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Inside the Beltway
Let Buddy debate: And so goes the repeat refrain from the camp of persistent Republican presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer, barred from the major presidential debates by sponsoring news organizations because of his flagging or nonexistent poll numbers. But things are getting Buddy-friendly. The Boston Globe now says Mr. Roemer should be included in two upcoming debates in New Hampshire, noting, “Roemer is capable of bringing fresh energy to the long-running GOP show: It’s even possible to imagine him catching fire for at least a moment.”
He has support from local tea party groups, conservative activists and New Hampshire Republican Party officials who consider it a matter of honor to include Mr. Roemer in the debates, many citing “Live free or die,” the official state motto. Says former state party Chairman Fergus Cullen, “We provide a level playing field where lesser known, lesser funded candidates have an equal opportunity to get their message out and earn support.”
But wait. ABC News, which hosts the next Republican rumble on Saturday, has propped the door for Mr. Roemer, a former four-term congressman and governor of Louisiana who refuses to take any donations of more than $100.
“It’s my understanding is that ABC has contacted us, and if we get our numbers up to the 5 percent threshold or above in the New Hampshire tracking poll that will be released on Friday, then we’re in,” a spokesman tells Inside the Beltway. “And we say, well, sure. Why not let Buddy debate?”
THE WHOLE POLL
It’s going to be a tricky, excruciating horse race until November, that is for sure. But here’s big news: The Washington Times has joined forces with one of the best-known pollsters on the planet to produce a series of surveys to keep the public on track as things get wild. Or weird. Yes, we’ll have the red-meat questions, along with the opinions of gun owners, NASCAR fans and tea partyers. Look for the first installment at The Times website Thursday midmorning, when our inaugural survey will be released and the mystery identity of our polling partner revealed.
The rising popularity of Republican pro-life candidates is giving pro-choice activists pause, perhaps. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, joins Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, on Thursday to launch what is deemed a “historic campaign” in the state as primary fever takes hold of both public and media.
The grass-roots outreach will encourage “direct dialogue with candidates in the 2012 elections,” which just might borrow a page from the Occupy Wall Street playbook. The organization is particularly keen on www.womenarewatching.org, a companion website that has the blessing of Cosmopolitan magazine, and a pledge that reads, “For too long, anti-choice politicians have worked furiously to undermine women’s health and destroy organizations like Planned Parenthood that protect women’s access to reproductive care.”
“We spoke directly with the people of Iowa, in coffee shops and living rooms. We held over 370 town-hall meetings, in all 99 counties. We did not speed date our way through Iowa; we courted her votes. … The spark we struck in the Hawkeye State will ignite the tinder we’ve laid in New Hampshire and South Carolina.”
- Rick Santorum, explaining his current political strategy
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