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Michael T. Adkins, a York County, South Carolina, Republican, says he’s tired of the way things are going in Washington and he plans to do something about it. Last week he declared his candidacy for President of the United States in 2012 and launched a campaign website expressing his political views.Adkins says the way things are going his children will not have the same opportunities he’s had. He says his run is not a publicity stunt and hopes to make a real change.
He told local NewsChannel 36, “We need someone who understands what it is like to have a mortgage, to have kids, and to have a paycheck that shrinks.”
Adkins is a nurse at a local community hospital and the father of two young children. He said, “I want my kids to be able to at least dream of the future I dreamed of as a child.”
Adkins admits he doesn’t know how he will raise funds for the campaign; the 2012 filing fee is yet to be determined, but it took $35,000 for candidates to be on the South Carolina GOP presidential ballot in 2008. “It is a very difficult thing,” Adkins said. “But I am in this to win this.”
President Obama’s job approval rating, as calculated by the latest Zogby International poll, has sunk to 39 percent – a new low for his presidency.
The record low places the President’s job approval on a continued downward spiral. Shortly after Obama took office, he had a nearly 70 percent approval rating. A Sept. 20, 2010, poll had Obama’s job approval rating at 49 percent.
The results of the Zobgy poll also have Obama trailing Republicans Mitt Romney (44-38%), Newt Gingrich (43%-39%) and Jeb Bush (40%-38%) in hypothetical 2012 match-ups. Sarah Palin ties Obama (40%-41%).
Independents were an important part of Obama’s win in 2008, but their approval of his job performance has dwindled to 39 percent. Only 6 percent of Republicans approve of his job performance. Approval amongst younger voters is also down to 42 percent.
Nearly seven in 10 likely voters say the country is on the wrong track. Pollster John Zogby writes: “[Obama] is failing to please more than one-fourth of his own party’s voters. This is a perilous position for the President.”
According to a poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute , Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Obama would be in a near dead heat if a presidential election were held today. Nearly 45 percent of those surveyed preferred Romney and 44 percent backed Obama.
Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university located in Hamden, Conn.
The poll also showed 49 percent of respondents believe President Obama does not deserve a second term, compared to 43 percent who do, according to the national poll that surveyed 2,424 registered voters a week after the midterm elections Nov. 2.
In a race between Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and the President, Huckabee nudges out Obama 46-to-44 percent.
The President would fare better against Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Obama received 48 percent and Palin 40 percent amongst respondents in the poll. Last week in an ABC interview with Barbara Walters, Palin said: “I believe so.” – when asked if she could defeat President Obama in the 2012 election.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she is not planning to run again for president or any other political office.
She said during a Fox News Sunday interview: “I am very happy doing what I’m doing, and I am not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office.”