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Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947)
Party Affiliation: Republican
1994: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for Massachusetts (lost to Senator Ted Kennedy 58 % to Romney’s 41 %)
2002: Republican candidate fo r Massachusetts governor. (Won 50% to 45%)
2003-20007: Governor of Massachusetts
2008: Candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination (Lost to John McCain)
2011-2012: Candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination
Herman Cain announced in Atlanta Georgia today that he is suspending his Presidential campaign. This comes only weeks before the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, and effectively ends his bid for the Republican Nomination.
George McGovern, the 89 year-old former Democratic Presidential Candidate in 1972, fell and was hospitalized in South Dakota. McGovern is best known in American Political History as the liberal candidate who lost in a landslide to President Richard Nixon in the 1972 Presidential Election.
Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate’s marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly, with his infidelity, died the morning of December 7, 2010 at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Elizabeth Edwards was 61. Senator and Mrs. Edwards were legally separated at the time of her death.
Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment.
Source: The New York Times
The Presidential Straw Poll taken at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference in February, 2010, ended up with a somewhat surprising winner: Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, who in many respects is the philosophical godfather of the Tea Party Movement. In a sense, his win should not be a total surprise given the very high anti-tax, and anti-Big Government feeling in Conservative circles these days. The Social Conservaties like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee are now in the backseat. Economic conservatism has often been the bedrock philosophy that the conservative movement goes back to when faced with a liberal, big-government president and (in this case), an even more liberal and left-leaning Democratic majority in Congress. The full poll results are:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul – 31 %
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — 22 %
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — 7 %
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – 6 %
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – 4 %
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — 4 %
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence – 5 %
South Dakota Sen. John Thune — 2 %
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — 2 %
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — 2 %
Mississippi Gov. Hailey Barbour – 1 %
Other – 5 %
Undecided – 6 %
Critics of President Obama decry his miscalculation on trusting the media to keep a traditionally off-the-record chat time actually off-the-record. While preparing to tape an interview, Obama made conversation with the reporter and, accurately, it can be said, called Kanye West a “jackass” for his rude behavior at the MTV Music Awards.
The question is: If Obama miscalculates on a comment like this, and cannot control his mouth, what happens when he comments on something serious, like his opinion of friendly foreign leader or some other notable? Remember his comments about the Yale professor and the police officer? That caused at best a major distraction for him, at worst, it showed that he does not always think well on his feet. A criticism he faced in the presidential campaign was that he was an excellent speaker with a prepared speech, but not as good at off-the-cuff remarks.
Given all the heat regarding President Obama’s upcoming speech to the Nation’s students, it is a good time to reflect on how past presidents have communicated to American Youth. Take the first President Bush for example; he spoke to students at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington City back in October of 1991. Did Democrats raise a fuss? And this right before the ’92 election season. For the video and full transcript of President George H. W. Bush’s talk to students, kindly go to: http://www.historyguy.com/biofiles/president_bush_speech_to_school_kids_1991.htm
Bush Public Papers-1991-October–From the Bush
Presidential Library and Museum