Rasmussen: “Tea party candidate” would beat Democrat in Texas governor’s race

posted at 8:09 pm on February 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not just any generic Democrat either. Debra Medina, businesswoman and “tea party acitivist,” 41; Bill White, mayor of Houston, 38.

She’s not an “official” tea-party candidate, of course, since there’s no such thing — for the moment.

A previous Rasmussen survey of likely Republican voters found Perry leading Hutchison 44-29 with Medina trailing at 16.

Now comes word, via a new Rasmussen Reports Poll, that Medina is gaining some traction and today all three of the Republicans lead the likely Democratic challenger, Houston Mayor Bill White.

Hutchison still performs the best, beating White by 13 points, 49-36. Perry is second-best in that hypothetical matchup, defeating White by nine, 48-39.

But now, Rasmussen’s telephone poll finds, Medina would defeat White 41-38. That’s a reversal from last month when White’s totals put him ahead of her, 44-38. Medina has gone from 4% in November to 12% in January and now 16%, apparently by cutting into Hutchison’s support.

I think her numbers against Perry and Hutchison are a bigger testament to the tea party brand than her numbers against White. It’s no big shock that a libertarian candidate would beat a Democrat in Texas in this political climate, but to pull 16 percent from two nationally famous Republicans? One of whom himself identifies with tea partiers? No mean feat. One note of warning, though:

All three possible Republican candidates post broadly similar results among both Democrats and unaffiliated voters. However, Medina currently attracts only 62% of the GOP vote, well below the totals for Perry and Hutchison. With Medina as the nominee, 23% of GOP voters say they would either prefer a third-option or are undecided.

That’s probably due to lack of name recognition, but remember that Sarahcuda’s polls show Republican support well into the teens shifting to Obama if she’s the nominee. It may be that a certain critical mass of centrist Republicans are uncomfortable with libertarian types or the “tea party label” itself. Or maybe not: A CNN poll out today shows the tea-party movement’s favorable rating split 33/26, with 24 percent claiming they’ve never heard of it and another 16 percent claiming they have no opinion.

The same poll shows Palin’s favorables at 43/46 (among indies it’s 42/47), down three points from the 46/46 split she had in early December. Exit question via Politico: Is Sarahcuda a net asset or net liability for the tea-party movement? The partiers themselves love her, of course, but having spent 18 months in the national spotlight, with all the hype from the book tour now done, and with no elected office available to help pad her resume, it seems like her favorables are probably destined to hover around the net-zero mark for the foreseeable future. Good enough? Or will she be a drag on tea-party candidates among indies and centrist Republicans?


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That’s irrational. If the Chicoms liked Bush more than Obama (btw Paul fans, nuts, and Ronulans are not commies), does that mean we should scratch Bush from the list. Judge Medina based on her ideals/principles and not on whether or not a given group approves.

MeatHeadinCA on February 5, 2010 at 11:33 PM

First of all, given that 0bama took down verification from his website in the last days of the campaign, we don’t know who the Chicoms liked more than whom. Secondly, most of the Ron Paul movement mistakes their artificial pumping up of polls for real support, and smack into a wall the moment the polls come along that they can’t game.

I like some of Medina’s ideas, don’t like others, but I think Perry is the more practical choice. Are you going to spend another two pages calling me a Frumian?

Sekhmet on February 5, 2010 at 11:53 PM

I like some of Medina’s ideas, don’t like others, but I think Perry is the more practical choice. Are you going to spend another two pages calling me a Frumian?

Sekhmet on February 5, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Only if you want me to…

MeatHeadinCA on February 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Just to weigh in on the Tucker conundrum, I park myself firmly in the pro-Tucker camp. He is the philosophically consisitent commentator I’ve ever seen. And I’ve been a news junkie since before CNN first flickered across the screen.

Archimedes on February 6, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Most,philosophically consisitent commentator I’ve ever seen.
Damn typos!

Archimedes on February 6, 2010 at 12:07 AM

He is the philosophically consistent commentator I’ve ever seen.

Thanks for that comment. Now I know I wasn’t just swept away all this time by his good looks!

Spirit of 1776 on February 6, 2010 at 12:16 AM

WRT White, IIRC, he spoke out against, and provided additional political pressure against, the construction of several new coal-fired power plants in Texas — not in the Houston area, either. Because coal is not green.

The mold we get when brownouts kill the AC is green, though. And black and purple, too.

White is a disaster.

My favorite team is whoever is running against the Democrat; White is a great example of why.

Troll Feeder on February 6, 2010 at 2:57 AM

Democrat Rick Perry is a farce and snake-oil salesman. As a Texan, I’ll do what I can to kick him out of office.

The Dean on February 6, 2010 at 3:51 AM

A lot of people are noticing Medina, myself included.

TexasBella on February 6, 2010 at 4:32 AM

Some of you neocons need to see THIS!

BobAnthony on February 6, 2010 at 7:31 AM

In particular THIS!

Perry attended a Bilderberg meeting…and if you deny they exist, or think Kay Bailey Hutchinson is doing a great job…YOU MIGHT BE A NEOCON!

BobAnthony on February 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Isn’t the real problem “the nationally famous Republicans” who have lost touch with the people?

tarpon on February 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM

In particular THIS!

Perry attended a Bilderberg meeting…and if you deny they exist, or think Kay Bailey Hutchinson is doing a great job…YOU MIGHT BE A NEOCON!

BobAnthony on February 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Thanks I hadn’t viewed this before. The Republicans in Texas, ought to go through all the tea party footage, and online photos of tea parties down here in Texas over the last year. Because there are a lot of unhappy average everyday folks who are not buying the status quo so if they want a Democrat Governor they need to keep pushing Perry and or Hutchinson neither of which I will vote for.

I am not buying Perry as the tea party candidate at all. He is as phony as a three dollar bill.

Dr Evil on February 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Perry and Hutchison are long time, life long feeders at the “public service” buffet….KICK THEM TO THE CURB!!

Perry is a NAFTA loving, open borders supporting, opportunist and needs to go.

Hutchison?…….Good Lord where to start?
RINO, Complete tool of the party machine, D.C. goddess. Better than a Lib Democrat probably but not much.

Know nothing about Medina, but Kay Bailey and Perry “need to go”.

PappyD61 on February 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Medina was an employee of ron Paul – its a stretch to cal her a Tea Party Candidate…

Perry has opposition because Texas generally does not relect its gov more than once he’s going for an unprecedented third full term in office and is winning easily

Medina cannot raise money she only raised 68K this last cycle despite a wave of state wide newspaper stories about her campaign

Perry raised 750K KBH only 270.

EricPWJohnson on February 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Perry attended a Bilderberg meeting…

BobAnthony on February 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Oh boy. And what does that mean to you?

anuts on February 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM

In Texas, it’s the Lt. Gov. who has the power. Mr. Wentworth has been excellent in that seat.

Perry has the bully pulpit and he’s been doing just fine. He deserves re-election.

RushBaby on February 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Medina was an employee of ron Paul – its a stretch to cal her a Tea Party Candidate…

A) She has spoken at Tea Party events.
B) Ron Paul fans are part of the Tea Party movement.

So I don’t think it is a stretch to see her as a Tea Party candidate.

terryannonline on February 6, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Some of you neocons need to see THIS!

BobAnthony on February 6, 2010 at 7:31 AM

It’s ok….I’ll pass on listening to Judge Napolitano.

terryannonline on February 6, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Rasmussen is doing an excellent job keeping up to date with Medina’s growth in the polls. Until the televised debates, who outside of her county knew Medina? She exposed the ignorance of Perry and Hutchison with her knowledgeable performance that cut to the quick of each question, while they bored the audience with prefabricated responses failing to address the questions asked. Hutchison was horrible–we may as well have been listening to Nancy Pelosi. And Perry insisting that he’d re-issue his executive order requiring every Texas girl be dosed with Gardasil showed me that he had NOT learned his lesson from the public outcry. And if he’s that stubborn about covering his kickback ass, he’s dangerous, no matter how good he looks on camera.

Texans can get an overview of nationally recognized GOP candidates for governor through their ads. Perry’s criticisms of Hutchison and visa versa are valid. And neither of these career politicians appreciate what working Texans have to do to survive; they both come from wealthy backgrounds with plenty of money to become politicians decades ago. And Perry and Hutchison sold out.

I shudder at the thought of the Washingtonian Chicken coming home to roost in the governor’s office. Talk about the worst deceits possible, that’s KBHutchison. Her “promises” aren’t worth squat. And her idea to counter Perry’s tollway with a railway would present the same problems infringing on property rights and running over budget that she claims she’ll cure. Her so-called “property owners bill of rights” is a stupid knock-off of legislation already passed in Texas that we all voted on in the last election to amend our state constitution. It also is a fake ploy that pretends to assume the character of Medina’s unique plan to eliminate property tax. I’ll never forgive Hutchison for her automated email responses promising to hold the conservative line while she voted progressively.

I like Perry’s public facade. But he is a pleasant opportunist who sold out for kickbacks a long time ago. And while he stands up for the 2nd Amendment, so does Medina. And though he showed up to the Austin Tea Party, he certainly did not help to plan or provide for it; rather, he used and abused the Tea Party, making his ill advised statement promoting the idea of Texas seceding from the Union. Following Perry’s speech, Medina would reiterate why Texas does not want to break from the Union. Rather, Medina is campaigning on US Constitutional means to empower Texas states’ rights to keep our taxes here in Texas.

I understand that Debra Medina comes from a South Texas farm, has served the public as a nurse in hospitals, knows all the legislation regarding public health and the injustices in TX legislation of patients’ rights that neither “leading” candidate had the vaguest notion regarding, is adept at tax legislation and would negotiate with the state legislature to rescind property taxes and rely instead on a new consumer tax around 9%. Medina has been a loyal Republican grass roots leader of her county. She is avidly aware of Texan legislation, and of both the Constitutions of Texas and of our nation, and is a Constitutional Conservative Republican.

Those who do not know Medina’s platform should visit her website and review the debates that she handily won according to the audience control group, the viewers, and the media hosts. Medina decided to campaign against Perry and Hutchison because both of those career politicians have abused their official authority at the expense of citizens, and have proven themselves corrupt. There are those who would malign Medina simply out of spite against conservative ideals, or because they belong to the Perry or Hutchison campaign.

http://rundebra.com/

America’s biggest need to address right now is the elimination of Politically Correct politics that Perry and Hutchison will NEVER address.

Medina does, and will protect the Liberty that working Texans treasure.

maverick muse on February 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Tom Woods, renown author and columnist endorses Debra Medina
by Nelda Carrizales Skevington on Feb 04, 2010

WHARTON, TX, Thursday, February 4, 2010 – Today, the Medina For Texas campaign proudly announces Mr. Tom Woods, best selling author and well-known columnist, has endorsed Texas gubernatorial candidate, Debra Medina.

The Medina Campaign is very honored and excited to accept this endorsement from one of the leading conservative minds of our time,” said Debra Medina.

What an insufferable bore the Texas gubernatorial race would be without Debra Medina. She is giving her fellow Texans a rare choice. They can pick a business-as-usual drone and make the New York Times happy. Or, by choosing a real human being who speaks her mind and tells the truth, they can teach America that there is nothing inevitable about being governed by cliché-spouting robots. Debra’s knowledge of history, economics, and much else, and her contempt for the phony conservatives who have sold Texans out time and again, make her the obvious choice for a thinking person — and for anyone who’d like to kick sand in the face of the political establishment. Vote for anyone else and absolutely nothing changes, as usual. Vote for Debra Medina and the bad guys tremble. You can’t put a price tag on that. Don’t let us down, Texas — the whole country is watching,” said Tom Woods.

Mr. Woods is well known, not only for his New York Times best selling books, but also his many appearances on the Fox News Channel and hundreds of radio interviews. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in history and then attained his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University.

Woods is currently traveling the United States and will serve as Master of Ceremonies in the upcoming CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) meeting in Washington D.C., where he will be joined by guest speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano, among others.

maverick muse on February 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Debra Medina (who has helped manage Ron Paul’s congressional campaigns) is currently running for Governor of Texas – and doing it well!

She’s in his district. Where’s the crime in supporting your own Congressman? Rather, the point is that Medina, knowledgeable in Congressional matters, responsibly manages campaigns, private business, and has even home schooled her children. Medina is the precisely experienced conservative woman that responsible Texans should support in public office in order to protect our Liberty through the rule of law and low taxation. Medina is the real deal.

maverick muse on February 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

TX Gov. Rick Perry Attends Bilderberg in Istanbul, 2007 (closed meetings by invitation only with the world’s most powerfully wealthy people) paid for by his political action committee.

One would think that Perry’s PAC qualifies him in the ranks of the world’s corrupt elitists.

Governor Rick Perry has been instrumental in facilitating the Trans-Texas Corridor and related toll roads, which many argue is an essential part of infrastructure for a North American Union (or community, if you like)– that would integrate the economies, borders, police/military and even the currency (the Amero) of the United States, Mexico and Canada– as laid out by the Council on Foreign Relations’ Robert Pastor, as well as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America– a treaty that President Bush signed with the heads of Mexico and Canada in 2005. In addition to general support and proposal of the plan, Perry publicly lobbied that foreign corporations developing the project be allowed to keep the plans secret.

Rick Perry also helped to facilitate the buyout of TxU (Texas Utilities), including the issuance of an executive order for fast track approval of certain parts of the deal. TxU was the largest buyout ever– at $45 billion dollars, purchased by private equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) and Goldman Sachs, a global investment firm.

Both firms are well represented at the Bilderberg group.

Additionally, Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment banking group who is also well represented at the Bilderberg gruop, is named in a scandal indicting the head of Faysal Bank in Pakistan. Ajaz Rahim is charged with conspiracy and securities fraud based on insider trading information in the TxU buyout he received from Credit Suisse, who advised on the TxU deal.

Governor Perry has also been cozy, meeting in 2005 with then President of Mexico Vicente Fox, who awarded local police for giving sanctuary to illegal immigrants while the two heads discussed other business and cooperation. Fox was a signing member of the Spring 2005 SPP.gov (Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America) document.

Typically, the agenda of Bilderberg is kept secret, though this year has garnered unprecedented coverage for the bashful consortium of international elites.

maverick muse on February 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Yeah this what I mean when I say Medina has absolutely no idea what she is talking about. From her blog:

The GOP really need look no further than George Lopez’s tear into KBH’s vote against Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to see an example of the seriousness of potential Hispanic voter back lash.

So because George Lopez hammers KBH for her vote on Sotomayor that means Latinos will hate Republicans. George Lopez does not decide for the Hispanic community who we like or dislike.

terryannonline on February 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

terryannonline on February 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Projection on your part there.

Thanks for the link from which you take a point out of context.

It’s a shame isn’t it, that Republicans continue to ignore Hispanics especially here in Texas? The writing has long been on the wall that unless the GOP begins to better work with Latinos, the GOP will continue to lose races and be a minority party.

It is equally important, of course, for the Latino community to realize that true political identity will be achieved only through participation in all national party structures – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, etc. We are not all the same and we shouldn’t all be attracted to any one party. Here in Texas, we have an open party primary because our founders knew the rich culture and political appetite for change would protect what is best for all Texans. It is in this free assembly that we all have a right to participate; no one guaranteed victory, but everyone given the chance to try, to be heard and to influence our society.

Sadly, most Texans and even more minority voters do not participate in our open primary process.*

I just finished visiting Austin’s neighboring county’s GOP website with links to clubs. The Republican National Hispanic Assembly link leads to an empty page, making Medina’s point for you that we need now to connect with conservative Hispanics.

*Interestingly, Hutchison–speaking to a Farming interest luncheon–encouraged everyone in her audience to get 10 new (Hispanics) voters registered who normally don’t vote in primaries. Btw, Hutchison sounded like ACORN by not stipulating the encouragement to register citizens to vote.

maverick muse on February 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Good gravy. People need to get over measuring everything against “Sarah.” That’s ridiculous and as silly as what the LEFT does to her daily.

I listened to the debates. Medina is all for a consumer tax and doing away with all property tax. That alone would gain you a few points. Reasonable plan? Heck no.

AnninCA on February 6, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I plan to vote for Medina. I don’t like Perry, his Texas corridor, eminent domain misuse, HPV mandatory vaccines, etc. Hutchinson has been in Washington too long, she will probably spend too much. Of course, at the end, I will vote for the republican, since the democrats are sooo much worse. They are commie-light, in my opinion, the whole lot of them, and having lived in a commie country, I recognize their kind. When we first moved to the US, I was a little girl and I remember seeing both dems and republicans and the dems (speaking and acting) reminded me of the commies at home, false promises, divide people, lie lie lie. We all became republicans as soon as we could vote.

immigrantchick on February 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I will never again vote for Rick Perry after his Trans-Texas Corridor boondoggle. KBH is pretty much a Dim in Repub clothing.

Medina has this Texan’s vote. Surprisingly, this will be the first time I’ve ever voted in a primary.

Dominion on February 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I plan to vote for Medina

I liked a lot about her, but her taxation stuff was just a bit too “flat-tax” for me.

AnninCA on February 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I watched both debates. Here is the 1st debate. Fast forward to 36 min.

Inexperienced? LOL! The look on Perry’s face is priceless. Medina has been a precinct/state chair for the Republican Party for years. She’s always been a Republican. Why do you keep calling her a Libertarian? Because she supports the Constitution?

Southern Tragedu on February 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The topic is Medina polls higher against White. Of course AP only uses one out of three paragraphs on the topic. The remaining two paragraphs?
 
Sarahcuda!
 
Hey, he’s coming around. He’s completed the denial and anger phases. It looks like he’s working his way through the acceptance phase.
Welcome aboard.

Blacksmith8 on February 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Medina has been a precinct/state chair for the Republican Party for years. She’s always been a Republican.

I thought her confidence showed. I simply disagree with her on a very key issue: taxes. But she’s no dummy.

AnninCA on February 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM

but remember that Sarahcuda’s polls show Republican support well into the teens shifting to Obama if she’s the nominee.

They are so stupid they call themselves republicans.

aikidoka on February 6, 2010 at 4:28 PM

THIS WILL MOVE PERRY RIGHT WHERE IS HIS ONLY CHANCE…KAY BAILEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN DC,MOVED RIGHT AND BECOME A VOCAL CONSERVATIVE INSTEAD OF BELTWAY, RINO CRAP THAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK TO KOOL AID IN DC.

FloridaMike on February 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM

AnninCA: Maybe this interview will help you understand Medina’s points about taxes.

Southern Tragedu on February 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Let me correct some of the misstatements both by Rasmuessen, Allah, and many in this thread

The Tea Parties have absolutely nothing in Texas to do with Ron Paul – the main one’s were started in the Woodlands and in Katy by lifelong conservative Republicans

Medina is from Wharton and is an Employee of Ron Paul – she was his state chair and a paid campaign organizer who has opened several LaRouche style informational organizations (but for pay) that ultimately failed.

She ran quite unsuccessfully for head of the State GOP Party against Tina Benkiser – basically by paying the fee she could give a speech at the Texas State convention – when it turned out to be Ron Pauls Presidential Campaign speech they turned off her mic and she later sued the party for doing that – unsuccessfully

Rasmussen is correct that she would beat Bill White – but so would any republican running against Bill White – the man just bankrupted the city of Houston and allowed crime to sky rocket and has lost the hispanic vote in Harris County.

The Tea Parties in Texas – and their are many are uncoordinated, and rather hateful to each other and even with paid speakers like Joe the Plumber and offering free food and beer couldn’t attract any crowds larger than 700.

More people showed up to watch my kids play soccer than attended the tea parties.

You’d think a state as conservative as Texas would be a hotbead of Tea Party activity – nope – people are working families with executive mom’s they dont need populism and dont fall for flavor of the month tricks

They want lower taxes and less government

Something one party is offering and another is not

EricPWJohnson on February 6, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Dominon

first the TTC was not a boon doogle – what the problem is that Chevron, Shell and Exxon have made huge discoveries in Texas and Lousiana deepwater plays and there is no pipeline capacity to develop those fields and to bring the products to the mainland without investment in infrastructure.

A new Highway is needed in Central Texas as it is the fastest growing state – Perry and 99% of the
Republicans in the state of texas thought it would be a good idea if the new pipeline to the rest of America could run under the new highway so less land had to be taken froma a handeful of farmers who now want upwards of a million dollars an acre instead of the 4000 that was offered (they purchased it for as little as 75 dollars an acre)

Perry also wanted to competatively bid the project and have it AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYERS – the only companies who bid on it were foreign firms (thats not unusual) and were going to be allowed to charge a toll to recoup their investment

But the lying and misinformation about this is rampant and its been so effective that perry is almost at 50% raising money three times the rate of KBH and 12 times the rate of Medina and is not campaigning at all.

Its funny when the fact are stated about this which was voted on by every single repulican in Texas elected to both houses for 10 years – that its Perry’s problem….

EricPWJohnson on February 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

So is there a plan to build the Trans Texas corridor or not?

nazo311 on February 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM

What did Perry do to curb illegal immigration from Texas?
KBH=RINO.

nazo311 on February 7, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Nazo

Course its going to be built – either private companies do it and spread it out all over texas or its an organized solution for over 50 years

this is all about hard scrabble farmers wanting to be millionaires at the expense of the taxpayers of Texas – it doesent matter who wins or which party wins – its going to be built – has to be Texas will be supplying the rest of America with over a third of its refined gasoline and almost two thirds of its fertizer – the rediculous accusations that this was some get rich scheme by Perry is patent nonsense – this has been proposed since James Watt opened the gulf of Mexico in 1982 for offshore exploration

EricPWJohnson on February 7, 2010 at 2:10 AM

Send Medina some money. She\’s better than Governor Goodhair and/or Kay Barely Republican…

golfer1 on February 7, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Thanks I hadn’t viewed this before. The Republicans in Texas, ought to go through all the tea party footage, and online photos of tea parties down here in Texas over the last year. Because there are a lot of unhappy average everyday folks who are not buying the status quo so if they want a Democrat Governor they need to keep pushing Perry and or Hutchinson neither of which I will vote for.

I am not buying Perry as the tea party candidate at all. He is as phony as a three dollar bill.

Dr Evil on February 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM

You’re welcome.

BobAnthony on February 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM

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