Posts Tagged ‘Campaign’

Tim Pawlenty releases the first television advertisement of the 2012 presidential election. 

Ad transcript:

A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things. The question is, have they done it?
In a liberal state, I reduced spending in real terms for the first time,
Took on the government unions and won,
Appointed a conservative supreme court.
And passed health care reform the right way – no mandates, no takeovers.
If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington.
I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I approved this message.”

The Daily Caller reports:

Television ads for Tim Pawlenty will begin running on Thursday in Iowa on Fox News Channel, making the former Minnesota governor the first candidate to place a large ad buy in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Politico’s Ben Smith first reported the story, and noted that the ads will run “starting tomorrow on Fox News with a buy just under $50,000 in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, Ottumwa, Rochester, and Sioux City media markets. The ads will run from June 23rd to July 3rd.”

Pawlenty spokesperson Alex Conant previewed the tone the ads will take.

“Governor Pawlenty is well positioned to unite conservatives and do well in both Iowa and New Hampshire,” Conant emailed. “The soon-to-be-unveiled TV ads will introduce the Governor to Iowans about why he is the candidate with the strongest record and best results, not rhetoric.”

This commercial definitely fits Pawlenty’s style – not too flashy and straight to the point. In the short 30 second ad, he addresses his record of cut spending, battling unions, appointing conservative judges, and attacking Obamacare. All great points that conservative Iowans will love to hear. Unfortunately, the commercial is something that won’t excite anyone at first glance.

Also, T-Paw’s campaign stepped in and purchased the www.iowastrawpoll2011.com domain name and step up a great microsite. Props.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the memorial for the victims of the Tucson shooting tragedy?

Answer: Thousands of blue “Together We Thrive” t-shirts.

Was this a campaign rally or memorial service? Tom Fitton – from Big Government – reports:

Adding to the inappropriate atmosphere were thousands of blue “Together We Thrive,” t-shirts and posters plastered all over the place, an obvious play on a popular Obama presidential campaign theme from 2008.

Perhaps it was also the fact that the whole event was “branded” in the first place: “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America.”

Perhaps it was the cheering throngs of Obama fans whooping and hollering as the President took to the stage, making the whole event seem more like a pep rally than a memorial. (And the same goes for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who also reportedly received a thunderous reception.)

Or, conversely, perhaps it was the smattering of boos that erupted when Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, took to the stage to deliver her remarks — a reaction that “would have been hard to imagine, say, in the days after the Oklahoma City bombing,” the New York Times noted.

Perhaps it was all of those shameless attempts by liberals to play politics with this massacre leading up to the memorial event — suggesting, if not outright claiming, that this tragedy was the fault of “right wingers” in general and Glen Beck and Sarah Palin specifically. (I documented many of these ridiculous statements previously.)

Given the political nature of the event, many people questioned the funding involved in the t-shirt controversy. This is what they found out:

On January 20 the University told us it had no documents responsive to our first request. And it gave us one document responsive to our second request showing that the t-shirts cost the University of Arizona $60,885. Supposedly, the University of Arizona is paying this bill without the use of “tuition, state allocations, tax dollars or student fees.” Money is fungible, so the taxpayers apparently helps pay this bill, however indirectly.

Playing politics with a tragedy? Debatable.

Inappropriate expenditure for a public university? Absolutely.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Democrats’ advertising strategy for the upcoming mid-term election?

Answer: Their self-proclaimed “historic” vote for Obama-Care is nowhere to be found.

Honestly Democrats, what’s wrong with millions of Americans losing their current health insurance? Or the individual mandate that will erode our liberty and increase taxes? Or the fact that it’s not paid for? Or better yet, creating a complex one-size-fits-all health-care system that will eventually centralize America’s health-care decisions in Washington? What could possibly go wrong?

Perhaps that’s why Democrats are avoiding the subject all together – besides the few Democrats who just-so-happen to be running against the new health-care law. Politico reports:

At least five of the 34 House Democrats who voted against their party’s health care reform bill are highlighting their “no” votes in ads back home. By contrast, party officials in Washington can’t identify a single House member who’s running an ad boasting of a “yes” vote — despite the fact that 219 House Democrats voted in favor of final passage in March.

One Democratic strategist said it would be “political malfeasance” to run such an ad now.

Democrats have taken that advice to heart; it appears that no Democratic incumbent — in the House or in the Senate — has run a pro-reform TV ad since April, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ran one.

I have one word for Democrats: Meow.

Here’s a suggestion, how about you liberal cowards “man-up” and back your record if Obama-Care is such a great thing for the United States? (Democrats’ reaction: click here) Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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First Lady Michelle Obama.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Michelle Obama’s speech at the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee in New York City back in June 2008?

Answer: She told the crowd that Barack Obama’s home country is Kenya.

Michelle Obama in 2008:

When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test.

DUN! DUN! DUN! …And the plot thickens! 😆

I realize that I cannot predict the future, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the ‘birther’ movement will have an all-out field day with this video clip. Unfortunately, the ‘birther’ conspiracy will probably get a momentum boost this week, while the liberal mainstream media tries to paint every Conservative in America as one of these loony-toons.

Question: Since Michelle Obama brought up the issue, does that make her a ‘birther’ too? After all – according to the English Dictionary – this is how ‘home country’ is defined:

The country in which a person was born and usually raised, regardless of the present country of residence and citizenship.

Haha. Personally, I find Mrs. Obama’s comment quite entertaining, but in the end human-beings tend to misspeak time to time. I’m just saying.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids over the weekend?

Answer: GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Bouchard was a guest on an episode of To The Point with Rick Albin.

If you have the time, make sure you click on the image above to watch the interview with Mike Bouchard. In the interview, Bouchard touched on a lot of issues that concern Michiganders and will eventually pop up along the campaign trail as the November election quickly approaches. Overall, I would say the interview went extremely well and gives his campaign a much deserved boost of momentum going into April. Feel free to make a donation to Mike Bouchard’s campaign for governor:

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Also, check out more To The Point interviews with other Republican candidates:

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest Rasmussen poll regarding the 2010 election for Michigan’s next Governor?

Answer: Republican candidates are still holding strong.

Michigan Republicans have a very busy year ahead of them! Term-limited Governor Jennifer Granholm is done at the end of the year and multiple Republican candidates have an early lead over the likeliest Democratic candidates.

Check out the latest numbers:

So far, so good…

Rasmussen Reports has the latest:

The most recent Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds GOP hopefuls Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox and Peter Hoekstra earning 40% to 45% of the vote in all but one of the match-ups against each of their potential opponents.

Democrats Virg Bernero, Andy Dillon, Denise Ilitch and Alma Wheeler Smith pick up anywhere from 28% to 36% of the vote in those match-ups.

Hoekstra, a longtime U.S. congressman, runs slightly stronger among the GOP contenders.

Among the Democrats, Dillon, the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, runs most competitively. Against Cox, the state attorney general, in fact, Dillon runs virtually even, with 36% of the vote to his GOP foe’s 35%. (See toplines and crosstabs.)

Both parties will pick their candidates in August 3 primaries.


Among the GOP hopefuls, Bouchard. the sheriff of Oakland County, is viewed very favorably by seven percent (7%) of Michigan voters and very unfavorably by six percent (6%). For Cox, very favorables total 14% and very unfavorables 13%. Eighteen percent (18%) have a very favorable opinion of Hoekstra, while 13% view him very unfavorably.

On the Democratic side, Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, is seen very favorably by six percent (6%) and very unfavorably by 11%. Six percent (6%) have a very favorable view of Dillon, while 13% view him very unfavorably.

Very favorables for Ilitch, a Detroit businesswoman and lawyer, total 17%, her very unfavorables 14%. For Wheeler Smith, a member of the Michigan House, very favorables are 12% and very unfavorables 19%.

So far, it is looking good for Republicans and in reality it’s their race to lose. Within the past couple months – after Lieutenant Governor John Cherry dropped out of the race – Democrats have been playing catch-up. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the May 15th deadline to collect 15,000 signatures to have their name on the ballot during the primaries is creeping around the corner.

In my opinion, the Republican candidates need to step their game up and get more enthusiasm out there to the general public. Another GOP hopeful – business entrepreneur Rick Snyder – released a Super Bowl advertisement in order to get his name out there and create some buzz. It will be interesting to see if his name pops up on the next Rasmussen poll.

Good luck Republicans and may the best Conservative win!

Side-Note: Shortly after this poll was conducted, Denise Ilitch officially announced that she will not enter the race, but former state Treasurer Bob Bowman is preparing to file papers to form an exploratory committee for governor.

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Don't mess with Coakley! Haha.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Martha Coakley headquarters?

Answer: Some really angry Coakley campaign/union members!

HAHA! Don’t mess with these guys.

Make sure you checkout what the guy says at the 45 second mark:

I’m going to call the police if she continues to film me on private property. She’s in violation of my rights… my civil rights, which we still have despite Nazis like you!

Jeez… All they wanted to do was get a few shots from inside the headquarters, but I guess that’s not possible because they’re too “bias.” Oh well… This just hurts Coakley’s campaign even more.

Props to Feed Your ADHD!

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