2008, The Republican Contenders

The ink was not even dry on the results of the 2006 midterms before exploritory committies were formed by potential candidates in the 2008 Presidential Race. Here are a look at some of them:


John McCain 

mccain.jpgFor John McCain, smaller government and lower taxes aren’t just talk. He means it. For years he’s been on a one-man crusade against wasteful spending in Washington. Because of his crackdown on waste in government, he’s been nicknamed “The Sheriff.”

John McCain knows that cutting waste means we can lower the tax burden on American families, and eliminate both the inheritance tax and the unfair marriage penalty that punishes people who marry.

While McCain may be preaching the conservative sermon now, I have a hard time buying into the sincerity of his rhetoric. The gang of 14 come to mind, as well as the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation which allows amnesty, and the McCain/Feingold Campaign Finance Reform. I truly admire McCain’s service in uniform, and the resolve he domonstrated against his North Vietnamese captors, I just wish he would have demonstrated the same resolve in standing up for conservative principles in the US Senate.

Rudy Giuliani

rudy.jpgRudy exemplifies leadership, courage, and compassion unmatched by any of the other candidates. As we continue our nation’s fight against terrorism; as we work toward continued economic growth, lower taxes, and responsible government; as we seek leaders who demand ethics and accountability from all who serve in government; and as we strive for principled leadership to guide America in a troubled world; we need a President who has the unrivaled experience to move America forward.  

I disagree with Hizonor on several issues including Gun Control, Abortion & Gay Rights, and I have no idea what his position is on some other central issues like Illegal Immigration, but his leadership and ability to unify those with divergent views behind him is what seperates America’s Mayor from the rest of the pack.  

Mitt Romney

romney.jpgMassachusettes Governor Mitt Romney is also positioning himself for a presidential bid in 2008. Running as the social conservative of the Republican Candidates.  He has served one term as Massachusetts Governor and in that one single term he has accomplished more than most Governors achieve in two. He has balanced a budget that was in a deficit without raising taxes, and brought together both Republicans and Democrats and signed landmark Universal Health Coverage for all.

I admit I don’t know a lot about Governor Romney, hopefully the campaign will reveal more of what he proposes, but for right now when I think of a Massachusetts Governor running for President, all I can think of is Michael Dukakis, who has a name that sounds more like a social disease than a presidential contender… Now I am not saying that Romney is anything like Dukakis, just that Romney has a lot of work to do to convince voters he is not a typical Massachusetts politician.

Some others in various stages of announcing their presidential aspirations include:

Bill Frist… the Former Senator from Tennessee. My guess is that his hopes went the way the Republican Majority did under his Senate leadership…

Tommy Thompson… Tommy Who??? Unless you are familiar with the long time governor of Wisconson you may not know who he is… which will be his biggest problem.

Newt Gingrich See an earlier post on him Newt’s Running… Maybe

Sam Brownback, George Pataki, and Duncan Hunter are also expected to get  into the mix… how their individual campaigns play out we will see.

One I would like become a candidate though I have heard absolutely nothing about is Senator Tom Coburn. coburn.jpg Throughout his 3 terms in the House he has wrote and passed far-reaching legislation. These include laws to expand seniors’ health care options, to protect access to home health care in rural areas and to allow Americans to access cheaper medications from Canada and other nations. Dr. Coburn also wrote a law intended to prevent baby AIDS.  The Wall Street Journal said about the law, “In 10 long years of AIDS politics and funding, this is actually the first legislation to pass in this country that will rescue babies.”  He also wrote a law to renew and reform federal AIDS care programs.  In 2002, President George Bush chose Dr. Coburn to serve as co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).  Dr. Coburn also played an influential role in reforming welfare and other federal entitlement programs. He led efforts to balance the budget, offering countless amendments to trim the bloated federal budget.  More recently in the Senate he drafted legislation cutting various Pork projects from the federal budget.

See also Hang Right Politics Republican Presidential Prospects

Outside the Beltway has A Republican Comeback In 2008 ? The Odds Aren’t Good


  1. Bill Frist is no more to blame for losing the Senate than Mitt Romney is for losing 6 Republican governors. Don’t count Dr. Frist out. I think you will find that he still has a lot to offer.

  2. Ginny;

    Thank you for your comment. I am not counting out anyone, however as the Senate Majority Leader Dr. Frist bears a substantial amount of responsibility for driving the agenda (or in this case a failure to drive the agenda) that ended in the rejection of the Republican Majority. Like I said I am not counting out Dr Frist, but he has a lot of ground to make up.

    Thanks again for your comment


  3. Happy New Year, Darrell!

    Excellent post – very thorough.

    I’m of the belief that we haven’t seen our guy yet, or he’s low on the radar.

    I think it’s time for someone with military experience, but not McCain.

    I love Tom Coburn, he’d be excellent, but he’d have to break the No-Senators-Are-Elected-President rule in effect for the last forty plus years.

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