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After Iowa Bachmann Out, Perry Reassessing; Paul, Romney Are Winners

January 4, 2012 by  

After Iowa Bachmann Out, Perry Reassessing; Paul, Romney Are Winners

For the past several months, GOP Presidential Primary polls have been inescapable as, it seems, every news outlet in the country tries to predict the outcome of the GOP race. Now, in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Americans have a clearer vision of how the rest of the contest may play out.

After running a visit-every-county campaign that some pundits said looked more like a run for Iowa Governor than for President, Rick Santorum trailed leader Mitt Romney by just eight votes in the caucus (24.6 percent to 24.5 percent of the vote). While Santorum’s surge to catch up with establishment-favored Romney surprised many people, it is likely that the former Senator from Pennsylvania will lack the resources or ability to re-create the victory on a national level.

Ron Paul finished a close third in the caucus with 21.4 percent of the vote. The candidate called his third-place finish a victory. He said that Santorum may have finished second, but that leaving Iowa, it is a Paul/Romney contest.

“There were three tickets out of Iowa, and Ron Paul earned one of them,” said a statement from the Paul campaign. “One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization.”

Fourth in the caucus was Newt Gingrich, who vowed to carry on with his campaign. Rick Perry received 10 percent of the votes, Michele Bachman 5 percent and John Huntsman received about 1 percent. (Huntsman didn’t compete in Iowa, focusing his attention instead on New Hampshire where, he says, they pick Presidents instead of corn). Poor performance in Iowa sent Perry back to Texas to “reassess,” and after initially saying he wouldn’t be headed to South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21, he announced via Twitter Wednesday that he would campaign in the State.

Bachmann, speaking from Iowa on Wednesday, announced that she was suspending her bid for President. She said that her primary reason for running was to repeal unConstitutional legislation like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, and to get the United States off of a path to socialism, goals that she says can be accomplished only if voters rally around one strong GOP candidate.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke, with a very clear voice, and I decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said.

Looking to New Hampshire, where the first primary will take place Jan. 10, recent polls show Romney and Paul both having a good shot at winning favor in the “Live Free or Die” State.

Following his Iowa victory, Romney scored an endorsement from Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain helped author the recent bill that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the Federal government. McCain twice won the New Hampshire primary but, as the GOP pick, lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

Though it is not an endorsement, Paul and his supporters got a pat on the back from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who said that dismissing the candidate and his broad support would be a big mistake for the Republican machine.

“The GOP would be so remiss to marginalize Ron Paul and his supporters as we come out of Iowa tonight and move down the road to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, et cetera.”  Palin told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. “If we marginalize these supporters who have been touched by Ron Paul and what he believed in over these years, well, then, through a third party run of Ron Paul’s or the Democrats capturing those independents and these libertarians who supported what Ron Paul’s been talking about, well, then the GOP is going to lose. And then there will be no light at the end of the tunnel.”

While the Republican-centric events played out, Obama reminded Democrats that the 2012 Presidential election will give him a chance to face off against the GOP pick.

“I think the main message that we’re going to have in 2012 is that we’ve done a lot, but we’ve got a lot more to do, and that’s why we need another four years to get it all done,” he said in a telecast.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Ann

    In 2012, GOP primary voters will generally find a field of candidates willing to bash the White House for basically doing the same things these same candidates once defended a Republican president doing. In fact, most potential 2012 candidates will be as guilty of contributing to big government as the president they’ll criticize. Mitt Romney gave us the blueprint for government-run healthcare. Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich gave Republican support for cap and trade. Rick Santorum ran cover for Bush’s entire statist agenda by touting (President Bush’s) alleged social conservatism. Adding ideological insult to injury, most of these candidates still promote an astronomically expensive foreign policy while they simultaneously and contradictorily claim we must cut spending. By and large, these candidates are conservative in rhetoric only, not their records, as has been the case with most Republican presidential candidates for decades.

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Ann,

      Well said.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

  • Sam

    You are very right Ann, the problem is that even if Ron Paul does get elected there is very little he can do alone. The Established Congress won’t let their meal ticket be taken that easily. We have to finish it up with a lot more new names of people uncorrupted by lobbists, corperations, and big crime cartels. Put them in congress to go over the books and laws and charge the criminals that are on the way out.
    I am with Ron Paul on getting rid of the FDA and he can add the American Cancer Society to that too ( Check out a real pioneer in cancer treatment Dr. Stanislov Bruzinski Houston TX )P.S. ( his treatment has no side effects. And it works 87% of the time And it is way cheaper than any other treatment )
    You know all the alphabet law enforcement agencies can be consolidated into the U.S. Marshals ( no juristiction or communication problems then. )
    And for Heaven’s sake get rid of all these Czars.
    We Are Not Russia!!!!!!

  • APN

    I agree with you as well Ann, however,you need to include Ron Paul’s name in your list as well. Ron seems to like OUR money coming out of Washington about as well as they ALL do.

  • 1776Liberty

    It is very odd I think that a person. who says they are Christen (which to means to me they follow the teachings of The Christ) to be in more or less in favor of preemptive War (attacking someone who has not attacked you). Ricks obvious distain for people who may have very different values than his is truly palpable and obvious.

    In addition he does not seem to have a very forgiving Nature toward others. In Iowa people were heard to say they voted for Ricky because of his values.

    What are these values and are they in conflict with his religious philosophy?

    Rick says Dr. Paul’s peaceful foreign policy is disgusting! I find this statement in conflict and at odds with the teachings of Jesus as he said
    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”. All Dr. Paul wants is Peace and liberty for the American People. How is his philosophy of peace disgusting? If his desire for Peace disgusting to Rick then are all of the Sons of God disgusting. And if he is not a peacemaker and a son of god then who is he really.

    Another oddity is that the Christens are not taken aback by his statement and also for his call for an attack upon the Nation of Iran. Have they lost their way are they following a different teaching? If they are not following the path of peace and they are not the sons of God then who’s Sons are they?

    • APN

      Given your assessment and/or judgement, then just how do YOU deal with evil? For instance, if you were in a shopping mall and a group of thugs attacked an elderly person, then just what would YOU do? Stand by and watch or attempt to stop the thugs from killing an innocent helpless person? Or better put, if you recognized the fact that a person has put themselves in danger, unknowingly, do you rescue them and get them out of harms way or do you just mind your own business and let “mother nature” take it’s course?

      In the same way, since this idiot in Iran has stated on numerous occasions that he will in fact wipe Israel and the USA off the face of the earth, then do you wait until he gets a NUKE or do you take a more proactive approach and prevent him from getting it? A preemptive
      attack does not mean to bomb civilian areas, it simply means to take out the facilities that are currently in the process of building a NUKE, and if I may add, the purpose of that NUKE is for nothing more than starting the next, and probably the last, WORLD WAR.

      We aren’t the bad guys here and I am sick and tired of “Americans” thinking that we are. Continue this mindset and you will do it at your own peril and unfortunately the rest of us as well. Do any of you actually THINK that ISLAM will stop trying to destroy Israel and the West????? How foolish! Yep, I bet we brought all this on ourselves, and in fact, I bet 911 was OUR doing, not evil insane Islamic fools, like OBL. You better re-think who and what evil really is and it is certainly not the good ole US of A.

      Bottom line, when he gets it, he will use it. For all of you who think that it will be delivered on the end of a missile, well, you better think again. There are numerous ways to deliver a NUKE that does not require a “Hi-Teck” delivery system. In fact, we have NO CLUE who is coming into our SOVEREIGN nation through our southern borders. Given that, do you think a NUKE could walk into our country one piece at a time and then be reassembled in a major city? Who would have thunk it!

      Given the aforesaid, we will see how all you “Anti-Proactive Defense” people feel when millions of Americans have been vaporized, and yes, it could be YOUR neighborhood that goes up in smoke. I bet the first words that will come out of your mouth will be, “If we knew this before hand, then why didn’t someone do something about it!”.

      Answer: Well, we all had our heads in the sand hoping something like this wouldn’t happen! While our heads were in the sand, we were saying GO AWAY EVIL!! Please don’t hurt us!! PLEASE!!!!! Have mercy on us!!!

      In summary, we can either deal with it proactively or suffer the consequences of sticking our heads in the sand, like we did in the 1940′s. Only difference, the damage will be 1,000,000 times what we suffered at Pearl Harbor! I do not think I will just sit around and wait for evil to destroy MY family, and in fact, GOD expects me to take action when known EVIL seeks to destroy them.

  • jopa

    If my memory serves me right the only candidate that didn’t sound like a warmonger was Paul.Perry,Bachman,Newt,Santorum,and even that guy with the dead squirrel on his head were all sucking up to Israel for the Jewish vote.They were willing to plunge us into another war just to get elected by saying stupid things such as the stupid little riddle of John Mc Cains bomb bomb bomb Iran and the Palestinians.

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