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11701  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 27, 2010, 03:50:22 pm
Former President George H. W. Bush makes an appearance for Governor Romney in Madison, Wisconsin...

Well, I must say, I'm proud of my son for endorsing Romney. Not that I'm playing favorites, but his Christmas card may be shinier than the one I send to Jeb. (crowd roars) No, I'm kidding. Politics and family never mix, even in a family as political as mine.

Today, I'm here to give you all an exciting speech. This is it. (crowd laughs) Seriously though, I'm sick of the games being played in Washingtons. I'm sick of fake politicians who claim to be the most conservative candidate despite wanting to educate criminals and let rapists free, as well as supporting tax hikes multiple times. I'm ready for a leader who will play it straight up, not the political way we're used to. I support Mitt Romney for those reasons, and I ask you all to support him too. Thank you, and God Bless!
11702  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 27, 2010, 03:45:30 pm
Jean Schmidt makes an appearence in Ohio on behalf of Governor Romney...

Mitt Romney is the man. He has the guts to stand up to liberals, instead of siding with them like his opponent does. He won't take no for an answer, and will fight his hardest to get the job done. We need a leader like that in the White House, not one who supports educating criminals and lets convicted rapists roam the streets! I'm supporting Mitt because he is that leader, and his opponent is not. I ask you all to do the same.
- Congresswoman Jean Schmidt

11703  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 27, 2010, 03:42:51 pm
Minority Leader John Boehner holds a rally for Mitt Romney in Ohio...

Today, I'm proud to endorse Mitt Romney for President of the United States! It's time for America to unite around it's leader, not continue to try and divide this party further. That's why I'm supporting Romney. But not only that, Mitt has the courage, leadership, and integrity to lead this nation. I'm proud to support him, and can't wait to vote for him on March 4th!



Later that day, multiple members of Congress endorse Governor Romney from Texas and Ohio...

Jean Schmidt
Jim Jordan
Steve Austria
Steve Latourette
Rob Portman
Joe Barton
William Thornberry
Kevin Brady
Kay Granger
11704  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US Congressional Delegations Survivor ROUND 30 on: September 27, 2010, 03:29:07 pm
The Congressional Delegation of Connecticut
11705  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Romney 2016? on: September 27, 2010, 03:05:53 pm
I think people are vastly overestimating Romney. He ran as a bog-standard conservative's wet dream and still lost to Mike Huckabee (who had about 1/16th his campaign funds) and John McCain.

He didn't really lose to Huckabee, did he? Romney suspended his campaign much earlier, while Huckabee continued to waste time and money chasing a nomination that he was never going to get.

Also, 2008 was the first time people seriously heard of Romney. He now has name recognition, something that people like Chris Christie lack. Romney is the strongest candidate for this reason - and the fact that he has done well with his public image and hasn't been made into a clown by the media compared to the likes of Palin.

Exactly, Mitt beat Huckabee. Huckabee got more delegates only because he stayed in longer, but Mitt still lead him in the popular vote, despite dropping out an entire month before him.

Roll Eyes What makes you so certain the situation wouldn't have reversed had Romney stayed in the race?

Remember that on January 3, Huck led Romney both in popular vote and in delegates, but that changed later on. Let's assume you're right and that Romney was ahead when he dropped out; why are you so certain that Mitt could not have fell behind once again?

Well, I am 100% sure on popular vote, and personally, I think that's the most important if we're talking about who took 2nd place. More Americans voting for Mitt Romney, so he should technically be in second place.

For delegates, Mitt Romney would have performed very well in both Vermont and Rhode Island, possibly winning at least one of them. He would have also performed decently in Texas and Ohio, picking up a couple delegates in each state. Mitt had a decent lead over Huckabee when he dropped out, and polls at the time did not suggest Huckabee could take Mitt over.

You're January 3rd analysis is just ridiculous, as I could counter that and say Mitt lead Huckabee from right after that till now, technically.
11706  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 27, 2010, 03:00:05 pm
Mitt Romney responds to the President's endorsement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin...

I thank the President for his endorsement. It is greatly appreciated. Despite some of his mistakes, I think we can all agree that President Bush has had some really strong moments in his nation.

I am brought back to 9/11. A tragic day in America, and a day everyone remembers. My question to you all, "Where were you when the world stopped turning, on that September day"? There are millions of answers, and hundreds of thousands of touching stories. This event brought America together, and made everyone proud to be an American.

America cannot afford to have another event like 9/11 occur. As your President, I will do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen. We must stay strong, both economically and on defense. Republicans are being attacked for the Iraq war, but I can tell you all something now: I would rather lose an election than lose a war. It is vital that we stay strong in Iraq and remain our presence until the mission is accomplished. Thank you all, and God Bless!
11707  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 27, 2010, 02:55:45 pm
President George W. Bush holds a press conference at the White House...

Today, I'm proud to endorse Mitt Romney for President. It's becoming more apparent each day that he will be our party's nominee, and I wish him the best of luck. To his opponent, Governor Mike Huckabee, I ask him to withdraw from the race with his dignity and integrity intact. A divided primary will lead to a divided party, and in this case, could lead to a Democrat in the White House, something this nation simply cannot afford.

I've made mistakes during my time as President, and I regret those. However, now, America needs a leader who can fix those mistakes and make this nation stronger and safer. There is only one candidate who can do that, and that man is Mitt Romney.

Thank you all, and God Bless. I'm pleased to be voting for Mitt Romney on March 4th in the Texas primary.



11708  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Romney 2016? on: September 27, 2010, 02:41:40 pm
I think people are vastly overestimating Romney. He ran as a bog-standard conservative's wet dream and still lost to Mike Huckabee (who had about 1/16th his campaign funds) and John McCain.

He didn't really lose to Huckabee, did he? Romney suspended his campaign much earlier, while Huckabee continued to waste time and money chasing a nomination that he was never going to get.

Also, 2008 was the first time people seriously heard of Romney. He now has name recognition, something that people like Chris Christie lack. Romney is the strongest candidate for this reason - and the fact that he has done well with his public image and hasn't been made into a clown by the media compared to the likes of Palin.
Exactly, Mitt beat Huckabee. Huckabee got more delegates only because he stayed in longer, but Mitt still lead him in the popular vote, despite dropping out an entire month before him.
11709  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / NH: Other Source: Ayotte way out in front of Hodes; 20% undecided on: September 27, 2010, 02:31:15 pm
New Poll: New Hampshire Senator by Other Source on 2010-09-27

Summary: D: 32%, R: 46%, I: 2%, U: 20%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details

11710  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: County Predictions per. State, 2012 on: September 26, 2010, 08:57:45 pm
Well, here's my Indiana guess...



Some of the Blue percentage colors should probably be darker, but oh well. I see Obama losing Indiana by about a 54-45 margin.
11711  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: can Feingold still win? on: September 26, 2010, 08:50:30 pm
There is still a possibility for him to win...There is also a possibility Greene can win in South Carolina. Tongue
Seriously, I'd put Feingold's chances at about 40%, which isn't too bad. He has a lot of name recognition, and he's in a Democratic-leaning state. It'll be pretty close on election night.
11712  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: SC: Rasmussen: DeMint with a big lead against Greene on: September 26, 2010, 07:15:14 pm
Though it's kind of fun to root for Greene, anyone who would actually vote for him to be their next Senator really needs to get their priorities straightened out.
11713  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: September 26, 2010, 06:53:46 pm
I would also like to voice my support for A-Bob as Speaker. He's done simply a phenomenal job on the budget and deserves it.
11714  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: President Forever results thread... on: September 26, 2010, 04:46:37 pm
I just pulled off one of my best comebacks ever on Hard. In 2008-Wonk, narrowly made it through the primaries with Feingold. On September 1st, I was down 38-52%. Two weeks before the election, I was down 42-51%. On election day, internals had me down 45-48.2%. I ran an extremely negative campaign in the last few weeks, and Romney never really gained enough momentum to win. On election night, in an upset...



Romney/Pataki: 218 EVs, 48.9% Popular Vote
Feingold/Clinton: 320 EVs, 51.1% Popular Vote

I actually find it somewhat believable for 2008. Oklahoma is certainly a stretch though, and I think Feingold would win Arkansas before Louisiana. But other than that, I'd say as weird as it may look, it's not that bad.
11715  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 26, 2010, 04:42:09 pm
Marsha Blackburn flies out to Sacramento, California, for a rally with Meg Whitman. A popular former Governor also makes a surprise visit...

It's great to be in the Sunshine state! Today, I'm here to make an endorsement. I've looked through all the candidates carefully, but one stood out, and her name is Marsha Blackburn! (crowd roars) Today, I ask you all to vote for Marsha. She is a woman of integrity, honesty, and conservative principles. Let's win back the White House!!!
- Sarah Palin

11716  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 26, 2010, 09:54:39 am
Mitt Romney holds a press conference in Madison, Wisconsin, making the following statement...

We were hoping to win Virginia, but came up just short. I congratulate Governor Huckabee on his win there. However, we still had a great night overall, and have increased our delegate lead by 19, and we are now closer than ever to clinching the nomination! Our campaign is focusing heavily now on the wonderful state of Wisconsin, and we hope to clinch the nomination on March 4th when primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island take place. Thank you all, and God Bless!
- Mitt Romney
11717  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2012 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 26, 2010, 09:51:39 am
Energized by rising poll numbers, Marsha Blackburn announces as Southern tour, with planned stops in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. She focuses on her conservative credentials. She is accompanied by Governor Bob McDonnell.
11718  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: I suspect this man will be POTUS on: September 25, 2010, 04:38:28 pm
It will be intersting. I'm wondering if Booker will challenge Christie in 2013. Despite Christie's successes, it won't be easy for him to beat Booker.

That being said, I honestly think Christie would make a great President.
11719  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Whose values are closer to yours: Palin's or Obama's? on: September 25, 2010, 04:33:50 pm
Probably Palin, tbh.
11720  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Politico: "Thune plans to run in 2012" on: September 25, 2010, 03:45:55 pm
I could definitely see myself supporting Thune for the nomination. Though my first preference is still Romney, I could see myself switching over to Thune if he runs a great campaign.
11721  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: Important announcement ! on: September 25, 2010, 03:41:43 pm
I can enter in polls, given that I get to them before anyone else. Smiley
11722  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of the DREAM act on: September 25, 2010, 03:30:19 pm
I'm very proud of my Senator for co-sponsoring this. (Lugar)
11723  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Your congressional district on: September 25, 2010, 03:23:10 pm
I live in IN-08. My current Congressman is Brad Ellsworth, but he is running for the US Senate seat. The race is between Larry Bucshon and Trent Van Haaften.

Larry Bucshon won the Republican primary with less than 1/3 of the vote. It has been rumored that he paid out several "Tea Party" candidates to split the vote up and keep runner-up, Kristi Risk, from winning. However, that's mainly just a rumor. He's raised some good money, but doesn't have a good personality and will probably lose in the next Democratic wave, if he manages to win this time. He is a heart surgeon, which should help him on the health care debate. I could see him getting some national publicity in the future if a repeal of Obamacare is attempted.

Trent Van Haaften was the only Democrat running, and was somewhat handpicked by Democratic officials. He is rather liberal, but is trying to run as a moderate. It'll be interesting to see how negative Bucshon goes on him.

Neither candidate has been campaigning extremely hard, in my opinion. I have yet to see a yard sign for either, but I hear there is one for Bucshon up the road from where I live. Right now, I'd say Buchson has a 75% chance of winning this race, but it certainly isn't over for Van Haaften.

Did I mention the "Bloody 8" is extremely boring this year? Tongue
11724  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Social Thread! on: September 25, 2010, 02:18:23 pm
You mind if I use that in the Photos from Alternate Worlds thread over on AH.com?
Sure.
11725  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: How do you stop the filming of the Oregon Dem governor at public campaign event? on: September 25, 2010, 02:09:55 pm
This sucks for the guy, but in case you were thinking it would hurt Kitzhaber, it won't.
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