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  • GOP to alter rules for presidential nominating process, early-voting states protected

    01/23/2014 10:06:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | David M. Drucker |
    The Republican National Committee on Thursday unveiled new rules for the party's 2016 presidential nominating process, but the changes are expected to protect the traditional schedule and status of early-voting states. The first nominating contests of the GOP presidential primary calendar are reserved for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada -- and all are scheduled for February. But the party is also proposing new, stiffer penalties to prevent other states from moving up their election schedules in an attempt to gain greater influence. The RNC has failed in the past to prevent state parties from moving up their primaries,...
  • A BETTER SYSTEM FOR PICKING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES (Michael Barone)

    07/22/2013 7:47:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/19/2013 | Michael Barone
    You can get agreement from almost all points on the political spectrum that the worst aspect of our political system is the presidential nomination process. It is perhaps no coincidence that it is the one part of the system not treated in the Constitution. That’s because the Founding Fathers abhorred political parties and hoped that presidents would be selected by something like an elite consensus. But we have political parties, the oldest and third oldest in the world, and they are not going away.Surely a better system is possible. The current system of primaries, caucuses and national conventions is the...
  • A Republican Nomination Process

    07/22/2013 7:36:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Summer 2013 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON and JAY COST
    In the wake of the 2012 election, one point on which practically all Republicans seemed to agree was that their party's presidential-nomination process was broken. Supporters of the GOP's eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, believed that the nature of the process weakened him for the general election. The party's base of conservative activists, meanwhile, believed that the process favored the candidates with the most money, and therefore the views of (often less conservative) wealthy donors. More moderate Republicans thought the process elevated a parade of unserious firebrands who were never real contenders, thereby damaging the party's image with swing voters. And...
  • Romney Secures 88 Texas Delegates, Clinches Nomination

    05/29/2012 6:33:59 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 286 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 May 2012 | AP Projection
    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has now secured at least 88 of the 155 delegates at stake in the Texas Primary, bringing his secured delegate total to 1174, 30 more than necessary to win the majority of the delegated needed for the GOP nomination. With 4% of Texas precincts now reporting, Romney has consistently maintained or increased a 60 point lead over his nearest competitor, Congressman Ron Paul. In the contested race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, David Dewhurst is holding a 48% to 31% lead over his nearest rival Ted Cruz in a nine person contest.
  • The Conservative Movement Is Run Over and Conservative Media Sits and Stares

    04/18/2012 3:33:43 PM PDT · by rightjb · 20 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 4/18/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Gingrich and Paul supporters still trying to keep conservatism alive are being molested by fake conservatives. Two headlines prove what I’ve been saying all along about Santorum, Cain and their supporters. Not only are they not patriots, no conservative should look to them to lead our movement anymore. Cain has decided to jump Newt’s ship and endorse Romney and Santorum has said he won’t release his delegates so he has some “impact” at the GOP convention. These are selfish, self-promoting politicians who care more about their own ego’s than the United States of America. Or the conservative movement. And frankly,...
  • Romney Really Might Not Have the Delegates by June

    03/10/2012 3:43:48 PM PST · by jocon307 · 41 replies
    The Republican primary has revealed distinct geographic tendencies. Mitt Romney is dominant in New England and in the West. Newt Gingrich has run well in the Deep South, while Rick Santorum has done well in caucus states, the Great Plains, and the peripheral South (it remains to be seen whether his support has bled into Gingrich's strength in the Deep South). That leaves the Midwest as a battleground between Romney and Santorum. While Romney had a good night on Super Tuesday, the truth is that he did nothing to alter the basic regional nature of his support.... Given the structure...
  • Conservatives Criticize Drudge for Anti-Gingrich Assault

    01/26/2012 9:23:11 PM PST · by Mariner · 91 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 26th, 2012 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Furious conservatives have taken to blogs and Twitter on Thursday to vent their ire against what they allege is a conspiratorial dumping of twisted and manipulated negative attacks on Newt Gingrich. The target of their fury: The Drudge Report. For the last 48 hours, the conservative Web site led by Matt Drudge has become a virtual campaign arm for Mitt Romney, featuring huge, screaming headlines about Mr. Gingrich and his past. That prompted conservatives who support Mr. Gingrich to accuse Mr. Drudge of selling out to the Republican establishment — many of whom have come to Mr. Romney’s aid as...
  • Huntsman out. Gee, that should change things a lot, hm?

    01/16/2012 3:51:04 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    Orange Punch Orange County Register blog ^ | 1-16-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. That silence you hear is the combined sighs of relief of all the candidates who were threatened by his candidacy. Will we miss Huntsman? Yeah. No one’s much bothered one way or the other. Now the 1 percent or so of the GOP’s loyal Huntsman backers are free to fall in behind one of the other candidates. Yeah, again.
  • Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

    01/03/2012 9:16:25 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 103 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/4/12 | Aurelius
    In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President. The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother." The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to...
  • His candidacy uncertain, Cain to meet with wife

    12/02/2011 9:22:19 AM PST · by Jack Black · 87 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | 11/2/11 | Phillip Elliot - AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Set to meet with his wife for the first time since a woman came forward claiming she had a 13-year extramarital affair with him, Herman Cain is preparing for one last campaign stop before he decides whether to press forward with his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. ... "White said the affair was never about love and that Cain never said he loved her. "Nor did I tell him that I loved him," she said. "It wasn't a love affair. It was a sexual affair, as hard as that is for me to say and...
  • Romney, in a rare visit to Iowa, says he has `good shot’ at winning the presidency

    10/20/2011 1:08:57 PM PDT · by Baladas · 21 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 10/20/2011 | Matt Viser
    TREYNOR, Iowa – Mitt Romney today returned to Iowa, a state that delivered a crippling blow to his candidacy in 2008, exuding a certain amount of confidence. “There’s a good shot I might become the next president of the United States,” he told community leaders here at a business roundtable at Treynor State Bank. “It’s not a sure thing, but it’s a good shot.” Romney has generally not focused his campaign on Iowa, a state that he staked much of his candidacy four years ago only to lose both the caucus vote and, perhaps more importantly, the game of expectations....
  • Mitt's moment

    10/04/2011 7:56:52 PM PDT · by freespirited · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/04/11 | Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman & Ben Smith
    If Mitt Romney can’t start locking up the GOP nomination now, he may never be able to. The former Massachusetts governor’s charmed path toward the presidential nomination was made even smoother Tuesday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opted out of a campaign and recommended that voters choose the candidate with the “best chance” of beating President Barack Obama. No white knight from Trenton, N.J., or anywhere else is riding into the race as the establishment’s savior. Romney’s would-be chief rival for the nomination, Rick Perry, is dropping in the polls amid doubts from conservatives and pragmatists. And the one...
  • Rick Perry Isn't the Perfect Candidate the Republicans Dreamed He Was

    09/29/2011 4:11:56 AM PDT · by hellbender · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Thomas Fleming
    I spend a fair amount of time in Texas, where I have many friends, all solid conservative Republicans, and hardly a one of them has much use for Perry. But among Texas conservatives I have hardly ever heard a kind word said on Perry's behalf. Among the most common epithets are: egocentric, treacherous, hypocritical, shallow, unprincipled, and vindictive. Yes, these are qualities we all demand in our political leaders, but Perry stands out from the pack. Perry is supposed to be a conservative, but apart from the usual yahoo speeches about cutting taxes, seceding from the Union, and putting Jesus'...
  • Oh my: Perry 41, Romney 12, Paul 11, Bachmann 9

    08/30/2011 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 111 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/30/11 | Allahpundit
    I know, I know: It’s a Zogby poll. But c’mon. I had to blog it. Just because I knew that headline would rock your world. He’s not leading by this much. But he is leading, comfortably.
  • Why Palin Can Win

    06/25/2011 6:09:09 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 73 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/25/2011 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr
    One of the most talked about subjects in politics is whether or not Sarah Palin will run for the presidency. It's frankly anyone's guess which direction she will go with her decision and when she will make the decision. However, if Palin doesn't run it will be a disaster for the Republican Party and quite possibly the country*snip*In watching the coverage of the announced candidates, the alarm bells should be clanging violently. *snip*If Sarah Palin doesn't run for president, the operatives in the media and Beltway establishment will have learned a fool-proof method of destroying any political opponent.*snip*When the political...
  • As Ex-Aides Speak Out, Gingrich Continues Bid

    06/11/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 06/11/11 | Trip Gabriel
    Newt Gingrich vowed on Friday to campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on his own terms, saying he would do “whatever it takes” to remain in the race despite the exodus a day earlier of nearly his entire senior staff. “There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Now we’ll find out over the next year who’s right.” Even as some prominent Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, questioned his viability, Mr. Gingrich made plans to deliver a foreign policy speech in Los...
  • Perry Very Likely to Run

    06/10/2011 7:08:21 AM PDT · by freespirited · 94 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06/10/11 | Chris Stirewalt
    Sources close to Texas Gov. Rick Perry say that the events of the last week have brought America’s longest-serving governor to the cusp of an announcement. The implosion of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign frees up Perry’s political wingmen, Dave Carney and Rob Johnson, now said to be headed to Austin to prepare a Perry run. Also this week, sources say Perry got the thumbs up from the Texas moneymen whose support he sought before launching a campaign. A big piece in the Wall Street Journal also helped convince the team that there was East Coast interest in the Texan’s candidacy....
  • Palin has just as much chance of beating Obama in 2012 as any other candidate

    11/19/2010 9:30:49 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies
    Friday November 19, 2010
    Seriously, all of this talk from pundits, politicos, supporters of other potential GOP candidates or just those always fearing doom no matter what, that Sarah Palin cannot defeat Obama in 2012 but that this list of guys has a better chance at doing it is both hubris and a fallacy of presumption Who's to say that these so-called preferred stock won't stumble when it's their turn to face intense scrutiny from the media and the myriad of attacks from the Obama administration no matter how weaken Obama may be come 2012? Better yet the question should be do they have...
  • ANN COULTER: THERE'S A DEMOCRAT BEHIND DOOR NO. 1, 2 AND 3 (I'll take Door # 4, Thank You!)

    02/13/2008 3:08:24 PM PST · by Syncro · 202 replies · 342+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 13, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    THERE'S A DEMOCRAT BEHIND DOOR NO. 1, 2 AND 3February 13, 2008 A few more primary wins and B. Hussein Obama will be able to light up a cigarette during a televised speech and still get the nomination. It looks like the only thing that can stop him now is an endorsement from Al Gore. Gore is always lunging into a movement just as it has passed its prime -- the Internet, Howard Dean, global warming, trying to talk black when he campaigns at a black church. He probably bought a big house a few months ago. Gore is such...
  • McCain Can Sure Sound Like A Conservative (Mark Steyn: But He Isn't One Alert)

    02/09/2008 3:37:00 AM PST · by goldstategop · 92 replies · 170+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 2/09/2008 | Mark Steyn
    A decisive chunk of the Republican primary electorate didn't find this goofily endearing. When Mitt stood up and warbled, they didn't like his tune. They wanted something meaner and rawer and tougher, and there was John McCain. At the risk of overextending my musical analogy way beyond its natural 32 bars, it should be noted that the defining McCain moment came back in the fall when he responded to Hillary Clinton's support for public funding for a Woodstock museum. If you're under 70 and have no idea what "Woodstock" is or why it would require its own museum, ask your...
  • 'Bob Dole' rides again (McCain)

    02/02/2008 10:52:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 87 replies · 79+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/2/08 | Bruce Wilson
    Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. With that in mind, if John McCain wins the Republican presidential nomination, it might be appropriate to temporarily designate the site of the 2008 Republican convention an insane asylum. Why? Well, a Republican doesn't need to spend much time on a political analyst's couch before depressing memories of the 1996 presidential election – also known as the Bob Dole debacle – are dredged up. If you're old enough to remember that frightening experience, but still too traumatized to recall it, perhaps...
  • With Thompson Out, Who Benefits Most?

    01/23/2008 8:11:24 AM PST · by freespirited · 60 replies · 1,162+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/21/08 | Chris Cilizza
    ...What's clear is that with Thompson out, the crowd on the ideological right grows less crowded. The exit polls from the Palmetto State underscore Thompson's appeal to the most conservative GOP voters. Among the voters who described themselves as "very conservative" Huckabee led the way with 41%, but Thompson claimed 22% percent (McCain placed third with 19% followed by Romney with 16%). "Based on South Carolina, a state that Thompson worked pretty hard, his departure would seem to help Huckabee and Romney probably more so than McCain," said Neil Newhouse, an [unaffiliated] Republican pollster.. Given Thompson's strengths with very conservative...
  • PRESIDENTIAL TRIAL HEATS: WHO'S WEAKEST FOR G.O.P?

    01/13/2008 5:43:00 PM PST · by freespirited · 42 replies · 89+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/13/08 | Michael Medved
    This weekend, CNN released results of general election trial heats, pitting each of the four leading Republican candidates for President against both of the leading Democrats. The unmistakable message from this national exercise (surveying 840 voters on January 9 and 10th) is that Mitt Romney unequivocally qualifies as the weakest candidate the G.O.P. could field. In the head-to-head contest with Barack Obama he is utterly wiped out, losing by a margin of 22 points (59% to 37%). Against Hillary Clinton, Romney fares little better, falling 18 percentage points behind (58% to 40%). The results for other candidates show that this...
  • Paul Has 'No Intention' of Making Third-Party Bid

    01/07/2008 12:18:08 PM PST · by Baladas · 31 replies · 61+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 01/06/08 | Jose Antonio Vargas
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Rep. Ron Paul has no plans to run on a third-party ticket, he told The Trail tonight, minutes before boarding a private jet to Los Angeles. And, it turns out, being excluded from the evening's Republican forum on Fox News landed the Texas congressman a second invitation on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." He'll be the lead guest on Monday's show, he said. "It's annoying not [being] able to participate in the debate," said Paul, adding that Fox News reporters and commentators "are warmongerers who don't want to hear other opinions."
  • Buchananites For Fred?

    12/23/2007 3:47:59 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 17 replies · 301+ views
    Say Anything ^ | December 23, 2007 | Rob Port
    Pat Buchanan himself may be backing Ron Paul, but some of his former staffers are backing Fred Thompson. Here’s an email sent out by Pat’s Iowa campaign director from the 1996 race: To all my friends, First, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, but for those of you who live in Iowa, I need not tell you that in little more than a handful of days - the weather permitting - we will make a monumental decision at our Caucuses: who leaves Iowa with the chance to gain their Party’s nomination for President, and all that means to...
  • Why Huckabee is the Best General Election Candidate and What Makes Him the Ideal Candidate to Win (V

    12/14/2007 11:43:07 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 92 replies · 110+ views
    Myth Debunker | 12/14/2007 | Yomin Postelnik
    Why Huckabee is the Best General Election Candidate and What Makes Him the Ideal Candidate to Win By Yomin Postelnik An increasing number of pundits, both conservative and liberal but all heavily entrenched in Washington or Medialand disconnect, are making assessments about the candidates. As usual, they are wrong and a party that listens to them will gain their approval at the expense of the votes of the nation. Pundits today generally take into account small anecdotal tidbits of history that best suit their own personal biases. No analysis is given to the overall race, the candidates, or to electoral...
  • N.H. to probe negative calls targeting Romney campaign

    11/18/2007 3:14:51 PM PST · by Baladas · 13 replies · 101+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 17, 2007 | Michael Levenson
    Mysterious phone calls to New Hampshire and Iowa voters that harshly questioned Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and praised John McCain's military service prompted new attacks in the Republican presidential race yesterday and an investigation by New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte. McCain and another candidate, Rudy Giuliani, denied any involvement in the calls and condemned them as gutter politics. They are known as "push polls," calls that sound like surveys but are designed to spread negative information about a candidate. New Hampshire law requires all political advertising, including phone calls, to identify the candidate being supported. McCain and Romney...
  • Paul Flush With Cash, Has Hopes for N.H.

    11/07/2007 1:37:18 PM PST · by Baladas · 33 replies · 45+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2007 | NORMA LOVE
    Pumped up by a record day of online fundraising, Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Wednesday he hopes to do well in a New Hampshire campaign in which he's emerging as a potential spoiler or more. In an Associated Press interview, he said people startled by the $4.3 million take from his volunteer-led fundraising blitz Monday might be surprised on Election Day as well. "They said if the candidate doesn't call and pander to special interests you can't raise enough money. But here, we found out the campaign is very spontaneous and volunteers are coming," he said. "So, I would...
  • Selling Theological Birthright for a Bowl of Political Porridge (GOP Nomination)

    10/13/2007 9:53:21 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 113 replies · 82+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 10/10/07 | Dr. Tony Beam
    There are many instances where pragmatism has its place. In its purest sense, pragmatism is simply engaging in conduct that emphasizes practicality. For example, if I decide to spend $60 for a pair of pants that will last me several years rather than spend $20 for a pair that may not make it past the first outing it could be said that my decision involved the exercise of pragmatism. That may work for pants but it doesn’t work for principles. Pragmatism may work well in the fashion world but it has no place in the world of public policy. There...
  • Ron Paul draws more liberal praise

    10/10/2007 12:46:07 PM PDT · by Baladas · 29 replies · 477+ views
    The Swamp ^ | October 10, 2007 | Frank James
    The umbrella group Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, whose members include such progressive groups as the Service Employees Union International and MoveOn.org Political Action, issued a laudatory shout out today to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the libertarian Republican presidential candidate: While Crowded Field of Republicans Follow Bush Over Cliff on Iraq War, Ron Paul Stands Out as Being Right on Iraq GOP Presidential Hopeful Decries Fellow Candidates’ Support of Endless War Washington, DC – While the rest of the Republicans continue to follow President Bush’s unpopular Iraq war policy, Representative Ron Paul is the lone anti-war Republican presidential candidate...
  • Ron’s Revolution - Could Dr. Paul really surprise us all? (barf alert)

    10/10/2007 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 510+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 9, 2007 | Dave Kopel
    This weekend, I attended and spoke at the Second Amendment Foundation’s annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, which was held at a convention center in northern Kentucky, a few miles away from Cincinnati. What I saw and heard there changed my mind about the viability of Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy; Paul is going to far outperform the expectations laid out for him. First, for some background: twenty years ago, the Second Amendment Foundation (the second-largest pro-Second Amendment group in the U.S.) began sponsoring an annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, in conjunction with other pro-gun groups, including the NRA. For a full...
  • Thompson would oil-drill off Florida

    09/14/2007 1:29:29 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 20 replies · 262+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 14, 2007 | Marc Caputo
    In response to a reporter's question, GOP Prez candidate Fred Thompson said he would not rule out drilling for oil off Florida to achieve more energy independence. "We've got to use all the resources that are available to us," he said. "We ought to do it in an environmentally safe manner. We've got to be respectful and inclusive of the people who are most directly involved in the area. But I would not rule out our Gulf areas in terms of that if we've got resources there." Thompson also said on the stump in Cape Coral, where more than 500...
  • Gingrich hints of White House bid

    09/12/2007 11:41:57 AM PDT · by freespirited · 35 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/12/07 | Ralph Holloway
    Newt Gingrich is moving closer to a presidential nomination bid in a severely divided Republican Party. "I will decide based on whether I have about $30 million in committed campaign contributions and whether I think it is possible to run a campaign based on ideas rather than 30-second sound bites," the former House speaker told The Washington Times yesterday.... Many Republicans, regardless of whether they agree with his views, regard him as conservatism's brainiest and most-engaging politician. "The party believes ideas have consequences, and no one articulates our message better than Newt," said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saulius "Saul" Anuzis....
  • Quittin’ Time: Brownback 2008 should end.

    08/15/2007 9:09:51 PM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies · 289+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/15/07 | Rich Lowry
    The Sam Brownback for president campaign has reached the condition referred to by political scientists as “extreme pointlessness.” O.K., maybe political scientists don’t call it that, but pretty much any other observer would. The Brownback campaign is essentially premised on pro-life purity. The Kansas senator himself would insist that it is based on his “whole life” views. I admire those views and think they are very important. (I was genuinely delighted to see Brownback hugging, if I’m not mistaken, a woman with Down Syndrome in his Iowa straw poll video — good for him) But it’s not any of the...
  • Republican anti-abortion activists face possibility of setback

    07/29/2007 12:40:07 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 656+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 7/29/07 | Robin Toner
    WASHINGTON: After 30 years of political organizing, the anti-abortion movement has won a series of victories in the legislatures and the courts and stands tantalizingly close to winning even more. But these are anxious days for the movement. Six months before the Iowa presidential caucuses, anti-abortion activists in the Republican Party are trying to adjust to a strikingly different political landscape. For the first time in more than a generation, they face, in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, a front-runner for the nomination who supports abortion rights. "Pro-life" support is divided among several other candidates, including former Governor...
  • National Poll: [Fred]Thompson 25% Giuliani 24%

    07/13/2007 8:02:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,116+ views
    The race for of the Republican Presidential nomination following the July 4th holiday looks a lot like it did before the nation's birthday party. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani essentially tied for the lead. It's Thompson at 25% and Giuliani at 24%. Trailing the frontrunners at a distance are former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Arizona Senator John McCain. They're tied at 12%. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback each attract support from 2% of voters nationally. Five other candidates...
  • McCain Loses Two Top Aides From Troubled Campaign

    07/10/2007 2:41:17 PM PDT · by Baladas · 15 replies · 431+ views
    CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY ^ | July 10, 2007 | Greg Giroux
    Two top aides resigned Tuesday from the 2008 presidential campaign of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain — the latest sign of disarray for the one-time GOP front-runner, whose White House bid has been beset by stagnant poll numbers, lower-than-expected fundraising and staff layoffs. CQPolitics.com Daily E-mail CQ Midday Update from Capitol Hill Congressional Quarterly Free Newsletters The latest to leave McCain’s camp are campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver. Nelson formerly was a top political aide to President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees the party’s strategy in...
  • Giuliani Pitches Himself as a Can-Do Candidate (Dennis Miller calls Pelosi and Obey Morons!)

    03/15/2007 11:22:59 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 161 replies · 2,262+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 3/15/07 | Jill Gardiner
    Mayor Giuliani, considered a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, says America needs to expand its military and pitched himself as the candidate who would instill fear in the Iranian president."What I can do is get things done, accomplish things," the former mayor told a crowd of about 1,000 supporters at a baseball-themed fund-raiser at the Sheraton in Midtown last night. "People said New York was ungovernable. We governed it and it became the best example of urban renaissance." Saying he is "impatient and singled-minded" about his goals, he told the crowd that he'd bring the same focus to the...
  • Garnerville resident raising money to advertise against John McCain

    03/07/2007 3:31:38 PM PST · by freespirited · 3 replies · 269+ views
    Journal News ^ | 2/7/07 | Sarah Netter
    Garnerville resident Jerry Kiley has formed the Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain, a non-profit, non-partisan group that will collect money for negative advertising in the months leading up to the primary. Kiley, a Vietnam veteran, said that McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona and presidential hopeful, has abandoned the causes of Vietnam veterans and prisoners of war, despite being a former Vietnam POW himself. "If he had the power of the presidency, I'd really fear for this country," Kiley said. Calls to McCain's campaign and Washington Senate office have not been returned. Read more about this story tomorrow in The...
  • Rudy Giuliani Has Got What You Need

    02/11/2007 12:44:55 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 507 replies · 4,986+ views
    411 ^ | 2/11/07
    Rudy Giuliani Has Got What You Need Posted by Mark Radulich on 02.15.2007 It won't matter what Giuliani thinks about about abortion if Iran drops a bomb on us. And quite frankly I'm much less worried about Islamic terrorism with President Giuliani in charge than President Brownback or Clinton.The story right now being bandied about by the mainstream media and the talk radio world is that the GOP has no front-runner for the 2008 Presidential election or that the front-runners are not exactly inspiring anyone. The three most prominent names right now are obviously John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani....
  • Duncan Hunter for President

    02/11/2007 8:17:29 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 53 replies · 726+ views
    Myth Debunker ^ | 02/11/07 | Yomin Postelnik
    Duncan Hunter offers much that conservatives and even non-conservatives can both admire and appreciate. Unique among an otherwise all too timid Congress, Hunter has distinguished himself as a forceful proponent of common sense views that find little favor in either party. Whether it be his principled defense of the unfairly or harshly convicted, his common sense stance against jeopardizing national security with a porous border while still being clearly in favor of legal immigration, his stance on trade that protects the individual worker and that is best for American business or his general openness to needed change as it benefits...
  • Giuliani Provides Experience In 2008

    02/09/2007 6:34:24 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 46 replies · 419+ views
    Pepperdine University Graphic ^ | 2/9/07 | SCOTT MILLER
    Slow and steady wins the race, as the old adage goes. That is certainly the approach that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been taking with his possible White House run in 2008. Let’s hope that the adage holds true for Giuliani in the next couple years.In November, Giuliani created a presidential exploratory committee to “test the waters.” Since then, sources in the Giuliani camp have said that he recently filed a “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Elections Committee, a step that puts him on the same legal level with other Republican hopefuls as Mitt Romney, former...
  • Sen. John McCain: 'Many People Trust My Judgment'

    02/05/2007 8:29:49 AM PST · by freespirited · 41 replies · 692+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 2/5/07
    Arizona Sen. John McCain says only Washington insiders believe his 2008 presidential campaign may be suffering because he supports President Bush's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. "Well, I think there's that, maybe, perception inside the Beltway. But outside, a lot of Republicans are rallying to this belief that we need to have a strategy that can win, and realize the consequences of failure," McCain said Sunday. "Many people trust my judgment because they've known me for many years," he said. "Look, it's of secondary importance, but I think we're doing just fine, and I think polls indicate...
  • Pres08: Fox Poll's Favorable/Unfavorable Ratings

    02/03/2007 11:14:14 AM PST · by freespirited · 5 replies · 157+ views
    Political Arithmetik ^ | 2/1/07 | Charles Franklin
    Fox News' new poll, completed 1/30-31/07, provides a new look at the favorable and unfavorable ratings of the leading presidential contenders. Rudy Giuliani continues to lead the pack in the balance of favorable to unfavorable ratings in the new Fox poll with 54% favorable to 24% unfavorable . John McCain enjoys a net-positive evaluation, though not as strongly positive as Giuliani, at 45%-29%. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton strongly divides voters yet manages a 50%-44% net positive rating. Less well known John Edwards has an 8 point net positive (41%-33%) while Barack Obama has the best balance, 41%-20% but the largest...
  • California primary shift seen hindering McCain

    02/02/2007 10:21:51 AM PST · by freespirited · 1 replies · 176+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/2/07 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential aspirations stand to suffer a stunning setback if California Republicans carry out a plan to move part of their nomination process up from June to Feb. 5 next year. "If the California Republican Party approves this idea, it may benefit candidates other than John McCain," Orange County state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore told The Times. The proposal backed by DeVore calls for the 1,600 members of the state Republican Central Committee to select at least 53 of their 165 delegates to the Republican National Convention at the party's regularly scheduled February convention. An alternative plan being...
  • Poll: Ohioans Favor Clinton, Guiliani for President (Quinnipiac Poll)

    01/30/2007 5:41:01 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 166 replies · 1,437+ views
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a strong lead over other Democratic presidential contenders in a new poll of voters in Ohio, the closely divided swing state that tipped the 2004 election for President Bush. Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, who appeared in TV ads and at fundraisers during last year's gubernatorial race, is the favorite among the state's Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. He is favored by 30 percent of voters surveyed compared to 22 percent for Sen. John McCain, 11 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 4 percent...
  • Will McCain Abide By Campaign Finance Law?

    01/28/2007 7:46:36 AM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies · 339+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1/25/07
    In a letter sent Thursday to Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) asked for a swift and direct answer to the question of whether he will abide by the limitations of the presidential public financing system during his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. The letter, written by CFIF president Jeffrey Mazzella asks, "As a frontrunner for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, will you campaign within the presidential public financing system or is it your intention to abandon the limitations of that system in favor of more campaign dollars?" "Senator McCain has made so-called 'clean...
  • Why John McCain's More Conservative Than You Think [Barfer]

    01/22/2007 7:53:50 AM PST · by freespirited · 51 replies · 893+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/21/07 | Matt Lewis
    There's a scene in the Godfather II, where Frankie Pentangeli says to Michael: "Your father liked Hyman Roth, your father did business with Hyman Roth, but your father never trusted Hyman Roth." Sometimes I get the feeling that's how conservatives feel about John McCain. When it's convenient, they do business with him, but -- for whatever reason -- they don't fully trust him. In many ways, this doesn't make sense. A close look at McCain's voting record clearly demonstrates that he is a conservative on the issues that conservatives should care about. Note: In the past, I've been very critical...
  • Post-ABC Poll: Clinton, Giuliani Lead Primary Fields

    01/21/2007 12:41:58 PM PST · by freespirited · 54 replies · 996+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/20/07 | Chris Cillizza
    On the day that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton officially entered the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey shows her with a wide lead over her potential Democratic rivals. Clinton took 41 percent in a hypothetical primary field against 12 other Democrats, far ahead of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) at 17 percent, former Sen. John Edwards (N.C) at 11 percent and former Vice President Al Gore at 10 percent. The party's 2004 nominee -- Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) -- received 8 percent support. No other candidate crested three percent. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from a Post-ABC survey...
  • Pawlenty to co-chair McCain '08 exploratory committee

    01/15/2007 9:23:38 AM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies · 417+ views
    Star-Tribune ^ | 1/15/07 | Asssociated Presstitutes
    Gov. Tim Governor Pawlenty says he's co-chairing a committee that will explore the possible presidential candidacy of U.S. Sen. John McCain. Pawlenty tells Fox News this morning that McCain is a once-in-a-generation leader who can bring the country together. The Republican governor has been mentioned as a possible GO-P vice presidential candidate. But he tells Fox that he's "very happy being the governor of Minnesota."