Campaign Buzz July 2011: Republican Presidential Candidates Take on the Debt Ceiling Crisis & Negotiations & Debate on Twitter — Michele Bachmann Enters the Race — Will Texas Gov. Rick Perry Run? — Tim Pawlenty Focuses on Iowa


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.


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Representative Michele Bachmann spoke in Waterloo, Iowa, where she lived until age 12.


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  • Gallup Poll: Election 2012 — Track GOP Contender’s Images Week by Week — Generic Ballot Gallup
  • Gallup: Presidential Job Approval Gallup
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  • Poll Watch: Polls and Related Articles From The New York Times NYT
  • Herman Cain wins straw poll of conservatives in Denver: Cain spoke to the Western Conservative Summit moments before the poll Sunday and drew the crowd to its feet with his life story and biting criticisms of President Barack Obama. With 508 people voting, 48 percent chose Cain as their favored presidential candidate… – AP, 7-31-11
  • Republican Voters Lack Enthusiasm for Presidential Contenders, Poll Shows: Republican voters are not satisfied with the candidates running for the Republican nomination for president and wish they had more choices, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll…. – NYT, 6-29-11
  • Tea Party Leaders Look to Bachmann, Paul and Perry: An informal straw poll of attendees at a FreedomWorks training session showed little enthusiasm for Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney…. – NYT, 6-27-11
  • 6 Candidates Bid for G.O.P. Iowa Straw Poll: Six Republican presidential campaigns offered bids for the best real estate at the Aug. 13 Iowa Straw Poll…. – NYT, 6-23-11


Mitt Romney: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Rick Perry: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Ron Paul: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Herman Cain: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Michele Bachmann: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Newt Gingrich: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Jon Huntsman: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

Rick Santorum: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts

“Governor Pawlenty said in 2006, “‘The era of small government is over.’ ‘The government has to be more proactive and more aggressive.’ That’s the same philosophy that, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment and an unconstitutional health care plan.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, 7-25-11

“Congresswoman Bachmann has her facts wrong. The truth is that there is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty and Congresswoman Bachmann on their issue positions. The difference is that when Governor Pawlenty was scoring conservative victories to cut spending, pass market-based health care reform and transform a supreme court from liberal to conservative, and was elected twice in a very blue state, Congresswoman Bachmann was giving speeches and offering failed amendments.” — Alex Conant, Tim Pawlenty spokesman, 7-25-11

“Governor Pawlenty has changed his positions in recent years, but he can’t run from his big government record as governor of Minnesota that left the state’s budget in a multibillion dollar mess. That’s not executive experience we need.” — Alice Stewart Michele Bachmann spokeswoman, 7-25-11

“This is the same president who wants to slam Americans with tax hikes to cover his reckless spending, but has threatened to veto a bill proposing a balanced budget amendment. This is the same president who hasn’t put forward a responsible plan himself, but has rejected reasonable proposals that would tackle our debt. This is the same president who still refuses to understand that the American electorate rejected his big government agenda last November…. Thank you, GOP House leaders. Please don’t get wobbly on us now. 2012 can’t come soon enough.” — Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, 7-25-11

“I can no sooner separate my public life from my values — I can’t do that. But am I going to say that if you don’t believe this particular way, you’re wrong? Far be it from me. The idea that I have an idea about who’s going to go to heaven and who’s not, I don’t. That is way above my capability.” — Gov. Rick Perry in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, 7-25-11

“I’m going to give him an F, and I’m not going to do it with any joy in my heart. Ultimately, I love my country more than I love the Republican Party. And I want the president to succeed because I want America to succeed. But he’s not succeeding, and this is not personal.” Senator Marco Rubio of Florida in an interview for the Daily Caller with Ginni Thomas, 7-18-11.

He’s “not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in….. I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs. I’ll be real honest with you, I don’t wake up in the morning – never did and still don’t today – and say, ‘Gee, I want to be president of the United States.'” — Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas in an interview with the Des Moines Register, 7-18-11

“The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off of this wrong track,I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I do believe that I can win.” — Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, in a new article in Newsweek, 7-11-11

Michele Bachmann’s “record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent. We’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities. We’re looking for who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting and drive it to conclusion. I have done that, she hasn’t.” — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 7-11-11

“Voters will have to decide who is best equipped to lead our nation by looking at our records, as well as our vision for the nation. Instead of negativity, I want to focus on my accomplishments.” — Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota in a statement reported by Politico, 7-11-11

“I was called a radical because I’ve embraced the Ryan plan. Now if you take a look at the Ryan plan, there’s some pretty good fixes and solutions here. All I can say is, guilty as charged.” — Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah at an event in Florida, 7-11-11

“Our numbers will not be as good as we would like, and candidly, the consultants left us in debt. But every single week since they left we’ve been cutting down the debt, and we raise more than we spend in a week. — Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House told The Los Angeles Times, 7-5-11

“What we need in Washington is someone who knows the future is not big government.” — Representative Thaddeus McCotter, Republican of Michigan, announced on Saturday that he was running for president, 7-5-11

“If the Democrats are waiting for Mitt Romney to ease up on his criticism of President Obama’s economic record, it’s simply not going to happen” — Mitt Romney spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, 7-5-11

“Are you a flake? That would be insulting to say something like that. I’m 55 years old. I’ve been married 33 years. I’m not only a lawyer, I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law from William & Mary. I’ve worked in serious scholarship…. Of course, a person has to be careful with what their words are. And now I will have an opportunity to speak fully.” — Chris Wallace, Michele Bachmann appearing on Fox News Sunday, 6-27-11

“I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I wouldn’t sign a bill like the one that was in New York…. I’m huggable and lovable. I am not abrasive at all. I — listen, I’m honest. And I wish we had more of it in politics. You know what people are tired of in politics? They’re tired of blow-dried — tested answers that are given by political consultants to politicians and everybody sounds the same.” — Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 6-27-11=

“I won’t support any candidate who does not support balancing the budget. So for me, he’s out.” — Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, has said presidential candidates must sign a “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge if they wish to have his support in the Republican primary. That apparently cuts out Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former governor of Utah, who has said that he will not sign such pledges, 6-27-11

    • What Bill Clinton thinks of GOP 2012ers: Bill Clinton thinks Mitt Romney is much improved from his last presidential run, admits he kind of likes Jon Huntsman and says Michele Bachmann is looking like “a better candidate than he thought.
      The former president went on to say that he believes President Barack Obama will win in 2012 and outlined what he believes would be a winning argument…. – Politico, 7-4-11

“I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that.”
But, y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a much better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we oughta repeal Obamacare, but that’s prob’ly the price of gettin’ the nomination.
Huntsman hasn’t said what he’s for yet, but I just kinda like him. [laughter] He looks authentic — he looks like a real guy. [laughter] I mean, a real human being. I like his family, I like his kind of iconoclastic way. And he was a pretty good governor. And he wasn’t a right-wing ideologue.
Bachmann’s been a better candidate than I thought she’d be, and I don’t agree with her on nearly anything. But she’s got a very compelling personal story, and she gotta lot of juice, and she turns [on] a lot of those anti-government crowd.”

“He [Barack Obama] can talk about what he did do. He took steps which avoided a depression. He saved the automobile industry — by not just bailing them out but by requiring a serious restructuring. … When he took office, we had 2 percent of the global market for the electric batteries that will power the next generation of all-electric cars and hybrid vehicles. And on Jan. 1 of this year, we had 20 percent of the global market.
He’s gonna have a lot to say about America’s role in the world. He’s been very tough in fighting terrorists. Long before Mr. bin Laden was dispatched, we had redeployed and had more drone attacks on terrorists, where they were really a problem for us — the Pakistan-Afghanistan almost borderless region and in Iraq.
So I think he’ll have a good record on national security. I think he’ll have a lot of things to point to on the economy. And I think his work in education has been laudable. … He’ll be able to paint quite a [pretty] picture.”


Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of likely 2012 caucus participants:
Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Michele Bachmann: 22 percent
Herman Cain: 10 percent
Newt Gingrich: 7 percent
Ron Paul: 7 percent
Tim Pawlenty: 6 percent
Rick Santorum: 4 percent
Jon Huntsman: 2 percent
Margin of error: 4.9 percentage points — Poll by Selzer and Co. of Des Moines

    • FACT CHECK: Bachmann bomblets raising eyebrows: Michele Bachmann’s claim that she has “never gotten a penny” from a family farm that’s been subsidized by the government is at odds with her financial disclosure statements. They show tens of thousands in personal income from the operation. … This was among the latest examples of how the Minnesota congresswoman has become one to watch — for inaccuracies as well as rising support — in the Republican presidential race…. – AP, 6-27-11
    • Outspoken Bachmann launches White House bid: Republican Michele Bachmann officially launched her White House bid on Monday, casting herself as hard-charging conservative capable of carrying the party into the 2012 election over a crowded field of GOP rivals so far treading lightly around the tea party favorite.
      On a sun-splashed morning in the yard of an historic mansion in Waterloo, the three-term Minnesota congresswoman insisted the nation can’t afford another four years of President Barack Obama and railed against debt, joblessness and the president’s sweeping health care law. She argued that she has the appeal to capture the GOP nod and oust the Democratic president.
      “Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we must act with urgency to save it,” Bachmann told the crowd of family, friends and supporters. “And Americans aren’t interested in affiliation; they are interested in solutions, and leadership that will tell the truth. And the truth is that Americans are the solution and not the government.”… – AP, 6-27-11
    • On Michele Bachmann announcement day, a tea party nod to Rick Perry: An informal poll of tea partyers gathered for training in Washington found the strongest support for a noncandidate, Rick Perry. Michele Bachmann came in a close second…. – CS Monitor, 6-27-11
    • Two key tests for Michele Bachmann and her presidential bid: Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy Monday, saying she is a ‘bold choice.’ Can she win the Iowa caucuses? And can she broaden her appeal beyond the tea party?… – CS Monitor, 6-27-11
    • Bachmann Opens Campaign as Expectations Grow: Representative Michele Bachmann’s presidential candidacy, which she formally opened here on Monday, shakes up an already unsettled Republican field and creates one of the biggest tests yet for the breadth of the Tea Party movement’s appeal.
      As she returned to her childhood home in Waterloo, where she lived until the age of 12, Mrs. Bachmann asked voters to “make a bold choice” as they weigh the Republican contenders. She presented herself as a forceful conservative, unafraid to confront the party establishment and unwilling to compromise on its principles in her quest to win the nomination to challenge President Obama.
      “I seek the presidency not for vanity,” she said, “but because America is at a crucial moment.”… – NYT, 6-28-11
    • Will Michele Bachmann’s gaffes hurt her presidential candidacy?: Flaps about Michele Bachmann’s grasp of Colonial history or movie-star birthplaces probably won’t mean a lot to many voters. But her misstatements of fact about current political history could be a problem…. – CS Monitor, 6-28-11

“You have to say that she’s a phenomenon. Usually, at this early stage, it’s only people with name recognition who register [with voters], and she’s already got that. But it has happened so fast that she’s not been fire-tested. She will be now.” — Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer

  • Michele Bachmann’s Moment: Can She Sustain It?: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waves to a Waterloo, Iowa, crowd as she officially announces her intent to seek the Republican presidential nomination on June 27…. – NPR, 6-27-11


  • Election 101: Eleven facts about Buddy Roemer and his presidential bid: Charles “Buddy” Roemer is trying to stage a comeback. After nearly two decades out of office, the four-term congressman and one-time Louisiana governor declared his candidacy for president on Thursday in New Hampshire.
    An old-fashioned, charismatic Southern pol, the thrice-married, twice-divorced candidate may be hamstrung by his negligible name recognition, constituency, and funds…. – CS Monitor, 7-21-11
  • Buddy Roemer officially kicks off W.H. campaign: Buddy Roemer formally launched his presidential campaign on Thursday, trying to cast himself as a viable reform candidate instead of the quintessential long shot.
    The former Louisiana governor detailed his “Free to Lead” campaign theme: he’s promising to limit contributions he accepts to $100 per person, swear off PAC dollars and target the influence of Big Money on politics.
    “I have deliberately chosen a path requiring the help of many because that’s the way to win and, more importantly, that’s the way to get these mighty things done after the election,” Roemer told people gathered at Dartmouth’s Hanover Inn. “Stand with me against the special interests. Spread the word. It will change.”
    Roemer, who left office in 1992 after a single term as governor and three terms in Congress, also pitched himself as an experienced leader among a field of novices without the temerity to confront the real problems facing America.
    “We’re a nation at risk. Neither the president nor any of the other candidates for this office addresses or has solutions for the major problems facing America,” Roemer said…. – Politico, 7-21-11
  • Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer makes presidential bid official: Kicking off his presidential campaign in Hanover, N.H., former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says he may be no one, but he’s the only one ready to fight a corrupt political system.
    Roemer, who’s been out of office for 16 years, officially launched his campaign Thursday at Dartmouth College. But he already has been campaigning hard in New Hampshire, going so far as to move to Manchester recently.
    Roemer is focusing on two issues: unfair trade practices and campaign finance…. – DesMoines Register, 7-21-11
  • David Peterson: Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer makes presidential bid official: David Peterson, an associate professor of political science at Iowa State University, said Roemer is a respected politician, but he has been out of office for almost 20 years.
    “He has no name recognition, no money, no ties to key parts of the party,” Peterson said. “Some (Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney) obviously have good shots at being president, so the answer is obvious. Some (Ron Paul, Gary Johnson) are running because they have issue positions that aren’t being heard otherwise,” Peterson said. “Some are running because their political careers are over and they think that raising their profile by running can increase their speaker fees. “I have no idea what category Roemer is in.” – DesMoines Register, 7-21-11


Full Text Transcript: Presidential Twitter Debate,

  • GOP candidates debate on Twitter: What could they say in 140 characters?: Herman Cain got 4,500 retweets and Michele Bachmann got the most @ references. Does that make them the winners of the first Twitter-based debate, held among six Republican candidates?…. – CS Monitor, 7-20-11
  • Republicans Gather (Virtually) for Twitter Debate: A handful of Republican Presidential candidates took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon and came up with 140-character answers to a wide range of questions during the first debate to be held on Twitter for the 2012 contest.
    Sponsored by on a new platform,, the candidates made their opening statements in Twitter-size bites and then answered questions from S.E. Cupp, a conservative commentator, including several inquiries from Twitter users.
    While some argue that politicians can avoid tackling tough policy questions when they only have 140 characters to explain their positions, others say the strict limit forcing brevity and eliminates opportunities to obfuscate their messages…. – NYT, 7-20-11
  • Republican presidential field participates in first-ever Twitter debate: Six Republican presidential hopefuls are participating in the first presidential debate conducted through Twitter, outlining their agendas 140 characters at a time.
    Wednesday’s debate is sponsored by and allows people to submit questions to the presidential candidates through the popular social media service.
    The online forum includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul declined to participate…. – AP, WaPo, 7-20-11


    • Perry’s Legion: The Folks Behind the Man: If Gov. Rick Perry decides to seek the presidency, he will be relying heavily on an inner circle of confidants…. – NYT, 7-31-11
    • Dem group raises $5M to counter Republican ads: An outside group founded this spring by two former Obama White House advisers has raked in millions in donations since April, relying in part on top-flight fundraisers and labor unions to counter GOP-leaning ads critical of the president and congressional Democrats…. – AP, 7-31-11
    • Niceness aside, Huntsman finds fault with rivals: But now, as Huntsman struggles against better-known opponents, he is both subtly and directly criticizing GOP front-runner Mitt Romney as well as the Democrat who named him US ambassador to China just a few years ago, President Barack Obama. … – AP, 7-31-11
    • Perry backs a constitutional limit on marriage: Perry said the stimulus and job creation efforts of President Barack Obama haven’t worked. “I think we poured about $4 trillion down that rat hole and government has not created a job,” he said…. – AP, 7-31-11
    • Tim Pawlenty aims for strong showing in Iowa: He was at ease in the midst of a 1500-mile Iowa campaign tour, playing a pickup hockey game, joking with audiences and sticking to his pitch: Republicans need to nominate as the challenger to Democratic President Barack Obama a pragmatic, swing-state … – AP, 7-30-11
    • Huntsman praises House for debt vote, dings rivals: Huntsman, Obama’s former ambassador to China and a veteran of three GOP administrations, says Obama has failed to lead the nation and he says his Republican White House rivals stood on the sidelines during the debate…. – AP, 7-29-11
    • Pro-Democratic outside groups raised $10M: Outside fundraising groups supporting President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates raised a combined $10 million during the first six months of 2011, providing the first glimpse into how Democrats intend to compete…. – AP, 7-29-11
    • Missed Out on a Washington Job? A Second Chance Glimmers: Texas Republicans who did not go to Washington in the Bush years may unexpectedly have another chance at the brass ring if Rick Perry runs for president and wins…. – NYT, 7-29-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Recovering From Back Surgery: As he travels across the country to gather momentum and donors for a possible presidential run, Gov. Rick Perry has let nothing slow him down. Not even spinal fusion surgery…. – NYT, 7-29-11

“They’re so addicted to the spending, they spend their time debating raising the debt ceiling instead of making cuts.” — Potential Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry of Texas

    • Perry stresses personal opposition to gay marriage: Potential Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry of Texas repeated his personal opposition to gay marriage in a speech to conservatives in Denver Friday…. – AP, 7-29-11
    • Huntsman: ‘Conservation is conservative’: “We will be judged by how well we were stewards of those (natural) resources,” said Huntsman, a veteran of three Republican administrations who until this spring was President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China. “Conservation is conservative. … – AP, 7-28-11

“I’m running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children. Neither is our business. I am more than happy to stand for questions on running for the presidency of the United States. I have no doubt that every jot and tittle of my life will be fully looked at and inspected prior to November of 2012.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • Bachmann says she, not husband, running for office: She said President Barack Obama has misled the American people on when the government would run out of borrowing authority and has employed “scare tactics” that have needlessly spooked Wall Street…. – AP, 7-28-11
    • Pataki says GOP field lacking debt focus: Former New York Gov. George Pataki’s comments came after a roundtable discussion with top state officials Thursday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. Pataki, a three-term governor, says he’s seriously thinking about a run and will make a decision very soon…. – AP, 7-28-11
    • Perry for President Announcement Expected By End of August: Advisers and elected allies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry tell Whispers that the Republican will join the crowded field of presidential hopefuls by the end of August.
      Perry’s entry will be a “game changer,” said Mark Meckler, cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest umbrella group for the movement. “It changes the equation because he has a record to run on.” That record, added Meckler, is the “Texas miracle” of growth and economic prosperity.
      Associates say two things have slowed his jump into the race. First he wasn’t planning on getting in in the first place, expecting other like-minded governors, like Indiana’s Mitch Daniels or Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, to get in, or that Newt Gingrich would take off. [See a slide show of who’s in and out for the GOP in 2012. Perry’s sponsorship of “The Response” has also delayed his entry. That event takes place August 6 in Houston…. – US News, 7-28-11
    • Romney looks past primary, campaigns against Obama: Republican front-runner Mitt Romney is focused on a match-up against President Barack Obama. “The president when he was a candidate said that he was going to take China to the mat,” the former Massachusetts governor said Wednesday…. – AP, 7-27-11
    • Huntsman building big NH team, changing tone: With a laser focus on New Hampshire, President Barack Obama’s recently departed ambassador to China is quietly assembling what may end up being the largest paid GOP primary effort in the state’s history…. – AP, 7-26-11
    • Prospect of Extended Primary Season Alarms Republican Leaders: At least a half dozen states are threatening to defy party rules and move up their primaries…. – NYT, 7-26-11
    • Pawlenty says Bachmann gets her facts on him wrong: Wrote Bachmann: “That’s the same philosophy that, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment, and an unconstitutional health care plan.” She refrained from such direct criticism of Pawlenty on Monday. … – AP, 7-25-11
    • Bachmann, Pawlenty debate conservative credentials: Later Sunday, Bachmann press secretary Alice Stewart reiterated her candidate’s earlier remarks, saying, “There is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty’s past positions and Barack Obama’s positions on several critical issues…. – AP, 7-24-11
    • Pawlenty: Obama not showing courage in debt crisis: GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says President Barack Obama is showing no courage in the debt showdown. “If you’re the leader of the free world, would you please come to microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals, and come on up and address the American people? Is he chicken?” the former Minnesota governor told CNN’s “State of the Union.”… – AP, 7-24-11
    • Herman Cain’s Bigotry: Herman Cain stands out in the field of Republican presidential candidates by using religious bigotry to gain political traction…. – NYT, 7-24-11
    • Enthusiasm for Perry at Iowa Event: Supporters of Rick Perry get a generally good response in Iowa, even though he is not officially a candidate…. – NYT, 7-24-11
    • Romney Seeing Smaller Pool of Donors: Though Mitt Romney has raised more money than the other Republican presidential hopefuls, he is still hampered in efforts to formally establish front-runner status…. – NYT, 7-23-11

“In just under three months Gov. Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the three early primary states. Now the campaign is moving into phase two, which will be more aggressive from a messaging and tactical standpoint, and Matt is prepared to take that on.” — Jon Huntsman campaign manager Susie Wiles

    • Campaign manager for GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman resigns: Republican Jon Huntsman’s campaign manager resigned Thursday only a month after the former Utah governor launched his presidential bid, raising fresh questions about the campaign’s prospects in a crowded GOP field.
      The campaign has struggled to gain traction, ranking in the single digits in early national polls as well as in surveys in early nominating states.
      Huntsman’s campaign said in a statement that campaign manager Susie Wiles would be replaced by Matt David, who had served as the campaign’s communications director. John Weaver, a senior Huntsman adviser, said Wiles was “vital in getting (the campaign) off the ground in such a short time-frame.”… – AP, 7-21-11
    • Huntsman’s Campaign Manager Resigns: Jon M. Huntsman Jr.’s campaign manager, Susie Wiles, has left the campaign and will be replaced by Matt David, the communications director…. – NYT, 7-21-11
    • Huntsman’s campaign manager resigns: Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, opened his presidential campaign in June with a high-profile announcement at the same northern New Jersey park where Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 presidential run, with the Statue Liberty…. – AP, 7-21-11
    • As Rivals Stir, Romney Sticks to Playing It Safe: As the Republican presidential campaign intensifies, Mitt Romney’s determinedly low-key approach could be fraught with peril…. – NYT, 7-21-11
    • GOP presidential candidates join Twitter debate: You think presidential debates are challenging? Try limiting your answers to 140 characters.
      Six Republican presidential hopefuls traded tweets in the first presidential debate conducted through Twitter on Wednesday, outlining their agendas across the popular social media service…. – AP, 7-20-11
    • Iowa GOP straw poll means more to some than others: But Pawlenty, who says his campaign is more about substance than spitfire, has ratcheted up his tone lately, especially when challenging President Barack Obama. “He was in the United States Senate long enough to have a cup of coffee before it got cold.”… – AP, 7-20-11

“I’m not sure anybody can bridge both camps, but Perry has a chance” — Republican consultant Rich Galen

  • Analysis: Perry candidacy would reshape 2012 race: The likely entrance of Texas Governor Rick Perry in the 2012 Republican White House race promises to dramatically reshape the field, pushing aside lesser contenders and threatening early leader Mitt Romney.
    Perry, who last week said he felt “called” to a presidential run, is a staunch conservative with a Washington outsider’s political resume and a pro-business record of job growth during more than a decade as chief executive in Texas.
    A Perry candidacy could steal support from conservative Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, replacing her as Romney’s top rival and potentially narrowing the gap between the party’s establishment center and right-wing activists…. – Reuters, 7-21-11
  • Perry courts potential fundraisers at LA meeting: Texas Gov. Rick Perry met privately Wednesday with potential fundraisers in Los Angeles as he neared a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential race…. – AP, 7-20-11
  • Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern: Republican candidates are signing pledges that undermine the basic principle of a democratic government…. – NYT, 7-19-11
  • Christie’s answer to White House bid remains ‘no’: The first-term governor and GOP favorite continues to be talked about as a possible challenger to President Barack Obama, but his answer has consistently been “no.” Christie met with Langone and the others in Manhattan…. – AP, 7-19-11
  • Perry Eyes Religious Voters: Gov. Rick Perry has promoted his economic record in Texas, but if he runs for president, it is clear that he plans to appeal to social conservatives…. – NYT, 7-19-11
  • Rick Perry’s most rapt audience: Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney: A Perry candidacy for the 2012 GOP nomination could be devastating for conservative rival Michele Bachmann. Rick Perry would also be a bigger threat than Bachmann to moderate Mitt Romney…. – CS Monitor, 7-18-11
  • Is Obama Against Romney a Toss-Up?: Approached with sufficient caution, head-to-head polls can probably provide some insight as to how different types of Republican candidates would fare against President Obama…. – NYT, 7-19-11
  • Obama vs. Romney, an Early Skirmish: Two advisers do battle over economic policy via Twitter…. – NYT, 7-19-11
  • RNC raises $19 million, still owes $17.5 million: The RNC’s goal is to build up a fund to give to the party’s eventual presidential nominee who will face President Barack Obama and his deep- pocketed re-election campaign. The Democratic National Committee raised $38 million in the same April-to-June … – AP, 7-18-11
  • G.O.P. Chairman Questions Legality of Obama Campaign Video: Reince Priebus called for an investigation into whether the president broke the law by filming a fund-raising video in the White House…. – NYT, 7-18-11
  • GOP-leaning group targets House Democrats with ads: The ads target lawmakers on tax and spending issues and for their support of President Barack Obama’s policies, including the stimulus package passed in 2009. Crossroads is spending $1.4 million on the campaign, or a little more than $100000 per … – AP, 7-17-11
  • Obama Has Early Fund-Raising Lead for 2012 Elections: President Obama recruited about 150 new elite donors, who raised as much as a half a million dollars each…. – NYT, 7-17-11
  • Bachmann Off to Fast Start on Funds, but Plays Catch-Up: President Obama and Mitt Romney enjoy a big advantage in the size of their war chests for next year’s presidential race…. – NYT, 7-16-11
  • Obama releases names of top fundraisers: President Barack Obama’s campaign team has signed up an early wave of elite fundraisers who have collected at least $34.95 million combined since April, helping bankroll the president’s re-election bid…. – AP, 7-15-11
  • Pawlenty Filing Shows Money Raised Close to Home: Tim Pawlenty’s campaign filing on Friday suggests that he has has struggled to raise money nationwide…. – NYT, 7-15-11
  • Pawlenty Raises $4.5 Million for Race: Tim Pawlenty, the first to declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, will report raising $4.5 million when fund-raising numbers are due Friday…. – NYT, 7-15-11
  • Liberal group threatens to pull Obama support: A liberal group upset over potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security delivered pledges Friday to President Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters threatening to pull its support…. – AP, 7-15-11
  • Obama Raises $47 Million for Campaign: The $86 million total breaks a record for a joint effort by a president and his party…. – NYT, 7-14-11
  • Palin to decide on White House bid by late summer: Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night that she thinks she could win a campaign against President Barack Obama, a sentiment first reported in a Newsweek cover story. Palin says she would campaign for a candidate with “good executive … – AP, 7-13-11
  • Obama Campaign Reports Big Fund-Raising Quarter: President Obama raised more than $86 million for his reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the last three months…. – NYT, 7-13-11
  • What Obama’s Numbers Don’t Tell Us: There’s much that will not be clear about President Obama’s fund-raising numbers until he files his formal paperwork to the Federal Election Commission some time before midnight on Friday…. – NYT, 7-13-11
  • Pawlenty’s Playbook for Skipping Marriage Pledge: The former governor of Minnesota on Wednesday offered a textbook, three-step process that he hopes will lessen the impact of his decision not to sign on to the Family Leader Marriage Pledge…. – NYT, 7-13-11
  • Herman Cain Can Sing!: Turns out, Herman Cain has a pretty good singing voice…. – NYT, 7-12-11
  • Presidential Candidates Warn About Debt Deal: As Republican leaders negotiate over the federal debt limit, the candidates are campaigning against an outcome that involves compromise…. – NYT, 7-10-11
  • Pawlenty Campaign Puts Hopes on Iowa: Tim Pawlenty’s path has been complicated by new faces, an unruly nominating contest and a handful of missteps…. – NYT, 7-10-11
  • Debt Deal Could Rewrite 2012 Political Calculus: A grand bargain that plays to the political center could reset the electoral playing field…. – NYT, 7-8-11
  • Pawlenty Runs on a Homespun Tale: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House. Were he to win, he’d be the first president who had never lived outside his home state…. – WSJ, 7-7-11
  • Bachmann Says ‘No’ to Debt Limit Increase in First Ad: Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota released her first presidential television ad in Iowa, declaring that she will not vote to increase the nation’s debt ceiling…. – NYT, 7-7-11
  • Presidential election: Mitt Romney top GOP fundraiser, but behind 2007 pace: Mitt Romney took in more campaign funds than any other Republican during the second quarter of 2011, but not as much as he raised during the same period in the presidential election four years ago…. – CS Monitor, 7-6-11
  • Huntsman Stays on Message: Jon M. Huntsman Jr. campaigned in New Hampshire and kept his promise to keep it civil…. – NYT, 7-5-11
  • Thaddeus McCotter launches campaign for GOP presidential nomination: Thaddeus McCotter, a Livonia congressman, announced to a Michigan rock festival crowd Saturday he’s seeking the Republican nomination for president, saying the future of the country is not big government but self government.
    Joined on stage with his wife and two children (a third was at work — something, he said, all Americans should have the opportunity to do), McCotter laid out his principles of liberty, sovereignty, security and prosperity to a festival crowd of more than 400 people who were unsure about his presidential chances…. – The Detroit News, 7-5-11
  • Thaddeus McCotter jumps into presidential race. Thaddeus who?: US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan says he’s running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His biggest challenge is name recognition…. – CS Monitor, 7-5-11
  • Gov. Rick Perry Breaks With His Former Patron, George W. Bush: Gov. Rick Perry’s criticisms of George W. Bush expose a long rivalry and the Republican Party’s rightward drift…. – NYT, 7-6-11
  • Gingrich Marches, Philosophically: Newt Gingrich, who has spent the last month trying to reassure supporters and donors that his campaign is alive and well, spent the Fourth of July campaigning…. – NYT, 7-5-11
  • Will Rick Perry join the presidential race?: Supporters are urging Texas Gov. Rick Perry to seek the GOP nomination for the 2012 presidential race. He’s fueled speculation by making high-profile appearances around the country…. – CS Monitor, 7-2-11
  • G.O.P. Candidates’ Fund-Raising Starts Slowly: The struggling economy and the absence of a clear front-runner might be taking a toll on campaign contributions…. – NYT, 7-1-11
  • Romney Blasts Obama as ‘a Failure’ on the Economy: Mitt Romney made a campaign stop outside a shuttered steel plant in Allentown, Pa., blaming its closing on the president’s economic policies…. – NYT, 7-1-11
  • Romney Video Attacks Obama on Stimulus and Economy: Mitt Romney visits a manufacturing plant that the economic stimulus plan did not save…. – NYT, 6-29-11
  • 2012 Republicans Ignore Each Other, for Now: The odd truth about this primary is that there really isn’t one yet, in contrast to this time four years ago…. – NYT, 6-29-11
  • Campaign Heats Up in Iowa as Obama and Republicans Call: President Obama returned to Iowa, the state that set him on a course to the White House, visiting an aluminum factory as Republicans criticized his economic and health care policies…. – NYT, 6-29-11
  • GOP 2012 race: Does it boil down to ‘purity’ vs. electability?: If the moderate Mitt Romney gets the nomination in the GOP 2012 race, the question is whether he could marshall the tea party movement’s energy…. – CS Monitor, 6-28-11
  • Running Against Bachmann Poses Challenges for Male Rivals: For the second time in four years, American voters will watch as a mostly male field engages, sometimes awkwardly and sometimes gingerly, with a female presidential candidate…. – NYT, 6-28-11
  • Michele Bachmann Opens Campaign as Expectations Grow: Michele Bachmann’s presidential candidacy, which she formally opened in Iowa on Monday, shakes up an already unsettled Republican field and tests the broader appeal of the Tea Party movement…. – NYT, 6-28-11
  • Will Romney Begin Attacking Bachmann Now?: Based on his experience with Mike Huckabee in 2007, could Mitt Romney wind up regretting not dealing with Michele Bachmann when he had the chance?… – NYT, 6-27-11
  • Bachmann Readies Presidential Campaign: Michelle Bachmann holds a rally in advance of announcing officially that she is running for president…. – NYT, 6-26-11


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  • Christopher Arterton: Analysis: Can Romney capitalize on weak jobs numbers?: “It (the poor jobless report) makes Obama look vulnerable and therefore within the Republican party they get more serious about putting up a serious contender,” said Christopher Arterton, a political scientist at George Washington University who has consulted for Democratic candidates. “Romney has a flavor of being a serious contender and somewhat more moderate,” he said…. – Reuters, 7-8-11
  • Julian Zelizer: Analysis: Can Romney capitalize on weak jobs numbers?: “This is Obama’s greatest vulnerability. It’s his losing war, the economy and unemployment,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor at Princeton University….
    “Republicans really don’t have their alternative — including Romney — to what the president has done,” Zelizer said. “Budget cuts are popular, but I don’t think they are enough of an answer,” he said. “People see jobs going to other countries. I don’t see how cutting Social Security is going to solve that problem,” he said of the retirement program…. – Reuters, 7-8-11
  • Richard Eichenberg: Analysis: Can Romney capitalize on weak jobs numbers?: “Candidate qualities do play a role,” said Richard Eichenberg, a political scientist at Tufts University which is near Boston, noting the former Massachusetts governor’s difficulties connecting with voters.
    “The Democrats will challenge Romney’s credentials as an economic steward, primarily because of his experience as a venture capitalist,” Eichenberg said…. – Reuters, 7-8-11
  • Will Rick Perry join the presidential race?: Supporters are urging Texas Gov. Rick Perry to seek the GOP nomination for the 2012 presidential race. He’s fueled speculation by making high-profile appearances around the country.
    “Thompson didn’t want to run that hard, and he wasn’t the best candidate,” says Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. General Clark had never run for office before, and “was kind of an eclectic choice.”… – CS Monitor, 7-2-11
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