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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The 08 Republican Primary Race(IOWA)

This will focus on just IOWA tonight. Because Organization is such a Key there versus a Primary state, there is alot of info. I will tackle New Hampshire and elsewhere in a seperate Post

Well it is time to look at what the Republican hopefuls are doing. In doing these post I am going to be fair as possible. I think by looking at my post so far , a person can tell that I really like Gov. Huckabee and Senator Brownback alot. However several others are still on my list. Those include Allen, maybe Romney, and yes even McCain. I will not make a choice I feel till after the the 06 elections this year. I will talk about the Dem race at a later date.

Anywho lets go.
The George Washington Iowa site notes some future visits that they no about in the next two months:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to visit the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on August 12, 2006.

>Sen. Sam Brownback is scheduled to speak to the Des Moines chapter of Legatus in Des Moines, Iowa on August 10, 2006.

>Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Gov. Terry Branstad are scheduled to be the special guests at a Larry Noble for Senate reception at the home of Steve and Rep. Carmine Boal in Ankeny, Iowa on July 10, 2006.

I found that this site missed a few:

Romney will be in Iowa at the July 29, Iowa organizers said. Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he has accepted the invitation to speak at the Iowa Republican Party’s chairman dinner in Cedar Rapids"

Needless to say there will be more activity than that happening and I expect a lot more events during this summer season,especially when the Congress goes on Summer recess.

Senator Allen
Senator Allen has no events in Iowa this month that I could see. . He has a tad of a race for reelection to the Senate. I wanted to say something about his race. There is much talk he must win big in his re-election campaign. LEt me say that is nonsense. That is just something the media says so they have something to talk about. What he has to do is just win. If he doesnt, you will see Governor Huckabee and Senator Brownback secretly highfiveing in the corner. Why, because those voters I feel go to them above all others. A little factoid. People forget that Clinton was in the same position as Allen is in now. He almost lost that State re election to the Governors mansion. History almost changed that night. Was it close. HEll yes. Did it hurt him in the primaries no.

John McCain
John McCain is planning to visit Iowa this month but like the other Senators is a tad busy. However he has in the past month been other places fundraising for the GOP more on that later

Mike Huckabee Blog 2008 fleshes out these Iowa visits a little bit more and also adds another one. He says in part :
HUCKABEE SETS IOWA APPEARANCES FOR SENATE CANDIDATES IN ANKENY, NEVADA ON MONDAY, JULY 10WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will appear at events on behalf of state Senate candidate Larry Noble in Ankeny and speak at a Nevada, Iowa, event with state Senate candidate Jim Kurtenbach on Monday, July 10.
Huckabee and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will appear at a private fund-raiser for Noble in the home of Rep. Carmine Boal and her husband, Steve Boal. Following that event, Huckabee and Noble will tour Accu-mold, Corp., 1711 SE Oralabor Road, Ankeny, and hold a 9:00 a.m. news conference to discuss economic development issues.

Huckabee will join Kurtenbach and Jim Hallihan of the Iowa Games for a noon event at the Story County Medical Center, 630 Sixth St., Nevada, highlighting the topics of health and health care reform.
His blog has more details on the link.

The Huckabee blog also has an interesting take on the Walmart Voter an how it applies to Huckabee. I would suggest checking it out. I am also tad wary of these new (insert name) voter blocs that come up every election. However, I think that post is pretty accurate at how the Huckabee campaign is positioning itself on the issues.

Brownback of course is quite busy in the Senate right now and cannot easily get to Iowa as I am sure he would like too. I am anxious to see if Brownback can use his Senate position to get some media spotlight on him. My suggestion to Senator Brownback is since Senator Allen is going to be a tad busy get your butt to Iowa and New Hampshire in August. Also someone please contact this blogger and give him some news to report. Currently the Huckabee blog is beating his butt. However, I suspect that can be corrected to make the race more even.

Right off the bat, let me link to this blog and his take on the whole Mormon issue. I will probally add this guy to the side. Let me say that I agree with his conclusion. This whole Mormon issue is overblown. It is fun to talk about but in the end I think it will not make much difference.

By the way it is through his blog and his Romney google Calender I found this interesting tidbit that is pretty funny. Guess where Governor Romney is going to be tonight. Well he is keynote at the Arkansas Gop Governors dinner tonight. lol I guess that will be interesting. From the Ark GOP
Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney to Keynote 2006 Governor's Dinner
Little Rock - On May 18, 2006, Republican Party Chairman Gilbert Baker announced that Massachusetts Governor and Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association (RGA) Mitt Romney will headline the Republican Party's annual "Governor's Dinner" on July 6th.
"We are grateful that Governor Romney will be in Little Rock to assist us in our efforts for the 2006 election cycle," Baker stated. "Governor Romney has a distinguished career as an entrepreneur and public servant. He also shares our vision and commitment of growing our party by electing Asa Hutchinson as the next governor of our great state." Governor Mitt Romney will join Governor Mike Huckabee, Asa Hutchinson, Chairman Baker, and the slate of GOP candidates at the dinner. Governor Romney will also host a private reception that will benefit Asa Hutchinson's campaign for governor.
Well that speaks well for GOP unity. (Hear that Tancredo take a lesson)

Rudolph Giuliani-
Since my Friend The Pink Flamingo came out for Rudy yesterday, I thought I better out his name up. Hey Flamingo find me resources documneting what he doing. It appears that currently Rudy is following the McCain model of raising money for folks around the Country at this point. I see no activity for him in Iowa recently or in the next few weeks.

Pataki is just glad is not Governor of New Jersey today. On that topic I don't get why the Casino' shut down. It seems that whatever Govt workers are used to monitor of whatever should be essential They are losing a million a day in just direct revenue. Anywho he had quite a month last month in Iowa. I am surprised at the level of support he has there. It remains to be seen if these folks are loyal to him or just using his pac for bucks for o6

Frist needless to say is real busy. But we learn that he just hired a Iowa Field Director. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's latest hire is another indication that the Tennessee Republican is looking ahead to the 2008 Presidential race.
Frist, who is leaving the senate at the end of the year, named Marcus Branstad as his Iowa Field Director today. Branstad, a recent college grad, has a last name many Iowans will recognize; he is the son of former Republican Governor Terry Branstad
. For those keeping track you will notice that Huckabee is having some appearances with this guys dad. What does that mean? Hmm don't know at this point but this hire seems significant.

Tancredo has been around Iowa a good bit but I didnt come across any items that show he is getting organized in Iowa. Thank God. I am hoping he spends the summer recess promoting his book in Guam.


Krusty Conservative is the best blogger on the whole GOP scene. Go to his comment section. That is where a good bit of the action is. For instance here he talks about the Frist hire of the former Governor's son. This is an interesting post on the important folks that the 08 people need to get on their side.

On that theme Hotline had a list of Folks that as of June 20 th had not signed up with anybody and are the important ones that the above guys want.

Well that is about it. Many are concerned about local races. Let me say if you are a real politico the IOWA State Fair looks like the place to be that is coming up next month. Good grief Joe Biden is spending 15 days In Iowa next MOnth. Perhaps he is intending to stay by the front gate non stop and shake the whole States hand. Who knows I might go up for it.

We will take a look at New Hampshire and rest of the Country next. PLus soon the Dems.


Blogger Nick said...

I'm not really excited about any of these prospects. I've been saying for the last 3 years that a Colin Powell/Judge Roy Moore ticket would be my choice. Powell has the knowledge to win the War on Terror (pretty much everything he predicted about Iraq came true, his insight and experience is invaluable) and Judge Moore would balance out Powell's liberal leanings.

However, though, listening to and having recent conversations with Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) has me wishing he would run for President.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

I saw on your blog that you had talksed to Poe. Yeah, I see your point. We do need to be thinking about someone that will make a good commander in cheif more than ever. There are a few her eI still like.

9:38 AM  
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