August 11, 2011 5:17 p.m.
The first Republican debate lacked the party’s biggest names. The second lacked any major fireworks.Now, as the GOP
‘s announced presidential hopefuls meet again for a debate in Iowa on Thursday, arguably all but one of the candidates are in search of a dynamic-shifting moment as the nominating race enters a decisive phase.For Mitt Romney
, Thursday offered more evidence of his front-runner status. The leader in national polling and fundraising, he sparred with liberal activists as he toured the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines
, focused more on the current president than his GOP rivals.”I’m not going to raise taxes! And if you want somebody who will raise taxes, you can vote for Barack Obama
,” he said.The key question before the Ames debate is whether the other Republicans would seek to challenge Romney — something they seemed reluctant to do in the last debate.Michele Bachmann
used that last forum in New Hampshire to announce her candidacy. Her dazzling performance launched her from the back of the pack to the top tier, inviting new scrutiny along the way.She canceled a planned event Thursday to huddle with advisors in preparation for the debate, as observers wondered if she could deliver a more substantive performance and show appeal beyond her committed “tea party”
base.For Tim Pawlenty
, this week’s debate and straw poll in Iowa loomed as a critical moment. His lackluster showing at the June debate robbed his campaign of any momentum it had started to build. His fatal error: passing on a chance to follow through on his criticism of the healthcare plan Romney signed into law in Massachusetts.New to the stage was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
Jr. He entered the race in June to considerable fanfare, but has struggled to gain traction, or even make a strong case for his candidacy. He’s already announced he won’t compete in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, and would be making a broader case to Republican voters seeing him for the first time.
Looming over the affair were two Republican heavyweights about to descend on Iowa, but neither officially in the race at this point. Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed just hours before the debate that he would become an official candidate over the weekend.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to arrive in the Hawkeye State on Friday on her “One Nation” bus tour, on hiatus since she toured the Northeast in early June.
Neither is participating in either the debate or Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, traditionally seen as an early test of organizational strength in Iowa.
A CNN poll released Thursday showed Perry and Palin trailing only Romney in the GOP field. Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, like Pawlenty and Huntsman, were in low-single digits.
Thursday’s debate was sponsored by Fox News Channel, the Washington Examiner and the Iowa Republican Party.
March 12th, 1947
3 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from March 12th, 2011 to March 11th, 2012) = Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
19 year + 8 (August) = 27 = his personal month (from August 12th, 2011 to September 11th, 2011) = Acting out of character.
27 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 40 = his personal day = I could use some help.
April 6th, 1956
4 + 6 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = her personal year (from April 6th, 2011 to April 5th, 2012) = Sexy. Sex appeal.
14 year + 8 (August) = 22 = her personal month (from August 6th, 2011 to September 5th, 2011) = Like a three ring circus.
22 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 35 = her personal day = Not giving up. Persevering.
November 27th, 1960
11 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 41 = his personal year (from November 27th, 2010 to November 26th, 2011) = Him getting to know you, and you getting to know him.
41 year + 7 (July) = 48 = his personal month (from July 27th, 2011 to August 26th, 2011) = Finding his way.
48 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 61 = his personal day = Doing the unexpected.
August 20th, 1935
8 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 31 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2010 to August 19th, 2011) = Rising to the challenge. Personal best. Stirring things up.
31 year + 7 (July) = 38 = his personal month (from July 20th, 2011 to August 19th, 2011) = I care. I can feel it.
38 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = Campaigning for the presidency. Vote for me. The rule of law.
The United States presidential election of 2012 is to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Ron Paul was born on August 20th, 1935
August 20th, 1935
8 + 20 +2+0+1+2 = 33 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2012 to August 19th, 2013) = Taking a stand. Not backing down.
33 year + 10 (October) = 43 = his personal month (from October 20th, 2012 to November 19th, 2012) = Celebrating. Congratulations.
43 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday November 6th, 2012) = 49 = his personal day = Happy. Smiling. Wish come true.
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