Austin, Texas—A new poll (www.texaslyceum.org/media/staticContent/PubCon_Journals/2012/2012_Texas_Lyceum_Poll_FINAL_RESULTS_10-1-12.pdf) suggests Texas will go red again next month.
The annual survey from the non-partisan Texas Lyceum (www.texaslyceum.org) shows that among the state`s likely voters, the Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan is 19 points ahead of the Obama/Biden ticket, 58 to 39 percent.
The first debate between the candidates ended in fine Lone-Star fashion, with Sadler calling Cruz a troll, and Cruz suggesting Sadler played fast and loose with the truth. And those were some of the nicer comments.
The race for the White House (www.whitehouse.gov) has switched gears with the first debate between President Obama (www.barackobama.com) and Governor Romney (www.mittromney.com).
But before the two candidates could face each other in Denver, their surrogates among the media and in their own campaigns just had to muddy the waters a little more.
The right-wing online site the Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com) resurrected a 2007 speech by then-candidate Barack Obama that really didn`t show anything new, but did remind us about the close personal and spiritual relationship Obama shared with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who he later threw under the bus.
'And I`ve got to give a special shout-out to my pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He`s a friend, and a great leader.'
And the Obama campaign didn`t get much help from Vice President Joe Biden who reminded a crowd in North Carolina that the middle class has been buried during the past four years.
'Look guys, I think this is deadly earnest. This is deadly earnest. How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. How in Lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts.'
And to that, Republican veep candidate Paul Ryan responded, 'Vice President Biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been quote "buried' -- we agree! That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next President of the United States."
Both campaigns brought out their blonde spokes people to predict how tonight`s big debate will turn out.
Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager: 'I think that both of these guys are going to come to the debate prepared. I think that expectations are probably working a little bit against us and more for Mitt Romney right now. At the end of the day, I think that the winner is going to be declared by the American people based on what these two candidates say and who lays out a vision for the future. Some specifics and policy details.'
Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney: 'We have a debate coming up, and we are excited about that, we're focused, and I can't wait for the contrast that we are going to hear tomorrow.'
So, we wondered what questions you would ask if you had the chance.
Mary Lou told us she`d 'like to see the candidates speak frankly about their views about the role of the central government of the country. I would want to know in the case of Mitt Romney what he might do to reduce the extensiveness of the governmental role in our everyday affairs, how he would reduce that. And in the case of President Obama, I would like to ask him a little bit about what are his roles in terms of the constitutionality of having the government intervene in state rights.'
And as for Geovani Mejia: 'I would ask the candidates what they would do to help the university students with loans and graduating college and tuition, the increasing costs of tuition.'
Just remember, we have another month before the Big 'E' arrives, that`s the election, not Elvin Hayes.