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Haridopolos Would Now Vote ‘No’ on Ryan Medicare Bill?

by Javier Manjarres

Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos released a statement indicating his support for the Ryan Medicare Plan, coming on the heels of radio show mishap where he was booted from the show for repeatedly dodging the question.

In an attempt to clear the air, I posed the following question to Senator Haridopolos’ campaign and received a response from Haridopolos’ Campaign Manager, Tim Baker.


Question- If you were a sitting U.S. Senator, would you vote yes or no on the Ryan Medicare bill as it it currently written, and without any changes?

Tim Baker- Under the scenario you laid out, Sen Haridopolos would vote “No” to the Medicare provisions as currently written.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Chopper June 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    IMHO, this guy is tanking faster than Newt the Poot. He is a clone of Charlie “I’ll say anything you want to hear” Crist.

  2. Conservative June 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Mike Haridopolos is so full of….

    Anybody but Haridopolos to beat Billy Boy.

  3. Confused June 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Mike Haridopolos seems to be a cross between Charlie Crist and John Kerry. Oh, my bad, those two were exactly the same.

  4. Florida Republican June 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Why doesn’t the RPOF pull their support of him? He’s dragging our party into submission. The sooner he drops out the better. This guy is toast!

  5. Wait a Minute June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Javier, just wait a minute, hold the phone! It’s June 1st not April 1st! Really… my bad… does Mikey really flip-flop this much? I wonder if Richard DeNapoli is ever going to have him back at BREC? Haridopolos is an easier target than Charlie Crist!

  6. Charlie Crist June 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Leave me out of this! I was never as bad as this guy!

  7. Former RPOF Donor June 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Mike Haridopolos is one of the main reasons I stopped giving to the RPOF. Please give to the individual candidates, not the RPOF or the RNC.

  8. Alan June 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    If he can’t take a stand on the party’s main proposal, he’s not worthy of our nomination. I like Hasner–he’s already made several statements in support of the Ryan plan. Something tell’s me Lemieux won’t even go on Ray Junior’s show now–since Lemieux won’t say where he stands.

  9. AJE June 2, 2011 at 5:22 am

    While I like the Ryan Plan the announcement and fanfare allowed Obama and the Dems to get off the hook.

    Rep. Ryan and his supporters in the House and Senate should have said they have worked out a plan but needed to see the Obama plan and what the Democratic leadership wanted first in order for them to determine how Republicans can build consensus on what will work for conservatives and what will not. That scenario apparently was neither the approach nor the case if we listen to the Soros and clan attack dogs…..

  10. Mary G. June 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Stick a fork in, DONE!

  11. Sandman June 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

    4 months ago I said Hari-DOPE-olus = Charlie Crist on this blog and people told me I was wrong, well………….

  12. Carlos June 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Good job, Javier, to nail down Mike H. The more he speaks frankly the more we can see
    his true beliefs. If RINO’s too extreme (he does tend to embrace the bible thumper mantra) he’s certainly not much of a conservative. We must back Hasner and Hasner
    must really get out there and confront Haridopolos. The last thing we need in FL is a
    Yahoo Billy Bob Lite in the US Senate. Yahoo got off cheap last time because he faced a
    flawed opponent. But that was eons ago and the nation is in far worse shape, much of it created by the very policies Nelson supported.

  13. Cat June 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    NO to Harido… we don’t need another RINO … No better than a Dem like Nelson in most cases!


  14. tom wing June 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Do not be fooled . HairADopeOrLess is not in any way a conservative. He was responsible for the defeat of SB2040 on Immigration which would have required E-Verify to stop Illegal aliens coming into our state. He and the other two Rinos = Flores and Alexander of the Repub party need to be made unemployable. Alexander even made Man of the Year by the Radical Catholic Coalition that wants to have unlimited immigration, so their church can get more members from S,American and Cartel controlled Mexico. The illegals want all of the welfare freebees and not even be citizens. HairADopeOrLess even suspended the Legislative rules in order to let in about five hundred illegals to scream and yell in the halls of the Senate and then even went into the offices of the politicians. No , I will never vote for or support any of these three Rinos.
    They are causing the blacks and poor whites to become unemployed in Florida.
    The time is now to get rid of them. Unemploy HairADopeOrLess NOW

  15. Mateo June 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Really disappointing…guess I am switching to Hasner

  16. Hasner 2012 June 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Seems like Haridopolos’ best hope is to garner the support of the motley Log Cabin crowd that has creeped back into BREC after resigning in 2010 from the Committee to support Charlie Crist.

  17. Jacqueline L. June 6, 2011 at 6:15 am

    He lost any chance of my support when he allowed a true e verify bill to fail here in Florida. He cannot be trusted to support the interests of Average Joe and Jean Citizens. Like so many politicians he is waiting for his bank rollers to tell him his opinions.

  18. Jacqueline L. June 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Does not matter. I plan to vote for anyone else but him. No one from this class of the FL Legislature will get my vote. FL is rapidly becoming an extension of the Hispanic countries with the aid of that group of turncoats and/or cowards.