Election 2012 - The Fix Faceoff

Jul 25, 2011

Chris Cillizza of The Fix judged head-to-head matchups submitted by readers that are usually, but not necessarily about the march to the to the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

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Welcome to the Faceoff. The big topic is the debt limit, of course, and we have questions about its impact on the 2012 presidential race as well as questions about its political impact now.  

[Not a Faceoff, but a good starting point]

Dude, with a two-year-old and sick (older) family members, I sometimes go days and weeks without staying up on the news; I'll be a good citizen when everything settles down again. You being my favorite Post writer, can you give me a two-sentence summary of how it is that I've reemerged to the news to find that Boehner is essentially running the country; my quick reads suggest he's won and Obama is just defensively reacting. Or am I reading too fast or coming to it too late? Thanks!

Who will get most blame for financial collaspe (if it happens):  GOP freshmen, John Boehner, President Obama or others?

What's a more likely impact of the debt limit debate in the 2012 racec: President Obama perceived as reasonable and responsible, or President Obama perceived as a terrible negotiator? (From Matt in San Carlos, CA)

What's a more likely impact of debt limit debate in the 2012 race: Obama gains independents and Democratic voters or Obama gains independents but loses Democratic voters? (Also from Matt in San Carlos, CA)

What have the debt talks done for Eric Cantor's future: Helped, because he's viewed as a true conservative who sticks to his principles, or hurt, because some think he puts politics before country? (From Frank in Falls Church, Va)

Who is likely to have a longer tenure as Speaker of the House: Newt Gingrich or John Boehner? (From Christopher in Charlotte, NC)

What's a bigger weakness for Rick Perry (if he runs): His past as a conservative Democrat and Al Gore's state chairman in 1988 or his talk of secession? (From Sarah in Austin, TX)

A bigger weakness for Rick Perry (if he runs): Connection to George W. Bush, or his distancing from George W. Bush? (From nbpolitico in Canada)

What's a bigger challenge for Rick Perry in 2012 primaries (if he runs): Beating Romney in fundraising or Beating Bachmann in Iowa? (From Adam in Washington, D.C.)

Jon Huntsman's likely next move to try to gain momentum is: To give more aggressive speeches that unveil policy proposals, or go on the air in New Hampsire?

You've said Florida will be a key primary state for the GOP. So what kind of Republicans will predominate the primary there: Evangelicals/Social Conservatives or Economic conservatives? (From George in Oklahoma City, OK)

Despite a pretty poor economy, President Obama's approval ratings have hovered around 45 to 50 percent for awhile now. Do you think this is an accurate reading of his popularity, or is it a case of "the Bradley Effect," and his approval rating is actually slightly lower than what opinion polls are telling us?

Who will do better in the Iowa Straw Poll?: Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum? 

If there was any way to properly get the message out, what would you think about a Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren ticket: It could work vs. It could never work.

What's been the biggest problem with the debt ceiling talks: Messaging from the key parties or something else? Polls still indicate that most people want a left leaning solution, but other polls are mixed on raising the debt limit altogether.

Please rank your Top 5 list of potential Republican Vice-Presidential nominee. (From Carter in Michigan)

Least important issue raised in 2012 coverage so far: Michelle Bachmann's migranes, or Buddy Roemer, at all?

Rank the following James Bonds from best to worst:

Sean Connery

George Lazenby

Roger Moore

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Daniel Craig

(From Keith in Silver Spring, MD)

Better book about baseball: Moneyball or Men at Work? (From Sandy in Baltimore)

That's all -- thanks for watching and for the great questions. See you next week!

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Chris Cillizza is managing editor of PostPolitics and he writes "The Fix," a politics blog for the Washington Post.

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