Straw Poll on Townhall

Reuters News - Wed Sep 28

Rich Galen - Wed Sep 28

This Gov. Chris Christie. Is he running? Yes, he’s running. No he is not running. Former N.J. Gov. Tom Kean says he's running. Christie's brother says he's not. ... more

Tony Katz - Wed Sep 28

Over the weekend, businessman and presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Pollwith a very convincing 37% of the vote. He more than doubled his nearest challenger, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and third place finisher, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. ... more

Rich Galen - Mon Sep 26

Just before 6 PM Saturday, the remarkably efficient information loop known as Twitter exploded with the news that Herman Cain had won the straw poll in Florida. ... more

Sandy Rios - Mon Sep 26

Pundits seem hell bent on singling out a dismal performance by Governor Rick Perry on Thursday night’s FOX/Google debate, which was the most watched debate in history—proving voters are paying attention in record numbers as the economics tighten. ... more

Heidi Harris - Mon Sep 26

I honestly don’t have a simple solution for teens who are brought here illegally as children, but then again, I’m not running for President. Send them home? Home where? Let them stay? You’re rewarding their parents’ lawbreaking, and encouraging the next wave of parents to do the same. ... more

Mark Baisley - Sun Sep 25

Is there any credibility in the candidacy of the former Godfather Pizza CEO? He has no election experience and the words “Washington” and “Governor” do not appear on his resume. GOP nominee Herman Cain may be a credible notion if we consider not only the competition, but the national mood. ... more

Rich Galen - Thu Sep 8

This worked pretty well in Ames, Iowa so let's do it again. Here are my pre- and post-debate impressions. ... more

Guy Benson - Tue Aug 30

Rick Perry is brash, bold, and projects a thoroughly Texan ethos. By comparison, Pawlenty is a gentler, though earnest, Midwestern conservative. He hews so closely to the “Minnesota nice” stereotype that he looked visibly uncomfortable attacking Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann during GOP debates. ... more

Kathryn Lopez - Fri Aug 19

I've been wondering for a while now why the heck Rep. Thad McCotter is running for president of the United States. Yes, you read that correctly. ... more

Marjorie Dannenfelser - Fri Aug 19

Some Republicans in recent months have suggested that social issues, including the issue of protecting innocent, unborn children, will take a back seat during the 2012 election cycle. The nation’s unemployment rates, foreclosure rate, and credit rating, are all worse than they were when Obama took office in 2009. ... more

Jonah Goldberg - Wed Aug 17

Perry didn't exactly chase Pawlenty out of the race; the Iowa straw poll (in which T-Paw finished a distant third) did that. But the two developments are closely related. They're linked by the fact that Barack Obama is very beatable. ... more

Michael Medved - Wed Aug 17

It’s probably a good thing that coverage of the Iowa Straw Poll and Rick Perry’s announcement of candidacy upstaged the discussion about the televised GOP debate two days before. ... more

Paul Greenberg - Wed Aug 17

Who says presidential debates and straw polls don't matter? ... more

Byron York - Mon Aug 15

On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Iowa straw poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was asked to make the case that she has the "judgment and experience" to be president of the United States. Bachmann listed several qualifications -- her work as a tax attorney, small-business woman, state senator in Minnesota and member of Congress -- but the first thing she said was: "I have a lifetime of experience. I'm 55 years old. I've been married 33 years." ... more