Polls sure to warm Bull Moose’s heart.

McCain leads in one, a close second to Romney in another:

Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion, an Atlanta-based firm, shows McCain, the Arizona senator, getting 35 percent, compared to 24 percent for both Huckabee, the former governor Arkansas, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Huckabee had been leading in Georgia in polls taken before Tuesday’s Florida primary, which McCain won, followed by Romney. Huckabee finished fourth in Florida.

Another poll from Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C., shows the race tighter, with Romney at 32 percent, McCain right behind at 31 percent and Huckabee at 24.

The article also says Obama leads Clinton by a wide margin.

40 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    Bill,

    Current polls have the Patriots leading the superbowl by 12 points, but with the debate coming up, the Giants are hoping to cut into that lead by at least a field goal and use the momentum to build on until the Sunday.

    Polls also show that although the Patriots are favoried by almost 2-1 by passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and fieldgoals (particularly field goals of color) are overwelmingly supporting the Giants.

    The key wildcard are Safties, which have not voted reliably in recent superbowls.

  2. Icarus says:

    Rome,

    That would make sense. I’m not sure all Pat’s fans know about Tom Brady’s illegitimate baby.

  3. GOPeach says:

    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — “Well I don’t think Romney and I split the conservative vote,” Mike Huckabee told reporters today.

    “If the true conservatives are looking for a true conservative they’ll pick me. [Mitt] Romney’s record is not a conservative record, his rhetoric is not a conservative record of even what he’s said and what he’s done.”

    The usually gloves-off candidate launched into sharper rhetoric today. With only one week until Super Tuesday, Huckabee also had to spend time answering reporter questions about his viability.

    “This boy isn’t on the ropes,” Huckabee said.

    “There’s an old saying in the South: it isn’t about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog and the fact is I’ve gotten everywhere I’ve ever gotten in my political life by hanging in there and fighting until the last fight.”

    The former Arkansas governor has not won a primary since Iowa. Earlier, Romney made the rounds on the morning news shows calling the contest for the Republican nomination as a “two-man race.”

    Huckabee’s response: “It may be a two-person race – I’m just trying to think me and who else would be in that race.”

    And whether McCain is dangling the vice presidential nomination in front of him: “Well he’s gotta beat me for the presidency first and he hasn’t done that. So let’s not count me out just yet.”

    Following the media availability, Huckabee attended a fundraiser that brought in more than $100,000. To the crowd, he asserted his role as the “only true conservative in the race.”

    “There’s only one of us who hasn’t had a conversion on a whole history of issues,” he said, namelessly pointing to Romney.

    “You will not find videotape of me denying caring about Ronald Reagan and saying that I didn’t have any part of that Reagan Bush thing…as one of the candidates said not long ago.”

    More: “In my 10 1/2 years [as governor], the tax burden on the average Arkansan went up two-tenths of a percent. That’s not much. By the way, one of the people that has been most critical of me, one of the other guys running for president, in four years as governor – by the way, he didn’t run [for reelection] and there may be a reason for that – because in four years, the tax burden on his citizens grew over four percent. There’s a difference.”

    Huckabee also raised some questions about John McCain’s efficacy, criticisms he hasn’t raised since Iowa.

    “Now if you want to elect a president who thinks Washington has the answers, just keep one of those guys up there that’s been there a while. They’ve had their chance. And they’re nice guys, but it’s time for a new generation of leaders who come from the heart of America, who understands that, for government to work, we have to work with totally new ideas.”

    “We can’t just sit up there and hear what the boo-birds tell us we can’t do. We need to take the heart and soul, the resilience and the resolve of the American people and start making sure we get some things done.”

  4. GOPeach says:

    EVERY McCain supporter is a DRUNK!

    Name ONE McCain supporter who dosen’t DRINK!
    See what I mean….

    Bottoms up boys …. Belly Up to the Beltway!

  5. GOPeach says:

    DOUG –

    I can not sit here and let that DAMN McAMESTY and Mitt Flopp HIJACK our PARTY ….

    PLEASE … RON PAUL PEOPLE….
    COME HELP THE HUCKABEE CAMPAIGN!!!

    To Vote HUCKABEE is to VOTE AGAINST ROMNEY and McCAIN….

    GOD HAVE MERCY…. this is NOT FUNNY!!!

  6. Doug Deal says:

    GOPeach,

    The three people who read this site who haven’t made up there minds about who to vote would likely vote for McCain after reading your posts.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    Peach, it is time you seek treatment to deal with the fact Huckabee is not going to win. You could start your own group and call it Hucksters Anonymous or HA for short 🙂

    The race is between Romney and McCain.

  8. Icarus says:

    I’ve had a beer with McCain (don’t believe he had one, but it was 12 years ago). It was an enjoyable experience. I can’t imagine enjoying a beer with Romney, Huckabee, or Paul.

    That fact, alone, makes McCain more electable.

  9. GOPeach says:

    Here is a portion of a letter of encouragement written by:
    Petty Officer John Howe
    Serving in Iraq
    2 Cor. 8:9

    …All the pundits and “experts” have written of Mike Huckabee as an after thought for this campaign. The media elite have decided that he doesn’t have a chance to win, so they have largely forgotten about him as they jump on the John McCain bandwagon. The only problem is that Mike hasn’t quit. Not only has he not quit, he has said that he is not going to quit. He has repeatedly said that the nomination is a process, not an event. Each primary is just one inning in a prolonged game. When the Boston Red Sox trailed the New York Yankees 3 games to none in a best of seven series a few years ago, it would have been easy to quit and throw in the towel. But the Sox didn’t give up. They won the next four in a row, came back from a three game deficit (which no one had ever done before) and went on to win the World Series for the first time in 86 years. Most people expect the New England Patriots to beat the New York Giants on Sunday in the Super Bowl, at least according to the experts. But the Giants have different plans, I’m sure. All I’m trying to say folks, is that there is a reason why they play the game on the field and not in the press box!…

  10. GOPeach says:

    I am not one to piss my money down the drain after schmoozing with country club republican who do not give a hoot in hell about minorities or the needy.

  11. GOPeach says:

    Take off the rose-colored glasses people! If anything, last night”s debate crystalized who has the leadership abilities; oratorical skills; “people” skills; and government-management skills. That would be MIKE HUCKABEE! Did you see who was there to steady Ms. Reagan by offering his arm to her? Did you see who stayed above the fray and spectacle of the two media “darlings”-both of whom were experiencing melt-downs? McCain could barely be civil! How would you like that man”s finger on the red button? And Romney was clearly caught with his pants down! Did you even hear the honest and intelligent answers of the person who SHOULD be president? Take a look at the debate again and LISTEN to what Gov.Huckabee said in his closing remarks. I cannot believe anyone would be so dumb as to NOT SEE the validity of endorsing this man who has more class and character than any of them! Shame on you who listen to these two bozos (McCain and Romney) and the biased media!

  12. GOPeach says:

    THIS JUST IN FROM A STAUNCH REPUBLICAN – This scares me.
    ____________________________

    Sherry,

    I do not mean to shock you but I am so unimpressed with John McCain, that I would rather get the thrill of electing the first woman president. That is saying a lot. Please tell me we have not worked all of these years in the GOP to have such person on our ticket.

    xxxxxx Nesmith

  13. GOPeach says:

    ABORTION

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee supports a constitutional amendment to protect life from the time of conception. He praised the Supreme Court ruling upholding a ban on partial birth abortion. The governor also opposes embryonic stem cell funding, saying it amounts to creating a life only then to take it away.

    McCain:
    McCain believes Roe vs.. Wade should be overturned, and that the abortion question should be left to the individual states to legislate.

    Romney:
    Romney says Roe vs.. Wade should be overturned. He believes decisions on abortion are best left to the states and that “a single federal rule” is wrong. In the past, he broadly supported abortion rights and Roe vs. Wade. He has since changed his position regarding the role of government in such matters.

    ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee wants to conserve and use alternative energy like nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, bio-diesel, and biomass. He plans to set aside a federal research and development budget that will be matched by the private sector to research alternative fuels. He says energy independence will make the U.S. safer. He supports offshore drilling and oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    McCain:
    McCain wants to see more investment in alternative-energy sources such as nuclear power, ethanol, fuel cells, bio-diesel, and natural gas. He believes ethanol will play a big part in energy independence.McCain is the chief co-sponsor of a bill that sets mandatory caps on greenhouse emissions. His plan would allow companies to trade excess carbon emission capacity, and would require emissions to return to 2004 levels by 2012 and to 1990 levels by 2020.

    Romney:
    Romney proposes using a combination of conservation and efficiency measures to make the U.S. energy independent. He supports greater public investment in the development of alternative sources of energy like bio-diesel, ethanol, nuclear and coal gasification. He supports drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and on the Outer Continental Shelf. He opposes carbon taxes.

    IMMIGRATION

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee became the first presidential candidate to sign Americans for Better Immigration’s “No-Amnesty” Pledge (see above for details). He wants to secure and police the border and supports erecting an electric or physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    McCain:
    He wants to develop a guest worker program that allows illegal immigrants to earn legitimate status. McCain sponsored the 2006 comprehensive immigration reform bill. Had it passed, it would have allowed some illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to work and apply to become legal residents after learning English, paying fines and back taxes, and clearing a background check. McCain wants a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would improve border surveillance and enforcement, strengthen penalties against those who hire illegal immigrants, and stop document fraud.

    Romney:
    Romney opposed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill of 2006, saying it would have opened a door to a vast number of immigrants and allow “amnesty” for illegals. Romney says the U.S. must become more attractive for legal immigrants, and champions greater use of H1B visas to bring in skilled workers. He promotes harsher penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and wants to create an employment verification system that uses high-tech identification cards. He supports building a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    IRAQ

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee supported Bush’s troop surge in Iraq. He believes that going into Iraq with too few troops was a mistake, and opposes Democratic efforts to set a deadline for withdrawal. Huckabee says the U.S. must finish the job now or go back and do it all over again someday. He proposes a Middle East summit so that Iraq’s neighbors become militarily and financially committed to stabilizing their neighborhood.

    McCain:
    McCain thinks Bush’s strategy in Iraq can succeed, and that if the U.S. fails to stabilize Iraq now, the threat of terrorism against American interests will grow. McCain has strongly criticized Democrats who support a troop withdrawal timeline, but has also criticized the administration for mishandling the war.

    Romney:
    Romney has criticized the Bush administration for committing errors in Iraq, but supports the current troop surge strategy. He opposes an early withdrawal from Iraq, and has described Democratic attempts to set a deadline for withdrawal as “setting a date for surrender.” He believes a ` quick withdrawal from Iraq, before the country has been stabilized, could trigger a larger regional conflict.

    TAXES

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee is a strong supporter of the Fair Tax. He supported the Bush tax cuts and would make them permanent. Huckabee would also reduce the tax burden of those with the lowest incomes. He regrets that Republicans have all too often perceived as favoring the wealthy with their tax policies. He signed a no-new taxes pledge in March of 2007.

    McCain:
    McCain says tax cuts work best in conjunction with lower spending. He blames excessive spending for Republican losses in the 2006 elections. McCain was one of two Republican senators to oppose the 2001 tax cuts, arguing that too many of the benefits went to the most fortunate at the expense of the middle class. He also opposed the 2003 tax cuts. McCain says he would not raise taxes, but that he would not go as far as to sign a pledge to that effect. He believes a repeal of the estate tax isn’t necessary.

    Romney:
    Romney believes the Bush tax cuts should be made permanent, and that even more tax cuts should be offered. He also says he will fight to abolish the estate tax. Romney backs a savings incentive plan that would allow Americans to earn interest, dividends, and capital gains tax- free. He would also lower the corporate tax rate. Romney signed the 2008 presidential candidate “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” even though he has been critical of similar no-tax pledges in the past.

    ECONOMY

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee supports tax rebates and curbing federal spending, to include adopting the line-item veto. He is also in favor the FairTax and the elimination of the IRS, which he says will increase both the likelihood that American companies will invest domestically and that foreign companies will invest in America.

    McCain:
    McCain proposes to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%, which in his opinion is essential to the United States competitiveness and would expand the economy and lead to higher wages. He proposes to allow the First Year Deduction of Equipment and Technological Investments and wants to establish a permanent tax credit equal to 10% of wages spent on Research and Development.

    Romney:
    Romney proposes simplifying regulations and bureaucratic processes for businesses in addition to tort reform, saying that both issues keep businesses from seeking out and retaining employees. He wants to curb federal spending by establishing a spending limit and by instituting the line-item veto to cut out unnecessary expenditures. Romney says to avoid a pending budget crisis, the federal government must trim down entitlement spending.

    HOMELAND SECURITY

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee plans to remove FEMA from the Department of Homeland Security and give the organization cabinet status, so that the FEMA director will report directly to the president. He plans to streamline the Department of Homeland Security, to make it more efficient and effective. He wants to increase chemical plan and port security standards at the federal level, but give states the right to make and enforce stricter-than-federal port standards.

    McCain:
    McCain plans to strengthen the military, shore up alliances and continue to protect our homeland in any crisis that comes our way.

    Romney:
    Romney wants to clarify and streamline relationships with domestic security-related operations to enable clearer communication and more decisive action. He wants to increase the size of the U.S. army by 100,000 troops. Romney wants to shift the focus of homeland security from response to prevention. He says effective prevention means that stronger international alliances and integration of federal actions with global and local efforts.

    EDUCATION

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee favors strong support of arts and music education as a part of normal, traditional curriculum, saying that these aspects of education contribute to a future generation of creative workers, enabling America to compete more rigorously in a global economy. He supports home schooling, charter schools, and school choice programs. Huckabee wants to curb federal intervention in state school programs; with regard to NCLB (No Child Left Behind), allowing states to develop their own benchmarks for measuring success.

    McCain:
    McCain proposes to pursue reforms addressing underlying cultural problems in our educational system.

    Romney:
    Romney is in favor of charter schools and school choice programs. He wants to put more of an emphasis on math and science education. He is proposing a federal home schooling tax credit to help reduce education-related expenses of parents who home school. He supports Bush’s NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and wants to offer schools with good testing track records more leeway in evaluating student performance.

    HEALTH CARE

    Huckabee:
    Huckabee wants to completely overhaul the health care system, but opposes universal federal healthcare. He wants to adopt policies that encourage innovation in the private sector to bring down costs and subsequently improve free market access to healthcare. He wants to decrease medical liability, make health insurance deductible for individuals, and make health insurance more easily portable from job to job.

    McCain:
    McCain proposes bringing costs under control and allowing individuals to control their health care costs and care and providing access to all citizens. In order to do this, he proposes to completely reform the nature of the current system. Examples include: competition between providers, states given the flexibility with Medicare costs, development of safe routes for cheaper generic versions of prescriptions. He also proposes to pass tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits. He would also reform the tax code to provide an increase of $2,500 tax credit as an incentive for insurance coverage.

    Romney:
    Romney wants to make all health care expenses tax deductible and divert some funds from emergency rooms treating uninsured patients to programs that would help needy uninsured patients to buy private insurance. He also favors malpractice tort reform. Romney supports giving states leeway as to how they spend their Medicaid funds.

  14. GOP Girl says:

    The Holy Huckster has pretty much everything I’m looking for in a candidate, especially with Education.

    I’m just not sure he’s electable…..

  15. IndyInjun says:

    Just as when Dole was the nominee, it won’t matter.

    The social conservatives won’t tolerate McCain.
    The libertarians won’t tolerate McCain.
    The constitutionalists won’t tolerate McCain.
    Indies, at best, will split.
    Fiscal conservatives like his previous stances, but are mystified on how he plans to PAY for the war.

    Sounds like a Democratic blow out year.

  16. Romegaguy says:

    This just in… Brittney Spears prepares to share room with GOPeach next week after Huckabee loses Super Tuesday

  17. GOPeach says:

    GOP Girl –

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Instead of belonging to a Christian Fellowship, you must belong to a First Republican Church led by Pastor Establishment.

    Shame on you.

  18. joltenjoe says:

    Dr. Paul supporters vote for Huckabee?

    The guy who wants a nationwide smoking ban?

    Supports NCLB?

    Supports the unrealistic amendment for Abortions? (and thus makes himself look like a loon to many in America)

    Supports FEMA? The folks who did the fake press conference?

    Non-sense.

    I spent the better half of the afternoon, going door to door for Dr. Paul.

    Thank you though.

    Any time you want to support a conservative I invite you to vote Dr. Paul though.

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