Which Republican Candidate Do You Support?

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Which Republican Candidate Do you Support?

  1. Congressman Tancredo

    16.7%
  2. Rudy Guiliani

    8.3%
  3. Governor Romney

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Senator McCain

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Fred Thompson

    41.7%
  6. Tommy Thompson

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Duncan Hunter

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Sam Brownback

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Mike Huckabee

    8.3%
  10. Ron Paul

    25.0%
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    I'm curious who everyone is supporting on the Conservative side. It seems like we have a bunch of really good candidates, so I would like to get a feel which way the board is leaning.
     
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    I read somewhere that Fred Thompson lobbied about 20 hours for an Pre Abortion group, so that killed it for me.
     
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    Born September 12, 1956, in Kansas, senior Senator from that state. In April 2005, the Associated Press reported that Brownback, who is little known outside his home state, "is using a network of social conservatives and Christian activists to raise his profile" in such battleground states as Iowa and New Hampshire. He is well known for his social and fiscal conservative record, such as opposing abortion and instituting a flat tax alternative to the current IRS Code. He was also instrumental in Congress' bestowing the Congressional Medal upon Mother Teresa. In his own words, "The core of my being is to rebuild the family and renew the culture." On December 4, 2006, Brownback announced that he would form an exploratory committee.[1] On January 20, 2007 Brownback officially announced his candidacy.[2] Of his campaign, Brownback has said, "I'm a son of a farmer from Kansas ... I still think anybody can be president. I don't think you have to show up with $100 million to do it. ... "I'm the tortoise in the race. And I don't like how the race starts; I like how it ends up."[3]
     
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    Born May 28, 1944, in New York, former mayor of New York City. Giuliani said on October 2, 2005, that he would look at the possibility of running for President. On November 13, 2006, he announced that he was forming an exploratory committee. He has led several state and nationwide polls for the Republican nomination and the general election, and has been mentioned by many media sources as a possible candidate since the 9/11 attacks and a speech to the 2004 Republican Convention.[4] (See polls below) Giuliani is pro-choice, and supports a type of civil union between same sex couples and agrees for legal and medical reasons that same sex relationships should get the same rights under the law. He also believes in strong restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms and agrees with harsh punishment for illegal weapons or non permitted weapons. While opinions differ, some think that these positions could help him, should he secure the nomination, in the general election; others question whether the Republican base would support a nominee with Giuliani's social positions. On February 5, 2007, Giuliani unofficially entered the race for the 2008 US presidential election by filing a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission, but legally keeping him at the same level as he was while running an exploratory committee.[5] On February 15, Giuliani officially announced that he was running on CNN's Larry King Live show.[6] If elected, Giuliani would be the first Italian-American to hold the office of president, the second Roman Catholic, following John Kennedy.
     
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    Born August 24, 1955, in Hope, Arkansas, Former Governor of Arkansas. Huckabee has announced he will seek the Presidency in 2008.[7] He has made several trips to important primary states, including a four-day trip to New Hampshire in August 2006. He announced that he would be running in 2008 on NBC's Meet the Press Television show with Tim Russert.[8]
    and has since made an appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
     
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    Born May 31, 1948, in Riverside, California, U.S. Representative from that state and former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Hunter formally announced his presidential candidacy in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on January 25, 2007. He is known for his strong stance against illegal immigration, support and opposition to free trade agreements like North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.[9] He introduced H.R. 552, The Right to Life Act, "to implement equal protection . . . for the right to life of each born and preborn human person"; it has over 100 co-sponsors.
     
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    Born August 29, 1936, in the US-controlled Panama Canal Zone, Senator from Arizona. Often characterized as a Republican maverick in the Senate, he is well-known. In 2000, he failed in his attempt to deny George W. Bush the Republican nomination: McCain continued his ultimately unsuccessful campaign long after the other Republican candidates had united behind Bush.

    McCain's bipartisan compromise on judicial nominations and his strong support of campaign finance reform have drawn the ire of many groups,[10] many of which have vowed to work against any McCain campaigns for the Republican nomination in 2008. However, he has a strong stance on many issues and economically falls more along the lines of traditional "fiscal conservatism." These factors, along with his commitment to the War on Terror (including Iraq) have boosted his popularity amongst conservatives since 2004, when he emphasized these traits while stumping for Republican candidates. If elected, he would become the oldest person in history elected president, surpassing Ronald Reagan, and if elected to two terms, McCain would be the oldest sitting president in U.S. history.

    On November 15, 2006, McCain announced that he would form an exploratory committee.

    On "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Feb 28, 2007, Sen. John McCain announced he will seek the GOP presidential nomination, and made a formal announcement on April 25, 2007.
     
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    Born August 20, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a long time U.S. Representative from Texas with a strong constitutionalist and libertarian voting record. Paul has been nicknamed "Dr. No" for his opposition to tax increases and spending bills. He has chastened his fellow Republicans for abandoning the party's ideals, and for helping to create an unsustainable national debt now in the trillions of dollars.[11] Dr. Paul seeks to "reinstate the Constitution and restore the Republic."[12]

    On 11 January 2007, Representative Ron Paul filed papers to form an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.[13][14] He formally declared his candidacy 12 March 2007 as a guest on Washington Journal on C-SPAN.[15][16] He is not running as a Libertarian as he did nearly two decades ago. Paul has the distinction of being opposed to the Iraq War and interventionist US foreign policy. He is one of 7 Republican congressman who voted against Iraq War authorization in October 2002. He has also opposed George W. Bush and the majority of Republican congressmen on many other issues, including the PATRIOT Act. His record on these issues means he may draw support from some surprising circles, including anti-war activists and paleoconservatives.

    On 20 February 2007, Paul's exploratory committee posted a formal video of him explaining his reason for running on YouTube. [17]
     
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    Born March 12, 1947, in Michigan, is former Governor of Massachusetts; he did not seek a second term in November 2006. Romney has made numerous trips to primary states such as South Carolina, Michigan, and New Hampshire, during recent years. Romney is running on his record as co-founder of Bain Capital, the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and his record as Governor of Massachusetts. Although he ran as a moderate for the office of Governor of Massachusetts and during his failed Senate bid in 1994, he supported more conservative positions as his term progressed. Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee on January 3, 2007, the day he left the governor's office.[18]

    On January 9, Romney raised $6.5 million in his first fundraiser, beating both Giuliani and McCain's fundraising efforts ($1 and $2 million respectively).

    Romney has already received major endorsements, including that of former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert.

    Romney officially announced his candidacy on February 13 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.[19][20]
     
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    Born December 20, 1945, in Colorado, U.S. Representative from that state and leading advocate for more restrictive immigration policies. On April 2nd, 2007, Rep. Tancredo announced his official candidacy on Iowa talk radio station 1040 WHO. Tancredo has a dedicated grassroots following among paleoconservatives. He has visited early Presidential primary states such as New Hampshire, Michigan and Iowa to begin building popular support and has polled favorably amongst grassroots Republicans. Tancredo announced on January 16, 2007, that he was forming an exploratory committee.[21]
     

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