Presidential Campaign 2012 | An Independent Voters View

Presidential Campaign April 2011

Well folks, here we are in the first week of April and the 2012 Presidential Campaign is underway. Some would say it’s been underway for a while; but officially, it took the Presidents announcement of his 2012 Presidential Campaign today, 4 April 2011, to mark the first official candidacy of the race. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty marked the day by releasing his own ad from within his exploratory committee. I would suspect he will announce soon.

Below is the Associated Press’ report on the Obama announcement.

AP's You Tube Video

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It is certainly no secret to those of you who follow me that I have significant issues with the Presidents leadership skills. President Obama has cemented in stone my personal view that Senators and Congressmen make crappy Presidents. Having said that I can understand that the Dems think he’s pretty good, after all he did get Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed, he’s managed to spend more money and make the government bigger than it ever has been. Of course the deficit and debt are increasing at 4 times the rate that it did under President Bush, and many of us had problems with the spending at that level.

He’s managed to demonize the rich, while helping ensure the lobbyist for GE and others managed to get tax rules that have allowed them to pay no taxes the whole time he’s been in office, while  GE capitalized 78 Billion in loans to its industrial customers at less than 2% ‘Fees’ through an FDIC program known as the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGIP); and of course charge their customers higher rates (5-7%) for borrowing our tax money. So while he laments that folks that make more than 250K aren’t paying enough, he makes sure his ‘corporate partners’ pay NO TAX AT ALL. But that’s just the politics.

On the Leadership front he has taken a back seat during the times it seems to me that he needed to be out in front. His success with ending the Iraq War has been to follow a plan negotiated by President Bush with the Iraqi government in 2008. He has continued the Bush policies in Afghanistan with the exception of increasing the drone strikes in Pakistan. I give him credit for listening to his advisors on the surge, though he was slow on the uptake. I could go on and on but it’s beyond the scope of this article to go into all the details. Safe to summarize I’m not a big fan at this point in time, but I will say that the nation still could do worse so it means all the Republican candidates will need to be scrutinized carefully since the devil you don’t know can be a lot worse than the one you do.

So Here is the Ad for Gov Tim Pawlenty (R)….

Tim Pawlenty's Ad

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Good commercial lot of good words here and for substance he mentioned taking on entitlements. It will be interesting to see how this floats in Peoria once you start talking about changes to Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and Defense. The fact that he was a two term Governor as a Republican in Minnesota is a mark of someone with some demonstrated leadership potential. I figure the media will start to dig and we’ll find out more about him soon.

The only other name I would be interested in at this moment is former Governor Jeb Bush but he has stated clearly he has no intention of running so, so be it.  As for all the other names hovering in the wings, including but not limited to Gingrich, Palin, Bachmann, Romney and Trump; they are not folks I’m interested in for President at this point in time.

The 2012 Presidential Race is sure going to foster some interesting political debate, I feel pretty sure we will have a clear choice in 2012, and so the race is on.

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T4HOTA 5 years ago

2012 will definitely be an interesting political campaign and I'm especially looking forward to the one-on-one debates. I just pray that a strong conservative who can appeal to the populace steps up and challenges the Obamination.

Great hub and thanks for providing the outside links.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

T4HOTA - Let's see if the Repubs can produce a candidate, or just have a circular firing squad. This Pawlenty guy does look interesting so far. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Dear Hmr,

I hope we do have a clear choice and it had better not be Obama. I too am not jazzed about the possible candidates so far, but we'll see.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

POP - Yep its a real dilemma for the Repubs, POTUS has pretty low numbers in the polls but head to head against any of them so far he still wins. Where are the leaders? Should be some interesting times. Thanks for stopping in POP.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Well done and spot on. All the chaos in the world that he is supposed to be dealing with and naturally he reverts now to what he does best - CAMPAIGN.

As I am fond of saying, "It seems more things "change," the more they stay the same.

Good work my fellow Patriot.

The Frog


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

FP -

Thanks for stopping by! Yep when you don't know what to do, do what you know! Should be part of the expectations by now. After all he's a professor, and what do you get to do on the 'Trail' you get to lecture, you don't have to make a solution you just have to point out the problems.

Time to tighten the Ruck straps it's gonna be a long walk to Nov 2012.


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

I'd love to see a strong candidate from the GOP. I do not know enough about Pawlenty yet but a lot of people think he can be "it." I'm for voting in the best candidate, I don't care which party he comes from.


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

"he" or "she," I should say.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

LRC - On this you and I agree, I will vote for the best candidate. Party matters not to me. As for Pawlenty I'm interested to learn more. Thanks for stopping by and commenting my friend.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is good monbey or good work - which is necessary for a future President of USA?


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Hmrjmr my friend I am to the point that I would vote for just about anybody including Lady Gaga over Obama. The GOP field is pretty weak right now and I am not too impressed with any of them. I wish guys like Alan West and Marco Rubio were a little more seasoned, we need the help. Right now I like Bachman.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

tony - Right now Bozo The Clown seems like an attractive alternative compared to the clown we have up sitting up there pretending he has any idea of what needs to be done.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Trump! That's all we need , a president in debt up to his neck. Good info hub Hmrjmr you,ve put me on to some of the potential candidates didn't know about cause i don't watch too much t.v. Got several FBF from GA, ya'll are good people! Thanks.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

HP - Unfortunately it takes money. Lots and lots of it.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tony - Bachmann did impress me some this last week when she said they should have done a clean bill to fund the troops. But still I think the best Presidents come from Governor's as opposed to the House or Senate. They just don't foster the executive and leadership skills required. Thanks for stopping by my friend and happy Saturday to ya.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Froggie - At least Bozo didn't need a teleprompter. Seems a likely improvement. Thanks


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Alastar - Thanks for stopping by, Seems the field is still pretty thin, have to see what crawls out of the woodwork. Thanks for stopping by and the Georgia plug ya'll take good care.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Hmrjmr1 - I agree with your Governor comment. Those people know what it takes to govern. The problem with Bachman is her lack of experience. Bu then again, look what we got stuck with this time.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Yep proves my point FP. She may have some VP potential though.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, keep it coming, all I get is internet video and from what I hear the evening news is not any better. Peace, 50


Ghost32 5 years ago

Well, y'all know by now I like Sarah Palin and a few others, but I'm definitely on board with your classic line:

Senators and Congressmen make crappy Presidents.

Boy howdy.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal - Sorry it took so long to respond, Thanks and keep vigilant lad.

G32 - Yep, SP seems to be biding her time, so it will be interesting to see what she decides. Thanks for stopping by my friend.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

as always a great read. Thanks for this hub.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin

I'm late to this article, but I think it's clear as of now who the likely nominee will be, and that's Mitt Romney. Granted, there are issues with his candidacy, but then there are issues with most candidacies as I look back. Am I a full-on supporter of Romney? Of course I'll vote for him if he's the nominee, but one guy I like is Rick Santorum. I think his ideas about manufacturing are spot on, and no one else in the lineup is really talking much about the issue—although I do think parts of Romney's 50+ point plan would do more for manufacturing than any of the other serious contenders aside from Perry.

I said of Romney on my Facebook page today, "Is it just me or has Mitt Romney's candidacy been sort of like a whack a mole? Everytime he's up someone whacks him back into his hole? That's not meant to be a negative by the way, just an observation. He's up again and I swear I just heard someone break out one of those padded hammers."

I just think it's funny that as much as Romney will probably be our guy, strong conservatives have had a difficult time really latching on to him with any real excitement. That said his numbers HAVE remained constant, but his frontrunner status has not. :)

One important thought for independents like you is to keep in mind that it MUST be the republican nominee who gets your vote. A vote for an independent, I think, would make it harder for the republican nominee to win the White House.

Great as always.


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Hmrjmr1 4 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Jan 2012 - Well things are rollin along with Iowa Caucuses just two days a way. Interesting to see how it all rolls out over the next few weeks. Thanks for stoppin by Springboard always appreciate your comments.

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