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I would love to see a 'general election' type primary. Say the first Tuesday in March have a nation-wide primary for each party. Every state votes at the same time, all states winner take-all. Have the Conventions the first week of April and broker your way to a nominee and then a 6 month general election campaign.

Oh the drama. And the high likelihood of Chicagoan politics becoming American politics.

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I would love to see a 'general election' type primary. Say the first Tuesday in March have a nation-wide primary for each party. Every state votes at the same time, all states winner take-all. Have the Conventions the first week of April and broker your way to a nominee and then a 6 month general election campaign.

Oh the drama. And the high likelihood of Chicagoan politics becoming American politics.

It all sounds so much more complicated than a British general election! All the constant demands on the electorate to keep voting. In Britain, there is only a single round of voting required and that is on general election day (unless local council elections are being held on the same day as sometimes happens).

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It all sounds so much more complicated than a British general election! All the constant demands on the electorate to keep voting. In Britain, there is only a single round of voting required and that is on general election day (unless local council elections are being held on the same day as sometimes happens).

Well not quite. There is the riding associate votes, which would be analagous to the US primary (a closed primary/caucaus). Open primaries are unique in the United States, but the idea of a party voting for their candidates is not and is almost universal in countries that do not use lists.

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A "general election style" primary defeats the purpose of the primaries. They are meant to be opportunities for candidates to mingle with people in the small states. If the system changed, the big states would get the most attention. But I think it would be exciting, and would probably lead to many dark horses pulling off an upset.

I don't think the system is perfect. States like Iowa and New Hampshire are not reflective of the demographics of the U.S., and they have too much power in the primaries. The way they give out delegates makes me feel like people's votes are irrelevant at times. The election rules in each state are crazy too.

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After tonight, there will be no more talk of primaries. Romney has his party's nomination signed, sealed and delivered.

The general election is now kicking into gear. Mitt vs. Barry here on out until November. It is going to be a lonnnnnnnnngggggggggg summer.

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Seems Ron Paul has won a few states, even though the media is reporting it as a Romney win. Remember, winning a state is just a beauty contest and has been rigged a few times already, its the delegates that count. Not saying Ron Paul will win, just pointing out the delegate counts the media are reporting are mostly false. Yes its pretty much finished, but ill be interested in seeing the final delegate tally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfS1x5RnZZQ&feature=player_embedded

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After tonight, there will be no more talk of primaries. Romney has his party's nomination signed, sealed and delivered.

The general election is now kicking into gear. Mitt vs. Barry here on out until November. It is going to be a lonnnnnnnnngggggggggg summer.

It's going to be a long four years -- no matter who wins. Barf-o-rama.

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Well, it looks like it will be a Romney-Obama showdown, in the months leading to November. I can't wait for the fireworks to begin.

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Bye Bye gingrich, Will santorum win? In Australia here and know many hate obama even though he inherited the country which was in ruins and post gfc and many blame it on him -_-

Hope he wins again though

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Well, it looks like it will be a Romney-Obama showdown, in the months leading to November. I can't wait for the fireworks to begin.

What fireworks though? Two lackluster options. I'm hating this election cycle. I don't like either of them at all.

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Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas primary win

Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals.

According to the Associated Press count, Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination by winning at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary.

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http://www.foxnews.c...as-primary-win/

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Let the games, or shall I say the campaigns begin.

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Yeah, notwithstanding Trump trying to spew his "birther" message again. He shouldn't quit his day job.

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Wisconsin Democrats are welcome in Illinois anytime!

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The Supreme Court rules that the main aspects of Obama's health care bill are upheld. I bet the Chief Justice is going to have choice words aimed at him from those who sees the ruling as "attacking liberty", says Romney.

However, that situation could go out the window, if the Republicans manage to win both Houses and the presidency at the same time. But, strange things always happen in politics and law.

The economy will be the overall issue Americans care about more than this ruling about American health care. It will help people in need generally, but there seems to be loopholes waiting in the wings to be secretly exploited by those in the know.

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Oh, boy. I hope Romney is not getting his "good advice" from you-know-who. If this is true, it is going to be Obama's "I told you so moment."

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/12/the_romney_cheney_doctrine

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BREAKING: Romney to announce vice presidential pick Saturday

By NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Mark Murray

Mitt Romney will announce his vice-presidential selection tomorrow, according to the campaign.

Though the campaign gave no indication of who it could be, the campaign said in a press release the former Massachusetts governor would announce his selection at 8:45 am ET in Norfolk, VA, the first stop on his swing-state bus tour.

The campaign says the announcement will be in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin -- which just happens to be the home state of potential VP Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

As First Read reported earlier this week, the VP finalists appear to be Ryan, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

There has been a lot of smoke surrounding Ryan in the past few days. Washington economic conservatives have pushed for his selection. Romney told NBC's Chuck Todd he was looking for someone with "a vision for the country," who "adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.”

Friday night, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and Stephen Hayes reported: "[T]he Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon. For example, GOP officials tell The Weekly Standard that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is among a group of Republicans who has been asked to be ready, in terms of his schedule and other practical preparations, to make the case publicly for a Romney-Ryan ticket as early as Saturday."

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/10/13226315-romney-to-announce-vp-pick-saturday?lite

The big money seems to be on Paul Ryan from Wisconsin.

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Now that the Olympic Games are over, it is "back to your regular scheduled program" now.

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Now just 84 days of political banter cluttering up the media here.

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Now just 84 days of political banter cluttering up the media here.

I don't watch much television, but I definitely feel compelled to keep it off until after this election.

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Well, looks like there are a candidate or two for the US Senate that have extreme views about rape and abortion. Thanks to that guy, these issues are, once again, in the forefront of the campaign.

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Yep, news stories like this certainly heighten the probability that he will not have majority of support among women votes.

Doctor behind Todd Akin's rape theory was a Romney surrogate in 2007

By Kim Geiger

4:01 p.m. CDT, August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -- After saying he “can’t defend” Rep. Todd Akin’s suggestion that women don’t get pregnant from rape, Mitt Romney stepped up his rebuke on Tuesday when he called on Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. But archives from Romney’s previous presidential bid show that the Massachusetts Republican has historically supported the person who is the source of Akin’s theory, Dr. Jack C. Willke, the father of the antiabortion movement.

A physician and former president of the National Right to Life Committee, Willke was an “important surrogate” for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. Willke is the oft-cited source of the theory that rape-related pregnancies are “rare.” The theory is sometimes used by antiabortion advocates to argue that abortion laws should not contain exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest.

Willke believes that trauma caused by violent rape causes a woman’s reproductive system to shut down. He presents this belief as fact in educational materials, including a book about abortion and a website called abortionfacts.com. Willke’s views – and his role in promoting a theory that has been widely rejected in modern medicine – appear not to have concerned Romney in 2007, when he touted Willke’s endorsement.

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