Welcome to Monday and Monday Morning Politics! This week I’ll follow the Republican National Convention and all the “stuff” that comes from it! Today I take a look at the changes to day one of the convention, some “storms” for Republicans, saving Social Security, pre-convention polling, McCaskill and Akin poll, tropical storm Isaac, and much more so read on!
Note – School is starting, so watch out for children walking to and from school!Convention Changes:
It is convention week for the Republicans, but day one has been changed due to a tropical storm. National Journal reports, “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will call the convention to order at 2 p.m., start a national debt clock that tracks how much was added during the convention, and announce a recess at 2:10 p.m. Though there will be little happening on the convention floor, all major speakers have been rescheduled.”
The storm may be a heartbreaker for Montana’s Republican U.S. House candidate Steve Daines. Daines was supposed to speak to the convention-goers on Monday. I have not seen any updates about this. (Editor’s note: The Associated Press reported this morning that “Daines will address delegates on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.’”)
Storms for Republicans:
Since it is convention week for the Republicans, we’ll hear how great Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be for our country (for Fox News it’s just a typical week). Tropical Storm Isaac played a little havoc with day one of the convention, but Isaac is just one of several storms facing the Republicans, such as:
-They have the storm surrounding Todd Akin’s comments
-Romney not being as “likeable” as Barack Obama
-Romney is trailing Obama with female voters
-Romney trails Obama with Hispanic voters
Raise Taxes to Save Social Security:
The Associated Press has found in a recent poll that 53% of those polled favor raising taxes to save Social Security and 36% said they would cut benefits to save it.
More and more people are starting to realize that raising taxes and cutting spending is the only way to get the Federal Government’s debt mess under control – now if only the people elected in November would realize this.
Gallup reports “As the 2012 presidential conventions get underway in Tampa, Fla., a Gallup analysis of 15 elections from 1952 to 2008 shows that in all but three instances — 1988, 1992, and 2004 — the candidate leading in the Gallup poll conducted just prior to the first convention (the ‘pre-convention poll’) has won the November election.”
Gallup will release this poll this afternoon – so follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord to get the latest results. Recent Gallup polls have shown Obama and Romney tied. Out of the last nine polls listed in Real Clear Politics, Obama leads in seven.
The Associated Press believes that the winner will be decided in the following seven states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire and Virginia.
Missouri: McCaskill Leads Akin by nine
A new poll of 650 likely voters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) leading Republican Congressman Todd Akin by nine points.
It’s been interesting to see how the Republicans threw Akin over the side of the ship after his “legitimate rape” remarks. What will be more interesting is if we get to middle to late October and if the race tightens will the Republicans still withhold their money and support from Akin? Even if it means not winning his seat would keep them from gaining the majority in the senate? I doubt it – it’s all about winning in Washington, D.C.
Tropical Storm Isaac:
The Republican National Convention mostly cancelled the convention on Monday due to Tropical Storm Isaac. Four years ago the Republicans delayed the start of their convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul due to Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
Is this a sign?
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