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Clinton Drops in the Polls to Sanders, Leads 52-31 Percent

Bernie Sanders appears to be gaining ground on Hillary Clinton, at the moment in Iowa Clinton leads Sanders by 52-31 percent. This represents a drop in Clinton's lead in June in Iowa which was 60 to 15 percent. Sanders is clearly gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, which with New Hampshire is one of the the two most important primary states.

Listen folks the race is getting interesting. In 2008 Clinton lead Obama In Iowa, but lost the caucus there to Obama. Anything can happen we will be interested in the results.

 

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Republicans Must Offer Qualified Candidates

The Republican primaries are turning into what I consider a circus. Somehow it seems that the candidates are not legitimate enough to defeat President Barack Obama.The political process is definitely in shambles. We will need to really think long and hard about the candidates that we  support.

Somehow this situation will make us stronger as Americans. Our voices will still be heard and we will ultimately select the right candidate. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich,  Rick Santorum, Ron Paul are all candidates that in my opinion bring little or nothing to the table. This makes the political process a charade. This is actually the first time in American history when we have candidates on the Republican side that are less than qualified to lead the country. Where we go from here no one really knows. What we do know is that this is a desperate situation.

Republicans need to think long and hard about who they put up to face President Barack Obama. This is a legitimate question and is one that should not be taken lightly. Republicans have an obligation to the American people to put someone up with a legitimate chance to defeat President Barack Obama. Not put up a sacrificial lamb. And if anything this political primary process will be one to remember for many years to come. We’ll sit back and enjoy the ride.

Michelle Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll

AMES, Iowa — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.

The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House.

Rather, Saturday’s outcome suggests that Bachmann has a certain level of support and, perhaps even more important, the strongest get-out-the-vote operation and widest volunteer base in a state whose caucuses require those elements.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished a close second while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third.

“We have a lot more work to do,” Pawlenty said, making clear he wasn’t dropping out despite a disappointing finish. “We are just beginning and I’m looking forward to a great campaign.”

The results of the nonbinding vote, held on the Iowa State University campus, came just hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race.

“I full well believe I’m going to win,” Perry told South Carolina voters on a conference call before delivering his first speech as a candidate.

“It’s time to get America working again,” he declared in Charleston, S.C. “America is not broken. Washington, D.C., is broken.”

Despite Perry’s best efforts to overshadow the day, the epicenter of the presidential contest was in this Midwestern town, where nearly 17,000 Iowans cast ballots during a daylong political festival, a late-summer ritual held every four years.

In speeches throughout the day, candidates scouted for support by assailing Obama and offering themselves as the answer to an America plagued by high unemployment, rising debt and stock market swings.

“We know what America needs. But unfortunately Barack Obama has no clue. He’s like a manure spreader in a windstorm,” Pawlenty said, adding: “Mr. President, get the government off our backs.” That elicited chants of his nickname: “T-Paw! T-Paw! T-Paw!”

Pawlenty had a lot on the line. He’s ranked low in polls and was looking to prove he was still a viable candidate. He argued that he was the candidate of results, given his record as Minnesota governor.

Bachmann stressed faith and her Iowa roots — she was born in Waterloo — as well as her opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage. She earned cheers when she declared: “We are going to make Barack Obama a one-term president.”

Bachmann, riding high since entering the race earlier this summer, had hoped that a strong finish would give her even more momentum just as Perry looks to infringe on her base of tea party and evangelical support. She invoked God and faith as she stressed what she called her conservative values, saying: “In Iowa, we are social conservatives and we will never be ashamed of being social conservatives.”

Paul, with a following among libertarian-leaning voters, wanted a surprise showing that might convince Republicans he was more mainstream than not in his second shot at the GOP nomination. He referenced his fellow Texan’s entrance in the race and said he didn’t anticipate many of his supporters jumping ship for what he called a “super-establishment candidate.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, businessman Herman Cain and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia also were on the ballot. So were GOP front-runner Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, though they weren’t competing in the contest.

Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who made a splash Friday when she visited the state fair, weren’t listed. But their backers planned write-in campaigns that could outpace candidates who have spent months trying to line up supporters to participate.

The straw poll isn’t a scientific poll at all; it amounts to a popularity contest and a test of organizational strength.

Poor showings usually force some candidates, mostly those who are not well-known and are struggling to raise money, to abandon their bids. That could happen this year, too.

The straw poll has a mixed record of predicting the outcome of the precinct caucuses.

In 2008, Romney won the straw poll, but the big news was the surprising second-place showing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses, but dropped from the race soon after. Sen. John McCain, who eventually won the nomination, didn’t compete in the straw poll and finished in 10th place.

Michelle Bachman Enters The Race for President- Really??

Here’s one of the first strikes from Michele Bachmann against Barack Obama, in her recently announced bid to become President of the United States. From Bachmann’s Official website.  The rhetoric continues.

Washington, Jun 10 – Here’s another reason why most Americans want ObamaCare repealed: they’re afraid of losing their employer-provided health insurance. A majority of Americans receives their health insurance through their job. But, because of ObamaCare, up to half of employers may stop providing coverage for their employees, and fifteen percent of employees who lose that coverage may leave their jobs because of a lack of coverage (according to a study by McKinsey and Company).

Those numbers reflect the potential for a far greater problem than the estimates of the Congressional Budget Office. Our current economy experienced bleak first quarter growth of 1.8 percent and unemployment stands at 9.1 percent. The Obama Administration has naively referred to those numbers as “bumps on the road to recovery.” Once again, the President is misdiagnosing an ongoing crisis that the American people understand all too well, and his ObamaCare will cause more than a mere “bump” on America’s quest to restore economic prosperity. ObamaCare could better be compared to a blown tire that stalls recovery like the President’s failed trillion-dollar stimulus.

The former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, predicts that ObamaCare will cost at least a $1 trillion dollars more, over the next ten years, than the President projected. One reason ObamaCare will drive up costs is because the demand for doctors, nurses, medical equipment and facilities will increase dramatically.

It takes at least seven years of study after college to become a doctor; there are nurse shortages across the country and few new hospitals are under construction. There simply isn’t enough time between now and 2014, when ObamaCare fully kicks in, to meet the additional demand for doctors, nurses and hospitals. Healthcare could face rationing, lines may lengthen, and costs will go up. None of these options will be good for the American people and our fragile economy.

ObamaCare will have dire consequences on our once-thriving economy. That’s one reason why I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 2 last January to repeal the law as unconstitutional.