Rick Perry is in the race and he has shook things up. There is some good news, even for those who do not like Perry. Mitt Romney is no longer the frontrunner.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was a close second to Bachmann on Saturday, has the support of nine percent (9%) of Likely Primary Voters, followed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at six percent (6%) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with five percent (5%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent (1%) support, while Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter comes in statistically at zero.
The full story is here: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/e...
What does this mean?
Perry’s launch into the race was masterful. He came out with a strong message and a well-orchestrated entry. His first campaign commercial was almost iconic with references to him as the “jobs governor” and images of Perry on his Texas ranch. Cowboy imagery always plays well with Middle America as does Perry’s cred as a self made man.
The conventional wisdom was Perry would take votes away from Bachmann. His entry certainly did take some but if Rasmussen’s numbers are right, he has taken a lot more away from Romney than from Bachmann.
The consensus among the Tea Party seems to be that Bachmann is the best Tea Party candidate. That is not a universal feeling, but it seems to be a strong feeling. Almost no one in the Tea Party movement wants to see a Romney Presidency. A Romney Presidency would be little more than a second term for Obama.
Perry may be an acceptable second choice to many members of the Tea Party who favor Bachmann.
The good new is, Perry’s bounce has bounced Romney out of his front-runner status. The Tea Party has two goals here. We must block Romney from getting the nomination and we must defeat Obama.
Perry’s bounce probably won’t last and the race will tighten up among the three front-runners. However, Perry’s entry is clearly hurting Romney more than Bachmann and no one in the Tea Party is crying about that.
Were the jobs created by Perry or stim money?
I agree, Abraham
I think that this kind of rhetoric from well known commentators like Rove,Kristol and Krauthammer really hurts our cause and sway those who are not tea party members yet, but maybe republicans who could be enticed to join us.
I never see the left commentators really talk like that against their own. They always seem more united. It really ticks me off!
Those were the same "well known commentators" that were on the Bush Cheerleading Team. Who is listening to them now?
Excellent Football metaphor, Mr. Schessler!
Here is another:
Have another swig of GOP Establishment/Bilderberg Gatorade, as the Texas good ol' boy Guv pours the entire cooler-full on the adoring electorate.
Yeah, suck up to the Muslims.
Whether Governor Perry, as a presidential candidate, will continue courting Muslims — and whether that is a liability for Perry in the current Islam-leery climate — remains to be seen. If he is to crack down on Sharia Law, how can he have a good relationship with the Muslims?
I saw a lot on the Gardisil issue today. A number of articles from when it was going on and then some current statements. I was really against the mandate when it happened and there are conflicting stories (as always) surrounding Perry's actions.
He said he was trying to protect young women so that ten years down the road he wouldn't have to explain why they didn't do something to protect women from cervical cancer if there was a way to do it. The mandate made it so insurance could pay for it and parents could opt out if they objected.
His former chief of staff Toomey was the lobbyist for Merck and his Mother in Law is a State Rep and head of the Texas Women in Government. Both of them were pushing the vaccination be statewide.
It was fairly well publicized that Gardisil only protects against two of the strains of HPV and there are supposedly more than 150 strains. Seems a weak solution.
If it walks like a duck? You know the rest. I could assume the people who had his ear fed him the information they wanted him to hear and he thought they were right. My grand daughter had the vaccination and her other grand father is a pediatrician. A good one.
This is just one of the issues that have been brought up on this board and I'm sure we will continue to discuss the others. I must admit I am not thrilled at the prospect of electing "not Obama". Still time for things to play out.
Robert, a very objective view to this issue, though many of us who supported Perry were not very supportive. However, if one took into consideration all of the facts one could easily be on a fence. So many of the nea-sayers doesn't know that the CDC was strongly recommending the vaccination and few would admit that their little 12 olds were sexually active, Im not afraid to say that about our little girls here. It is my understanding that Perry's wife is a nurse, that may have played some role, I only know it got squashed. What is very annoying is so many knows abosutely nothing about the issue and yet make some rediculous statement.