Rand Paul Visits South Carolina

Bookmark and ShareKentucky Senator and TEA Party favorite Rand Paul could be testing the 2012 presidential waters with a trip to South Carolina.

The son of Texas Rep., 2008 GOP presidential candidate and possible 2012 candidate Ron Paul, Rand is appeared this afternoon before the College of Charelston’s “Bully Pulpit” series to talk about Libya, his possible 2012 interest and the national debt. He is scheduled to appear this evening before the Charelston Meeting, a center right, invitation only organization that invites politicians to address it’s membership strictly off the record.

Paul, like his father a Tea Party favorite, who won his Senate seat last fall, is visiting several early presidential voting states independently of his father. The only answer he will give regarding his own Presidential aspirations is, “The only decision I’ve made is I won’t run against my dad,” he said, adding that he wants to see the Tea Party influence the 2012 GOP nominee.

So how many Paul’s will there be on the ballot come 2012? Just one according to Rand. Which one however remains a mystery.

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Can The TEA Party Win On A National Level?

Bookmark and ShareWith the 2012 GOP field of presidential hopefuls lending numerous rumors and anticipation to it’s constituency the polls seem to be giving early indications that those names who have been there before have the advantage heading into the spring.

2008 candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have been neck and neck in most polls and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich along with 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin have been receiving a large helping of media attention. So with the polls showing the familiar names leading the pack, where does the TEA Party fit into all of this?

Most media outlets recognize CNBC’s Rick Santelli with launching the movement with a speech from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on February 19, 2009 while giving a speech against the Obama administrations proposal to help homeowners with their mortgages. Keli Carender, blogger, teacher organized some of the earliest Tea Party style protests, before they were even called Tea Party protests. In February of 2009, Carender held a rally against the economic stimulus package in downtown Seattle. Ron Paul supporters credit him with launching the movement as far back as 2007 when the GOP held the keys to the White House and the federal budget deficit began to grow.

Despite who claims credit for the origins of the movement it flexed it’s muscles during the 2010 midterm elections. Some credit has to be given to the TEA Party movement for the Republicans taking the majority away from the Democrats in the House of Representatives. It was their message of controlling government spending and debt that propelled the GOP to victory.

So why is it that most polls for 2012 show the members of the ‘old guard’ as the early favorites? Sarah Palin is held in high regard by many who consider themselves TEA partiers but has shown little indication that she is making a run in 2012. Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll for the second straight year but in national polling is far behind the leaders. Tim Pawlenty has been campaigning to and garnering new found support amongst the TEA Party faithful but has yet to make any real gains to put himself on the same level of support as the early polling favorites. MN Rep. Michelle Bachmann has been hinting at a run and is the founder of the House TEA Party Caucus but has made many highly publicized gaffes and hasn’t even been a blip on the radar if the polling is any indication.

It is apparent from the results seen in 2010 that the TEA Party movement has a certain bit of influence. They are well organized and always draw media attention to their message of government fiscal responsibility. The question is can they bring the same message and support on a national level during a run for the White House as they did on the local level bringing a GOP majority to the House? The early polling doesn’t seem to say they can. It is very early in the process however and things can change quickly in the world of politics.

I believe that 2012 will be a huge test for the TEA Party movement. If they can get a candidate amongst the leaders for the GOP nomination they should be able to cement themselves as a true influence in national politics. If they fail to break through during THE largest race in the nation, they could be relegated to a mere footnote in American political history. Their message is a good one and seems to resonate with most Americans perception of the countries economic situation. Will that roll over into support from the independents that are necessary to win the White House? Time will only tell. Early indications however show that they have inroads to make within the GOP first.

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Rick Santorum Goes After Romneycare.

Bookmark and ShareFormer Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a few jabs at former Massachusetts Governor and potential 2012 competitor Mitt Romney and the health care program he implemented in Massachusetts.

“I have a lot of concerns about him in this election cycle because of the pre-eminence of health care and the issue of Romneycare,” Santorum told the Boston Herald at a fund-raiser for a Roman Catholic group in Newton, MA yesterday. “I think the issues unfortunately don’t line up particularly well for Gov. Romney at this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage.” He also called Massachusetts’ health-care reform “a failure.”

“People have tried to differentiate it from Obamacare in the sense that the states have the right to do what Massachusetts did, and I don’t dispute that Massachusetts and Gov. Romney had the right to do it, but the question is, was it the right thing to do?” Santorum said. Romney has insisted that health-care repeal is a state-by-state right. He has promised to repeal Obamacare because it’s a federal mandate forced on the country’s 50 states.

Santorum, who endorsed Romney in 2008, said he’s changed his mind because, “It’s a different field. It’s a different set of issues.” Santorum has said that he will make a decision on a 2012 run within the next couple of months and has logged more trips to NH this year than any other potential candidate. A sign to most observers that he is intending on declaring himself a candidate.

Santorum is not the first to call into question the Massachusetts law implemented by Romney as Governor. Other Republicans have attacked Romney and the health-care reform legislation he created as the 2012 presidential race heats up. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Romney should apologize for the law. Santorum stopped short of demanding an apology, but said, “We need someone who’s a strong, practical conservative who believes not in government mandates, not in government control of the health care system but in a patient-centered approach to health care.”

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Ron Paul Called “Horrific” By Dick Morris

Bookmark and ShareFormer Clinton adviser turned conservative political pundit Dick Morris called Texas Congressman and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul “horrific” during a radio interview with former Paul campaign economic adviser Peter Schiff.

Morris, who was on the show to discuss and promote his new book “Revolt: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal his Socialist Programs”, was obviously annoyed when Schiff turned the questions toward the current trends in the Republican party that Schiff stated he noticed at CPAC. Schiff asked Morris how he felt the large “Ron Paul/Gary Johnson” faction of the party would play in the upcoming 2012 GOP primaries.

“I strongly oppose Ron Paul,” Morris said. “I think he’s horrific. He wants us to end the War on Drugs. He wants us to end the War on Terror.”

“Do you think we’re winning the war on drugs?” Schiff interjected.

“No, because we’re not fighting it,” Morris replied.

“We’re not fighting it?” Schiff asked. “We don’t have enough laws against drugs?”

“No,” Morris replied. “We should drug test every high school student. We should drug test everybody that gets a student loan. Anybody that’s using drugs should not get a government student loan.”

Schiff responded that he felt there was something socialistic about the government giving student loans to begin with. Morris disagreed and became slightly hostile. “Peter, I’d like to talk about my book’ which is ‘Revolt: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal his Socialist Programs,” Morris complained. “You know what, Peter? You talk to yourself for the next 15 minutes. That seems to be what you want to do.” Morris then proceeded to hang up on Schiff.

Morris and his disdain for Paul is no secret however his response seemed more a reaction to not having the time to plug his book than anything else.

I’m sure Dick Morris is a very busy man. He seems to put out a new book every 3 months. But being a conservative pundit you would think the skin would be thicker. If all he is out to do is push his literary works, if they can be called that, Fox News should suspend him as a contributor and charge him for advertising. Although he doesn’t have to agree with all of Rep. Paul’s stances and ideas he would be smart to listen to some of them. They have been closer to reality than most of his own predictions have been (see 2010 mid-term elections).

And as far as forced drug testing on every high school student….it sounds like the same big government intervention that Morris claims to be against. But when your main concern is selling books, I guess small government is just a chapter.

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Tim Pawlenty To Make Decision Within 45 Days

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Former Minnesota Governor and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says that an official decision to run or not to run is likely to come within the next 45 days.

Pawlenty, who is in Washington meeting with supporters, said he plans to make a decision soon about whether to run for President in 2012. “You know, sometime in the next 45 days or less,” said the former governor. Pawlenty continues to travel to the early presidential primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in an attempt to raise money through his PAC and promote his new book “Courage To Stand.”

The former Governor has also been speaking at events sponsored by TEA Party activists and organizations fueling speculation that he is preparing to enter the 2012 Republican fray. Some supporters have even been putting a spin on his nickname ‘T-Paw’, referring to him as ‘TEA-Paw’ as he continues to try and appeal to the conservative voters.

In the next month or so we will know if ‘TEA-Paw’ is in…or out.

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Fox News Suspends Rick Santorum And Newt Gingrich

As announced by anchor Bret Baier late Wednesday morning, Fox News has ‘suspended it’s contributors arrangements’ with 2012 presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. for the next 60 days while they are in the process of deciding on a 12012 run at the White House. Both, Baier said, “have signaled possible runs for the presidency” and it “is Fox policy” for them to be suspended addressing concerns that once an official announcement is made, that the network would come under fire for ethics violations as well as campaign finance laws that may have been violated as the candidates were positioning themselves for a campaign.

Santorum has agreed to take part in Presidential debates and Gingrich is ‘exploring’ an exploratory committee. Both which Fox feels are signals that the two are planning on making runs in 2012.

The suspensions will be lifted on May 1 if the candidates notify Fox News that they will not be throwing their hat in the ring. If Fox is not notified by that deadline the contracts will be terminated.

What is sparking debate however is that Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, both Fox News employees and potential presidential candidates, were not suspended at this time because neither has made an official move towards a campaign. If that happens it is assumed that they will also be subject to the same Fox policies although Huckabee actually has his own show while the others are simply on the payroll as ‘contributors.’

If all 4 announce at some point there will be ample opportunity at Fox News for other conservative faces to get some air time. Taking applications?

Tim Pawlenty Rallies The TEA Party

Bookmark and Share At a Phoenix summit organized by TEA Party Patriots, normally mild mannered former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty rallied TEA Patry voters to ‘Rise up’ against the current conditions in Washington. “The Constitution wasnt written to limit freedom, it was written to limit government.” “Now it appears President Obama has forgotten what it says. It says in here ‘in order to form a more perfect union.’ Mr. President that does not mean coddling out of control public employee unions. And Mr. President, Wisconsin does not need a lecture from someone who has never balanced a budget in his life.”

He called on Washington to oppose raising the debt ceiling and passing a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget. He blasted the “royal triangle of greed: big government, big unions and big bailed out businesses.” The biggest cheers erupted as Pawlenty railed against judges that legislate from the bench and “Obamacare,” the president’s overhaul of the health care system.

The 15 minute speech was a big step for the little known Pawlenty in getting his name out on a national stage as the potential candidates are vying for the support of the conservative activist TEA Party. Known for his mild mannered nature, Pawlenty showed an aggressive side while addressing the large crowd. “The message of the tea party, as I see it, is pretty simple, it’s pretty straight forward,” Pawlenty said to loud cheers. “And it’s this: God made us to be free and the founding fathers made the constitution to keep us free.”

He continued: “We don’t share President Obama’s worldview. We don’t want a bigger government shoving mandates down our throats. He’s got it completely backwards. They the bureaucrats don’t tell us what to do, we the people tell them what to do.”

Stressing his own executive credentials as the Governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty reminded tea partiers that he knows a thing or two about cutting spending.

“I set a record for vetoes,” he said. “I had the first government shutdown in Minnesota’s history. I took one of the longest transit strikes in the country’s history to help get public employee benefits under control, and I cut spending in real terms for the first time in my state’s 150 year history.”

As Pawlenty attempts to position himself as a man of the people he seems unafraid to shed his shy guy image for the support of the vocal Tea party movement. A movement which will have a void to fill and votes to give should Sarah Palin decide against a 2012 run. So now that the tea partiers are aware of his name was he successful in convincing them that he is worthy of their support? His message struck a chord and he was certainly able to rally the troops in Phoenix. Time will tell if it will carry over.

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Rick Santorum Challenges Republicans To Stand Up For DOMA

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is on the offensive against Republican’s who he feels have been relatively silent regarding the Obama administrations recent statement that it would no longer defend the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives, says it’s no surprise that the Republican leaders haven’t done more since the administration announced earlier this week it was reversing its position on defending DOMA. DOMA says states can refuse to recognize the same-sex marriages and civil unions performed in other states. The law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

“It is a reality that the media, not just the mainstream media but even quote-unquote conservative publications, like Fox, they tend to write rather negatively about people who stand up and fight for marriage,” Santorum said. “They describe it in terms of bigotry, in terms of discrimination, in terms of (being) homophobic. As a result of that, people stay away from it. They don’t want to be cast in that light by the media. And besides, we all have friends who are gay. I have friends who are gay. But they respect the fact that they disagree with them on policy,” said Santorum as he was on his way home from spending several days in Iowa, home to the first presidential caucuses.

“It’s very disappointing,” Santorum said Friday in an interview with USA TODAY. “Here you have a president of the United States who’s walking away from his constitutional duty to defend the law of the country.”

Santorum has specifically called on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a counsel representing the House of Representatives to take up the issue and argue the cases in court. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the speaker “is reviewing the situation with other congressional Republicans and all options are under discussion.”

If Santorum decides to make a run for the GOP nomination it is clear that he will be taking a strong national stance on social issues. Stances which could gain him votes should a Mike Huckabee campaign fail to materialize. If it will appeal to enough voters, who seem focused on jobs and the economy, will be the big test for the former Seanator.

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Huckabee Under Fire For “Infidel” Comment

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Former Arkansas Governor and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming under fire from Muslim civil rights groups for comments he made during a recent “Fox and Friends” interview. In the interview Huckabee stated that he did not understand why Christian churches would allow Muslims to use their worship space.

“If the purpose of a church is to push forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I guess I have a hard time understanding that.” said Huckabee. “Is there a reason to say that the people who donated, who gave, who sacrificed to give that facility really ever intended it to be a place where something that is the antithesis of the gospel of Christ would be presented?” he added.

Those comments did not sit well with the Council On American-Islamic Relations, a controversial Muslim civil rights group, who called the comments ‘divisive’ and requested that the former Governor meet with Muslim leaders to become educated about misconceptions about their religion.

“On this Presidents’ Day, we ask Mike Huckabee — a person who may again seek the highest office in the land — to live up to the principles of tolerance and interfaith respect that make our nation great,” Nihad Awad, the national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement. “We urge Mr. Huckabee to do some research and to apologize for his inaccurate and offensive remarks.”

One thing is for certain, Mike Huckabee won’t be getting the terrorist vote.

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Ron Paul Drops A Presidents Day’ Money Bomb’ Through LibertyPAC

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul is weighing his options for a 2012 Presidential run and has jumped in feet first with a President’s Day “Money Bomb ” campaign through his LibertyPAC. In an e-mail to supporters the Congressman and 3-time Presidential candidate stated:

February 21, 2011

Money Bomb days are wonderful! There seems to be electricity in the air and a certain excitement that makes your heart beat a little more quickly.

Each time I look at the ticker and see more generous contributions and the names of other fellow Liberty lovers, it excites me about what we might be able to do together to win the future.

I can remember where I was on the day of the biggest-ever money bomb on December 16th, 2007.

I gave a speech to a big TEA Party right here in Texas and then spent the evening with family, many of whom made two or three donations so they could see their name roll around again on the ticker.

It was a tremendous day in the fight for Liberty and thinking back on it warms my heart.

Today has the same feeling. I have checked the ticker at least a dozen times and have been thrilled to see it surging up and up.

We have had so much success, in fact, that I just approved a two-day trip to New Hampshire during March recess! I hope for even more success today so I can approve more trips and programs.

Let’s keep the momentum rolling.

If you haven’t donated today, please consider chipping in right now. A contribution of any size, perhaps $20.12, would be deeply appreciated.

Please also forward this email to your friends and post it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Our strength lies in our numbers, and together, we can stand up to the banksters and elites and tell them we are here to fight for Liberty.

The statists and other forces of big government know we are making plans and are watching what we do today.

Let’s do something special and send a powerful message. Again, please consider a donation of any size and help spread the word.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. In honor of George Washington’s birthday, Liberty PAC has launched a Presidents’ Day Money Bomb.

Your support is critical in guiding my 2012 decision making and guaranteeing a successful political operation so we can elect the type of President who will take our country back from the statists.

Congressman Paul set an internet fund raising record in 2007 by raising $4.2 million in one day through a similar ‘money bomb’ campaign.

Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney: Who Will Step Up First?

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Depending on which poll you read and what day it is on you can see a wide variety in data of who is leading the potential Republican field for the 2012 nomination. Some polls have shown Mitt Romney with a small lead over Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Others have Huckabee on top with a slight gap between himself, Romney and Palin. Sometimes former Speaker Newt Gingrich appears as has Mitch Daniels, Ron Paul and various other potential candidates. The only consistency appears to be that Huck, Sarah and Mitt appear at the top almost every time.

So the question remains – Who will break out of the pack when the official announcements begin to show up on Twitter? Moderates are mostly for Romney, and Conservatives are split on Huckabee and Palin. However, Huckabee backers support Sarah Palin if he does not run and vice-versa with Sarah Palin’s supporters. Which means they both better hope either one of them does not run for President. However in the large scheme of things, this is wide open. Though Romney, Palin and Huckabee are frontrunners now, it could all change once someone announces their run.

After CPAC we may begin to see some new names and faces appear such as John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels. Rick Santorum cannot be discounted as well as little known Herman Cain who made a splash at the conservative conference.

If one of the big three makes an announcement soon it could hamper the ability of some of the lesser knows to get their name out through the media frenzy that is likely to follow especially if that person is Sarah Palin. We may not know how the candidates will play their hands and how voters will react but one thing we do know is that the early indications point to Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney as maintaining a firm grasp on the minds of potential voters.

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Rick Santorum Warns Republican’s :You Can’t Fight The Sesame Street Lobby.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stated Tuesday that the Republican’s attempt to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who among others operates PBS and NPR, was largely futile due to the opposition that will be presented by the “Barney” and “Sesame Street” contingents who wholly support the CPB.

Republicans have named the CPB, which provides funding to public radio and television stations, as one of their proposed budgetary cuts

“When I came to Congress, I was one of the guys that said we gotta cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It wasn’t necessary anymore,” Santorum said. “The ‘Barney‘ contingent came out and the ‘Sesame Street‘ contingent came out, and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard.”

NPR has come under fire recently for it’s firing of liberal correspondent Juan Williams for an opinion he gave regarding fear when seeing a person in Muslim garb on an airplane. The comment was made on the popular Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor. Williams firing was seen by many as retribution for his working with Fox News rather than his comments. The publicity surrounding the incident put NPR, and it’s public funding, back in the spotlight.

I for one am under the belief that if the programming is good and there is a solid base of listeners and viewers, there is no reason that the private broadcast corporations won’t pick them up. Regardless of the “Sesame Street Lobby” Republicans should continue to push for cuts of non-essential budgetary spending. If everyone loves Barney……he should be just as able to support a spot on MSNBC. Don’t they have an open time slot?

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Are Ron Paul And Mitch Daniels Living In A House Made Of Brick Or A Poll made Of Straw?

Bookmark and ShareAs the results of the CPAC straw poll were released the Ron Paul Revolution has once again put the TX Congressman at the top with 30% of the vote. Not a big surprise to anyone in attendance as Paul’s supporters (half of the straw-poll voters were under 26) have made a yearly pilgrimage to the conservative conference in order to ensure he comes out on top of the straw poll conducted at the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation.

They are very adept at coordinating at these types of events and use them as a means to get Ron Paul’s name out there as they feel he is snubbed as a serious candidate by the mainstream media and Republican base. However strong the support for Paul appears, it unfortunately does not historically transfer to the primaries. With his anti-war, fiscal conservative message Rep. Paul appeals to the younger generation and his followers repay him with a loyalty that is unrivaled by any other candidate give former 2008 Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin. This loyalty gets Paul on the ballot but has yet to make a huge impact on the mostly social conservative GOP base. A base which is necessary to win a primary. That seems to be the stumbling block for the Revolution. Independent voters react to Rep. Paul’s message well and he may be the anomaly that would fair better in a general election than he does in his own parties primary.

A small surprise in the straw poll was little known Indiana governor Mitch Daniels whose message was along the same lines as Rep. Paul’s and was revered by the young pro-Ron Paul crowd garnering him 4%. Daniels took a different approach than most, speaking to the crowd personally and with a serious tone as opposed to the pep rally type atmosphere that others used as a pre-cursor to their possible candidacies. He shied away from mentioning President Obama in order to get the crowd riled up as some of the previous speakers had, instead going on a straight message of fiscal responsibility. It was an eloquently crafted, intellectually compelling call to arms against the red-ink forces of the national debt. He dubbed it “the new red menace”. Daniels also stated that if Republicans found the best way blocked they needed to be open to finding a different way, hinting that they should fore go purity in order to get things done and that to do so may require listening to independent and Democrat voters. A statement that was popular with the young CPAC audience but may not resonate well in a GOP primary.

So as the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation winds down and the potential candidates gauge their impact what does the straw poll actually tell us? I believe it tells us that Ron Paul and Mitch Daniels made nice inroads with a young, loyal base of voters that may just coax them into throwing their hats in the ring officially. It also tells us that the CPAC straw poll is in no way a valid snap shot of a Republican primary. In a primary you need the base. A base that is more socially conservative than fiscally conservative. The Republicans are not likely to nominate Ron Paul in 2012 for the same reasons he never won a primary in 2008 — the GOP mainstream is not going to embrace a purist who rails against the military budget with the same intensity that he attacks the Federal Reserve. Mitch Daniels may fall along that same line. A candidate that could fair better in the general election than he would in his own primary.

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Sarah Palin Fuels Speculation By Hiring Chief-Of-Staff

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As reported first by CNN and confirmed by Politico, former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin has hired a Chief-of-Staff for her PAC, SarahPAC.

Former Dole advisor and attorney Michael Glassner will serve in the role. Glassner is no stranger to Palin having managed VP operations for the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign. In that capacity he was in charge of overseeing Sarah Palin’s travel, schedule and communications. A resident of Jersey City, Glassner is a former executive at IDT Corp. in Newark and was chosen to begin coordinating vice presidential details even before McCain chose Palin as a running mate.

“We are happy and excited that Mike is joining our team,” Sarah PAC spokesman Tim Crawford told CNN.

So could this be step one towards an announcement for a 2012 campaign? Most signs would point to yes. The Glassner hiring gives Palin an experienced chief-of-staff and a level of comfort with a top level staff member. As the speculation swirls as to whether she will run, either under the GOP flag or as a third party candidate, Sarah Palin has thrown fuel on the fire of that speculation with this hire. With Glassner she gets a solid, proven political advisor. Something you do not need unless you are making a bid for the White House.

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Is Ron Paul Hinting At Another Presidential Run In 2012?

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In an e-mail to supporters, Texas Congressman and Libertarian leaning 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul hinted that he may be thinking about another run at the White House in 2012. The e-mail, sent on behalf of the Liberty PAC, of which Paul is the honorary chairman, may have been the first concrete sign that the popular Ron Paul “Revolution” may be preparing to test the waters.

I have spent the last several months speaking to supporters and activists all across the country.

I’ve thought and prayed. I’ve sought the counsel of my wife, Carol, my children, my extended family, and my most trusted advisors.

As I look to my political future, there are several intriguing options I could pursue, and I need to gauge the existing financial support to back those options.

Our campaign did remarkable things in 2008, at first on a bare-bones budget, and much later, with the overwhelming support that launched our REVOLUTION.

The 2008 campaign helped launch Campaign for Liberty and the Tea Party movement, while laying the groundwork for the successful candidacies of pro-liberty candidates like Justin Amash, Mike Lee, and my son, Senator Rand Paul.

In fact, this current Congress includes more Liberty-leaning members than ever before.

And on the state level, the successes have been even greater.

Last year in New Hampshire alone, no less than 25 Liberty candidates won election to the New Hampshire State House or Senate, including longtime supporter Jim Forsyth winning a State Senate race, and other strong supporters like Andrew Manuse, Keith Murphy, Daniel and Carol McGuire, Jon Maltz, Cameron DeJong, Jenn Coffey, Norman Tregenza, and many more winning House seats.

In Iowa, three candidates endorsed by Liberty PAC went on to shock the establishment and win, including State Representatives Glen Massie and Kim Pearson and State Senator Kent Sorenson.

And across the country, folks like Drew Ivers, A.J. Spiker, and David Fischer in Iowa are ascending to positions of power in their local and state GOP Committees.

With special elections possible around the country and state elections to be held this year in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Virginia, I am confident you and I will see even more successes.

In fact, just last month, longtime supporter Kerry Roberts won the Republican nomination for a special election this March for a State Senate seat in Tennessee.

Now, I believe the time could well be right for our REVOLUTION to take its next step.

Our pro-Liberty movement could grow by leaps and bounds if we take the right steps.

I don’t think even I expected what has happened since we launched our fight in 2007.

Back then, no one had yet heard of the “Tea Party,” because these groups didn’t really exist. Yet, our supporters organized a record-setting $6 million dollar, one-day fundraising Moneybomb that sent shock waves through the political establishment.

That Moneybomb was held on December 16, 2007 – the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

It has long been said that the Boston Tea Party launched the American Revolution.

Well, in 2007, the REVOLUTION launched the “Tea Party”!

Now, I believe the time is right to take that next step to bring our message to even more waiting Americans. To take the fight to those who would steal our Liberty, our country.

To prove that America is ready for leaders who will take seriously their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

The e-mail, although meant to raise funds for Liberty PAC, gives a subtle look into where the Texas Congressman is in his mind in regards to another Presidential bid. Could the “REVOLUTION” be brewing again? Most doubt it as Rep. Paul has been named chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Monetary Policy, allowing the End The Fed author to question and oversee the entity that he has advocated ending completely. Though seen as his dream chairmanship, a strong base of loyal supporters could push Dr. Paul into another run at the big chair in the oval office. Viva La Revolution?

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2012 GOP Contenders Battle For The Christian Vote

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As the clock ticks down to the beginning the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 one thing has become apparent — Iowa has become the number one stop on the list of potential candidates and it’s large base of evangelical conservative voters has become the prize.

History has shown that the Christian wing of the GOP has been an important group for those seeking a primary victory not only in Iowa, but throughout the country. Recent polling has also shown that the early favorites are the candidates that have garnered much of the support of the evangelicals. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won in Iowa in 2008, leads the polling there again largely backed by his Christian following. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican VP candidate, has also polled near the top as of late and also holds a large following of conservatives who identify themselves as evangelicals. Former MA Governor Mitt Romney, although of the Mormon faith, has been at or near the top of almost every poll due in part to voters who see him as a religious candidate.

A few of the lesser known potential candidates have been on the trail giving speeches intended to define their social conservative/religious stances as well. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty recently spoke at a lecture series in Iowa put on by the socially-conservative group Family Leader and referred to himself as a “devout, but approachable, Christian,” in a speech in which he touted his opposition to abortion rights, same-sex marriage and the recent repeal of the military’s DADT policy.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an avid pro-lifer, has also been traveling frequently to Iowa and is well known for his faith and socially-conservative stances such as opposition to same-sex marriage and pro-family value positions. Santorum recently named a team to head his PAC in Iowa, a signal to some that his announcement is merely a formality.

A recent CNN poll that can be seen in a recent post right here on White House 2012 shows that Mike Huckabee has a small lead over Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney with 21%, 19% and 18% respectively. If Huckabee decides to keep his lucrative media ventures and stay out of the race, the evangelical voters that follow him will be up for grabs. If the CNN poll is anywhere near accurate that could bode well for Palin who should be able to pick up a few of them if she herself decides to give up television and the speech circuit for a presidential bid. If Palin doesn’t run either, with the decision by Mike Pence to sit out already in the bag, the large and powerful Christian wing of the GOP could be up for grabs potentially propelling a lesser known candidate to the forefront in Iowa and the national scene as well.

Time will only tell who is in and who is out but one thing is for certain: The courtship for Iowa’s socially-conservative Christians has begun.

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