Category Archives: Mitt Romney
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign at a press conference today, surrounded by his family. With heavy hearts and new perspective, Santorum indicated that his daughter Bella’s health was a reality check for the family and that he and his wife Karen are determined to put family first.
“Though we are suspending our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said. “There is a lot of greatness in this country.”
Santorum recalled some of his most memorable moments on the trail, stating that the campaign saw ‘miracle after miracle. This race was as improbable as you’ll ever see in a race for President’ and told of his love affair with this country. He spoke of the rise of his iconic sweater vests and the Tea Party’s support, which came from the persistent conversations about the Constitution.
With Santorum out of the race, Romney essentially has an insurmountable delegate lead over Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. The previous talks of a possible brokered convention are unlikely to continue now.
We can now look forward to the next step in this battle to defeat Barack Obama: the vetting of Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick.
In just over two weeks, the first test of strength with the GOP field to challenge Barack Obama will take place. Ames, Iowa will host the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Hilton Colosseum on the campus of Iowa State University.
From the Associated Press:
The Iowa GOP State Central Committee announced Saturday that the six candidates who reserved space at the Aug. 13 event at Iowa State University in Ames were guaranteed ballot spots. Read the rest of this entry
In the land of 10,000 lakes, we have watched the career of 2-term former governor Tim Pawlenty. The now Republican 2012 presidential candidate was a red spot in a blue sea oftentimes. However, Minnesotans have rolled with the Pawlenty punches: the good, the bad & the ugly.
As the infamous Ames Straw Poll draws near, Pawlenty has less than a month now to make up ground he so sorely needs to remain viable as a candidate to become the GOP nominee for President. Experts say that he must obtain a finish in the top 3 spots at the Straw Poll or risk losing his bid for the White House, as Iowa also holds the first GOP primary in February 2012. With the entrance and excitement of fellow Minnesotan and Tea Party sweetheart, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Pawlenty is not only battling (and losing in the polls to) a fellow Minnesotan down in Iowa–he is also battling for the heart and soul of the GOP. On paper, he appears to have all the right credentials — so why isn’t his candidacy catching fire?
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This morning, Michele Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for to become President of the United States of America. No small feat, might I add. Against a backdrop of staid, middle aged men, Bachmann shines as a charismatic, articulate, constitution-loving woman. With the Iowa Straw Poll less than 50 days out, the field of candidates continues to widen. Who will be the one to make Barack Obama a “One Term President”?
The major players so far are former MA governor Mitt Romney, former MN governor Tim Pawlenty, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Utah governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, TX congressman Ron Paul, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former NM Governor Gary Johnson, former PA senator Rick Santorum, and a host of smaller candidates, with a number of big names like Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Rick Perry and several others that have yet to declare their intentions…
On the home turf here in Minnesota, we are faced with having two different kind of conservatives in the race for the GOP nomination. Bachmann has established herself as the Tea Party candidate, the one who the media loves to hate and who isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues. Pawlenty, by contrast, has an impressive, standard resume…former 2-term governor, former House Majority leader, attorney, etc. However, his political endeavors have been shaky at times and he fails to truly excite anyone outside of the center. Sure, he’s politically tried to move back to the right, but on a number of issues, he’s “flip flopped”, similarly to another famous presidential candidate (paging John Kerry….).
The next few months will be very telling for the two Minnesotans. If either fails to make the top 3 in the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, IA on August 13th, their campaigns are doomed. But right now, the momentum seems to be behind Bachmann, with Pawlenty eating her proverbial dust. Will that change? Possibly. Only time will tell…