Santorum Suspends Campaign

GOP presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, suspended his campaign on Tuesday.

There was no direct mention as to the basis of his decision, but it does come after the hospitalization of his three year-old daughter over the weekend.

Bella, who has a chromosomal disorder, came down with pneumonia over the weekend.

This is unfortunate for Santorum but a slight victory for Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the GOP race.

 

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Ron Paul Comes to A&M!

Exciting news for Texas A&M– Texas congressman and GOP candidate, Ron Paul, will be visiting Texas A&M University on Tuesday April 10th! The event is free!

The event starts at 7:00 pm, and Paul will be speaking at an on-campus town hall at Rudder Auditorium.

“Youth for Ron Paul,” an organization at A&M, was successful in acquiring enough signatures on a petition to have Paul come speak on campus.

Registration for vouchers for the event can be found at Eventbrite.com. The vouchers allow for better seating, given that the attendee with vouchers arrive an hour early in order to get their seat.

I spoke to a few people who attended the Ron Paul event and below are some comments that I wish to share.

Kayla Self, 19, Longview, Texas said,”Attending was very enlightening. I wasn’t expecting to get as much out of it as I did.”

Travis Jones, 20, Houston, Texas said, “Ron Paul is awesome! There was a great atmosphere. This is definitely a big thing for A&M. I definitely changed who I was planning to vote for.”

Will Santorum Win in His Home State?

Primaries for Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania is set for April 24th. 

While Santorum is ultimately hoping to take home a win and has be overwhelmingly optimistic about his chances, the facts are that Santorum and opponent, Mitt Romney, have remained in a statistical tie until recently.

Where for quite some time, Santorum was ahead in the polls in his home state, the tides turned and continue to change.

In a CNN Poll released in March, Santorum and Romney received 30% and 28% of the vote, respectively, which falls within the margin of error.

As of late, according to another CNN poll released in early April, Santorum has gotten a little bit more edge over his opponent. Santorum and Romney now have 41% and 35% of the vote in this poll. 

Santorum is definitely going to hang on until the Pennsylvania primary, but what will happen if he doesn’t get the win? We’ll see come April 24th!

 

Romney Get Hit with Question of Religion

According to an article on the CNN Political Ticker, in the wake of the Wisconsin primary, Romney gets hit with question of religion.

Town hall meeting attendee, Bret Hatch wasted no time when he asked presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “…do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” 

Uhm, I guess you could say that he was to the point. 

Romney didn’t beat around the bush either when he replied, “No. Next question.” 

To add to the controversy of this situation, Hatch began by quoting scriptures from the Book of Mormon. This was directly cut off by Romney. 

Futhermore, Hatch answered questions after the meeting, saying “Either he believes the Book of Mormon or he doesn’t. I think that’s an important issue. He’s going up against a black guy! He’s going against Obama. This is a racial issue.”

 

 

Santorum Hopeful as Romney Pulls Away

This week’s primaries were held in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Which presidential candidate got to put a check mark in each ‘win’ column? You guessed it! Mitt Romney…

Winning each of these primaries put Romney significantly farther ahead, and over half way to the required number of delegates to win the nomination (1,144). 

The delegate count so far?

Mitt Romney: 654

Rick Santorum: 270

Newt Gingrich: 137

Ron Paul: 71

Santorum is the next closest contender is this race to the white house, but is the distance between too far? Santorum remains hopeful, and is looking for a win in his home state of Pennsylvania. 

Hooded Representative Reps Trayvon Martin

Last week, representative Bobby Rush stood up for what he believes is right when he stood up on the House floor wearing a hoodie in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot late last month.

Many people have worn hoodies as a symbol of how they feel about the unfortunate situation.

Some people that I have spoken to about the situation have had a unanimous take on it.

Sophomore systems and industrial engineering major Travis Rodes from Houston said, “What happened should have never happened. We should see this for what it is. It’s sad and disheartening.”

When Rush pulled the hoodie over his head and put the sunglasses on and began making his statements about the case, he was reprimanded and asked to leave.

Rush was asked to leave because he was breaking the rules by wearing a “hat” while speaking.

Whether he was knowingly breaking the rules or not does not matter. What matters is that he stood up for what he believed in, made a statement, and drew attention to this sad case.

 

Ruling on Campaign Contributions

The U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia made a ruling this week concerning the disclosure of campaign contributions made to political action committees (PACs).

In the past, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has said that those disclosures didn’t ahve to be made as long as the money was not earmarked for a specific campaign. 

Consequently, this is a very controversial ruling for some.