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Romney’s Choice

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made his choice for his running mate as Vice-President of the United States. United States House Representative Paul Ryan was announced to a crowd in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia. The selection was a clear message for Governor Romney’s focus on our country’s economic future and his goal to unify his support from his own party which is quite insecure at best in some respects. But while his choice further shows his vision and party support, it sends a different message to those across the aisle, who believe that the selection of Ryan is just more of the same.

Paul Ryan is the seven term representative from Wisconsin. At 42 years old, he’s already one of the Republican Party’s leaders and most respected in congress. So what do we know about Paul Ryan? When it comes to fiscal and budget issues, Ryan is the GOP’s go-to guy. Last year, Ryan drafted the republican answer for the economy in the “Path to Prosperity.” As the Republican Party’s budget proposal for our federal government, Ryan’s plan was passed in the Republican controlled House, but naturally struck down by the Democratic controlled Senate. The bill was voted against largely because it included much of the same tax rate reductions for the wealthy and cuts to affect the poor and middle classes that Democrats see typically favor by their Republican counterparts. His plan also included stark changes to the Medicaid system. We also know about Ryan that in the past, the Tea Party favorite has voted for the war in Iraq, Medicaid Part D, and bailouts of both Wall Street and auto industries.

The Obama Campaign has commentated on Ryan’s selection as Romney’s running-mate saying, “Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most American’s values.” To Democrats, this selection is not providing much of a difference from the party’s candidate for president. Usually, vice presidential candidates are chosen to help bring balance to the ticket. Many times we’ll see after the party is split in two during the competitive primary stages, a candidate chooses the one person that opposed his ideologies so much that such move would definitely unify the party. In 2008 Barack Obama was criticized because of his inexperience, in contrast he picked senior Senator Joe Biden. Every Republican man’s dream date, Sarah Palin was chosen by John McCain. She was young, attractive and had some very strong conservative values. Palin had qualities that could have balanced any ticket for any party. In both cases though, we learned that presidential candidates intended to fulfill shortcomings and to reach out to critics, not just in their party, but those votes in the middle that would win them the election.

Not for nothin’ but I can’t say this pick of Paul Ryan by Romney is a winning move. Yeah, it wraps up wavering support in his party, but the move doesn’t seem to reach out to those undecided voters who could go either way. It seems like Paul Ryan is much of the same as Mitt Romney, just a few years younger. These days, there’s an “it” factor or a popularity dynamic to win an election. Paul Ryan is not screaming some feature that the other team doesn’t have. He’s the same white male “Washington insider”, as some would say, that that has dominated politics for years. Mitt Romney did a good job with winning his party over, but made a poor decision in trying to win this election.

The Day After

Election day nears
Election day nears

On Tuesday when the ballots are counted and America has elected our new president of the United States, for many of us this will be a joyous occasion as history has been made and our team has made it in there!  But on the other hand, there will also be those people who dread the thought of an opposite outcome than the one they want.  With the intensity this election season has brought us, we can say one thing for sure, and that’s nearly half of America will not be happy with who our new president-elect is, but for at least for the next four years we’re going to be forced to deal with it somehow.

It’s a fact that we have to mentally prepare ourselves for.  Sen. Barack Obama has a lead in the polls, but there’s a chance that his lead will not last and we’ll have our winner being Sen. John McCain.  Are Barack Obama supporters ready for that?  Well if everything plays out like it looks like it will then our new president will be Barack Obama.  Are John McCain supporters ready for that?  The day after and the upcoming weeks, months, and years will give us the answer.

If the expectations stay the way they are, Obama wins and McCain supporters get disappointed.  For the past two months polls have shown McCain behind and lately there has been no sign that he would come back and win.  So some analyst and strategist have all but predicted a GOP loss.  Even radio commentators have been picturing a post-Obama win America.  They complain, worry, and fear that his plans and platforms will not work out.

On the other hand, lets assume that polls have been inaccurate, or by some slight miracle John McCain fights his way back and on election night democrats will have a big disappointment on their hands.  Comedian Chris Rock joked that if Obama loses then the Wednesday after Election Day if there’s any activity that involves black people, then it’s not going to get done.  Also an Italian author wrote about a second civil war breaking out.  Not to mention the dozens of actors, actresses, and celebrities who are threatening to move to Canada.  Such threats were made in 2000 and 2004 but actual statistic show that they didn’t materialize and were just a threat.  But also in the threat department the threat of violence is another real thought.  It may not be peaceful in many urban areas if Obama doesn’t win.  Actually he doesn’t have to win for unruly crowds to take the streets.

Not for nothin’, either way this turns our country will need some serious repairing to get people working together again.  One person is going to win and one will loose.  Its just how the other side will take it.  Or actually you can say how well the other side will take it. 

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The 600 Million Dollar Man

Obama Campaign Financing
Obama Campaign Financing

Barack Obama has indeed broke new ground when it comes to political campaigning.  When it comes to campaign financing, Sen. Barack Obama has far exceeded his opponent Sen. John McCain.  Since the beginning of September, Barack Obama has raised $186 million to bring his total to over $600 million.  Some, including John McCain are saying that the democratic nominee lied or went back on his word when it comes to campaign financing.  Last year, Sen. Obama did say that he was going to take public financing, effectively putting a cap on the amount of money he’ll be able to raise during the campaign.  It’s been quite obvious that Obama has since turned down the $84 million of government funding and is free to raise and spend as much as he wants.

It’s shown in the way that he has been reported in spending his money.  Outspending John McCain by wide margins.  In many battleground states he has at the very least doubled, usually tripled the amount spent for television ads.  But one specific ad comes to mind when talking about television.  On Wednesday night Barack Obama has bought airtime on five different networks, to run a half-hour television advertisement.  Major networks will air the “infomercial” in its entirety.  Of course the McCain campaign put up a fight, but ultimately the cannot stop television stations from putting what they want on air.  So when Fox said they wanted to delay the World Series to play the ad, it did not sit well with the republican party.

But being the first candidate to not take public financing in the general election since the program started back in the 1970s, naturally would come with some commentary.  Its almost like the chicken and the egg argument.  Was Obama campaign so phenomenal in fundraising that it was able to gain so much money because he’s not taking public financing?  Or is this public financing system a handicap on political fundraisng?  If McCain didn’t take public financing, would he have been able to raise as much?

Well the McCain campaign doesn’t like it and they don’t have to.  Barack Obama has more than enough money to spend it in any way that’ll ensure him to get elected.  He has enough money to put millions of eyes in a television primetime slot (when most people watch television) on him a week before the election.  Some of those millions may be the undecided, and this move may put them over the top.

Not for nothin’, I don’t know who is in charge of the fundraising in the Obama campaign, but I doubt they’ll have a problem finding a job ever again.  And as far as McCain’s problems with Obama’s fundraising or changing his mind on public financing, why shouldn’t he?  If he saw that he could get more money the other way, then there shouldn’t be a problem with it.  It’s like Steve Spurrier philosophy on running up the score in college football.  If you don’t like it stop him, or score more.

The Focus Of Florida

The Focus of Florida
The Focus of Florida

In a matter of ten days one specific area of our country has seen more presidential campaigning than any other.  In the past few days and over the next few, we’re seeing both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama, both vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, both Clinton’s Hillary and Bill, surrogates Cindy McCain, Joe Lieberman, Rudy Guiliani, various other politicians and celebrities all have campaigning for their candidate of choice in the area of Central Florida.  Florida is one of the more important swing states in this years election and central Florida is the most important battleground area of the battleground state.

The term “War on I-4” is usually held off for the arena football game that’s played between the Orlando and Tampa teams, but as for the past few weeks it’s been taking on a whole new meeting.  Both presidential campaigns are running massive ground operations in that area.  As for the rest of the state it’s almost all but decided.  Obama is leading in the more highly populated areas of southeast Florida with areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale because of a high population of Jewish, black and Hispanic voters.  McCain is up big in the more rural areas of northern Florida and and the southwestern part of the state with retirees, affluent voters and old-school Southern Democrats.  But the area along Interstate 4 is so populated and diverse that it could be that area to decide the state. 

But it’s the state’s decision that has captured the country and helped decided the last two elections.  We all remember what happened in 2000 with the election between Gore and Bush.  If 537 Floridians voted a different way, there would have been a different result.  But the way it looks, it’ll go down to the last day until we’ll finally know which way Florida will go. 

Some statistics that we look at for help can be misleading.  Registered democrats outnumber registered republicans by hundreds of thousands.  But like much of the rest of the south, you still see many conservative leaning Southern Democrats.  The could be part of the reason why Florida has voted republican for six of the last seven elections, but this time around we see Obama is running slightly ahead in statewide polls with likely voters.  More statistics show 5.7 percent of the U.S. population lives in Florida.  One of every four voters in Florida are 35 years or younger.  Florida’s population is about 20 percent Hispanic and 16 percent black.  And 2.2 million voters in Florida do not belong to a party.  Just looking at those stats you can see how important of a battleground state Florida is and why it could go either way.

Not for nothin’, but It’s a state that John McCain must win in order to just stay competitive.  If Obama were to carry Florida then there’s no way McCain will be able to catch up.  In fact Obama already has a victory in the sense that he’s making the McCain campaign put so much time, focus and money in a state that’s traditionally red.

Say Anthing To Win

Joe The Plumber Tour
Joe The Plumber Tour

John McCain and the McCain campaign made their way to Florida yet again on Thursday, this time blazing a trail along Interstate 4 from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf coast.  The Straight Talk Express arrived in Ormond Beach about 9am Thursday morning and the senator got out and spoke to a rousing crowd in part of his “Joe The Plumber Keep Your Wealth” Tour.

In this speeches throughout the day the republican candidate spoke with a sense of urgency.  McCain recently has been criticizing the tax plan of Sen. Barack Obama.  McCain said that Obama added a work requirement to his proposal so that 10 percent could get universal mortgage credit.  That was in a response the the charge of Obama’s plan being seen as “welfare” as the McCain campaign has been putting it lately.  In the stump speech he said the American people had learned the truth about it and they didn’t like it.  McCain ended the statement saying, “It’s another example that he’ll say anything to get elected.”

Well right or wrong the strategy of “saying anything to get elected” seems to be working for Sen. Obama.  The McCain campaign is spending a lot of time and money in Florida, primarily because there’s a legitimate fear that the state could be voting for a democrat for president this year.  More and more polls are showing Obama with a slim lead in the state, a state that McCain is counting on.  So the vote rich state remains a focus to both parties, not just the republicans.  But if there is any part of the state that could be swayed back and forth, it’ll be the Central Florida region that has seen both presidential candidates in a matter of a few days. 

Not for nothin’, but if saying anything to get elected gives you a  12-point lead, than maybe McCain should start making things up.  McCain has actually been saying a lot lately, not sure if it qualifies for anything.  But there’s an argument that both candidates are saying anythingto win.  Is Obama leading because people aren’t believing anything McCain is saying?

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