Monthly Archives: November 2007

No Muslims in Romney’s Cabinet

Romney says that he will not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet because they lack the requisite representation in the population is unbelievable given that there are almost equal numbers of Muslims and Mormons in the United States. Serving in government should be on having the qualifications to do the job, not some being part of some arbitrary quota system.

Romney went on to say”… I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”

http://race42008.com/2007/11/26/romney-no-muslims-in-my-cabinet/   LJ   11-26-2007

Romney claims this quote is inaccurate, rather that he didn’t consider it important to have a Muslim in his Cabinet. “His question was: ‘Do I need to have a Muslim in my Cabinet to be able to confront radical jihad and would it be important to have a Muslim in my Cabinet?’ And I said no. I don’t think that you have to have a Muslim in the Cabinet to be able to take on radical jihad.”

Update: 

TPM Election Central named two officials in the Nevada Republican Party that went on record as hearing Romney say that it was “not likely” that he would appoint a Muslim to either his cabinet or as an adviser on national security matters. Mitt Romney recently addressed a Las Vegas fundraiser where he was asked the same question his answer – “Not likely.”

http://race42008.com/2007/11/28/more-on-romney-and-muslims/  LJ  11-28-2007

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McCain in New Hampshire


Examine these mail pieces sent to New Hampshire households, and you’ll see that McCain is not only pushing his environmental credentials — he’s positioning himself to the left on the issue. This time, McCain only needs a fraction of the independents he got last time to make the same dramatic impact.  This development is something to be taken seriously. McCain only works as a stealth candidate.

If a vote for Huckabee is a vote for Rudy, there could also be some strange McCain-Romney alliance brewing wherein McCain is the instrument Romney uses to disqualify Rudy. MIA in all this is Fred.

http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/blog/g/f8656c6b-69c2-4e00-98c1-dfdbca59bc2e  Patrick Ruffini  11-25-2007

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Candidate Positions on Social Security

  • Giuliani – supports private accounts, opposes higher taxes.  Favors bipartisan commission to propose changes
  • Romney – supports private accounts, opposes higher taxes.  Open to reduction in promised benefits to future retirees.
  • McCain – supports private accounts, says obligations can be met without raising taxes. 
  • Thompson – supports voluntary private accounts with  govt matching funds, opposes raising taxes  Supports reduction in promised benefits to future retirees.
  • Huckabee – supports private accounts, for retirees that don’t need their benefits would allow tax-free lump sum payment at their death to children or grandchildren, would allow for higher benefits for seniors who delay retirement beyond 70. 

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3axOgKTYu4zcd63mGHAuFzoT8GQD8T448300  11-23-2007

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Win, Place, Show In The Early Races

John McCain dropped over 100,000 pieces of direct mail in Iowa, ran at least four television ads and mailings in New Hampshire, and had a “substantial” (their campaign’s description) effort and mailing in South Carolina — only to see his negative momentum in all three states continue to drag his polling numbers lower. New Hampshire is the only state he’s come close to stopping the bleeding in, where he’s leveled off at around 15% and third place. In Iowa, he pulls around 6% for a fifth place spot, and he’s in 4th place with around 12% in South Carolina. Now rumors are swirling that he will skip Iowa altogether, a la his 2000 campaign.

Fred is down to 13% in Rasmussen after enjoying a bounce up to 28% following his announcement. He was the one who was supposed to give Romney a run for his money in Iowa, but he’s sitting in fourth place in the state with downward momentum. In New Hampshire, he’s actually in sixth place behind everybody except Tancredo and Hunter. In Florida, where he was supposed to challenge Rudy’s firewall, he’s dropped from 22% average to an 11% average and third place behind Romney. South Carolina is the only state where he is relatively strong, and even there he’s bunched in a three way tie with Rudy and Romney with downward momentum threatening to pull him farther down. Does anyone really think he’ll still be in the hunt in SC if he loses IA and NH so badly?

Huckabee’s recent surge in Iowa has certainly been surprising and quick. Huck has cut Romney lead from double digits down to 9% on average. He’s currently fifth place in New Hampshire, sixth in Nevada, fifth in South Carolina, fifth in Michigan, and fifth in Florida. Not exactly a position of strength with only 43 days before the primaries begin.

Romney has the second clearest path to the nomination at this point. He’s still first in Iowa by 9 points, first in New Hampshire by more than 10, and is now first place, or tied for first, in three different South Carolina polls. Additionally, he’s in second place in Nevada, Florida, and (by less than 1%) in Michigan.

Giuliani still has the clearest path to the nomination, despite not playing well in some of the early states. The benefit to Rudy of it becoming basically a two-man race (thanks to Thompson’s fall and despite McCain’s best efforts) is that Giuliani will place at least second in each early state (with the potential exception of Iowa because of the Huckabee surge). This means he will still carry some relative strength into the 2/5 primaries, even if he were to lose all six of the early states. Or, if he maintains his lead in Nevada or Michigan, he enters 2/5 with even less diminished strength.

http://race42008.com/2007/11/21/thanksgiving-thoughts/ Matt C  11-21-2007

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Ron Paul Update

Rep. Ron Paul said he has raised more than $9 million in the past two months and he predicted his presidential campaign will exceed its $12 million fourth-quarter goal.

Paul said he has begun “spending generously” in key early-primary states. He is competing in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, and said he expects to have money to campaign through Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, when at least 22 states may hold primaries and decide the nomination.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2007/11/23/paul_expects_big_fourth_quarter.html  Taegan Goddard  11-23-2007

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Democrats Practice Strange Math In Iowa

The bizarre math practiced by the Democratic Party (the Republicans have different rules) means that being a citizen’s second choice can be a very good thing. Follow this for a moment: In most precincts, each candidate must receive support from at least 15 percent of the folks in attendance to remain viable. If a smaller percentage of caucusgoers in a particular precinct supports Sen. Chris Dodd, for example, each Dodd supporter has the option of throwing his or her support to someone else, someone they like second-best. And that may help the second-best person come in first.

This is why Barack Obama recently asked a Dodd supporter in Iowa if he could please be her second choice. “Senator Obama was extremely gracious,” Democratic activist Karen Thalacker told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I told him, ‘Absolutely.’ ”

What a strange phenomenon — begging to be someone’s second choice. But it matters so much that pollsters ask Democrats in Iowa not only about their first choices but about their second choices, too. (Obama leads in both categories, according to the new Washington Post-ABC News Poll.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/22/AR2007112201319.html  Libby Copeland  11-23-2007

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A Closer Look At Ron Paul

 May 24, 1996 Congress Daily article:
“Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, ‘By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government’ and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism.” 

A 1992 Ron Paul newsletter article, under Ron Paul’s name was written*: “If you have ever been robbed by a black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.’ Paul added: “I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city (Washington, D.C.) are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” 

*when confronted by the Texas Monthly magazine Ron Paul claimed that this was really written by one of his staffers, and had been convinced by them that he had to accept the responsibility for it  “- I actually really wanted to try to explain that it doesn’t come from me directly, but campaign aides said that’s too confusing.  ‘It appeared in your letter and your name was on that letter and therefore you have to live with it.'”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/11/the_ron_paul_campaign_and_its.html  Andrew Walden  11-14-2007

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