Romney Speaks at NAACP Convention

12 07 2012

This week, presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee spoke at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention. Many people have questioned whether or not this was a good campaign move from the Romney team.

Some people have called his speech “hollow” and a “missed opportunity” because the people in the room were not his primary audience and he was booed twice. I watched a pathetic argument on The View this morning (don’t judge me, this whole feud with DirecTV and Viacom has severely limited the amount of channels I can watch). This argument consisted of Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg basically saying that Romney was a horrible person. Then Elisabeth Hasselbeck started yelling at them because Romney can do no wrong. And finally, Sherri Sheperd came out with the best argument of all of them. She said that she respected what Romney did, but did not think that he chose the best language to use. She suggested that he have not talked about Obamacare because a majority of African Americans support it, but instead have focused on the fact that the unemployment rate among African Americans is significantly higher than among whites.

Personally, I agree with Sherri Sheperd by saying that he probably could have done a little better with tailoring his message towards the people he was speaking in front of. However, I think it did show a lot of Americans that he is being consistent with his message and that he is not going to compromise his integrity and pander to each audience.

What are you’re thoughts on Romney’s Speech?

Here are my sources:

The View (Episode aired on July 12, 2012)


Veepstakes Tuesdays: John Thune

10 07 2012

Many have considered John Thune one of the top rising conservative politicians in the country. Now, he’s the third highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, so is he about to take the next big step in the political world?

Referred to many times as the “dark horse” of the VP contest, John Thune has been talked about as a potential VP nominee ever since he became one of the first people to endorse Mitt Romney for President. Thune is the junior U. S Senator from South Dakota, and current Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

He first burst onto the seen when he was elected U.S. Rep for South Dakota’s At-large congressional district in 1996. Then in 2002, he challenged incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, but lost by only 524 votes. He then decided to run against Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in the 2004 Senate election. This race was of the most expensive races in 2004, and was almost a dead heat throughout the entire campaign. When it was all said and done, Thune wone by 4,508 votes, which made Thune the first person since Barry Goldwater defeated Ernest McFarland   in 1952 to defeat an incumbent Floor Leader. Since this election, Thune has risen up the ranks in the Senate to become one of the most respected members of Congress.

Despite being a long shot, Thune has all of the qualities that Romney is said to being wanting in a VP. He’s low-key, respected, has Washington experience and comes from the Midwest. It also helps that he is a very natural speaker, which will help overcome the stiffness of Romney.

Thune flirted with running for the Presidential nomination, and Senator Mitch McConnell said that he should run because, “”He’s a very sharp, capable individual — good speaker, good leadership qualities, which I see on display every week in the Senate. I’m a big John Thune fan.”

Thune has met with Romney to discuss the campaign, but no one knows if VP possibilities were discussed in this meeting. However, the way Thune has handled the media questions shows that he is definitely a contender. When asked about the job, he replied, ” I’ve also said you don’t rule any options out, because if you are in public life because you want to make a difference … obviously, you have to be open to those kind of possibilities.” This is the best response I’ve heard from any potential nominee.

Then when asked if he is being vetted by the Romney campaign, he responded, ” There’s a process. We don’t talk about the process.” This says that he knows something that a lot of people do not.

The biggest downfall for Thune is that he isn’t well known, and isn’t that exciting. Most people have never heard of the man, but that also comes with the advantage that he is not very controversial. However, building up a name recognition might not be something this campaign will want to spend time doing in this election.

I had honestly completely written Thune off as a potential VP nominee until I started looking through stuff to write this post. Now, I’ve moved him to the top of my list. He’s young and very likeable. If you look back through most of the recent VPs, with the exception of Al Gore, they have come from states that were solidly leaning towards that candidate anyway, not from swing states. Also, adding a fresh face to the ticket might actually give Romney the chance to rebrand himself to the country, which would give the campaign some more life to it. I would not be surprised at all to see a Romney/Thune ticket.

Comment below with ideas about who you want me to profile next week or any potential blog topics. Here are my sources:

Veepstakes Tuesday: The Perfect VP Candidate

3 07 2012

This week I’ve decided to do my Veepstakes Tuesday post a little differently. Instead of choosing one particular person, I’ve decided to piece together what it takes to be the perfect VP nominee. I’m looking at what would be the best political move (more of an outside, campaigning point of view) and a policy move when piecing together this perfect candidate.

Going into this general election, we must look at several different factors in determining what will help Republicans take back the White House: the current president, the current Republican nominee and mistakes that have been made in the past few elections.

The biggest things to note with the current president is a phenomenal speaker, who can easily get Americans on his side. Also, he holds key advantages in younger voters, single women and minorities. That being said, Romney is stiff and not the most relaxed speaker, which makes him hard to connect with the average American voter. He does hold pretty key advantages with white voters, men and older voters. He also has more economic experience than Obama does.

Looking at these key facts will give a lot to shape this perfect nominee. The VP nominee needs to be someone who can captivate an audience, but he or she must not overshadow Romney. Also, this perfect nominee must be able to appeal to the voters that Obama seemingly has a stranglehold on. Also, Romney doesn’t need to worry about finding someone whose specialty is the economy because he already has that. Instead, he should look to someone who has a lot of foreign policy expertise, which he does not have.

When it comes to trying to appeal to the key voters that Obama has sizable leads with, it is a very tricky situation. Romney has to find someone who can steal some of these votes without the left saying that he is only doing it to get those votes. This means not putting a woman on the ticket to try and the the woman vote, unless she is a strong candidate who will not back down. The best bet is to place a young, attractive male on the ticket. This was how Obama got a lot of the female vote in 2008 because he was a younger attractive male. When dealing with a minority, it might be best not to choose a minority candidate unless he or she is someone who has been talked about a lot. We must also look into the fact that this race will be determined by a few key states, so picking someone from one of these states will help along the way as well.

When it comes to avoiding past mistakes, I will refer a lot to the 2008 election. While, I am a huge Sarah Palin fan, the biggest mistake of the election was choosing someone who had not been exposed to the national media at a large level. She was put into the national spotlight from near obscurity, and she did not really know how to handle herself. The lesson that needs to be taken away from this is that the nominee will need to be someone who has been in the spotlight for a while as a top political figure.

To narrow it down, Romney’s VP nominee should be a young, attractive male who has a commanding presence and foreign policy experience. Also, he must be well exposed to the national media and preferably be from a swing state.

Best candidates (In order of being the perfect fit): Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, Bobby Jindal, Kelly Ayotte

Obamacare Ruling & The Election

28 06 2012

Just a disclaimer up front, this post is completely opinion based, and if you do not like that, quit reading now.

So as I was preparing last night to write a post about the Supreme Court’s ruling, I was planning on saying that the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare would hurt Romney’s campaign. However, I get to say the opposite of what I expected.

We all know that the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare with a surprising 5-4 vote with Chief Justice Roberts providing the swing vote. The reason that this will help Romney is because it gives Republicans and independents a since of something to rally behind. Before now, the biggest political motivator in this race has been gay marriage, which is not an issue that really affects everyone in America.

Since most people do not like Obamacare, I think this will ultimately motivate many people to come out to the polls and vote for Romney in order to overturn this law before it fully takes affect. It gives Republicans something more to fight for, which I think is very important right now.

If Obamacare would have been struck down, Obama would have easily have recovered from that and actually turned it favorably towards him. He could have said that if his plan was unconstitutional, then so was Romney’s plan in Massachusetts. Despite the obvious differences in the plans, many American’s still view them as the same law. Obama also has the personality to have written off the decision as a mistake if it would have went the other way.

Ultimately, I think this is great for Romney’s campaign, but I do think that this is far from being over. It will be interesting to watch poll numbers in the next few days to see which way they go.

Veepstakes Tuesday: Nikki Haley

26 06 2012

With the Republican National Convention only two months away, speculation is still running rampant on who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate. Romney is very persistent that only he and Beth Myers are the only ones who know who are being vetted for the VP job. For now, all we can do is speculate who that person might be.

One person who has been mentioned for a long time is South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants, who was born and raised a Sikh before converting to Christianity when she met her husband.

She has supported Romney before the South Carolina primary, and he has also supported her in the 2010 gubernatorial race. She has made headlines for having a very strong-willed personality and going after what she wants. Today, she has made news by telling the state House and Senate to put their egos aside and get a budget passed. This is definitely a quality that could be used in a VP  roll, who ultimately acts as the speaker of the Senate.

Unfortunately, she is also making news headlines for her ethics investigation, which the hearings for start on Thrusday. This investigation is to determine if she illegally lobbied for her employers while she was a state representative.

Taking Haley as the VP nominee would be a huge risk for Romney, but sometimes risks pay off in great ways. Her approval ratings are slowly going up, and many South Carolinians believe that the state is back on the right track. However, this ethics investigation could really hurt Romney if she is placed on the ticket with him. I don’t think that she will get the nomination because she is too risky.

Here are my sources, and tell me who you want me to talk about next week:

Obama Campaign Spent More During May Than It Made

21 06 2012

So Obama’s campaign spent more in the month of May than it raised. Ironically, this is the same strategy that Democrats use when they are in office.

Obama & the DNC spent $15 million more than he raised in May. They only raised $54 million last month, but spent $69 million. This is not the best sign for Obama’s campaign since Romney has begun to out fundraise Obama.

During the month of May, Obama raised $17 million less than Romney & the RNC, who raised $76.8 million in May. Not only is Romney out fundraising Obama, Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC, is out fundraising Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC.

Luckily for Obama, he still ended May with $109.7 million in reserves, which is a 6-1 advantage over Romney. The reasoning for this is because Obama did not have to fight a primary election, which Romney definitely did have to do.

A majority of this money is being spent on advertising, specifically TV. I know that I have already begun to see multiple ads on cable networks.

I guess we will see how long this spending spree will last, and if Romney can keep out fundraising Obama.

Like always, here are my sources & feel free to comment below:

Veepstakes Tuesdays: Condoleezza Rice

19 06 2012

Ever since Romney became the clear front runner in the GOP presidential nomination race, many top Republican pundits have suggested that Condolezza Rice would make the perfect running mate for him.

Rice, former national security adviser and Secretary of State under George Bush, has topped many wish list polls as the leader among potential VP nominees. In one poll, Rice received the most support from those who aren’t tea party backers as well as third, behind Rubio and Christie, among those who are tea party supporters.

Currently Rice is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University.

All of her experience in with foreign policy and global economy fills a big gap on the Republican ticket. She brings in a lot of expertise that will be needed in the upcoming few years. With our relationships with Pakistan and Iran on edge right now and the horrible global economy, Rice will bring experience that our current administration nor Romney has.

She will not only bring valuable knowledge to the ticket, but it is hard to ignore the fact that she could also bring in some much needed votes. She can get the women’s vote, which will be one of the deciding factors in this race. Also, she is African American and can steal some of the African American vote away from Obama.

She is well liked and not very controversial. Her biggest downfall is that she is associated with the Bush administration and some people still do not feel that well about his presidency. Overall, I think she is one of the best  candidates for the job. She has plenty of credentials and will aid Romney in appealing to swing voters. Unfortunately, she has said that she is not interested in the job. However, I could definitely see her being the nominee.

Here are my sources, and tell me what you think about Condi’s chances.