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Leon On about 2 hours ago




San Diego, California
#1New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 13:42:09
https://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60929.html

Because of Obama's low rating due to the slow economy, his best bet to win the re-election is to instead bring down the opposition instead of trying to win on hope-filled themes found in his 2008 campaign.

Especially since the opposition appears to be weak.

This is the same strategy Bush took on Kerry in 2004 and even perhaps Clinton in 1996 (although there was no negativity in that campaign, just a very weak opposition).
fractal7221 On November 08, 2012




Hubbard, Ohio
#2New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 15:29:55
I think that's why the Republican field doesn't have many of the heavy hitter names. Obama is going to have a hard time running on his record, so I'm guessing a lot of time and money is going to be spent showing how racist/extreme/evil/awful the eventual candidate is.

While most campaigns have a negative tinge, I think this one will focus mostly on negative ad and such. I have a feeling many potential candidates didn't want to put their families through that.

In this day and age with 24 hour news coverage and people scouring every word you say, you pretty much have to be a narcissist to want the job as president.
Leon On about 2 hours ago




San Diego, California
#3New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 17:01:31
It's going to be interesting. People have compared this upcoming election to what we saw in 1980 (the Republican hope), seeing Carter go down to a weak economy, and to 1996 (the Democratic hope), seeing the damaging backlash a Republican controlled congress created on their otherwise good chances versus the declined popularity of Clinton.

In the former case, however, the Republicans had a strong candidate in Reagan to go against Carter, and in the latter, the economy picked up under Clinton in time for the re-election. Neither will be the case this time.

I think Obama will win based on this negative strategy, as it can only hurt the Republicans further, although the Republicans will do their best to paint Obama as negatively as they have been, of course. All this could change, of course, though, if the Republicans do get a strong charismatic leader to enter into the picture, but time is running short.

Sometimes, though, in such situations, where both candidates do not have strong voter approval, a third party candidate arises. This is another thing to watch for, especially once the primaries have been played out. While Ross Perot actually led polls at one point in the 1992 election year, this third party candidate may not win, but could take a huge chunk from either side, tilting the election in another's favor.
El_Tino On August 10, 2020
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
#4New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 19:57:31
It's a shame we won't have a democrat running in the race.
boobagins On August 03, 2013
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Astral Weeks, Florida
#5New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:00:05
@El_Tino Said

It's a shame we won't have a democrat running in the race.



boobagins On August 03, 2013
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Astral Weeks, Florida
#6New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:07:48
I want the libertarian part to move to the forefront, but I seriously think they missed their opportunity last election year, especially when Ron Paul ran as a republican. He should have stayed libertarian.
Leon On about 2 hours ago




San Diego, California
#7New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 21:34:54
@El_Tino Said

It's a shame we won't have a democrat running in the race.



Where the third party candidate may arise.
Leon On about 2 hours ago




San Diego, California
#8New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 21:42:18
@boobagins Said

I want the libertarian part to move to the forefront, but I seriously think they missed their opportunity last election year, especially when Ron Paul ran as a republican. He should have stayed libertarian.



Well, they only get a fraction of a percentage of votes every election year, including the year Ron Paul was on the Libertarian ticket for President (forget which year that was), so he probably switched to the Republican party to better his influence, but many of his ideas remain the same.
El_Tino On August 10, 2020
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
#9New Post! Aug 09, 2011 @ 21:44:15
Obama might as well change his party to Republican. The real right wingers can change to the Tea Party.
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