Gingrich, Santorum battle for Bible Belt voters

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- The GOP presidential candidates are fighting to win over conservative voters in the Bible Belt as the race takes on a more prominent Southern focus.

Newt Gingrich bowed out of recent contests north of the Mason-Dixon line, but he's staking his entire campaign on a big victory Tuesday in Georgia. The onetime House speaker represented a suburban Atlanta district for 20 years.

Rick Santorum is making inroads in Tennessee with a message that evangelical voters should feel right at home with his socially conservative views.

Both candidates hope to capitalize on Super Tuesday victories to propel their campaigns forward to Alabama and Mississippi later in March.

The South wasn't very hospitable to Mitt Romney in 2008, so there's prime recruiting ground to entice conservatives who want an alternative to Romney.


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  • by Shirlely Location: Port Charlotte FL on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    QUESTIONS: Are Romney & Gingrich rewarding multi-national business giant 'buddies' such as Staples with huge tax preference? Is Ron Paul encouraging jobs overseas equally with jobs inside the U.S.? Is Rick Santorum the ONLY candidate focused on creating jobs and growing economy in the US? (Santorum is pro-growth for all U.S. jobs and business, but overseas corporations are doing just fine. We need reform at home right now.) REPATRIATED CORPORATE PROFITS (Estimated $1 - $3 trillion now overseas) Santorum: Immediately reduce overseas income tax rate to zero ONLY IF overseas profits are used to create jobs inside the USA. Romney: Transition to ‘territorial tax system’—zero tax on overseas U.S. corporations, continue 28% tax on corporations within U.S. Gingrich: Immediately introduce 'territorial tax system--zero tax on overseas U.S. corporations, continue 15% tax on corporations within U.S. Ron Paul: Immediately reduce overseas income tax rate to zero, & same inside US

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