I doubt Newt Gingrich even realizes what he said here! He’s upset as he is not going to be on the primary ballot in Virginia.
We’re getting an amazing number of people who … believe Virginians ought to have the right to choose and shouldn’t be restricted to two people.”
Oh, of course! He wants people to vote for him, to choose him as one of the only two people they are supposed to get to choose from for President of the United States of America (using his two-party system), but when he is not one of the two people, it’s not fair. The system has failed.
“Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,”
Interesting… I guess what he should be saying is any top contender who plays by the rules of the Republicans vs. Democrats…
That being said, it’s also quite telling that Newt Gingrich wants the law in Virginia changed before the March 6 presidential primary so that he can be a write-in candidate (write-in votes don’t count in the Virginia primary):
Newt Gingrich wants Virginia legislators to change the law in time for him to mount a write-in campaign in Virginia’s March 6 presidential primary. … When a reporter noted that state law prohibits write-in votes in Virginia primaries, Gingrich said: “There’s time for them to change it. If something’s wrong, they ought to fix it.”
I guess, in his world, if the law doesn’t work for your system, the system has failed and must be changed, in almost record time (the new ballots with the write-in lines would have to be mailed no later than January 21, 2012).
“It’s the law,” Howell said of Virginia’s statute that prohibits write-in votes in primaries. “I like Gingrich, personally. I just don’t think you’re going to see a majority – or a supermajority – change the law to benefit one person.”
Of course, if Newt Gingrich is to be believed, he had the votes to get himself on the ballot in Virginia as of last Wednesday:
On Wednesday, Gingrich assured a crowd of supporters he had met the threshold for appearing on the ballot, saying he had gathered anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 signatures.
I guess that means that Newt Gingrich’s staff wasn’t organized enough to make sure that they to meet the few guidlines required in Virginia:
Virginia requires candidates to obtain 10,000 signatures from registered voters, with at least 400 signatures coming from each of the commonwealth’s 11 congressional districts.
Wait a minute, do you think that the President of the United States has to be able to organize things? Or at least be able to hire people to organize things? If Newt Gingrich’s campaign staff cannot get 4,400 signatures in the state he lives in, how can he lead the country?
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