Presidential Derby

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: January 21, 2011 3:55 AM

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Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to Democrats at the national level, released a poll Thursday that had President Barack Obama leading the major Republican presidential candidates.

Obama led former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee by 5 points each -- 48 percent to 43 percent against Romney and 49 percent to 44 percent against Huckabee. Obama crushed other candidates in the field, leading former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich 51 percent to 39 percent while the president beat former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin 55 percent to 38 percent. Obama also led U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota 51 percent to 33 percent. The poll of 632 voters, taken between Jan.14 and 16, had a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent … Huckabee will he releasing a new book in February and his promotional tour will take him to some of the early battlegrounds that will help determine the Republican nominee. He’ll be hitting Iowa and South Carolina to promote “A Simple Government” … Speaking of Huckabee, his longtime staffer Chip Saltsman will be taking over as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. Saltsman, who was Huckabee’s campaign manager in 2008, said his new position does not rule out returning to the Huckabee camp if the former Arkansas governor launches a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination …

While he may have backed John McCain over Obama in 2008, retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has not ruled out returning to the Democratic fold and backing Obama in 2012. Lieberman added that it was too early to make presidential endorsements and he would wait to see who emerged from the Republican pack … Despite backing Romney in 2008, Carla Monier, a longtime Republican activist in New Hampshire who served as an aide to former Gov. Meldrim Thomson and was married to the late Senate President Bob Monier, has come onboard as state chairwoman of America’s Foundation, a PAC closely affiliated with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Having made numerous trips to early battlegrounds, Santorum is seen as very likely to take a shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 … In the meantime, U.S. Sen. John Thune -- a hero among Republicans for knocking off then-Democratic Senate Leader Tom Daschle back in 2004 -- toured his home state of South Dakota and said he was still open to launching a presidential bid …

Obama is clearly getting ready to run for a second term. Reports came out this week that he will open a campaign headquarters in Chicago in either March or April. In the meantime, he is assembling a team, choosing White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina as campaign manager and plucking Jennifer O'Malley Dillon from the DNC to serve as deputy campaign manager … Joined by Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Operation Rescue founder and pro-life activist Randall Terry held a campaign kickoff on Thursday to launch his bid against Obama in the Democratic primaries. Terry said he was hoping to do well in Iowa. Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, the last serious pro-life candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, tried much the same strategy, putting all his eggs in the Iowa basket in 1984, and he pulled in 3 percent …There was talk that consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader would run for the seat that former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd vacated in Connecticut back in 2010. Look for the buzz to start that Nader could run for the seat that Lieberman is vacating. Nader blasted Lieberman’s record on a number of issues after the senator announced he would not seek a fifth term in 2012 …

While there has been speculation that Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul would make a run at the U.S. Senate being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012, the former presidential candidate said on Thursday that he is more likely to launch another bid at the White House. However, he added that he is still open to the possibility of running for the Senate … While Bachmann downplayed launching a presidential bid, she is keeping the door open. Bachmann will hit Des Moines on Friday to speak to Iowans for Tax Relief … Of course, history is against Paul, Bachmann and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., if they launch presidential bids. The only time a sitting member of the U.S. House won the presidency was back in 1880 when James Garfield pulled off one of the great upsets in American political history, defeating Ulysses S. Grant, James G. Blaine, John Sherman and a host of other worthies to win the Republican presidential nomination. Garfield would defeat Democratic candidate and Gettysburg hero Winfield S. Hancock in the general election.

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Comments (5)

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10:57PM JAN 21ST 2011
free your mind
and the rest will follow
perot ventura sheehan carter
honesty compassion intelligence guts
10:03AM JAN 21ST 2011
Despite the political diatribe, most of which is unuendo and false accusation…

It's the economy, stupid!

Romney has created more private sector jobs, saved more private sector businesses than any other candidate.

Funny. Half of MA loves what Romney did, the other half hate him, maybe because he left after completing only one term. Maybe he is not a “career” politician, do you always need a “career” politician to get the job done?

Yes, he worked as the MA governor for his entire term for FREE!!! Who else would have done that!?

MA had a huge deficit when he started, and he left MA with a surplus and balanced budget without raising taxes at the end of his term. He can't help it if the government screwed up after he left.

The state Democrat controlled legislature wanted desperately some kind of Universal Health care program. He worked with them to create one that would work, similar to mandated auto insurance. It is estimated that 98% of the residents are now covered. It was within projected budget, except after Romney left, the state government had to make changes to the program and now it is costing them.

He compromised on some things in order to keep the state government working together and moving forward.

He has successfully and profitably managed large businesses, helped turn around large companies that were sinking and helped other companies get started, saving and creating thousands of jobs. What other candidate has done that?

He knows and understands world economics.

He turned around a struggling 2002 Winter Olympics and made it into one of the most profitable Olympics in history. And only took a $1 dollar salary. Who else would have done that!?

He is against federalization and big government.

He lives the example and believes in the importance of family.

He is for a strong military and believes the borders should be better protected.

The list of real positives is far greater than the supposed list of negatives.
1:55PM JAN 21ST 2011
"unuendo and false accusation" Mitter Dandini" -- No, it is not. Dandini all you are doing is typical Romney deflecting and letting people know their lives, their children's lives are worthless compared to the importance of the Romneys' -- this has been typical throughout this whole issue. "Some people lives are more important than others" --- do you want me to play the tape? Yep, people get taped.

This type of elitism, removed conscience is typical in the Romneys -

Romney's are cruel beyond measure.
Romneys dont have a conscience
6:30AM JAN 21ST 2011
Missing court record Mitt? Giving a Judge Carol Hackett-Garagiola, hubby Steve Garagiola a Detroit Channel 4 newscaster an exclusive interview while the judge was handling the case, and not to mention an attorney who put in motions, never notifying or showing up in court for the motions -- just happened to be working at the same time with David French who is over Evangelical for Mitt Romney. Isn't this all a little too strange?

Not nice setting a mother up on false charges to cover up the Romney's families Russian connections. Not nice at all. What will the Cuban Community in Florida think?

Mother in You Tube begins to speak out on false charges brought against her, abuse, missing court records and the Russian connection to the Romney's



for the David French connection see part 1 of Misconduct or corruption on the You tube channel page.
6:16AM JAN 21ST 2011
Mitt Romney is a complete disaster -- flip flopper, disingenuous, narcissist, arrogant, out of touch, ivory tower, a shameless opportunist.

If that is the best the GOP can come up with, it is doomed. Who wants a man who has to corrupt a court system to keep his family scandals under-wraps.

Go away Mitt, we had enough of you in 2008

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