A guide to the 2012 Presidential election

Welcome to my blog series on the 2012 Presidential election. I’m not certain how many posts there will be, but keep reading. Hopefully we can all learn something about the election. This is the first post.

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If you watch any TV in the evenings, many of you remember what the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2010 looked like. Political ad after political ad after political ad…. Over and over. 5pm – 10pm, nothing but ads. I truly believe Governor Haslam is well known, not because he is Governor, but because he simply ran for Governor and spent more time than any other candidate on TV. Most of us remember Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey wanting to “Give the Boot to DC.” We watched countless ads for Governor (4 candidates, but really only 3), 4 different Congressional districts (4, 5, 6 and 8 – totaling about 12 candidates on TV), and even a few for State House and State Senate.

Well, it’s going to be happening again, and it’s going to be just as busy. Instead of Governor, we’re electing a Senator, and also a President with the other 49 states (insert 57-states joke here). At least with the local and state-wide races, we avoid PAC and other 501c-3/4 group commercials . Not this time. It’s going to be interesting.

So, with the assumption that most Americans don’t pay attention to elections until the final few weeks leading up to election day, I’m going to try and lay out who the candidates are, what they believe, and what I think the outcomes might be. I won’t be focusing on the State elections as much right now because there is plenty of time for that. The Presidential primary comes to Tennessee very soon (March 6, 2012), so if you care, you can start here by getting a summary of the remaining candidates.

  • First off, President Barack Obama will be the Democratic party nominee. There won’t be a Democratic Party primary for President this year. The presumptive nominee, he is currently polling slightly behind the “generic Republican” in national polls. If you care, you might bookmark that link. They will continue updating the weekly poll to the right of the article so you can track the ebb and flow of the polls.
  • As for Obama’s VP nominee, that is unclear for now. I haven’t seen any Obama-Biden 2012 stickers, shirts or signs yet, so there may be a shake-up on that ticket if Obama’s numbers continue to remain lower than the DNC would like.

Now, there are (as of 1/8/2012) six remaining GOP candidates in the national race to become the GOP Nominee for President; Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich. Here’s a little bit of information on these men when it comes to their political background:

  • Newt Gingrich: former Speaker of the House of Representatives (1995-1999), former Congressman from Georgia (1979-1999), developed the “Contract with America” that sparked the 1994 GOP crusade that won back the US House
  • Jon Huntsman: former Governor of Utah (2005-2009), former Ambassador to Singapore (1992-1993), former Ambassador to China (2009-2011)
  • Ron Paul: current Congressman from Texas (1976-77, 79-85, 97-2011), prior Presidential candidate (1988, 2008), is the driving force behind the “Campaign for Liberty” movement
  • Rick Perry: current Governor of Texas (2000-present), held other political offices in Texas (Lt. Gov, Ag. Commissioner)
  • Mitt Romney: former Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007), Presidential candidate (2007-2008)
  • Rick Santorum: former Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007), former Congressman (1991-1995)

As you can see, each of these candidates has served at a high-level at some point during their careers. That doesn’t necessarily qualify them for the office of President, but it doesn’t hurt them. The only candidate who hasn’t served in a leadership post (not role, because he has) is Ron Paul.

I’ll keep posting about these candidates as we draw nearer to our own primary here in Tennessee. I’ll cover some of the issues that are affecting Americans most (economy, jobs, spending, debt, etc.) and what these candidates have states they would do if elected.

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