Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

Okay. I know this a blog is about state politics — but I have to say, I am growing more and more into a supporter for Rudy Giuliani. More and more polling shows Rudy winning the Republican nomination.

A recent Fox-News poll by Opinion Dynamics proves interesting…

– Rudy has the highest favorable approval rating of any major candidate (54%), Hillary Clinton is second with 50%.

– Clinton also has the second highest disapproval rating of any candidate (44%), with only Newt Gingrich higher at 49%. (Okay, technically Al Gore is the highest at 51% – but he’s not running.)

– Mitt Romney has the lowest name recognition amongst the major candidates; 43% of the respondants don’t know who he is.

If the Democratic primary were held today…

  • Hillary Clinton – 43%
  • Barack Obama – 15%
  • John Edwards – 12%
  • Al Gore 11%
  • (Hillary was at 33% in early December)

If the Republican primary were held today…

  • Rudy Giuliani – 34%
  • John McCain – 22%
  • Newt Gingrich – 15%
  • Mitt Romney – 3%
  • Sam Brownback – 1%
  • (Rudy has held about the same 27-34%, and McCain has been between 22 and 25%, since March of 2006. )

Now, while The Neo Con Blogger will love this, my friends at PEER Review will not like these numbers. Rudy and McCain are way ahead right now. Romney and Brownback will have to outspend them by a considerable margin to even introduce themselves to the general public. (To be fair, there is a lot of room to improve, but add the bottom three Republicans – the “conservative” ones – and the moderates still lead 56% to 19%.)

One last thing I think everyone should read is the Hotline Online Ten Truths About Rudy Giuliani (hat tip to the PoHo at Blurbex):

  1. He enters the race more admired; and, not only more admired, more-liked than any presidential candidate since Eisenhower.
  2. Mayor of New York City. How many states have fewer than 7 million people? Massachusetts (Romney) and Arkansas (Huckabee), for two.
  3. More than any other Republican candidate, he would expand the 2008 electoral map.
  4. He’s pro-choice and pro-gay rights. So is a good chunk of the GOP’s donor base . . .
  5. You be may pro-life, and you might not favor expanded civil rights for gay couples, but you will have no doubt, when introduced to Rudy Giuliani, where he stands on those issues.
  6. About 30 percent of the Republican primary base is pro-choice and open to supporting some gay rights initiatives.
  7. The Ames Straw poll will be, obviously, a barometer of the Giuliani team’s organizational strength in Iowa.
  8. Fox News seems to be in love with “America’s Mayor,” as they call him. That’s an unalloyed good.
  9. Rudy Giuliani will never get the endorsement of Tony Perkins, or James Dobson, or Richard Land, or Rod Parsley.
  10. “Can Rudy win the nomination?” is a good question.

So, make it official.  Until Newt Gingrich is an official candidates – I’m in Rudy’s camp.  Newt would be interesting, if only from an intellectual perspective — easily the smartest of the potential candidates, and that would make the race more fun to watch.

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6 Responses to Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

  1. Bob says:

    I think 3% for Romney is a bit low. The Q poll has him at 6% and Rasmussen at 9% but still all single digits. Not good. Brownback is low but no one expects him to win. I just hope he stays in the race for a long time to help push conservative values into the debate. Gingrich would be a welcome addition to the field.

  2. Bruce Cotton says:

    I’m holding out for Newt also. Wish he would do it already and end all the speculation.

  3. patd95 says:

    Thanks for the hat-tip on your site. Look, I listened to Michael Savage ‘savage’ Guliani listeners on his radio show yesterday. Savage’s premise was this: if you don’t know where Guliani stands, why is he a good choice. Now if anyone else heard his broadcast, tell me if I am wrong. Basically, Savage ravaged Rudy on all of his domestic policy issues. And even Ann Coulter weighed in last night on FOX stating that since Rudy is Pro Choice, she would not vote for him.

    This is why politics is both fun and difficult. On the matter of human existence, I am Pro Life. Does that mean I will not vote for a Pro Choice candidate? Nope. I would vote for Rudy right now if the election was held today because the rest of the Republican field is horrible. Everyone looks, talks and acts the same. I can’t trust McCain. Romney looks and sounds impressive, but is he ‘Presidential?’ Nope. I like Guliani’s outsider position. I have heard him speak at several gatherings. And I know he would be a hawk on defense. And as I said on my blog, let the social issues work themselves out in the House of Reprehensibles and the Senate. The Border and Defense are the most important issues of the day. Besides Rudy, what other candidate would do a thing to make sure those are a national and administrative priority?

    Run Rudy Ru – You Have My Vote

  4. Mr. G says:

    Heartbreaking, Jim. Absolutely heartbreaking. Both the numbers and you hoping on the Rudy train.

    A win for Giuliani is a loss for Conservatives. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  5. Chuck Palm says:

    I really like Rudy, but I’m more worried about out of control immigration (or the lack of control). Not clear yet on where he stands on that (comments on radio says he’s for an electronic frontier). He also has a shady family value history. Mitt is a pretty solid guy, but he needs to get off the “waffle” train when it comes to spending, and his faith could hurt him, (LDS), even though it is a really strong value point. Conservative values will win this, if they are mainstream enough.

  6. This post has aged like a fine wine.

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