Who will be the republican candidate in the US elections?
December 23, 2007 3:30am CST
Even if I'm not from US I'm really interested in US politics, but generally I hear only about Hillary, Obama or other democratic candidates. What about the republican party ? Who are the most famous ones? Who do you think will win the republican primary?
• United States
23 Dec 07
Hello Rowena, The G.O.P. field is as follows: 1. Rudy Guillian - former Mayor of NYC 2. Duncan Hunter - long time conservative Congressman from Southern California. 3. John McCain - long time R.I.N.O. Senator from Arizona. 4. Ron Paul - long time Libertarian Congressman from Texas. 4. Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusettes, and accomplished long time business executive. 5. Fred Thompson - former Senator from Tennesee, accomplished former Federal Prosecutor, and actor who currently can be seen on the t.v. show "Law & Order". 6. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, who announced on Friday that he will be dropping out of the Presidential Primary race. Who is the most famous? I can't say. They each are quite well known in certain circles. Who do I think will get the primary nod? Again, I cannot say. The field is wide open. Most Republicans find some advantages & disadvantages in each of the candidates. Unless there is a miracle turn-around, Duncan Hunter will most likely end up dropping out -- is my guess. Though I would consider that a sad day. Hunter is probably the most suited Conservative in the line-up. Ron Paul will never get the nomination, because he's a Libertarian running in a G.O.P. primary race. So, that leaves Guilliani, McCain, Romney, and Thompson. McCain will never get the Conservative vote, which is who typically votes in the primaries. McCain's part in the unconstitutional "Campaign Finance Reform" legislation, and his gung-ho support of comprehensive immigration reform -- which as he supports is nothing short of amnesty for illegal immigrants will keep him from a win. Leaving Guillian, Romney, and Thompson. Although I think Thompson is highly qualified for the job, I don't believe that the majority of Americans will willingly look past a man in his sixties being married to a woman in her thirties. Whether right or wrong, many Americans have indicated that Thompson's young wife leaves an unsavory taste in their mouth. Personally, I don't really care how old his wife is, but many others do. And, it sometimes rests on these seemingly irrelevant perceptions. Among Guilliani & Romney I find Romney much more palatable than Guilliani. Not so much because of any specific short-coming of Guillian. Rather, because I believe this country needs a potent shot of business accumen infused into the beurocratic process. Our government could take a few lessons from the business world -- like how to adhere to a budget! I also like the fact that Romney is abundently wealthy -- wealth he has built by his own efforts. Having a President who is filthy rich, but not attached to specific commodity interests is very refreshing. It dramatically reduces the risks that as President, he would make national decisions based on his own personal economic interests. There is so much more to add, but for the sake of brevity -- I'll leave it there. I'm interested to see how others see the line-up. Good question, Rowena!
• United States
23 Dec 07
Very good list. I hope Ron Paul drops out next. Even though he is a strict constatutionalis he comes accross as a whinny libreral bed wetter. I don't remember seeing Allen Keys in your list. He is a former ambassador, and a stunch conservitive. If you were to listen to him you would be sold. However becouse he is a real Reagan Conservitive and is a Black man he does not get Media attion like Juliani and Romney I wish people would go to www.renewamerica.us and see why this man is Americas best conservitive canadate.
23 Dec 07
Wow what a list, thank you! You were very informative. Among them, the only one I know is Rudy Guillan (you meant Rudolph Giuliani, isn't it? His name is too hard to spell) I've also heard John McCain but I don't know a thing about him. Based on fame alone, I think Giuliani is gonna win. Weren't Bloomerg alos a canditate? If Blloomerg runs, please, DON'T vote for him. We italians had already a prime minister who possessed tv channels and trust me, it's not a good thing for democracy.
• United States
23 Dec 07
Hello Seoguy, Yes, this Keyes recent addition came completely out of nowhere for the last debate. And, there is some question about whether or not he can legally qualify for the Iowa Caucus (& the Fla. primary). Apparently he hasn't met the legal obligation of having an official Keyes for Prez. office in Iowa for the mandated minimum time frame. And, I don't think it's because of a matter of GOP or Black discrimination, or funding issues for that matter. One can have an official office, or sub-office in almost any type of zoning district. I think that's it's just a rules oversight on Keyes' part. If anyone needs to be able to demonstrate the willingness to abide by the rule of law, it is the President. I was pretty excited to hear some of Keyes' views in the 2000 Presidential run. Yet, in the end the support that he was garnering early on dissipated because he came across as unadaptable. Unlike any other political position, the Presidency is the voice of all The People. Either party cannot give a candidate the nod if there is an apparent unwillingness to represent all 300 million Americans. It's one thing to find that out after an elected President is in office, it's quite another to glean it from the early run of the primaries. His 1988 & 1992 Maryland & Illinois Senate runs failures were directly the result of his not being able to 'reach' the majority of voters. Had he been more adaptable, I suspect he would have certainly won the Maryland '88 run. He was coming off of a really high press period because of his Reagan U.N. appointment & work. I really enjoy listening to his show when I get it on the internet, yet I don't think he can pass "All the People's Representative" muster. As for Ron Paul: I'm glad he's not running under the Libertarian Party flag. If he were, we might see another vast division, much as with Ross Perot. Don't get me wrong, I've been following Ron Paul's newsletter for nearly a decade. His domestic issues particularly relating to taxation, the 16th Amendment debaucle, and his emphasis on limited Federal oversight ring loud & clear for me. Yet, he's out of step on international policy because US interests far exceed the US borders these days, as is the case with most nations today. For example: Dr. Paul seems to forget that the very first international war the newly established USA engaged was against the Barbary Pirates who were interfering with American trade ships on the high seas. So, though he may be a Constitutionalist, he is not a Constructionist because of his failure to recognize our national interests abroad.
23 Dec 07
Sinc there is a sitting Vice President, my beloved Mr. Cheanney, it would only make political sense to have him take the mantle-It is also polite to just do that because, Gore did it, Bush Senior did it and I know Cheanney should do it!
23 Dec 07
I don't know, maybe someone so linked to the current administration has less chances (I've heard the majority of americans don't like Bush very much and I can't blame them :) ). Otherwise I would root for Condoleeza for the republicans, but I've heard she doesn't want to candidate. Is it true?
2 Feb 08
Ever since Rudy Juliani dropped out of the raced there finally seem to have a front runner. John McCain gained the support of Juliana making him the come front behind front runner. There is still some competition from Mitt Romey but it is nowhere as feirce as the democratic race.
26 Dec 07
Ron Paul is getting a lot of attention, so is Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani...*sigh* ...if Mitt Romney wins, then my overall opinion of the U.S. will plummet. I'm voting for Dennis Kucinich. He has my heart all the way, and I'm sad because I think he's not going to make it passed primaries because he doesn't have the money of media exposure to put his campaign in everyones face...