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Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics
Obama has substantially widened his lead among Catholic voters since June, the Pew poll found.
September 27th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead among Catholic voters, a crucial swing voting bloc, according to a recent Pew poll.

Obama leads opponent Mitt Romney among Catholic voters by 54% to 39%, according to the survey, conducted from September 12 to 16 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Obama’s lead in the Pew survey comes despite outspoken recent criticism of the Obama administration from America’s Catholic bishops and despite Mitt Romney’s selection of a Catholic running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

The survey was released last week, but the findings on Catholic voters were highlighted this week by the Religion News Service, which notes that Obama held a much tighter 49-47% lead over Romney among Catholics in a June Pew poll.

John Green, a religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, said Obama’s gains among Catholic came from growing support among Hispanic and black Catholic voters, but also from white Catholics, among whom Obama is now tied with Romney.

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“That’s the part of the poll that I think is kind of surprising,” Green said, noting that Obama lost white Catholics in 2008, even as he won the overall Catholic vote.

Green said that it is white Catholics who were most likely to be receptive to the bishops’ recent attacks against the Obama administration over what the church says is the White House’s curtailment of religious freedom.

In its recent “Fortnight for Freedom,” campaign, the church urged American priests to denounce the administration’s requirement that health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage to employees, even if those employees work for Catholic organizations that oppose contraception.

“The bishops were hoping those efforts would bring more moderate and liberal Catholics, not necessarily for Romney but against the administration’s position,” Green said.

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John Allen, CNN’s chief Vatican analyst, noted that at least one other recent national poll gave Romney a slight lead among Catholics, and that Romney leads among Catholics who attend Mass each week.

“That either shows that the more practicing you are, the more pro-Romney (or anti-Obama) you are,” Allen said in an e-mail message, “or it says something about the political message Catholics are getting in their parishes these days.”

Catholic voters, who accounted for more than a quarter of the electorate in the 2008 election, have voted with the winning presidential candidate in every election going back to the early 1990s.

In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Catholics by 54% to 45%. In 2004, John Kerry - the first Catholic nominee for president since John F. Kennedy - lost the Catholic vote to George W. Bush, provoking Democrats to take Catholic outreach more seriously.

Both major parties had America’s highest-profile Catholic cleric, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, give the closing prayer at their recent political conventions.

The Democratic Convention also featured a Catholic nun who led a “nuns on the bus" tour attacking the federal budget that Ryan designed in his role as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Obama and Romney campaigns have both rolled out Catholic outreach efforts in recent days, and the Romney camp has highlighted Ryan’s Catholicism.

“A faithful Catholic, Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life,” Romney said when he introduced Ryan as his running mate last month.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Bishops • Catholic Church • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (1,503 Responses)
  1. Truth

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlP0JXlStUE&w=640&h=360]

    Down with Mittens!

    September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • tom

      Enough of broken promises and lies!
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl1kHpQyaWU&w=640&h=360]

      September 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • voting for first time

      Again, the video about Obama has a lot of Fox News. LOL. Like no one trusts Fox News, OK. That's silly.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  2. Truth

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlP0JXlStUE&w=640&h=360]

    Mit Rommel is a liar 🙂

    September 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  3. AAGACV

    There is no way this is accurate. THis is a contrived poll that the liberal media has published to support their hero. Note there is nothing on CNN or MSNBC about the report out today that Obama knew all along that the Libya attack was a terrorist act. Nothing negative about Obama.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Blah Blah Blah, get used to it your Mitler/Lyan is going to lose. For that matter the entire Grumpy Old Party is dying of old age, greed, and hate.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Huebert

      Look at Reuters, or the BBC, or the Wall Street Journal, none of them are reporting that Obama knew the Libya attacks were terrorist attacks. I trust those three sources far more than I trust Faux News.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  4. vatoloke

    That's because when you are constantly shaking the Etch n Sketch you have nothing.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  5. Tired of the hoopla against religion

    In defense of Romney, the 47% has been taken way out of context. He said that there are 47% that do not pay taxes. This includes retirees, diabled Americans and people who genuinely need help...but what is he saying part of that 47% are lazy azz people that wouldnt work in a pie factory and live off the govenment welfare program, making it their way of life. These free loaders that sit around with their manicured nails, designer clothes and 15 babies by different men (all races included) all at the expense of the middle class tax payer. These are the people he refers to that are abled body people who can work and pay their share of the debt. I watched my sisters family lose everything they had when my brother-in-law was dying of cancer. She lost her business because she had to stay home and care for him with with two teenage kids in school. She lost her car, her business and almost her house and she could not get on ounce of help for herself or her family. But by her faith in our sweet Lord and not our govenment...when my brother-in-law passed away, our God blessed her with a mangers position in a department store and she was able to keep her house. It was agony for me to watch her go through so much, I did what I could but to think after being a model citizen, never took a dime from anyone but was always giving to others, and in her time of need our govenment would do nothing for her...because our govenment needs all the money they can get to give to the free loaders to keep them under their control for the next election...you know welfare checks! So I don't want to hear you lazy azz people try to miscontrue what Romney was trying to point out! He is all about the working class people...its the free loaders he is trying to get off welfare and go to work and pay their share of taxes which would help our economy!!!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      You did some major reading between the lines to get all of this.

      no. That's not what Romney said. He said far fa less, actually.
      You're 'translation' is many times longer than what he actually said.

      and he classed all of 'those who don't pay taxes' as ones he 'would not get the vote of' because they were on the government teat.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Go and read up on something, will you?

      The statistics are there. The 'welfare queen' is a myth. the average person on welfare is a single white mother and she's on it for an average of 2 years. It is not a lifestyle.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "our God blessed her with a mangers position in a department store"

      Like you, Romney believes that the way to jobs and prosperity, the way to economic recovery, is through God's blessings. The problem with that is that God is imaginary.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I'm part of that 47%. I work full time, have to live with my family so that I can eat and have a car to drive to work. I get no welfare, I get no food stamps, I get no federal help at all, yet I pay no taxes, and in fact get a rebate every year because I make so little. Romney was generalizing a group that have one thing in common, and giving a sound bite that has alienated him to many. Romney doesn't care about those in dire straits, he doesn't care about anyone with net worth under 1 mil. He has shown this in his actions and his words. I realize that context seems to be the favorite word of the religious, but that doesn't mean it actually explains away the issue that was brought up.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      Last time I checked this is America, land of the free which includes freedom of religion!!! You can believe what you want to but you are the one that needs to get your facts straight...initially yes, he said "the other 47%" and you and people like you, ran with that one statement instead of listening to him define the 47%, Get your facts straight dude! And as far as my imaginary God...I would rather take my chances of power that stands for the good in this world than to side with the atheist who are taking more of a risk of going to hell to believe that the world created itself!

      September 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      @ Tom, Tom the other one...
      that is what I am talking about, you put spin on what people are writing...I said Romney wants the free loaders to get off their butt, and pay their share of taxes and not cause the govenemnt more money...this is a way to economic recovery! When I said our God took care of her...that is my belief...my God given Freedom of Religion belief!

      September 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      @hawaiiguest...I said free loaders...the ones that actually work at nothing and live off the government! You seem to be trying! God bless you!

      September 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @tired

      Pascal's Wager? Really? The debunked argument based on a false dichotomy? How boring. Besides, christianity isn't a force for good in the world anyway. It is divisive, immoral, hateful, and controlling.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      @hawaiiguest...if you work for a minium wage then it is up to you to change it...you can better yourself...you don't have to settle. Noone can do it for you!

      September 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @tired

      Also, if Romney says 47%, then goes on to describbe some people that would fall into that category, with actually giving the number within that 47%, then he is lumping all in with that one group, which as far as I've seen, has been a constant thing in the vast majority of the republican party this election season.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      *without actually giving the number within the 47%" stupid typos.

      Also, I don't work minimum wage, not even close. The cost of living isn't going down any, and minimum wage would make things even more difficult for me. There's this weird misconception that people who are barely scraping by are working minimum wage, and that's false. I'm getting 11.20 an hour, and that's only about 21k a year gross, after taxes even less, plus almost 400 a month just for medical (which isn't near the full cost). So I'm not "choosing" to work minimum wage, I'm working far above it, and it's still next to nothing.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      @hawaiiguest...you are correct "the 47% lump of people that do not pay taxes"...that is fact. But in that 47% there are some that do not need to be on govenment aid....this is one of the reasons there is no money to help people who are truly in need of help.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Tired of the hoopla against religion

      It's tough on all the middle class and lower class...myself included...but don't give up!

      September 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @tired

      Here's the thing, Romney did not make the distinction within the 47%, because, as he has shown, he doesn't make the distinction. Do you want to know another cause of no money? The massive tax cuts to the richest people from 2001 after, and the protection, and expansion of those tax cuts by the right.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  6. Soda

    Fight birth control, have as many children as you can, that's all your good for, don't think, breed. The Catholic way.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Ohio Catholic

      This Catholic and the vast majority of others don't go along with this. The Bishops barked up the wrong tree. By ignoring Matthew 25 where Jesus said that what we do for the least of our brethren, we do for him, Romney and especially Ryan forfeit all credibility on many issues. I've got a great Catholic Vice-President in Joe Biden, I don't need a pseudo Catholic Ayn Rand.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  7. billy davis

    Americans are finally waking up to see that Romney is offering nothing but a lot of hot air because he believes it's his birthright to be President.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  8. longtooth

    This further illustrates the waning power of Catholic bishops, who still think they can direct their "flock" in how to think.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • PeterandPaul

      Thank God. 🙂

      September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Robairdo

      This former Catholic could care less what they have to say.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  9. JoeA

    These people think they are Catholic like Joe Biden. They are at the wrong church. If you are not pro-life and believe in traditional marriage your not really Catholic you just go to that Church.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • midwest rail

      I always wondered who did the excommunicating – now I know it's JoeA. ( eye roll )

      September 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • SAM246

      JoeA,
      Perfectly stated!!!

      September 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Vince

      Religious opinions have no place in politics... separation of church and state.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Welcome to This World

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rwioe1SGkQ&w=640&h=360]

      September 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • NoTheism

      JoeA, don't worry, soon enough even the Catholic Church will reverse its position on gay marriage and necessary abortion, just like they did with contraception.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • PeterandPaul

      Yeah, right. Pro-war, pro-torture to heck with the poor Republicans are the only Real Catholics out there.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • longtooth

      That's true. They may only be Christians.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @PeterandPaul

      Considering the Catholic churches history, I'm pretty sure your post is highly accurate.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Who cares the Catholic church is not really Christian. You need to be Christian NOT Catholic. Oh and this comes from a former Catholic.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Maybe not by your definition of christian, but by any practical working definition, they are.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      What tradition of marriage?

      The one where the woman is the posession of the man and all her goods are his? (like 200 years ago?)

      How about the one where it was sanctioned sin (the first 1000 + or so years of the catholic/christian church) where you were not allowed to get married INSIDE a church... because it wasn't a sacrament – it was sanctioning sin?

      Which tack do you take (from the 16th century) is it a 'worldly' thing (Martin Luther) or a sacrament (Catholic church)?

      Oh. you mean what it's been since the mid 18th century... when the church STARTED (in england) to actually keep standard records of marriages and you actually had to apply for a license to marry?

      C'mon now. You said 'tradition' tell me which one?

      September 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  10. ViK100

    These are lies! No practicing catholic would vote for someone who endorses killing babies and gay marriage.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Truth

      Romney did both as governor of Massachusetts.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Colin

      But, I thought Judeo-Christinas celebrated the passover, the wholesale slaughter of children.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • voting for first time

      My parents are very devout, but they realize that when people say like you are saying, it is just exaggerations. They are more worried about their retirement and medicare and things about health, so that's why they like Obama. But I think Romney is too flip floppy.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Robairdo

      You do realize that Christ was an Arab Jew Socialist that blessed at least one gay union and his Great, Great, Great, ... Grand father – King David loved his boy friend Jonathan more then his wife Michal.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  11. freddiebrown

    CATHOLICS THAT VOTE FOR OBAMA ARE DOING SO ONLY TO DISMISS MITT ROMNEY'S MORMON FAITH.
    ROMNEY HAS BEEN A GOOD DECENT PERSON – HAPPILY MARRIED TO ONE PERSON FOR 43 YEARS AND DID A LOT OF CHARITY WORK AND VERY SUCCESSFUL. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

    OBAMA IS SUPERFICIAL AND WE NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHERE HE STANDS ON RELIGION. GOING TO CHURCH WHERE HIS PASTOR OF 20 YEARS (REV. WRIGHT) CALLS ON HATRED ON AMERICA... DOES NOT A GOOD CATHOLIC MAKE.

    I think there is such a lot of hypocrite's in the church. Look at Obama's social issues for instance. Did they not remember anything ?

    September 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Cheryl

      And Lord knows, Romney is very concerned about the sick, the poor, the homeless, etc., right? WAKE UP!! All Romney is concerned about is the power trip he's been on his entire life. Saddest for him, however, that even if he made it to the White House (which, Thank God, he won't), he's got a pack of million/billionaires all set to pull his strings!!! Sucks when you're bought!

      September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • voting for first time

      You are like retarded! You are the one who needs to wake up.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Daniel Greco

      Romney cannot be a true Mormon if he has been married to only one woman. The things that people will do just to fit in! As for those Roman Catholics who no longer believe in Limbo, etc. – I simply don't trust people who have no principles.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • billy davis

      So that I'm clear. Obama's been married to the same woman for 20 years, is highly educated and was an active community organizer. Given money and actually physically helping others is a clear distinction. But, noooo the GOP chants Community Organizer as if helping others is a terrible thing. Now suddenly you want to call RomneyBot a good man. Please, he's been good to China, Switzerland and the Caymans...

      September 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Carlos

    Buck Ofama!

    September 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  13. michael

    i guess most catholics realize you cant pick your candidate to run the country on some irrelevant socaal issue. weather your for or against abortion aint gonna matter if the country is in the toilet as it would be with romney the ignorant tea party wont learn though

    September 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • AAGACV

      You have to be kidding us. Obama has already put the country in the toilet.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  14. spartan74

    I wonder if the IRS reads these articles. It would sure seem to me that using religious dogma to dictate political positions is a violation of the separation of church and state. Why does the Catholic church still have tax exempt status?

    September 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • pghmom

      The Catholic Church does not dictate political positions. In opposing the administration's rules requiring free coverage of contraceptives for women, it is defending itself against an attack on its members' religious freedom. Likewise, it is not a "political position" to be against abortion – for Catholics it's a deeply moral, ethical and religious position. Catholic Church policies on immigration and some other social issues would, on the other hand, be more aligned with the current administration. The Church is demonstrating its values, not dictating who its members should vote for.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      pghmom – The contraception issue is not an attack on religious freedom. What those who try and call itself are doing is denying another person their rights.

      When you realize that health benefits that your employer gives you are no different than the money they give you in your salary (and any employer will tell you so. That is part of your 'pay package') you can do anything you want with your pay. An catholic empoyer (who is not a church or church run organization. those are exempt) your everyday joe catholic cannot tell you what you do with your pay, or your health benefit, anymore than he can tell you you cannot buy and eat meat on a friday in lent.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  15. ART

    Hey I haven't heard a peep out of failin Palin, that good for nothing quitter. Isn't time for her to go rouge or has she not grown a pair big enough to fit into her mouth with those lipstick lips. sooowee

    September 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • NoTheism

      I think there was an article a few days ago about her telling Romney to go 'rogue' or some such nonsense. I did not read it because since the last campaign I promised myself I would boycott any article about her.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • palintwit

      Teabaggers everywhere are asking themselves the same thing, Art. But for a different reason. They crave her guidance and in her absence they find themselves wandering around their trailer parks like little lost zombies. They wait for their queen to speak !

      September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  16. Mark Hudson

    This information does not appear to be accurate. It would help to know the number of people in the poll along with their demographics e.g. attend mass daily, attend mass at Christmas and Easter, do not attend mass, but was baptized Catholic as a child, etc.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • NoTheism

      Well, we would have to as the Church what is necessary for them to consider one Catholic, I suppose.. Do you know what their standard is? As far as I know, they consider anyone who considers themselves a Catholic a Catholic.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • JacinJax

      There's a link to the poll itself which will break everything down for you. If you want it's there so don't complain because you can't be bothered to click on it.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • PittsburghBarb

      A Catholic is anyone who is baptized into the Church, regardless of whether or not that person considers himself or herself a Catholic and regardless of whether or not the person practices the Catholic religion. Once a person is baptized, the Catholic Church does not provide any means by which he or she can leave the Catholic religion.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      As far as the church itself is concerned, (and they've always been this way) once you are baptized, they claim you. Whether you attend or not, when the church states it's numbers – they include you.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Unless you're excommunicated.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • spartan74

      You are in some serious denial pal.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  17. Debby

    So the Catholics didn't vote Santorum in a devout one, they voted Romney, and yet they are voting for the abortionist Obama. This poll doesn't make sense at all.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Obama is not a medical doctor, he's not an abortionist.

      You're stereotyping should at least bear some measure of truth however twisted, please.

      Abortion has been legal for 39 years. Anti abortion has been a plank in the Republican platform for 36 years. Yet they have never made any real effort to try and get it made illegal. Oh. They've nibbled around the edges here and there. But they've never tried to follow through.

      Why do you STILL think they will? Even when the republican party held control of both house and senate they didn't.

      Can't you see it for what it is? A bone to toss to get your vote?

      September 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  18. Truth

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlP0JXlStUE&w=640&h=360]

    Bye Mit Rommel

    September 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • voting for first time

      Yep. He's the biggest flip-flopper for sure. But i was hoping this would be more exciting. It's just sad – like a football team with a lot of hurt players.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • tom

      Two can play at this game
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl1kHpQyaWU&w=640&h=360]

      September 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • voting for first time

      That's just silly – the video about President Obama. A lot of exaggerations. And they are also just covering where he has had to give more than his share to those Republican congressmen. And from Fox News. Everyone knows you can't trust Fox News. That's silly

      September 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  19. RudyG

    Hey Colin, you are the typical atheist neanderthal. You deny the existence of God because MAN'S explanation doesn't make sense. Your college thesis is full of holes and contradictions. And that's really brave of you calling someone a coward from behind your computer, you petty little piece of moronic goo.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Colin

      What did I get wrong?

      September 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • NoTheism

      Rudy, I am an atheist and I don't accept believing in the existence of a god because I don't have a good enough justification to do otherwise. You say that I (as an atheist) am wrong because I shouldn't rely on my ability to reason and whatnot, but I should instead appeal to things I don't believe exist (the supernatural).
      You're begging the question though, do supernatural things exist? If your answer is yes, before condemning atheism, you should provide proper justification for your position.
      I bet you can't do it.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • tagapay3

      Neanderthals aren't in the Bible. In fact, they existed just after dinosaurs. That chapter seems to be missing from the Bible also. You may have to use a word that's more in your context. Call him a "donkey" or a "burning bush." That was quite a "burn" 2000 years ago.

      I'm an agnostic, or so I am indexed. I don't deny that God exists, but I'd go by the probability that if there was some all-powerful super-being, it would get sick of checking the "cosmic answering machine" for more ridiculous wishes from a bunch of neanderthals. If it does know everything, it might use elves, which would liken it to Santa Claus.

      This story will continue to get more ridiculous if I keep this up. I might start my own religion based on badger-crododile hybrids who prey on insecurity.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  20. Centurion

    I hate Obama for trying to feed the poor and heal the sick. He acts like he's Jesus or something.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Debby

      You mean during his golf games and vacations.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • palintwit

      Hey Debby... G.W. Bush holds the record for number of vacation days of any sitting president in the history of our country. Look it up.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
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