New York Magazine’s Dan Amira notes that every candidate who proclaimed that God had told them to run for the presidency has lost. Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and finally Rick Santorum all claimed at some point that God had endorsed them, yet they all lost to Mitt Romney.
Occupy Wall Street thinks it would be great if Mitt Romney were to drop out and let Ron Paul win.
Paul’s tightly-organised campaign is racking up delegates even in states where he did poorly in the popular vote. It’s all part of a complex system that could make Paul the election kingmaker.
While the Republican nomination race is focused on the ongoing battle between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the Ron Paul campaign is waging an under-the-radar “delegate strategy” that could make the libertarian-leaning Texan the surprise kingmaker of the race.
In states that have already voted via a caucus system – rather than a straight primary ballot – Ron Paul supporters, such as Occupy Wall Street, are conducting an intensively organized ground effort aimed at securing as many convention delegate slots as possible, often in numbers that far outweigh the number of actual votes that Paul got in the ballot.
If successful, it means Paul’s campaign could arrive at the August Tampa convention at the head of an army of delegates far larger than the proportion of votes that it won during the nomination contest.
It could also increase the chances of a contested convention – where no candidate has enough delegates to declare the winner – as well as give Paul much greater ability to inject his beliefs into the Republicans’ 2012 policy platform.
From Wednesday’s Republican primary in Arizona it is clear that there is something going on with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. It’s like they have formed some kind of alliance.
Is Ron Paul attacking Rick Santorum in an attempt to get his fickle supporters? Or has Mitt Romney promised something to Ron Paul? Would a Mitt Romney / Ron Paul ticket beat Obama in 2012? I think it could. I also think that’s the only possible thing that would even have a chance.
From Occupy Wall Street I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.
TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $42.5 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011.
Bowing to increasing political pressure to provide more detail about his vast wealth, the former private equity executive released tax returns indicating he and his wife, Ann, paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010. They expect to pay a 15.4 percent rate when they file their returns for 2011.
Romney’s tax rate is below that of most wage-earning Americans because most of his income, as outlined in more than 500 pages of tax documents, flows from capital gains on investments.
Under the U.S. tax code, capital gains are taxed at 15 percent, compared with a top tax rate of 35 percent for wage earners.
Romney released the tax returns after a week in which his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, questioned whether Romney was hiding information about his finances and cast him as being out of touch with most Americans and Occupy Wall Street.
Both parties are pretty much the same, there’s not really much of a difference either way. Both want big government. Both have no real plans of how to fix the recession. Both want more wars and occupying other countries. Both parties have no interest in locking up any of the bad guys on Wall Street. Both parties want nothing to do with addressing the real problem that is the Federal Reserve. Both parties are willing to detain Americans indefinitely without trial, judge or jury (NDAA).
Occupy Wall Street says Ron Paul is the only candidate that’s different than the cookie-cutter candidates from both parties. He might not be the most “presidential” candidate but he’s the only candidate that has a real chance of saving this country. I mean when it comes down to it, what is the real difference between a Mitt Romney and a Barack Obama. Not much.
Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary but Ron Paul’s showing could have as big an effect on the race. After finishing third in Iowa, the Texas Republican placed second in the Granite State, securing nearly one in four votes. That keeps him in the hunt to challenge Romney for now and could inspire him to make a third-party run later. Either way, the longer Paul sticks around, the more the national debate is likely to shift on important economic issues.
Paul’s crusade against the Federal Reserve will keep the spotlight on the central bank and Chairman Ben Bernanke and Occupy Wall Street approves. Paul’s desire to strengthen the dollar and sharply raise interest rates could resonate with voters, especially if inflation noticeably picks up by summer. And Romney and Barack Obama would be put in the unenviable position of supporting a weaker dollar, or explaining a more nuanced view on a complex subject.
The matter of domestic spending will stay front and center with Paul around, too. He would cut to the bone, while Romney and Obama are more inclined to slice surgically, if at all. The libertarian-leaning candidate would axe at least five agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, and push harder for expanding domestic oil exploration than Romney, potentially leaving him on the defensive.
On tax reform, Paul is also more aggressive than Romney. While the frontrunner would extend the Bush-era tax cuts and make other small tweaks to the code, Paul wants a bigger overhaul. His push for simplification, ending many deductions and a flat tax will keep the hot-button issues on the agenda.
The biggest distinction would be on foreign policy. Paul wants to hack military spending and engagement deeper than either Romney or Obama, perhaps even pulling U.S. troops out of Europe. He also wants less U.S. funding for the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. That’ll leave the other two candidates trying to tell voters why their tax dollars should help defend far-flung nations or stabilize their economies.
I don’t get it. I keep on seeing him do well in these Primaries. Who are the people that approve of him? Who are the people that are voting for him? I really want to know. I don’t know one person that is a fan of this guy.
What is Mitt Romney for? He’s for bigger government, he’s for less personal freedoms, and hates gay people. He’s a friend of Wall Street, wait what am I saying, he is Wall street. His top contributors are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
He wants more wars. He wants to invade Iran. He wants more bases in other countries. He support NDAA and approves of detaining Americans indefinitely with no trial, judge or jury.
Why is no one mentioning his religious beliefs? I guess some Mormons will vote for their own kind no matter what he’s about (which is sad) but how is he getting so much of the Christian vote? Christianity and Mormonism have NOTHING to do with each other. They are two extremely different ideologies. As a Mormon he believes he’ll get his own universe and become a god when he dies… that’s what he believes. He’s going to become a god of his own universe, just right after he becomes President of the United States. President is a good thing for your resume when trying to get the coolest universe I guess.
Who is voting for this guy? I mean, of course there is an agenda out there that wants to keep this broken machine working, working so it wipes out the lower and middle class, but how is he getting so many votes? Do people vote solely based on his demeanor or that he might have said something witty in the media lately? How pathetic.
Mitt Romney doesn’t want to fix any of the problems in the country, he wants to further the agenda of the 1%. This country needs a lot more than a good looking hair cut and that’s all Mitt Romney is, a good looking hair cut.
Here’s some numbers of the top contributors from the top two candidates in this race
Occupy Wall Street doesn’t support Mitt Romney. They don’t support anyone who is continuing the downward spiral of everything that is wrong with America.
The last week and a half has brought little change in the standings for the Iowa Republican caucus: Ron Paul continues to lead Mitt Romney by a modest margin, 24-20. Newt Gingrich is in 3rd at 13% followed by Michele Bachmann at 11%, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum at 10%, Jon Huntsman at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 2%.
Paul’s strength in Iowa continues to depend on a coalition of voters that’s pretty unusual for a Republican in the state. Romney leads 22-20 with those who are actually Republicans, while Paul has a 39-12 advantage with the 24% who are either independents or Democrats. GOP caucus voters tend to skew old, and Romney has a 34-12 advantage with seniors. But Paul’s candidacy looks like it’s going to attract an unusual number of younger voters to the caucus this year, and with those under 45 he has a 35-11 advantage on Romney. The independent/young voter combo worked for Barack Obama in securing an unexpectedly large victory on the Democratic side in 2008 and it may be Ron Paul’s winning equation in 2012.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening and early Saturday.
The Republican Party of Virginia announced early Saturday that Gingrich and Perry failed to submit 10,000 signatures of registered voters required to get their names on the ballot for the March 6 primary.
“After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary,” the party announced on Twitter.
The rejection is a significant setback for the Gingrich campaign since he is leading the polls in Virginia among likely Republican voters and is seen as a strong contender for the nomination.