Romney, Gingrich campaigns echo contest in 1976

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We are watching a contest between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for the Republican Party 2012 presidential nomination. Although there are other candidates competing, these two candidates seem to be leading.

During the past century, most of the intense intra-party contests for the presidential nomination seem to have taken place in the Democratic Party. One example was in 1924, when the Democratic Party held its national convention at Madison Square Garden and a long and bitter floor fight took place between New York Gov. Al Smith and U.S. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, of California, for the nomination.

After 103 ballots were cast, the delegates finally nominated a compromise candidate. John Davis, of West Virginia, had served as U.S. solicitor general and ambassador to the United Kingdom. He would lose the presidential election that year to Republican Calvin Coolidge.

In 1968, the Democratic Party had its nominating convention in Chicago. The two candidates were Minnesotans: Vice President Hubert Humphrey and U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy. The main issue was the Vietnam War. The floor fights and demonstrations by delegates and protesters were even more prevalent than in 1924. Humphrey finally received the presidential nomination, only to lose the election to former Vice President Richard Nixon.

During the last half of the 20th century, the most intense contest for the Republican presidential nomination occurred in 1976 between President Gerald Ford, of Michigan, and Ronald Reagan, of California. Like the present contest between Romney and Gingrich, it had a governor (Reagan), running against a former Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Ford). Now we have a former governor (Romney) running against the former Republican House speaker (Gingrich).

The contest in 1976, during the early Republican primaries, gave Ford victories in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. Ford also went on to win primaries in Florida, Massachusetts and Illinois. Reagan would win primaries in North Carolina and Texas. Reagan chose Sen. Richard Schweiker, of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican, as his running mate.

It did not help him with the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Ford would go on to win the Republican nomination that year, only to lose to Democrat and former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in the 1976 fall general election.

As is known, Reagan in 1980 easily won the Republican nomination for president and went on to win a decisive victory over Carter in the fall of that year.

Today, it is Romney who four years ago lost his Republican bid to run for president against Barack Obama. He lost his bid to Sen. John McCain. Like Reagan, can he have a successful comeback four years later, win the nomination and go on to win the presidency?

The Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary will have a large impact on who emerges as the Republican nominee for president in 2012.

This presidential campaign within the Republican Party has been going on for almost a year up to this point. We will have another year of campaigning leading up to the November 2012 election.

It was Carter who probably started these two-year presidential campaigns by continually campaigning for the presidency in 1975 and 1976, after serving one term as governor of Georgia.

Both Romney and Gingrich have had presidential ambitions for a long time as they continue their battle to the 2012 primaries. Two-year campaigns for the presidency seem to be becoming the accepted pattern.

As has been indicated by an increasing number of political observers, 2012 promises to be one of the most eventful and important presidential elections in American history.

Posted 12:00 am, January 6, 2012
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The Last Voice from Flushing says:
Political observers, political outhouse-schmoronic scharoo. Lets tell the truth, these candidates runing for "President of the United States pof America", takes notice, that is a very big parenthesized statement. One seems like it has Dimencia, the other, Fifth grade, the othermore interested in Meat and Potatoes never mind having an ongoing affair in the legion ( God knows why, he's no price) pity the woman and his wife for accepting. Lets go back a little, when Obama took ove this administration he was left with the GARBAGE THAT BUSH CREATED! Yes, here was a big Hooplah cause he was of black decent! Horse manure! I saw Mr. Bush smerke and comment "Good Luck" that was caught right on TV during the innauguration. Now, This Presisident Obama went past all these opticles and I congratulate him. By the, way President Lincoln was a little dark in color, was that an issue? His issue should have been having fathered black children with his slaves,is that still an issue? The issue here is that our Preident has accomplish more in two, two years than any other president. Bush left this country holding on to the bottom of the toilet and Obama stopped the flush..
Jan. 23, 2012, 5:18 pm

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