Campaign season continues with Michele Bachmann’s official announcement of her candidacy for the 2012 presidential election in Iowa. The Fiscal Times briefly chronicles Bachmann’s background, as well as the current state of hopefuls for the Republican nomination – Bachmann currently trails very closely behind Mitt Romney, 23-22, in a recent Des Moines Register poll. The WG’s David Winston says that Bachmann may do well in Iowa, but other parts of the country are a different matter:
“She clearly represents a segment of the party that is not enough, at least at this point, to get the nomination,” said David Winston. “Once she’s outside of Iowa, if she gets there, she needs a strategy to try and reach the majority of Republicans and some Independents. I haven’t seen that yet.”
To read the full article, turn to thefiscaltimes.com
News on Republican presidential candidates continues with Michele Bachmann’s slow foray onto Iowa ground, which raises questions about whether she’ll reach any success with her campaign in the coming months. But the Winston Group’s David Winston feels that it’s too early in the campaign season to tell:
“Are those folks right to be nervous about where the organization is right now? Sure,” said Winston, who has done work in Iowa. “For Bachmann, it’s: ‘What do we do to catch up?’ But I don’t think at this point anyone could say, ‘No, she can’t do that.’”
To read the full article, turn to desmoinesregister.com
David Winston commented in yesterday’s “All Things Considered” on NPR, following Utah Governor John Huntsman’s announcement that’s he’s running for presidency. Winston said that Huntsman will have much to prove this campaign season:
Mr. DAVID WINSTON (Republican strategist): There’s a lot he’s going to have to do to develop the substance and content because it clearly was not in that speech. And I think that’s the challenge. And part of what he’s got to manage here is how does he make having been governor of Utah and ambassador to China for President Obama appeal to Republican primary electorate? Ultimately, he hasn’t answered the substance question yet.
To read the full transcript or listen to the story, turn to npr.org
Massimo Calabresi writes in today’s Swampland on time.com about the debate on whether or not to execute foreigners who have been denied access to their country’s diplomats. The debate stems from the current situation in Texas, where a convicted Mexican national is to be executed on July 7. The outcome of the situation could affect how Governor Rick Perry does on a national front, if he decides to run for president. David Winston weighs in:
And if he gets in the race, says GOP strategist David Winston, “His challenge will be to translate what he’s done in Texas to what he’ll do for the rest of the country.”
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2011/06/17/rick-perry-and-the-vienna-convention/#ixzz1PZ2ucODE
Among reports of 9.1 percent unemployment, President Obama visited Toledo, Ohio to highlight the success of Chrysler, which he had decided to bailout after the economic collapse 3 years ago. Peter Nicholas from the Miami Herald turned to The WG’s David Winston for insight:
“He’s struggling to find something he can go out and talk about,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist.
The president is relying on the fact that “Chrysler still exists and didn’t disappear under his watch,” Winston said. “It’s not really a great statement of success.”
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/
In Friday’s New York Times, Jackie Calmes writes about President Obama’s visit to Toledo, Ohio, where many lauded him for saving their jobs with the bailout. Calmes points out that Obama skirted around the issue of 9.1 percent unemployment that remains, while giving a speech to the auto workers. David Winston, President of the Winston Group, points out that the auto industry is only a segment of the economy which is hardly something to be proud of:
“It’s the macro-situation that matters in terms of how people are going to ultimately view his success or lack thereof with the economy,” Mr. Winston said. To the extent Mr. Obama boasts selectively, “that tends to reinforce the idea, ‘Maybe he’s disconnected.’ ”
To read the full article, click to nytimes.com
Hayley Peterson writes for Tuesday’s Examiner about the Republican Party’s lack of presenting a viable candidate to run against President Obama, further increasing chances of the president getting re-elected. David Winston feels that even with new media and social networking decreasing the timeline for campaigns, to increase chances of a Republican winning, someone needs to start now:
“One of the reasons that no one has broken away from the pack is because no one has come up with a clear set of economic policies … at a time when people are unhappy with the president’s economic policies,” Winston said.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.
In today’s Fix in the Washington Post, Newt Gingrich was the biggest topic, looking at recent poll numbers showing that his favorability ratings among Republicans is down, signs that his campaign may be losing steam. The WG’s David Winston states what Gingrich needs to focus on to help boost those numbers again:
“The key for Newt is to focus on his policy ideas and solutions for problems facing the country, which is his strength,” said Republican pollster David Winston. “When the discussion about him is not about that, he does not do as well.”
To read the full article, turn to washingtonpost.com