2012 Presidential Candidates

The Republican Candidates
Declared: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Jon Hunstman, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Rick Santourm.
buddy roemerCharles “Buddy” Elson Roemer III was born and raised outside Shreveport, Louisiana, a state with a long political tradition of radical reconstruction. At the age of 16, he graduated high school top in his class, earning a spot in the freshman class at Harvard College where he earned a BS in Economics and later an MBA in Finance at the Harvard Business School. After leaving Harvard, and a small stint at his father’s computer business, he began his political career with state-level campaigns. Roemer also became a delegate to the constitutional convention in his state where he helped write the Louisiana Constitution. Buddy then served four terms as U.S. Congressman (1981-1988) as a Conservative Democrat, often breaking ranks with his party. As Congressman, he never accepted special interest money, remaining free from the “special favors” expected of Congressmen by their  corporate campaign contributors.

 

Buddy, set on ousting the corrupt incumbent Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, left Congress to challenge Edwards. Through scholarship, hard work, independent thinking, and a zeal for reforming government – without the help of PAC money – “The Roemer Revolution” successfully ousted Edwards. When Roemer entered the Governor’s mansion in 1988, Louisiana’s ties to industry had helped make it one of the most polluted states in the country. Unemployment was high, and the state was burdened with a huge deficit. During his tenure, strict environmental protections were enacted, unemployment in the state dropped by nearly half, the state budget was balanced, education accountability standards were enacted,and sweeping campaign finance reform legislation was passed and enacted.
Buddy left public office in 1992, and has pursued a variety of business ventures, most recently as the founder, CEO, and President of Business First Bank, a community bank with approximately $650 million in assets. With a focus on small business lending, Business First Bank took no bailout money from the Federal Government, and restructured loans after the financial crisis of 2008 instead of foreclosing on homeowners. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Scarlett, and is the father of three children.
mitt romneyMitt Romneywas born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947. He is the son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore Romney. He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and served as a Mormon missionary in France. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, then earned a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.After 10 years at Bain & Company Romney co-founded Bain Capital, which quickly became a highly successful private equity investment firm. Romney returned to Bain & Company as CEO in 1990, which was facing financial collapse. In one year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround.In 1999 Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the troubled Salt Lake City Games and brought the games to a successful conclusion.After losing in a senate race to Ted Kennedy in 1994 he ran for governor in the highly democratic Massachusetts in 2002. As governor Romney proposed and signed into law a private, market-based reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen will have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes.In 2008 Romney ran for the Republican nomination for the presidency. He won 11 primaries and caucuses, received about 4.7 million total votes, and garnered about 280 delegates. Romney spent $110 million during the campaign, including $45 million of his own money.

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ron paulRon Paul was born August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. After earning an M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, he was a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s.In 1974, Paul ran for 22nd district seat and lost to incumbent Robert R. Casey. President Gerald Ford appointed Casey to head the Federal Maritime Commission, and Paul won a 1976 special election to fill the seat. Months later in the general election, Paul lost to Democrat Robert Gammage, by fewer than 300 votes. He then defeated Robert Gammage in a 1978 rematch, and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.In 1996, Paul was re-elected to Congress in Texas’s 22nd District. Paul entered the race hopeful that his Constitutionalist policies of tax cuts, closing federal agencies, and curbing the U.N. would have broader support than in the past. The Republican National Committee focused instead on encouraging Democrats to switch parties, as Paul’s primary opponent, incumbent Greg Laughlin, had done in 1995. The party threw its full weight behind Laughlin, including support from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor George W. Bush, and the National Rifle Association. Paul responded by running newspaper ads quoting Gingrich’s harsh criticisms of Laughlin’s Democratic voting record 14 months earlier. Paul won the primary and the seat in the general election.Ron Paul has authored many bills than such as term limits, abolishing the income tax and abolishing the Federal Reserve that have died in committee, but he has also written successful legislation to prevent eminent domain seizures. By amending other legislation, he has barred funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification, International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation in any U.N. global tax, and surveillance on peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens.

  • Ron Paul introduced a bill to repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR) and reinstate the process of formal declaration of war by Congress.
  • He introduced Sunlight Rule legislation, which requires lawmakers to take enough time to read bills before voting on them.
  • He was one of six Republicans to vote against the Iraq War Resolution.
  • With Oregon representative Peter DeFazio sponsored a resolution to repeal the war authorization.
  • He has introduced several bills to apply tax credits toward education, including credits for parental spending on public, private, or homeschool students (Family Education Freedom Act); for salaries for all K–12 teachers, librarians, counselors, and other school personnel; and for donations to scholarships or to benefit academics (Education Improvement Tax Cut Act). In accord with his political positions, he has also introduced the Sanctity of Life Act, the We the People Act, and the American Freedom Agenda Act.

In the 1988 presidential election, Paul defeated American Indian activist Russell Means to win the Libertarian Party nomination for president. On the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Paul placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes behind Republican winner George H. W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis.

In 2008 Ron Paul ran for president for the Republican nomination and received a very respectable 10% of the vote. Nationally he became somewhat of an internet phenomenon raising millions of dollars form individual contributors and effectively started the “Ron Paul Revolution”.

Though his race for the presidency failed in 2008 in failed to win the nomination, it didn’t fail to build a strong grassroots following and it opened the door for the creation of the Tea Party.

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michelle bachmann
Michele Bachmannbecame the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative”, Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of ObamaCare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and smaller government.Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, a district which contains parts of six counties, stretching from Stillwater past Saint Cloud, including several suburbs of the Twin Cities.Michele Bachmann News
Newt GingrichNewt Gingrich was born June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a military family, moving a number of times and attended school at various military installations. He graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. After becoming interested in history he received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University.Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years. Gingrich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 6th district and served from 1979 to 1999. He was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. During his reign he co-authored the “Contract with America” and lead the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority.Under his leadership in Congress and with President Bill Clinton, the budget was balanced for the first time in a generation. In addition they reformed welfare, leading to over sixty percent of welfare recipients either getting a job or going to school.The House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich in 1997, including a $300,000 “cost assessment” to recoup money spent on the investigation. This was the first time in the House’s history that the Speaker had been disciplined for ethics violations Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 midterm elections—the worst performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the residency. Polls showed that Gingrich and the Republican Party’s attempt to remove President Clinton from office was widely unpopular among Americans. As the House leader, Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the loss. He announced on November 6, 1998 thathe would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House completely.Newt Gingrich is an accomplished author of several fiction and non fiction books including:The Government’s Role in Solving Societal Problems Windowof Opportunity Contract with America (co-editor) Restoring the Dream Quotationsfrom Speaker Newt. To Renew America Lessons Learned The Hard Way PresidentialDetermination Regarding Certification of the Thirty-Two Major Illicit

Narcotics Producing and Transit Countries Saving Lives and Saving Money

Winning the Future Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role

of Faith in Our Nation’s History and Future A Contract with the Earth,

with Terry L. Maple Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World

That Works Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War Grant Comes East Never

Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory Pearl Harbor: A Novel of

December 8th Days of Infamy Thomas Dunne Books To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel

of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom Valley Forge:

George Washington and the Crucible of Victory

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 rick-perry3Rick Perryis Texas’ 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor’s Mansion, Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office.Governor Perry’s administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classic conservative values.During his tenure, Governor Perry has maintained a strong focus on fiscal discipline, becoming the only Texas governor since World War II to sign budgets that reduced general revenue spending. He has used his line item veto to scrub more than $3 billion in budgeted spending, while encouraging investments in the building blocks of a prosperous state: the economy, education and security.The Texas economy is performing well in the current global economic crisis, thanks to a focused effort to keep taxes low, regulations predictable and legal system fair. Gov. Perry led the effort to reform the legal system, signing into law a series of lawsuit reforms designed to stem the flow of frivolous lawsuits through Texas courts. As a result, employers can devote their resources to creating jobs instead of defending against those frivolous lawsuits. More importantly, the reforms reversed the trend on skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates which has led to an influx of doctors seeking to practice in Texas. As a result, obstetricians and other specialists are returning to practice in previously underserved, high-risk areas.On the education front, Governor Perry has worked to improve the quality of Texas schools from top to bottom by increasing accountability, raising expectations and funding programs that work. In addition to introducing the largest teacher incentive pay program in the country, Governor Perry has overseen a 43 percent increase in total spending on public education in Texas. He also signed a school finance reform package that provided a 33 percent school property tax reduction, a $2,000 pay raise for teachers, record funding for classrooms and a reformed business tax.Stepping into the gap left by the federal government, Governor Perry has worked with the legislature to fund coordinated border security efforts to the tune of more than $230 million over the past several years. Governor Perry has initiated a “boots on the ground” strategy, integrating and coordinating local, county, state and federal law enforcement efforts, resulting in significantly decreased crime in key areas along the border.

Rick Perry’s political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry, served as a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Governor Perry served in the United States Air Force, flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a junior and senior yell leader and an animal science major. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, Governor Perry is an Eagle Scout and lifetime member of American Legion Post #75.

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gary-johnsonGary Johnsonwas the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003.A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them when he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has currently reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest.In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.Gary Johnson News
 Jon HunstmanJon Hunstmanwas tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to China in May 2009 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.  Huntsman was sworn in as Ambassador immediately following his resignation as the Governor of Utah on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.Huntsman was elected twice as Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percent of the vote, including the majority in all 29 counties.  As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, continually increasing the state’s economic competitiveness and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system.Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement.  He has previously lived in Asia three times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.  As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa and other Asian and African nations.  He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization.

He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research.

During his tenure as Governor, Utah was repeatedly recognized by many prestigious organizations for its dynamism, business climate and quality of life.  Perhaps most importantly, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America.  Even in times of economic hardship, Huntsman worked collaboratively with stakeholders to minimize impacts to critical human services while maintaining job-stimulating construction projects and keeping the State’s Rainy Day Fund intact as a tool for any future fiscal distress.

Recognized nationally for his leadership, Huntsman served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

As a dedicated public servant, Huntsman is committed to serving in this critical post as Ambassador to one of the most important international relationships for the United States.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has six honorary doctorate degrees.

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  1. hardy

    Gov Gary Johnson is the first official candidate in the race for president. He announced on Thursday. As the most fiscal conservative governor in the past decade and with a more liberal stance on social issues, he could to very well in the first primary state of New Hampshire.

  2. Christopher Canaski

    Congress and the FBI definitely need to investigate the “Fast and Furious” operation. I am an announced candidate for President. None of the other candidates are discussing this issue. How can a law enforcement officer knowingly put guns into the hands of criminals? Explain that to me. I spent 28 years fighting crime. I worked undercover and supervised hundreds of undercover operations..Was this coming from the top down to try and prove to the American people that guns from this country were crossing into Mexico in order for the Obama administration to back door the rights of law abiding American gun owners? This administration has an apparent history of going through the back door to get policies through that the American people would never vote for.

    ‎3/26/09: (CBS/AP) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that America’s “insatiable” demand for illegal drugs and its inability to stop weapons from being smuggled into Mexico are fueling an alarming spike in violence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Clinton said the United States shares responsibility with Mexico for dealing with the violence and that the Obama administration will work with Mexican authorities to improve security on both sides of the border.

    President Barack Obama himself said Tuesday that he wanted the U.S. to do more to prevent guns and cash from illicit drug sales from flowing across the border into Mexico. But Clinton’s remarks appeared more forceful in recognizing the U.S. share of the blame. In the past, particularly under the Bush administration, Mexican official have complained that Washington never acknowledged the extent that the U.S. demand for drugs and weapons smuggling fuels the violence.

    “I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility,” Clinton told reporters accompanying her to Mexico City a day after the Obama administration said it would send more money, technology and manpower to secure the Southwestern frontier and help Mexico battle the cartels.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/sto ries/2009/03/25/politics/m ain4891839.shtml?tag=conte ntMain%3BcontentBody

    TELL ME THE ORDERS DIDN’T COME FROM THE TOP DOWN TO MAKE HILARY CLINTON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA STATEMENTS TRUE?

    Michelle Obama is worried about protecting us from fast food and the President has done absolutely nothing to secure our southern border.

    Clinton: U.S. Fueling Mexican Drug Wars – CBS News

    I believe in legal immigration. We have enough immigration laws in effect, let’s just enforce them. My mother immigrated to the U.S. from Germany when she married my father who served in the U.S. Army. She learned English from my father and… by doing homework with my aunts. The southern U.S. border is dangerous and our country is vulnerable to criminals and terrorists who enter illegally. As a former law enforcement officer I am aware of the Hispanic gangs entering this country illegally. As a former narcotics officer I am also well aware of the drug trade across the border. I have rode along a section of the border in Arizona. Of course there are many people crossing to seek employment and to experience freedom in the greatest country in the world. Please come here legally. The Obama administration is turning a blind eye to the dangers of illegal immigration. Instead of fighting state and local governments over immigration, I will do the following: During the first 30 days of my administration I will have a meeting with the governors of each southern border state, the sheriffs and chiefs of police of each border jurisdiction, the Border Patrol sector chiefs of each southern border sector and the commanding National Guard generals of each border state. I will find out from them the challenges that are faced in securing the border and protecting their communities. We will then come up with a plan to secure the border and I will ensure they have the funding, the tools and manpower to accomplish our goals.

    The problem will not be solved overnight, but we have to start somewhere.

    I am running for President. Please see my Facebook page, Christopher Canaski for President and Google Chris Canaski.

  3. Jane106

    N.B. Huntsman Corporation remains in the U.S. and employs a staff of approximately 11,000.

    Jon Meade Huntsman, politician, businessman, and diplomat served in the administrations of four U.S. presidents. He worked as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan, and he was appointed by George H.W. Bush as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and later as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore from 1992–1993. Huntsman served as Deputy U,S. Trade Representative under George W. Bush, launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in 2001 and guiding the accession of China and Taiwan into the WTO. He was elected Governor of Utah in April, 2004 and won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote. On August 11, 2009, he resigned as governor to accept an appointment by Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

    Huntsman has also served as CEO of his family’s Huntsman Corporation. Huntsman Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT is a public company categorized under Polystyrene Resins. t Established circa 2004; incorporated in Utah. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $9,250,000,000 and employs a staff of approximately 11,000.

    The person:
    –In 1975 (age 15), Huntsman earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.
    – Dropped out before graduating to pursue his passion as a keyboard player in the rock band Wizard. He obtained a G.E.D. and enrolled at the University of Utah, where he became, like his father, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
    –Huntsman served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for two years. He then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor’s degree in international politics in 1987.
    –As Governor of Utah, he supported Cap and trade policies; signed the Western Climate Initiative; supported an increase in the federal minimum wage; and cut some regulations; including Utah’s very strict alcohol laws. In 2008, he successively proposed tax credits for families purchasing their own health insurance, as well as income tax credits for capital gains and solar projects. As the governor of Utah, Huntsman signed numerous bills restricting abortion. He has supported civil unions for years but not same-sex marriage.
    – Huntsman is a strong supporter of Israel and has made several visits to Israel
    –Huntsman helped McCain campaign in New Hampshire and went with him to Iraq over Thanksgiving 2007.

    (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Jr.)Jon

  4. Jane106

    Newt was the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years rpt 40 years; he served four years as Speaker and quit Congress altogether rather than face the (was it a total of 84?) ethics charges. (FactCheck.org) Gingrich was the “only speaker in history to be reprimanded” and “was fined $300,000 for ethics violations by a Republican Congress.” That’s all true, though Gingrich prefers not to call the $300,000 payment a “fine.” The Ethics Committee report said Gingrich’s action was either “misleading or it was reckless,” and was “a serious violation of House rules.”
    The former House speaker has come under fire from his GOP rivals for taking tens of millions of dollars from Freddie Mac, health-care firms and other interest groups in the past decade.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    What a guy!!!!

    George H.W. Bush himself raised Gingrich’s role in Rep budget deal when he announced his backing last week for Romney, whom he described as “mature and reasonable — not a bomb thrower.” (FactCheck.org)
    Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu, said earlier this month that Gingrich’s erratic actions back then were disqualifying now.
    “I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich, having served under him for four years and experienced, personally, his leadership,” Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told “Fox News Sunday.”
    Bob Dole supports Romney. Dole was Senate majority leader at the same time that Romney’s current 2012 rival Newt Gingrich was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reuters reports that the two Republican congressional leaders were often at odds, “with Dole often frustrated by Gingrich’s firebrand personality.”

    SO VOTERS, BELIEVE YOU KNOW NEWT BETTER THAN THE HONORABLE MEN WHO WORKED WITH HIM?

    Gingrich, March 26: “I helped balance the federal budget for four straight years, the only time in your lifetime we had four years of a balanced budget. We paid over $400 billion in federal debt off.” The federal budget was indeed balanced for four straight years, from fiscal years 1998 to 2001. The only problem is that Gingrich left office in January 1999, so he was in Congress for only two of those four budget years (fiscal years 1998 and 1999), and the total surplus in those years was $194.9 billion — about half of what he claimed credit for. (FactCheck.org)

    In 2009, Gingrich testified in Congress against a cap-and-trade bill that the Obama administration supported. He said he might support a different bill, if it had limitations, such as “a bill that covers the 2,000 most polluting places.” This was a tougher stance against such bills than he took in 2007, when Gingrich said he would “strongly support” cap-and-trade if it included “a tax incentive program for investing in the solutions.” Despite those past remarks, Gingrich said on Fox News on Dec. 3 that “I’ve never favored cap-and-trade.” http://www.factcheck.org/2011/

    SO, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, THIS IS THE PERSON YOU TRUST TO CALL YOUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF?

    NEWT REWRITES HISTORY…..And after modestly acknowledging his own less significant role than Reagan’s, added, “We helped defeat the Soviet empire.” Unmentioned by Gingrich then, or in any of the 2,414 debates during this campaign, was his 1985 criticism of President Reagan’s historic meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev as “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with (British Prime Minister) Chamberlain at Munich in 1938.” Gingrich said: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing and without a dramatic, fundamental change in strategy will continue to fail. … The burden of the failure frankly must be placed first upon President Reagan.” These blatant contradictions between what Congressman Gingrich actually said at the time about President Reagan and what Candidate Gingrich now offers as fictitious reminiscences of his unwavering allegiance to Reagan remind me of one of the former speaker’s own broadsides against Washington, D.C. “In this cold and ruthless city,” he once said, “the center of hypocrisy is Capitol Hill.” Newt Gingrich is quite obviously an expert on both subjects.
    http://www.newtoncitizen.com/news/2011/dec/22/mark-shields-newt-rewrites-his-reagan-connection/

  5. Dennis

    Romney’s record is pro gay, anti-2nd amendment.
    He is a Morman as is Huntsman. Mormon agenda is to “Mormonize” the world!
    Jane106 – Of the 11,000 Huntsman employees, 2,000 are in US 9,000 are Chinese!
    Ron Paul is only honest candidate on either side IMHO!

  6. Heidi

    Why doesn’t Buddy Roemer get a profile?

    1. Heidi

      Yet, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, who have dropped out of the race are still on here?

      1. C

        What about Vermin Supreme? He received almost as many votes as Perry did in my city!! I’d vote for a guy based on a campaign of zombie preparedness and ponies for all over most of these folks (except Dr. Paul of course).

  7. Carl

    Where is the profile for Buddy Roemer??? Why is he always being hidden from the public?

  8. JJMatter

    Where’s Buddy Roemer? Hes on the home page with a brief bio but then he can’t be found anywhere else.

  9. Carl

    There he is, kudos to the moderator for adding his profile. Well done!!!!

  10. Bri

    You left out Fred Karger!

    http://www.fredkarger.com/

  11. Raffaele Zuccaro

    Newt is the only one that is speaking the truth–he is the smartest of the bunch- Romney is a snake oil salesman- the others are not smart enough- Please tell me that the people of New Hampshire are not going to vote for a hippocrite like Romney- a morman who believe in a goof ball like Joseph Smith- PLEASE people, think a bit!!!

  12. Dennis

    Raffaele Zuccaro – I agree with you on Romney – notice all media & Obama team have already assumed Romney as their opponent? Newt might be smart but Ron Paul will reduce deficit thus saving economy thus no rioting in the streets, bring troops home but increase military power for home defense, keep us out of WWIII with Iran, Russia & China, and you won’t be thrown in jail for your religious beliefs or exercising your constitutional rights like 2nd Amendment! Paul will attempt to repeal Patriot Act, which is not patriotic at all but took away your 4th Amendment. Hope voters can see past media fluff which is ignoring real issues we are all facing here in USA!

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