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Election '08

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Could Oscar Send Gore to Washington in 2008?

With the film "An Inconvenient Truth" picking up a pair of Oscars on Sunday night, Al Gore is once again in the spotlight with people talking about another presidential run in 2008.

The environmentally focused Gore has stated in the past that he did not foresee another run at the White House in his future but he likely never foresaw being part of an Academy Award winning film either. His popularity with the youth of America and the nastiness already becoming evident between the Obama and Clinton camps position Al Gore well to become a late entry into the Democratic primary with a good chance of denying both Clinton and Obama the party nomination.

Some within Democratic ranks have already hinted at party leadership being interested in Gore over either Clinton or Obama but none has had the desire to state as much on the record.

With the departure of Tom Vilsack on Friday, the field has become narrower but is still a large field so it's anybody's guess whether or not Al Gore would benefit from getting in now or waiting but it is certain that unless he absolutely states that he is or is not running people will continue to speculate about his intentions and handicap the Democratic race with him as a potential participant.



Conservative, Liberal or Other?

Mitt Romney has begun to make a splash in the Republican presidential primary as one of the leaders in the pack but it seems that nobody knows where he really stands on anything.

The former Massachusetts governor elected in a heavily Democratic state in part because of his defense of abortion rights and what some see as core liberal stands is now courting the heart of the Republican base with strong stands against abortion. This apparent reversal has led some within the Republican Party to view Romney as a potential "wolf in sheep's clothing". In a party that has historically not gotten behind people with changing viewpoints on major issues, this may be the Achilles' heel of the Romney presidential bid.

One thing that is to the advantage of Romney in this election cycle is the field of candidates he is facing. With John McCain facing similar reversal issues and Rudy Giuliani being painted as a liberal by the more conservative elements of the party, Romney's apparent conversion from liberal to conservative may actually serve him in the end. For now, he seems to be content to slowly build up his support with a steady stream of campaign appearances and fundraisers.




The First Cash Casualty

Tom Vilsack announced Friday that he will be dropping out of the 2008 presidential campaign. The campaign has run out of cash and polls show that the former Iowa governor has not nearly enough support to survive the Democratic primary race. Vilsack represented a centrist viewpoint with no controversial stands on any issues of note. As the first to enter the race, he had been campaigning since 2006 and according to him money was the sole reason for his departure from the race. While he will likely not be the last to drop out before the 2008 primaries, he is the first and that is never a comfortable position to be in as a presidential hopeful. What remains to be seen and is of greatest interest to some political watchers is whom he will throw his support behind now that he has dropped out of the race and if he will end up as the second position on the presidential ticket for the Democrats in '08.



Is America Interested in Conservative Values?

Current Kansas Senator and Presidential hopeful Sam Brownback has made it clear that he is proudly conservative and sees America going in the direction of family values and small government. Senator Brownback has also made it clear that his beliefs include marriage as a one-man-one-woman institution now and forever. His stands on taxes are reminiscent of Ronald Reagan and his plan for the U.N. calls for less U.S. involvement as well as a restructuring of the organization itself. While controversial to some, others see this openly and unabashedly conservative candidate as a breath of the fresh air of true conservatism. It remains to be seen how the American people and more importantly for him the Republican Party will see him as the Republican primary unfolds.




Forward Thinking or Cut and Run?

Nebaraska Senator Chuck Hagel is making a name for himself this political season not by towing the party line but by crossing it. With his support for the non-binding resolution to encourage President Bush to not move forward with his plans for a troop surge in Iraq, Chuck Hagel has cut some ties to his long time friend, colleague and fellow presidential hopeful John McCain. While Hagel has been a loyal Republican and supporter of the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, his recent support of debating the resolution in the Senate similar to the resolution passed by the House of Representatives condemning the President's plan to increase troops in Iraq has some within the Republican Party labeling Senator Hagel a turncoat. In the current U.S. political climate, it remains to be seen if the stand against the troop increase will help or hurt Senator Hagel's bid for the White House in 2008.



Is There Any Room for Independent Candidates in the Debate?

Ohio Independent Steve Adams represents what to some are the core values of Middle America. The software designer and Methodist pastor from near Cincinnati has declared his candidacy for the presidency and has some supporters from states across the nation. While a long shot at best it is encouraging for many to see a true Independent candidate running for the White House. Whether or not Mr. Adams will be able to mount a serious campaign is of course a legitimate concern to raise when considering support for his candidacy but this nation was founded on long shots so there is no reason to dismiss the candidate without an examination. The conservative ideals and lack of corporate ties may even appeal to many Americans. If nothing else, Americans should admire the spirit of an independent soul who believes in America enough to run for president against all odds.

 

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