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11701  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!
11702  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.



11703  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.
11704  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

11705  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.
11706  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.
11707  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.
11708  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.
11709  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.
11710  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

11711  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
11712  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.
11713  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.
11714  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.
11715  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.
11716  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
11717  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)
11718  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
11719  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.
11720  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.
11721  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Social Thread! on: September 25, 2010, 02:08:57 pm
This is a segment I'll start doing anytime something hilarious happens in my small town. Thought I'd give some education to city folks. A lot of people probably don't even know what a combine is. Tongue

You know you live in a small town when...
The thing to do on a Friday night is hitch a ride to Main Street to see the combine that caught on fire.


Do you live in Indiana or Iraq?
Haha, we probably share a common bond here, living in rural areas. Wink I need to get the inside word on what happened, so I plan on heading over to the Co-op sometime today.
11722  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 25, 2010, 02:05:55 pm
Michele Bachmann stumps for Governor Romney at a hardware store in Fairfax, Virginia...

This party needs a nominee who will stand up to Governor Warner. Virginians, you know the Governor well. He's a "moderate", and is considered a pretty strong nominee for the Democrat party. The Republicans need a strong leader, someone like Ronald Reagan. And friends, I believe Mitt Romney is that leader, and I ask you all to vote for him. Thank you!
11723  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A statement of Midwest Senator Hans-im-Glück: on: September 25, 2010, 01:30:27 pm
It'll be sad to lose one of our most experienced Senators. Good luck in the future! Smiley
11724  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Social Thread! on: September 25, 2010, 01:29:41 pm
This is a segment I'll start doing anytime something hilarious happens in my small town. Thought I'd give some education to city folks. A lot of people probably don't even know what a combine is. Tongue

You know you live in a small town when...
The thing to do on a Friday night is hitch a ride to Main Street to see the combine that caught on fire.

11725  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 25, 2010, 08:33:01 am
Mitt Romney campaigns heavily in Virginia, making stops in Richmond, Arlington, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. Former Senator Warner also spends the day making various stops for Romney...

Polls show that we are close in Virginia, but close is not good enough! Friends, we have to win Virginia, and I'm confident we will! We are now closer than ever to clinching the nomination, and I thank you all for helping me get to this point. We still have a ways to go, but with your help, I know we can get there. We must remain strong, even in the general election. Sadly, my opponent thinks further dividing our party is a good thing, which I am extremely disappointed with. One thing I know from spending years in the private sector: splitting your "profits" is never a good thing. (crowd laughs) Thank you all, and lets bring Virginia into the winning column!
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