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May 6, 2011

FRIDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Five Republican presidential candidates gathered for a debate last night in South Carolina. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn't watch it, and I have to admit, neither did I. Apparently, the participants, mostly second- and third-tier candidates, repeated a lot of tired falsehoods.

* Fox News formally terminated its contracts with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum yesterday, as both prepare to formally launch their Republican presidential campaigns.

* Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) conceded on the record yesterday that he's likely to run for another term in a state outside his Cleveland-area district. "If I don't have anywhere I can run in Ohio, I have to start thinking about what my options are," he said.

* To the disappointment of the state Republican Party, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) announced yesterday that he won't run in the special election in the 2nd congressional district.

* On a related note, now that Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller (D) has said the special election will be open to all qualifying candidates regardless of party, the Nevada Republican Party has filed a lawsuit. The GOP wants to nominate its own candidate.

* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) formally took her party's reins this week, getting elected chair of the Democratic National Committee. She's the first woman ever to be nominated by a sitting president to lead a national party.

* Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) this week became the first 2012 presidential candidate to open a campaign office in Iowa.

* Arizona is one of the nation's more reliable "red" states in presidential politics, but the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama pretty competitive in the state, leading most of the GOP field and trialing Mitt Romney by only four points in a hypothetical match-up.

* Though he continues to have trouble with his state's redistricting map, PPP shows Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) with a big lead over Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) in next year's gubernatorial race.

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..."trialing??? Mitt Romney"...

Posted by: mmm on May 6, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

re: AZ. The poll numbers are pretty amazing considering the press pounds Obama regularly. Read the letters to the editor in the major and minor papers over a period of time and a pattern of virulent Obama hatrid is evident. They so similar that coordination is not impossible to believe. It would profitable to study their methods and duplicate them....

Seriously....

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on May 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

I was hoping for Steve's observations on the debate, but who can blame him for not watching. From what I've read, it was indeed a lot of C-list puffery. I was amused to read that the so-called candidates had cheering sections, and that there were commercial breaks. A true Fox News production.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on May 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't need to watch it. I watched Twitter instead. Got all I needed to know there.

Posted by: MsJoanne on May 6, 2011 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Well, it also seems most of the so-called candidates' remarks were within the 140 character limit.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on May 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

Ms.T2 would not allow me to watch the "debate", however from what I hear, the loudest ovation was for Ron Paul when he said we should get out of Afghanistan now. I'm with him on that and suspect lots of Americans are too...especially since Bin Laden is toast.
I'm thinking that Mr.Paul will get a lot of votes in primaries from a wide range of voters on that issue. It would appear to me that the "get out immediately" issue is really the only thing that GOP/TP dopes can run against Obama on. Obama has indicated he intends to stick to his plan...dumping trillions of dollars into Afghanistan (and Karzai's pockets) for unknown more years. IF Paul gets traction on this in the primaries, look for all the GOPers to jump on the bandwagon.

Posted by: T2 on May 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't watch the debate; saw a photo this morning. And immediately wondered why they hired the "Jeopardy" set designer for a Presidential debate. Did the candidates have to answer in the form of a question?

Posted by: jvwalt on May 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

a must read: Kinder's car stolen, destroyed. Kinder left keys in vehicle.
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1721679.html

Also good: billed the state for $35,000 on expenses...
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_049d20ec-5ecf-11e0-9b77-001a4bcf6878.html

Posted by: Brian on May 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

Apparently, at the last night's "debate", the sponsors were at least as interesting as the contenders:
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/05/gop-debate-oathkeepers-birchers/

Posted by: exlibra on May 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Steve - correction.

Five republican candidates gathered for the "vice-presidential debates".

Yawn.

Posted by: DK on May 6, 2011 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK
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