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South Carolina nurse declares intent

January 31, 2011

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Michael T. Adkins

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.”


Kruger alleges prejudice obstructing bid for president

January 9, 2011
 
Fred Karger, a retired GOP consultant from California and openly gay Republican exploring a presidential bid, is asserting his candidacy is being blocked by prejudice.
 
Kruger told The Ballot Box, The Hill’s blog, that he is being excluded from the March 7 forum hosted by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition (IFFC) because of his sexual orientation.
 
Steve Scheffler, president of the IFFC, said Karger was not invited because he “is not a legitimate candidate.” A total of 15 potential presidential candidates were invited to attend the event. Scheffler contends that Karger’s legitimacy in the race is hampered by the fact that he is single-issue candidate, focused solely on the issue of gay rights.
 
Karger has said he’s considering a run for president “to send a message to younger people.” Efforts have been underway for several months to lay the groundwork for a campaign. Karger made his fifth trip to Iowa on Nov. 23, in which he unveiled his first commercial to run in the state and named his exploratory committee’s state director, Nathan Treloar. Treloar is the former communications director for the Iowa Republican Party, who ran Mark Rees’ campaign for Iowa’s the 3rd Congressional District nomination in the 2010 elections. The announcement was made at the Embassy Suites on the River in Des Moines.
 
The ability to muster sufficient financial support and political backing in the Republican Party are two major hurdles Karger must overcome to survive in the presidential race. He has been using his own money to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire.
   
However, Karger is reported as having said: “I’m going to fight, as many potential candidates do, to get into these forums and debates, and I will. This is number one.” He also indicated his intention to check with the Federal Election Commission to find out if any election rules have been violated.
  
Among those invited to the forum are Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Congressman Ron Paul. Also invited are Congressman Mike Pence, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, and Atlanta radio host Herman Cain.

Obama’s job approval rating sinks to new low

November 25, 2010

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.”


Romney nudge outs Obama in poll

November 23, 2010

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

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.


Clinton out of the running

November 22, 2010
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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.”