Battle of the Iowa ads
Monday, December 5, 2011 at 09:02am 14 Comments
Newt Gingrich just released his first Iowa television ad, a few days after Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul did so. (Some SuperPACs have been running ads longer, but these are from the campaigns.) Very different themes, with Newt keeping it in a “Morning in America” style (the background music is fromt he movie Rudy), Perry clearly focusing on religious voters, Romney touting business experience, and Paul poking Washington in the eye.
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All were good ads. I wish Ron Paul had a different view on foreign policy – I like that “gone” plan for those departments and bureaus! Just some of the many which need to be “gone” – privatized or just plain eliminated. But no, not Ron Paul. No. The world in crisis says it is not Paul, if America is to remain free.
Perry, Romney…….not enough, I’m afraid, to make me change my views at this point.
Love the Newt ad. Love it. Good tone. Positive message. Provides inspiration and vision.
Now, which one will Iowans respond to? That is the question.
I agree with you on Ron Paul.
All of them are good ads, although Romney’s sounds like the cookie-cutter politician that he is. My favorite was Newt’s because it reminded me of Reagan.
The Newt ad is pitch perfect. Pure Americanism.
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Given that this is happening I think Gov. Perry’s simple message resonates. Measures like this effect every person of faith…no matter what the faith is.
“Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.
” “The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News & Commentary.
King spoke from the House floor Thursday blasting a policy memorandum from the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center written by Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan. The September 14th memo covers guidelines for “wounded, ill, and injured partners in care.”
“No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit,” the policy states.
“That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband,” King said. “It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their death bed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.”
Folks of traditional Judeo-Christian faiths arewrried and upset with rising antisemitism and antichristian messages promoted in legal battles, secular engineering policies and in the public square as seen recently in many OWS protests which were blatant in their antisemitism.
These tactics are modeled on the secular socialist policies of Europe and another strong indication of Tone deaf Liberals doing everything they can to make America into a pale imitation of a socialist Europe.
Aside from my definite support of Gov. Perry for his plans & his record, this is why I think his simple message is affective to target the group of faithful because none of us should feel intimidated by anyone because of our faith(s) which our constitution protects our freedom to practice our religion(s).
Newt keeps trying to fashion himself into hybrid Reagan clone. His comparison of current wife Callista to Nancy/Jackie/Laura combo-clone isn’t going to down well with women thrown over for trophy wives.
Neither will his latest fudge on when life begins which makes folks wonder just how “deep” or complete his conversion to the RCC is.
I wish he’d just gone High Anglican. Better fit.
“I wish he’d just gone High Anglican. Better fit.”
To paraphrase A Man For All Seasons; My dear workingclass artist, this isn’t Spain …… this is England.
Newt is the same guy who once said almost 4 years ago, “We are at the end of the George W. Bush era. We are at the end of the Reagan era. We’re at a point in time when we’re about to start redefining — as a number of people started talking about, starting to redefine — the nature of the Republican Party, in response to what the country needs.”
It’s nice to see a return to Reagan.
It’s sad to read yet another “limited government” commenter say that he loves everything about Ron Paul, except he’s just not willing to give up our Empire. Small government everywhere, except we need American solders in 190 countries around the world.
Yes, the world is a scary and dangerous place — BECAUSE of our foreign policy. We don’t intervene and meddle because the world is dangerous to US; The world is dangerous to US because we intervene and meddle. Wise up.
The Ron Paul commercial reminded me it was time to go contribute again. Go Ron.
From Wisconsin, eh? I’m shocked.
The opposite is true. The world would be far more dangerous and chaotic without the US military. Our power and influence has prevented dozens of wars from ever occuring. We are the the reason why tin-pot dictators don’t invade their neighbors (as Saddam Hussein found out).
Before us, the British fulfilled the same role.
The stability we provide allows trade to flourish worldwide. We are ALL more prosperous as a result.
Your only objection is that it makes us a lightning rod for criticism and terrorist attacks. That’s true. Get over it.
Henry Hawkins, I agree with Scott and I’m from the Philadelphia suburbs. There is more to Wisconsin than Madison.
Aarradin, your argument could apply to the Roman, Chinese, and Russian/Soviet empires as well. They were all stable until they collapsed in chaos – not once but many times in their histories – and always because their fiscal systems could not support their military and political ambitions. Britain and France suffered the same fate last century.
Instead of looking at where US military intervention has stabilized things you might want to look at where it hasn’t, including areas where we can actually see it has made things worse and, more difficult, the unseen stability that never occurred because of constant meddling. The Middle East and the Balkans are prime examples of the latter. For the former just look at Vietname. Three decades US meddling (1945-1975) created a humanitarian disaster. Now, after three decades hands-off we are trading partners and they are a very stable country that partially counterbalances China even if not our ideological cup of tea.
Ron Paul has the funnest ad, too bad he’s a nutcase. And I don’t just have his ideas about foreign policy in mind. He’s absolutely not trustworthy on domestic issues. In addition to be a conspiracy cook, Paul asks for earmarks, and then votes against the bill that contains his earmarks. So he gets to bring the pork home and claim that he opposes pork. See here:
Libertarian ideas need a better champion.
I live in rural Texas and think Governor Perry has done a fine job as Lt Gov and Gov. I also feel he would have done much better in the debates if not for the fact that the moderators were all leftist loons. It is what it is, though and the Donks will have a party comparing his C average at a tough school in tough subjects with Obama’s secret record at the elite Affirmative Action schools.For some odd reason a barely literate Yankee imagines anyone with a western or southern accent to be lower than the village idiot. I do not know how he could govern under such conditions. And the newsrooms of America are filled with the kids who had parents who realized that the kid was too dumb for the family business so sent them to J school. I remember when reporters were the bright working class kids who escaped the farms and factories because they had a way with words. They learned from the reporters and editors as they worked their way up from copy boy.
Anyhow Newt is my second choice, with ol’ Mittens the last one. Of course all Republicans are going to be portrayed as vile, venal Christianist loons. That’s what modern Journalists and Democrats (but I repeat myself) do.