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GOP Candidates 2011

GOP Candidates 2011
GOP Candidates for
Republican Nomination 201

Posted on August 24,2011

Well, it is almost time for all of those nauseating political ads again. The GOP has hopes of capturing the Senate as well as the Presidency. However, for the GOP, the Senate is more reachable than the Presidency, but time will tell. President Obama has armed his bid for reelection with a reported 1 billion dollar war chest. A billion dollars will pay for an almost continuous stream of TV time. My hope is that he lets others do most of the talking. We are now graced with so much of Obama on television that I turn the channel whenever he comes on. I already have a case of Obama fatigue but there will be no escape from him during the upcoming election. Especially if the rumors are true about him having or will have a billion dollars for TV ad time.

Since the run for the Presidency is just beginning, I wanted to share my opinions with you on the different GOP hopefuls. Please note, that these are just first impressions and could change as the candidates make their case to the American people.


GOP Candidates 2011
Mitt Romney
Republican Candidate 2011

Mitt Romney: A savvy businessman, but hasnít convinced me of his being a conservative. He has a record that screams RINO (Republican in name only). Unless convinced otherwise I will not be supporting his candidacy for the Republican nomination. But should he win the nomination I would support him Ė even a bland Republican would be better than what we have now.


GOP Candidates 2011
Michele Bachmann
Republican Candidate 2011

Michele Bachmann: This Iowa born Minnesotan is a dedicated conservative. Her victory in the Iowa straw poll has catapulted her into the top tier of candidates. I remain skeptical whether she can win the nomination though Ė much less beat Obama in the main event. Her stand with regard to the debt ceiling is just one issue, but it puts me at odds with her. While I will admit that reducing our national debt is a very high priority, we need to create a good climate for jobs before we go tossing another million people out of work. Tax cuts and regulation rollback is more important for our prosperity than the draconian stand taken by Bachmann.


GOP Candidates 2011
Ron Paul
Republican Candidate 2011

Ron Paul: A dedicated Constitutionalist, and conservative. I like his message except the part where he wants to isolate us from the world. Isolationism has never worked out and besides we need the rest of the world for commerce and safety. It is a dangerous place out there and the ostrich maneuver will not help. These are not the times to put our head in the sand.


GOP Candidates 2011
Newt Gingrich
Republican Candidate 2011

Newt Gingrich: Articulates conservatism better than all of the other candidates combined. He uses both historic and factual current information to appeal to our sense of logic. All I can say is good luck with that. Most people have left their logic at the altar of emotionalism and Utopian dreams. That is why Newt will not be the Republican candidate for November. Sadly, because I would support Newt if I thought he had any chance at all of winning. The pundits will cite his baggage from the past for his failed candidacy.


GOP Candidates 2011
Rick Perry
Republican Candidate 2011

Rick Perry: Being a resident of Texas makes it more difficult to contemplate Perry for president. I have disagreed with a lot of what Perry has done, but donít have a strong objection to him. I agreed with his vaccination plan for young girls against human papillomavirus. Parents need to come to terms with the fact that our young are much more sexually active than a generation ago. It is sad that this effort got mired in politics and had to be abandoned. Perry is a conservative and would govern in Washington as a conservative. If he wins the nomination, I will support him.


GOP Candidates 2011
Rick Santorum
Republican Candidate 2011

Rick Santorum: Here is a candidate that I currently rank high on my list of favorites. Even though he is being overshadowed by some of the others, he definitely has a grasp of the issues. Principally, the marriage between same sex partners being a state or federal issue. His stand for this as a federal issue is the correct one. If the issue is left up to each state, it would bring about chaos for the participants. Rick Santorum is a conservative with good credentials but unfortunately will probably fail in the primaries.


GOP Candidates 2011
Herman Cain
Republican Candidate 2011

Herman Cain: A refreshing alternative to the above. Not a pretentious person and doesnít wear his race on his sleeve. Cain is an accomplished businessman with a good record for finding solutions to thorny problems. We, (my wife and I) very much like Cain and will take a wait and see position as to how he fares with his campaign. Cain is a long shot but may be worth consideration.


GOP Candidates 2011
Buddy Roemer
Republican Candidate 2011

Buddy Roemer: Buddy is a converted Democrat with a campaign dedicated to stamping out corruption. We like his mission but fail to see how he can get traction without more press exposure. If by miracle he should win the nomination we would support him. Buddy Roemer has not been in politics for several years; we wish him luck.


GOP Candidates 2011
Jon Huntsman
Republican Candidate 2011

Jon Hunstman: A more liberal and main-stream Republican who represents the establishment side of the party. Jonís middle-of-the-road stand may sound a bit on the liberal side, but after listening to his positions during the Iowa debate, I find him hard to not like. As a governor, he has done a very credible job governing as a moderate conservative.


GOP Candidates 2011
Thaddeus McCotter
Republican Candidate 2011

Thaddeus McCotter: No exposure insures that he will not gain any traction. I have no idea where he stands on the various issues. He may be a terrific candidate if I only knew something about him. Even with available information on the web, I didnít see fit to look it up. This piece is based only on information that actually gets seen, heard, and talked about Ė not about an obscure candidate that I would have to do research on to learn about.

I will reassess my opinions as time moves on. This is but a snapshot of the feelings and impressions of today.

Robert welcomes your comment to this or any other of my commentaries.


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