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Tim Pawlenty Releases “Better Deal” [Video]

On Friday, Tim Pawlenty released a video with the same title as his economic plan announced earlier this week. A “Better Deal” is not fashioned as a campaign speech with video montage in the foreground. The first half of the video is an as-expected collection of talking points, but then on it builds a bit.

Starting with “Free markets work, Barack Obama’s central planning does not”, things pick up a bit. It is a positive message on where Tim Pawlenty wants to take the country, you decide if this is going to get you to follow him.

Jack Welch: There’s Some Buyers Remorse Over Obama Selection

Jack Welch was talking with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night and made a shocking pronouncement saying, “I almost dropped dead. This guy would never support Tim Pawlenty in his life. He’s a Democrat. He’s going to have a fundraiser for him.”

Why would a Democrat have a fund raiser for Tim Pawlenty? Pawlenty isn’t a liberal. Pawlenty isn’t even moderate. According to Jack Welch, it’s because many in the financial industry that helped get Obama elected in 2008, are having second thoughts.

There’s some buyer’s remorse on the Wall Street crowd over the Obama selection, whether you want to buy that or not. There is some buyer’s remorse.

Seeing what the Obama administration is doing to American businesses and jobs, it’s no wonder that someone that pays attention to the fundamentals of companies is realizing that Obama’s ideology is extreme, dangerous and at a minimum, harming the economy.

All of this came out while Welch was being asked who he might support for President in 2012. Video available here.

 

Tim Pawlenty’s “Better Deal”

On Tuesday, Tim Pawlenty announced his “Better Deal” for the American economy. The plan may be appetizing to Conservative voters and contains many ideas that even moderates should be able to latch on to.

Pawlenty starts by proposing a basic re-write of the tax code – corporate, business, individual, investment .. all of it.

For businesses, his plan modifies the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, end tax loopholes, eliminate subsidies, and allows small and medium businesses to take advantage of the corporate tax rate.

The plan also changes the individual income tax mess into a – not-quite-flat – two tiered system:

  • Individuals making $50,000 or more will be taxed at 25%
  • Individuals making less than $50,000 will pay a 10% tax on income

It does not appear that Tim Pawlenty’s plan gets rid of individual tax deductions as one part of his contains the phrase, “Married couples making $50,000  or lower will have an effective 0% tax rate”. This indicates that there is either a third bracket for that demographic or there is a credit that when two people apply it would equal up to $5,000 – thereby cancelling out the up to $5,000 in taxes they would owe on incomes of that size. With a 25% tax rate at $50,000 I would imagine there would have to be some deductions as a married couple making $100,000 would be required to pay $25,000 in income taxes. That would certainly be an increase as that demographic currently has an effective income tax rate much lower than that.

The “Better Deal” also seeks to spur investment by eliminating capital gains, dividend, and the so-called “death” or estate tax. Encouraging Americans to save more would make it much easier to be less-dependent upon the government for periods of unemployment or upon retirement.

Pawlenty’s plan also addresses the nearly insurmountable debt that the federal government has taken on. He would push for a balanced budget amendment that caps federal spending at 18% of GDP. Should Congress still fail to balance the budget, the proposed amendment would also grant the President the power to impound up to 5% of Federal spending and freeze spending at current levels until the budget is balanced.

To try and shrink the size of government, the proposed plan would implement the Lean Six Sigma process – used in large companies to streamline processes and reduce wasteful effort – with the promise of saving federal agencies of up to 20%.

Gov. Pawlenty also proposed several initiatives to remove obstacles from businesses. Much of it seems centered on trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia, Panama, and others. But, it also seeks to limit the mandate of the Federal Reserve to focus only on price stability.

One aspect to his plan that is almost certainly in response to the attempt of the current administration to use regulations to skirt Congress is that it requires the sunsetting of all federal regulations unless Congress explicitly re-authorizes them.

There are many promising aspects of Pawlenty’s plan. The approach is probably the safest way to approach entitlement reform. Force it to happen without actually talking about it. The proposed changes, if ever enacted, would certainly cause severe cuts to something – something big.

Pawlenty Will Attend New Hampshire Presidential Debate

Tim PawlentyIn an announcement from his campaign office, GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will attend the next scheduled Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 13th.

I look forward to discussing my vision for growing our economy by cutting spending and unleashing America’s job creators,” Pawlenty said. “We cannot wait to begin the campaign to defeat President Obama and discuss our records with voters. President Obama’s policies have failed, and we need a new leader to tell the hard truths necessary to restore American prosperity. I look forward to sharing my vision and discussing my record in front of first-in-the-nation primary voters

Less than two weeks away, Herman Cain is the only other candidate that has announced plans to attend the event.

Tim Pawlenty’s “2012 Presidential Truth Tour”

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for President on Monday, and quickly jumped squarely on the chest of soon to be ex-President Barack Obama with a speech that carried one simple message: The American people deserve to have a leader who will tell them the truth about what is happening in their government today. Check out his video from timpawlenty.com that summarizes his announcement speech that he gave in Iowa on Monday. You can also drop in a donation there if you like this candidate’s message. I certainly do, and I made a donation today.

It truly is A Time for Truth in America in today. It is time we had a leader who will explain to the American people the dangers of the massive $14.5 trillion dollars of debt that we now face. We need people to understand how that debt will burden future generations of children for decades to come.

It is A Time for Truth concerning America’s illegal involvement in the Libyan Civil War, Egypt’s revolution and overthrow of the government there, and just why in the hell are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan today?

It is A Time for Truth about how the recent Obama appointed EPA and radical environmental activists with the far left Liberal agendas have crippled our ability to move forward in using our domestic energy resources, further putting us at the mercy of what are largely America-hating, foreign oil producing countries. How is that $4 dollar a gallon gasoline working out for your family?

It is A Time for Truth concerning how a self-avowed Communist Van Jones came to be working in OUR White House under the guise of being the Green Jobs Czar. Never mind the leftist lies and propaganda from the far lafet Liberals and their media puppets about how Glenn Beck somehow slandered a good man and got him fired. The Communist is on video saying it in his own words for crying out loud, wake up people. It is time for Obama and company to come clean with the truth about that swept-under-the-rug episode of treason against the American people.

It is A Time for Truth about why in the hell our federal government is suing the State of Arizona for demanding the enforcement of Federal law!

It is A Time for Truth in discussing the State-budget-crushing effects Obama-care will have on every State in the country, due to the massive mandated expansion of State medicaid rolls, not to mention the unconstitutionality of forcing people to buy a product from our incompetent, dysfunctional government that couldn’t even run a cash for clunkers program efficiently. It is also A Time for Truth on how Americans could ever become stupid enough to believe that adding 30 million people to a government-run health-care system will reduce health-care costs and result in better health-care. Tell that lie to the Seniors who have already had $500 billion dollars cut from their health-care budget just to make that scam come in under Obama’s under $1 trillion dollar cost demand. Now Obama and the Democrats are trying to say the GOP and Paul Ryan want to kill Granny by stealing her medicare.Have you people already forgotten the $500 billion dollar hit their medicare already took in the Democrat’s fake health-care reform bill that they rammed through Congress against the people’s wishes?

Finally, it is A Time for Truth about our stagnant economy, including high unemployment, and the skyrocketing food, gas, electricity and everyday cost of living today that the Obama administration and Ben Bernanke refuse to admit the truth about. Haven’t any of you dishonest politicians bought food, gas or anything else in this country lately?  Milk is now at $3.79 a gallon here in Florida, and it wasn’t long ago I paid $2.29 a gallon ! That sure as hell looks like inflation to me there. At the same time, Seniors have been refused a measly cost of living increase for two years running here! Just who does that make us think is on the side of actually caring about the Senior citizens living on a fixed income in America today? Sure as hell isn’t Obama and the Democrats when we look at those facts there. It is high time Seniors wake up and join in the conversation on just how they are being effected by Obama-nomics!

Yes Sir, I agree with Mr. Pawlenty that it certainly is A Time for Truth come the 2012 Presidential elections, and that means a truth that the Obama administration  continues to refuse to give to the American people.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty Officially Announces Campaign for President

DES MOINES – Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced today that he is running for President, telling voters at a town hall event in Des Moines, Iowa that “it’s time for new leadership, with a new approach.”

“The time has come for America’s president – and anyone who wants to be president – to look you in the eye and tell you the truth,” Gov. Pawlenty said. “If we don’t change directions in 2012, if we do not move quickly and decisively, if we are not willing to chip in to sacrifice some of our own comfort and convenience for the lives and liberties of our children, it may be too late.”

Gov. Pawlenty’s official announcement kicks off a week-long, multi-state tour devoted to telling Americans the truth about the challenges facing America, and laying out specific ideas for getting the country back on track. Pawlenty will host a Facebook town hall on Tuesday and deliver remarks at the Cato Institute on Wednesday. He will travel to New Hampshire and New York on Thursday and Friday.

“Tomorrow I’m going to Florida, to look both young people and seniors in the eye and tell them the truth, that our entitlement programs are on an unsustainable path. And that inaction is no longer an option,” Pawlenty said in Des Moines. “Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street. But someone has to say it. Someone has to finally stand up and level with the American people. Someone has to lead.”

With the nation facing difficult challenges, Governor Pawlenty pointed to his record in Minnesota as evidence that conservative leadership can lead to a brighter future.

“In Minnesota, I cut taxes, cut spending, instituted health care choice and performance pay for teachers, reformed our union benefits, and appointed constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court,” Governor Pawlenty said. “The problems we face as a nation are severe. But if we could move Minnesota in a common sense, conservative direction, we can do it anywhere — even in Washington D.C.”

Governor Pawlenty’s announcement comes less than five months after he completed his second term as Governor of Minnesota. First elected governor in 2002, Governor Pawlenty promised to balance budgets without raising taxes — a promise he kept. Instead, he was honest with voters about the choices necessary to restrain out-of-control spending. It wasn’t easy: His budget fights led to the first government shutdown in Minnesota’s history, a 44-day transit strike, and a record number of vetoes and budget unallotments. His success earned him an A grade in fiscal responsibility from the Cato Institute — one of only four governors to receive the libertarian group’s highest ranking.

One of five children, Pawlenty grew up near the stockyards of South St. Paul. His father was a truck driver and his mother passed away when he was young. Pawlenty worked while attending the University of Minnesota, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He went on to earn his law degree and become a criminal prosecutor before being elected to the Eagan City Council in 1989, and the Minnesota state House in 1992.

Tim Pawlenty has been married for over 20 years to his wife, Mary, a former district judge. The Pawlentys have two teenage daughters, Anna and Mara, and attend Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Excerpts of Governor Pawlenty’s Announcement Address

Tim Pawlenty

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Tim Pawlenty will kick- off his presidential campaign at in Des Moines, Iowa today. Yesterday, the campaign released an internet video announcing his candidacy prior to him actually announcing it himself. When Pawlenty tweeted that he would be doing things differently, it may have been an understatement.

This morning, the campaign released a sort of Cliff’s Notes for the announcement speech. A set of excerpts was sent out in a press release:

“I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I’m running for President of the United States. We live in the greatest country the world has ever known. But, as we all know, America is in big trouble, and it won’t get fixed if we keep going down the same path. If we want a new and better direction, we need a new and better President.”

“President Obama’s policies have failed. But more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in. … I’m going to take a different approach. I am going to tell you the truth.”

“We’ve tried Barack Obama’s way — and his way has failed. Three years into his term, we’re no longer just running out of money. We’re running out of time. It’s time for new leadership. It’s time for a new approach. And, it’s time for America’s president – and anyone who wants to be president – to look you in the eye and tell you the truth.”

“The changes history is calling on America to make today cannot be shouldered only by people richer than us, or poorer than us – but by us, too. Politicians are often afraid that if they’re too honest, they might lose an election. I’m afraid that in 2012, if we’re not honest enough, we may lose our country. If we want to grow our economy, we need to shrink our government. If we want to create jobs, we need to encourage job creators. If we want our children to be free to pursue their dreams, we can’t shackle them with our debts. This is a time for truth.”

“No president deserves to win an election by dividing the American people – picking winners and losers, protecting his own party’s spending and cutting only the other guys'; pitting classes, and ethnicities, and generations against each other. The truth is, we’re all in this together. So we need to work to get out of this mess together. I’ll unite our party and unite our nation, because to solve a fourteen-trillion-dollar problem, we’re going to need three hundred million people.”

“In Minnesota and in Washington, the issues were the same: taxes, spending, health care, unions, and the courts. But in Washington, Barack Obama has consistently stood for higher taxes, more spending, more government, more powerful special interests, and less individual freedom. In Minnesota, I cut taxes, cut spending, instituted health care choice and performance pay for teachers, reformed our union benefits, and appointed constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court. That is how you lead a liberal state in a conservative direction.”

For more information on Tim Pawlenty read CDN’s Presidential Profile of him or his campaign website.

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Tim Pawlenty’s “Hard Truths” Op-ed in USA Today

In case you missed it, check out Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s op-ed in USA Today:

Real change is about telling hard truths
By Tim Pawlenty, USA Today, May 23, 2011 1:30 AM EDT

In the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency, unemployment is at unbearable levels, gas and food prices are skyrocketing and federal government spending is out of control. “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional, and it is already driving up health costs — not reducing them.

The president’s policies simply aren’t working. And more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about the problems we’re facing and what it’s really going to take to get America back on the right track.

As a candidate for president, it would be easy for me to just tell the American people we can solve our debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. But we have now seen where that type of leadership gets us.

Leadership isn’t about fancy speeches and empty promises. It’s not about telling people just what they want to hear. It’s about telling the truth. Like too many Washington politicians, President Obama governs with an eye toward the next election, at the expense of the next generation. He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself.

In Washington, they call that “smart politics.” But I’m not from Washington.

Success at the state level

As Minnesota’s governor for the last eight years, our state’s big-government legacy presented me with smaller-scale versions of the problems President Obama found in Washington. But my solutions — and my results — were very different.

I signed a budget that actually reduced state spending in real terms for the first time in the 150-year history of our state. I led the charge to move Minnesota out of the Top 10 highest-tax states. I passed market-based health care reforms and introduced merit pay for our teachers.

Read the full article here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-05-23-Truth-needed-in-politics_n.htm

 

Mitch Daniels Will Not Run for President

Mitch Daniels will not run for presidentIn an email to supporters, Mitch Daniels announced on Sunday that he will not be running for President.

The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,

Daniels continued,

In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all, If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.

Daniels’ decision not to run will impact the GOP field to a large degree as Daniels was considered a heavyweight in the group. Many believe that this announcement will push Republican voters into Mitt Romney‘s court, others say it would clearly benefit Tim Pawlenty.

Considering the strong showing of Herman Cain in the GOP debate, his rousing speech yesterday and the strong support that is growing for him, it would seem more likely that he might be the benefactor of Mitch’s choice to stay a Governor.

 

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Herman Cain Shines in South Carolina GOP Debate

Update May 12th 2011 Recent Zogby poll has Cain second in Republican Primary-

Last night Fox News held the first round in it’s new series of 2012 GOP Presidential candidate debates on live television across the nation. Afterward, Frank Luntz asked a focus group of 29 Republican voters from South Carolina who they thought had impressed them the most in the debate. Watch the following video for the somewhat stunning victory of who received top honors in this debate. While there were many notable candidates absent from this debate, it appears that Republican voters are fed up with the Old Guard GOP and it’s apparent lack of true conservatism. As we see in the following video, just being a longtime GOP politician no longer ensures that you will win the 2012 Republican nomination in 2012. This speaks volumes about the weight of the grassroots  Tea-party movement and their message during the 2010 mid-term elections.  See the winner of the first 2012 Republican Presidential debate  here.

While the focus group in the above video had a clear-cut view of who they thought won last nights GOP debate, this writer thought they echoed the sentiments of most informed voters in America today. We need to cut back on the size and scope of the Federal Government, and reign in spending. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that America is being destroyed under the weight of  our fast approaching $15 trillion dollars of debt.  If we take out the obvious message of  the need to cut spending in our government, we then get a clearer picture of who is the most complete candidate among this group. here are some of my observations from last night’s debate:

 

Tim Pawlenty – While most candidates have been expressing disgust with Obamacare in general, Mr. Pawlenty articulated the facts behind how the Democrats crammed it down Americans throats in a very partisan and somewhat illegal/unconstitutional fashion fairly well.  Understanding that America didn’t want the Government takeover of the their health-care system after the fact is one thing, reminding the people just how wrongly it was done is yet another. Across the board, this Independent voter thought Mr. Pawlenty had good solid answers to all the questions in this debate, and showed America that he is in fact in touch with the American people and their concerns with the direction of the country today. Just because Mr. Pawlenty doesn’t have the WOW factor when he speaks does not mean he wouldn’t make a good President of the United States some day. Mr Pawlenty closed the debate with the plea for more common sense values out of our nation’s capitol, which, when looking at the elitists and tyrants pushing anti-American, big government Socialistic policies in our government today, would be quite refreshing.

 

Gary Johnson – Mr Johnson came out with the standard message of the need for budgetary reform and fiscal sanity in our government, and he has the proven track record to actually fight both progressive parties in D.C. (RINOS and Liberal Socialists) to back it up. See my article here for more proof about Mr. Johnson’s abilities in balancing a budget and battling both Liberal Republicans and fake Democrats to get it done. Mr. Johnson stood out last night in his call for a quick visa for illegal immigrants that would supposedly help our economy and create jobs. The problem there is that he didn’t say create jobs for AMERICANS, which I find repulsive to the core. Add to that the fact that Johnson, while being an anti-war zealot, did not state that he would immediately withdraw our troops from the 3 wars we are in if elected. As a matter of fact, no candidate really mentioned the fact that while Obama declared victory in Iraq, we still have thousands of troops there, and many are being killed every day. I say pull them out and let them rebuild their own mess of a rock-pile there, period.

 

Rick Santorum – Mr. Santorum came out with a somewhat defensive stance to many questions last night in trying to explain his previous statements on the war on terrorism, the national debt and social issues. This is a man who seems to be having trouble articulating his stances in a clear and concise manner, which could relegate him to being the first to drop out of the GOP Primary race, in my opinion. I would like to see Santorum do some extended one on one interviews that would give him a platform to explain his core beliefs a little better. While he does have the conservative credentials of past experience, he needs to step up and relate that experience towards dealing with the problems America faces today with some viable solutions. If Mr. Santorum would like the chance to articulate his stances on the issues of today in a different atmosphere that may be more conducive to explaining why he would make a good president in 2012, I would certainly like to hear what he has to say in an interview. I do feel that this debate format left me without any answers as to why I should support him in a Presidential bid. Contact my editor Sir, and I,ll give you a fair shot.

Ron Paul - Mr. Paul did an excellent job of answering all the questions at this debate, and never wavered on expressing his Libertarian platform, which speaks volumes about this man’s unwavering character, unlike most of the long-time GOP wishy-washy-flip-flopping cowards in D.C. the past two decades. Mr. Paul spoke eloquently and strongly about the three wars Obama and the Democrats have us engaged in today, and the fact that there is no apparent defined mission in any of them. Mr. Paul is the staunch enemy of big government and he doesn’t care who knows it! Good for him. He also proved he has the knowledge and understanding to deal with America’s problems today in this debate in his explanations on what is plaguing America. Bottom line here is that Mr. Paul’s stock as a viable U.S. Presidential candidate went up a few notches during this debate, much to the dismay of the Old Guard GOP entrenched Progressive-leaning politicians., which is a good thing in my opinion. Whether they like it or not, Mr. Paul will be a formidable opponent in the upcoming GOP Presidential debates. His participation forces the fence-sitters to clarify their idea of what we need to do to fix this mess in America today.

Herman Cain – As you now know from the video included above, Mr. Cain proved to be the voters choice in South Carolina last night. He was articulate and very adamant in expressing his views about America’s problems today. He scored points for stating how he would weigh the advice of all the experts involved in the current wars America is involved in, before being able to state a position on what he would do. That is a very down-to-earth realistic approach that most Americans can appreciate. Mr. Cain is a businessman, which also makes him the obvious anti-Obama candidate extraodinaire. The other glaring difference between Barack Hussein Obama and Herman Cain is one that most politically correct cowardly writers will not write about. While Mr. Cain is black, he carries himself like an un-hyphenated American first, who loves his country, whereas Barack Obama is widley touted as half-African first, and anyone with an once of common sense and an understanding of U.S. culture and values can see the fact that Obama is anti-American at his roots. Mr Cain is a pure Capitalist, who believes that anyone can become successful through hard work and determination through America’s freedom from over-regulation by an out-of-control, too big government. The anti-capitalism Mr. Obama and his far-left Liberal party masquerading as Democrats are as opposite of Herman Cain and American independance and freedoms as one can get. This is the reason true informed Americans are rallying behind Herman Cain today. One is simply an America-loving Patriot in every sense of the word, whereas the other is hell-bent on destroying American freedoms and prosperity. Right now, the choice is clear if the election was held today. Herman Cain would embarrass Barack Hussein Obama in a landslide, and not even a billion dollars in Obama campaign cash will  buy America into supporting the Nanny-State destruction of American freedoms that Obama wants to continue to relegate her to. Nice job Sir.

Was That George McFly In The First GOP Debate?


The buzz tonight is all about the GOP Presidential Candidates Debate in South Carolina. It was with great enthusiasm that I sat down to watch the debate. To date I do not have one candidate that truly sticks out as a solid choice for me.

There was one candidate tonight that I did not know at all. As a former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson was a new name and face to me.

Right out of the gate I was somewhat impressed with him. When asked about his views on Afghanistan he immediately earned my respect, saying that we should leave tomorrow. He added that he realized leaving tomorrow would take approximately 3 months.

Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson did not continue to impress me. At one point I literally stared blankly at the TV, not believing that I was actually hearing and seeing correctly! But my eyes and ears were not deceiving me!

Gary Johnson- a man applying for the job of President of The United States- actually interrupted Chris Wallace to complain that he was not receiving enough questions! Are you kidding me? He continued on, going from bad to worse, when he compared himself to the idea of the “fair tax”, stating the “fair Johnson” should be applied.

Chris Wallace assured Mr. Johnson that he had a question for him coming up.

It was like watching a warped TV episode of “Back To The Future”. Gary Johnson laughed nervously, stumbling awkwardly over himself in true “George McFly” style.

After one of the other candidates completed answering his question, Chris Wallace turned to Mr. Johnson, stated that he was glad to get to him. To this, Mr. Johnson replied sheepishly, “Great. Thanks!”

Quite honestly, the question that was asked of him was a very important question concerning Medicaid and Medicare but I could not have told you how Mr. Johnson answered the question had I not implemented the luxury of modern technology. Thankfully, I had DVR’d the debate. I had to rewind the DVR twice to actually hear what Mr. Johnson had to say because I was so embarrassed for him!

After he completed his answer, he thanked Chris Wallace, and it seemed as though the evening was going to move along as planned. However, Brett Baier must have felt sorry for Mr. Johnson as well, because he interjected a quick comment to him that they would be “fair and balanced” with the questions the rest of the evening.

Once again I could only stare at the screen in horror and embarrassment for this poor man! Is he serious? Once again, the images of George McFly flashed before my eyes! Gary Johnson- GOP Presidential Candidate for 2012- grinning a goofy grin, pointed his finger playfully at Brett Baier and said, “fair and balanced… that’s what I was thinking!”

What? You have got to be kidding me!

It continued to be a point of banter a bit later when Shannon Bream had her turn to ask the candidates questions. She turned her attention to Mr. Johnson, and said, “Governor Johnson, another question for you…”  You could hear the hint of laughter in her voice. She tried. She really did. And she almost made it to the question without actually laughing. But she didn’t quite make it. You could hear the ripples of laughter lightly sprinkled throughout the crowd, and Ms. Bream allowed a small, seemingly embarrassed chuckle to escape her before she asked Mr. Johnson his question.

Unfortunately, his answer did not impress me greatly. The question was regarding his stance on immigration, and he went on to explain that he was not in favor of putting up a fence to protect our borders. He turned my head a bit when he explained his idea for a “grace period” for illegal immigrants who are here now to be able to get work visas. While I do not believe his idea will actually work, I think it is a start. However, I STRONGLY disagree with him regarding a border fence! We MUST secure our borders or we are not going to have a country to be concerned about immigrants- legal or illegal.

By the end of the debate it appeared that Gary Johnson had regained some sense of self-respect, albeit it very little. There was no more whining from him about not receiving as many questions as the other candidates. The panel composed themselves and were able to ask him questions without having to stifle their giggles and reassure the Presidential Candidate that he was going to be treated “fair and balanced”. However, I found it very interesting that he received a somewhat “whimsical” question asking him if he had a reality show, what he would call it. Yet another odd and uncomfortable moment for Mr. Johnson!

While there were other issues discussed that I won’t discuss here, there is one last issue that I will cover.  Gary Johnson’s stance on this issue absolutely, without a doubt lost my vote if he had not already, when he discussed his pro-choice views. No thank you, Mr. Johnson! No thank you!

To paraphrase Biff, “Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, Johnson. Think!”  

You are applying for the job of Leader of The Free World! We already have one whiney weasel in the White House currently! What makes you think We The People will willingly elect yet another whiney weasel on the other side of the aisle? If you want this job you have to at least appear Presidential! Mr. Johnson- tonight you did not appear Presidential at all! Issues aside, America needs and wants a President with class. I’m not so sure you will get another chance to show us if you have class or not.

If I close my eyes really tight, I can almost hear that embarrassed and nervous chuckle/giggle/cackle from George McFly…..”Ah-ha-ha-ha, very funny.”

Well, not so much, Mr. Johnson. No so much!

What to Expect from the First GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday night at 9pm, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party will co-sponsor the first debate of the 2012 Presidential election. Five presidential possibles will be present for the debate: Herman Cain, former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza; Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico; Ron Paul, U.S. representative from Texas; Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, and Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania.

What’s also important to note is that the candidates polling at the top of the most recent polls, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin will not be in attendance.

For those that chose to show, two main themes will more-than-likely be omnipresent: pot shots at President Obama and attempts for each of the candidates to differentiate themselves from each other.

Gary Johnson and Ron Paul will likely stress their libertarian roots by attacking the Fed’s monetary policy, shrinking the size of government and stressing the need for the U.S. to get out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Johnson’s laser-like focus on the legalization of marijuana may place him firmly in the fringe camp especially since he’s been largely out of the limelight since leaving the New Mexico Governorship in 2002.

Tim Pawlenty will likely stress his executive experience as the Governor of Minnesota and crafting the image that he is the only realistic candidate in the race against Obama. In the past, Pawlenty has struggled to create an image of himself that excites the Conservative base. The debate could prove a pivot-point for him in becoming the most-serious contender for the GOP nomination.

Herman Cain has a tough push in the debate. While an effective communicator, he has some unclear positions on more liberal-leaning policies such as affirmative action and government intervention in the workplace. If those issues come to light, he will be hard pressed to either distance himself from prior stances on these issues or avoiding answering them altogether. Either one may not play well with the GOP base.

Rick Santorum will likely do well in the debate if it focuses on foreign policy, a strong point for the former Pennsylvania senator. A key concern is Santorum’s electability. While he will likely be fiery and exciting in the debate format, his loss of his recent Senate seat may cause many to question if he can beat Barack Obama in the general election.

Statement on DNC & Obama Campaign Coordinated Attack On Pawlenty

“The Obama campaign is telling the DNC to bury the President’s record — which is understandable, especially considering how poorly it stacks up to Governor Pawlenty’s record of cutting taxes and spending. If the President’s team was more focused on the economy and less focused on politics, then maybe they wouldn’t be so worried about Governor Pawlenty’s strong record and agenda. The Obama re-election campaign and DNC’s coordinated attack on Governor Pawlenty is more evidence that Republicans should not wait to start the campaign.”

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