Entries in Presidential Campaign (6)


Herman Cain Jumps into Presidential Race

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday at a rally at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

"After prayerful consideration with my family and closest friends, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States," Cain said. "I look forward to continuing my travels across the country, engaging in discussions with the American people about the concerns facing our nation and sharing my 'common sense solutions' with them."
The 65-year-old businessman hit the political stage in 1994, when he argued with President Clinton over the Democrat's health care plan at a televised town hall meeting.

Cain joins former a still unsettled GOP field that includes Newt Gingrich, the former speak of the House, who formally announced his candidacy last week, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to formally announce on Monday.

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Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Paints Challenging Picture for Supporters

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “Every single day when we wake up we oughta note this campaign’s gonna be won or lost by a single vote in a precinct,” President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, says in a video emailed to supporters Monday.

Messina says the president is not going to run like an incumbent but rather like an insurgent, and he outlines many reasons -- from Republican enthusiasm to the uniqueness of the 2008 campaign -- as to why this campaign will be tougher. The video is typical of the kind that former 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe, currently a White House senior adviser, used to send to supporters in an attempt to make them feel included in strategy.

Cautioning that the landscape will be more challenging this year, Messina notes that Republican outside groups are planning to increase their involvement in the campaign, taking advantage of rules relaxed by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling. Referring to a New York Times story about the conservative group American Crossroads, Messina says, “They’ve already announced a $120 million campaign to defeat your president. We have to compete with that.”

Messina acknowledges that the GOP will have enthusiasm. “Republicans are going to be fired up to take on President Obama,” he says.

President Obama has told friends that 2008 was a unique “lightning in a bottle” campaign, and almost wistfully Messina says that the 2008 campaign “was the most special thing a lot of us have ever been a part of” but if they run the same campaign in 2012 “we stand a good chance of losing.”

In the roughly six-minute video presentation, Messina say the keys to re-election are expanding the electorate, building something new, growing the grassroots in the states, measuring progress and working for every vote.

After asking supporters to join the “I’M IN” campaign, in which they announce that they’re onboard with the president’s re-election effort and reach out to colleagues, neighbors, Twitter followers, Facebook friends and pals on email, Messina talks about the importance of building teams, contacting voters, and running a metrics-driven campaign where door knocks, phone calls and other activities are measured.

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'Zero Chance' Donald Trump Could Win Presidency, Obama Advisor Says

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senior Advisor to the President David Plouffe says that Donald Trump has no chance of making it to the White House. Plouffe, who managed President Obama's successful 2008 campaign, said Sunday that any Trump presidential run would be a losing affair.

"I think I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in some polls and given his behavior and spectacle the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising because there is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job," Plouffe said in an interview with ABC’s This Week.

Plouffe addressed the accusation this week by Trump that President Obama was not born in the United States.

"There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it's a sideshow," Plouffe said.

Earlier this week on a morning television program, Trump said "Three weeks ago when I started I thought he was probably born in this country, and now I really have a much bigger doubt than I did before." He told the host, "You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. [Obama] may not have been born in this country, and I'll tell you what. Three weeks ago I thought he was born in this country. Right now I have some real doubts. I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding."

Trump, a real estate developer and reality show host, has said that he is mulling a run for president and that he will decide whether to make it official sometime before June.

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Newt Gingrich Confirms Presidential Announcement

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Just hours before he is scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss his presidential ambitions, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich confirmed that he would take the first steps toward a campaign on Thursday. He told Georgia talk radio host Martha Zoller Thursday morning that he would be launching a website to kick off the exploratory phase of his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination that will go live Thursday.

"[Gingrich's wife] Callista and I are prepared to see if there are enough folks who want to get this country back on the right track," he said on the radio show. “It's a great challenge but it's one that we both take very, very seriously, both as citizens and behalf of our grand children and all the young people of America."

At an event Thursday afternoon with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Gingrich intends make it clear that he is exploring a presidential run. He plans to start raising money more aggressively and moving in the direction of a formal exploratory committee and, as many expect, an official announcement of his candidacy.

"Callista and I promised, as you know, for well over a year that we would make a decision in late February or early March and we have kept our promise," Gingrich told Zoller. "We will have a website up later on today, people can go to it. It's and it's an effort to reach out to folks and say if we really want to get back to being a country of American exceptionalism and we really want to create jobs competing with Germany and China and India, and we really want to shrink government, get power out of Washington, balance the federal budget, and we really want to have a stronger national and homeland security so we're safer. Lots of folks are going to have to decide if that's a project they want to be engaged in."

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Public Financing for Presidential Campaigns on the Chopping Block

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A year after the Supreme Court overturned the federal government's decades-old restriction on corporate spending in political campaigns, Republicans are attempting to end the Presidential Election Fund, a move that Democrats charge will only boost the presence of special interest groups.

House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to eliminate public financing for presidential campaigns, a program that has been in place for 35 years.

The bill would terminate all taxpayer funding of presidential election campaigns and party conventions "to reduce federal spending and the deficit." The funds that remain would go into the Treasury Department's general fund and would only be used for deficit-reduction purposes.

Under current law, Americans can designate $3 on their income tax filings toward the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. The fund currently collects about $42 million annually, and its balance was $195 million at the end of 2010, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

To qualify for the public funds, presidential candidates and party convention committees have to limit their campaign spending.

The nonpartisan CBO estimated that eliminating the public financing system would reduce direct spending by $617 million in the 2011-2021 period.

The bill faces a bleak future in the Senate. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the bill Wednesday in the Senate, calling the fund "an outdated, wasteful Washington program" and a "welfare for politicians."

But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thus far has no plans to bring the measure to a vote on the floor, setting the stage for more partisan wrangling.

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Mike Huckabee: Divided Government May Boost Obama’s 2012 Chances

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's a question that every potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate has to ask before jumping into the race: Could I beat Barack Obama?

Sarah Palin already said she thinks so, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee acknowledged in an appearance on ABC's The View on Monday that he won't enter the GOP primary unless he comes to the same conclusion.

"I think it's going to be harder to beat Barack Obama than a lot of Republicans are thinking because he is the president, he's going to have a billion dollars starting out in his war chest, there is an extraordinary advantage of an incumbent," Huckabee said. "And I'll tell you something else people don't think about: a divided government is good for the executive branch."

He added, "When the executive and the legislative branches fight, the executive always wins," citing his own experience with a Democrat-controlled Arkansas legislature.

Some fresh polling numbers may help Huckabee, a veteran of the 2008 GOP presidential primary, make up his mind about running. A new Quinnipiac University survey released on Monday found Obama ahead of Huckabee by 2 points in a theoretical match up -- a virtual dead heat. The survey's margin of error is 2 percentage points.

Only one candidate -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- actually polls higher than Obama in a head-to-head race, and only by 1 percentage point, according to the Quinnipiac results. Among other potential GOP contenders, Huckabee comes in third in the poll, trailing Palin who gets 19 percent of Republican support and Romney who garners 18 percent. Huckabee comes up with 17 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 15 percent.

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