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Hagel Quits

Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year. Jake Thompson  9-8-2007

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Hagel On Hold – Waiting For Fred Thompson

Hagel is waiting to decide on running for President until Fred Thompson makes his decision.  by Matt Browner Hamlin   3-23-2007

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Is Romney Gaining Ground?

Romney has remained a distant third in the New Hampshire race. But by running to the right and convincing conservatives he really means it –  looks like he has grabbed  22% of the vote. by Jon Keller  3-14-2007

  • McCain 29%
  • Giuliani 28%
  • Romney 22%
  • Gingrich  5%
  • Huckabee 2%
  • Brownback 1%
  • Hagel 1%
  • Hunter 1%
  • Paul 1%   Franklin Pierce College and WBZ-TV New Hampshire telephone survey March 7-12 likely Republican Presidential Primary Voters

Questions regarding this poll have surfaced.  Rich Killion, a consultant for Mitt Romney previously worked as Director of the Franklin Pierce College Polling Institute.  by eye   3-15-2007

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Not to Decide Is To Decide

Today, at a press conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Hagel said:

“I am here today to announce that my family and I will make a decision on my political future later this year.”  by 08Guru AsC   3-12-2007

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Hagel Planning To Announce?

Most Republican observers believe that U.S. Senator Hagel will announce a bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday in Omaha. Some have speculated that he may run as an independent – perhaps with the Unity 08 group attempting to organize a viable third party candidacy.  by Chris Cillizza  3-8-2007

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Zogby Poll

  • Giuliani 29%
  • McCain 20%
  • Romney 9%
  • Rice 7%
  • Gingrich 7%
  • Brownback 4%
  • Tancredo 1%
  • Hunter 1%
  • Undecided 19% 
  • Someone else:  Huckabee, Thompson, Hagel, Paul each failed to win 0.5% support and are not included

Giuliani is favored in nearly every age bracket.  Among the “very conservative” Romney wins 23%, Gingrich 22%, Rice 13%, Brownback 9%, Giuliani 4%, McCain 3%.   2-26-2007

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Attendance is everything

The AWOL Senators Who Are Running for President

Senator Brownback, who is running a pro-values campaign, has been absent for more than 50 percent of the roll call votes this year. Brownback missed all of the votes in the first week of the new Congress. Other Republican Senators running for President: McCain has been very careful and has missed only two votes. Should Senator Hagel decide to run he has missed nine votes this month. by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann 2-2-2007

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Installment 2

1. Can you name the last sitting U.S. Senator to make the leap from the Senate to President of the United States? John F. Kennedy in 1960. Before that? Warren G. Harding in 1920. Before that? Never. It’s simply not a successful platform from which to launch a presidential run.

2. Dennis Hastert’s announces support for Governor Romney, word has it that Minority Leader John Boehner will likely do the same. Here’s the scoop:

Posted by Steven Muscatello at 09:07 PM on January 23, 2007

3. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) had a dismal performance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. McCain’s sudden attacks on Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld while pressing for more troops for Iraq have caused unease among Republicans. “

Evans-Novak Political Report January 24, 2007

4. Listing of Congressmen, Senators and Governors who have endorsed a presidential candidate. Romney has 10, McCain 7, Hunter 1.

5. Thoughts from the Hotline/Diageo poll: Mormonism: 48% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Mormonism. Only 38% of Dems and 26% of Independents have an unfavorable view Romney’s problem is with his own party’s base in the primary. Independents just won’t care so much.

January 21,2007

6. Public Financing no longer McCains concern.

Mr. McCain has recently removed his name as a co-sponsor of a bill to expand the presidential public financing program. He is beginning to seek private donations for the primary and general elections, albeit with the option of returning them.

Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, another Republican primary contender, has already decided to forgo public financing for the primaries. Posted by Matt Browner Hamlin on January 23rd, 2007

7. 2008 President candidates and the Second Amendment

Top tier. Nearly perfect pro-Second Amendment records: Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas). Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-Vir.). Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.).
Poor: Former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.). Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.). For a complete listing of all candidates please refer to the website Posted by Jason Pye January 23, 2007

8. Pataki has packed up and gone home: Pataki packed up his Manchester New Hampshire office and moved it to his hometown of Peekskill, NY where his PAC is now based. The Manchester office, it is now available for any other presidential candidate.January 24, 2007 James Pindell


9. Hagel ponders White House run. Says he will make his decision in the next six weeks. January 26, 2007


10. Rasmussen Poll: Giuliani leads in the competition for the Republican nomination. The Mayor retains the highest favorability ratings of all candidates at sixty-five percent. McCain is now viewed favorably by just 52% of American voters. That’s down from 56% earlier this month and from 59% in December.

Read it here January 25, 2007


11. Duncan Hunter announces his candidacy for President, with theme: Peace Through Strength. His website is now up.


12. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will appear on Meet the Press Sunday to “talk about 2008,” in what is very likely his first foray into the 2008 presidential race. On Monday expect him to announce the formation of his exploratory committee. January 26, 2007

13. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will sponsor a bill to strengthen campaign finance laws in this session of Congress despite vehement opposition to campaign finance reform from conservative Republican activists whose support he needs to win the party’s nomination for president in 2008. McCain will reintroduce a bill to further clamp down on independent “527” groups. January 26, 2007

14. The best known name at the Republican National Committee is probably its high profile general chairman, Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida. But the man who has the nuts-and-bolts job of getting the GOP ready for the next election is the new chairman, Mike Duncan. January 25, 2007

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