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Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry Weighs Presidential Bid

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It is widely assumed that Texas Governor Rick Perry will soon announce plans to seek the Republican nomination for president. The governor's announcement may come this weekend, a week after his large prayer rally in Houston — which drew almost 30,000 attendants — where he prayed for divine intervention to the assist President Obama's judgement. 

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The 2012 Republican Race and the Romney-Huntsman Rivalry

Friday, August 05, 2011

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine, breaks down the latest news from the 2012 Republican presidential race and his cover piece on the history of the Romney-Huntsman rivalry.

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Could the US See a Third Political Party by 2012?

Monday, August 01, 2011

The American political system has rarely been successful at fostering a third party. In recent history, voters in the ballot booths have mainly conformed to one of two parties: Democrat or Republican. But by 2012, the U.S. may see a centrist third political party, thanks to an Internet-based movement called Americans Elect, which is helmed by Democrats, Republicans and independents who are frustrated with the current two-party system.

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What Will the Wealth Divide Mean for Hispanic and African-American Voters?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Pew Foundation released a report this week looking at the how the recession has affected the wealth gap between different ethnic groups. The results, based on the 2009 U.S. Census, showed the gap is the largest its been in 25 years. Hispanics were the group hit hardest, with a 66 percent drop in personal wealth, and African-Americans saw a 53 percent decline since 2005. This means financial gains in these groups have been set back decades. What will these findings mean for minority voters in 2012?

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At LGBT Gala, Obama Rankles Some Donors with Cautious Stance on Marriage

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Barack Obama was met with standing ovations and jeers at a Manhattan fundraiser geared toward LGBT supporters. He emphasized his belief in equality for gay couples, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.

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Watch: First New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate

Monday, June 13, 2011

The first GOP debate from New Hampshire took place on Monday, June 13th. It's a Free Country contributors and readers, WNYC fans, and political junkies from around the country discussed the debate in real time.

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New Hampshire GOP Debate: The Likely Zinger Questions

Monday, June 13, 2011

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After months of spring games and fan meet-and-greets, today is Opening Day in New Hampshire. Seven Republican contenders are facing off tonight in the first primary debate in this first primary state.

And in case you’ve been distracted by contests that are actually consequential at this point, like the Sox and the Yankees for example, here’s a guide to the curveballs CNN’s John King is likely to throw out.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Mitch Daniels Not Running in 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president, telling the Indianapolis Star, “I love my country, but I love my family more.” A popular governor with significant experience in the private sector who is known as an intellectual heavyweight on fiscal reform issues, Daniels was considered a favorite of many conservative pundits. Among a relatively weak field of potential Republican candidates, Daniels stood out as someone who could both appeal to the party’s conservative base, and the political center in a general election.

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Romney's Health Care Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here you have [Romney] in many quarters described as the front runner, even though some polls are all over the map, and yet at the same time his comments in that speech last week in Michigan were just derided by a lot of the people you would think were natural supporters. The Wall Street Journal ripped him both the day that he delivered the speech and the day afterward, and so then you get something like what he said and something like what Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press...and you could take a video of both of those appearances...and you almost have a 30 second spot in the presidential race right there.

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why the GOP Field Wants - but Shouldn't Get - Chris Christie

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The GOP field is still forming but people can't help but fall for Chris Christie, the savior of New Jersey and the plain-spoken governor who isn't afraid to tell people how things really are, even if it means his own poll numbers suffer.

-Karol Markowicz, on the clamor for NJ Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 race.

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Newt Gingrich to Announce 2012 Run on Wednesday

Monday, May 09, 2011

This morning, a spokesperson for Newt Gingrich announced that the former House Speaker would launch his 2012 presidential bid on Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter. Gingrich will be the first Republican hopeful polling in double digits to formally enter the race.

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The Death of bin Laden and a New 'Political Moment'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I think what's interesting is Obama being able to talk about a transformative moment, about what makes America America, about us coming together. That is exactly the kind of theme that he's been trying to build his reelection campaign around.

Anna Sale, political reporter for It's a Free Country, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Politics of Osama bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

It's A Free Country Political Reporter Anna Sale discusses what the death of Osama bin Laden means for the GOP, President Obama, and the 2012 elections.

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The Takeaway

When the Boss Shows You His Ballot

Friday, April 22, 2011

Supreme Court ruling Citizens United removed financial limitations on how much corporations could give to political campaigns. But a lesser known part of that decision also nullified another law which restricted a corporation’s ability to advocate for certain political candidates and party platforms in the workplace. In essence, your boss can now tell you who he or she is voting for, and why.

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Axelrod: 2010 Holds Lessons for Obama Re-Election Campaign

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Two days after President Obama launched his reelection campaign, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod came to New York to fire up the base by touting what the president has done for them. More, he came to tell them how much worse it can be.

Speaking in New York City at the 20th anniversary convention of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, Axelrod pointed to the 2010 midterms as a cautionary tale.

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How to Brand Obama 2.0

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The slogans “Yes We Can” and “Change We Can Believe In” transformed then-Senator Barack Obama’s underdog bid for presidency into a frenzied, anti-incumbency movement that launched him to the Oval Office. Fast forward to today, and President Barack Obama has officially begun his re-election bid, though the word “change” is probably the last one he wants to hear.

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Colorado's Tea Party Lessons

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recently, I blogged at InsiderIowa.com about trouble in the Colorado Republican Party. I wrote that although the Tea Party mobilized Republicans at the base for the 2010 election and managed to create momentum sufficient to give the GOP a big victory, not all is well in elephant land. Colorado could be a lesson, and a warning for Iowa’s first in the nation test for 2012.

Saying he's "tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is," Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams won't run for re-election. He warned that if the Tea Party continues to high-jack the larger Republican agenda and veers more sharply to the right, the GOP stands a good chance of losing Colorado's "large unaffiliated voter base."

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DLC & CPAC: Intra-Party Divisions a Bi-Partisan Affair

Monday, February 14, 2011

Word that the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) was closing up shop drew chants akin to “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” from liberals across America. The DLC – a self-styled centrist, pro-business group – has been a bogeyman to the Left, from its successful efforts encouraging Democratic officials to embrace big lobbyists to its high-profile fights with Howard Dean and other progressive leaders. Liberals felt more than a little schadenfreude that this major combatant in intra-party strife was laying down its swords and laying off its staff. However, beyond some playful and pointed posts, liberals aren't really celebrating.

Not that it was a bad week for the Left.  The Republicans were revealing their internal divisions – and their old-fashioned bigotry – as prominent partisans boycotted CPAC, the major conservative conference, over the inclusion of the gay group GOProud. The House Leader John Boehner lost a vote on extending the Patriot Act in a turn that showed insurgent Tea Partiers aren’t ready to play nice with their caucus.  Liberal hero Keith Olbermann will be back and bolder than ever on Current TV.  The purchase of the Huffington Post by AOL showed mainstream affirmation of the value – at least financially – of a liberal-leaning community.  And there was of course a largely-peaceful democratic uprising that toppled a dictator.

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CPAC 2011 On The Ground: Straw Poll Time!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The results of the 2011 CPAC Straw Poll are in. Rep. Ron Paul, unsurprisingly, wins:

  • Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
  • Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
  • Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
  • South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
  • U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
  • Others: 5 percent
  • Undecided: 1 percent

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CPAC 2011 On the Ground: Day One

Friday, February 11, 2011

The 2011 Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) got off to a bang on Thursday with Donald Trump and newly-elected Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) providing immediate fireworks.

The Donald spoke to a riled up crowd, supporting a recent rumor that he is considering a presidential run on the Republican ticket, and outlined the contours of his potential platform. But more than anything, Trump got a lot of buzz for taking a shot at Sen. Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, stating flatly that, "Ron Paul cannot get elected folks, I'm sorry." Given the number of Paul-ites and libertarians in the crowd, the statement produced some groans, boos, and jeers. The remainder of his speech looked to shore up his gun and pro-life bona fides and bemoaned American trade policy (Donald wants our money back from everyone, everywhere). Few consider Trump a legit contender for the Republican nomination, but by dipping his toes in the presidential pool, he should be good for "billions" of laughs.

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