March 26th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Started thinking about your 2012 vote?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here in the Situation Room, it's never too soon to start thinking about the next big election... So here goes:
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A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll - taken before the health care vote - shows Americans are split right down the middle on whether Pres. Obama should be re-elected in 2012.

47 percent of registered voters say they would vote for him... while 47 percent say they would back an unnamed Republican.

It's worth pointing out that at the same point in Bill Clinton's first term - he was trailing an unnamed Republican by 15 points... yet he went on to win two years later.

The poll also shows a majority - 54 percent - believe that Mr. Obama will be a one-term president.

What's interesting is a lot of the same gender and generation gaps that we saw at the polls in 2008 still hold true: Pres. Obama has a significant advantage among younger voters and women... yet he loses among men and older voters. And, in what might be keeping some Democrats up at night: Independents currently favor the Republican by 11 points.

Among Democrats - more than three in four say they want the president re-nominated in 2012... Of course, there are some still holding out hope that Hillary Clinton will make another go at it... which would be something to watch.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side - no clear front-runner, with three potential candidates - Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee - all within a few points of each other at the top of the pack.

Here’s my question to you: Have you started thinking about who you will vote for for president in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Election Process • Elections
March 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What can Palin do for McCain that she hasn't already done?


FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ) concedes victory on November 4, 2008 with vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin by his side. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's gotta be a sign of pure desperation.

The Fox News commentator and soon-to-be Alaska tour guide, Sarah Palin, is reuniting with Senator John McCain in Arizona.


History might suggest that John McCain had a pretty good chance at becoming the next President of the United States. Then he heard about the mayor of Wasilla, was smitten, suffered a lapse of judgment and asked Caribou Barbie if she'd like to be the vice president.

She jumped at the chance, and that was the beginning of the end of McCain's chances.

Palin did a couple of interviews on the CBS evening news with Katie Couric, and Obama was in.

But apparently McCain has some reason to worry about his re-election chances.

He's being challenged in the primary and with the general disdain for all of the members of Congress, it's not inconceivable he could get knocked off.

But if you're in danger of drowning, why would you ask someone to throw you an anchor?

Sarah Palin, in addition to being virtually without qualification to hold elected office, is also one of the reasons for the deep divisions in the country. She inflamed the conservative base of the Republican party with irresponsible comments about things like government death panels.

She's a lightening rod for criticism and controversy. Who needs this?

Here’s my question to you: What can Sarah Palin do for John McCain that she hasn't already done?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
March 26th, 2010
12:04 PM ET