Monthly Archives: January 2008

Republican Debate Tonight

With Rudy Giuliani slated to bow out of the race and Mike Huckabee limping badly, McCain and Romney are almost certain to engage each other more sharply than they did in last week’s rather tepid GOP forum in Boca Raton, Fla.

The stakes are especially high for Romney. The former Massachusetts governor lost to McCain in Florida and now must try to thwart his momentum with the multistate Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses next week.

In a possible prelude to Wednesday’s exchanges, Romney in recent days called the Arizona senator dishonest, liberal, an economic novice and a lover of tax hikes. He sharply criticized McCain’s Senate record on immigration, campaign finance laws and energy.

McCain in turn ridiculed Romney’s shift on matters such as abortion rights, and said Romney had supported a premature withdrawal from Iraq.

McCain enters the debate with Giuliani’s likely endorsement and a new boost of confidence for his once-staggering campaign, putting the onus on Romney to persuade GOP voters to resist a McCain bandwagon.

The two-hour debate will be carried by CNN at 8 p.m. EST from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.  Liz Sidoti  1-30-2008


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McCain’s Mother Instructs Base to Hold Their Nose

Hold Your Nose And . . .

Just in case you haven’t seen the actual transcript from the C-SPAN Steve Scully interview with 95-year-old Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain:
Steve Scully: This is a political question in terms of how he gets the nomination, but just from what you have seen, how much support do you think he has among the base of the Republican Party?
Roberta McCain: I don’t think he has any. I don’t know what the base of the Repub–maybe I don’t know enough about it, but I’ve not seen any help whatsoever.
Scully: So can he then go on and become the nominee of this party?
McCain: Yes, I think holding their nose they’re going to have to take him.  Dan Cirucci  1-25-2008

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Republican Delegate Polling Results Update 1-26-2008

January 19, 2007

 Predicted results:  McCain 13 states, 698 delegates; Huckabee 10 states, 582 delegates; Giuliani 10 states, 450 delegates; Romney 8 states, 249 delegates.,_2008

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Schwarzkopf Endorses McCain

Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf endorsed McCain this morning, saying in a statement: “Senator John McCain has served our country with honor in war and in peace. He has demonstrated the type of courageous leadership our country sorely needs at this time. For that reason, he has my complete support.”  Foon Rhee  1-23-2008

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Voters Not Interested In Third Party

Recent Gallop Poll:”The American public does not appear to believe it is important or necessary for an independent candidate outside of the traditional two major parties to step into the race in order to save the nation.”

More specifically:

* A startling 84% of respondents think there’s a candidate running who would make a “good president.”* Nearly three in four — 72% — say that the candidates are talking about issues they “really care about.”

* A solid majority — 58% — feel that one more more candidates has come up with “good ideas for solving the country’s problems,” a finding that runs directly counter to Bloomberg’s frequent and self-serving criticism of the other candidates  Todd Beeton 1-22-2008

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Huckabee Needs Money

Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether. But many of those being asked to take the cut are refusing, and walking away, leaving the campaign with holes to fill.

“The money simply hasn’t come in at the rate that we expected,” says the aide. “Florida is a $7 million commitment that we can’t meet, and if we did, that leaves us exposed for Super Tuesday, where we have a lot of states and a lot media buys. We had to make tough decisions.”

From Matt Lewis:  Huckabee seems to be realizing he can’t win Florida — especially with Rudy, McCain, and Romney all campaigning hard there. He has been traveling to other states, including Georgia, and seems to be planning a Feb. 5 strategy, instead of a Florida strategy …  Jason Bonham  1-22-2008


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Thompson Says Goodbye

“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.”  Matt C 1-22-2008

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Nader Contemplating Another Run For President

“What I’m deciding on right now is whether we can get enough volunteers, enough financial resources to overcome the huge ballot access obstacles, which you don’t experience here in Canada, but which are the worst in the Western world in the United States,” said Nader.

Critics say he siphoned away enough votes from then Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 campaign — especially in Florida — to help Republican George W. Bush to win the White House.  Robert Melnbardis  1-21-2008

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Rick Santorum on John McCain

I served 12 years with him, six years…as one of the leaders of the Senate,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told radio host Mark Levin on Jan. 10. “John McCain was not only against us, but leading the charge on the other side.”
He added,  “There’s nothing worse than having a Democratic Congress and a Republican president who would act like a Democrat in matters that are important to conservatives.”  Jackie Kucinich  1-18-2008

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Delegate Count as of 1-21-2008

A simple majority of  1230 delegates is needed to secure the nomination  from a total of 2458.  The count so far is:

  • Romney – 3 states, 66 pledged delegates
  • McCain – 2 states, 38 pledged
  • Huckabee – 1 state, 26 pledged
  • Thompson – 0 states, 8 pledged
  • Ron Paul – 0 states, 6 pledged
  • Giuliani – 0 states, 1 pledged,_2008  1-21-2008


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