Reaction at Nevada's GOP presidential caucuses

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Posted: Feb 05, 2012 12:09 AM
Reaction at Nevada's GOP presidential caucuses

Reaction from the candidates and people participating Saturday in Nevada's Republican presidential caucuses in which Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum competed:

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"I think it's terrible that the American system is reduced to negative ads, some of them false."_Gingrich.

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"My priority will be worrying about your job, not saving my own."_ Romney.

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"America is not looking for well-oiled weather vanes. They are looking for leaders."_ Santorum.

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"I try to give people the benefit of the doubt." Paul, when asked about Romney's claim he misspoke in saying he was not concerned about very poor people because they have an ample safety net.

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"Voting is very important. I consider you almost a second-class citizen if you don't vote." _ Don Stroud, 72-year-old Las Vegas retiree.

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"I'm excited about the America that was and will be. I'm not excited about the America that is." Steve Commander, 67-year-old Las Vegas tea party member.

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"(Paul) is the only candidate who's really serious and is not pandering to people." _ Alex Strabala, 23-year-old Las Vegas business owner.

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"I'm LDS, but that didn't have anything to do with how I'm voting. There are plenty of Mormons who are Democrats." _ Karen Rosser, 61-year-old child care provider.

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"We were just talking on our way over here about how great it is to be excited about the political process again. ... It's due to Mitt Romney. We have a candidate we can believe in." _ Leanne Fertig, 58-year-old Clark County school district employee.

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"Mitt Romney has been able to stay married to the same woman his whole life without any indiscretions. Mitt Romney is the only option who can bring this around to beat Obama." _ Vinney Tolman, 35-year-old Sparks small business owner.

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"After Bill Clinton, who cares? ... Our country is more important." _ Tricia Trowbridge, 57-year-old Las Vegas warehouse manager, on Gingrich's infidelities.

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"I'm a values voter and I'm probably going to vote for Rick Santorum." _ Kathleen Keutman, 57-year-old Henderson flight attendant.

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"(Gingrich) is the only one who has done historic things." _ Drew Sauter, 62-year-old self-employed Henderson resident.

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"Mitt Romney is the one that can defeat Barack Obama, and my own goal is to get rid of Barack Obama." _ Carey Kennedy, 39-year-old Henderson mother.

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"I just don't know what I want to do and who I want to support because there is a little bit of everyone that I like." _ Jayne Mello, 48-year-old Las Vegas saleswoman.