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.
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.
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.
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.
No one could predict how the Republican Primaries would go. It’s as if each state has decided to completely ignore early year projections from the professionals and derail the process, just to be difficult.
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.
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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Already the the first question at the Jacksonville debate is one we’ve heard thousands of times before. I would be willing to forgive if I thought that maybe someone had not heard the candidate’s answers before. (You know, if we had only seen 2 debates so far.)
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.
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.