WASHINGTON – And the leading Republican presidential candidate is … none of the above.
The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.
Giuliani is busy telling Republicans he’ll only appoint conservative judges, Romney is trying to prove he’s pro-life, McCain is a maverick Republican, and now Fred Thompson is trying to convince the evangelical community he’s “Christian enough”. I think Thompson has the best chance of appealing to the Republican base but to fully sink in, it will take time as the other candidates wane. I think a Fred Thompson/Rudy Giuliani ticket would be powerful for Republicans.
This here is interesting:
More Republicans have become apathetic about their top options over the past month.
A hefty 23 percent can’t or won’t say which candidate they would back, a jump from the 14 percent who took a pass in June.
Giuliani’s popularity continued to decline steadily as he faced a spate of headline headaches, came under increased scrutiny and saw the potential entry of Thompson in the mix; his support is at 21 percent compared with 27 percent in June and 35 percent in March.
Seems as though Fred Thompson needs to do some ‘splainin to the evangelicals and pro-life community to reassure them of his credentials. However, he has since met with James Dobson who is, apparently, reassessing his position on Thompson’s Christian credentials. Something tells me a Hillary candidacy will help hasten that reassessment.
However, the same does not hold true for the Dems:
In sharp contrast, the Democratic race remains static, with Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a sizable lead over Barack Obama. The New York senator, who is white, also outpaces her Illinois counterpart, who is black, among black and Hispanic Democrats, according to a combined sample of two months of polls.
As I’ve said, the Democrats have chosen their candidates, it’s done.