Posts Tagged ‘President’

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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It’s official! Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has jumped into the 2012 presidential race.

Tim Pawlenty‘s campaign reports:

In the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency, unemployment is at unbearable levels, gas and food prices are skyrocketing and federal government spending is out of control. “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional, and it is already driving up health costs — not reducing them.

The president’s policies simply aren’t working. And more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about the problems we’re facing and what it’s really going to take to get America back on the right track.

As a candidate for president, it would be easy for me to just tell the American people we can solve our debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. But we have now seen where that type of leadership gets us.

Leadership isn’t about fancy speeches and empty promises. It’s not about telling people just what they want to hear. It’s about telling the truth. Like too many Washington politicians, President Obama governs with an eye toward the next election, at the expense of the next generation. He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself.


The problems facing our nation are severe. But we can overcome them. We will grow our economy if we shrink our government. We will create good jobs if we encourage job creators. And our children will be free to pursue their dreams if we rescue them from our debts.

Together, we will change our country, and this time, it really will be for the better.

Ever since the 2010 midterm elections ended, I have been a big fan of Pawlenty and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Unfortunately, I awoke to the news yesterday that Daniels decided to withdraw his name from the 2012 presidential election talks. This leaves a lot of room for other GOP hopefuls, including T-Paw.

On the political advertising side of his announcement, Pawlenty’s ads have been on fire ever since he has hinted at a presidential run. Although his “I’m going to tell you the truth” stance isn’t anything new for a politician, the introduction and outro of the ad were great. They definitely portrayed a humble candidate who is ready to take on President Obama and his campaign war-chest. I just hope Pawlenty can keep up with others in his own party.

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BREAKING: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will not be running for president in 2012.

CNN reports:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.

“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour, a Republican, said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said he would continue serving as governor of Mississippi and work to “elect a new Republican president in 2012.”


According to a source close to Barbour, the governor felt he received positive receptions on recent trips to the early contest states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, but that his decision in the end came down to a “gut feeling”

In all honesty, I am shocked to hear Haley Barbour is not running. The man is incredible fundraiser and could make the Republican primary interesting. Unfortunately, I have always questioned Barbour’s chances at winning a general election against President Obama. His heavy southern accent and appearance would be an obstacle if he ended up going against America’s first black president.

With Barbour out, does that mean Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will jump into the ring? Politico reports:

Daniels is candid: He’d be less inclined to launch a White House bid if Barbour does the same.

“My first inclination would be to help Haley,” said Daniels, adding: “It would be unusual [if we both ran]. On every past occasion, we’ve been teammates.”

Also, Hot Air reported this earlier:

A source close to Daniels tells NYT reporter John Harwood he’s leaning towards yes: “mitchdaniels confidant: Indiana Gov. now ’60 to 70%’ likely to seek 2012 GOP nomination”.

The presidential race is definitely heating up.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked John Bolton’s interview with The Daily Caller yesterday?

Answer: Possibly a hint at running for president in 2012…

Excuse me a second while I ponder this idea…

The Daily Caller reports:

Not shy about his position on a wide range of issues, would this critic-in-chief consider a run for commander-in-chief in 2012? Bolton didn’t reject the idea out of hand.

“[I]t is a very great honor that anybody would even think of asking. I’m obviously not a politician. I’ve never run for any federal elective office at all and, you know, it is something that would obviously require a great deal of effort,” he said. “What I do think, though, and what concerns me, is the lack of focus generally in the national debate about national security issues. Now, I understand the economy is in a ditch and people are concerned about it, but our adversaries overseas are not going to wait for us to get our economic house in order.”

When pressed as to whether that means he would consider a run, Bolton seemed to suggest that he might do it, at the very least to help put national security issues at the top of the debate agenda.

“In the sense that I want to make sure that not only in the Republican Party, but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States. You know, as somebody who writes op-eds and appears on the television, I appreciate as well as anybody that…there is a limit to what that accomplishes,” he said. “Whereas, some governor from some state in the middle of the country announces for president they get enormous coverage even if their views are utterly uninformed on major issues.”

When pressed a third time about running, he said that while “he is not going to do anything foolish,” he added, “you know, I see how the media works…you have to take that into account.”

Again, not a no.

To be honest, I’m kind of surprised that John Bolton left the question out there to linger in the minds of those praying to have a much different field of presidential candidates then those who ran in 2008. The thought of John Bolton running in 2012 has never crossed my mind until now, and I must say… I kind of like the idea. The question of whether or not he’s electable is debatable, but he is definitely intelligent, straightforward, and has a strangle hold on the crucial issues facing America today. Plus, the idea that he’s not a politician could benefit him as well.

Exit Question: If Bolton decides to run in 2012, does he have an “Alex Trebek moment” and shave off that amazing mustache?

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)?

Answer: He wants President Ronald Reagan’s face on the $50 bill.

FOX News reports:

Ronald Reagan’s conservative legacy has been the topic of debate for much of the last two decades. Now a Republican lawmaker is arguing that that legacy should be honored by putting Reagan’s face on the $50 bill.

Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina introduced legislation Tuesday that would replace President Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with Reagan’s likeness.

“Every generation needs its own heroes,” McHenry said in a written statement. “One decade into the 21st century, it’s time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy.”

FDR’s likeness in on the dime and Kennedy’s is on the half-dollar.

McHenry pointed to a polls of presidential scholars that show Reagan consistently outranks President Grant, including a Wall Street Journal survey in 2005 that ranked Reagan sixth and Grant 29th.

But one Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee said he’s not ready to grant that honor to “someone whose policies are still controversial.”

“Our currency ought to be something that unites us,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Times.

This isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to put Reagan on the $50 bill. In 2005, when Republicans controlled Congress, the attempt died in the House Financial Services Committee.

Oh boy… I think if President Reagan made his way on to the $50 bill, it would drive liberals completely insane… Let’s do it! 😆

In all seriousness, I am indifferent about putting President Reagan’s face on our $50 bill. It’s hard to pick a side because on one end of the argument you have President Ulysses S. Grant who helped us (the north) win the Civil War and on the other end you have John F. Kennedy’s face on the half-dollar who didn’t really accomplish much at all. Overall, President Reagan should have his face on some type of currency… $50 bill or something else.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s approval rating?

Answer: 45%… Ouch!

Quinnipiac reports:

American voters are split 45 – 45 percent on whether Barack Obama’s first year in office is a success or failure and split 35 – 37 percent on whether the U.S. would be better off if John McCain had won the 2008 election, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today. As he marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Obama’s approval has slipped slightly into an even 45 – 45 percent split for the first time.

By a 43 – 30 percent margin American voters think Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. Voters blame Bush more than Obama 55 – 20 percent for the current economic conditions, but they say 35 – 24 percent that Obama’s policies have made the United States less safe than those of his predecessor. Another 38 percent say safety is about the same.


Obama’s job approval is only slightly lower than his 46 – 43 percent rating in Quinnipiac University’s December 23 survey. But it continues a gradual but consistent downward move that began last summer when his approval rating was 59 – 31 percent positive June 4.

Not looking good for President Obama, especially in a big election year for Democrats coming up this fall. He has already had the lowest approval rating of any president at this point in their administration. Then again, this doesn’t help either:

After nearly destroying the US economy, tripling the national deficit, almost doubling unemployment, lying about openness, pushing radical legislation and constantly bashing his predecessor… Barack Obama told People Magazine that he will focus on uniting the country around common values this coming year.

Props to Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit.

Slowly, but surely it appears that Obama supporters are jumping off the bandwagon while there’s probably a good majority just barely clinging on with one foot dangling off. What do you think?

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked some recent polls regarding President Obama?

Answer: Maybe people didn’t hate George W. Bush as much as they thought.

Once again… Just an awful week for President Obama in the polls. Check this one out, because I guarantee it’s a stinger:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties.

I normally don’t use this expression, but here we go… Oh snap! I did NOT see this one coming at all, mainly because Barack Obama played off the hatred a lot of people had toward George W. Bush during his 2008 campaign. If you told me 10 months ago that these would be the poll numbers in December, I probably would of laughed at you. Don’t worry though, I’m not done. Here’s another shocker:

Finally 20% of voters, including 35% of Republicans, support impeaching Obama for his actions so far. I’m not clear exactly what ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ they are using to justify that position but there may be a certain segment of voters on both the right and the left these days that simply think the President doing things they don’t agree with is grounds for removal from office.

Now granted, President Obama will not be getting impeached over anything he has done so far, but it still goes to show how much he’s decline in less than a year. After all, back in January he was almost like the second coming of Jesus to some people. I guess Americans are finally starting to metaphorically crawl out of bed and awake to his extremely radical views and policies. Thank you Real Jesus.

Side-Note: Hmm… I wonder if Robert Gibbs will publicly attack Public Policy Polling too for this recent poll. Any bets?

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