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  • Could a new candidate shake up the Republican race for the nomination?

    There are 11 Republicans running for the presidential nomination in 2012. But some people in the party don't seem to think that's enough.

    The names of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan keep popping up even though both men have said time and time again that they aren't interested in the presidential race.

    The continued search for Mr. Right is nothing new for Republicans. Back in 2008, there was huge excitement for former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson who entered the race late -- casting himself as a savior for a downtrodden Republican party. He turned out to be a huge bust.

    And it's not just Republicans who pine for the candidates they can't have. In the early days of 2008, there was constant chatter about the possibility of former vice president Al Gore getting into the race. And in 2004, retired General Wes Clark spent months listening to a steady drumbeat for him to get

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: Surprise candidate?
  • All voters care about is the economy, and that weight is on Obama's shoulders. Better numbers can help him take the 2012 election, but proving he can fix our money woes over the next four years is the clincher.

    "It's the economy, stupid".

    The line made famous by Democratic consultant James Carville is as true today as when he uttered it during the 1992 presidential election.

    If the economy is struggling, as it is right now, voters don't care about much else. And that's a major problem for President Obama.

    A new Gallup poll showed that just 26 percent of people approve of how Obama is handling the economy, a major decline since May and the lowest the president has ever scored on the question.

    Independents, who Obama has spent much of the past 8 months aggressively courting, are equally unhappy about his work on the economy with just 23 percent approving.

    The silver lining for the president is that most voters don't yet blame him for the current economic problems. A recent Marist

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: Can Obama fix the economy?
  • President Obama's annual vacation to Martha's vineyard is already under fire, and he's barely unpacked. Is it fair for the commander in chief to relax when the country is facing big problems?

    President Obama leaves for a 10-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard today, a trip that has already stirred controversy.

    Republicans have criticized Obama not only for going on vacation at a time of economic turmoil but also choosing the ritzy island off of Cape Cod as his destination.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has slammed Obama for "vacationing in Martha's Vineyard" rather than working to create jobs out in the country.

    Obama seems unconcerned about the barbs thrown his way. He's been criticized for vacationing in Martha's Vineyard in each of the last two summers without any long-term political consequences.

    Of course, the ongoing struggles of the American economy and the yo-yoing stock market make the optics of a trip to Martha's Vineyard a bit more complicated.

    Back in 1995, then

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: Obama on break?


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