BLOG: Chasing the GOP nominees

Emil Whitis
Feb 23, 2012

 

Without names, phone numbers or any specific sense of direction, I dove into two separate political mazes Tuesday afternoon.

I immediately hit bottom on both fronts. 

My quest for face-to-face interviews with Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum has officially commenced without grace.

In multiple phone calls to each candidate’s local office, I didn’t talk to a single human being.

Each time I called, I was greeted by automated machines that would coolly say how nobody was around, but someone would definitely get back to me. 

The Romney campaign’s voicemail: “You’ve reached Mitt Romney for President, Ohio office, please leave your name, number and a short message and we’ll get back to you.”

It was early afternoon. A bit odd that the offices would be closed, especially with the Ohio primary just over the hill.

Undeterred, I galloped onward like Don Quixote on his rickety donkey or, in this case,  Mowgli on his retired circus elephant.

I tried to visualize the political structure like an upside down pyramid — the lowly volunteers and donations operators easily within reach of someone like myself, a lowly reporter. 

But I needed to find an entrance that led somewhere.

I needed something tangible. 

I decided to try a bit of trickery in hopes of finding a real, live person, and I knew there was one set of phone lines the politicians would have well-staffed.

I set my sights on the donation lines.

Romney’s staff had already prepared for that assault. They gated the approach with an email interface.

There was no phone number listed.

But Santorum’s donation page listed a hotline right underneath his campaign headquarters address — PO Box 37, Verona, Penn., 15147.

I dialed 1-888-321-6675 and waited.

After six minutes and 12 rounds of, “All of our representatives are currently assisting other callers, thank you for your continued patience,” Santorum’s Christian Donation Center representative picked up the phone.

Her name was Imani Robertson.

Before I could explain my purpose, she asked me if I’d like to make a donation.

I declined and told her who I was, how I’m looking to land an in-person interview with Santorum.

Robertson giggled, then quickly apologized.

I asked where her phones lines are set up.

“We’re at a Christian call center in Virginia,” she said.

She wouldn’t say what city.

“I can’t reveal that, sir,” she said.

Still, she agreed to assist me in my quest, and she filled out a press email inquiry over the phone.

While I could have done the same thing myself on the Internet, it felt a little more valid with a real person helping me out. I answered her questions and she sent out the inquiry.

She asked when I would like to talk to a spokesperson.   

“As soon as possible,” I said. “Today would be good.”

“How about next week,” she bartered.

“Just put me down for tomorrow.”

God only knows what she actually entered.

To keep things balanced, I submitted an email inquiry to press@mittromney.com.

The silence after pushing the send button made me nervous. 

Comments

T-B

 Got up this morning thinking there would be an article about the debate with a huge picture of Ron Paul, since he clearly won last night.  I don't see him anywhere in the picture above, and hardly mentioned in a lot of articles this morning.  This is getting downright scary and disturbing, hopefully people are opening their eyes to what the bankster owned media's agenda is. Are you starting to see a pattern yet?  

 

 



 

 

 

FearTheStache03

Way to make demands like you're the editor or some award-winning writer of The Plain Dealer, Dispatch, Blade, or Enquirer...I'm sure the Obama Office would grant you an interview in about 10 minutes.

OMG.LOL.WT_

REALLY, you expected a LIVE PERSON to answer a phone?????

Did you press 1 for English??????

FruGalSpender

why the black out of ron paul sandusky register?

ERNesbitt

@FruGalSpender: Probably because he's the only candidate that can beat Obama.

FruGalSpender

"Probably because he's the only candidate that can beat Obama"     very true. lame stream news picks the candidates while eliminating the best candidates. if ron paul ran, you would see those people who never vote come out in large numbers to vote for ron paul.  obama or bush did nothing for this country. corporations actually run this country and start wars.

The Big Dog's back

 The Repubs are still sorting out which Hypochristian will run against President Obama.

Truth or Dare

Why the blackout?  Ron Paul doesn't fit the agenda of the Republican or Democrat Parties.   Why?  Dr. Ron Paul is for:

1. Fiscal Conservativeness in Washington, D.C.. 

2. Pulling out of Iraq/Afganistan...........Of which would mean  ending the multi billion $$$$ profits of private contractors/100 or so Corporate businesses throughout this country. 

3. Civil Rights

Since the Civil War, the U.S.  has been involved in a War somewhere else throughout this World every 15 yrs..    Pretty sure that # is less now, since we've spent the last what, 9 yrs. in the Middle East!  This Illegal Occupation which was based upon lies,  is what's bankrupting the U.S., that and the  bail outs for ultra rich Corporations/Banks.  The Repubs. and Dems. just keep playing right into the hands of the Middle East.  You would think the 3 ultra conservative religious right candidates would understand that?  They evidently haven't  read the last chapter of the Book they so vehemenently want to push into everyone's face!   Can't turn back the hands of Prophecy boys, as you've helped pave the way to it being fulfilled.  Unless of course you feel the U.S. is somehow exempt?  NOT!  We will be held accountable for the corruption, greed,  actions of our government throughout this World.    

 

LNJ4A

RON PAUL 2012! The Sandusky Register has no lack of incomplete coverage, I guess.

coasterfan

Regarding Ron Paul, the question isn't why doesn't the media give him much attention, it's why expect more coverage when his own party doesn't even support him? I tend to stay away from Fox, et al, so I don't know if he receives much coverage there, but it's true that he is regarded as an afterthought in the centrist and left-leaning media outlets I frequent.

On the other hand, I think he's getting pretty much the same amount of coverage as any other candidate we've seen in the past 20-30 years who has the poll numbers he has FROM PEOPLE IN HIS OWN PARTY. It's not just the polls, either. Other than in a few states where only 2 of the 4 candidates were on the ballot, he has consistently finished in the 10-20% range from voters IN HIS OWN PARTY.

Some have opined that he would get more votes/support if he had more coverage. I think that would have been a valid argument years ago, but we live in the electronic age, when information is only a click away. The truth is that people do know Ron Paul exists, and it's not really a secret what he is for/against. If only a small portion of Americans want to buy what he's selling, maybe the problem is the product itself, rather than the "marketing".

His ideas have "I need to run as an independent" written all over them. Clearly, trying to brand himself as a Republican doesn't do anything to establish himself as a viable candidate with those folks. Although I would choose him before any of the 4 guys in the GOP clown car, I still think Obama is our best option. Obama already champions 2 of the 3 things that Truth or Dare mentioned as "Things Ron Paul Is For", since he is getting us out of both wars that Bush got us into, as well as being a huge Civil Rights advocate.

 

origen

@Coaster

The way the elections in this country are set up it favors the 2 established partys to the point where a 3rd party canidate cannot even get on the ballot. We are a 2 party dictatorship, Meaning no outside voices can or will be heard that stray too far from the party ideology even if they run under that partys banner. Ron Paul is a prime example of the colusion between the media and the 2 partys in power, A exclusion zone around him has become so apparent that everyone can see who picks who you have the chance to vote for. Ron paul is libertarian, Running under the rep banner just to get on the ballot. As for buying what he is selling, Most people who vote are uneducated about the issues and vote for the personality. The party doesnt like him so they skim votes from him in the caucuses to pick the final canidate you have the opportunity to vote for, If you had no opportunity to watch MSM you would definatly think that RP was in the lead or close to it.

illuminoctis

@coasterfan

while Ron Paul may have low popularity among republican voters, msnbc (and i think cnn also) have previously stated that he is neck-at-neck with Obama in nationwide polls among ALL voters.. for instance, one poll showed 41% obama 40% ron paul..

but i notice you keep stressing the "among his own party" thing without actually touching the issue of national polls.. intentional?

@Truth or Dare

actually, i think i also heard that he wants to bring all of our troops home from everywhere else too.. not just iraq and afghanistan.. pretty sure i heard that.. right now the rhetoric is escalating and i think we may see Obama give the order to attack Iran before the 2012 elections even happen..

KURTje

Thanks   Emil.            Today's world has changed greatly compared to a generation or two hasen't  it?  

coasterfan

Origen, yeah, you're certainly right about it being a 2-party dictatorship. An independent has absolutely no chance of getting elected at the present time. It'll take a long time for that sort of thing to be accepted. I'm guessing that a lot of people would be surprised to learn that, back in Lincoln's day, the Republicans were the liberal/progressive party and the Democrats were the conservatives.

Illuminoctis, not sure where you got your stats, but your post would be a lot more interesting if it really was only 1 point separating Obama and Paul, in a head-to-head battle. I just did a quick search, and what I found was rather different. (First # below is % who would choose Obama, 2nd number is Paul):

RCP Average:  Obama 49, Paul 41
AP:  44 vs. 39
CNN:  52 vs. 45
CBS News:  50 vs. 39
NY Times: 50 vs. 39
Fox News:  48 vs. 38

 

The Big Dog's back

 Let's cut thru the chase. People aren't going to vote for Ron Paul because they think he is crazy. Just sayin.

origen

Lets look back through history at party politics and see where it has gotten the countrys who prescribed to these methods ended up shall we? Please look it up it is interesting to those of us who can think, And completly lost on those who still tow the party line saying "That cannot or will not happen here"

illuminoctis

 

@coasterfan those numbers are actually immaculate, considering that he is only just now starting to get a small amount of fair coverage on the TV.. case in point: A Rare Fox Reality Check moment about Ron Paul

 

illuminoctis

 

@the big dog's back aside from the fact that Obama is mishandling the economy (not that the mainstream GOP candidates - Ron Paul excluded - would do any better) by putting bandaids on the symptoms rather than treating the cause.. i think people also may not want to vote for Obama when they find out about this --> class action lawsuit filed in US District Court in Seattle (Case No. C11 - 1503) Obama and Democratic National Party sued for racism

P.S. you will have to google it yourself (just type in the case #).. i had to remove the facebook link because everytime i link any page from any site with this info, i trigger the spam filter somehow (though i only tried two different links so maybe it is just coincidence)

KURTje

History fact:   Income tax enacted to pay for Civil War. (Under Lincoln)

Captain Gutz

History fact: Civil War started by slave owning members of Democratic party. Lincoln murdered by Democrat coward.

FruGalSpender

"i think people also may not want to vote for Obama when they find out about this --> class action lawsuit filed in US District Court in Seattle (Case No. C11 - 1503) Obama and Democratic National Party sued for racism "           http://www.can-you-hear-us-now.com/2011/09/blacks-file-class-action-racial.html  The plaintiffs, who refer to the defendants as “Father of Racism,” allege that as an organization, the Democratic Party has consistently refused to apologize for the role they played in slavery and Jim Crow laws and for other subsequent racist practices from 1792 to 2011.  http://www.icontact-archive.com/vYs-Zyo3vj9g_57o0kqV3gG521zwvWdH?w=2   Perryman said President Obama was named as a defendant not only because he is the official leader of the Democratic Party, but because of certain statements he made about his own party in his book, Dreams from My Father (see attachment). In 2009, the President was asked to issue an apology to blacks on behalf of his party, but he refused. Unlike other reparations lawsuits, this lawsuit merely asks for a public apology, but no monetary damages.    obama refuses to apologize which would only take three words.  i am sorry  yet he bows down before a saudi and a japanese.
 

 

FruGalSpender

"Perryman said, “Any organization that has such a racist history and receives 97% of the African American vote (after doing all they could to deny blacks the right to vote), should willingly apologize without being forced do so through a lawsuit. He said, “I guess they feel they have nothing to apologize for.” Perryman went on to say that he is “convinced that Democrats will only apologize if the media, or the courts (with public pressure) will force them to do so. The man who authored the book: The Audacity of Hope, now has the “audacity” to refuse to apologize for his political party and their racist institutions, that took the lives of millions of his own people."          now the democrats give guns to the mexican drug lords who kill americans but go after some hillbillies playing army. how are the democrats treating the returning veterans? why did obama help the alquada in libya?  any photos of a dead osama bin laden?

KURTje

So ALL problems are from Southerners?           Thanks  for calling my vacation a luxury & taxing that too Ron Reagan.

Captain Gutz

"So ALL problems are from Southerners? "

No, but MOST problems are started by sociopathic Southerners.

Taxpayer

You GO Rick Santorum!  In fact, ANY of the candidates will be better for our great nation than who YOU liberal democrack freaks voted into office.  I noticed NONE of you are fainting at his feet anymore.  I remember when your "anointed one" was in Cleveland and organizers had to solicit and BEG people on the streets to attend.  They grouped all those people together to make it look like a huge crowd arrived to marvel at the liar-in-thief.  It reminds me of a Register photo of a group of loser UNION employees grouped together at a chain plant walking in protest.  The TRUTH is only a handful were grouped together to make it look like half the city was walking with a few almost falling out from all that strenuous UNION activity.  Ha! Ha!  I must admit, the file photos of the rotund "skill trade" strikers was very poignant depicting shanty town USA!  I expect you liberal crybabies to GIVE to your president's campaign.  Come on, use your EBT cards to donate for the cause.  It is the liberal, entitlement, reparations and freebies way of living at the trough of self-anointed misery.  How are those gas prices working out for you?  Ha! Ha!  Go easy on those Southern states.  I have investment property in TWO of them for options because I REFUSE to pay for that $117 MILLION in liberal county spending and DEBT!  I will bequeath that honor to you liberal crybabies.  I will do the liberal UNION agenda of voting for a $100 MILLION school levy or approve any increase in taxes before changing residency.  That way I can give all you losers the pile of excrement you DESERVE!  Ha! Ha!  I am in anguish for the many Republicans and Conservatives who care about this city and county who will be left to PAY for ALL the liberal, members of the freeloaders club of entitlements.  What am I talking about?    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LWlkXRZ3CA