Friday, June 10, 2011

CNN/WMUR/Union Leader hosted Debate Voter's Guide

The second debate of the season is fast approaching on June 13th, 2011. Following FOX’s first debate, this CNN/WMUR/Union Leader hosted debate is doing well to be exclusive. Being sure to cater only to the big names: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann are up to the plate on this next debate and even Sarah Palin, who has made no move toward a campaign or an announcement, was invited! Sarah Palin’s invitation proves that this is all just a horse race, that the mainstream media is doing this for profits and for ratings. They want only the “finest”, only the “best” of candidates, the ones who poll well, to participate in their debate.

Doesn’t that seem counterintuitive to their ‘Inform the Voter’ ideology? Or is that just some faux ideal they spew to impress their television audience into sticking around past the first commercial break? Whatever it is, in protest of it, I’ve decided to make a debate specific Voter’s Guide dedicated to three decent candidates who were purposefully neglected due to their small name status and their inability to run well in this Great American Horse Race.

What: CNN/WMUR GOP Primary Debate

When: Monday, June 13th, 2011

8 – 10 P.M. ET

            Where: New Hampshire


Newt Gingrich

Ron Paul

Herman Cain

Rick Santorum

Tim Pawlenty

Mitt Romney

Michele Bachmann

People who rejected invitations:

                                                            Donald Trump

                                                            Mike Huckabee

                                                            Sarah Palin

                                                            Jon Huntsman

                                                            Rudy Guiliani

Candidates who deserve to be invited:

                                                            Fred Karger

                                                            Buddy Roemer

                                                            Gary Johnson

Fred Karger

Where he stands on the issues:

-Keep jobs in America

-Believes in the private sector

-Public-private partnership in urban high schools

-Surge out of both Iraq and Afghanistan

About Fred Karger:

-He has never held elected or public office

-He won the Saint Anselm College Republicans Presidential Straw Poll, the mainstream media, however, gave the victory to supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney

Quotes from Fred Karger:

-“I am a fiscal conservative; I come from a finance background.”

-“We need to compete and we need to keep kids in school.”

-“The Public Charter School phenomenon is a huge boost to education.”

-“I see The National Teachers’ Unions as one of the huge problems [in education]. Teachers unions concentrate on job preservation and it’s slowing down progress.”

-“We just don’t go nation – build like President Obama is doing in Afghanistan.”

-“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and must be defended at all cost.”

-“I want a path to citizenship for immigrants already living in the country.”

-“We must end our dependence on foreign oil.”

-“We need to explore alternative energy, wind and solar power.”

-“Lower the legal voting age in the United States to either 16 or 17 years old.”

-“I will work hard to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and eliminate the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.”

-“Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.”

- “I’m a firm believer in a woman’s right to choose.”

-“I believe in the Republican philosophy of less government, keep government out of our lives. That is a very personal, private choice between a woman, her doctor, her family and her faith.”

-“We should move to legalize and tax marijuana.” – “I think that the current [marijuana] laws are onerous and tying up our prison system.”

Buddy Roemer

Where he stands on the issues:

-Control federal spending

-Strive for energy independence by the end of the decade

-Bring our Armed Forces home from “oil” duty (quotes his)

-Make the tax code simpler and eliminate corporate and Wall Street Welfare

-Change the healthcare law to eliminate money favors to insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies

-Make sure Wall Street’s gambles don’t impact main street taxpayers

About Buddy Roemer:

-Governor Roemer served four terms in the United States Congress from 1981 – 1988 as a Conservative Democrat

-Was Louisiana Governor from 1988 – 1992 as both a Democrat and Republican.

-During his tenure in the Governor’s office, unemployment in the state dropped by approximately half, the state budget was balanced all years despite inheriting a huge deficit, teacher pay was linked to performance, education accountability standards were enacted, government unions were challenged, and sweeping campaign finance reform legislation was passed

-In Congress, Roemer frequently supported Reagan policy initiatives and fought with the Democratic Congressional leadership

-Vetoed a pro-life bill - said that the bill, which would have banned abortion in cases of incest, was incompatible with the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

-Legalized fifteen floating casinos throughout Louisiana and video poker at bars and truck stops throughout the state.

Quotes from Buddy Roemer:

-“I will accept no contribution greater than one hundred dollars.”

-“I want a President who is free to lead.”

Gary Johnson

Where he stands on the issues:

-Bring the troops home

-No criminal or terrorist suspect captured by the U.S. should be subject to physical or psychological torture

-The PATRIOT Act should be allowed to expire

-Habeus Corpus should be respected entirely

-It’s time to end excessive spending, bloated stimulus programs, unnecessary farm subsidies, and earmarks

-Get the Federal Reserve out of the business of printing money and buying debt through quantitative easing

-Cut spending, cut taxes; reduce federal involvement in the economy

-End the Department of Education

-Simplify Legal Immigration

-Enforce a ‘One Strike, You’re out’ rule for immigrants who circumvent the streamlined work visa process

-Impose and enforce sanctions on employers for noncompliance with immigration laws.

About Gary Johnson:

-Two terms as New Mexico’s governor and is best known for his common – sense, up – front and honest approach to public service.

Quotes from Gary Johnson:

-“I’m committed to the cause of less government, greater liberty and lasting peace and prosperity for all Americans.”

-“I don’t believe in raising taxes. Lowering taxes and balancing the federal budget will stimulate a new era of prosperity.”

-“I do not favor the legalization and lawful distribution of harder drugs [than marijuana], but I believe their use should be dealt with as a health issue – not a criminal justice issue.”

-“An Internet free of regulation and taxation has produced innovation and enhancements to quality of life almost unparalleled in human history.”


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