published Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Still no clear 2012 GOP presidential contender

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    Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov, Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry shake hands at the finish of a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library on Wednesday.
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Who would be the best GOP candidate to run against President Obama?

It remains unclear after Tuesday's Republican debate which of the leading GOP candidates will rise to the top to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has taken a bit of a lead in recent polls, and he was fairly strong in the New Hampshire debate. But he is dogged by questions about the health care reforms he helped bring about in Massachusetts -- reforms on which costly ObamaCare was modeled at the federal level.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not put in a bad performance, but he was unsteady at times. He was right, though, to note that former President Ronald Reagan came to regret agreeing to tax increases in exchange for spending cuts. The tax hikes took effect, but most of the cuts never materialized.

A lot of attention appropriately went to Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who has been rising rapidly in the polls to challenge Romney. Cain has proposed a major revamping of the federal tax code, which desperately needs reform. But his plan will have to be studied in detail to determine what real-world effect it would have.

There were no "elect-me-for-sure" debate performances Tuesday. But couldn't you see several candidates who at a minimum would be preferable to keeping Obama in office for four more years?

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hambone said...

Cain's rise to the top will only be surpassed by his falling like a rock once the voters realize his 999 Plan does away with Social Security and Medicare or leaves states to pay for them.

Under Cain's plan, middle class and working poor in Tennessee will be paying as much as 27% in taxes. 9% income, 9% federal sales tax and 9% state sales tax.

October 13, 2011 at 7:39 a.m.
timbo said...

Hambone..... The things you described are the things that we like about him. As far as the 50% of people who don't pay taxes, good it's about time. That is why they don't care whether or not spending goes nuts. EVERYONE SHOULD PAY SOMETHING IN TAXES. THEY ALL USE GOVERNMENT.

Also, if Romney is forced down the conservatives throat, the conservative right will bolt to a third party and your man, Hambone, will have a chance.

October 13, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.
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