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11401  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 07:22:39 pm
This is CNN...

We now take you to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman is expected to announce that he will be challenging President Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. On stage with the Senator is colleague's Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, and Tom Udall. Former Governor Bill Richardson is also on stage...

I'd like to thank all of you for joining us here today. It means so much to me to officially announce my candidacy in New Mexico, the state I have served for in the United States Senate and the state whose primary I plan on winning on my way to becoming the next President of the United States!

The United States faces huge challenges, but we also have huge opportunities. I am running for President because these times call for a leader with a proven track record, and a demonstrated ability to bring people together to tackle our problems at home and abroad.

In 2008, I was a supporter of Barack Obama. I believed in the change he promised. However, this administration has been filled with disappointment after disappointment. America continues to suffer from high unemployment numbers, a growing deficit, an education system that continues to get passed by other nations, and a weak border. I believe the liberal policies touted by great leaders such as Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton do work. However, they must be implemented properly.

Out of control spending is not a solution, which our President seems to think. It is a growing problem. We cannot afford to let our children be placed in increasing debt, and at the rate we're going, they're going to be faced with tough decisions.

Some may ask why I'm running. President Obama is liberal enough, and polls have me down. Well here's your answer: I'm running because I am sick and tired of the political games being played in Washington. I'm tired of drinking the kool-aid. And I believe it is time for liberals to stand up to our incompetent President and say enough is enough! It's time for real liberal leadership, not what we've faced for the last few years. I'm running for President to be that leader, and I ask for your support. Thank you, and God Bless!

11402  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 05:34:47 pm
Mitt Romney holds a major rally in Columbus, Ohio, in front of the capital building...

Thank you all, thank you so much! It is a privelage and an honor to be here.

For years, Washington, and Columbus, have been plagued with corrupt politicians who have no interest in the people they serve, rather themselves. Our nation is spiraling out of control, with great deficits, lack of moral standing, and rising unemployment numbers. It's sad how quickly something like this can happen to a nation. My friends, it would only get worse under liberal leadership. We can turn the tides, and we will.

March 4th could change history forever. It could be a milestone to show that Republicans and Independents from all over the nation are tired of the same old Washington and are ready for change. I'm ready to bring that change, and a heavy dose of it.

I ask for your vote in the upcoming primary. Together, we can make America great!

Around the same time, Former President George HW Bush holds a rally with Congressman Conaway near Houston, Texas...

My friends, there is one candidate in this race whom I admire and respect. He has the passion, leadership capabilities, and commitment to serve as our commander in chief. I'm a big supporter of Mitt Romney, and have been from the getgo. I ask you all to vote for him on March 4th, and let's get America going again!
- George HW Bush

In Indiana, a teenager named Isaac hopes that on his birthday, March 4th, his candidate will clinch the nomination. His eyes are glued to the TV to see if Romney pulls it off...
11403  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 05:07:07 pm
This is CNN...

We are now reporting that Senator Jeff Bingaman from the state of New Mexico has begun planning a challenge to President Obama for the Democratic nomination. He has reportedly hired several notable Democratic strategists, and has apparently scheduled events in Virginia, Illinois, and Colorado in the coming days, all three being lead-off states.
11404  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Forum Approval Rating on: October 02, 2010, 03:48:09 pm
11405  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 03:32:19 pm
Continuing on his tour, Jeff Bingaman visits the state of Arizona, accompanied by his wife, Anne. They make multiple stops throughout the states, and hold their first rally in Tucson...

It's simply a blessing to see so many excited faces out there! I am the luckiest one of all though. I have been blessed to hear the stories of so many Americans over the past few days, and I'm very enthusiastic about taking those stories back to Capital Hill. I've learned that Americans are tired of the corruption that has plagued our national government, and are ready for common-sense solutions. It's time we reform our welfare system, secure our borders, and secure jobs here in America, not encouraging them to go overseas like Republicans have been doing.

Recently, Obama accused me of making this race personal by bringing his family into it. I'm sorry he took it that way, but what he's doing is wrong. Americans from all over are having to cut back. While many are bypassing their yearly vacation this summer, President Obama continues to spend. Americans are struggling due to the  the economic foundation both Bush and Obama have laid. I simply believe if everyone else is having to cut back, why shouldn't the President too?

- Jeff Bingaman

11406  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 03:12:31 pm
At a press conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Romney formally introduces his new campaign manager...

I'm proud to announce my new selection for campaign manager is Bob Paduchik. Bob served as the chief campaign manager for President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign in Ohio. He has worked various campaigns throughout the state of Ohio and also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Many see this selection as a play to get more support from Ohio, which the Romney campaign hasn't denied. However, Paduchik is seen as a decent hire across the board.
11407  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 02, 2010, 03:03:17 pm
Jeff Bingaman holds a "Hearing the American Voice" town-hall meeting in Carson City, Nevada. He is introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Thank you all for having me. It's great to be here, and I thank Senator Reid for being such an excellent host.

In 2001, America started on a downward spiral. In just months, President Bush managed to wipe away the surplus left by Clinton. By the end of his second term, America was in heavy debt. Now, President Obama has been forced to spend us into even more debt to fix the many problems that President Bush left us! I'm deeply concerned about the future of this government. I'm a Democrat, and I'm a liberal. But that doesn't mean I support the reckless spending by both Bush and Obama administrations, and it doesn't mean I think having a mounting national debt is a good thing. It's time to give some money back to the people, reign in government spending, and get the government working for the people again.

Recently, President Obama made a stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, my home state. Hopefully he spend lavishly there, like he has elsewhere, because New Mexico sure could use some help! (crowd laughs) I have a major concern when we have an administration that has spent so much government money on personal matters. Not just him, but his entire family. I sincerely hope that if Obama is re-elected, he spends less his second term across the board. It's simply embarrassing.

- Jeff Bingaman
11408  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IL: Chicago Tribune: Giannoulias beats Kirk by 2 on: October 02, 2010, 02:55:49 pm
Yes, I thinked Kirk and Brady have peaked already. The race is gonna stay about even until election day.
You're probably right. Kirk and Brady need to have a good October with no scandals. Right now, I have Brady barely winning and Kirk barely losing, but both could easily change if something even semi-big happens here.
11409  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can Blanche Lincoln win? Or is she roadkill? on: October 02, 2010, 02:21:03 pm
As of now, it's a safe bet to say she'll lose with between 35 and 43%.
Yet you continue to have her winning on your predictions...
11410  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can Blanche Lincoln win? Or is she roadkill? on: October 02, 2010, 01:58:48 pm
You're probably about the only person who thinks she can win, and you only think that because you are a hack who completely ignores polling.
11411  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Urgent Announcment from Senator AndrewCT on: October 02, 2010, 01:30:06 pm
Word of explanation: I can easily support a several Populares for Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor, for regional legislatures etc. Andrew got my highest non-JCP preference for Senate last time, and I gladly voted for Svensson for Midwest Lt. Governor. If I stay in Northeast, people like Dallas or Han could count on my preferences as well.

But when it comes to the presidential, sorry Andrew, it's not personal, but I don't trust your new party enough to vote for their candidate for Presidency.
I can see were you are coming from. But I believe in voting for the candidate, not the party. And regardless of what party Andrew is in, I know he'd make an excellent President, so I'm voting for him.
11412  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Urgent Announcment from Senator AndrewCT on: October 02, 2010, 08:28:49 am
Endorsed! Smiley
11413  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Vepres on: October 01, 2010, 07:48:15 pm
Happy Birthday! Smiley
11414  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 01, 2010, 07:20:15 pm
Former President George HW Bush and current President George Bush announce they will be touring Texas on behalf of Mitt Romney. They have planned stops in all major cities, including Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Wichita Falls.
11415  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: WA: Rasmussen: Rossi (R) makes a comeback against Murray (D) on: October 01, 2010, 07:18:10 pm
You have to love Rasmussen.

Look at their past three polls-

Rossi +3
Murray +5
Rossi +1

First a swing of 8 for Murray, now a swing of 6 for Rossi.

This race has swung a total of 14 points in 29 days.

Whatever you say, Rasmussen...
Ugh, I was really hoping you wouldn't find the forum part of this site...

If you paid any attention to the race if Washington, you would know that Murray started an ad blitz and had the momentum on her side. But then she ran a terribly inaccurate ad, which has put Rossi back on top, but narrowly.
11416  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama's new chief of staff is obsessed with cats on: October 01, 2010, 06:43:18 pm
I already like this guy more than Rahm. Smiley
11417  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia Megathread on: October 01, 2010, 06:00:29 pm
The Georgia race is officially over. Nathan's got this. Dale Peterson just endorsed him and put an ad out...

11418  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 01, 2010, 05:52:35 pm
On March 3rd, Mitt Romney's campaign manager makes a surprsing announcement...

I regret to inform you all that I will be stepping down as Governor Romney's campaign manager. A few days ago, my family learned that my wife is battling breast cancer. While I would love to continue leading this campaign to victory, my family must take precedence. I wish the Governor the best of luck, and can't wait to vote for him in the fall.

Speculation rises on who Romney will choose. Among those listed is Karl Rove. Later that evening, Mitt has a discussion with his wife, Anne...

Mitt: Wow, I think we can actually win this.
Anne: It looks so. Polling is good.
Mitt: That it is. I was honestly expecting us to be down in Texas by a bit, but we're slightly leading there. Both Ohio and Texas are purely based on turnout, while Rhode Island and Vermont are in the bag.
Anne: We need to have the Bush family campaigning heavily in Texas for you. They hold a lot of weight there. Maybe get Voinovich stumping more in Ohio as well.
Mitt: Of course, we also need Boehner out there more, though he's been a rockstar thus far.
11419  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 01, 2010, 05:28:15 pm
John Boozman stumps with Romney in Texas...

I'm proud to be from the state of Arkansas where Mike Huckabee will be for the next four years! I know firsthand what the effects of a Huckabee administration are, and while they wouldn't be as terrible as a Warner administration, they certainly wouldn't put America in a bright future, specifically on economics. However, one candidate will give America a bright future, economically and morally. And that candidate is Mitt Romney!
- John Boozman
11420  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '10: Wherein the 3rd CD crushes Meeker's hopes and dreams on: October 01, 2010, 05:21:56 pm
So Ann Coulter has a questionable piece up on Yahoo! today...

It's headline is certainly an attention grabber, and one of the first things you see if you type in "Patty Murray". After reading it, trying to be as un-biased as personal, and then viewing her Wikipedia as well as her own website to counter the hackery of Coulter's post, I have a question:

Do a lot of people out there question Murray's intelligence level, or am I the only one? I mean, I'm not calling her stupid, but I'm not going to call her smart either.
11421  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Odd result in CT, 2000 on: October 01, 2010, 04:14:59 pm
Maybe he was just a well-liked guy in the community?
11422  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: AK-Sen: Ivan Moore (D) sez Miller 43, McAdams 28, Murkowski 18 on: October 01, 2010, 03:40:52 pm
From all the crazy polling, I'd consider this race to still be a toss-up/lean Republican.
11423  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Political Compass Thread on: October 01, 2010, 03:37:56 pm
Economic Left/Right: 1.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.26
11424  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 01, 2010, 03:30:04 pm
Mitt Romney is the candidate for America! His experience in the private sector shows that he knows what this country needs to do to keep jobs in America and lower our unemployment numbers. And despite the fact that Huckabee thinks that knowledge is unimportant, it is, even more, arguably, then spending years as Governor, signing tax increases 87 times!
- John Boehner in Cleveland

The choice is clear: Vote for Mitt. If you believe conservative economic principles will get our economy going, vote for Mitt. If you also believe social issues are a deep concern and want a pro-life President, vote for Mitt. And if you think we should be deporting, not rewarding, illegal immigrants, by all means, vote for Mitt Romney!
- Jean Schmidt in Cincinnati
11425  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: October 01, 2010, 03:27:16 pm
At a rally in Providence, Rhode Island, both former Senator Lincoln Chaffee and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas endorse Romney...

It's time for the Northeast to rise again and bring common-sense values back to the White House. We're both confident of Mitt's capabilities, and I have enjoyed seeing him work. I look forward to voting for him, and hope all of you do too!
- Lincoln Chaffee
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