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Republican Candidates

December 7th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Primaries are getting closer and closer, so I thought I would give my first take on the Republican field as I see it currently. I have not decided whom I am voting for yet, but this is how rank the candidates currently, in order of preference:

Giuliani: If voting on the challenge of the Islamic-Fascism alone, this would be the man I would vote for. Tempered by the events of 9/11, he has the clarity and vision which is needed to engage in the protracted struggle which we face. He also has an honest in your face NYC style about him, which I like. However, on social issues he’s out of step with the base; anti-gun, pro-choice, and soft on illegal immigration is three strikes___but he’s not out. Still might have my vote on war issue alone.

McCain: By coming out hard for amnesty for illegal’s, he killed his front-runner status; a fact which many in the base will never forgive him for (including my dad). I however think he’s very strong on the war, recognizing early on that we needed a new strategy in Iraq, is a fiscal conservative, and is pro-life. Plus he can beat HRC, which several of these candidates I don’t believe can. He’s against tax reform, and he sponsored the disastrous McCain-Feingold act which with the amnesty bill makes him a tough pill to swallow. But its a pill I’m considering.

Thomson: Here’s the conservative candidate which the base really wants; Pro-life, Pro-border fence, Pro-Fair Tax, Pro-gun-rights, and understands the historic struggle we are in; to bad he as the energy of slug. Uninspiring and limp so far, he could win me back if he downed some Red Bulls and woke up.

Romney: It’s remarkable to me the Romney has positioned himself as a frontrunner from what I remember of him in his ignominious Senatorial race against Ted Kennedy in ‘94. In that race he fell all over himself trying to dissociate himself with Reagan/Bush years; Kennedy clobbered him. It was a duly unimpressive performance, and disheartening for us conservatives living is Massachusetts. I will say he has much improved as a candidate since then, but in my gut I can’t get rid of the lingering feeling that he’ll say whatever he needs to say to get elected.

Huckabee: Will not vote for this guy. He’s a tremendous speaker and very likeable, but looking at his record as governor he’s soft on crime, fiscally fat, and has puritanical tendencies (Nationwide ban on cigarette smoking….give me a break.) On top of that he has pro-illegal streak too and cant possibly beat Hillary. He’s getting a lift now from the evangelicals leaving Thomson, but when his record on crime gets out, look for the support to evaporate.

Tom Tancredo & Duncan Hunter: If he had a shot, I would vote for Duncan Hunter, he’s a good speaker, he’s right on all the issues, and he’s likable. But his campaign has gained no traction, so he and Tancredo are irrelevant at this point.

Tags: Election 08

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bernie Dvorak // Dec 14, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Never in a million years would I vote for McCain!
    Right now I am leaning towards Fred Thompson with Romney as his running mate. Don’t rule out Gulianni or the Huck-Star. Any one of them can easily beat Billsry !!!

  • 2 Bernie Dvorak // Jan 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I have changed my mind on the Huck-Star. From everything I have read lately, he is really a “Hust-Lier,” a phoney, a liberal in disguise.
    So, that makes it two down for me for sure!
    But it’s early !!

  • 3 Anon // Jan 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    How does Rudy have credibility in challenge of the Islamic-Fascism?

    In 8 years after WTC bombing, he did little to prepare fire department, police department for another attack.

    He really has no foreign policy experience

    He was on the Iraq Study Group but missed ALL the meetings and has not been to Iraq

    He has demonstrated that he is more focused on hiring his guy than the best guy for the job

    He has demonstrated he does not do a great job in picking “his” guys

    While I think he was a good mayor, time has shown that some of the success such as the lowering of crime are not necessarily a result of him.

    He is not a fiscal conservative and left NY a huge deficit

    I would definitely consider voting for Rudy for the Senate but President – not a chance.

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