Political Musings December 29, 2014: Obama, Hillary Clinton again top Gallup’s most admired men, women of the year




Obama, Hillary Clinton again top Gallup’s most admired men, women of the year

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Gallup Poll released on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 their list of most admired men and women for the year with predictable results. For the seventh straight year, President Barack Obama has topped the list of most admired men, while Hillary…READ MORE

Political Musings June 16, 2014: Obama is now just as loved or not as Bush as favorable ratings hit new lows





University Musings March 14, 2014: Bachelor’s degree value rises becomes new high school diploma




Bachelor’s degree value rises becomes new high school diploma

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Two recent surveys one released in the United States the other in Canada indicate that even with recent high unemployment rates for college and university graduates, getting a college degree is definitely worth the cost. In the U.S. the…READ MORE

Political Musings March 22, 2014: Gallup says Hillary Clinton set for history making first woman president in 2016





Americans are looking to make history again in 2016, at least according to a new Gallup survey released on Friday, March 21, 2014, this time by electing the first female president. According to the new survey part of what excites…READ MORE

Political Musings February 18, 2014: Obama reaches approval rating lows in Presidents’ Day polls





Political Musings December 30, 2013: Obama and Clinton continue to lead Gallup’s yearly most admired lists





When Gallup released their list of “Most Admired” for 2013 on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, the two usual suspects topped the lists in the Most Admired Man and Most Admired Woman categories, President Barack Obama and former Secretary…READ MORE

Political Musings November 19, 2013: Obama free falling in new polls from disastrous health care rollout





Obama free falling in new polls from disastrous health care rollout

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Most of the major political polls have now determined that President Barack Obama approval ratings are hitting all time lows, while his disapproval rating is now skyrocketing. The latest poll from ABC News/Washington Post released on Monday, Nov. 18…


Political Headlines April 5, 2013: New Gallup Poll: More Now Disapprove than Approve of President Obama’s Job Performance





More Now Disapprove than Approve of Obama’s Job Performance

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-5-13

Following his reelection, President Obama enjoyed a surge in his approval rating, with 58 percent of Americans in a Gallup poll last December giving him good marks for the work he’s been doing.

As of now, 47 percent now approve of the president’s performance, with 48 percent saying they now disapprove of how he’s handling the nation’s affairs….READ MORE

Obama Job Approval

Source: Gallup.com, 4-4-13

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Campaign Headlines October 30, 2012: Gallup Poll Still Has Mitt Romney Running Strong




Gallup Still Has Romney Running Strong

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-30-12


Not even a powerful East Coast storm can stave off the momentum of Mitt Romney in Gallup’s daily tracking poll of likely voters.

On Monday, as the large portion of the country was battered by Hurricane Sandy, Romney picked up a point nationally on President Obama, leading 51 percent to 46 percent.

Since Gallup’s tracking poll averages seven days of statistics, it includes the entirety of the October 29 debate on foreign affairs, suggesting that the incumbent got no bounce from his last meeting with Romney, which many pundits said Obama won….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 16, 2012: Gallup Poll: Romney 50%, Obama 46% Among Likely Voters




Romney 50%, Obama 46% Among Likely Voters

Obama down sharply among men, college grads, and Southern voters vs. 2008

Source: Gallup, 10-16-12

Half of likely voters now prefer Mitt Romney for president and 46% back President Barack Obama in Gallup interviewing through Monday.

Presidential Race 2012, Likely Voters

While Romney’s four-percentage-point advantage is not statistically significant, he has consistently edged ahead of Obama each of the past several days in Gallup’s seven-day rolling averages conducted entirely after the Oct. 3 presidential debate. Prior to that debate — regarded as a decisive Romney win by political experts and Americans who watched it — Romney averaged less than a one-point lead over Obama among likely voters….READ MORE

History Buzz February 20, 2012: Presidents’ Day Gallup Poll: Americans rate Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton best of recent presidents — Richard Nixon & George W. Bush rated worst


History Buzz


Presidents’ Day Gallup Poll: Americans rate Reagan, Clinton best of recent presidents

Source: LAT, 2-20-12

Reagan & Clinton

Former President Ronald Reagan presents then-President-elect Clinton with a jar of red, white and blue jelly beans in November 1992. (Paul Richards / AFP)

Presidents Day — or Washington’s Birthday, if you prefer — is a time to celebrate all of America’s past commanders in chief. Among the nation’s most recent leaders, two are celebrated far more than others: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

That’s the finding of Gallup, at least, which recently asked Americans to judge how the last eight presidents will go down in history.

Sixty-nine percent said Reagan would go down as “outstanding” or “above average,” compared to just 10% who said “below average” or “poor.” Clinton was rated favorably by 60% of those surveyed, a 10-point improvement from the last time Gallup asked the question in early 2009. Twelve percent rated him negatively, down from 20% three years ago….READ MORE

How do you think each of the following presidents will go down in history -- as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor?

Americans Judge Reagan, Clinton Best of Recent Presidents

Public split on whether Obama will be judged positively or negatively

Source: Gallup, 2-17-12

Americans believe history will judge Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as the best among recent U.S. presidents, with at least 6 in 10 saying each will go down in history as an above-average or outstanding president. Only about 1 in 10 say each will be remembered as below average or poor. Three years into Barack Obama’s presidency, Americans are divided in their views of how he will be regarded, with 38% guessing he will be remembered as above average or outstanding and 35% as below average or poor….READ MORE

Gallup: Reagan and Clinton are favorite presidents

Source: USA Today, 2-20-12

Americans say Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton will be judged the best presidents of the past four decades, the Gallup Poll reports.

At least six in 10 respondents say Reagan and Clinton will be considered an above average or outstanding president, Gallup said.

“Three years into Barack Obama’s presidency,” Gallup said. “Americans are divided in their views of how he will be regarded, with 38% guessing he will be remembered as above average or outstanding and 35% as below average or poor.”

The poll said, “Aside from Clinton and Reagan, only George H.W. Bush gets significantly more positive than negative ratings. (Richard) Nixon and George W. Bush are rated as the worst, with roughly half of Americans believing each will be judged negatively.”

The key to the popularity of Reagan and Clinton: They governed during good economies and got credit for improving them.

It’s worth nothing that Reagan and Clinton also survived scandals during their tenures: Reagan, the Iran-Contra imbroglio; Clinton, impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky matter.

Presidential ratings change over time, the pollsters noted…..READ MORE

Presidential Report Card: How Will Recent Presidents Go Down in History?—PICTURES

Source: National Journal, 2-17-12

Asked in a recent Presidents Day Gallup poll to rank eight modern presidents, respondents said Ronald Reagan and then Bill Clinton will go down in history as outstanding or above-average presidents. We take a look at how the rankings panned out….READ MORE

Campaign Buzz February 19, 2012: New Gallup Poll: Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney nationwide by eight points — 36% to 28%




Poll: Santorum leads Romney nationwide by eight points

Source: CNN, 2-19-12

The latest results from Gallup’s daily tracking poll indicate Rick Santorum has overtaken Mitt Romney nationwide and now leads the former Massachusetts governor by an eight-point margin.

According to the poll released Sunday, 36% of registered Republicans said they are backing Santorum, while 28% prefer Romney.

The new numbers represent a five-point drop for Romney since Wednesday, when the candidate was statistically tied with his opponent, 33% to 31%. Meanwhile, Santorum has jumped five points in the same time period.

The survey was conducted Tuesday through Saturday, more than a week after Santorum snatched a trio of victories in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. One day before he pulled the big upset on February 7, Santorum was in third place in the daily tracking poll with 16%….READ MORE

Campaign Recap August 29, 2012: Rick Perry Tops Gallup Poll of Republican Presidential Candidates


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.


Mitt Romney edged out President Obama in a recent Gallup poll that asked voters to say who they would vote for if the 2012 presidential election were held today.  Rick Perry and Obama were tied.

Mitt Romney edged out President Obama in a recent Gallup poll that asked voters to say who they would vote for if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Rick Perry and Obama were tied. (Brian Snyder/Reuters, Carolyn Kaster, Michael Thomas/Associated Press)


Republican Presidential Candidates: Primaries 2012 — NYT

Democratic Nominee 2012: President Barack Obama’s Official Reelection Campaign Website — BarackObama.com

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee

  • Gallup Poll: Election 2012 — Track GOP Contender’s Images Week by Week — Generic Ballot Gallup
  • Gallup: Presidential Job Approval Gallup
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval: Each result is based on a three-day rolling average Gallup
  • Poll Watch: Polls and Related Articles From The New York Times NYT
  • AP-GfK Poll: Obama faces trouble with key voters: Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent.
    All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he’ll need to keep it next year…. – AP, 8-27-11
  • Poll: GOP voters feeling better about prez choices: An Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday found that Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are coming around to the choices already on the table: About two-thirds are pleased with the party’s presidential field, compared with just half in June. And they’re paying more attention, with 52 percent expressing a “great deal” of interest in the GOP nomination fight — compared with 39 percent earlier this summer — after a period that saw Perry enter the race and Michele Bachmann win a test vote in Iowa, the lead-off caucus state, threatening Mitt Romney’s standing at the top of the pack.
    The poll shows Perry, who has never run a national campaign and is just now introducing himself to most people, benefiting from wall-to-wall news coverage over the past few weeks as he became a candidate and jostled the until-then sleepy contest. Just 12 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents have a negative impression of the Texas governor. And 63 percent of Republicans view him in a positive light, compared with 33 percent in June…. – AP, 8-25-11
  • Obama in dead heat with four GOP contenders: President Obama is polling neck-and-neck with four Republican presidential candidates, according to a Gallup survey of registered voters.
    Romney has a slight edge over Obama (48% to 46%), while Perry and Obama are tied at 47%. Obama has a slight edge over Paul (47% to 45%) and a slightly larger edge over Bachmann (48% to 44%).
    Republicans appeared to prefer Perry – 92% said they would vote for him – followed by Romney (91%), Bachmann (86%) and Paul (82%) in a match-up with Obama.
    Independents chose Romney, Perry and Paul over Obama, but favored Obama over Bachmann by 6 percentage points.
    Obama’s support from Democrats did not exceed 86% when he was matched against any of the four Republicans. Twelve percent of Democrats said they would vote for Romney or Paul over Obama…. – LAT, 8-23-11


Mitt Romney: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts mittromney.com

Rick Perry: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts rickperry.org

Ron Paul: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ronpaul2012.com

Herman Cain: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts hermancain.com

Michele Bachmann: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts michelebachmann.com

Newt Gingrich: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts newt.org

Jon Huntsman: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts jon2012.com

Rick Santorum: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ricksantorum.com

“I have no interest in serving as vice president for anyone who could possibly live all eight years of the presidency. So the reality of it is, I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee. But I look forward to working for whoever our nominee is.” — Sen. Marco Rubio, FL

  • Jeb Bush to Republican Candidates: ‘You Can’t Just Be Against the President’: “I think the president means well, but his policies have failed, and to point that out — nothing wrong with that. That’s politics,” Bush told Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview Tuesday. “But just to stop there and say I’m going to win because I’m against what’s going on is not enough. You have to win with purpose if you really want to make these big changes.”
    Cavuto asked Bush if he thought some Republican contenders had gone too far in their criticism of the president. “I do,” Bush responded. “I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions.”… – PBS Newshour, 8-25-11


Perry Zooms to Front of Pack for 2012 GOP Nomination Leads Romney by 29% to 17%: Shortly after announcing his official candidacy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has emerged as rank-and- file Republicans’ current favorite for their party’s 2012 presidential nomination. Twenty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide say they are most likely to support Perry, with Mitt Romney next, at 17%…. – Gallup, 8-24-11

“Rick is a very effective candidate… You’re going to try and find something that’s changed. I’ve got a dark shirt on today. It was a light shirt yesterday. Look, I’m following the strategy I’ve had and that we’ve laid out from the very beginning. . . . If you’re running for president, your focus should be on the person who is president and his failures and how you’re going to make America better.” Republican Candidate Mitt Romney

GALLUP: RICK PERRY LEADS FIELD — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in first place among Republican primary candidates, according to Gallup. Perry polled at 29 percent, followed by Mitt Romney with 17 percent, Ron Paul with 13 percent and Michele Bachmann at 10 percent. — Politico, 8-25-11

Barely two weeks since starting his presidential campaign, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has rocketed to a double-digit lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts to become the front-runner in the Republican contest for the White House, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the winner of the Iowa straw poll, ranked fourth, and Representative Ron Paul of Texas was third, slightly behind Mr. Romney. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a former governor of Utah and an ex-ambassador to China under President Obama, ranked eighth and last. — NYT

    • Mitt Romney now trailing Rick Perry for GOP presidential nomination, poll shows: As Romney returned to the campaign trail this week, he faced a new reality: He is no longer ahead of the pack in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. A Gallup poll released Wednesday showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a sizable lead over Romney among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents nationally, 29 percent to 17 percent.
      The survey showed Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) at 13 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) slipping to 10 percent. No other candidate registered in the double digits…. – WaPo, 8-25-11
    • Perry Surges in Polls, Testing Romney’s Strategy: Primary polls can be erratic, so the rule is not to get too worked up about any one set of numbers. But now there have been five surveys conducted since Rick Perry announced his presidential campaign — one each from Gallup…. – NYT, 8-25-11

“You know what, if you’re running for president, your focus should be on the person who is president and his failures and how you’re going to make America better. That’s what I’ve been speaking about since the beginning of my campaign. That’s what I’m going to continue to speak about.” — Mitt Romney

  • Romney Undeterred by Perry, or by Poll Numbers: Mitt Romney, trying to brush off questions about Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, his Republican competitor in the 2012 presidential contest, offered a clear description of his campaign strategy during a press briefing in Claremont, N.H., on Wednesday…. – NYT, 8-24-11
  • Perry bids for frontrunner title: A pair of pollsters delivered an unambiguous message to Rick Perry’s opponents Wednesday: This is not a drill. The Texas governor has been in the 2012 race for less than two weeks, but already he has captured a lofty position in national… – Politico, 8-25-11
  • Perry Watch: Gallup poll puts Rick Perry on top: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the longtime presumed frontrunner in the GOP race to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012, may have just been usurped by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. A new Gallup poll puts Perry, a newcomer to the presidential race, on top…. – Houston Chronicle, 8-25-11
  • Rick Perry leads GOP field in new Gallup poll: Buoyed by his recent entry into the 2012 presidential contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and leads the GOP field for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll of Republican voters.
    The national survey showed Perry leading Romney by a double-digit margin—29% to 17%. It also found that Michele Bachmann got no significant bounce from her victory in an Iowa straw poll, which was overshadowed by Perry’s announcement speech the same day.
    Bachmann has dropped three percentage points, to 10%, since the previous Gallup poll, conducted in late July. A more relevant measure of Bachmann’s prospects will await the next reputable poll in Iowa, where she and Perry are facing off in the most important early test of the Republican race…. – LAT, 8-25-11
  • Rick Perry zips past Mitt Romney in the polls: The latest national Gallup poll shows Rick Perry has opened up a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race. Ron Paul is also gaining ground…. – CS Monitor, 8-25-11
  • Rick Perry steps ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls for Republican 2012 Presidential Nonimation: In a recently released Gallup Poll, Texas Governor Rick Perry now sits as the leading GOP Presidential candidate, with the support of 29 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents…. – CBS News, 8-25-11
  • Not sure Rick Perry’s poll vault will trump Mitt Romney: The political world has been jolted by the news that Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) now holds a commanding lead in the latest surveys from Gallup and Public Policy Polling. A 12-point and 13-point lead, respectively…. – WaPo, 8-25-11
  • Poll: Rick Perry leads Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry emerged as the Republican front-runner for president in a major national poll Wednesday as he prepared to embark on a multi-city fundraising tour in his home state next week. … – MiamiHerald.com, 8-25-11
  • Perry is now the front-runner in GOP presidential race, Gallup poll shows: Gallup’s latest survey shows the Texas governor quickly taking the lead spot, less than two weeks after jumping into the race. Perry leads 29-17 over Mitt Romney, who had long held that spot, with Texas congressman Ron Paul at 13 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann at 10 percent…. – Dallas Morning News, 8-25-11
  • Perry, Romney and polls: Right Turn readers know I’m no fan of early, national primary polls. But they do, after a time, begin to shape donors’ and activists’ perceptions of the race. So what do they see and what should they learn from the spate of national candidates… – WaPo, 8-25-11
  • Perry Leads in National Polls: Mitt Romney may not be the frontrunner anymore: Since Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for president, five polls have showed him leading the GOP pack. On average, Perry has 26 percent of the vote in these surveys while Romney has 16…. – Daily Beast, 8-25-11
  • August Is The Cruelest Month: Perry Usurps Romney’s Front-Runner Status (The Note): What the polls giveth, the polls taketh away. And just like that, after months of referring to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination…. – ABC News, 8-25-11
  • Perry leads former GOP front-runner Romney in polls Boston Globe, 8-25-11
  • Perry Good Show: The race for the right to take on Barack Obama has been turned on its head. Less than two weeks after declaring his candidacy, Texas governor Rick Perry has taken a double-digit lead over the former favourite Mitt Romney. A Gallup poll put Perry on 29 percent…. – Sky News, 8-25-11
  • Rick Perry Leads Poll, Popular With Religious, Southern Republicans: Texas governor Rick Perry is the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest Gallup Poll. Perry has 29 percent of the votes, compared to the second runner-up, Mitt Romney…. – International Business Times, 8-25-11
  • NY GOPer urges a Perry-Giuliani ticket: One of New York’s best-known Republicans is calling on presidential hopeful Rick Perry to choose Rudy Giuliani as his running mate for next year’s election, according to Frederic U. Dicker, veteran politics reporter for the New York Post. … – Houston Chronicle, 8-25-11
  • Perry to Join Sept. 7 GOP Debate: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will participate in the Sept. 7 GOP presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
    It will be Mr. Perry’s first time with all of the major 2012 Republican hopefuls since he announced his candidacy Aug. 13. Also on the stage: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, pizza magnate Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
    The debate is sponsored by the Reagan Presidential Foundation, NBC News and Politico, which reported the lineup Thursday…. – WSJ, 8-25-11
  • TexMessage: Perry moves from grass roots rallies to fund raising: The Perry bandwagon is shifting gears from grass roots rallies that generate headlines to campaign fund raising before Labor Day. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic gains in nationwide polls of Republicans…. – Houston Chronicle, 8-25-11


    • As States’ Rights Stalwart, Rick Perry Draws Doubts: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has come to publicly embrace states’ rights as a defining issue only in the past few years…. – NYT, 8-29-11
    • Perry blasts Obama, notes own job-creating record: Rick Perry warned during an appearance in Iowa that President Obama has driven the nation’s economy into a ditch, arguing that his own record as governor qualifies him to lead the way out. “Instead of eliminating our economic crisis, he worsened it.” … – AP, 8-27-11

“The United States is the number one country in the world for energy resources. That doesn’t even include … all the oil in Alaska.” — “Instead of thinking we are beggars out here begging for oil and for energy, we are the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy. The radical environmentalists have demanded that we lock up all our energy resources. President Bachmann will take that key out of the door. I will unlock it.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

    • Bachmann: Environmentalists blocking US energy: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed Saturday that the United States has more fuel resources than any other country, but blamed what she termed “radical environmentalists” for bottling up American energy policy…. – AP, 8-27-11

“I want to bring advisers in from labor and from manufacturers and from the service industry and financial services. I want to know what they know, because that’s what we’ve been missing from President Obama. He has virtually no one in his Cabinet with private sector experience. I want to bring people who know how to create jobs into my administration.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

    • Bachmann says she’d consider minimum wage changes: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday she wouldn’t rule out changes to the federal minimum wage as a way to lower the cost of doing business and lure corporations back to the United States…. – AP, 8-26-11
    • Despite Perry’s Gains, Romney Remains Strong in Florida: This week saw Texas Gov. Rick Perry leapfrog Mitt Romney in the national polls, but the former governor of Massachusetts is still holding on strong in the key battleground state of Florida…. – PBS Newshour, 8-26-11
    • Clock ticking on Sarah Palin entry into 2012 presidential race: There are some drop-dead dates that Sarah Palin cannot escape if she wants to run in 2012. The former Alaska governor seems to believe that most of the rules of politics don’t apply to her — that with her media appeal and her grass-roots following, she could waltz into the presidential campaign at the 11th hour and make a go of it…. – Politico, 8-26-11
    • Once Again, No Candidate Pataki: Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki decides not to enter an already crowded field of Republican presidential candidates…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • Forget First Impressions; Perry Isn’t Bush 2: While George W. Bush and Rick Perry can occasionally seem like clones, there are real differences in the Texas they governed and how they governed it…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • Despite His Current Vehemence on Taxes, Perry Has a More Nuanced Record: For all of his anti-tax-increase language today, Rick Perry has actually signed on to tax increases, some quite large, in his political career…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • Fund-Raisers Likely to Be Canceled Due to Irene: Three big presidential fund-raisers scheduled for this weekend are up in the air thanks to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, currently hurtling toward New York…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • On Trail, Casual Friday Versus Boardroom Cool: Close-up impressions matter for voters who are evaluating presidential candidates. And while Rick Perry seems to relish interaction, Mitt Romney is still struggling to appear at ease…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • Romney Continues Charm Offensive With Personal Stories: The Republican presidential candidate shares a tale about how his father-in-law was able to pay for college, and deflects a question about his vice-presidential preference…. – NYT, 8-26-11
    • Should Pataki Be President?: City Room readers: Do you think former Gov. George E. Pataki would make a good president?…. – NYT, 8-25-11
    • Perry Surges in Polls, Testing Romney’s Strategy: Mitt Romney has adopted a slow-and-steady strategy, one which has de-emphasized Iowa, but Rick Perry’s surge in the polls could affect Mr. Romney’s calculations…. – NYT, 8-25-11

“If you’re running for president, your focus should be on the person who is president and his failures, and how you’re going to make America better.” — Mitt Romney told reporters in Claremont.

    • Romney sticks with strategy despite Perry’s surge: Despite a new rival’s surge, Mitt Romney is campaigning as though he’s still the GOP presidential front-runner, focusing his criticisms on President Barack Obama, taking few risks and keeping most proposals vague enough to leave ample maneuvering room…. – AP, 8-25-11
    • Romney Undeterred by Perry, or by Poll Numbers: Mitt Romney is not changing strategy despite the findings of some new polls…. – NYT, 8-24-11
    • Obama campaign launching voter drive program: President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign launched a new voter registration and grassroots organizing program Thursday aimed at boosting turnout and participation among its core supporters. The organization, called Project Vote…. – AP, 8-25-11
    • INHOFE FOR PERRY — Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the presidential nomination, the Tulsa World reports, because Romney is “a little mushy on environmental issues.” — Politico, 8-25-11
    • Latest poll: Is Rick Perry now a shoo-in?: A just-published Gallup poll shows Rick Perry as his party’s front-runner. Mitt Romney trails in second, and Ron Paul has leapt passed Michele Bachmann, landing him in third…. – CS Monitor, 8-24-11
    • Has Sarah Palin exhausted the patience of her supporters?: There is some evidence that while waiting for a potential Sarah Palin presidential run, her potential voters have moved on and now support other tea party-backed candidates, such as Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann…. – CS Monitor, 8-24-11

“It is an honor to again work with Mitt Romney. At such a critical time in our nation’s history, it is important that we have someone with his background to lead the country.” — Vin Weber

  • Romney picks up endorsements from key Pawlenty supporters: As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began a campaign swing across New Hampshire on Wednesday, he picked up several key endorsements here and in the first-caucus state of Iowa.
    Romney also won the backing of Vin Weber, a former Minnesota congressman and prominent Washington lobbyist who had served as national co-chairman of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign.
    Pawlenty dropped out of the race Aug. 14, following a distant third-place showing at the Iowa straw poll. Weber, who had been Romney’s policy chairman in his 2008 presidential campaign, is rejoining the Romney team, this time as a special adviser on foreign and economic policy…. – WaPo, 8-24-11
  • Marco Rubio Says No to Ticket, but Finds Skeptics: Marco Rubio says he does not want to be vice president, but not everyone believes him…. – NYT, 8-24-11
  • Pataki Visit Stirs Speculation About Presidential Bid: Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki considers a presidential bid…. – NYT, 8-23-11
  • Has Ron Paul become electable?: In a head-to-head matchup with Obama, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is within striking distance, a new Gallup poll shows. But Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are running stronger…. – CS Monitor, 8-23-11
  • Why Another Democrat Wouldn’t Do Better Than Obama in 2012: Obama may be losing popularity, but for Democrats turning to another candidate might be a bad idea…. – NYT, 8-23-11
  • News From Libya Pushes G.O.P. Candidates to Respond: Republican presidential candidates looked for ways to address a development that could bolster President Obama’s national security credentials…. – NYT, 8-22-11
  • Tea Party Favorite Won’t Challenge Senate Republican: Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, announced Monday that he would not run for the Senate, removing a potentially formidable rival to Senator Orrin Hatch as he seeks a seventh term…. – NYT, 8-23-11
  • There’s Room for More G.O.P. Candidates: At least five prominent Republicans — Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Rudolph W. Giuliani and George Pataki — are being linked to potential bids…. – NYT, 8-22-11


  • Politico Arena: Daily Debate with Policymakers, Opinionshapers & Academics Politico
  • DAVID BROOKS: President Rick Perry?: The rise of the Republican presidential candidate reflects fundamental shifts in the electorate, and it’s time to take him seriously…. – NYT, 8-26-11
  • Julian Zelizer: It’s too early to name Bachmann, Perry front-runners: The meteoric rise of Rep. Michele Bachman and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the competition for the GOP presidential nomination — combined with the rapid demise of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid — all before any caucus or primary has taken place, reveals how the presidential selection process is broken…. – CNN, 8-22-11
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