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New GOP pecking order shifts race

August 16, 2011

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— Suddenly facing two serious rivals, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney declared on Monday his business background sets him apart in the presidential race and dismissed the buzz over emerging challengers as “the political winds of the day.” Rick Perry insisted no one could go “toe to toe” with him, and rising star Michele Bachmann tried to turn her Iowa straw poll victory into gains against both men.

In less than a week, the slow-to-begin race for the Republican nomination has accelerated and undergone a dramatic shift, essentially becoming a three-way contest for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

Romney, who has been riding high for months while other Republicans have been struggling to emerge from the pack, now finds himself facing two significant foes in Perry, the Texas governor who formally entered the race only Saturday, and Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the Iowa straw poll that same day.

“It’s a wide-open race,” Gov. Terry Branstad declared after a five-day stretch that saw every Republican presidential candidate show up in his state, where party caucuses kick off the GOP nomination fight next winter. While Perry entered the nomination battle, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, exited, further reshuffling the deck.

Over the next few months, Romney, Bachmann and Perry will try to win over a GOP electorate angry at the change Obama has brought and looking for a candidate who has the right mix of credentials to beat the incumbent Democrat.

Romney, who lost the nomination in 2008, hasn’t been able to unite warring factions of the GOP electorate since entering the race earlier this year. Social conservatives and the tea party haven’t warmed to his candidacy, and he has left some economic conservatives and Republicans in the party establishment underwhelmed. He’s focused heavily on New Hampshire and has downplayed his campaign in Iowa, but that may change given that Bachmann and Perry, both of whom have support among the tea party and Christian evangelicals, are competing hard in this state where social conservatives dominate.

By Monday, the three Republicans with the strongest chance of winning the nomination fanned out across early primary states, all looking for the upper hand just as Obama opened a three-day Midwest bus tour.

Romney, overshadowed for much of the weekend, re-emerged in Litchfield, N.H., and, during a conversation with reporters, quickly provided a window into how he would address Perry’s entry into the race.

“Understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the White House. And I hope people recognize that,” Romney said.

Perry made clear that he would try to undercut Romney’s efforts to cast himself as the strongest candidate on jobs and that he would continue where Pawlenty had left off in questioning Bachmann’s accomplishments — or lack thereof — during her three terms in the U.S. House.

Bachmann, for her part, prepared for a bus tour that starts today in South Carolina.

Comments

bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

Pecking order is a very good discription.

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jafs 2 years, 8 months ago

I've always thought Romney would be the most likely candidate.

Romney/Bachmann perhaps?

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usnsnp 2 years, 8 months ago

Rick Perry in a presidential election will be lucky to carry Texas.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

The primary is over. Richard Perry is the nominee. That's all there is to it. Kinda like how GW did it.

The money and media will focus primarily on Perry. The back door party leadership has spoken.

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kenos 2 years, 8 months ago

Somebody help me here! Ron Paul came in second in this straw poll. So you see his name printed here once? I'm on the verge of calling up and canceling my subscription to this idiot newspaper. What good is it?

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 8 months ago

Romney is a used car salesman, at best. He can't stand on a jobs record since most of his money he made taking over companies, depleting their capital and firing their employees.

Perry is a joke. Another D student from TX, this one not too long ago threatening to pull TX out of the union altogether and touting job creation when oil profits drove most of it and we won't hear him admit that his biggest score was a chinese telecom company, nothing like giving them access to our nations data backbone. We won't hear him admit that overall 40% of the jobs in TX are minimum wage or that TX ranks 50th in states whose citizens have a high school diploma by age 25 or that TX has the 3rd highest teen birth rate.

The GOP has nothing to offer but more of the same, the same lame economic policies we know don't work because we've watched them fail time and again. Hate is not a family value but it is a part of their entire philosophy.

Maybe we should have let Perry secede. We, the remaining US would take back NASA and all our military bases, our highway and education dollars would've been saved, not to mention the social security benefits to retired Texans we'd have been under no obligation to pay, We could have created jobs building a big fence to keep Texans from illegally immigrating to the US, enforcing the border and to get them to control their own illegals we'd probably have had to put an embargo on their goods, though very little is actually made in TX. Of course their professional sports franchises would have had to join some other league and life in TX would have been as grim as the prospects for this nation under Perry's leadership.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

Where have I seen those same posts before? Oh, right here on this award-winning website. One of them has been posted dozens of times by a well-known GINO.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Richard Perry will most certainly bring with the RINO/CINO agenda. This agenda does not change with and new name or new face. It is the bible of the RINO/CINO money and power party.

Introducing the RINO Plaftorm Written In Stone:

The RINO party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

STOP electing RINO’s ! My My father in law left the RINO party because he is a fiscal conservative republican with at least 50 years under his belt. Evermore stunning he is working with the democrat party in Pennsylvania.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls RINO’s are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. RINO’s have much experience under their belts that they never quit sharing.

Introducing the RINO Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many trillions. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. 3 financial institutions were at risk so why $700 billion in bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Tax cuts which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Bachman will never be the presidential candidate for the RINO/CINO party. She is a RINO/CINO woman but men are considered supreme in this party.

Romney is NOT Christian/CINO enough for the Bush family of Politicians although he is male.

This race is not as wide open as party pundents like america to think. This party is absolutely managed from behind closed doors by Koch money,Wal-Mart family money,DeVoss family money, Wall Street insiders etc etc etc.

The money is there and waiting for Perry. The press will in due time will begin painting Perry as the man supreme for the RINO/CINO party formerly the repub party.

Richard Perry is their boy for he is definitely RINO/CINO plenty. And he comes with the anti wage improvement perspective in spite of his rhetoric:

The Bush/Cheney fraudulent home loan fiasco wiped out 11 million jobs many of which went abroad. And the Nations economy went straight to hell!

Considering the impact politicians,Koch Industries and Wal-Mart family money have on salary packages and hourly wage levels should college grads be expected to pay back college loans?

The repub party and all of the above are waging war on salaries for white and blue collar workers. IF they are successful in doing away with unions, workers in the USA will see a dramatic reduction in wages across the board for blue and white collar workers. Union or not because reduction in wages across the board is the primary objective.

Do you want to work for less? Unions are responsible for good wages in the USA and:

  1. over time pay
  2. 40 hour work weeks as opposed to 80
  3. Vacation with pay
  4. Sick leave with pay
  5. Medical insurance coverage
  6. Pay Increases
  7. Job protection based on legitimate concerns
  8. Protection against race and gender discrimination
  9. Disability Pay

Who wants to work for less?

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