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Conservatives Must Force an Open Convention

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Can Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich force Mitt Romney into a brokered convention?

I hope so.

We are starting to see the real Mitt Romney. First he is a candidate who cannot win unless he can outspend his opposition 5 to 1. Second, he is a liberal. Santorum and Gingrich are wrong when they call him a "Massachusetts Moderate."

He is not a moderate. He is a liberal. Period.

[Check out political cartoons about Mitt Romney.]

This is his history. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he was a liberal governor. This was not because he was forced to. This was because he was a liberal. Before switching to the Republican Party out of convenience, he was a liberal Democrat. Even as late as 2002, he was proudly announcing he was a "progressive."

If Santorum and Gingrich truly support conservatism, they must unite to deny Romney the nomination. Gingrich wants this. Santorum apparently does not.

As of right now, Romney has 563 delegates. He is just under half of what he needs. There are 1,273 delegates remaining of which Romney needs 600 or so. The math is not good but it is still doable.

[See pictures of Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.]

For conservatives, we desperately need Santorum and Gingrich to unite to stop Romney. Romney's campaign is already hinting that he is going to move significantly to the left as soon as the nomination is sewn up. His communications director, Eric Fehrnstorm said on CNN, Romney's positions could change "like an Etch A Sketch."

We conservatives need to demand that Gingrich and Santorum unite to make certain Romney does not win the nomination and we force an open convention. The results of an open convention may not be great but they are better than having Romney as a nominee. We conservatives need to demand the GOP pick someone else. We need to pressure delegates to vote for anyone but Romney.

Can Santorum and Gingrich force an open convention? Perhaps the better question is will they?

About Judson Phillips Founder of Tea Party Nation

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Other Arguments

#1
50 Pts
Brokered Convention Improbable, Even If Superdelegates Get Floor

No – Brokered Convention Improbable, Even If Superdelegates Get Floor

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#3
12 Pts
Brokered GOP Convention Would Ensure a Second Obama Term

No – Brokered GOP Convention Would Ensure a Second Obama Term

Lara Brown Author of 'Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants'

#5
1 Pts
Chances of a Brokered Convention Are Small

No – Chances of a Brokered Convention Are Small

Krystal Ball MSNBC Contributor and Former Democratic Nominee for Congress

#6
-7 Pts
Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Pose No Threat to Mitt Romney

No – Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Pose No Threat to Mitt Romney

Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

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