GOP ready for 2012
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“Obama will be a one-term president,” asserts Republican candidate Michele Bachmann. While currently in sixth place in recent polls, she may not be the candidate to top Obama; however, her peers seem to be in good standing to knock him out of the Oval Office.
Even two months before primaries, the GOP ticket is starting to push forth candidates to defeat Democrats in the 2012 elections. Though part of the same political party, these Republicans could not be more different.
White and black, male and female, governors and businessmen—there is such diversity on this ballot and just as many ideas to tackle big issues like the economy and unemployment.
Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is proving to be a crowd favorite, winning or tying for first in early voting states with votes of 25 percent to the 40 percent he found in New Hampshire, according to a CNN/Time/ORC Poll.
Romney accomplished an array of feats as governor, such as a 4.6 percent unemployment rate and creation of a $2 billion rainy day fund at the end of his term even though he entered office with a $3 billion deficit.
This conservative Republican, only knocked off his first-place pedestal by Perry’s late entrance to the race in August, may very well be the one to come out on top with the Republican nomination.
Herman Cain catapulted in the polls with his innovative 9-9-9 tax plan and remains at or near the top. While some stand behind him in this idea, others are strongly opposed.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum mentioned in a GOP debate that under Cain’s plan up to 84 percent of Americans would pay more taxes. With no prior political experience, Cain is hard to exploit, but he is also more easily stumped.
When a debate moderator asked about his foreign policy, he replied, “I don’t need to know the details of every issue we face.” Along with his shocking plan for border security and his several interview blunders, it’s hard to see Cain topping the well-prepared Romney.
Governor of Texas Rick Perry, with a late entrance to the race, has been slipping as of late but remains a threat with a seat in third.
His new flat tax plan is causing a stir among crowds. Recently, Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes business magazine, publicly endorsed the fiscal conservative and his “Cut, Balance, Grow” plan. Forbes proposed the same plan in 1996 when he ran for president and had short-lived success with the plan. With some tweaks, Perry hopes to perfect this idea.
U.S. Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul, has proposed to cut $1 trillion of government spending within the first year in office.
If voted in to office, he would cut the presidential salary from $400,000 to the median salary of Americans, $39,336.
Paul would eliminate all foreign aid and cut more than 200,000 government jobs by completely wiping out five cabinet-level departments, including the departments of energy and education.
In a 475-student sample survey held at UMHB, Rick Perry was the winner with the majority vote of 213. Obama with 108 votes was second. The school is two for two with these polls. The student samples from 2004 and 2008 guessed Bush and Obama. Will UMHB stay perfect?
All in all, with such innovative and competitive candidates battling for the attention of an American public that wants to believe in a change in office, the GOP is looking likely to make it into the White House. The question is, who will take them there?