Chris Christie says he knows he’ll win … take the national straw poll

This is a dual post really. A snippet from the National Review piece where NJ Governor Chris Christie says he knows he can win the nomination … and the presidency. And a link to a great new on-line straw poll that has gone viral.

First, Rich Lowry interviewed Chris Christie and asked him why he still rejects the idea of running for President. It’s not anything he hasn’t said before … but with an added twist. Talk about self confidence.

Yes. Believe me, I’ve been interested in politics my whole life. I see the opportunity. But I just don’t believe that’s why you run. Like I said at AEI, I have people calling me and saying to me, “Let me explain to you how you could win.” And I’m like, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.” That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, “Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.” I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity.

But I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t. And I think that that’s the basis you have to make that decision. I think when you have people who make the decision just based upon seeing the opportunity you have a much greater likelihood that you’re going to have a president who is not ready. And then we all suffer from that. Even if you’re a conservative, if your conservative president is not ready, you’re not going to be good anyway because you’re going to get rolled all over the place in that town.

I understand that once one becomes a CEO, you begin to understand how tough the job is … and how much you don’t know about governing. If only the young President had that same self awareness. But somehow I think running for President is like having children: if you wait until you think you’re ready, it’ll never happen. Sometimes when duty calls, you go to war with the army you have.

Here’s how he put it a while back to Neil Cavuto. Notice please the crowd response when the subject of the Presidency comes up. Maybe he has reason to be confident.


Now to the poll. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit pointed this straw poll out yesterday. It’s an amazing wqeb application that asks you, the reader to respond to about 20 head to head match ups in different combinations and using that data to project a straw poll winner. Go there to read about the idea behind the poll, but here’s a snippet.

So How does it work?

This poll gauges such support using a unique “run-off” matchup model. It is designed to elicit deeper preferences from voters and make it much more difficult for well-organized campaigns to “game” the system. The results below reflects the percentage of times a candidate was preferred in a head-to-head “run-off” against other potential candidates. We also suspect they more accurately reflect the true pulse of the tea party movement than those cited by the mainstream media.

So far here are the results we’ve seen.  1,627,821 votes and counting:

Want to cast your votes? Go for it…The 2012 Tea Party Straw Poll

8 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    He is right: there is no way that Øbama was or is ready for this job.    That said, I cannot think of a better political way to prepare for the presidency than being the governor of a state.


    That, and a private sector job and a few economics courses…

  2. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    Experience even at the most mundane job means something.

    Even Hermain Cain knows what it's like to <a title="About Hermain Cain – My Story" href="; rel="nofollow">"flip burgers".

    Governor Christie has a job to do and a job to finish.  I don't believe he sees the Governorship as a stepping stone.


    ………………………but hey, I sure would like to see him run!

  3. RJ
    RJ says:

    Christie has no chance to win in 2012, because the spineless republicans are not moving their agenda fast enough. They are chicken to shut the government down, so they go along with the silly extensions that  give president O more power over them. People see the republicans are all show and no go. They will put up an all talk no action candidate in 2012, and hope for victory in 2016. 

    President O is to smart to lose to the current spineless republican field. He is liberal and proud of it,where some republicans are conservative and running away from it!!!!

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I love Gov. Christie because he is confident and knows himself. He is absolutely right. If you know you aren't ready to face the ridiculously long campaign and have a lack of knowledge of foreign policy(for example), you should NOT run now. Notice, he did not rule out the future and neither do I. When he feels comfortable, I will support him. George H. W. Bush did not want to run the second time and it showed.


    RJ, it is because of people like you, Republicans have a hard time winning. If you don't work for a candidate and just complain, you reap what you sow.


  5. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Lynn, if you don't stick w/ one candidate you also reap what you sow: McCain today, Sarah tomorrow, Christie this week. Who's going to be on next month? BTW, went by Ronald Reagan's hometown today, as I continue west.

  6. RJ
    RJ says:

    Lynn, What republican candidate is ready for support? They don't have a clue on how to win they want to throw their speaker of the house under the bus they are doomed.

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