Tomorrow Iowa will be in the spotlight, as Iowan Republicans head to the caucuses to determine who they will nominate to be the Republican presidential candidate. The candidates have been switching their positions in the polls quite a bit recently, and we can see some of that in the image below of the most recent polls, averaged by realclearpolitics.com.
A couple weeks ago, it looked like it was solidly in Gingrich ‘s court, but then Ron Paul passed him, and now Romney has taken an upward swing as well. Rick Santorum, who has been polling nationally at 3% had a late surge, and is now a contender within the margin of error, but consistently third.
A few last-moment links on the candidates:
My personal opinion of each candidate is as follows:
Santorum: The best candidate in the race, excellent positions and values, but he doesn’t seem to gain very much excitement. Consistently polling low, a Iowa third or second place finish would help to boost his campaign
Bachmann: A solidly conserative candidate, Well informed, but as any prominent female Republican, attacked endlessly by the media and late night TV hosts. Low polling numbers at this point have her out of the race. My second choice
Rick Perry: Good positions on most issues, but would not be overly strong in a debate against Obama, though Obama is not the best debater either. Has baggage that will for sure be used against him of being somewhat connected to George W Bush, as well as being another Texas Governor. My Third Choice
Newt Gingrich: Positions are good, but moral Character is not. He did well with the economy, and an outstanding debater. Would, I believe, defeat Obama if nominated, but has slipped drastically in the polls. Still a good standing in South Carolina, though that could change fast. My fourth choice.
Some good positions, but has gone completely over to the Global warming crowd and a big evolution proponent. One of the two Mormons running, but neither seem to be very strong in their “faith”- they both hold or have held some non-Mormon positions. This one is a no.
Liberal in disguise, and the Republicans have bought it! While governor of Massachusetts , appointed pro-homosexual Judges to courts, and passed government healthcare, both positions that he still hold were right. Also voted pro-choice, a position which he now claims to have switched, but with no real proof to back it up. A staunch no.
Ron Paul: Good intentions to be sure, but many radical positions puts him strongly in my No category. Against abortion, and the best financial policies, but to the LEFT of Obama on The war, for legalizing ALL drugs and prostitution, and not a strong stand on the sanctity of marriage. Plus many other radical positions that would make it impossible for him to win in a general election. Not a true Republican.
We will see what happens, stay tuned, I plan to make more political posts soon!