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View Poll Results: Which candidate would be the most competitive in a General Election against Obama?
Bachmann D 0 0%
Bachmann- R 1 5.56%
Bachmann I/O 0 0%
Cain D 0 0%
Cain R 0 0%
Cain I/O 1 5.56%
Gingrich D 0 0%
Gingrich R 0 0%
Gingrich I/O 0 0%
Huntsman D 1 5.56%
Huntsman R 2 11.11%
Huntsman I/O 1 5.56%
Paul D 0 0%
Paul R 4 22.22%
Paul I/O 1 5.56%
Perry D 0 0%
Perry R 2 11.11%
Perry I/O 1 5.56%
Romney D 1 5.56%
Romney R 2 11.11%
Romney I/O 1 5.56%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-05-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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As a Democrat who is supporting Obama I'm trying to see what the differences are between Republicans, Democrats and those who are Independent/ 3rd party in which Republican contender they think would be the most competitive in a General against Obama. This has little to do with how much of a chance you think they have of winning the Primary, but who you think has the best chance of defeating Obama if they do. Now, I'm not going to list all the candidates here, and no Palin, since she isn't in yet, but will list the candidates who generally do receive at least some attention, either through the media or on here.

I have listed 7 candidates, and each candidate is listed three times (to pick if you are a Democrat, Republican or neither)
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Jon Huntsman should run as an independent, third party candidate so he doesn't have to seek the GOP nomination. He would be a real threat to Obama during the general elections.

Unfortunately, being the GOP that he is, he has to seek the GOP nomination and the problem is compounded by the fact that Republicans are going to the far, far right.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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none of the above is not listed
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Dang, do we really need an I/D/R option for each candidate?

I only think the independent option is necessary for someone like Ron Paul or Trump. Huntsman will not run independent, there is not enough money for him to do so. He might be competitive in a democratic primary challenge though.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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Dang, do we really need an I/D/R option for each candidate?

I only think the independent option is necessary for someone like Ron Paul or Trump. Huntsman will not run independent, there is not enough money for him to do so. He might be competitive in a democratic primary challenge though.
The idea behind I/D/R is for the person voting in the poll to identify their own politics, not to indicate which party the candidate will run under. I have to admit, when I first viewed the poll and saw "Bachmann -D" I was a bit bewildered until I saw what was going on.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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As a Democrat who will vote for Obama, I think Romney would be most competitive. He's kind of bland (therefore not polarizing), he's got the "I know business" angle working for him, he looks presidential (as my Republican mother keeps saying), and he can probably get a lot of big-money support.

I kind of feel that Perry might do better at really taking the fight to Obama, but he might not be competitive overall, which means, to garner centrist-independent and disaffected Democrat votes. Romney, on the other hand, probably could.

However, Romney couldn't even win the nomination against John McCain, so how would he fare against Obama?
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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Having seen Huntsman, a Republican who does not always toe the party line, I think he has the best chance. Even better if he can resist sucking up to the Tea Partiers.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I frankly can't see any of this candidates being competitive. To begin with, as Republicans, they have nothing to run on since for 11 years running now, their party has represented and perpetuated failure. I remember when I first heard George Bush speak publically on the campaign trail. I thought he was absolutely pathetic. Simple-minded, void of character, nothing substantive to say, not at all articulate or inspiring. I get same feeling when I listen to Romney, Palin, Bachmann, Perry, and the rest of this very sorry field. Pure emptiness. It's as if they each were told that they were attractive people, and that all one has to do to win the presidency and gain the support of the GOP voters, is to LOOK attractive and presidential. How short-sighted.

These empty-headed pretenders need to get over themselves. Fluff yields to substance which is why they don't stand a chance against the extraordinary President Obama.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Bachmann 2012!!!!!!!

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Old 09-05-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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I frankly can't see any of this candidates being competitive. To begin with, as Republicans, they have nothing to run on since for 11 years running now, their party has represented and perpetuated failure. I remember when I first heard George Bush speak publically on the campaign trail. I thought he was absolutely pathetic. Simple-minded, void of character, nothing substantive to say, not at all articulate or inspiring. I get same feeling when I listen to Romney, Palin, Bachmann, Perry, and the rest of this very sorry field. Pure emptiness. It's as if they each were told that they were attractive people, and that all one has to do to win the presidency and gain the support of the GOP voters, is to LOOK attractive and presidential. How short-sighted.

These empty-headed pretenders need to get over themselves. Fluff yields to substance which is why they don't stand a chance against the extraordinary President Obama.
I agree with much of what you say, except George Bush did get elected TWICE. The Rs know that they can put some airhead up there and all the right wing channels will kick in with singing the most minimal of praises, talk about a few mushroom clouds, some gays threatening your marriage, and voila, they have another puppet in place. I think it is the Texas model. That state has plenty of smart, competent people. Who do you think selects the puppets, like Bush and Perry, they put up front to pretend to lead? Bachmann would be ideal too. The last thing they want is someone who is capable of thinking for themself.
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