It’s time to start looking at Republican candidates for 2012.
I believe it is one critical decision Republican voters will have to make comes time for the Primary. We’ve got to send a candidate who can win the general election.
Bear in mind that we need more than just votes from conservatives to win the general. Votes from the moderates and independents are what make or break the election. I have been concerned that voters get too ideology-driven to ignore the big picture. Our country cannot go on with a big government administration and legislature to keep spending and wasting tax money to encumber our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debts. It is also more and more obvious of the trending of their social and liberal agenda that run contrarily to our conservative values.
Came across a good write-up on Gov Tim Pawlenty. Sheds light on his strengths and weaknesses.
Let’s keep an open mind. The race is about to begin.
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PAWLENTY TO LIKE
Larry Jacobs, who studies politics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, comments, “In Minnesota, Pawlenty was always seen as the state’s most charismatic and politically talented politician. Here’s a guy who was a conservative fending off often large Democratic majorities and [he] consistently had over 50 percent approval and dominated public debate. He had a remarkable knack for appealing to people on non-political grounds. . . . Mostly it was the way he talked about public policy and politics. People who fundamentally disagreed with him on public policy found him appealing.”
He would probably beat Romney in a head-to-head race, too. Like Romney, Pawlenty was elected governor of a blue state in 2002. But there are at least five big differences between them that primary voters may find tell in the Minnesotan’s favor. First, Pawlenty was elected as a conservative whereas Romney ran as a moderate. Second, Pawlenty pursued a more confrontational strategy: He didn’t cut any grand bipartisan deal, as Romney did with Ted Kennedy on health care. Third, and as a result, Pawlenty’s record does not include anything as likely to offend conservative voters as Romney’s Massachusetts health-care law, which made the purchase of health insurance compulsory.
Fourth, Pawlenty won reelection in his blue state, even in 2006, which was a slaughterhouse of a year for Republicans. Romney, by contrast, left the governorship after one term: He was unable to position himself as a conservative for a presidential run while staying popular in his home state. Fifth, Pawlenty has an ability to connect to blue-collar voters that Romney has never demonstrated.
Governor Daniels could be competitive with Pawlenty in a side-by-side comparison. But Pawlenty is in some respects a more impressive political figure. Indiana is a red state that will almost certainly vote for any Republican nominee in 2012; Daniel has never had to win over blue-state voters as Pawlenty did. And Pawlenty has better relations with social conservatives than Daniels does.