Issues, Schmissues: GOP Just Wants a Winner
Polls show policy is taking a back seat to beating Obama
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 5:31 AM CST
Mitt Romney pins on display at a coffee shop during a campaign stop in Muscatine, Iowa.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The fight for the Republican nomination is unusually light on issues this time around, the Los Angeles Times finds. Polls show that Republican voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, care more about whether a candidate can defeat President Obama in a general election than whether his (or her) stand on major issues agrees with theirs. Analysts say the trend is largely the result of the televised GOP debates, where few new ideas or fundamental differences on policy emerged.

"The striking thing about the Republican race is that there's an incredible amount of unanimity," says a former policy aide to George W. Bush. Polls show that where voters are considering policy, economic issues matter more than social ones by a 5-to-1 margin, even in conservative Iowa. Policy analysts warn that just because the candidates aren't talking about them, it doesn't mean that major policy changes—possibly even tax hikes—won't be on the agenda if a Republican wins the White House next year.

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Jan 3, 2012 10:41 AM CST
If I thought the GOP was serious, I would suggest that they choose a qualified candidate. A candidate that wants to do what's right for the whole country. And the World............ As it is, The United States of America needs more than a puppet, that's so willing to bend over for Large Corporations and the very Rich...........So until you do that, even if you candidate wins........... The United States of America LOSES, as does the World.
Dec 29, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Some people are complete fuckin idiots. Their futures relying on the outcome of a TV spectacle that simply pits Team R against Team D in a Bone Crushing Death Match on Sunday Sunday, Sunday...! Wait, is Desperate Housewives on? I'd rather watch that............ I'm so very for IQ tests at voting booths.
Dec 29, 2011 8:34 AM CST
Mitch McConnell stated that was his goal the day after Obama won. Why is anyone surprised by this? And the GOP's actions have reflected that. Invading countries didn't matter under Bush, now they do. Deficits didn't matter under Bush, now they do. Spending limits didn't matter under Bush, now they do.