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Its worth noting there is no lower house in the New Zealand parliament. How is class of senator decided? Forgive me but I still don't quiet grasp how two senators per state can belong to different classes. So Don if you got your constitutional convention that you want ( with me serving tea and coffee and taking minutes ) how would you re design the US political system?
McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, well before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa Republican caucuses, is in second place in the new survey, with 21 percent of those registered Republicans polled supporting him for the GOP nomination
Hmm interesting . Don I look forward to your thoughts on re designing the US political system . What did you make of Ron Paul taking a donation from neo Nazis? I lost all respect for Ron when he didn't refund the money and speak out against the Neo Nazis . Ron had as much right to refund the money and speak out against the Neo Nazis as they had to donate the money. Ron's supporters would defend him blindly no matter what in the name of his Libertarian stance and claim that what ever has happened is an attempted to smear him. Of course if something like that happened to another candidate Paul supporters would cry blue murder.
McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa Republican caucuses, is in second place in the new survey, with 21 percent of those registered Republicans polled supporting him for the GOP nomination
Well it looks like McCain has gained something from pouring resources into what is or are minor battles. The question is how long can McCain sustain his lead in the polls ? I would say McCain has reasonable chance of doing well in the polls until he either loses the next minor battle or Rudy brings out the big guns against McCain with the aim of doing well on Super Tuesday.
I devoted the majority of first podcast to an overview of this thread. Feel free to post your thoughts on this thread or the podcast thread.
He served in South Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam War in the Army Rangers' 75th Ranger Regiment, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He participated in 24 helicopter assaults as well as in small-number, night-time reconnaissance patrols. He held the rank of First Lieutenant, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal,  Air Medal, and service ribbons such as the Vietnam Service Medal. He has said, "I didn't do anything special in the U.S. Army, but I served with very special soldiers I will never forget."
Hunter has done well in some straw polls. Hunter won polls in Maricopa County, Arizona (in January 2007) and Anderson County, South Carolina. He has also finished second place in straw polls in Greenwood and Pickens Counties. He finished third place in a Spartanburg poll and also finished a close third, only two percentage points behind John McCain, in a Nevada straw poll in October 2007. However, in Iowa, where he has done very little campaigning, Hunter finished without a single vote in a "just for fun" Crawford County poll and finished in 9th place out of 11 (with 172 votes) in the Ames Straw Poll,
Hmm interesting . Don I look forward to your thoughts on re designing the US political system.
The Act makes it illegal for anyone to spend more than NZ$12,000 criticising or supporting a political party or taking a position on any political matter, or more than NZ$1,000 criticising or supporting an individual member of parliament, without first registering with a state agency, the Electoral Commission.
Don I like all your ideas expect for having elections or rather political party's entirely funded by the tax payer. Under the circumstances I can certainly understand why you support such a notion. I support the public being able donate money to political party's providing that there is transparency or regulated.
Some political analysts said Michigan was a must-win for Romney, who finished second in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Romney, who won the overshadowed Wyoming caucuses, is a Michigan native and his father was governor of the state in the 1960s.
Forty-one percent of people who voted in the GOP primary said Romney's Michigan ties were important to them, according to exit polls.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson on Tuesday ended his run for the presidency, coming off the heels of a disappointing third-place finish in South Carolina's GOP primary and heading into the showdown state of Florida next week.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee has dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States," Thompson said in a statement.
"I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."
Well it is make or break time for Rudy or very close to it. Either Rudy gamble will pay off handsomely or fail miserable. Rudy is trailing in the polls but in truth the poll that matters is the one on election or primary day. Is Primary day the correct term?
Anyway lets hear it does Rudy candidacy rely on doing well or winning in Florida? If Rudy does poorly in Florida can he still do well on Super Tuesday and clinch his party nomination?
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
So, how does the combination of McCain and Romney beat the double-threat of Clinton and Obama?