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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2013, 04:39:02 pm »
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I'd prefer to see Walker narrowly win, be blamed for four years for keeping Hillary from the Oval Office in some hilariously subtle rhetoric, and get his ass handed to him by Sherrod Brown. But I'm not writing this.
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« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2013, 04:50:23 pm »
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Ayotte: Political Corruption at it's worst

Leading up to the GOP Convention, Walker still wasn't quite sure what to do with the VP ticket. They looked at Governor Chris Christie, he checked out, and he polled the best among VP candidates against Clinton/Brown, but many conservatvies also said they would not turn out for a Walker/Christie ticket. Some of those conservatives include Senator Ted Cruz, who had been talking and pressuring GOP delegates and the Walker camp. Cruz played very much the Jesse Helms role in stomping out moderate VP picks. Ayotte seemed like a concensus candidate, and Walker liked that about her, because it reflected how he managed to be the GOP nominee. That night, on August of 2016, he was ready to pick her.

However, something deadly came up on Senator Ayotte that destroyed her chances of being the Vice Presidential nominee. It turned out she had taken direct checks from military industrial companies in exchange for votes on certain pieces of legislation, and writing of pieces of legislation. The details of the scandal emerged rather quickly, and sank her re-election numbers. She announced that she would leave the Senate race in New Hampshire, leaving a big hole in the race against Governor Maggie Hassan. NH Republicans held a convention to fill the spot and decided to go with staunch conservative Ovide Lamontage, her former Republican opponent for Governor. The whole ordeal was a disaster and Walker moved away quickly from any speculation of Senator Ayotte.

This made Walker's decision much more difficult. His top names were Governor Chris Christie, who he was aware of the risks, but also noted how much the two got along, Governor John Kasich, whose endorsement helped him upset in New Hampshire and whose reputation was still that of a conservative, and Senator Dean Heller, a moderate in the Senate who could help throw Nevada to the Republicans. There was one that was mentioned often in the media, Governor Susana Martinez, who had soundly rejected time and time again the notion of being the VP pick. The Walker camp knew they need to make a bold choice, so they confronted Martinez and pushed her to the ticket. She accepted, with a couple of conditions: if her family life got in the way, she had to have time to go to them, and she was to be allowed to not answer questions that involved negative attacks on the Clinton camp. Walker accepted it, knowing she would be the only VP pick to even have a possibility against Clinton.

Susana Martinez is Governor Scott Walker's VP pick!



"Thank you Governor Walker for giving me the opportunity in this role. Governor Walker and I agree on this basic premise: that we will fight for all of you. Policies both I and Walker have put into action in our states made our states models for the rest of the nation. We can turn this nation around, back to the principles we fought for, and we can do this if we vote the right way. I encourage you, Walker/Martinez is the real deal!"

The pick was interesting, some conservatives felt anguish, but certainly not Senator Ted Cruz the power broker. Cruz liked Martinez, he understood the need, and was accepting of her nomination. This shocked Walker in some ways, but he understood it in others. Afterwards, the Walker camp set up who was going to give the keynote: Senator Rand Paul. Even with his botched President campaign, he was still admired in most GOP circles for his filibuster, and had pushed the GOP to accept an Anti-Patriot Act Anti-NSA platform. Walker set up a lot of the key speakers in a way that the convention wouldn't go after it's more isolationist element. The convention looked to be a success.

Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign faced some staunch criticism. Hillary's foreign policy and privacy policy plan appalled many Democrats. Congressman Rush Holt had announced that he would not endorse the Clinton campaign because of that major policy difference. He even stated that he thought about leaving the Democratic Party and joining the Greens. This brought Hillary's favorability numbers down some, but Sherrod Brown held up some of that fall by announcing the campaign's ideas on Labor Laws. He pushed Hillary to the left when she needed it after appealing to the right, and that combination seemed to work, as Holt's outrage seemed to do no real damage to her polling numbers. It seemed like Walker was facing Teflon Hillary.
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2013, 05:21:11 pm »
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Governor Maxwell, any chance you'll consider reviving "2004: Senator Bob Graham Rises"? It was a really interesting timeline that kinda ended suddenly.
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8. As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?

Favor: 38%
Oppose, too liberal: 39%
Oppose, not liberal enough: 11%
No opinion: 13%
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« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2013, 07:55:27 pm »
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Polls as of September!

PPP Polls:
Hillary Clinton: 49%
Scott Walker: 43%
Others: 2%
Undecided: 6%

Rasmussen Polls:
Hillary Clinton: 49%
Scott Walker: 45%
Others: 1%
Undecided: 5%

Quinnipiac Polls:
Hillary Clinton: 50%
Scott Walker: 44%
Others: 2%
Undecided: 4%

Gallup Polls:
Hillary Clinton: 48%
Scott Walker: 45%
Others: 1%
Undecided: 6%

RCP Averages:
Hillary Clinton: 48.8%
Scott Walker: 44.2%
Undecided: 5.6%



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« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2013, 08:02:23 pm »
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I like where this is going. Keep it up! Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2013, 08:57:20 pm »
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The Conventions: An even match

Walking into the convention, many thought the message of the GOP would be convoluted and muddy. However, walking out, it looks like a GOP united on a re-investigation of our Privacy Rights and a strong national defense. With Senator Rand Paul giving a speech uniting the GOP under that banner, and many unlikely faces standing behind Rand Paul. Governor Christie gave a roaring speech going after Hillary's record as Senator of New York and Sherrod Brown's liberal voting record. Martinez gave the passion that Walker could not, and Walker gave the data that Martinez could not, showing they were a good team. After the convention, the Walker camp shot to the first lead of the entire campaign.

However, the Hillary camp fought back with their convention. Keynote Speaker Bruce Braley promoted labor rights, while Sherrod Brown covered much of the same ground. Hillary Clinton gave a star studded speech, detailing her life and promoting her experience. Senator Lundergan Grimes ripped apart Governor Walker's record as Governor, going after him on unions and education. While Walker gained a lead right after the Republican convention, the Democratic Convention shot the polls back to normal. The debates will prove to be extremely important.
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« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2013, 06:12:50 pm »
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Obamacare in Flames: The First Debate

President Barack Obama was unpopular, holding approval ratings of 39-40%. This barely harmed Hillary's numbers, which many were surprised by, but there was a recognition that his Presidency was not as successful as many had hoped. Most of that negativity came from his own party: Their continual angst over NSA spying and drone warfare continued to bog down on the incumbent President. Now, more and more were disapproving over Obamacare.

A cost analysis showed that healthcare costs had managed to get even bigger, even with the bill promising lower costs. And as the cost for the bill came in, we sank deeper into a deficit. Economic confidence lowered, and unemployment went up a tid bit for the first time in months. The administration still held out hope for the bill, but it looked to be going nowhere, with approval of the bill still in the low 30s and starting to sink. With that in mind, Walker came on even stronger.

This issue was the central issue of the debate, and it was fierce. Hillary Clinton stood up in the debate and chastised Walker's criticism.

"It's Republicans like you, who stalled progress, who held back, who fought every living second, that made the bill more inefficient and weak. I'd say you were part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Now, Walker knew what to go after. Talking about her consistent favoring of Universal Healthcare, the Governor charged Clinton wanted an even more inefficent system. Making note of Harry Reid's admission that Obamacare was a step to Universal Healthcare, he went after her own plans and said that; "Healthcare in America only got worse when Government got involved, we need more innovation and less intervention. Look what intervention has given us? This is the wrong way to go!"

Walker won the first debate handily, and the Clinton's began to worry deeply about their prospects and their abilities. It would be the second debate that would bring the race back to normal. Now the question is, what happens to these candidates in the third debate?
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