Category Archives: Presidential Primary 2012

RNC Convention Wrap-Up

Mitt Romney gives a speech at the RNC; By: Jayel Aheram

Article originally posted September 5, 2012 at Choose Your Stance.

Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican Convention in Tampa Florida went exceedingly well.  All the major speakers had a chance to give their spiel and at the end, Romney got his expected modest boost in poll numbers.

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DANGER ZONE: The Foreign Policy Debate (Live-Blogged)

Your PreGame:

Thoughts from Foreign Policy Institute

Questions from Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government

Snark will be live-tweeted.


We start with the number one issue which is Libya. Mitt did a good job congratulating Obama immediately on killing bin Ladin. Also nice that he mentioned Mali, shows he knows something more than just talking points, for those of us who care.

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Security of CPAC Straw Poll Not A Huge Concern

CPAC 2012 rolled out an electronic straw poll for the first time during this year’s convention. The technology had a test run at the Florida CPAC event in 2011. CPAC’s official pollster, Tony Fabrizio called the previous system of paper ballots “cumbersome” during the Press Tech Briefing regarding the straw poll.

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Predictions for 2012/2016

Image by Ukanda

This might be my last comment on the horse race.

Without a Captain Republican, we lose. Therefore the outcome of 2012 looks inevitable.

A loss in 2012 will have one of two results:

  1. The candidate choices will improve in 2016. No one will need to run against Obama and his machine. The new tea-party favorites will have a few years of experience. Obama’s policies will be in full-swing and easier to counter. This should lead us to a candidate who truly embodies our conservative values. Once we find that candidate, we will win.

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Romney Wins Florida, Loses America

Photo by Aaron Webb

My experiences during the Florida Primary left me doubting a Republican win for the Presidency. This morning, Romney reassumed his role as the inevitable nominee. Newspapers called it his “Big Win” in Florida. Taking 41% of the vote in the Sunshine state, with a close Iowa and New Hampshire in the bag, his victory in the primaries does look more likely than any of the competing candidates. But a win in the White House might not be in the cards.

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Jacksonvillle Debate Anaylsis: Neither Passion Nor Anger Can Save Santorum

Photo by David S. Holloway / CNN

CNN’s debate brought about a fierce and unbridled response from Republican candidates last night in Jacksonville. At the very least, the event provided a full dose of entertainment for the politically-inclined. Despite the handful of recycled questions, the debate actually provided some new information to voters with insightful questions on a range of topics including foreign policy and Puerto Rican statehood.

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Waiting On The Killing Blow in Jacksonville

The battle for the Republican nomination is in no way over, expect the field to be littered with bodies by the time it ends. Tonight, I will cover the second debate in the Sunshine State. I will be live tweeting from the CNN Press room in Jacksonville and will have follow-up analysis for you right after. However, let’s quickly discuss what you can expect to see tonight.

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Santorum: Genuine But Unorganized

Santorum exitng SRLC

Santorum campaign organizers reached out to their volunteers on Thursday of this past week in Charleston, South Carolina. They asked volunteers to line up outside the SRLC Arena with signs to usher the Senator into the building for his speech. Two hours later, Santorum showed up at the back press entrance and was rushed inside before his supporters could even glimpse him. So when the Senator finally did interact with his volunteers, only a few loyalists remained.

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