With the formal suspension of Santorum’s campaign today, we are down to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Although Gingrich has not formally suspended his campaign yet, he’s on the ropes.
Ron Paul and Mitt Romney were the only two who had a national campaign and appeared on all 50 states’ ballots.
Does the campaign now boil down to something as simple as this, the conservative underdog vs. the establishment moderate? It seems so.
There have been a few interesting developments recently. I came across this odd one this weekend where Russell Pearce stated that Romney and his immigrations positions are virtually the same. I find this hard to believe as Romney has been a supporter of the “DREAM” Act as well as amnesty:
That said, Pearce’s “internal enforcement” theory relies on a fundamental of Romney’s amnesty plan, that everyone has to get a national id card and workers (incl. *citizens*) cannot get a job unless the federal government first gives permission. (Where’s THAT in the constitution? Actually, that was the Clinton plan from 1993.)
5 term Rep. Chris Cannon (R, UT-3) was turfed out of his incumbent position by the Tea Party last cycle for just such duplicity on immigration, stating “tough” positions on immigration while promoting national id cards, federal tracking of citizens and amnesty while in DC.
Here’s Ron Paul’s position. The irony is that Ron Paul’s (40 year unwavering) position on immigration sounds like what Russell Pearce *says* his platform is. Except note, Ron Paul’s maintains constitutional integrity, individual constitutional rights for *citizens* while providing a zero-exception rule to amnesty, i.e. NO amnesty, no ids cards, no exceptions.
Some other information presented for your consideration.
Mitt Romney has not returned Gun Owners of America’s questionnaire–after three requests: http://gunowners.org/a02272012.htm
Here’s GOA’s evaluation of Ron Paul: http://gunowners.org/ronpaul-2012.htm GOA says Ron Paul has “guts” and is a “Second Ammendment Champion”. They give him an A+ rating.
Here are GOA’s 2012 Republican Presidential candidate ratings:
Ron Paul: A+ Santorum: B- Gingrich: C Romney: D- (based on his previous positions)
This is an interesting one. Watch the crowds. Watch the median age. Look at these young Republicans who embrace individual responsibility, the constitution, the founding fathers and individual liberty. Crowds of 8000? See for yourself:
On the day Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race, it was Ron Paul — not presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney — who stole the show at the do-over Republican caucus in one of Missouri’s largest and most conservative counties.