Monday, 11 July 2011

The Race for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

For the last few months almost everyone who has come up to me has asked: "well.......who can beat Obama? The guy is invincible and won’t be beaten in 2012".
It’s a good question and one that stirs alot of debate whenever I answer the question.

Firstly, there are a number of folks that have put their names down for the GOP nomination so far. I would like to give you a small bio of whom each of these (only serious) people are (in no particular order):

Rick Santorum: Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate. In 2000, he was elected by his peers to the position of Senate Republican Conference Chairman. Learn more at

Michelle Bachman: Elected in 2006, Michele is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Michele was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. Michele has five children has 23 foster children. Learn more at

Herman Cain: originally from Atlanta Georgia, Cain hasn’t spent a day in Congress and isn’t considered an insider politician. Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather’s to profitability and he led his management team to a buyout of the company. Learn more at

Ron Paul: As a specialist in obstetrics/gynaecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies.
While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the International Relations committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. Learn more at

Mitt Romney: he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Facing a state legislature dominated by Democrats, (Romney) cast more than 800 vetoes as he brought conservative principles to state government. He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives, and fought hard to bring new businesses to the state. He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without borrowing or raising taxes. By 2007, at the end of Mitt’s term, the state had accumulated a $2 billion rainy day fund in its coffers. This stringent fiscal discipline provided an essential backdrop for economic recovery. When Mitt came into office, the state was losing jobs every month. When he left office, the economy was generating new jobs by the thousands. He is widely known as the man that salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from certain disaster. Learn more at

Newt Gingrich: Gingrich is the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years. He was elected to Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1994. Under Newt’s leadership, Congress passed the first balanced budget in a generation, leading to the repayment of over $400 billion in debt. Congress also cut taxes for the first time in sixteen years and reformed welfare, leading to over sixty percent of welfare recipients either getting a job or going to school. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen our defence and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. Newt is the author of twenty-three books, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers. Learn more at

Jon Hunstman: the former Utah governor. In 2007 as Governor undertook major tax reform, signing into law the largest tax cut in Utah’s history. He simplified Utah’s tax structure and passed more than $400 million in tax cuts, including a flat tax on income, and substantially reduced the sales tax on food. Thousands of jobs are created and many major companies relocate or expand in Utah, drawn to the business-friendly environment. Asked by President Obama to serve America, Jon Huntsman was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Ambassador to China. He recently resigned and put his name in the ring to run for President. Learn more at

Tim Pawlenty: elected to governor of Minnesota in 2002. During his two terms as Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty used innovative and conservative leadership to balance the state’s budget, cut spending, reform health care and improve schools without raising taxes. Under his leadership, Minnesota had nation-leading health care, the highest school test scores, and a leading economy. In September 2010, the fiscally conservative Cato Institute gave Governor Pawlenty an A grade for his fiscal management. Learn more at

Those are the people that so far have put their hat in the ring and have actually set out committee’s to become a candidate. There are a number of people on the periphery who may enter the race at a later stage, some of the list have flatly rebuffed approaches. These vary from Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry or even....Donald Trump. In future articles we will discuss the viability of these people and their chances in the primaries.

What makes this election so intriguing is that there is a genuine cry for some Hope and Change. Sorry for using the Obama 2008 slogan but really the guy has been one of the biggest let downs in history. The economy is sliding into a double dip recession, the dollar is at its weakest since I don’t know when, gas prices are going through the roof, his healthcare law is so ‘popular’ that he is offering waivers to opponents to agree to his budgets, the debt has increased dramatically since the anointed one took office and more devastatingly, the unemployment rate is over 9%. Quite amazingly Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that "many Americans will face hard times for a long time to come". This to me, is the modern day equivalent to Jimmy Carter’s statement to 'turn- down-the-thermostat' during the 1970’s energy crisis. America have never just accepted something, there is always another way out, a better way. So when people ask me who can beat Obama, based on the above, please ask me what is so difficult to beat?

This election will be exciting and don't think for one second that Obama is unbeatable. The demographics can’t be the same as 2008. Yes, the African-American turnout will be massive for Obama but what you have to realise is that the GOP will be putting forward a candidate with a clear message that every voter will be able to understand. McCain is a great American and true patriot but he was inept when it came to articulating a message. I challenge you to put together in two sentences what the McCain message was in 2008. Politics is all about compare and contrast. The Economy is the key to the 2012 election.
Whoever can fashion the clearest message about recovery will win. Also in the coming weeks I will tell you who I believe should be the Vice Presidential nominee for the GOP regardless of who the Presidential Nominee is.

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