HUCKPAC’S VERTICAL DAY – Senator Elizabeth Dole

Please excuse the lull in posting…I had to break for dinner.  Hopefully it won’t take me too long to catch up. 

The next candidate to participate in Vertical Day is Senator Elizabeth Dole (of North Carolina).  Her post, like others, is about Energy Independence: 

I am continuing my fight to bring immediate and long term relief to the rising price of gas. I have heard from North Carolinians and people from across the country that are being hurt every day by the increased burden this puts on your lives. I have put forward a real plan that provides immediate and long term relief and I will be fighting for its passage in the United States Senate.

Everyone agrees we need to fix this growing problem, but there is widespread disagreement on just how to accomplish it. I often hear, “Drill for more oil here at home,” “Become less dependent on foreign sources for oil” or “Find alternative sources for energy so we don’t have to rely on oil.

All of those suggestions are accurate.

In the future, we may have sources of alternative energy that will power all our needs, burn cleanly and render gasoline obsolete. However, we are years, if not decades, away from a solution of this magnitude. The reality of today’s world is that we rely on oil in this country to drive to work, harvest crops, transport goods, fly planes, build roads and heat our homes. We must take serious and responsible actions that provide families and businesses with some near-term relief. That is why I have called on the president to immediately release one third of the supply from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which will immediately provide relief at the pump because of an increased supply of oil available for refinement and will punish the oil speculators who are betting against America. This will not jeopardize national security because the reserve would still contain a 60 day supply.

In addition, I have called on the president to create an Oil and Gas Market Fraud Task Force, which will ensure that energy markets are free from illegal manipulation and corporate corruption. This new Task Force can help restore the confidence of Americans in our oil and gas markets and prevent further harm to our economy.

While we focus on the short-term relief, we must also work towards long-term solutions. Given that the reasons for oil price fluctuation are more complicated than simply supply and demand, I believe our government must have an oil strategy. We need to increase supply by investing at home and increasing or starting environmentally-sound production in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and ANWR. I also helped introduce the Gas Price Reduction Act, which would allow states, including North Carolina, the option to open areas, at least 50 miles offshore, to energy exploration as long as it is safe, clean and not visible from the land. States would be able to receive 37.5 percent of the revenues from oil and gas found off their coasts. This bill also would lift a moratorium on oil shale in the Rocky Mountain West, where experts estimate there is three times the oil that is in Saudi Arabia.

The liberals in Congress like to argue that if we begin drilling in ANWR it will take ten years to realize the increase in supply. If President Clinton hadn’t vetoed legislation in 1996 to open 2,000 of the 19.6 million acres in a remote area of Alaska for exploration, our current energy deficit would already be reduced by roughly one million barrels of oil per day. How long must we wait? The time for action is now.

In fact, since Democrats have taken back control of Congress, gas prices have risen by about $2 per gallon. Now, my opponent wants to point fingers, but she should look no further than her friends in Washington who have blocked responsible oil exploration since I was elected and long before.

However, simply having more oil is not only the long-term solution we need for this country’s economic stability. It is vital to also lessen demand through technology and conservation. I support further increasing fuel economy standards for all vehicles and providing point-of-sale rebates for hybrid and clean diesel vehicle purchases, which will save millions of barrels of oil per day. I have co-sponsored numerous bills to pursue those goals, including the Clean Energy Investment Act and Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act.

Many politicians “talk” about high gas prices support energy plans that do nothing to produce a single barrel of oil or bring the price of gas down a single cent. I have a plan that immediately addresses high gas prices and increases energy independence over the long term. The American people are tired of political gimmicks and empty platitudes. North Carolinians and all Americans deserve better.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important issue.

To learn more about Senator Dole’s campaign click here.

A Look At Recent Polls

There are many state polls out for the GOP Race. They all are confirming the “Huckabee Surge” at the national level. I know I am missing some but here are the polls I have seen, the company polling, and the state being polled (only candidates in double-digits are included also the the numbers +/- are from the last poll from that company in the state):

Pennsylvania GOP (Qunnipiac)

Rudy Guiliani – 27% (-2)
Undecided – 23%
Mike Huckabee – 13% (+7)
John McCain – 13% (+1)

New Hampshire GOP (Zogby)

Mitt Romney – 35% (+11)
John McCain – 17% (+1)
Rudy Guiliani – 15% (-6)
Mike Huckabee – 10% (+5)
Undecided – 10% (-7)

Iowa GOP (Zogby):

Mitt Romney – 26% (-5)
Mike Huckabee – 25% (+10)
Undecided – 15% (-1)
Rudy Guiliani – 12% (+1)

Ohio GOP (Qunnipiac):

Rudy Guiliani – 29% (+2)
Undecided – 21%
John McCain – 13% (+1)
Mike Huckabee – 10% (+3)

Florida GOP (Quinnipiac):

Rudy Guiliani – 30%
Undecided – 17%
Mitt Romney – 12%
Mike Huckabee – 11% (+3)
Fred Thompson – 10% (-4)

Florida GOP (Suvey USA):

Rudy Guiliani – 32% (-2)
Mike Huckabee – 18% (+10)
Mitt Romney – 15% (-2)
Fred Thompson – 14% (-8)
John McCain – 11% (+1)

California GOP (Survey USA):

Rudy Guiliani – 32% (-7)
John McCain – 18% (+5)
Mike Huckabee – 14% (he didn’t register in the last poll so +14)
Fred Thompson – 13% (-5)

North Carolina (Public Policy Polling):

Mike Huckabee – 33% (wow)
Rudy Guiliani – 17%
Fred Thompson – 16%
Undecided – 10%

So to review here are the states Mike Huckabee is polling in double digits: Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, Texas, Missouri, and Alabama. A new poll is rumored to be released soon in New York which will add that state to the list (with Huck in 2nd), and Strategic Vision is coming out with a new poll in Iowa with Huck leading tomorrow.

to quote a poster on the Huck’s Army Forum, “The Surge is Working!”

Press Releases A Go-Go

There a bunch of press releases from the Mike Huckabee campaign from the past few days that I have not shared so here they are:

Mike Huckabee comments on rising poll numbers

There are groups that are push-polling in Iowa on Mike’s behalf and he wants them to stop

The Huckabee campaign notes the recent endorsement by Georgia Right To Life

Mike releases a statement on national security and Guantanamo

Mike brings on a senior adviser

Governor Huckabee announces endorsements by Conservative and Christian leaders in Iowa

Mike will be campaigning and raising money over the next few days in North and South Carolina

Wednesday Morning Update

Good morning all:

Here’s an update for this morning.

We’ve been waiting for a few weeks to find out who Kansas Senator Sam Brownback will endorse. The wait is over. Sam will endorse Arizona Senator John McCain. this is no surprise. At least he will not back Rudy or Mitt. I have more respect for McCain.

What is a surprise is that Pat Robinson has endorsed Rudy! Rudy can have him. He is one of the last people I would want endorsing my campaign if I was running. There is too much baggage there and I think that Pat can be a moonbat at times. I am much more comfortable having Pat endorse Rudy than if he endorsed Huckabee that’s for sure.

Speaking of Huck there’s new polling in Florida and North Carolina today that has him higher than he has ever been in those states. Granted I have not seen a NC poll before today.

Endorsements in NH and NC!

In the last two days Mike Huckabee has received a few endorsements: Yesterday he recevied the support of former North Carolina Congressman, Bill Cobey. Bill has been named the North Carolina Mike Huckabee Campaign Chariman.

Also Mike has received another key endorsement in New Hampshire, State Rep Julie Brown in Strafford County. There’s a full list of NH endorsements at the webpage of the New Hampshire Campaing Headquarters. Also an Iowa HQ is also live for support in that state.