January 14th, 2008
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GOP candidates try to ease fears, win votes in Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/14/michigan.primary/art.romney.2.mich.gi.jpg caption=" Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a Michigan native."](CNN) - The GOP presidential front-runners, locked in a tight race, are churning out ads and talking about the economy in a last-minute effort to win over Michigan voters before Tuesday's primary.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a narrow lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain, according to recent polls in Michigan.

Twenty-eight percent of people likely to vote in Tuesday's GOP primary said they supported Romney, compared with 26 percent for McCain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in a close third with 17 percent, followed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson with 5 percent each.

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  1. JasonE

    Schnarfe, you are completely, and I mean COMPLETELY off base with your characterization of Romney. Mitt NEVER said that he'd never hire Muslims in his cabinet and in fact he's already had Muslims working with him. And that bit about pandering to evangelicals? You just described Huckabee to a T!!! Mitt has every intention of keeping his religion to himself and only begrudgingly talked about it once because everyone kept bugging him about it. Then you have Huckabee the RINO, wears his religion on his sleeve like a uniform, who can't even say one sentence without throwing some Biblical terminology in there and actively encourages Baptist pastors to get their "flocks" to the voting booth. Are you blind?

    You have it completely backwards about Mitt and Muslims. In fact, why don't you go listen to the last debate in South Carolina where McCain had some VERY disparaging remarks against ALL Muslims. You'll find it – something typically snide and mean-spirited from McCain about the only thing they want to trade from us is Burkas! This was a completely racist remark by McCain and he owes all Muslims an apology! It's one thing to blast radical Islamic Jihad and another thing to disparage ALL Muslims. This proves that with McCain, if you're a Muslim, you're an enemy.

    Go Mitt and Thompson!!! (the only Conservative Republicans in the race. Sorry Dr. Pual, you're a Conservative Libertarian, but I still love you for that – America's just not ready for that drastic of a change. Chaos would be the end result at this point.)

    January 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Spencer

    Doesn't Ron Paul want to cut off student visas from "terrorist countires"? To me that's "Islamophobe".

    January 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. arfisher, Midlothian, VA

    I find it interesting that Huckabee supporters don't talk about issues just like their candidate. I hope that he writes and spells better than they do as he dropped out of school after one year of theology training. I have a music degree and the only skill that Huckabee has demonstrated is very very minimal on the guitar. Corny jokes and biblical humor are just not enough for president of the United States. He is a democrat in sheeps (Republican) clothing to garner the support of the religious right. The religious right that know him well, however, do not support him.

    January 14, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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