by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite efforts by the Obama campaign to portray Mitt Romney as a vulture capitalist, Romney’s favorability rating has increased 14 percentage points since February, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.
President Barack Obama still has a higher favorability rating — 56 percent to Romney’s 48 percent. But, Romney’s jump from 34 percent in February cannot be good news for a campaign that has spent significant time and money working to lower Romney’s favorability.
The Obama campaign is the first in modern history to start a campaign with an ad attacking their opponent rather than saying something positive about themselves. It is also spending significant amounts of money much earlier than usual.
Until Monday, the Obama campaign has focused its efforts on Romney’s business record at Bain Capital, a private equity firm. The ads featured people who had worked at companies owned by Bain Capital but lost their jobs after Bain shut them down.
Several Democrats, though, have questioned this strategy. Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., for instance, said he was uncomfortable with the attacks on Romney’s business record and called them “nauseating,” on NBC’s May 20 “Meet the Press.” (Later that day, he posted a video taking back those remarks.)
Last Thursday night, former President Bill Clinton added his name to the list of Democrats praising Romney’s Bain record. Calling his business record “sterling,” Clinton said that Romney “crosses the qualification threshold” with his experience in private business and as the former governor of Massachusetts.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—According to official results from the Texas Secretary of State, Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the primary in Texas with 69 percent of the vote, securing the GOP nomination.
Romney did not appear in Texas but released a statement on his Facebook page saying, “I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s nominee. Whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to prosperity.”
In the Senate race, David Dewhurst won 45 percent of the vote against his Republican rival Ted Cruz who won 34 percent. Cruz received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, whose clout has been tested in the primary and will be tested in the runoff. Palin also supported Newt Gingrich who dropped out of the race after a losing several key states including Florida.
Romney will now focused his attacks on Barack Obama in preparation for the general, in which pro-Romney groups reportedly plan to spend over $1 billion to unseat Obama. The entire Texas primary results can be viewed here.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Recent fundraising totals for both major political parties and their presumed candidates show the money race is closer than most expected. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in combination with the Republican National Committee, raked in a total of $40.1 million in April. The
Democratic National Committee and President Obama pulled in a slightly larger amount of $43.6 million.
With a little more than 160 days until voters go to the polls for the presidential and congressional elections, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to gather money from all available sources. And even though Romney still trails Obama in total dollars raised, Democrats are starting to wonder if Romney and the GOP can quickly close the gap.
“We are pleased with the strong support we have received from Americans across the country who are looking for new leadership in the White House,” Spencer Zwick, chairman of Romney Victory, told The Hill. “Along with the hard work of the Republican National Committee, we will continue to raise the funds necessary to defeat President Obama in November.”
Romney, with his own personal connections to some of the party’s most wealthy donors, was expected to raise big bucks but still lag behind the tremendous fundraising advantage of an incumbent president.
At the end of March, Romney reported about $10 million in the bank compared to Obama’s $104 million statement balance.
Romney saw his fundraising total increase in April in large part because his other three rivals stepped aside, allowing him to jointly fundraise with the RNC and to accept checks as large as $75,000 per person. And because he had no opposition in the Democratic primary, President Obama has been able to take advantage of the same arrangement for the past several months.
However, when contributions from super PACs (whose contributions are unlimited) are added to committees that support Romney, reports show the Republicans outraised the Obama backers $402 million to $340 million this cycle. An analysis of recent fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday show that President Obama’s total take took a slight dip in April. Fundraising experts say this is due in large part to an unenthusiastic Democratic electorate.
What may be the most alarming is that the main super-PAC supporting President Obama saw support fall in April to $1.6 million from the $2.5 million it raked in during March, which was the largest fundraising month to date.
Democratic strategists and party officials have another to worry and that is whether President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage will further dampen the spirits of some potential contributors.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Six of the eight primaries in April are in the Northeast, where Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, does well. Maryland and Washington, D.C. primaries are on April 3, and Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island are on April 24.
Romney is also currently favored to win Wisconsin’s April 3 primary, according to University of Virginia political science professor’s Larry Sabato, Kyke Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley. The only state Santorum is currently favored to win in April is Pennsylvania, his home state, on the 24th.
In May, however, the situation is reversed. Santorum will likely do well in six of the eight contests that month: Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia on May 8, Arkansas and Kentucky on May 22, and Texas on May 29.
Nebraska is considered a “tossup” by Sabato, Kondik and Skelley, and Romney is favored in Oregon. Both of those states will hold a primary on April 15.
Sabato, Kondik and Skelley “guesstimate” that Romney will win an additional 268 delegates and Santorum will win 117 delegates between now and the end of April. According to The Associated Press calculations, Romney currently has 495 delegates to Santorum’s 252 delegates.
If the projections are correct, Romney would have 763 delegates before heading into his May dry spell.
Romney will likely win California’s 172 delegates and New Jersey’s 50 delegates on June 5, and Utah’s 40 delegates on June 26, the last contest. This means that Romney would need to pick up an additional 119 delegates in the remaining states to get the 1,144 delegates need to clinch the nomination.
While Romney has a difficult path ahead, for Santorum it is nearly impossible to get enough delegates to win the nomination before the Republican convention in August, according to Josh Putnam, assistant professor of political science at Davidson College and author of the FrontloadingHQ blog.
The only way for Santorum to win the nomination, therefore, is to deny Romney the delegates needed to win and hope that the delegates will choose him on the second, or a subsequent, ballot during the convention. The next contests will be the Missouri caucus on Saturday, the Puerto Rico primary on Sunday, and the Illinois primary on Tuesday.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas —After having won six states on Super Tuesday, there is no doubt that Mitt Romney has solidified himself as the GOP front-runner, yet the remaining candidates do not see the obvious.
Whether it is an addiction to media attention that they crave or simply wanting to sabotage whom they perceive will be the eventual nominee, it is clear that by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich staying in the race at this point, they are doing it for purely selfish reasons and nothing else. The honorable thing is for both Gingrich and Santorum to bow out of the race and rally Republicans for the general.
Super Tuesday was led by Mitt Romney who won Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Alaska, and Idaho. Santorum won Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota while Gingrich won Georgia. Ron Paul did not win any state even though he hoped Alaska or North Dakota would deliver a win for him.
To win the GOP nomination, 1,144 delegates are needed and so far Romney leads the pack with a total of 423 delegates, Santorum with 169, Gingrich with 112, and Paul with 67.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As he brandishes his ad campaign against the incumbent president, Mitt Romney gives Obama an “F” for failure, and has called him “one of the most ineffective presidents” to occupy the White House. Romney has released a series of ads called “Obama isn’t working” to remind voters that Obama does not deserve a second term in the White House as president. In 2008, Obama ran against lukewarm candidates on the GOP side, but in 2012, he is going against some super heavyweights in the Republican Party, and it won’t be a cakewalk for him this time.
Obama isn’t working Chicago
With the economy in dire straits and his approval rating at 39 percent, Obama will have to come up with a convincing campaign to persuade voters that things will get better if elected for a second term. However, voters are awakened and have been seriously affected by Obama’s economy so the likelihood of them believing that somehow Obama can magically cure the economy, is questionable.
Obama’s comments could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Romney has a business background to prove that he has the experience in building small businesses in the real world and creating jobs, whereas Obama made it into the White House without any business experience. The media hype and hunger for change propelled Obama into the White House, yet the majority of the people who voted for him now harbor regrets, as reflected in his approval rating.
Obama isn’t working Allen town
Obama also has to deal with Perry who has governed a state that is the highest job creator in America, and can back it up with statistics that prove Texas has been the top job creator in America for the past ten years. Nobody makes the media nervous like Perry and it is interesting to see how he is getting under their skins, yet it’s been less than a week since he thrust himself into the race.
Obama’s biggest mistake was destroying the small business sector after being elected president. It is almost as though he purposely went into the White House for that reason. No other president in America’s history set out to kill the very sector that creates jobs like Obama did. Obama instead has catered to Wall Street particularly the Goldman Sachs crowd who dominate his administration. Small businesses are the heart and soul of economic growth in any nation and now Romney, and eventually Perry, will continue to launch a multi-directional attack on Obama in an effort to check mate him.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas governor has previously said that he wasn’t interested in running for president. However, recently Gov. Rick Perry said he planned “to think” about a presidential run after Memorial Day, and since he has expressed that he thinks that there is a void in the GOP field and he is uniquely positioned to fill that void, there is every indication that Perry will run for president.
Moreover members Perry’s group of campaign consultants say there is little chance he would embark on a 2012 campaign without Dave Carney and Rob Johnson at his side. News broke today that both Carney and Johnson who were managing presidential contender Newt Gingrich, have resigned. Perfect situation for Rick Perry. Several other defections from Gingrich’s camp signal that Perry is ready to jump into the race, now that the two key players who have previously worked with the governor are available.
Johnson managed Perry’s campaign in 2010 that helped him get re-elected for the third time, while Carney was Perry’s advisor for the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 election campaigns. In this article by the Wall Street Journal, Perry told his supporters that he has a track record of creating jobs and his success will position him in an election that will likely pivot on jobs.
The Bachmann factor:
Michele Bachmann is another contender on the GOP side and will likely split Tea Party votes with Rick Perry to create a three-way race with Mitt Romney. Romney has the advantage of independents and moderates and is polling ahead of Obama according to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll that put Romney at 49 percent compared to Obama’s 46 percent in the general.
No other candidate is has a disadvantage with the media than Ron Paul who is considered to be the Tea Party patriarch. Whether Paul can overcome the media bias remains to be seen, and I’ve previously said that Ron Paul’s mission will be accomplished by his son Rand Paul, however, Ron Paul is good for the race because he raises issues in debates that force other candidates to reveal their positions or where they stand, which is material to voters who have to make choices between two candidates who appear to have similar views on issue but differ their approach.
In the end, if Sarah Palin doesn’t run, she will help Rick Perry beat Michele Bachmann, and at the very end of the primaries it will be Romney against Perry. However, things could instantly change if some dark horse enters the race, say Jeb Bush. The better one of the two will go against Obama in the general.
Newscast Media — There is no question that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the biggest Tea Party icon in the Republican party. She owns the grassroots movement, however, she faces a tough battle on three fronts. The first one is with the media, then she’ll also have to deal with members of the GOP establishment within her party and lastly the Democrats who oppose her.
In regard to the media, there is absolutely nothing that will cause them to back off or back down. Should she announce in 2011 that she’s running for the presidency, a tsunami of attacks will be unleashed by the media to undermine and derail her campaign. Palin is the one person media practitioners do not want to see run for office, because they know she very well might win the presidency and become the first female president. They are using a tactic of reverse psychology against her. It’s not unusual to hear pundits say, “Let her run. She will be the greatest gift to the Democrats and will guarantee Obama’s re-election.”
These pundits do not believe that. They use that tactic hoping to desuade her from running, and the proof is, if they really believed she was unelectable, why does the prospect of her even considering a run for the presidency bother them so much? The reason is because they saw how she energized the Republican party in 2008, and at the time, there was no Tea Party, but now she has a platform on major news networks where she can diffuse any disinformation about her and grow her base.
As shown in this video, both Perry and Palin know that the media and disinformation agents always use sensationalism and fearmongering to discredit a candidate they oppose. Palin is very much aware of this reality, that’s why she rarely speaks to the media, because according to her, they constantly distort what she says or misrepresent the truth of whatever argument is brought forth.
In the Texas gubernatorial race, Rick Perry completely bypassed the media. As a matter of fact, he even refused endorsement from practically all major news outlets and went as far as refusing to debate Bill White, before the media. While most candidates courted the media, Perry did the opposite and won the race by an astounding 13 points. Both he and Palin detest the media as demonstrated in the above video I shot. For Rick Perry, the major reason is because they spread a rumor that he was going to proceed with the “Trans-Texas Corridor” plans. He went on the Joe Pags radio show and vehemently denied that he harbored any such plans. He said that the Trans-Texas Corridor was dead. However, the media kept bringing it up even after he was on record with Joe Pags having said the opposite. Shortly after that, Perry established a policy of bypassing the media and connecting directly to the voters. His rationale was, if he could connect directly with the people who mattered to his campaign, eliminating the middle guy (the media) was justifiable.
Palin is doing the same thing. She’s using social networks, book tours, personal appearances and townhalls to win the hearts of Americans, because like Perry, from the Fall of 2008, some disinformation agents planted within the GOP started to spread unfounded rumors about her in an effort to induce fear into her supporters, which would cause them to reject her. Fearmongering is the most common tactic used by media practitioners to derail a candidate’s campaign.
Another tactic is to cause two candidates of the same party to squabble and fight against each other. We saw this when Mitt Romney appeared on Jay Leno this past week, and Leno tried to get Romney to throw zingers at Palin. To Romney’s credit, he did the opposite and not only praised her, but also put the media establishment on notice that he would not criticize Sarah Palin if that’s what they are hoping for. As for Palin, in her book America by Heart, she showered Mitt Romney with praise for three full pages, from page 185 to page 188. She is a lot smarter than people seem to think. Both Palin and Romney understand their realities, and that they need each other. Romney wouldn’t do a foolish thing of attacking Palin because he needs the south and the Tea Party, likewise, it would be self-defeating for Palin to attack Romney because she needs the northern states, and the moderates. She knows she cannot win with only the Tea Party, so she has to build a cross-over appeal in her messages.
Her strategy should be to focus on her strengths and remind voters of her accomplishments from the time she was mayor until she became governor. One might argue that the fact that she resigned from the governorship, could be a factor that plays against her in 2012. If they bring that up to her she will respond the same way she did about the number of days Barack Obama served from the time he was sworn into the Senate in January 2005 to the time he became president in 2008. Palin in an interview on CNN’s “Situation Room” on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, questioned Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s experience, saying, “He served for his 300 days before he became a presidential candidate.” Some even say he only served 143 days. So the question is, did that disqualify Obama from running for the presidency?
In regard to the other two battles she has to wage namely: the GOP establishment and the Democrats who will oppose her, Sarah Palin seems to be applying principles laid out by the great Chinese general Sun Tzu who said, “A great tactician should be able to adapt like the snake of Mount Ch’ang. When you strike it on the head, the tail will attack you. When you strike it on the tail, the head will attack you, and when you strike it in the middle, both head and tail will attack you.”
We’ve seen Palin clearly demonstrate her ability to adapt and also absorb all the darts thrown at her, and at the end of the day, this only seems to strengthen and grow her support.
Newscast Media ATLANTA, GA — Governor Rick Perry is embarking on a book tour that has sparked intense speculation as to whether he is setting the stage for a 2012 presidential run. The governor has said he has the best job in the world as governor and has dismissed those rumors, but that doesn’t mean if he were asked to be a running mate he would turn the offer down.
Perry attained the governorship when George W. Bush ran for president in 2000 while Perry was Lt. governor. He has successfully been able to win all subsequent gubernatorial races and has served for ten years.
Rick Perry is well known in Texas but there are still many who aren’t familiar with him across America. It would make sense for Perry to embark on the “Fed Up!” book tour and introduce himself to the American electorate, and also feel the pulse of the nation at large. His book could then be used as an instrument to lay out his policies to the American people.
Should a candidate like Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin win the GOP nomination, Perry with both of them and has hosted them in Texas. A possible Romney-Perry or Palin-Perry ticket wouldn’t be surprising. All Perry has to do is deliver the majority of the states Bush won in 2004 and then campaign with either Palin or Romney to capture some states in the northeast and in the west, and with the help of the Tea Party, and all that good hair, anything could happen.
If for example the GOP wins in 2012, he could serve as vice president just as he did Lt. governor, and let the American people get to know him on a national scale. He could thereafter run for president at a later time. In a CNN interview with Eliot Spitzer Perry denied that he has plans to run in 2012, but did not say that he would turn down an offer to be a running mate if asked. He also did not hesitate to let the hosts know what he thought about Washington.
“Washington has abused the constitution. You go back to Woodrow Wilson, you start with the income tax amendment allowed to be used to fund all these programs of government, then you really see the explosion during the new deal, and the government has now become this nanny for us, and I think, the Tea Parties and the election Tuesday night, was a confirmation that Americans are really ready for Washington to quit spending all this money that they don’t have on programs that we don’t want,” Perry said.
He continued to say, “I really believe that the governors are more closely aligned with the people of this country, and let the states compete, that’s how our founding fathers foresaw this country — the states being the laboratories of innovation.”
ON SOCIAL SECURITY
“Let’s have the discussion though. What does that mean to people? Here’s what I would think would be a very wise thing. In 1981, Matagorda, Brazoria and Galveston counties all opted out of Social Security programs, today their program is well-funded and today, there is no question whether it is going to be funded in the coming years,” Perry said.
Eliot Spitzer then asked the governor, “So you want to let people opt out?”
To which Perry replied, “I think, let the states decide if that’s what’s best for their cities.”
Spitzer followed up with, “So the states will let people opt out of Social Security?”
Perry replied, “I think they should.” http://newscastmedia.com/2012perry.htm