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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Mitt Romney’
Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Mitt Romney for president — again — in 2016?

It’s unlikely, but the 2012 GOP presidential nominee is not without his share of support.

Mitt Romney/AP File Photo

Mitt Romney/AP File Photo

There’s been some buzz about Romney redux, though Romney said that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., his 2012 running mate, should make his own run for the Oval Office in 2016. That’s what Romney said during their joint appearance on Fox News, according to The Hill.

Ryan reportedly said he’d like to see Romney run for president again, though the former Massachusetts governor has ruled it out repeatedly. It would be Romney’s third run for the office.

But a Suffolk University/USA Today poll that surveyed races in North Carolina shows that Romney would dominate the GOP field in that state if he changed his mind. The poll surveyed likely voters in this year’s general election.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with 18 percent, was the top choice of Republican and GOP-leaning independents followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 11 percent.

But when Romney was put into the hypothetical field, he got 39 percent of those surveyed, followed by 14 percent for Huckabee and 10 percent for Bush.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got 57 percent of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. She was followed by Vice President Joe Biden, 15 percent, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 9 percent.

It’s just one state, but still ….

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 16th, 2012

Political observer Norman Ornstein is a keen observer of Washington, D.C., politics, but he could have a second career as a standup comic.

Norman Ornstein/Jack Hanrahan, ETN

Ornstein, who spoke Thursday at the Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit in Erie, rattled off several funny lines before his lecture turned serious.

Ornstein said he called GOP strategist Karl Rove the day after the election to tell him that “depression is fully covered under Obamacare.”

But he was just getting warmed up.

He said he had left northern California, where it “82 and foggy,  just like Clint Eastwood.”

When the Republican National Convention was interrupted by Hurricane Isaac, Ornstein said he saw Rick Santorum at the Tampa Zoo, “gathering up two of every creature.”

Referring to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” presidential debate comment, Ornstein said “we referred to him afterward as ‘Lord of the Three Rings.’ ”

Noting that Sarah Palin’s popular autobiography was called “Going Rogue,” the balding Ornstein suggested possible titles for a future memoir: “Going Rogaine” or “Going Several Times a Night.”

He said he would understand if any members of the audience had to leave to visit the restroom.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: November 8th, 2012

In the presidential race, Erie County stood out in Tuesday’s election.

Robert Speel, associate political-science professor at Penn State Behrend, said that President Barack Obama won 58 percent of the vote in Erie County, which is the highest percentage win for him in the western half of Pennsylvania. 

President Barack Obama/AP file photo

Obama only won two counties in this part of the state, with the other being the 57 percent he won in Allegheny County.

It didn’t much matter because the president did so well in southeastern Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia County, for instance, Obama won 557,024 votes, or 85.2 percent, compared to Mitt Romney’s 91,840 votes, or 14.1 percent.

Looking for a county that was evenly divided?

Try Centre County, the home of Penn State, where the vote was split at 49 percent for both presidential candidates. Romney won that county by only 20 votes.

Don’t ever say your vote doesn’t count.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: November 2nd, 2012

It’s pre-election rally time in the Erie area.

Today at 2 p.m., Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole and former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie will urge volunteers to attend get-out-the-vote neighborhood canvasses this weekend and discuss the importance of voting Tuesday.

Democrats also will hold a GOTV rally for President Barack Obama and other Democrats on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Perry Square gazebo.

The Minority Political Caucus will hold a line dance party as part of a GOTV effort for Obama on Saturday, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St., in the gym. You’ll be asked for a $10 donation for that event, with refreshments provided.

Not to be outdone, the  Erie County Republican Party will hold a rally tonight at Waldameer Park’s Rainbow Gardens.

That “rally before the tally” for Gov. Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates on the ticket will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature Congressmen Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, among other Republican candidates. That event, too, asks for a $10 donation, with food and beverages provided.

So are you ready for Tuesday?

– John Guerriero



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Posted: October 31st, 2012

Maybe Pennsylvania is in play, after all, in the presidential race.

A Franklin & Marshall College poll released today shows that Barack Obama now leads Mitt Romney by just 4 percentage points, with 4 percent undecided, among likely voters.

President Barack Obama. File photo/ Associated Press.

That compares to a 9-point lead that Obama held in the September poll, with 3 percent undecided.

The poll shows that Obama is seen as better able to handle foreign policy issues, better able to understand concerns of ordinary citizens, better able to handle the job as military chief and closest to voters’ views on abortion and gay marriage.

But Romney is now seen as more prepared to fix the nation’s economic problems, the poll showed.

Here’s another telling statistic: Voters are less interested in this year’s election (67 percent, very interested), compared to 2008 (73 percent, very interested).

Pennsylvania was thought to be safely in Obama’s column, but is that still the case? There’s only six days left to find out.

Mitt Romney/AP File Photo

– John Guerriero


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Posted: October 22nd, 2012

The final presidential debate watch parties in Erie are set.

For those in the Republican camp, you can watch at Erie County Republican party headquarters, 2206 W. 15th St., (behind Big Lots).

For those on the Democratic side, you can watch at the Barack Obama/Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St.

The debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney starts at 9 p.m.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: September 27th, 2012

Remember some of the buzzwords from the 2008 election? They included hockey moms, hope, change, and Joe the Plumber.

Now CafePress, Inc., plans to have a little fun with buzzwords that will be used between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during their first debate on Wednesday night.

Every time one of the buzzwords is used, the CafePress website will offer instant discounts on political merchandise.

The buzzwords that CafePress will monitor are: jobs, economy, Obamacare, middle class, Wall Street, 1 percent, doubling down, success and freedom.

My bet is on middle class being the most overused word.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: September 13th, 2012

Republicans insist that Pennsylvania is in play between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama/AP file photo

But the evidence, so far, suggests otherwise.

Where are the ads?

Where are the candidates, especially in the Erie area?

Right now, they are in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia and Colorado, which are shaping up as some of the true battlegrounds this fall.

Obama is leading the race in Pennsylvania, though that can change with less than two months until the Nov. 6 election.

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer poll, compiled by a bipartisan team of political analysts, showed Obama with a 9 percentage point lead over Romney in the state, 51 percent to 42 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided.

Mitt Romney/AP File Photo

Both sides point to their ground operations as proof that they’re vested in Pennsylvania.

But as for Pennsylvania being a battleground state, we’ll see.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: August 30th, 2012

Linda Chavez-Thompson, vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will address local labor leaders and Erie Democrats at a rally in Perry Square late this afternoon.

The rally will start at 5 p.m.

Chavez-Thompson, also the former vice president of the AFL-CIO, will talk about what’s at stake in the election between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Democrats at the rally are expected to claim the Romney-Paul Ryan budget plan would hurt labor jobs and the families they support. The Republicans, however, have said they would work to turn the economy around.

Romney will give his acceptance speech tonight at the Republican National Convention, while the Democratic National Convention begins Monday.

A roster of Democratic candidates in the Nov. 6 election is scheduled to appear at the rally. Joshua Atkinson, president of the Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council, and Andre Horton, the local NAACP president, also will be there.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: August 29th, 2012

The Pennsylvania delegation got another chance today to hear from Chris Christie, Tuesday night’s keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention.

Chris Christie at GOP convention. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Delegates and alternates from Pennsylvania and New Hampshire heard from the New Jersey governor during a breakfast gathering, said alternate delegates Sheila Sterrett of Harborcreek and Lori Maus Joint of Erie.

Sterrett said Christie talked about how he would be working hard over the next two months to encourage people to support the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket.

And Joint said Christie did “a great job” explaining the personal side of Romney.

Joint said today’s schedule includes hearing a talk from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and a tour of a Yuengling Brewery, before they head for the convention.

Tonight’s activities will be highlighted by Congressman Ryan’s address.

– John Guerriero

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