The U.S. Presidential Election

December 27, 2011 by staff 

The U.S. Presidential ElectionThe U.S. Presidential Election, The United States elects its president in just a little more than 11 months. But before the general election, the Republican party must first select a nominee, who will run against current President Barack Obama. The now-ongoing Republican race has some interesting twists, it includes a candidate who failed to get on the ballot in the state where he lives and a libertarian who is under fire for allegedly writing discriminatory remarks.

Republican candidates are all smiles when they come to the Midwest. The Iowa caucuses, their first presidential test, is Tuesday, January 3.

The Iowa Republican party lists nine caucus candidates, but politicalanlyst Matthew Dowd narrows it to three. “I think this race right now, unless somebody changes the dynamic in Iowa, is a race between Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, all of whom have tremendous [drawbacks in their background], and all of whom a majority of Republicans have worries about,” he said.

Gingrich has worries of his own, he did not submit the required number of qualified signatures to get on the primary ballot in Virginia. That’s the state where he lives. Virginia, the nation’s 12th largest state, is seen as an important “swing state” where neither party dominates, making it crucial in the general election in November.

Democratic politicalanlyst James Carville said, “He’s not on the ballot in Virginia, which in a close race, could actually mean something. Secondly, it’s probably indicative of something else that they weren’t prepared for this, they weren’t able to do this.”

But the Gingrich campaign has been quick to focus on Congressman Ron Paul’s recent issues. Paul published newsletters in the 1980s and 90s that contained racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay material. “These things are really nasty,” said Gingrich. “And he didn’t know about it? Wasn’t aware about it and he’s sufficiently ready to be president?”

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