November 17th, 2007
07:45 AM ET
10 years ago

What do Republicans want?

Watch Bill Schneider's report about the Republican presidential field.

(CNN) - In this report from Las Vegas, Bill Schneider takes a look at Nevada GOP poll results as well as national polls and polling in the other early primary states. 

Schneider reports on the disconnect between the national and early state polls and what role electability is playing in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

Related: Poll: Electability drives Giuliani's lead in Nevada

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Nevada • New Hampshire • Polls • Presidential Candidates • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ashley L Marx Wellesley, MA

    One thing I for sure do NOT want is analysis about Republican candidates filtered through Schneider's liberal bias. That's a real disconnect!

    November 16, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. MC- Atlanta, GA

    What do Republicans want?

    Another fear mongering, hate filled, ignorant, lazy, big spending, and foolish president.

    I mean they re-elected Bush didn't they?

    November 16, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |

    I'm a Registered Republican, and I want a NEW band of representatives! NOT a change of government, but a government that will do things For the people, By the people, and Of the people. Is that too much to ask for? Too much of time is getting wasted and nothing gets done. Promises, Promises.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and with our tax dollars.

    All of this one-ups-manship crap has me so sick and tired of this bunch of phonies, thieves and liars I'm likely to vote for ANY new-comer on my ballot!

    Hey Steve Colbert: you got my vote buddy boy!

    November 16, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. scott, manchester NH

    half of the republicans i knew years ago, ...are not republicans anymore...
    so, now its more a question of what those poor people NEED:
    some gentle help and guidance in getting them to see how freakin terrible their leaders have been..

    what a bunch..

    PLEASE...its time for a change...lets put some brain matter back in the WH.

    November 17, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  5. alan St Louis MO

    They want a CLINTON to Nominated

    1) Clinton==Bush== Staus Quo
    Just a new face, new spin, new smoke screen to keep the same old policy
    2) Clinton==Bush==DIVIDER they both will divide the country even more.A grid lock can do nothing government.
    3) Any republican canidate has the best chance of winning the Whitehouse if thier running against CLINTON. The swing voters and mild conseratives will not vote for CLINTON.
    4)IF CLINTON does win, WHO cares, She will keep the same Bush policy, She takes in the same money from the same corpates that profits from the Iraq Iran war.
    5)IF CLINTON wins history will repeat it self. The Clintont with there spining, Lying, smokescreen that outraged the country during the last Clinton will happen agin. The republicans will get control of congress after 2 years of CLINTON BULL SH**.


    November 17, 2007 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  6. mark wilkes barre pa

    bla,bla,bla,,, too early for poll shaping,,, try somthing new and different,, been there done that didn't work won't this time either

    November 17, 2007 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  7. Maryann Speilberg Iowa

    What do Republicans want?


    none of the contenders are even in her league

    November 17, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. S. Wright

    What do we want, Bill? Ok, I'll tell you...

    We want the Democratic candidates to have the guts to go on a debate hosted by Fox News so that the American people that are not Republican can actually see what Republicans have known about the Democrat candidates all along.

    If the Dems cannot face the moderation of a Fox News debate, how does anyone think that these losers will stand up to the propaganda and tactics of our enemies?

    Is that close enough for ya, Bill?

    November 17, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Nick, Eden Praire MN

    We want Ron Paul! The one who will get us out of Iraq and not add large spending bills on our already huge deficit.

    November 17, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Barbara Doyle Cape Coral, FL

    Now that we know that Huckabee's wife can use a grenade launcher, maybe the Republicans would want her to run as King Rudolph's VP

    November 17, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. scott plato, new york ny

    Republicans only want one thing. To crush the Poor, Exploit the Middle and Working Classes and support their base, which is the top 10% of the country, the elite. They use Gay Marriage, Gun Control, Patriotism and fear to control the masses and they win.

    November 17, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Chris, Toledo, OH

    Ron Paul. Republicans want Ron Paul.

    November 17, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. J. Stiles, Trenton, NJ

    "What do Republicans want?" Probably no opposition, no taxes, no U.N., no immigrants, no
    checks & balances, no Iran.

    November 17, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. john riggs eagle pass texas

    I'm a democrat and I want Ron Paul.

    November 17, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. George, Alabama

    What Do Republicans Want?

    Obviously, they want to remain in power and to continue what they started back in 2001. The only way to make this happen is to give up our principles and to vote for Rudy or Romney. Those who do not support the platform from its core. I mean pro-choice and civil unions? What happened to Reagan's party? I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party "left" me (by going Left).

    We will nominate a person who does not line up with our "values" but our pocketbooks and foreign policies. That will be our undoing...

    November 17, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Ron Nebraska

    Republicans want what they always have wanted, to cater to the wealthy while manipulating the ignorant.

    November 17, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. PollM, Dallas Tx


    With 2008 elections just around the corner where do you place yourself on the political spectrum?

    -----> Link

    Pundits tend to divide America in two on a tidy, linear scale: Either you're conservative or you're liberal. Differences between one conservative and another conservative can be explained by describing one as "more conservative" or "less conservative" than the other, and the same applies to liberals.


    November 17, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    What Republicans want is to win in 2008. And what they need to realize is that there is only one GOP contender who can beat the Democrats in 2008. Only one.

    That candidate is Dr. Ron Paul.

    November 18, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  19. Ken, Conway South Carolina

    personally i dont see a canadidate worth my vote, im 32 and i have a better at-home plan then they do. like for instance...a minimum 100 dollar fine to mexico's government for every illegit mexican found in the US,2. "spoils of war" make other countries pay the US for fixing THEIR problems (let them foot the bill) 3. removal and jailtime for the ceo of each drug company that cant find a cure for aids in 4 years(no severance). 4. the removal and jailtime for each ceo of every US car company that fails to get every car on sales lot replaced with clean fossil fuel free cars by 3 years time.... shall i go on?

    November 18, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. JD Rugby ND

    We want Ron Paul. We do not want Giuliani, Thompson, McCain, or Romney. Those four are just like Clinton and Obama.

    November 18, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    JD Rugby ND:

    We want someone with experience and leadership. We want someone who is strong on ecomony, strong on military, and strong on family values.

    Ron Paul has none. He is un-electible.

    November 18, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    As Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz might have quipped, Republicans just want loose ethics rules, tight relations with lobbyists, and a warm place to vacation.

    November 18, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Chris, Pensacola FL

    The "disconnect" is a major concern. It should be a concern. What they are finding is that Ron Paul and Huckabee are more popular than they thought (or want). Rather than the RNCs hand picked candidates, Paul and Huckabee are taking the votes away from Rudy, Mitt, and Johnny. It is my hope that people elect a revolutionary candidate in these dark times. Those who profess "executive" and "militarily strong" leadership are fools and are only in a vicious cycle of misunderstanding. We have all seen what executive and military leadership has done. It has done nothing but divide us and enrage the world. We need 21st century forefathers, someone who will rally the citizens and take back the establishments.

    November 19, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Tom Dedham, Mass

    This Republican wants:

    The troops home asap, if the Iraqi government doesn't start doing enough to help their own people help themselves, why should we.

    More investment in charter schools and vouchers as these FRESH IDEAS are kicking the tail of the "establishment and hack ridden school process".

    Alternative forms of energy including nuclear, wind farms, fossil fuels and ethanol, maybe even corn.

    Abortion only in case of rape, incest and the mothers life being in danger.

    One set of gun laws that EVERYONE in the country abides by, including gun shows and auction sites.

    The continuation of the Patriot act, as pre 9-11 mindsets are dangerous to the country, all of us. Now if they use these rights to look at political figures or if it is not used for what it's intention is, they should be impeached.

    I want illegal immigration taken care of, step one can not be the wall, but enforce the laws AGAINST the companies that HIRE them and also if these ILLEGALS are caught doing anything wrong no matter how trivial they are automatically deported with NO hope of ever gaining citizensship.


    We can the worry about the wall as step two and figure out what to REALLY do to make this work.

    By doing step one, we can REMOVE a lot of people who are here illegally if there is no work. It's a start.

    Keep the across the board tax cuts for everyone WHO ACTUALLY PAYS taxes.

    Raise the threshold of Social security taken out of a check passed the first $97,000 and make it more like $107,000 and that will buy us some valuable time and resources.

    Stem cell research should be expanded, not caught up in some faith based political quagmire. With the expansion, I also believe that the "industry" should be watched as we don't want someone getting creative and trying to create clones etc, etc.

    Just a few things this Republican wants to happen.

    Most importantly, I DON'T want President HILLARY CLINTON to happen.

    She alone will cause the country to become further divided, and we as a PEOPLE can not let that happen.

    November 19, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Dan ~ Longview, WA.

    We want Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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