Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Assessment of Announced Candidates for President as of 6/14/2011

Hat tip again goes to OneNewsNow.com for the pictures of the candidates. You can read a more in-depth account of what the candidates are saying here. You can read my previous article here. I watched the New Hampshire CNN 2012 GOP Presidential Debate last night. This article is a result of watching that debate and my reflection on the candidacy of the people who have announced their intent to run for the office of President in 2012. All of the announced candidates with the exception of former Governor Gary Johnson participated in the New Hampshire debate.

All of the announced candidates in the race for President are listed below. They are listed in my preferred order of their ability and preparation for service in this important office. There is a reason why I list the incumbent last. If the election were held today I would vote for the candidate at the top of the list below. Since the last debate Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney along with Michele Bachman joined the increasingly congested field.


Michele Bachmann is by far the best candidate in the field of announced candidates. She did a great job in the New Hampshire debate. She is my top choice. She is a Tea Party Movement favorite. She has the right blend of fiscal and social conservative stands. She is courageous and willing to take a stand for what is right. She rates an A as a presidential candidate.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is a solid social conservative. Something, maybe its inspirational leadership, is missing in his candidacy. He is a C+ candidate.

Congressman Ron Paul is strong on fiscal conservative issues; he wants to get control of the Federal Reserve which is a good thing. He questions our entanglements overseas. He seems to be weak on some of the social issues. I would rate him a C+ candidate for President.

After listening to his 30 minute announcement speech which he made in Atlanta several weeks ago now, I was an enthusiastic supporter of Herman Cain. He was initially at the top of my list of preferred announced candidates. This is one of the reasons I thought he was the best candidate in the current crop at the time, listen to his words from announcement speech he made that he was running for President, "Is America ready for a real leader, or (does she want to stay with) a (Teleprompter) reader?" This guy is a social as well as a fiscal conservative. I took what fellow blogger noted about Mr. Cain. Based on this new information and based on his performance during last night debate compared to the one in May, I would now rate him a C as Presidential material.


Tim Pawlenty, has supported cap and trade and TARP. Like Rick Santorum he is not very inspirational. I may need to do a little more research on this candidate. At this time, I rate him no better than a D.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has some good ideas, but he also has some very bad ideas. He turned me off forever when he joined with Nancy Pelosi in support of Global Warming. Recently his poo pooing of Representative Paul Ryan’s plan to fix Medicare reinforced my objection to Gingrich. This is inexcusable for a Conservative. He is too inconsistent for me. I would rate him a D- candidate as Presidential material.

I don't know too much about this former Governor, Gary Johnson. His performance in the first GOP debate in South Carolina a few weeks ago showed that he was much too libertarian for me. He was very weak on the key social issues. I would rate him an F candidate as Presidential material. He did not help his cause by avoiding the New Hampshire debate.

The mainstream media’s preferred GOP candidate and supposed “front runner” is the wheeling-dealing RINO Willard Mitt Romney. He might be a good manager or administrator, at best. But he lacks consistency in conservative principles. He is a reeling RINO at worst. Like our current President and immediate past president he would say and do anything to get elected. He is conservative to the same degree that Congressman Anthony Weiner controls his sexual appitite. I rate him F as a candidate for President and that is being generous!

I already know too much about this candidate, the current occupier of the White House. Prior to his election in 2008 Barack Obama was the least qualified, most inexperienced, and least prepared. He has proven over the past 2 1/2 years to be even more inept and inappropriate for this nation's highest office than when he was elected. He remains the least qualified and most inexperienced candidate. He is literally a vehicle being used by George Soros and the Left to destroy this nation. He must be defeated. I look at him as serving Jimmy Carter's second term in office; therefore, he must be term-limited! Since there is no rating lower than an F, he is un-rate-able as a candidate to continue as President.

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