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Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Thursday, February 17th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

CPAC 2011 straw poll results

For the second year in a row, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won the CPAC presidential straw poll. According to organizers of CPAC, more than 11,000 people attended this year’s conference, with 3,742 of them casting ballots in the straw poll (also a record number).

Here are the results of the straw poll. You can see last year’s results here:

  • Ron Paul: 30%
  • Mitt Romney: 23%
  • Gary Johnson: 6%
  • Chris Christie: 6%
  • Newt Gingrich: 5%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 4%
  • Michele Bachmann: 4%
  • Mitch Daniels: 4%
  • Sarah Palin: 3%
  • Herman Cain: 2%
  • Mike Huckabee: 2%
  • Rick Santorum: 2%
  • John Thune: 2%
  • Jon Huntsman: 1%
  • Haley Barbour: 1%
  • Other: 5%
  • Undecided: 1%

Other highlights from the straw poll:

Ron Paul to visit Iowa

Despite a looming bid by former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) further advanced speculation that he is considering another bid for president by accepting an invitation to speak to a prominent activist in Iowa:

Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Texas, will speak in Iowa next month at a presidential lecture series for the Family Leader, a social conservative activist group. It’s another signal Mr. Paul is pondering his third run at the White House.

The outspoken lawmaker, who has said he wants to dismantle the Federal Reserve, ran as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008.

Other likely GOP candidates, including Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty, will be speaking at the lecture series throughout the month.

Tax Hike Mike leads in early Iowa poll

Despite some strong signs of support in New Hampshire and holding a slight lead among Republicans nationally, Mitt Romney is trailing Tax Hike Mike Huckabee in an early poll of likely participants in the Iowa caucuses, according to a survey released yesterday by Strategic National.

Here are the results:

  • Mike Huckabee: 27.56%
  • Mitt Romney: 18.54%
  • Sarah Palin: 12.44%
  • Newt Gingrich: 12.20%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 4.39%
  • Michele Bachmann: 3.66%
  • John Thune: 1.95%
  • Rick Santorum: 0.98%
  • Haley Barbour: 0.24%
  • Other/Undecided: 18.05%

It looks like Rep. Michele Bachmann’s visit to Iowa has gotten her some attention, but it’s unlikely to get any real traction for a serious presidential bid. And though he did poorly in this poll, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is making plans to visit South Carolina Republicans to discuss a presidential bid.

Rasmussen: Romney holds small lead among possible 2012 candidates

On the heels of the first straw poll for 2012, Rasmussen is out with new polling in the 2012 Republican primary for president that shows Mitt Romney will a small lead over Sarah Palin and Tax Hike Mike Huckabee in a limited field of seven possible candidates.

  • Mitt Romney: 24%
  • Sarah Palin: 19%
  • Mike Huckabee: 17%
  • Newt Gingrich: 11%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 6%
  • Ron Paul: 4%
  • Mitch Daniels: 3%
  • Other: 6%
  • Not sure: 10%

None of this means anything right now. We’re going to spend the next several months going over the faults of each candidates, why they can win or why they can’t. But Rasmussen, with it’s Republican-leaning bent, gives us a good idea of what GOP voters are thinking right now.

Romney wins New Hampshire straw poll

Over the weekend in New Hampshire, the state’s Republican Party along with WMUR and ABC News conducted a presidential straw poll a year in advance of the primary; with Mitt Romney winning big:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the first presidential straw poll of the 2012 cycle, kicking off New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary election race.

Romney won with 35 percent, beating second-place finisher Ron Paul by 24 points in the WMUR-ABC News straw poll of members of the state Republican Party. In third place was former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who won 8 percent—just one point ahead of Sarah Palin, who drew 7 percent.

Because Romney has such high name recognition here and has a home in Wolfeboro, N.H., he was widely expected to win—and observers here were far more interested in who would come in second and third.

Only three candidates—Romney, Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum—have spent significant amounts of time on the ground in the state over the past few months. At today’s convention, Pawlenty staffed a table to promote his new book while Santorum consultant and longtime New Hampshire operative Mike Biundo had a table and worked the crowd.

Romney, who is adding staff in preparation for his bid, has the money to build an influential campaign in the state. He is also focusing more on economic issues, which is a smart move in New Hampshire. For a social conservative like Santorum, who has spent a lot of time in the state, or Huckabee, New Hampshire represents a significant challenge; where as Iowa may be more welcoming.

Here are the full results of the straw poll:

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Monday, January 24th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

CNN, Fox News plan GOP presidential primary debates

With the first party presidential debate of the 2012 cycle already announced, two more GOP presidential debates are in the works to be broadcast on two cable news networks, according to Media Bistro.

Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party are planning a debate in Greenville on May 5, 2011 (and another in 2012):

FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party have jointly announced that they will present two presidential debates, which are expected to attract the top 2012 Republican contenders for President of the United States. The debates are currently scheduled to be presented live and exclusively on FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and

The initial debate will take place on May 5, 2011 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The second debate will be held in 2012 prior to the South Carolina primary at a location to be determined.

CNN is planning a debate for June 7, 2011 in Manchester, New Hampshire:

The New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV, and CNN are once again teaming up to present a Republican Presidential primary debate in America’s first primary state. The debate is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Manchester, which will make it the first debate in the “First in the Nation” primary state of New Hampshire.

Information on the location and exact time of the New Hampshire debate will be forthcoming. The three news organizations have a long history of working together to host presidential debates in the state, most recently in 2007.

Conservatives continue to voice concerns over tax deal

While some potentially vulnerable Democrats are backing the deal the deal President Barack Obama has made with Republicans to extend all of the soon-to-expire tax cuts, the rage on the Left against the proposal hasn’t let up. And the criticism doesn’t end there. Yesterday, I noted that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had expressed his opposition. In the last day or so there have been more voices coming to his aid.

The Club for Growth, a leading free market organization, has come out against the deal (though they won’t go after Republicans that support it):

“This is bad policy, bad politics, and a bad deal for the American people,” said Club President Chris Chocola.  “The plan would resurrect the Death Tax, grow government, blow a hole in the deficit with unpaid-for spending, and do so without providing the permanent relief and security our economy needs to finally start hiring and growing again.”

“Instead, Congress should pass a permanent extension of current rates, including a permanent repeal of the death tax, and drop all new spending,” Chocola said.  “A month ago, the American people repudiated Washington big government.  It’s time for both parties to finally hear that message and act on it.”

GOP primary for president an open field

According to a Gallup survey, the Republican nomination for president in 2012 is basically open, with four potential candidates (Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tax Hike Mike and Newt Gingrich) essentially tied for the lead.

Out of the “second-tier” names below, Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour have a good shot at making a run at the nomination.

Personally, I’m going with Gary Johnson for now.


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