and screwng poor folks.
  • by Xena Location: Pamlico County on Mar 19, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Mitt's speech today in Illinois: "Freedom...freedom....socialist Obama....demonize federal employees...freedom...freedom...Milton Friedman...freedom....demonize federal reform is anti-freedom (except when I did it)...freedom...demonize...socialism...Millard Fillmore...teleprompter...Brylcreem....margarine...freedom
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM
    Part II Barlow; Guess who the buyer was? If you said First Solar, please move to the front of the class. “A small corporation called St. Clair Solar owned the wind farm and was the Canadian company buying First Solar’s panels,” Carney explains. “But St. Clair Solar was a wholly owned subsidiary of First Solar. So, basically, First Solar was shipping its own solar panels from Ohio to a solar farm it owned in Canada, and the U.S. taxpayers were subsidizing this ‘export.’” Amazingly enough, Alan Bernheimer, a First Solar spokesman, actually defends this move, claiming that – technically – it’s an “export” because they had to pay a sales tax on the transaction. But even is one accepts Bernheimer’s exports explanation, it still doesn’t change the fact that the First Solar subsidy goes against the entire reason Ex-Im exists, as Carney notes. Ex-Im is supposed to help create jobs and enable companies to compete with foreign manufactures by having taxpayer dollars backstop the financing. Sadly, this isn’t the first time Ex-Im has done this sort of thing (see Enron).
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Hey Barlow, can you explain this; Many Americans were upset when they learned First Solar, an Arizona-based solar panel manufacturer, received millions of dollars in loan guarantees from the U.S. government. Chances are, they’ll be even more unhappy when they find out the same company was given an additional $455.7 million loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself. Wait. What? Yep. First Solar, an already heavily subsidized “clean energy” company, was given further government assistance in order to sell solar panels to itself. “The subsidy came from the Export-Import Bank, which President Obama and Harry Reid are currently fighting to extend and expand,” the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney reports. How did that work? How did First Solar manage to land this deal? Carney explains: In 2010, the Obama administration awarded the company $16.3 million to expand its factory in Ohio — a subsidy Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland touted in his failed re-election bid that year. Five weeks before the 2010 election, Strickland announced more than a million dollars in job training grants to First Solar. The Ohio Department of Development also lent First Solar $5 million, and the state’s Air Quality Development Authority gave the company an additional $10 million loan. After First Solar pocketed this $17.3 million in government grants and $15 million in government loans, Ex-Im entered the scene. In September 2011, Ex-Im approved $455.7 million in loan guarantees to subsidize the sale of solar panels to two wind farms in Canada. That means if the wind farm ever defaults, the taxpayers pick up the tab, ensuring First Solar gets paid.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    While the Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the US presidential elections, other latinos in the states can and, as you might expect, Republicans are not the most popular party with them.
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      by obamanot on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to Barlow
      That's because most of us are not all for "GIVE MES" and want to abide by the laws at hand.
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        by Barlow on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:21 AM in reply to obamanot
        You don't mind them working under the table for below the going wage BUT when they get sick and need healthcare you don't want to pay. There are probably millions of latinos working harder right now than you ever did in your life.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:46 AM in reply to Barlow
      Actually, don't worry about the hispanics as they are catholic and very devout. Checking the polls recently, Obama still has the gay vote and the black vote. I know Lavon claims he is the black vote so are you the gay vote?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    Back from my research; I have read that indeed, Puerto Rican citizens are not allowed to vote in our elections, so what gives?
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      by REM on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:10 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      They may not be able to vote, but they are still a part of American influence and economic gain. Money talks.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    I did not know Puerto Rican citizens were allowed to vote in American elections. I need to do some research.
  • by Sick of em on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    If you are running for a public office and you are behind, you never tell a group people who you are seeking support from that they have to learn English before they vote for you, you tell them that after you get their votes and you are in office. Santorum has putting his foot in his mouth since day one and he continues on today. I wish they would end this debacle, this is the worse primary ever, I'm tired of being bombarded by political ads on tv and mailings in my mailbox telling me who I should vote for, I have no love for any of the GOP.
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      by Suzanne on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM in reply to Sick of em
      > you tell them that after you get their votes and you are in office So, you would rather have a president that would lie to innocent people about his intentions. Okay! I wish people like you were not the majority. That's awful.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM in reply to Suzanne
        Good luck with that promise of $2.50 per gal of gas by one of yours. Suzanne Gullible.
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          by obamanot on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:33 AM in reply to
          So you want to pay high prices like your messiah said you would pay before he was even in office?Gullible aint the word for that.That is just right out brained washed mind numbed stupid.BTW that was Newt that said $2.50.but personally I want it down to where it was when Bush left($1.80)or even cheaper.Now go eat some brains there zombie.You need some.
  • by Ha Ha Ha on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
    WASHINGTON -- More than a decade into the war in Afghanistan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney does not have enough information to "take a stand" on whether troops should remain or continue to withdraw on the timetable set by President Obama.
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      by History Student on Mar 18, 2012 at 08:49 PM in reply to Ha Ha Ha
      Nice lie spin try Ha Ha Ha on Mar 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM. Obama went by G W Bush's withdraw Iraq timetable. Open up you history book Ha? He had to the withdraw date was signed with Iraq and its leaders. Years before Obama Who? was even on TV
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        by What??? on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM in reply to History Student
        What has that got to do with Romney not knowing his stance on the matter?
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        by just amazing on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM in reply to History Student
        It is still only Democratic presidents who have shown the will to take the fight directly to the enemy. Bill Clinton, even with conservatives trying to impeach him and accusing him as using the GWOT as some sort of "wag the dog" ploy to distract from his personal failures, was more effective in putting terrorists behind bars in accordance with the rule of law than either Reagan or both Bushes. Obama is, by far, the greatest threat to worldwide terrorism and to the conservatives in this country who secretly and overtly "root" for some new attack to use for domestic political purposes. No president since FDR has been this effective at protecting America from foreign enemies, and (unlike WWII, thanks to technology,) at little loss in lives and money.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:18 AM in reply to just amazing
          Yeah, tell that to the victims of 911. Seems Bill Clinton, your hero, neglected intelligence and allowed the military to degrade. Nice try with all that bull, but spin is all you have.
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          by to obozo snake oil company@8:18 on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM in reply to just amazing
          No, that happened under Bushs watch, he was warned and choose to ignore it. To busy reading MY PET GOAT. This president lost thousands of Americana lives on 9-11, lost thousands of lives in his war for profits, plus lost thousands during Katrina, then you have the Gaul to call Obama the worst president?
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to just amazing
          So you saw this link and tied it into Bush?
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        by Flip Flopper in charge on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:28 AM in reply to History Student
        "First of all, I would exercise leadership," Romney offered, suggesting he would talk to President Hamid Karzei every day. Thus elevating the criminal Karzai into someone more powerful and intransigent when he should be gone from the Afghan government. Would Mitty also talk to the North Korean leader every day, elevating that criminal in the eyes of the world for his grab on the American president's attention? Mitty is Clueless. Leadership to Willard M. Romney means taking all sides on an issue, and blaming Mr. Obama, regardless of what he's done or not done.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
    No surprise there, except to Santorum.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:20 PM in reply to
      Thank goodness that Rick went to the trouble to go down there and turn everyone against him by telling them they have to speak English, which they already do. He would have found that out if he ever actually talked with people, instead of preaching to them. Not that I am sticking up for Mitt. He's just as self-centered.
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