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New Site Petitions Indiana Governor To Run For White House

Apparently, a Virginia man is unhappy with the GOP options for Presidential candidates.  Matt McKillip has decided to draft the candidate he believes is the right man for the job:  Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

McKillip has started the website http://runmitchrun.com/ in the hopes of gaining enough signatures to persuade the Hoosier State Governor to enter the 2012 Presidential contest.

According to the site, “Since 8 p.m. EST on January 21, 6,565 Americans have signed” – as of 11:22am Eastern Time.

Will enough signatures be enough to convince Governor Daniels to run?  Will American voters have enough time to learn who and what Mitch Daniels is?  Given the high rate of disdain for the current GOP candidates that many are expressing on social media sites, at this point, anything is possible

Gov. Daniels’ Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/mymanmitch

Gov. Daniels’ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MyManMitchFans

Gov. Daniels’ Website – http://mymanmitch.com/

Source: http://t-j.cc/yG9EUP

Bain, climate change and Romney's Achilles heel

Yet another debate looms. Will the moderator dare ask questions related to climate change legislation, CO2 emissions, the potential for millions of dollars in profit to Romney’s former employer Bain & Company should a global carbon trading system be thrust upon the United States?


For months I have begged, pleaded, Facebook’d and Tweeted to debate moderators from nearly every debate thus far to PLEASE ask the question, “Do you or your investments stand to make significant financial gains through climate change legislation?” Not one moderator has bitten. Heck, not one REPORTER on the campaign trail has bothered to ask anything remotely resembling a question about Romney’s climate change beliefs and how it relates to his work at Bain.

The truth is, voters need to know the answer… before the GOP nomination process is complete. As noted just last summer, Romney has never backed off his assertion that human beings are creating global warming and that world leaders need to do something about it.

This conversation is particularly important this week as the World Economic Forum converges in Davos, Switzerland. Bain & Company is “proud to be a strategic partner and active member of the World Economic Forum, an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” (www.bain.com)

Bain & Company is quite clear on their opinions of climate change and carbon emissions. In one post entitled “The green edge: Why carbon competitiveness matters,” Bain writers attempt to convince potential clients to “gain a lead over industry rivals by reducing your company’s exposure to carbon.”

Bain offers strategies to overcome the inevitable carbon regulations imposed by governments worldwide.

“As governments around the globe regulate the emission of greenhouse gases with increasing severity in the next two decades, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will become a financial liability, not just at the industry level but also at the company level. Carbon regulation will change the competitive landscape of many industries but will also fundamentally change the competitive standing of individual companies within the industry.”

The cozy relationship between the WEF and Bain & Company should be explored. Romney should be questioned, especially considering what is easily found with a few clicks on the WEF website.

“The World Economic Forum engages business, government and experts in partnerships to create the low-carbon economy. The World Economic Forum provides a neutral platform to develop universal carbon emissions reporting.”

Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com outlines in detail Romney’s love affair with CO2 emission standards, Obama’s “Climate Change Guru” Holdren and hiring climate change activists.

Voters deserve to know what Romney’s opinions and plans are when it comes to submitting the United States to international climate activists’ demands on carbon. Will he stand up for the sovereignty of America and against global regulations? Could this be the arrow that finally plants firmly in the heel of the otherwise infallible Romney?

Angry Newt?

A consensus seems to have been reached across the network/cable/dish television sphere that Newt Gingrich’s unexpected success in the South Carolina primary was due to his being angry at and telling off members of the “elite media” during the two South Carolina GOP Debates.

The “elite media”? What the heck is the “elite media”? Does that include CNN, who intentionally used subconscious visual and verbal propaganda, consistently and repeatedly trying to tie the GOP to the south? (Read: Forget American history, the GOP is the racist Party) However, I digress.

While its true that there was a very strong element of displeasure within the former Speaker’s replies to Juan Williams of FOX News and especially CNN’s John King, this observation misses the true, underlying reason for Gingrich’s sudden surge in popularity.

Consider South Carolina. They had a big Tea Party victory in 2010 with the election of Nikki Haley as Governor. Then, Governor Haley endorsed Mitt Romney, the GOP establishment’s candidate. Factor in Romney’s inexplicable failure to answer questions he should have seen coming years ago and you begin to get an idea of what happened.

The main reason Newt Gingrich surged in South Carolina, and is now surging in Florida is his ability to articulate the difference between the Conservative and “progressive” visions for America.

The American idea, the shot heard round the world, is that We The People can govern ourselves. By the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God we are entitled, by virtue of our humanity, to the maximum amount of Individual Liberties consistent with law and order, and to the Right of private ownership, not the least of which is the Right to own and decide for ourselves. These Liberties and Rights are to be equally protected by a Constitutionally limited, representative government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. This is a distinctly exceptional American idea.

The “progressive” idea is that an all-powerful centrally planned government, with extreme hostility towards private ownership, forces redistribution of wealth through “progressive” policies in the name of social or economic “justice”. In order to ensure “fairness”, an oligarchy of self-imagined, self appointed ”intellectual elite” must be responsible for controlling businesses, industries and “the masses”, who’re incapable of governing themselves. This idea came to America from Britain’s Fabian Socialists and Germany’s Frankfurt School. This is a European idea, not an American one.

There’s a palpable hunger in America for a return to the original intent and First Principles of our Founding Fathers. Why else do you think the Tea Party exists? Or are you one of those unfortunate souls who swallowed the “because they’re racists and can’t stand having a black President” lie hook, line and sinker?

Republicans and Democrats who seek to maintain the status quo better respect the Tea Party. We surround you.


NBC Republican Debate January 23rd 9pm [full video and poll]

It wouldn’t be the 2012 Presidential campaign season without another GOP debate and NBC has come to the rescue.

Tonight at 9pm Eastern, NBC will hold the next in a series of Republican candidate debates which will include Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Expect the debate to be the Mitt and Newt show – trading barbs on what has or hasn’t been released and who’s the better Conservative.

Taking into consideration Mitt Romney’s announcement to reporters shortly after conceding the landslide loss in South  Carolina, he is widely expected to lash out at Newt in the debate tonight. Mitt will likely demand Newt’s contract from Freddie Mac and other artifacts in an attempt to damage Gingrich’s rising favor with the electorate.

Rick Santorum was crowned the winner of the Iowa Caucuses, but hasn’t shown strongly in the two primaries that followed. His standings in the most recent national poll give little reason for any of the candidates or the moderators to aim questions and/or comments at him.

Ron Paul will likely stick to talking about financial bubbles and his non-interventionism foreign policy. Rep. Paul is the only remaining candidate not to have won in a primary or caucus. That, along with his disappointing results in South Carolina faltering national poll numbers may see another debate where Paul is less-involved than his fans would like.


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Who Won Poll:

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We're Mad too Newt!!

Newt Gingrich may be successfully channeling the energy of  Eddie Chiles’ “I’m mad too!” to relate to the Republican electorate.

Frustrated with a sour economic outlook, skyrocketing spending and an over-reaching government, Chiles did a series of Conservative radio commentaries in the late 70’s and early 80’s that resulted in the now famous buttons and bumper-stickers:

Announcer: Are you mad today, Eddie Chiles?

Eddie Chiles: Yes I’m mad. I’m sad for the Americans who are trying to raise a family and trying to buy a home when the liberals in Washington are spending more and more to destroy the American dream. You get mad, too.

For the very first question at Thursday night’s CNN republican candidate debate, John King chose a personal question about the end of Newt’s marriage to Marrianne and the interview she had just given to ABC. Newt’s response was unbridled anger that the journalist was more concerned about a decade old event than the real unemployment picture, massive spending and dysfunctional policies of the current administration – things voters actually care about.

Some saw the incident as Newt being sanctimonious, better-than-thou or grandiose – but didn’t he say to the media what we’ve all been dying to say for so long? If you heard the crowd’s response to how Gingrich handled the question – South Carolina sounded very much like they agreed with the speaker – we’re tired of the media picking our candidates.

ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post .. the list goes on of media outlets that give little attention to the failed policies of liberal democrats, but they are all too quick to jump on a divorce that happened over a decade ago. It has been reported that ABC had been working for weeks to get the interview with Newt’s ex-wife.

Where is the interview with President Obama or the State Department on their irresponsible decision to deny TransCanada the right to build an incredibly beneficial pipeline across the United States? A decision that will likely result in a ton of inexpensive energy going to Asia instead of the United States. Energy prices will “necessarily skyrocket”.

Where is the presser where a New York Times reporter asks Obama how it is that after all the effort, loan guarantees and good-will that the Obama administration has given Brazil , China gets the jump on the amazing amount of oil that will come out of that South American country?

Where is the expose on Barack Obama’s war on domestic energy while appeasing the Taliban?

The media is making a huge deal over Romney’s hesitation to release his tax records, something that will become public record at some point anyway. Where is the pressure for the President to release his college transcripts?

The assault on Republicans (those Conservative and otherwise) while leaving Democrats unscathed is hypocritical at best and dishonest at worst – and we’re not going to take it anymore.

  • Romney: Caymans, tax records, Bain, Mormanism
  • Gingrich: divorces, affairs, ethics fine, ad with Pelosi
  • Obama: …

Newt is more in touch with the frustration that Conservatives have felt for way too long than any of the other candidates. Sure, it’s raw emotion – passion even. Something the other candidates struggle to emit.

Conservatives are frustrated with the Senate’s failure to produce a single budget, the government’s inability to reign in spending, the embarrassing handling of Egypt, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, no answers immigration…

The right is utterly pissed-off at the use of executive orders and regulatory over-reach to force tax payers to fund “the pill” for anyone that wants it, kill the domestic energy industry, funnel money to green-energy boondoggles and crush companies like Boeing unless then bend to the will of big labor.

Newt’s man-handling of John King, who looked like a school boy being read the riot act by his father, was an embodiment of what we’d all like to do – call out the liars, the cheats, the thieves and hypocrites for what they are. It was a visual metaphor symbolizing the Conservative desire to stand up to the establishment and tell them “You should be ashamed of yourselves!!”

Newt’s emotion may be just the thing to re-electrify Republicans into believing that their voices and their votes actually matter.

January 19th CNN GOP Presidential Debate [video]

It’s only been a few days and it’s already time for another Republican Presidential candidate debate tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN. If you liked the last one because there were only five candidates, you may really like this one as Rick Perry has joined the ranks of the fallen.

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be the only participants in the CNN debate that will be held in Charleston, SC.

Just hours before the debate Rick Perry announced the suspension of his campaign and his endorsement of Newt Gingrich. Shortly after that, news broke that Newt’s ex-wife sat down with ABC news in an interview where she discussed their divorce more than a decade past.

Romney has been hammered over his use of off-shore banking to hold his money, his tax rate and his reluctance to share his tax returns. After his lackluster performance in the last debate, the negative attention is taking its toll as Newt has now taken a slim lead in South Carolina polls.

Ron Paul struggled to explain his unpopular foreign policy in Monday’s event and that seems to left him anchored at the bottom of the pile now that Perry has left.

That leaves Santorum to make or break his campaign in tonight’s affair. His last debate performance was neither great nor terrible, he’s been largely left alone by the press and today we learned that he actually won the Iowa Caucuses.

Where to watch

  • CNN
  • CNN.com
  • This post if a live stream is made available

S.C. GOP Presidential Debate Notes

The FoxNews/Wall Street Journal S.C. GOP Presidential debate last night contained a slight twist: The addition of twitter social media interaction. While it was hailed as giving voters a more direct way to ask questions and get involved with the debate, it really isn’t as much of a “thinking outside the box” addition as some claim it to be. Tea Party groups and numerous conservative websites have been doing this since the start of the GOP Presidential debate season. CDN has been live-streaming many debates and allowing voters to interact during the GOP debates.  Readers may also vote for who won last night’s debate by clinking that CDN debate link.

Debate notes:  Token Fox News Liberal Juan Williams stooped to new lows with a semi-hidden racism claim posed as a question aimed at  Newt Gingrich about his remarks about having school kids work as janitors and other positions at their schools as a way to promote work ethics and self-pride, while also teaching them the value of money.  Newt was strong throughout the debate, which has been the case in all of the previous debates. He offers well-defined, concrete solutions for America. Williams was embarrassed as he should be, especially when he attempted to circle back and hit Newt with underlying, perception-nudging charges of racism a second, and even a third time. Typical Liberal class warfare tactics there Mr. Williams.  Shame on you.

Fox News put a twitter report on TV this morning with data compiled from twitter activity last night. To show how  determined Ron Paul’s supporters are today, they overwhelmed the twitter debate data in pushing Ron Paul to a supposed win by stating that Paul answered the questions the best. None of that kind of thinking was to be found anywhere in my debate notes. Paul stated that he would lower tax rates to zero last night. He fumbled the question about whether America has the right to kill her enemies, such as happened with Bin Laden. The Iowa Republican had an excellent summary that begs to ask the question, “Just what makes anyone actually believe that Ron Paul won this debate?”

Ron Paul: The Texas congressman told a flat out lie when he was asked about comments he made last year WHO Radio about giving the order to kill Bin Laden. Paul said on Simon Conway’s show, three times, that he would not have given that order. He said during the debate that he never said that. Unfortunately for Ron Paul, there is videotape evidence.

Paul then made it worse by saying we should have worked with Pakistan to get Bin Laden. Newt Gingrich took Paul apart for those comments, saying the Pakistanis were compliant in hiding Bin Laden. It was an awful moment for Paul and anyone except his diehard fans can see that. There were other problems, including an exchange with Santorum on gun rights that Paul lost. Overall, it was a terrible night for the libertarian icon.


Rick Santorum scored big points for hitting Romney on his nasty attack ads, and Ron Paul on gun rights issues. Santorum still appears to be fighting to be heard in these debates, which could be viewed as unfair in numerous ways. The only questions he seems to get are on religion, abortions, and assorted social issues which he tried to answer by pointing out his fiscal conservative credentials as a U.S. Senator. Without a fair shake,  Santorum could very well be the next candidate to join Jon Huntsman in dropping out,  possibly after the Florida primary.


Mitt Romney showed exactly who he is last night, in a heated debate about his non-committal  statement as to if he would release his tax returns for all to see. Gov. Rick Perry refused to let Romney off the hook,  and a moderator pointedly asked Romney if he would release his tax returns, to which he basically replied, “maybe.”  It was a simple yes or no question.  Mitt Romney stood tall with pat answers for most of the night, yet did little to install a much-needed conservative confidence with voters with many of his answers. Governor Perry reemphasized the need to get government out of people’s lives and return the numerous stolen powers of the federal government back to the states.  Had  Governor Perry made the commitment to run for the 2012 GOP nomination for President much earlier than he did, he would surely be polling much higher than he is currently.  It’s still a long ways  to go until Nov. 6, 2012, yet it is certainly looking very much like a race between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

The Wall Street Journal representatives added a level of credibility to this debate, for which they are to be highly commended for.

As the above picture shows us, the 2012 Presidential elections are a critical turning point in American history. We must limit the U.S. Government to spending less than what is taken in if we are ever to avoid a Greek-style collapse.  Federal revenues must be increased through free-market expansion, and debt spending must be eliminated, while keeping our nation secure under the umbrella of a strong military. Take another look at the debt chart above. That is what the 2012 elections are all about.



January 16th Fox News/Wall Street Journal GOP Presidential Candidate Debate

At 9pm Eastern on Monday, Fox News will be hosting the next Republican Presidential Candidate Debate.

Mitt Romney has strengthened his position in the polls since winning in New Hampshire and is set to pull off a win in socially conservative South Carolina despite the religious Family Research Council’s support of Rick Santorum. Super PAC ads vilifying his time at Bain Capitol have both helped and hurt Romney’s campaign as a recent poll showed that voters are split over whether his time with the venture capitol firm would make them more or less likely to vote for him.

Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race after a disappointing finish in the granite state despite focusing all of his efforts there.

Newt Gingrich and Santorum may be switching places according to a recent Fox News poll. In nationwide surveys, Santorum has pushed into second while Newt has dropped to  third. Ron Paul is holding on to fourth with Rick Perry bringing up the rear.

Tonight’s debate will be a key point for Rick Santorum’s campaign. Anti-capitalist rhetoric coming from Gingrich and Perry the last week has left Santorum an opening to establish himself as the Conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul is holding on to his support from die hard Paul followers and some moderates, but his campaign is struggling to grow a base due to his foreign policy stances and ineffective messaging.

Who will be at the debate:

Bret Baier of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib will moderate the debate.

  • Candidates:
    • Newt Gingrich
    • Ron Paul
    • Rick Perry
    • Mitt Romney
    • Rick Santorum

Where to watch:

  • Cable: Fox News
  • Internet: FoxNews.com
  • CDN Live stream


Poll: Who Won the Debate?

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Rick Perry Can't Debate? (VIDEO)

This weekend, Rick Perry did a phenomenal job in back-to-back debates in New Hampshire.

David Gregory asked a typically loaded liberal question of Jon Huntsman: Name three spending cuts which will cause people “pain”. Then Gregory asked Perry an audience question: “Is it un-American for Americans to feel relieved when the government helps them?”. Perry took on both questions, rejecting the “government compassion” rhetoric and talking about the dignity of being self-sufficient- a core principle of conservatism- and he did it with a good laugh line to boot (at 1:00):

This was Perry’s best moment, in my opinion: Rick Santorum infers that libertarians are anarchists (a constant theme from him), bickers with Ron Paul, and then Perry delivers his best line of the weekend (at 1:07):

I’m sure we could expect more of these debate moments, but Rick doesn’t seem to be getting much air time in the debates now. Certainly not as much as was given to the other candidates.

On Twitter, I saw this tweet from @evanpower which best encapsulates the question for GOP voters now:

Everyones excuse on why Rick Perry shouldn’t win was he cannot debate, now that he has shown he can, what’s the issue?

Good question!

January 7th 9pm ABC/Yahoo! News Republican Debate

Saturday at 9pm Easterm, ABC, Yahoo! News and WMUR teamed up to produce the first of two New Hampshire GOP debates this weekend.

Poll after the debate:

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Participants: Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum

Moderators: Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and local TV anchor Josh McElveen


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The 730 Days That Continue to Change the World

After years of fighting, years of spilling our blood and treasure, we finally had our own independent, sovereign country. We were finally free of the shackles of tyranny. So many of our young men lay dead, so much of our property gone, so much of our innocence lost. Yet, we were finally in control of our own destiny. This precious gift of freedom bestowed upon and earned by us, now looked to us for its continued sustenance.

The answers would come with difficulty, just like our independence had done so. The solutions would not be unanimous nor perfect, but they would be ours, for better or worse. Many of the solutions would prove effective and many would not. Time and experience would, as always, would be the true indicators of success.

Finally, on a hot summer day in Philadelphia, a group of the finest leaders in our fledgling country signed a document that would give us the best chance of success for this new Republic. Within two years, it had been ratified and put into practice and since 1789, our country has enjoyed a simple freedom – that no more than 730 days would pass before we the people would have the opportunity to radically change the course of our government.

Fast forward to the year 2012. Only hours ago did we ring in the new year, as has been the custom for centuries. But unlike last year, this year brings that all-important day – day 730 – to bear. Because of the United States Constitution, we’re given the opportunity to change the entire makeup of the body of Congress, which was considered by our forefathers to be the most influential and powerful over the course of our nation. The House of Representatives was always intended to reflect the will of the people in the election process that is held every two years, and is the closest thing to a pure democracy that the framers ever wanted to approach.

Every 730 days (or 731) the charge is given to the people to point the country in the direction it wants. We now have a fixed 435 member lower house, not one of whom is guaranteed to hold that position for more than 730 days. Yes, some members continue to enjoy reelection to the post on a continual basis, but none of them are guaranteed a spot. Without filing the proper paperwork and formally declaring candidacy, no one in the House of Representatives may serve beyond his or her current term.

This means that if we, as a people, want to replace all 435 members with someone else and thus dramatically change the direction of the country, we can do that every 730 days. The next opportunity for this will be in a little over 11 months from now. If new people are elected, it will be because of the will of the people. If old people stay in their positions, it will be because of the will of the people.

It is far too easy in our cynical world just to say that we do not have control over our own political destiny. It’s too easy to blame big corporations, big government, unions, special interest groups etc. for having a stronghold on Washington, but at the end of the day, it’s the voter that sets the agenda and it’s the voter that must take ultimate responsibility.

Taking personal responsibility however is not in vogue in our current society. It is far easier to hold up signs that blame Wall Street, corrupt politicians and the like. Unfortunately, if we are going to be truly honest with ourselves, we will have to realize that our chance to right the ship arrived and we didn’t do our part. He it’s easy to chant slogans and shout “we the people!” It’s much more difficult to realize that the true “Buck” stops not at the desk of the president, but at our own front door. WE are the controllers of the destiny of this country, not our politicians, not special interests, not unions and not big corporations. “We the people” refers not just to our rights as United States citizens, but to our responsibilities as well – responsibilities given to us by countless individuals who gave up their lives, their liberties and their pursuits of happiness – for ours.

So before you go out and protest, before you call up a radio talk show, before you spout off to anyone willing to listen about how bad your country is, I challenge you to do the one thing that will make the most difference – VOTE! Your vote is no more or less valuable than that of the bigwigs on Wall Street or the CEO of a powerful company or the head of an influential union. Your vote is the greatest equalizer ever given to man in terms of his political future. It’s time to take your job seriously – a job you only need to exercise every 730 days. Consider the fact that for the vast majority of people on this earth, this job is not even offered to them.

If we as citizens/members/employers of our country neglect to use this great power and privilege, that is our choice. But by forfeiting this God-given right and privilege, we give up the right to be “boss” to those persons who, for the next 730 days, will control the direction of the country.

Where Do They Stand

With 2012 fast approaching the, issue of the 2nd Amendment and gun rights has been on the back burner in the debates for the most part. Our nation has many issues of importance in the upcoming election and the winner of the presidency could have a big impact on our right of gun ownership. Where a candidate stands on one particular issue may not determine the way you vote but might tip the decision scale one way or the other.

Michele Bachmann – GOA (Gun Owners of America) grade A+
Michelle Bachmann has co-sponsored two pro-gun bills and supported two others while in Congress.
• S.1001: A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia
(Mar 27, 2007: Co-sponsored by Bachmann. The bill was designed to overturn the gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington)
• H.R. 197: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009
• S. 845: Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009
• H.R. 126: Fairness in Firearm Testing Act
(Jan 5, 2011; Co-Sponsored)
Bachmann also helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation protecting gun ranges.

Rick Perry – GOA grade A
Rick Perry has been an advocate of the 2nd Amendment on the state level for many years now. Perry served in the United States Air Force and holds a concealed carry permit. Perry is against any form of gun control, and believes the emphasis should instead be placed on education of the public on the reality of gun use and legislations.

That’s why as governor, I have been proud to sign many pieces of legislation supported by the state affiliate of the NRA. We have protected Texas shooting ranges from junk lawsuits that tried to shut them down for making too much noise. We passed a law that allowed Texans to possess a handgun in a recreational vehicle. And because the NRA has done such a tremendous job promoting safety with the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program, I signed a law that requires visiting resource officers in public elementary schools to offer to teach the program at least once a year. We have also worked hard to strengthen our right to carry law because it is a good law that has made our people safer… In Texas, we believe that people should have the right to protect themselves whether they have called Texas home for years or are just visiting for a few days. In the past year alone, Texas has more than doubled the number of reciprocity agreements with other states that allow citizens from other states to legally carry a concealed weapon here in Texas as well as allowing Texans to carry away from home. I’m committed to ensuring we have as many concealed handgun reciprocity agreements as possible with other states. So far we have 18.

April 12, 2005, Perry speaking at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting, Houston

Perry drew both praise and criticism after an April 2010 jog when he shot and killed a coyote that was threatening his daughters Labrador retriever.

Mitt Romney – GOA grade D-

I believe we need to focus on enforcing our current laws rather than creating new laws that burden lawful gun owners. I believe in safe and responsible gun ownership and that anyone who exercises the right to keep and bear arms must do so lawfully and properly. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all federal approach to gun ownership because people keep and use firearms for different reasons. Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect their homes and their families and as President, I will vigorously defend that right.
January 7, 2008, The Washington Post- Mitt Romney

Romney has seemed to reverse is stance on gun control from what it was early in his political career. Romney supported the Brady Bill and only two exemptions under Massachusetts’ strict gun laws: One for handguns already licensed in the state prior to October 21, 1998, and one for “match-grade” pistols. Other than those two exemptions handguns must pass the states “safety” criteria and you must have one of two licenses to carry a gun and only the class “A” allows concealed carry. The class “B” allows one to transport an unloaded gun to and from hunting areas and shooting ranges.

Newt Gingrich– GOA grade C
Newt Gingrich has a mixed record on gun issues. Gingrich did not vote for the Brady Bill, but did support the criminal Safe Zones Act. Prior to 1994 Gingrich had earned an “A” rating with Gun Owners of America.

As long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there will be no further erosion of their rights.

The GOA rating quickly dropped to a “C”. Gingrich voted for the bill that included the Lautenberg Gun Ban. Gingrich said the Lautenberg Gun Ban was “a very reasonable position.” And refused to co-sponsor a repeal of the ban despite repeated requests.
Gingrich did however get a repeal of the Clinton Gun Ban passed through the House but it died in the Senate.

Ron Paul– GOA grade A+
Congressman Paul has long been on the side of the 2nd amendment. Introducing legislation to repeal the “Brady Bill” and the “Assault Weapons” Ban. Paul also authored legislation allowing pilots and specially trained law enforcement officers to carry weapons on airlines for protection of passengers. Paul introduced
H.R. 1096: Second Amendment Protection Act of 2007 to Congress.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to restore the right the founding fathers saw as the guarantee of every other right by introducing the Second Amendment Protection Act. This legislation reverses the steady erosion of the right to keep and bear arms by repealing unconstitutional laws that allow power-hungry federal bureaucrats to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Specifically, my legislation repeals the five-day waiting period and the “instant” background check, which enables the federal government to compile a database of every gun owner in America. My legislation also repeals the misnamed ban on “semi-automatic” weapons, which bans entire class of firearms for no conceivable reason beside the desire of demagogic politicians to appear tough on crime.

Finally, my bill amends the Gun Control Act of 1968 by deleting the “sporting purposes” test, which allows the Treasury Secretary to infringe on second amendment rights by classifying a firearm (handgun, rifle, shotgun) as a “destructive device” simply because the Secretary believes the gun to be “non-sporting.
January 9, 2003, US House of Representatives

Ron Paul has stood firm on all 2nd Amendment issues since the beginning.

Rick Santorum – GOA grade B-
Rick Santorum is a defender of gun owners and gun manufacturers alike. Santorum voted in favor of 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which prevents civil suits from being brought against gun manufacturers when their products are used in a criminal act.
Santorum is a lifetime NRA member and compared America’s gun owners as the “canary in the mineshaft” describing gun owners as the first victims of an ever encroaching government that is now targeting other liberties as well.

For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

December 15th Fox News Iowa Debate Replay [Full Video]

Update: Fox News has removed the video, we are trying to locate a replacement. Until we do, there is a youtube 4-part replay below.


Until we find a full length recording available to the public, here is the debate in 4 parts:


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