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Michael Savage Pulls Offer to Pay Gingrich a Million Dollars to Drop Out of Race
December 14, 2011
On Monday, radio talk show host Michael Savage “jokingly” said he will give the current GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich one million “monopoly dollars” if he drops out of the race. Savage contends Gingrich is not a real conservative and says he is a “fat, old, white man” that does not stand a chance against Obama in November of 2012.
“Newt Gingrich is unelectable. Any of the other candidates would have a more viable chance of defeating Barack Obama,” Savage writes on his website. “His continued candidacy spells nothing but ruin for conservatives, Republicans, and all true American patriots.”
According to Savage, Gingrich is not a conservative because he failed to implement his Contract with America, he teamed up with Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi to push the climate change agenda and carbon taxes, and is in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.
On Wednesday, the announcement on Savage’s website produced a “Error 404 – Page Not Found” message, indicating it may have been removed by Savage, possibly due to legal issues.
According to Talking Points Memo, the offer is illegal in South Carolina. Todd Kincannon, a lawyer and former SC Republican Party Executive Director wrote to TPM to note that under South Carolina Election Law (Section 7-25-200 to be precise) both parties could be subject to a $10,000 fine or up to a year in jail.
Despite the snafu, Savage’s offer reveals a growing dissatisfaction by mainline Republicans with Gingrich and underscores their frustration in finding and promoting a candidate that reflects their philosophy and will be capable of beating Obama next year.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey has Gingrich leading Mitt Romney by 17 points. If the election were held today, however, Gingrich would lose to Obama. “Although Gingrich may be at the front of the pack of contenders, if the next election for president were held today, four in ten registered voters said they’d choose him and 51% said they’d vote to re-elect President Obama, whose approval rating remains in the mid-forties according to the poll,” notes CNN.
Mitt Romney would fare better against Obama, but would also lose if the election were held today.
The only Republican contender who stands a chance against Obama is Ron Paul. According to an NBC/Marist poll, 42% of registered voters in Iowa support Ron Paul and 42% back Obama, with 16 percent undecided.
“Paul also leads Obama 42 to 35% among independent voters and attracts 15 percent of Iowa’s Democrats according to the survey. The Congressman also betters Obama by 14 percentage points among voters under 45 years of age,” writes Steve Watson.
“Tellingly, Paul also leads the way over his GOP rivals with 25% among voters who see a candidate’s position on the issues, rather than electability or popularity, as the most important factor of their candidacy. Gingrich, on the other hand, leads among avid college football fans.”
Paul continues to gain momentum and win straw polls. He won the Cedar Valley Tea Party Presidential Straw Poll and a straw poll held in Pasco County, Flordia. Despite the fact the two recent straw polls had a small number of participants and were off the establishment media’s radar screen, they demonstrate growing support for the Texas congressman.
Michael Savage did not suggest Ron Paul or any other candidate. He simply encouraged Newt Gingrich to stand down.
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