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Published on September 7th, 2011 | by Luca Gastaldi
Image © [caption id="attachment_3421" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="©Chapendra"][/caption] Four months after the killing of Osama bin Laden, which pushed President Obama’s ratings over 50%, more Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any other time in his presidency. According to a Politico/GWU poll, 43 percent said they would definitely vote against Obama in 2012, while only 26 percent said they would definitely vote for him. While the President’s popularity is plummeting, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney seem to stand the best chance of winning the Republican nomination to stand against Obama in 2012. Romney, a Mormon, could be a strong candidate in turbulent economic times. His record as Governor of Maine and his success in turning around the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics can make him a prime candidate for tackling America’s economic problems, but his aloofness and failure to connect with voters will make his qualities hard to sell. His biggest achievement while in office - a law requiring every citizen in his state to buy health insurance - was a model for the universal health-care law passed by Obama last year, and, paradoxically, could damage him in his bid for the Republican nomination. When running for the Republican nomination in 2008, which he lost to John McCain, Romney gained a reputation as a flip flopper after changing his stance on a number of issues, namely abortion. At the end of that race, the Economist wrote: “If only he believed in something, he would be a powerful force; sadly, his political colours appear to change depending on his audience". Rick Perry, the current Governor of Texas, is more in tune with the party base. He is a social conservative who believes in small government, and could become the Tea Party favorite were Michele Bachmann to drop out of the race. He is America’s longest serving governor, having been elected for a third term in 2010, and a tough campaigner that managed to reach front-runner status in just a few weeks as an official candidate. He is a 10th amendment, states' right enthusiast, who distrusts federal government and has spoken of the possibility of Texas seceding from the Union. His populist brand of conservatism gave him a lead in the polls and turned him into Romney's main rival for the nomination. All eight Republican hopefuls will take part in the Politico/NBC News debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, this Wednesday. It is the first debate that will include Rick Perry, giving him a chance of consolidating his lead and putting to the test Mitt Romney's chances to go back to the top of the field.

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Romney vs Perry?

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Four months after the killing of Osama bin Laden, which pushed President Obama’s ratings over 50%, more Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any other time in his presidency. According to a Politico/GWU poll, 43 percent said they would definitely vote against Obama in 2012, while only 26 percent said they would definitely vote for him. While the President’s popularity is plummeting, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney seem to stand the best chance of winning the Republican nomination to stand against Obama in 2012.

Romney, a Mormon, could be a strong candidate in turbulent economic times. His record as Governor of Maine and his success in turning around the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics can make him a prime candidate for tackling America’s economic problems, but his aloofness and failure to connect with voters will make his qualities hard to sell. His biggest achievement while in office – a law requiring every citizen in his state to buy health insurance – was a model for the universal health-care law passed by Obama last year, and, paradoxically, could damage him in his bid for the Republican nomination. When running for the Republican nomination in 2008, which he lost to John McCain, Romney gained a reputation as a flip flopper after changing his stance on a number of issues, namely abortion. At the end of that race, the Economist wrote: “If only he believed in something, he would be a powerful force; sadly, his political colours appear to change depending on his audience“.

Rick Perry, the current Governor of Texas, is more in tune with the party base. He is a social conservative who believes in small government, and could become the Tea Party favorite were Michele Bachmann to drop out of the race. He is America’s longest serving governor, having been elected for a third term in 2010, and a tough campaigner that managed to reach front-runner status in just a few weeks as an official candidate. He is a 10th amendment, states’ right enthusiast, who distrusts federal government and has spoken of the possibility of Texas seceding from the Union. His populist brand of conservatism gave him a lead in the polls and turned him into Romney’s main rival for the nomination.
All eight Republican hopefuls will take part in the Politico/NBC News debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, this Wednesday. It is the first debate that will include Rick Perry, giving him a chance of consolidating his lead and putting to the test Mitt Romney’s chances to go back to the top of the field.

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