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The RNC Presidential Straw Poll Is Here
FITS News ^ | January 25, 2014

Posted on 01/25/2014 11:24:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

PICK YOUR POISONS …

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the “Republican” Party is coming apart at the seams as factions of increasingly divergent political ideologies battle for a shrinking pool of the electorate.

And the camps are getting increasingly belligerent …

In one corner we have big government “neoconservatives” – fiscal liberals who are wholly owned subsidiaries of America’s military industrial complex. These “Republicans” want no changes to the status quo in Washington, D.C. – with the exception of perpetual funding increases for the bloated U.S. military.

In another corner we have big government Bible Thumpers – fiscal liberals who are wholly owned subsidiaries of the religious right. These “Republicans” want no changes to the status quo in Washington, D.C. – with the exception of federal funding for abstinence education and a host of other socially conservative government programs.

Finally, we have the so-called “whack-a-doodles” – fiscally conservative, pro-free market, pro-liberty voters who for the most part have aligned themselves with the Tea Party movement, which cropped up in 2009 in response to the initial overreaches of the administration of Barack Obama. This is the fastest-growing wing of the party, although it is every bit as splintered as the GOP itself.

Against this backdrop of division and declining relevancy, the Republican Party is doing a straw poll of the thirty-two politicians it believes are legitimate contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination.

In alphabetical order, they are: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire), former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former pizza mogul and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain, neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Rep. Peter King (New York), New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky), former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), former Secretary of State Condi Rice, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), U.S. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former U.S. Rep. Allen West (Florida).

Phew … right?

Right …

The straw poll asks Republican voters to choose their three favorite names from the list … and provides a write-in section in the event you’d like to vote for someone who didn’t make the party’s list.

And yes, to actually cast your vote you have to surrender your email address to the GOP …

Anyway, here’s the link …

http://www.gop.com/act/presidential-straw-poll


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: cruz; gop; palin; polls
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1 posted on 01/25/2014 11:24:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All three of the categories are described in terms that are totally dishonest.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 11:34:49 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I say this is dumb as hell. Condi Rice? Mitch Daniels? TPaw? The retired Ron Paul? Gingrich again?! Why not have me and Bob McDonnell on the freakin’ list? RNC sucks as usual.

Narrow it down to people who are actually going to run instead of people who’ve already declared retirement and those who’ve left the political circuit altogether.
Here is a shortened list of actual candidates.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (God, please no... no!)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
U.S. Rep. Peter King (New York)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)
U.S. Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

And as much as I hate to say it...

Businessman Donald Trump

Granted, some of these are awful, but at least they are actually possibly going to run. Rob Portman? Give me a freakin’ break. The guy is going to be lucky if he wins reelection next time around.

On this list you have 7 governors, 4 senators, 1 crappy representative, and 2 outsider candidates.
Now obviously we can’t have a field of 14 candidates, so this will be whittled down, but its out of these people who ends up on the debate stage.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 11:36:06 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Arthur McGowan

It’s from FITSnews, a leftist SC publication. Its association with senate candidate Nancy Mace has made me sour on her.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 11:43:49 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Susana Martinez..Excellent choice!!!


5 posted on 01/25/2014 11:44:13 PM PST by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: Viennacon

Carson, Cruz, Haley, Paul, Martinez, and Trump. The rest are RINOs and milquetoasts.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 11:47:04 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Viennacon

I like your work in whittling down the GOP list to a more realistic list. But why did yo not include sen.Ted Cruz?


7 posted on 01/25/2014 11:49:21 PM PST by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Bingo!


8 posted on 01/25/2014 11:50:03 PM PST by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: entropy12

Fourth one down ;) And he is the head of the pack for me.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 11:50:24 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I say Ron Paul and Ted Cruz are the only two on the list that looked good to me.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 11:55:10 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Oops, didn’t see Carson; he’s good too.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 11:56:19 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Gov. Sarah Palin is a RINO and milquetoast?


12 posted on 01/25/2014 11:57:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Viennacon

Christie and Cruz are the only two who can fight as nasty, hard and dirty as will be necessary, IMHO.

I supported Cain last time, and Walker has shown pretty good political skills and organizational ability, but if anyone thought the Obama machine could fight hard and nasty they ain’t seen nothin compared to Clinton 2.0

Yeah, I hope I’m wrong, too.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 11:57:24 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy is an idiot, and he doesn’t know that most tea party fiscal conservatives, are also “bible thumpers”.

He doesn’t know the makeup of who is conservative, the non-religious are mostly liberals, so they makeup a much smaller portion of the right, and that of course applies to the tea party as well.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 11:58:27 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

Of course he’s an idiot. He writes for FITS news.

He refers to a very small branch of the party, the Huckabee Akin wing who aren’t fiscally conservative in the least. They’re tiny though, and wield little influence.

The base today is committed to God, the Constitution, and Fiscal sanity.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 12:00:42 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: VRWC For Truth

Haley and Cruz are too liberal for me, I don’t yet trust Paul, outside of his Senate seat.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 12:01:55 AM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Viennacon

I don’t think that Huckabee has much influence anywhere, some, but nothing big, it was him and Michelle Bachmann that pushed Akin onto us, against the efforts of Palin and the tea party.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 12:05:33 AM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Carson, Cruz, Palin, and West. I am so tired of the GOPe picking Demlite candidates. My selections would most certainly lose in todays toxic environment...we need a revolution...again. Now, rather than later!
18 posted on 01/26/2014 12:09:12 AM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haley Barbour...the governor who pardoned wife killers!

This is a joke that he is relevant, right??


19 posted on 01/26/2014 12:09:27 AM PST by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz of course.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 12:15:59 AM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: RginTN

You noticed that also?..


21 posted on 01/26/2014 12:28:11 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: VRWC For Truth

West/Carson great combo. 1 has guts, 1 has the knowledge to fix healthcare.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 12:31:16 AM PST by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GailA

I picked Cruz, Martinez and Walker. May change my mind though.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 12:32:29 AM PST by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: GailA

Healthcare doesn’t need fixed, it needs to be deregulated and set free of all the expensive oversight and regulations that are dumped on it by grandstanding politicians.


24 posted on 01/26/2014 12:34:57 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

Exactly, we need less federal intervention.


25 posted on 01/26/2014 1:13:02 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin isn’t on the list. Doubt she’ll be running under the GOP mantle.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 1:14:23 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Palin is a GOP stalwart, she wouldn’t leave it until she is convinced that she can’t change it and all is lost, Palin is a “Reagan girl”.

Sarah Palin’s first vote was for Reagan, and like Reagan, she sees herself as a Republican figure that can fight for the party’s soul.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 1:20:14 AM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: VRWC For Truth

We need less state intervention as well. State legislators have larded up what insurance companies must cover in order to be licensed in that state.

Regulation of the insurance industry should be limited to making sure they are fiscally sound and keep honest accounts, basic law and order stuff.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 1:22:37 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What say you?

To what? That wall of text? I can't even read it.

29 posted on 01/26/2014 1:36:09 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Viennacon

CRUZ/CARSON
PERHAPS SINCE THE WACKY AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS BEEN BRAINWASHED INTO THIS MAD INCLINATION TO ADORE MINORITY REPRESENTATION...

ALTHO I’D FEEL BETTER IF BOTH HAD A STRONGER BUSINESS BACKGROUND


30 posted on 01/26/2014 1:36:22 AM PST by jimsin
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To: VRWC For Truth

LETS AWAKEN A SLEEPING GIANT...ONE S. L. PALIN...


31 posted on 01/26/2014 1:37:58 AM PST by jimsin
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To: OneWingedShark
Oops, didn’t see Carson

No wonder, with the crap formatting of the OP. I refuse to punish my eyeballs with that mish-mash.

32 posted on 01/26/2014 1:38:46 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RedStateRocker
Christie and Cruz are the only two who can fight as nasty, hard and dirty as will be necessary, IMHO.

Christie? He's toast, as far as most conservatives are concerned. Ted's going to garner more support than the party apparatchiks have any clue at this point.

Frankly, the two don't even belong in the same sentence.

33 posted on 01/26/2014 1:41:49 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Valpal1

‘Healthcare doesn’t need fixed, it needs to be deregulated and set free of all the expensive oversight and regulations that are dumped on it by grandstanding politicians.’

GEES VP WOULD YOU DO THE WORLD OF FUZZIHEADEDNESS A FAVOR AND QUIT INJECTING CLARITY AND LOGIC INTO U.S. NATIONAL PUBIC DISCOURSE?

IT’S QUITE RARE AND TO A POINT EXTRAORDINARY...IF THIS DANGEROUS TREND CATCHES ON A DUMPLOAD OF PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER OF SUSTAINING NASTY BITES FROM REALITY.....WHICH IS GOOD MEDICINE NO MATTER WHAT..

ANYWAY THANKS...


34 posted on 01/26/2014 1:43:53 AM PST by jimsin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can we vote for the straw?


35 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:19 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: VRWC For Truth

Trump trolled the HOP on behalf of Obama in 2012 and you still want to vote for him? Why not just nominate Michelle?


36 posted on 01/26/2014 1:50:32 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My choices are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. In that order. Scott Walker is my third. Dr. Ben Carson would be my forth choice.

If we do not have at least one if these on my list the country will be lost.


37 posted on 01/26/2014 3:04:57 AM PST by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Carson, Cruz, Haley, Paul, Martinez, and Trump. The rest are RINOs and milquetoasts.
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Right. Those were my choices from the listing, as well.


38 posted on 01/26/2014 3:17:31 AM PST by octex
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To: Viennacon; All

Cool your jets, it was the RNC that released the list and to get your vote. But it is not an honest inquiry, they just hope that someone fill it out and sends money, the money is separated from the poll at the mail processing vendor and deposited for them to make their choice while your answered poll goes into the circular file before being processed into the itty-bitty paper bin at mulch masters.

I received mine and sent them a blank sheet of paper in their postage paid envelope.

BTW, dude, you need some remedial education on dirty trick politics.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 3:27:16 AM PST by mazda77
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got the same thing in the mail. I tossed it.


40 posted on 01/26/2014 3:30:30 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: RginTN

It is worse than that, find the stories about the insider Haley Barbour and how he is/was a business partner with Terry McCauliffe not only in some sort of insider restaurant, but also as TV pundits. It is in the book “This Town” along with a longer list of so-called conservative pundits who orchestrate their appearances.


41 posted on 01/26/2014 3:31:38 AM PST by mazda77
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To: Fresh Wind

I see only one acceptable person who is acting like someone who is in the early stages of a presidential run...

Ted Cruz.


42 posted on 01/26/2014 3:35:25 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Viennacon; All

BTW, here is the link from 1/16 where Beck was already reporting on it. So it was not contrived by this paper I never heard of.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/16/beck-whittles-down-list-of-32-potential-presidential-candidates-to-a-handful/


43 posted on 01/26/2014 3:37:37 AM PST by mazda77
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I chose Cruz/Palin?West

Used an old yahoo email that I haven't actually visited in years. After I submitted, Firefox told me it was an untrusted site - told it I understood the risks but declined to list it as an exception to the built-in protections.

44 posted on 01/26/2014 5:00:42 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

how about nominating somebody who has a chance to win a national election.. just sayin...


45 posted on 01/26/2014 5:06:22 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

TURNAROUND! $1 Billion Surplus in Wisconsin...Gov. Scott Walker Returning It to Taxpayers

Walker for prez!


46 posted on 01/26/2014 5:21:01 AM PST by weezel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At this point, shouldn’t we be going after ISSUES rather than personalities?

Get the platform straight, THEN we see who fits?


47 posted on 01/26/2014 5:22:08 AM PST by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, shira is POISON.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
PALIN/BOLTON
48 posted on 01/26/2014 5:39:23 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: weezel

Sadly, Walker is pro-Amnesty, a position that would totally destroy America.


49 posted on 01/26/2014 5:46:37 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...fiscal liberals who are wholly owned subsidiaries of America’s military industrial complex.”

I would expand on that to be the “Military-Industrial-Intelligence-Police Complex.”


50 posted on 01/26/2014 6:00:14 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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