published Saturday, September 24th, 2011

GOP hopefuls seek traction

In debate after debate among the Republican contenders for president, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continue to garner the most attention -- which is not surprising considering Perry's position atop the polls, followed by Romney.

Their prominence in the GOP field was on display again in Thursday night's debate. It's not that none of the other Republican hopefuls -- including Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum -- had nothing of value to say. In fact, Cain, Santorum and some of the others got strong applause for their conservative stands on a variety of issues.

But barring a late entry by another candidate, it appears more and more that Perry and Romney will be the candidates to beat, and that ultimately one of them will be the challenger to Democrat President Barack Obama in 2012.

Perry appears to be generally the more conservative of the two leading contenders, and that is refreshing in a time when our nation is suffering in part because of Obama's liberal policies. But Romney came across as more polished and self-assured, which can be important in the general election.

It is no surprise that the two exchanged repeated barbs on everything from health care to Social Security in the attempt to remain, or become, the leader in the opinion polls.

Still, we have not yet spotted a candidate who combines soundly conservative principles with undeniably broad appeal to a range of voters, though one of the hopefuls may yet "find his voice" and prove to have what it takes to defeat Obama next year.

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BigRidgePatriot said...

What Republican operative wrote this shallow, useless piece?

September 24, 2011 at 12:29 a.m.
hambone said...

RuRP, maybe this is the best he can do, seeing he has so little to work with!

September 24, 2011 at 12:47 a.m.
EaTn said...

In the last debate Perry once again showed his shallow knowledge of the issues. He looked more like someone who had graduated with a low gpa in a Bachmann college of politics.

September 24, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Any one of the Republican candidates have a far better resume that Obama did when he was running for president. Obama cannot even string 5 words together without suttering if he does not have a teleprompter in front of him. He is a pathetic failure.

The Republican machine seems to be bound and determined to give us another big government Republican for a candidate.

September 24, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
hambone said...

So far, the traveling cirus of GOP/TEA PARTY debates has only produced more foudder for late night comics!!

September 24, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
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