Chris Christie Delivers a Speech that Shows Why He Should Run for President and Confirms that He is Not Running for President

See the video of Christie’s speech below this post and for a complete transcript of the speech, click here.

Bookmark and Share   On Tuesday evening,  after delivering a keynote address on “Real American exceptionalism” for the Reagan Foundation at the Reagan Library, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie definitively any speculation about his entering 2012 presidential race as a presidential candidate.

The speech Christie gave was a plain-spoken, smooth flowing, hard-hitting, presentation that demonstrated the wealth of endless potential that could be unleashed in America by combining Republican principles with the type of frank and honest leadership that comes only from people of true integrity.  Christie argued his case for the awesome power of the two when combined,  by linking the history of Reagan Republicanism and Reagan’s leadership, to Obama socialism and Obama’s lack of leadership.  He then essentially described how the two means do not lead to the same end.  He made this point further by also contrasting between what is getting done in New Jersey under his management, with what is or isn’t getting done in Washington, DC under President Obama’s mismanagement.

The speech was, to use a phrase that Christie used, “a parable of principle“, which offered a roadmap to true American exceptionalism.   As for the details of the speech, I am intentionally leaving them out.  That is because I wish not to deprive anyone of the opportunity to hear them or read them yourself, in Christie’s own words.  Hence the reason for the video and transcript provided for you within this post.

What I will tell you is that some of the most entertaining and heartfelt moments came during the brief question and answer period once the speech was over.

It was then that Christie laced his honesty with a unique mix of Jersey-style bluntness and endearing humor to stake out some well received positions and make viewers also understand why so many want him to seek the Republican nomination for President.

On that topic, while a Christie candidacy was first foremost on the minds of all who were listening, it was not the first question asked upon completion of  Christie’s keynote address.  The first question was on illegal immigration and his thoughts on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.   In his answer, Christie explained that while he believes that our borders must be secured, he did not believe that states and taxpayers had any responsibility to subsidize illegal immigrants.  And going a step further, the never shy New Jersey Governor took a swipe at Texas Governor Rick Perry.  “And I don’t think that’s heartless.  I think it’s common sense”, said Christie.

The second question  for the Governor came from a man who asked The Governor if he was considering a run for President.  To this Christie joked, that he was disappointed in the audience gathered before him.  He said that for that to be the second question and not the first, showed him that they were not demonstrating America exceptionalism.  He continued by explaining that he was not running and cited a video prepared by Politico.com as the best and most explanatory answer he could offer. The video spliced together a dozen or so different interviews from the past year in which Christie stated that he is not running and why.

But almost immediately following that answer, a questioner from the balcony was given the mic.   This person did not ask a question.  In very heartfelt terms, she instead made a request of the Governor and said “Please reconsider. We can’t wait till 2016.  Your Country needs you”.  To this Christie explained that he understood but he joked that while he is flattered and that while no politician’s ego is so small that they would demand people stop asking them to become the leader of the free world, he must keep answering “no”.  He went on to say ,“I’m just a kid from Jersey who feels like I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have the opportunity that I have to be the governor of my state.”  He added “That heartfelt message you gave me is also not a reason for me to do it. That reason has to reside inside me.”

Christie’s appearance at the Reagan Library was truly powerful and ironically, he  sounded like  a presidential candidate.  He subtly drew similarities between his leadership as a Governor and Ronald Reagan’s as a President.  He also aggressively, but appropriately tore apart President Obama and successfully used the President’s own words against him.  And he even  took a shot at someone who would be opposing him if he were to run in the Republican primary.  That combined with the sudden public leaks and comments involving what was the most recent flurry of speculation about Christie and the presidency, I have come to believe that history will reveal that in late September of 2011, New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie was about to run for President of the United States.  But at the last minute,  [fill in the blank] was the determining factor that caused him to change his mind and not announce his candidacy.  Remember, you heard it here first.

That view may or may not be confirmed but upon the conclusion of Christie’s appearance at the Reagan Library, there are two things we all now know with certainty.  One is that Chris Christie is authentic.  He is the real deal.  Love him or hate him, you can rest assured that you are loving or hating the real Chris Christie.  The other thing that we now know definitively is that Chris Christie is not running for President in 2012.  Vice President is another story that we will begin to write about after we finish the chapter that reveals who the presidential nominee is.  So now, the only big name left available for speculation is Sarah Palin.

On a last note, I would like to make a personal admission.

As a resident of New Jersey who for the last twenty months has been living under the rule of Governor Christie, after listening to him at the Reagan Library last night, I can honestly tell you that for the first time in the fifteen years that this Brooklyn boy has lived the Garden State, I am proud to call it home,  and for the for the first time in my life, I am truly proud to tell people who my Governor is.

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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?

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