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Jake's Report: Tonight's GOP Debate, Crucial?


By: Jake W Kazmierczak

With the Florida Primary just five days away, tonight’s debate could arguably be the most important yet.  Not only is it the last before the Florida primary, but the space between today’s debate and the next in February is a massive 28 days.

This is crucial for the every candidate because one slip up could completely derail their campaign and leave them without a good chance of recovery for nearly a month! Nonetheless, the two candidates feeling the majority of the pressure are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. 

Ever since Gingrich took South Carolina by storm, he and Mitt have been clawing at one another for the ever desired front runner status. The polls reflect just that. According to The Quinnipiac University Poll Romney and Gingrich are “essentially tied” pulling 36%/34% respectably with a 2% margin of error.

This means, quite frankly, that literally every decided and undecided Floridian voter will have their eyes glued to the TV tonight providing the candidates with one last shot to win their vote.

Don’t miss it, I know I won’t.

The debate starts at 8PM Eastern on CNN.

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Jake's Report: Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina And Praises His Opponents


Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina And Praises His Opponents
By: Jake W Kazmierczak
  • Newt Gingrich: 41%
  • Mitt Romney: 27%
  • Rick Santorum: 17%
  • Ron Paul: 13%

Following his victory in South Carolina Gingrich gives praise to all three of the other candidates, here is what he said:

“Rick Santorum…here’s a guy who may have been as right about the dangers of Iran as anybody in this country in the last ten years… You have Dr. Ron Paul who on the issue of money and the federal reserve has been right for 2 years… there’s no doubt that a lot of his critique of inflation, of fiat money, and of the federal reserve is in fact absolutely the right direction and is something I can support strongly… and finally governor Romney… is nonetheless a good example of America, he is hard working, he has been very successful, he has organized large systems, he did a terrific job at the winter Olympics…” -Newt Gingrich

In my opinion, this is an attempt to pull together the conservative vote. Gingrich obviously realizes that there is a split among the Republican party and I think by acknowledging his similarities with the other candidates he may be able to show that if he is the nominee, he could bring together all of the former candidates to create a Republican Power-House against Obama. Especially with Ron Paul, if Gingrich can some how get Ron Paul supporters on his side through their common agreement in regards to the Fed, the 2012 election may be a little less nerve wracking for the conservatives of america.

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Perry Drops, Santorum Actually Won Iowa and Romney Gets Evangelicals?

Watching CNN this morning was weird. Those guys were all over the place they had so much to talk about. 

First: Perry withdraws his Presidential bid (finally.) It is still unknown if he will endorse another candidate. If I had to guess who he would pick, it would be between Paul and Santorum. The former because Ron Paul is also from the great state of Texas and the latter because Santorum because he seems the most socially conservative. 

Second: New and apparently more accurate numbers are coming in from Iowa on the Caucus results from January 3rd. They show that Santorum actually beat Romney by a very narrow margin. While the few votes that separated them don’t mean a lot now, he is officially “the winner.” 

Third: There were some polls taken on South Carolina Evangelical voters that placed Romney above Gingrich and Santorum. Will this trend continue through the Southern states? I doubt it. Even though the winner of South Carolina has gone on to receive the nomination of their party for over 30 years, if Romney wins it’s possible that the decision will be tougher and drag on through the Southern states. 

Oh, and: Palin endorses Gingrich. Not surprising. The numbers for Newt are getting closer and closer to Romney as the South Carolina Primary approaches and we will definitely see the remaining candidates closing in on Romney in the debate tonight much like they did earlier in the week. 

"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other." - Oscar Ameringer 1870-1943

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South Carolina Debate!

I am currently keeping track of the South Carolina Debate. I will be summing up what the candidates are supporting and like last time, I’m typing as I watch so it jumps around as the debate does. 

Debates are a good way to see how candidates defend their positions on important issues and when what they would plan to do if elected to office. 


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Huntsman drops out and backs…Romney?

It comes as no surprise that Huntsman withdrew his Presidential bid after coming in at 1% of likely GOP primary voters in South Carolina. Huntsman always seemed to be the most moderate of the candidates and he may end up in a position like U.S. Trade Representative, which he would be well suited for. I wouldn’t have predicted that Huntsman would throw his support behind Romney, but Huntsman stated that he believed Romney would be the candidate capable of defeating Obama. 


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New Hampshire Debate

GOP New Hampshire Debate:
We typed things while watching the debate, so we changed topics with the debate. Below are the highlights that are either summed up or quoted from the candidates.
Across the board, the candidates call Obama’s Presidency “a failed” one. While the current GOP candidates may not be particularly fond of each other, they do agree that there needs to be serious changes in Washington. Romney even said that he “would endorse the GOP candidate” in order to get Obama out of office.

Rick Perry: Claims that he and possibly John Huntsman are the “only ones” who have “not been part of the problem in Washington.” Perry is heavily leaning on his efforts in Texas and the state economy which has the second highest GDP in the nation (coming in just behind California.) Spoke on his military experience and Obama’s cutting of the defense budget, saying that it endangers our freedoms. Still pointing to current administration’s “war on religion.” Said that he would want to send troops back into Iraq, (Something that will make for a tough campaign slogan) says that Iran will soon move back in and our time spent there will be worthless. Wants to get “Washington out of the hair” of business. Says that we could put America back to work on our energy. Said that if New Hampshire were a Right to work state, saying it would create a significant amount of jobs.

Rick Santorum: On the topic of gay marriage, he supports an amendment to the constitution that would illegitimate current marriages that are not between a man and a woman. Claims that our future leader needs a very strong vision for Afghanistan as well as Iran. Has pledged to dump the current tax code and replace it, only offering exemptions based on healthcare, housing, education, children, and charities. He wants to eliminate corporate tax and repeal regulation. Opposed big bail out plans and has made efforts to appeal to blue collar workers. He claims that the Obama administration has used terms like “class warfare” to turn groups against one another and instead he would make efforts to unite our country in order to help the economy recover.

Jon Huntsman: Cites the “trust deficit” in the U.S. that has been created and needs to be bridged in order to fix conflicts. When asked about gay marriage, Huntsman differed from the others in the fact that he supports civil unions and benefits in those unions. Said that as President, he would work to bring troops out of the Middle East by 2013, but also said that there is a threat that can’t be ignored in South East Asia. Predicts that a civil war is around the corner in Afghanistan and rather than allowing more loss, it’s time to recognize our achievements and move out. Claims that he would have “ripped open the tax code” and cited the Simpson Bowles plan and raise revenues. Cites our possible “Manufacturing Renaissance.” Says that if we could fix our tax system, we can rebuild jobs and get our economy moving. Says that our relationship with China is incredibly important in order to serve America’s needs as far as our economy. Says that if we place a tariff on Chinese goods, it would start a trade war that small exporters can’t afford.

Ron Paul:  Made it clear that he is a strict constitutionalists.  Meaning that he believes every power the U.S. Government has is outlined in the founding document.  He especially stresses the importance in his opinion of formally delivered war as opposed to “conflicts” authorised the president.  Concerning the same subject, Dr. Paul feels very strongly about veterans affairs and the importance of military service to the position of Commander-in-Chief, nearly calling Mr. Gingrich a draft dodger.  His libertarian views inform his economic views as well.  In the past 26 years, Dr. Paul has not voted in favor of many appropriations bills in protest of the pork spending he feels is wrong.  Also, along these lines he favors personal privacy over national security particularly concerning the patriot act.

Mitt Romney:  Mr. Romney primarily played defense.  Nothing he said was really controversial, compared to the other candidates.  Honestly, he is biding time for a nearly sure win in New Hampshire on Tuesday.  Romney primarily focused on the economic issues considering his background in business stating that Obama has not helped the economy with his policies and they have made it more difficult for small businesses and entrepreneurs to invest in this country.  He is for changing the corporate tax code to resemble other first world countries in an effort to bring more companies to the US.  On the social front he is non-discriminatory against homosexuals, stating that he nominated bureaucratic and judicial officers that participated in the lifestyle, agrees that homosexual couples should be able to adopt children and include them in the benefits of marriage without marriage.

Newt Gingrich:  Concerning foreign policy, Mr. Gingrich feels that we need a fundamentally new strategy concerning the middle-east and the new Arab spring movement.  His play would be similar to the U.S. strategy during the cold war, this illustrates his tenancy for old foreigner policy rather then a “fundamentally new strategy.”  He also rang in on U.S. infrastructure and the need for improvements to the road system and an energy plan that would remove our dependence on foreign oil.  He also thinks homosexuals should have the right to contractual arrangements to allow for hospital visits and the like but the Catholic Church should not have to place children with homosexual couples.

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Iowa and the Caucus: A Brief History

Over the past forty years the nomination process for President of the United States has radically changed.  Beginning in the 1970s, both Democrats and Republicans began to caucus in Iowa as a way to get more people involved in the nomination process.  Before this, New Hampshire did have a primary election but many other states did not have a popular nominating process at all.  Most presidential candidates were chosen at the respective parties convention rather then directly by the people (delegates were sent to the convention by being nominated by the the individual state legislatures) and the candidates were primarily chosen by regional differences then ideological stances.  Once the Iowa caucuses began other states quickly followed suit and by 1980 every state in the union was holding either a primary or caucus giving the people a direct opportunity to choose their candidate for president.  Since first holding the caucus in 1972 the eventual nominee for the Republican party has won the Iowa caucuses three of the five contested elections. However; well known presidents/candidates John McCain finished fourth, George Bush Sr. third and Ronald Regan second all went on to win the nomination. Iowa will have a place in determining the eventually nominee, but it will primarily narrow down the playing field going into New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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Iowa Caucus day!

Today Iowa will be the first state to decide which GOP candidate will represent the Republican party in the 2012 election. Regardless of your political affiliation, we invite you to set aside the mire that fills campaigns and glance at what these folks are about. Here we’d like to describe some of the main issues that the candidates are supporting. In an attempt remove bias and the ever changing poll predictions, we shall list candidates in birth order youngest to oldest. In the first line of each candidate will be his or her age, what state they are from, most recent elected office and religious affiliation.

Jon Huntsman: Age 51, Utah, Governor of Utah, Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)/It’s complicated.

While other candidates are focusing in on Iowa, former Utah Governor, Mr. Huntsman is focusing on New Hampshire. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador to China in 2008. He supports more jobs here in the U.S. rather than overseas, promoting a “manufacturing renaissance” and giving more support to small businesses. Mr. Huntsman is also very experienced in matters of foreign policy; in 1992 Bush Sr. appointed Mr. Huntsman the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, the youngest person to be appointed a senior ambassadorship in over a century. With these qualifications, if Mr. Huntsman does not win the Presidential nomination, he could very well be on the short list for Vice Presidential nominees. (For more information about this candidate please visit:

Rick Santorum: Age 53, Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Evangelical Roman Catholic

Rick Santorum is interested in a mass over hall of the health care system beginning with the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Bill) then developing some other type of health care reform. He wants to cut the deficit by freezing spending in defense as well as social programs like education, food stamps, housing, job training and medicaid; raising revenue by returning to the Reagan era pro-growth top tax rate. His expanded spending reform plan can be found on his campaign website. (For more information about this candidate please visit:

Michele Bachmann: Age 55, Minnesota, U.S. Representative from Minnesota’s 6th District, Lutheran/Evangelical

Winner of the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll, Ms. Bachmann has used Iowa as her primary (no pun intended) campaign grounds. Her proposed plan includes the repeal of the Health Care Bill, cuting spending, taxes and the size of government, enforcing immigration laws while increasing American made products and exports. Ms. Bachmann’s tenure in congress has been marked by bold statements and a lack of legislative success. As founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, she has shown leadership and legislative potential; nevertheless, she has not passed a single major piece of legislation in her six years in office. The last time a setting Representative was elected President was James Garfield in 1880, nearly one-hundred and thirty year ago. If Ms. Bachmann wins the nomination she will make history, if not the best course of action for her would be to gain a high level House Leadership position (Speaker of the House is probably her goal) and either run for the governorship of Minnesota or U.S. Senator in 2014. (For more information about this canidate please visit:

Rick Perry: Age 61, Texas, Governor of Texas, Evangelical Christian

Perry wishes to restore the economy by cutting taxes and spending, balance our budget by 2020 and work on job creation in the private sector. As a conservative, Perry would support a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution and has pledged to only appoint judges who interpret the law as written. (For more information about this canidate please visit:

Mitt Romney: Age 64, Massachusetts, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)

Mr. Romney claims that on his first day in office he will begin steps to repeal Obamacare and then work to slow the increasing cost of health care, and offer tax incentives for people who purchase their own health insurance. As far as an economic plan, he wants to reduce taxes, spending and government programs while increasing trade, energy production and labor flexibility. In Iowa, he has appeared confident and has consistently made remarks about President Obama’s “failures” rather then campaigning aginst fellow Republicans. (For more information about this canidate please visit:

Newt Gingrich: Age 68, Georgia, Speaker of the House from Georgia’s 6th district, Roman Catholic (formerly Baptist)

Utilizing a similar strategy as Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich’s 21st Century Contract with America contains all his major platforms. His plan is to set legislation that improves the economy, issue a series of executive orders to change the function of the executive branch and ultimately reduce the size of government through a sustained national grassroots movement. Mr. Gingrich will also reform the American education system to better compete with other emerging countries in the areas of math and science. (For more information about this candidate please visit:

Ron Paul: Age 76, Texas, U.S. Represenatative from Texas’s 14th District, Baptist

Known for being a liberitarian leaning Republican and the “grand-father” of the Tea-Party movement, Ron Paul is a unique type of Republican candidate. Dr. Paul holds fast to a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constiution and wants to reform the tax system by disbanding the Federal Reserve and insisting that congress acomplish their constitutional responsibilities. His ultimate goal if elected is to reduced the role government plays in the lives of individual people by supporting homeschooling, removal of estate and capital gains taxes and cutting most other government taxes. The 2012 elections will be his third shot at the presidency, making him the Henry Clay of our generation. (For more information about this canidate please visit:

Stay tuned for commentary from our Iowa Caucus party! 

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