Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Thursday’s debate was the candidates’ last chance to appeal to Florida voters, with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as the moderator. Blitzer did get some boos when he ventured into the private lives of the candidates, who at some point unanimously agreed that the moderator needed to ask questions of substance rather than waste time with questions of no value to the voters. The audience seemed to lean toward Mitt Romney as he and Gingrich went back and forth about their finances.
However, Rick Santorum was able to shine above the rest when it came to the issue about the United States Constitution. Santorum spoke the way a man who lives outside the Matrix would speak. Just as I have always told my readers, Santorum repeated verbatim the same definition and purpose of the Constitution, I have always attempted to articulate. He stressed that it is not the Constitution that gives us our rights.
“The purpose of the constitution is to protect our God-given rights. Our rights are endowed to us by God the creator. We are the only country in the world whose God-given rights are protected,” Santorum said. He also reminded the viewers that if our rights came from the State, then they could be taken away from us.
At the end of the debate, all candidates were then asked to explain why each thought he was the most likely to beat Obama.
Ron Paul said his message was one of freedom and ending wars. “The freedom message and constitution is appealing to people of all beliefs. A constitutional foreign policy will end the wars,” Paul said.
As for Mitt Romney, he talked more about his experience in the private sector and how he was intent on reducing government while growing the economy. “This is a critical time, not an average election. Our economy is becoming weaker, government is getting bigger. Scale back the size of government. You are gonna have to bring someone who has been on the outside. I will use the experience of my life to get America right, and that experience is what will beat Obama,” Romney argued.
Newt Gingrich said he was concerned about the future generations. “I’m running for my two grandchildren: Maggie and Robert. I believe if we have a big election, it will be an American campaign [of people] who prefer a paycheck to food stamps; who prefer the Constitution to Saul Alinsky.”
Santorum said, “I wasn’t for the Wall Street bailouts like these two have been,” referring to Romney and Gingrich. “The centerpoint of my campaign is to win the industrial heart and the Reagan Democrats, and govern with the mandate that I just talked about,” he added.
Whoever wins Florida, walks away with all 50 delegates.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas— As Perry decides to check out of GOP presidential race, Gingrich the candidate Perry endorsed, is having to deal with his baggage being exposed by the media. Initially conservatives gravitated toward Donald Trump when he implied that there was a possibility he could run. When Trump announced he wouldn’t run for president, conservatives channeled their support to Michele Bachmann, then when Perry stepped into the race, they shifted to him.
Meanwhile, Herman Cain started gaining traction then he became the flavor of the moment. The left-wing media, foreign and domestic, became nervous and derailed Cain’s campaign by exposing that he had a mistress. Cain did the right thing and dropped out without endorsing anybody, since he had a lot of damage-control to do in order to preserve his marriage.
Perry, Santorum and Gingrich hoped for endorsements from conservatives, but none came before the Iowa caucuses, which Romney went on to win and also swept New Hampshire by double-digits. It has since been discovered that Santorum may have won Iowa by 34 votes. Romney declared it a virtual tie and congratulated Santorum.
A few days before South Carolina, Sarah Palin said if she were voting, she would pull the lever for Newt Gingrich, yet it is now coming out that Gingrich has the same kind of baggage that Cain did. In an interview with ABC News, Gingrich’s ex-wife says he wanted them to have an open marriage but she declined, then Gingrich asked for a divorce over the phone. His ex-wife also said that Gingrich attempted to convince her to share him with his then mistress. Marianne Gingrich said she decided to go public when she heard someone trashing her on a radio program.
“Truthfully, my whole purpose was to get out there about who I was, so Newt couldn’t create me as an evil, awful person, which was starting to happen,” she said. She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.
“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,’” Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.” You may read Gingrich’s ex-wife’s interview here. And the ABC interview here.
An open marriage is one where a man can sleep with as many women as he wishes without having to maintain his sacred vows. He also allows the wife to sleep with as many men as she wants, without being held accountable. It will be interesting to see how Christians and Evangelicals will respond now that this information has been revealed, and whether Sarah Palin will continue to support Gingrich.
While in politics this kind of lifestyle may be acceptable, in the real world there are still people to honor their sacred vows, and to be asked to look to Gingrich as a role model to become president, will not sit well with the Evangelical community.
Yet Palin did herself a disservice and lost points by belittling another woman who experienced the pain of betrayal, when she went on Sean Hannity and said, “They think by trotting out this old Gingrich divorce interview — that’s old news and it does feature this disgruntled ex- that claimed that it would destroy a campaign. All this does is, Sean, is incentivize conservatives and independents who are so sick of the politics of personal destruction because it’s played so selectively by the media.”
The older generation may not consider moral character to be important or fidelity in marriage, but there is a younger generation that is looking for role models, so as much as Palin is justified in being angry at ABC News, she should have only attacked the media and not a woman whose husband cheated on her. Palin’s gripe with ABC dates almost four years back because they played a big part in destroying her political career and defining her on their own terms. She has never been able to recover, and Gingrich would have possibly resuscitated her by making her his VP. If Romney were to get the nomination, I don’t see him picking her, because it is obvious she prefers someone else to be nominated.
The media shapes politics and is perhaps the most powerful weapon in conveying a message across, and just as they would not allow Ron Paul to win, they are brandishing everything they’ve got against Gingrich, because Romney has been chosen by the media to be the GOP nominee. Do you think it is an accident that these revelations come out at such a critical moment days before the South Carolina primary and hours before the debate? Of course not! I suspect if Newt continues in the race, more dirt will come out about him, which will only embarrass those who are supporting him.
Sarah Palin lost her influence due to the narrative shaped by the media between 2008-2011 about her. There was no way she could get into the race and overcome the misconceptions and misinformation about her. The Tea Party has been of no effect whatsoever, and has absolutely no voice in shaping the 2012 elections. The Evangelicals do not know whom they want and are like wandering strangers moving from candidate to candidate.
This is where Mitt Romney’s genius is playing in his favor. He understands the saying: “If you want to destroy a man’s dream, just give him another one.” All Romney has to do is just sit back, as different candidates are thrown to Evangelicals, whereby they chew them and spit them out. When all is said and done, the conservatives will be so disoriented, and may eventually rally around Romney, a man with no baggage, who has a clear and focused vision. http://www.newscastmedia.com/perry-out.html
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Although Ron Paul could win the Iowa caucus, he cannot win the nomination because his “fanatical believers” are not “mainstream America,” said former presidential candidate and media personality Mike Huckabee.
“Ron Paul is not going to get elected president. He’s not. His views on foreign policy are so much an anathema to the Republicans, much less the Democrats, and what I call ‘middle-of-the-road people,’” Huckabee said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“He has a very strong core of fanatical believers, but they do not represent the mainstream of America.”
In particular, Huckabee mentioned Texas Congressman Paul’s views on the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“You can’t go around saying, ‘yeah, it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.’ That’s beyond off-the-edge to think that it’s OK for the government of Iran to have nuclear devices. And [Paul] says, ‘well Pakistan has them and Israel has them and U.S. and Russia have them.’ The difference is they have them so they won’t use them. Iran wants to get one because they want to use it. There’s a big difference. It’s like he doesn’t get it.”
Paul has argued that continuing sanctions against Iran is only “promoting [Iran's] desire to have” nuclear weapons. “We don’t need another war,” Paul added emphatically.
In addition to Huckabee’s criticism of Paul, the Texas Congressman is catching blowback from both libs and conservatives because his racially charged newsletters. Huffington Post did a piece on him that did not help, so did conservative blog that dug up some dirt on Ron Paul in this article by HotAir.
With the Iowa caucus taking place on Jan. 3, Paul has to find a way to diffuse the negative press from both sides. Whether or not he can pull it off remains to be seen.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is finding out that the media that superficially promoted him, is now the very same machine predicting his demise. Every reasonable media practitioner knows that all the numbers that showed Gingrich jumping from single digits to 23 percent with 24 hours weren’t to be trusted. Just like Herman Cain who was heavily promoted, only to get destroyed, Gingrich fell in the same trap of believing his own press.
When liberal left-wing sites heavily featured him on their front pages, it was obvious that something was wrong because Gingrich claims to be conservative. On November 14, this CNN poll showed Gingrich soaring to second place. Thereafter, all other major media outlets ran with story including the Drudge Report that featured a headline reading: “NEWT ON TOP.” That was November 14, as shown in the image above on the left side.
Yet Michele Bachmann was not fooled by all the glowing headlines promoting Gingrich. She immediately voiced her opinion saying, “The media wants to choose who our nominee will be and who the next president of the United States will be. It’s the same as the government choosing winners and losers. It shouldn’t.”
Drudge once again featured Bachmann’s take on the media manipulating the outcome of the election process as shown above in the circled comments in the picture.
Today, a month later, the same media is carrying headlines showing Gingrich’s collapse. This is partly because the media realizes that voters are awake and cannot be easily deceived, so they are slowly shifting back to reality. It is also partly due to candidates like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann exposing Newt Gingrich to voters through heavy advertising that cannot be manipulated by the media, since the ads are created by the candidates themselves and not the media.
Now that Gingrich is being bumped from the top tier candidate that he really never was, we should expect the top three spots to be filled by either Romney, Paul, Perry or Bachmann. It looks like Romney and Paul are in top two slots, so either Perry or Bachmann should be able to fill the remaining slot; that’s when the race will become interesting as we watch it unfold over the next few months.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — GOP candidates have less than eight weeks before the Iowa Republican caucuses that are scheduled to take place on January 3, 2012. During the remaining weeks, whoever wants to win the nomination will have to do an effective job in closing the deal. This means tapping into the pool of the undecided voters and the moderates, while avoiding any major mistakes on the campaign trail. At this point, it is hard to predict which GOP candidate will win.
Herman Cain who once led the race has seen his numbers decline, while Newt Gingrich has risen. Mitt Romney’s numbers haven’t changed much, while Rick Perry is intent on reclaiming his original frontrunner status.
What happened to Cain when he suddenly rose in the polls and was torn down by the very same media that promoted him, will predictably happen to Gingrich. Some polls actually show Gingrich as the current frontrunner ahead of Romney and Cain, yet as every media practitioner and even Gingrich knows, his rise will not last long. Just as Cain’s reputation was destroyed, we can expect the same from Gingrich who in the past has had his share of indiscretions, which will soon be the focus of media and public attention.
To compete with Romney and Perry, Gingrich would have to spend a considerable amount of time raising money for sustenance. A scenario of who the vice presidential running mates could be are as follows:
If Romney wins the nomination, he would need someone from the South to help him deliver the region since it is the Bible belt. Cain said he would not be Romney’s running mate, so the other possible combination could be Romney-Perry, since Perry is a strong fundraiser and avid campaigner who could help Romney raise the necessary funds to compete with Obama.
Should Cain win, since he is from the South, he would need someone from the North to help deliver the region, and because Romney is the strongest of the northerners, a Cain-Romney ticket would not be surprising. A Rick Perry win of the nomination again would require someone from the North like Romney to help raise money and also capture the hearts of the voters in the northern states, therefore a Perry-Romney ticket would have a high likelihood of occurring. As for Gingrich, since he is from Georgia, but has an appeal in northern states, he might surprise observers by picking someone like Sarah Palin since he believes she could help beat Obama, as indicated in the video below.
Below is the debate schedule for the rest of 2011:
November 22nd, 2011 8pm ET on CNN
Location: Washington, DC
Sponsor: CNN, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute
December 1st, 2011 Air time TBD on CNN
Sponsor: CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona
December 10th, 2011 Air time TBD on ABC
Location: Des Moines, IA
Sponsor: ABC News and Republican Party of Iowa
December 15th, 2011 9pm ET on Fox News
Location: Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa
Sponsor: Fox News and Republican Party of Iowa
December 19th, 2011 4pm ET on PBS
Location: Iowa Public Television in Johnston, IA
Sponsor: The Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Television, PBS NEWSHOUR, Google and YouTube.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Having out-raised all the GOP candidates in fund since he got into the race, Rick Perry is the candidate with the ability to sustain his candidacy to the end of the GOP primaries, and go head-to-head with Mitt Romney, like we saw in 2008 between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There is no doubt that Perry will not make it a cakewalk for any of the top tier candidates. In the Perry camp, there is also talk of Perry foregoing the remaining debates after the November 9, Michigan debate so he can concentrate on interpersonal campaigning which is his greatest strength.
Romney is having to thwart attacks from both the GOP side and from the Obama camp whose goal is to paint him as someone who cannot be trusted and will say anything to get elected for political office. Romney’s greatest hurdle in this campaign is to convince voters that he is an authentic conservative who will honor his campaign promises once elected.
Perry’s challenge is to raise his numbers back into the double digits to their previous percentages and he has two months to do it before voting begins. He would have to rely heavily on advertising in key states, and if possible create infomercials air them in the early hours of the morning when airtime is inexpensive, like fitness gurus and religious leaders do. This will allow Perry to define himself rather than let the media or his opponents do it for him.
In regard to Ron Paul, he is using viral marketing to get his message out. The Internet permeates every aspect of society, so Paul and his grassroots are depending on word-of-mouth of the Internet and are going viral. This yet again is a cost-effective way for one to get one’s message out to the multitudes, since the mainstream media typical ignores Ron Paul. It is now the “alternative media” that Paul is hanging his hat on to get him to finish line.
Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann have the same problem. Their relationships with their campaign staff lack depth and are shallow, the evidence of which is that they are being abandoned by their staff members, who have no loyalty to the candidates. If the people close to them do not feel a connection to, or are uninspired by their messages, it is a reflection of how much trouble they will have in this campaign as they attempt to sell their messages to the American voters.
Because voting is an emotional event, and because both Gingrich and Bachmann are having trouble feeling the pulse of voters, such a problem that taps into the inner core of voters is a defect that is fatal, and has no cure at this late juncture in the game. Only a miracle from heaven can reverse the fortunes of the two candidates.
As for Herman Cain, I’ve said before that even though he is polling well, he cannot rely on the numbers because they seem to be superficially inflated, either to give him false hope or to demoralize some of the other candidates into dropping out of the race. Cain is currently on a book tour and may be making a the mistake of resting on his laurels far too soon, due to his favorable poll numbers.
Now is the Seabiscuit moment
Seabiscuit was a thoroughbred horse that inspired the movie Seabiscuit. Its original owners sensed the horse had potential, and it went on to win a few races before being sold eventually. The new owner teamed Seabiscuit with Red Pollard who trained and rode it to many victories. However, both rider and horse had setbacks and almost everyone had given up on them. Toward the end of Seabiscuit’s career Pollard and the horse recovered from their injuries and went on to win the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap race amidst the cheering crowd.
All candidates have taken a beating and need some boosting to get to the finish. This will come bay way of endorsements, participation of volunteers, donors and the grassroots. Politicians need to galvanize the supporters of the candidate of their choice because now is the time they need that input to energize their campaigns.
Of course there will be some prominent politicians who will choose to play it safe by not endorsing or actively supporting any of the horses in the race, because they either have false sense of self-importance, or they are complacent and have been plagued by apathy.