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There are several indicators that would lead pundits and political analysts and even former Presidents, to believe that President Obama will not see a second term. In that case, it would behoove every voting U.S. Citizen to take a good hard look at the eight or possibly nine candidates that are running for President on the GOP side – the reason, one of them may be the next President, and there are some which may be more appealing than others, as President. One may hate Faux News, or MSNBC, or CNN as a news source, however, with each debate we learn more about the individual candidate and how the fare under pressure and scrutiny, both from the moderators and from the press.
One might find a third party candidate arise, but understand that historically, even in state races for the Governor’s office, it is rare that these candidates succeed. This is most often due to the very savvy political teams in place by both major parties, depending upon the state. In this case, the third party candidate receives anywhere from 2 to 8 percent of the vote, just enough to return to office a politician that has a lower approval rating than their opponents.
In most instances one would advocate to making the choice one considers most perfect, however, in this coming election, one can anticipate a possible landslide (based on individual and national polls) as regards the executive branch. Therefore, it is the GOP field which bears scrutiny – and regardless of one’s political affiliation, one should pay attention, and quite possibly consider voting in the GOP primary. In many states, this involves nothing more than asking for a particular ballot, or in some cases, “switching party affiliation” temporarily (on the way into the polling station and then switching back on the way out). In the General Election one may vote for whomever they wish, regardless of party, but by that point, one might find the choices rather limited.
Therefore, as this election is critical to the nation, it is strongly suggestion that, again, regardless of how strongly one might feel about their political party of choice, it would behoove that person, to be able to have a voice in this field of those who would be President.
In the spirit of Jimmy Carter, a one-term President who understands the signs today are indicative of choosing from an opposing side of the aisle, follow his example: (Interview here on the Hill blog) Carter’s choices are former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and/or Congressional Representative Michelle Bachmann. Other choices are: Herman Cain (business CEO), Rick Santorum (former Senator from PA), Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the House worked with William Jefferson Clinton), Jon Huntsman (Governor of Utah), Rick Perry (Governor of Texas) and Ron Paul (Congressional Representative). There may also be others entering the race, despite the call of the media and others to declare intentions of a run now! – One may find Sarah Palin, (2008 VP candidate and former Governor of Alaska) entering the race between September and October of this year.
Learn about these candidates, watch the debates, and make your choice in your state primaries beginning in 2012. It does not matter if one is a member of the Green Party, or the Democrat Party, or an Independent, one may vote in any primary – although each state’s rules do vary. To find out how you can vote in the Republican Primary, check the website of your state’s office regarding voting regulations. That most often is the Secretary of State’s site: For Example: Massachusetts voters would find information on elections, voting and statistics at www.ec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm"> The Secretary of State, elections division. If you are in a union, keep in mind, one is not "watched" as they vote, vote for whom you wish. This is why our U.S. votes are a "Secret Ballot".
In the 2012 general election: All Congressional Representatives are up for Reelection, the President of the United States is up for reelection, and members of the Senate, Class 1, source senate.gov – list here ) are up for reelection. In that election, one may vote any party or person for whom they like, but again, if the GOP candidate is projected to take the helm, one might want a say in who that individual is.
A Schedule of debates is : :(Via Hillbuzz.org by Compiled by Kevin DuJan)
2012 Republican presidential debates schedule:
Here are the Republican presidential debates that are scheduled so far to determine the GOP candidate for president in 2012:
September 22nd, 2011 9pm EST on Fox News
Location: Orlando, FL
Sponsor: Fox News, Google and Florida Republican Party
October 11th, 2011 8pm EST on Bloomberg Television
Location: Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH
Sponsor: Bloomberg, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV
October 18th, 2011 8pm EST on CNN
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Sponsor: CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference
November 9th, 2011 8pm EST on CNBC
Location: Oakland University in Rochester, MI
Sponsor: CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party
December 10th, 2011 8pm EST on ABC
Location: Des Moines, IA
Sponsor: ABC News and Republican Party of Iowa
January 12th, 2012 8pm EST on PBS
Location: Iowa Public Television in Johnston, IA
Sponsor: Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television
January 30th, 2012 8pm EST on Fox News
Location: Des Moines, IA
Sponsor: Fox News and Republican Party of Iowa
February, 2012 8pm EST on ABC – Likely between February 7th and 13th
Sponsor: ABC News and WMUR
February, 2012 8pm EST on Fox News – Likely between the 19th and 27th
Sponsor: Fox News and South Carolina Republican Party
March 5th, 2012 8pm EST on NBC
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsor: Reagan Library, NBC News and Politico
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