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Chasing Obama 2012: Raising the Campaign News Cycle Debt Ceiling

Not a great deal to report on the Obama campaign since the national news cycle has been obssessed with debt ceiling theatrics. Or the fact that we're still months away from knowing who the GOP nominee will be. So on with the candidates chasing Obama ...

More or Less “In It”

Mitt Romney ... Meet the Mexican Romneys! I'd have guessed that they were part of Mitt's "stealth campaign". I don't put much stock in national polls done this early. But for whatever it's worth, Romney's ahead in the Post-ABC poll out this week. Make of it what you will ... Nate Silver does.

Michele Bachmann ... had a headache of a week.

Tim Pawlenty ... new ad up, this time the focus is on hockey. Not surprisingly, ABC is going all Tom Petty on the usage of their copyrighted material. There's also new radio and web video up expounding on Pawlenty's faith.

Herman Cain ... Winner of the Joe the Plumber's vote. Maybe Joe thought he was asked about John McCain?

Jon Huntsman ... One campaign manager out the door, new attack strategy in the works. Clickz also has a good overview of the role web video is playing in the Huntsman campaign.

Ron Paul ... SuperPAC alert.

Rick Santorum ... Patch tracks the door-to-door/farm-to-farm outreach by Santorum.

Thaddeus McCotter ... After participating in a twitter debate, the campaign sent a blast email out with the following subject line: "Thad McCotter Dominates Twitter Debate, Proves He is Best Candidate for President." Gotta love that rationale for the Presidency.

Buddy Roemer ... Never mind that little shindig in Bossier City. That was just the warm-up. The real announcement happened in New Hampshire on Thursday. You can just feel the Roemer-mentum, now!

Newt Gingrich ... I'm convinced that it's a matter of time before ends up serving the same purpose as

Gary Johnson ... This space still reserved for when Gary Johnson makes news.

Addicted to Publicity “Thinkin’ About It”

Rick Perry ... Mike Huckabee may have a few questions about Perry's 2008 support for Rudy Giuliani, but the MSM is likelier to fawn over a new candidate once he's in. Just ask Doyle McManus. The Iowa Straw Poll, on the other hand, will offer no insights into Perry's early appeal or organization. In light of the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, however, Rick Perry goes after President Obama for not pouring more money into the jobs program for engineers. Small government, y'all.

Even Slower News Weeks

Rudy Giuliani ... Rudy takes the mulling stage to Hannity.

The Candidate Formerly Known as the Former Governor of Alaska ... still in second place. There's also the very, very, extremely, but very real case of GWAR vs Sarah Palin that I've never been made aware of. Helps that I don't own any GWAR albums.

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